In our previous post we looked at the 11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017, and were surprised to find we hadn’t read ANY of them. So did we fare any better with the Best Fantasy Books of 2017?
The end of the year is fast approaching – how quickly has this year gone by? – so I thought I would take a look through the best science fiction books of 2017, as voted by readers on Goodreads. Now we were never going to have read many of these, as over half of them are later books in series, but I was shocked to find we have read exactly none of the books that made it in to the top science fiction books of 2017. Continue reading “11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017”
Hi everyone. We thought we’d do something a bit different today and quiz each other. I actually didn’t know the answers to most of the questions I asked Mr NW (we’ve only been married 5 years 😂), so this has been a fun learning experience. Thanks to Arachnid Weaver for sparking this idea.
First up Mrs NW has 5 questions for Mr NW (by the way we didn’t compare notes when drafting our questions and you can definitely tell). Continue reading “Q and A with Mr and Mrs NW”
I love browsing the fantasy and science fiction sections of bookshops. One of the first things I look at when I leaf through a fantasy book is the map. As much as it irks me to say it, the map (or lack thereof) has a big impact on my initial impression of the book. It really shouldn’t. There are plenty of good books with no maps, and books with great maps and rather plain stories. I just can’t help it! I have a thing for good fantasy maps. Do you remember when you first read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and you looked at one of Tolkien’s amazingly detailed maps? A great moment. It’s the first inkling you get that this world he has created has real depth and history to it. Continue reading “Fantasy Maps”
November was our second full month of the blog and man, it went by quickly!
Thanks to everyone who stopped by and told us which fantasy or sci-fi worlds they’d love to visit. There are some fantastic suggestions – Neverwhere, Earthsea, Hobbiton. My favourite comment has to go to Widdershins for wanting to live in The Fast and the Furious Franchise. Continue reading “November Round Up”
This is a pretty cool concept – carbon nanotubes that suck the light into an object so that it can’t escape creating the closest thing to “absolute” black.
As you guys know from our previous post, 10 rules for living with a book collecting sci-fi nerd, Mr NW is a pretty avid collector of books. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you guys this hobby can get quite pricey quite quickly. Not as bad as skiing or building miniature railroads but it definitely adds up. Continue reading “The Book Buying Dilemma: Go Local or Global?”
The Palace Job by Patrick Weekes is one of the most hilarious and fun books that I have read in a long while. It is a heist novel filled to the brim with interesting and humorous yet compelling characters. While it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it doesn’t overdo the humor to the point where it just becomes plain slapstick and no substance. Continue reading “The Palace Job – Such Fun!”
It’s another long weekend here.
They cram them all into the spring /summer months so that you have to suffer through a long dark winter with no holidays to look forward to. Having watched far too many sappy Christmas films, Mr NW and I have decided we are keen to do a Northern Hemisphere Christmas one year. We’d love to go to Germany or the States. Somewhere where it snows. I love having Christmas in summer but eating a full Christmas dinner in 30 degree (sorry, I only know Celsius) heat is a challenge. We can’t even take the kids to see houses decorated with lights because it doesn’t get dark till 9pm, waaay past their bedtime. Continue reading “Dystopian Show Days”
We’ve all done it. Especially when we were kids. We thought about how cool it would be to visit the worlds we read about. Imagine meeting the characters and visiting all the amazing and fantastical locations! I somehow seem to have carried this through to adulthood. My mind is often wandering through the worlds I have read about or even into worlds that I make up myself in my own crazy mind. Yes I know, it’s pretty geeky. But I like it, so leave me alone Mrs NW! Continue reading “Worlds to Visit”