Blurring the lines of science fiction

Thanks to everyone for their welcome back messages. Life got a bit crazy there for a minute. And welcome to our new readers. It’s nice to have you along for the ride with us.

I’ve been lucky to have some adventures while we’ve been on hiatus. I got to travel to the US of A for work. My co-workers visa never showed up so I was travelling by myself but the lovely Southern hospitality made up for that.

Checking out the sights.

But that means I’ve only read two books in the last two months. One was Artemis, which I am planning to review here, but I think I need to skim it again because honestly I’ve largely forgotten about it. I’m not sure if that says more about my memory or the book itself.

The other was I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. I think technically this is classified as a crime/thriller novel, but it has a bit of science fiction (or science realism depending on how you view it) bent to it.

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Vintage SciFi Month review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Thanks to Andrea from the Little Red Reviewer for hosting #VintageSciFiMonth. The idea is to read anything that was published before 1979.

I’ve chosen Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card which squeaks in, having first been published in 1977 (as a short story and then later adapted into the full length novel).

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Mr NW read Ender’s Game a number of years ago and recommended it, and I had seen the 2013 film based on the book. I was relieved to find, as is often the case, that the book was much better than the movie.

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7 Thoughts on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Trilogy by a Rambling Book Nerd

I’ve been thinking about how I should do my post summing up the Mistborn novels. A quick once over wasn’t really going to suffice so please bear with me as I go to the opposite extreme with a full nerd level post. Now is probably a good time to make a cup of tea and get yourself a snack.

Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Mistborn trilogy. Stop reading here, Mr NW! 

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The Book of Swords – Best Bits

A lot of fantasy books are large tomes that are read and savored like fine wines on a long summer holiday. So when you open a book of fantasy short stories it feels like you are doing the fantasy-reader’s equivalent of taking vodka shots at a party. You’re having a night of fun and meeting lots of new people. Some of those people aren’t that interesting, but some of them are brilliant. And that’s perfectly okay because you only have to talk to each person for a wee bit, and then you can move on until you find someone you connect with and can form a long-term friendship with.

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Seventh Decimate – Stephen R. Donaldson

I was duly warned. Donaldson loves to write unlikable characters. He most certainly continues this trend in his latest book Seventh DecimateThe main character, Prince Bifalt, is completely and utterly infuriating at times. Funnily enough he reminded be rather too much of someone I know in the real world (I ain’t gonna name names) which isn’t really want you want to see in your fantasy heroes. Yet, when I closed the book after finishing the last page, I found that I actually liked the book. In fact I liked it quite a bit.

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The cover art is awesome

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Dystopian Show Days

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”