Waiting for Emberlain

Warning  biohazard alert: Shameless fanboy babbling ahead. Proceed with caution.


If you’re a fan of fantasy, you have no doubt at least heard of the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch. If you haven’t yet taken the time to read it, let me tell you that you should, as the series is truly excellent in every conceivable way a fantasy series has of being excellent. Of course that is just my humble opinion – although with each book in the series having an average rating of 4.2 or above on Goodreads, there is a decent chance you will at least like them (even if you don’t love them like I do). Is love too strong a word? Nah!

GB Series

In this case, you can certainly judge the books by their awesome covers.

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11 Best Science Fiction 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”

A non-typical Halloween 🎃 …and Brandon Sanderson’s new release

A New Zealand Halloween

When I was a kid Halloween had barely arrived in New Zealand. It was still seen as an American tradition. But fast forward 20 years, and one street in our neighbourhood has designated itself as the “trick or treating” street. This year’s decorations were quite well done and Mr Mini NW enjoyed pretending to be a pirate. Continue reading “A non-typical Halloween 🎃 …and Brandon Sanderson’s new release”