All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Anders

All the Birds in the Sky has won the Nebula and Locus fantasy awards for best novel this year.  It has been described as a blend of the fantasy, science fiction, and magical realism genres. James Wallace Harris, in his great review for SF Signal, describes the novel: "I thought All the Birds in the... Continue Reading →

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2017 Baileys Women’s Prize Winner

The 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction was awarded last night to Naomi Alderman for her fourth novel, The Power. The 2017 Chair of Judges, Tessa Ross, said: “The judges and I were thrilled to make this decision. We debated this wonderful shortlist for many hours but kept returning to Naomi Alderman’s brilliantly imagined dystopia... Continue Reading →

2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel

The Nebulas honour the best in science fiction and fantasy in a number of categories every year.  This year the honour of Best Novel went to Charlie Jane Anders. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders "A novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future. Childhood friends Patricia... Continue Reading →

Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I closed this book wondering what the hell had happened.  John Updike described it best in his New Yorker review: "Haruki Murakami’s new novel, “Kafka on the Shore”, is a real page-turner, as well as an insistently metaphysical mind-bender." It is definitely both a page-turner and a mind-bender! "Kafka on the Shore is powered by... Continue Reading →

Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods by Neil Gaiman has been sitting on my TBR list for a good long while and for good reason as it's won a lot of great awards: Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel (2001), Hugo Award for Best Novel (2002), Nebula Award for Best Novel (2002), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2002),... Continue Reading →

Terry Pratchett & the Discworld Series

Yesterday we received the sad news of Terry Pratchett's passing.  Pratchett is a beloved fantasy writer best known for his Discworld series.  He has been honoured with an OBE and many literary awards for his work.  His books have sold upward of 85 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages.  His popularity is... Continue Reading →

Review: Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Today I started and finished Kafka's novella Metamorphosis.  I found this story a simple one - to the point.  I would say this story is open to a number of interpretations and this review is about my interpretation because as I read it I felt it was about something very specific for me. Kafka has... Continue Reading →

2014 Hugo Best Novel Award Winner

This year the Hugo Award for Best Novel went to: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.  Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of... Continue Reading →

2013 Hugo Award Winner

The 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel went to Redshirts by John Scalzi Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, and Andrew is thrilled all the more to be assigned to the ship’s Xenobiology laboratory. Life... Continue Reading →

2012 Nebula Award Winner

This year's Nebula Award for Novel went to: 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity's only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between. But in this year, 2312, a sequence... Continue Reading →

2010 Hugo Award Nominees

The 2010 Hugo Award Nominees have been announced.  Here is a list of the nominees together with an explanatory paragraph on each of the nominees provided from the Guardian The 2010 nominees are: Boneshaker by Cherie Priest "Boneshaker is not the only steampunk book on the list. Although I can't help wondering how long before... Continue Reading →

2010 Hugo Award Winners

Yes, you read correctly, winners in the plural.  For the third time in its 57 years the Hugo Best Novel Award is tied between two winners. The winners for the 2010 Hugo Best Novel Award are: China Mieville for The City and The City Paolo Bacigalupi for The Windup Girl   The Guardian had this... Continue Reading →

2010 Nebula Award Winner

The 2010 Nebula Awards were announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet held at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Ocean front on 15 May 2010. The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi The Guardian had this to say of Bacigalupi’s novel: “Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl was voted winner of the Nebula by the 1,500 author members of... Continue Reading →

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