100 word review: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey

100 word review: Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey

  I missed these books the first time they came around – and on @kameronhurley’s recommendation, had a watch of the telly series, and thought it might be worth a read. It is. Take one part big idea space opera, add top worldbuilding and pretty progressive politics, and shake it together with a lot of […]

100 word review: A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James

100 word review: A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James

&nbsp What more can be said about this book? It won the Booker. Irvine Welsh called it amazing. I’ve finally got round to reading this book, and it… I don’t even know how to describe it. The style and craft of it is mind-blowing. There’s a bit of lush, prose, and just when you’re thinking […]

100 word review: Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth, by Cassandra Khaw

100 word review: Rupert Wong and the Ends of the Earth, by Cassandra Khaw

Poor, poor Rupert keeps dying. After managing to wriggle his cannibal chef’s hat out from under the thumb of the Kindly Ones, Ao Qin, and all the supernatural spirits in Kuala Lumpur, Rupert’s got a new mission: London – the Greek gods he’s on loan to are hungry and there’s a dearth of good cannibal […]

100 word review: The Stars are Legion, by Kameron Hurley

100 word review: The Stars are Legion, by Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley’s all-female universe of tentacled worlds and the cycle of life is absolutely and utterly insane. I read the entire thing torn between “what the hell is going on here” and “I’m really enjoying whatever it is”.  Zan wakes up, a warrior without a memory, given conflicting information from those who insist they are […]

100 word review: Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw

100 word review: Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw

Poor Rupert Wong is in it deep: his Boss has him by the short-and-keeps-you-in-hell, the Dragon King can’t be denied, and he just keeps on dying. It’s a difficult life, caught between the powers that be in Kuala Lumpur. Khaw’s book takes on a world where pantheons live side by side – without comfort – […]

100 word review: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

100 word review: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

This is my favourite read from 2016, hands down. Lee has created the most inventive space opera universe… imaginable. The Hexarchate is an empire who can alter the laws of reality by enforcing belief on a population: altering the calendar. The Hexarchate is brutal, and its six factions don’t even trust each other. A calendrical […]

100 word review: At the End of the Day, by Claire North

100 word review: At the End of the Day, by Claire North

  Cat Webb/Claire North is angry – a good thing. She’s written this book that’s a little bit about everything – the end of the world, the world going to shit, our fears and hopes and dreams, and not a little kidnapping. This book is a serious level up from Webb/North. It’s a little abstract, […]

100 word review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North

100 word review: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North

What would you do if you were forgotten, fading from everyone’s memory – your parents, friends, lovers? You’d become a thief, of course, and do pretty much whatever you want. The external trappings of the world give you nothing and you give nothing back to them. It would take something significant to get your attention […]

100 word review: A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers

100 word review: A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers

  A Closed and Common Orbit is a love letter to anyone who’s ever felt awkward, out of place, didn’t know what to say, or didn’t feel quite human. Chambers weaves two parallel stories, twenty years apart, into a gripping, wonderful story posing the questions (and daring you to answer differently) what it means to […]

100 word review: Certain Dark Things, by Silvia Moreno-García

100 word review: Certain Dark Things, by Silvia Moreno-García

Moreno-García has done something amazing: She’s made vampires interesting again, and in 2017 no less. She blends myth and legend from vampires across a range of cultures with commentary on race, class, and mental illness inside of modern Mexico DF. This is a creepy tale of a young man living on the streets after suffering […]