Book Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.

So I was really looking forward to this book. A lot. I’d read the first chapter when it was posted online a few months ago and could not wait to get my hands on this one. I was super excited to receive the ARC in the mail a few days before the publication date and dove into the book as soon as I could….

And I hit a brick wall. Continue Reading →

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones #FridayReads

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

I ran across a reference to The Tough Guide in a recent essay about fantasy literature and women writers by Tansy Rayner Roberts. She called it “the one book every fantasy writer should read.” While I’m not presently hoping to be a fantasy writer, I paid attention to this strong recommendation and borrowed a copy Continue Reading →

2015 Hugo Nominations That I Care About

The 2015 Hugo nominations were announced today at 12 PM PDT, or 3 PM Eastern time. The announcements are available for streaming at ustream.tv/hugo-awards/ The nominees I care about are: John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo) Wesley Chu – I started reading The Lives of Tao and it’s pretty good so far! He’s going to Continue Reading →

Equoid by Charles Stross #FridayReads

Equoid by Charles Stross

This week’s Friday Reads selection is “Equoid” by Charles Stross. It’s set in the Laundry Files universe1 and follows an investigation into a possible unicorn infestation in a small British village. Of course these unicorns aren’t from cutesy Lisa Frank notebook covers. Nope! These unicorns are horrible monstrosities with a taste for human flesh. The present-day investigation Continue Reading →