Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Everything begins at Midnight

Read the first four chapters of the new series by Charlaine Harris! You can also download in PDF form to make reading easier. Don't forget to check out the #IWantItAtMidnight competition:

The winner will spend the night in a fantastic hotel and have their copy delivered to them at midnight with an exclusive gift box. They’ll also win a chance to meet Charlaine Harris when she visits the UK later this year.

More details on the Midnight, Texas Facebook page.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Three

Thursday 12th January 2012. Four planes crash; Florida, Japan, Tenerife and Cape Town. Three of the planes had sole survivors, three children who came out alive against all odds. As the world struggles to understand how and why, a message is heard, a message that will change everything.

The Three was not what I was expecting but I loved it all the same. The focus is on the reactions to The Three from around the world, from the press interest to the Pamelists; those who see the events of Black Thursday as a biblical omen. The format reminded me very much of World War Z; an oral history of sorts combined of Skype conversations, transcripts and press cuttings. The idea is that all these bits of testimonials have been collected together by Elspeth, a journalist who wrote a book on The Three.

The real fear is nothing to do with the surviving children and what they may or may not be. That is almost an aside. Instead, it’s how easy it is for people to use tragedy to their own advantage, incite hatred and turn people against each other. There’s a lot about Christian fundamentalism and fanaticism as well as how lack of privacy from the media wears people down. Plus the underlying grief and guilt of families left behind.

My favourite characters were Chiyoko and Ryu, two Japanese teenagers from different spheres who chat online. Chiyoko is related to one of The Three and also has a well-known uncle, who is famous for his life-like robotic creations. Ryu is a hikikomori, a socially isolated individual who barely leaves their own room. And the idea of a suicide forest, where hundreds go to die was both sad and unusual. I’m not sure if this is a real place or not but the descriptions were wonderfully evocative, changing in tone depending on whose point of view it was.

It’s hard to say much more without revealing spoilers. I found myself changing my mind continuously throughout on whether The Three were a coincidental miracle, extra-terrestrial, supernatural or spiritual. It’s being classified as horror, but I think that’s just because it’s so hard to pin down. There are elements of horror but it’s certainly not a fright fest.

The Three is published by Hodder and will be available from 22nd May 2014 in hardback and ebook editions. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

#Readathon: The End

Local time: 13:00
Hours spent reading: 20
Hours awake: 7
Pages read: 1358
Books finished: 4.5
Feeling: in need of a reading break

I'm pretty chuffed at what I got through this time. I usually read 3.5 books...plus I don't feel too knackered.

Half read: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield, Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Pages read since last update: 143


#Readathon Hour 22

Local time: 10:00
Hours spent reading: 17
Hours awake: 4
Pages read: 1215
Books finished: 4
Feeling: distracted

Currently reading: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield, Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Pages read since last update: 182

I now have The Final Countdown in my head, which of course makes me think of GOB from Arrested Development:


This'll be my last update before the end (I must admit I'm looking forward to spending some time not reading). I'm starting to slow down a bit and stare blankly at my iPhone instead of my book. Remember Book Jenga is running right up until the very end.

#Readathon Hour 20: Book Jenga!

Welcome to the death defying spectacle that is BOOK JENGA!

This was a really popular mini challenge in the last readathon and I'm chuffed to be able to host it again. It's so easy to fall asleep in these final hours so a bit of moving about and concentration will help loads. Or you'll just get so frustrated, you won't be able to sleep!

So what is Book Jenga I hear you mumble? Basically, just build the most impressive tower of books you can, then take a photo (or you can video it if you're BookTubing). Leave a comment with a link to your creation below.

This challenge runs up until the end of the readathon. If you'd like to enter to win a paperback of your choice from The Book Depository, please also add yourself to the Rafflecopter (it just makes life easier).


#Readathon Hour 19

Local time: 07:00
Hours spent reading: 14
Hours awake: 1
Pages read: 1033
Books finished: 3
Feeling: slightly refreshed

I've had four hours sleep, which doesn't feel nearly enough but I'm back up and reading. Loved Friday Brown! Next up is my mini challenge at 8am BST. I should at least finish Beauty and start my 5th book in the next 6 hours. We can do it!

Don't forget to check if you've won a prize in the hourly update posts.

Currently reading: Beauty by Sarah Pinborough
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner, Landline by Rainbow Rowell, Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
Pages read since last update: 143
Crumpet count: 4

#Readathon Hour 13

Local time: 01:00
Hours spent reading: 12
Hours awake: 16
Pages read: 890
Books finished: 2
Feeling: sleepy

I'm officially up past my bedtime. Nearly finished Friday Brown (I'm at a gripping bit) and then I'll probably crawl under my duvet, with a plan to return around hour 19 before my hour 20 mini challenge.

Currently reading: Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner, Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Pages read since last update: 191

Saturday, 26 April 2014

#Readathon Hour 10

Local time: 22:00
Hours spent reading: 9
Hours awake: 13
Pages read: 699
Books finished: 2
Feeling: snuffly

I finished another book, WOOHOO! Plus I had dinner and faffed around on the internet a bit. Really enjoying Vikki Wakefield's writing, I'm surprised she's not better known. Hayfever's kicking in again. I'm starting to suspect my antihistamines are making me tired, but I'd better risk it. Lesser of two evils and all that.

Currently reading: Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner, Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Pages read since last update: 185

#Readathon Hour 7

Local time: 19:00
Hours spent reading: 6
Hours awake: 10
Pages read: 514
Books finished: 1
Feeling: squinty

Starting to lose a little focus so it's probably the perfect time to go make dindins. I'll just have a short break from reading before settling in for a long evening. Enjoying Landline though, lots of chuckles. I may have also broken into the chocolate.

Currently reading: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner
Pages read since last update: 248
Crumpet count: 2

#Readathon Hour 4

Local time: 16:00
Hours spent reading: 3
Hours awake: 7
Pages read: 330
Books finished: 1
Feeling: productive

Well, this is my best start to a readathon yet. Admittedly Tinder has pictures and some pages with not a lot of text on but still, I feel like I've achieved something. Have eaten some cheese puffs...may make a proper meal after my next update. Or just eat chocolate and ham sandwiches (it's really nice ham, I cook it myself).

Currently reading: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Read: Tinder by Sally Gardner

#Readathon is Go! (nearly)

Local starting time: 13:00
Hours spent reading: 0
Pages read: 0
Books finished: 0
Feeling: excited!!!

Find out more about and follow Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon here. It's not too late to sign up...

First things first, the snacks. Last time I had cheese balls I overdosed and seriously felt like I was hungover. These are PUFFS not balls, but more importantly they are in small packets so I will only have one or two. There will be a lot of coffee and I also have some fizzy vitamins to help banish tiredness. I've been a bit tired of late in general so I don't know how I'm going to get through this.


I hope to have a proper meal in the evening but I didn't get round to making anything in advance. Plus CRUMPETS. Crumpets make the world go round.

My mini challenge will be hour 20, which I think is 8am UK time. I hope you pop back to join in (even if you've abandoned reading and been sleeping).

So what am I reading? Here's the shortlist. I will no way read all of these, 4 is my goal, it'd be nice to squeeze one more in as I have picked shorter reads. Tinder has loads of pictures in too...but I might get distracted looking at them.


Pssst, there are loads of copies of The Woken Gods to be won from the official prizes page.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Bournemouth (on the south coast of England).

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
The Forever Song is the last part in a trilogy so I'm pretty excited about getting to that, but whether or not it happens today is another matter!

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
I do like the wasabi peanut crackers and they've become a readathon tradition for me now.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I live by the beach and it's the best in winter when it's empty. I love cheese. And dinosaurs. I test software for a living and read a lot in my spare time. I've been blogging for 3 years now and this will be my 6th readathon. You can also find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?
Last readathon I had really healthy snacks lined up...not sure what's gone wrong this time!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

The Geography of You and Me Blog Tour

As part of the transatlantic blog tour, my review will be appearing over the pond at NOVL. Join in the conversation and tweet @headlinepg with #YouAndMe.

Read the first whole chapter here (PDF format) and keep reading for the chance to win. The following is a short extract from the book:

On the first day of September, the world went dark.

But from where she stood in the blackness, her back pressed against the brassy wall of an elevator, Lucy Patterson had no way of knowing the scope of it yet.

She couldn’t have imagined, then, that it stretched beyond the building where she’d lived all her life, spilling out onto the streets, where the traffic lights had gone blank and the hum of the air conditioners had fallen quiet, leaving an eerie, pulsing silence. Already, there were people streaming out onto the long avenues that stretched the length of Manhattan, pushing their way toward home like salmon moving up a river. All over the island, car horns filled the air and windows were thrown open, and in thousands upon thousands of freezers, the ice cream began to melt.

The whole city had been snuffed out like a candle, but from the unlit cube of the elevator, Lucy couldn’t possibly have known this.

Her first thought wasn’t to worry about the violent jolt that had brought them up short between the tenth and eleventh floors, making the whole compartment rattle like a ride at an amusement park. And it wasn’t a concern for their escape, because if there was anything that could be depended on in this world—far more, even, than her parents—it was the building’s small army of doormen, who had never failed to greet her after school, or remind her to bring an umbrella when it was rainy, who were always happy to run upstairs and kill a spider or help unclog the shower drain.

Instead, what she felt was a kind of sinking regret over her rush to make this particular elevator, having dashed through the marble‑floored lobby and caught the doors just before they could seal shut. If only she’d waited for the next one, she would’ve still been standing downstairs right now, speculating with George—who worked the afternoon shift—about the source of the power outage, rather than being stuck in this small square of space with someone she didn’t even know.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Prisoner of Night and Fog

Gretchen Müller’s father died protecting Hitler. Ever since, she has seen Adolf as an uncle figure and he has taken special care of her. She has always followed his teachings until one day, a young Jewish reporter puts doubt in her mind.

The Müller family are fictional, but implanted into real events. The events of the putsch did happen and people were killed on both sides. What’s really interesting about this, is the plot could so easily be that of our modern day dystopian YA fiction but this stuff actually happened. It’s really quite scary and I hope a few Daily Mail readers will pick this up and take note. In a time of financial hardship, it’s easy to blame people that aren’t like yourselves but that way leads to persecution and to the horrors seen in WWII. Not many people would openly agree with what the Nazi’s did but some of their early propaganda is certainly mirrored in some of the right wing views aired today. It's just different groups of people being blamed.

How much you get out of this book might depend on how much of the history you know. Most of my knowledge of WWII is more around the later years, so I found the early politics quite interesting. I did know what happened to Geli though, which might have been a bit of a spoiler, even though she isn’t a main character.

Reinhard’s character is representative of the sociopathic nature of those who supported Hitler’s plans and indeed, helped carry them out. There was plenty of pressure for people to appear supportive or to go along with everyone else, but those who really revelled in other’s suffering would have been the most dangerous. It did seem a bit tenuous for Gretchen to use her brother’s behaviour as a way to research Hitler’s mental state.

It might be surprising to some readers how Hitler starts off portrayed as just a man, not a beast. Gretchen has always seen him as the man who cared for her family after her father died, he’s her honorary uncle. But she has never done anything to defy him or be subject to his anger. As her perception of Hitler begins to change, his behaviour appears to worsen.

The mystery aspect wasn’t really needed and I found the threads of Gretchen’s story meandered a bit. She could have just befriended a Jewish boy and get into trouble for that without all the pretence at intrigue and piecing together things that seem a bit too obvious for a modern reader. I would be interested in reading the second book to see where their journey takes them. It does work entirely as a standalone novel fortunately.

Prisoner of Night and Fog is published by Headline and is available now in trade paperback and ebook editions. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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Shelve next to: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Stray

The Path is a virtual reality based on one boy’s memories. Lona Sixteen Always is one of the children on The Path, living Julian’s life as if it were her own. Her only experiences as herself are the moments when she’s disconnected from the system for calisthenics. There, she talks to Finn, a boy who is a few years ahead of her on The Path, sharing their memories that are identical. But one day, Lona goes Off-Path and must learn to live in a world where anything can happen.

The concept behind Stray stems from what to do with foster children. It seems like Path came from a place of good intentions. Children who were orphaned or came from abusive backgrounds could live out a life deemed to be perfectly ordinary. There would be no more shuffling them from home to home, no one taking advantage of them or neglecting them. The lack of individuality or choice is the price to pay for a happy childhood.

When the children reach 18, they are reintroduced into the world, where they will have to find out who they really are at last. Can they cope without Julian? Lona is off schedule, younger than the eighteeners who are given extra time to adjust. But it soon becomes clear, that it’s not as simple as removing them from the virtual reality.

The lack of individuality is continued through with the children’s names. Lona and Finn aren’t real names, they are reference numbers which relate to their date of birth and location within the compound. They might have the love of Julian’s parents on Path, but in reality, they aren’t treated as children with their own hopes and fears. They are a number, to be processed through the system until they reach adulthood, which is often how foster children see themselves anyway.

Whilst Lona’s brain chemistry might have been a bit different, I never felt like she was the heroine about to swoop in and save the day. Her character is suitably naïve and she struggles with interactions. I loved the scene where she is eating real foods for the first time. She may have the memories of eating but they’re not the same as experiencing it.

It didn’t really go into gender identity though which is surprising. They are all growing up as a boy, wouldn’t that be strange to adjust to for the girls? Does the short time they are in calisthenics allow them to understand their own bodies? It’s hinted at that some of Julian’s memories are edited out, but it’s hard to edit out all the times he’s aware of his penis.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Fangirl

Cath and Wren are twin sisters, they’ve done everything together, including writing Simon and Baz fan fiction. Now they’re off to college but Wren wants to start doing things by herself. Forced to share a room with a stranger instead of her sister, Cath buries herself in the fictional world she loves so much. But is there time for coursework and Simon? And does Cath really need to socialise and make new friends when she’s got plenty online already?

Levi lived in a house, like an adult. Cath lived in a dorm, like a young adult - like someone who was still on adulthood probation.

The main relationship is really sweet and suitably slow and awkward to be completely believable. Falling asleep on other people’s bed in halls of residences was always a common occurrence when I was at university and it wasn’t always because you were drunk. Cath’s nervousness at going it alone and the simple things of college life is really well done; living off energy bars because she’s left it too long to find the cafeteria, not knowing what to do with the stranger she’s suddenly sharing a room with.

There was a lot going on in her family life. There’s a lot left unsaid but can be pieced together when you look back at what’s happened. Yet, sometimes it felt a bit all over the place, lots of threads that didn’t have the depth they deserved. Her father was an interesting case, coping with mental illness for most of it, and clearly a contribution to the break-up of their family, even if no one points the finger at him. They’re all too angry at the mother.

Wren’s determination to separate herself from her sister seemed a bit harsh. I guess siblings do grow apart but it didn’t fit with this girl who used to lovingly write fan fiction with Wren and helped hold her father together when they were little.

"You're not a book person. And now you're not an Internet person? What does that leave you?"
Levi laughed. "Life. Work. Class. The great outdoors. Other people."
"Other people," Cath repeated, shaking her head and taking a sip. "There are other people on the Internet. It's awesome. You get all the benefits of 'other people' without the body odor and the eye contact."

The fan fiction aspect didn’t win me over. I can understand why she used a fictional fandom but I would have preferred it to be something that existed. Simon and Baz were close enough to Harry Potter for people to be able to relate but different enough not to cause legal problems. But my brain struggled to really click with their world and the passages just interrupted the flow of the story. And Cath’s choice to hand in fan fiction as coursework was mind boggling.

I’ve never been the hugest fan of stories about writers and writing though. It’s just personal preference, and maybe I read more than enough writing stuff in real life, that I don’t want it in my fiction. There will plenty of people that will enjoy reading about Cath’s relationship with writing and relate to her special form of writer’s block. I did like her general geekiness though, there's a lot of behaviour there I can nod my head at.

The thing about Rainbow Rowell’s books is that I do really enjoy them but the one I think I’ve enjoyed the most was the one people told me was her worst, Attachments. It’s all about expectations, isn’t it? I don’t think this is as good as Eleanor & Park, which is probably her best but as I said in my review, I was expecting something different and maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for that one when I read it. I’m looking forward to her next one, Landline, though especially as it has some stuff in the past again. I love her snippets of nostalgia.

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Shelve next to: Roomies by Sara Zarr + Tara Altebrando



Book Source: Purchased

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Incoming!

AKA Showcase Sunday

I can't believe I didn't know there was a new Danny Wallace coming out. So excited about Who is Tom Ditto? Also a couple of really interesting sounding books from Headline, one a historical YA about Hitler's niece and the other a non-fiction book about a man who became a mathematical genius after a head injury.


For review:
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (Headline)
Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth (Canongate)
The Long War by Terry Pratchett + Stephen Baxter (Transworld)
Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett (Headline)
Who is Tom Ditto? by Danny Wallace (Ebury)

Bought:
Masks by Karen Chance

Freebies:
Pandemonium: The Rite of Spring by various



Showcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits & Tea.

Friday, 11 April 2014

The Winner's Curse

Kestrel isn’t quite sure what she’s doing when she buys a slave at auction. She certainly had no intention of it when she set out that day, but there was something about him… As the general’s daughter, she is being pushed towards a life in the military and must hide her love of music. Music is for the Harrani, the people her race enslaved when they conquered their lands. She doesn’t really know what to do with her new slave, but soon he is escorting her everywhere, into the houses of society, where no one watches what they say in front of a slave.

At first, I felt a little uncertain of the slavery aspect. It’s a fantasy setting, so why does it have to be white “European” owners with dark skinned slaves? Still, as the story progresses, there’s enough to challenge the characters and their history. There’s the issue of consent, which reminded me of the prisoner/guard relationship. If you are owned, you can’t really say no, a sexual relationship between a master and their slave can never be truly consensual, because they feel like they don’t have a choice. And, indeed, in most cases there isn’t.

These slaves were not considered savages by their conquerors. In fact the Valerians were the savages and the Harrani culture was adopted when they took over their lands. Before the war, their people had traded with each other. They were enslaved, not because they were considered lesser (although after time, this opinion prevailed) but because not trusting the defeated to behave it was either slavery or death. I am surprised such a short time had passed between their enslavement and the events in this story. Their slave culture seemed a lot more entrenched into society.

Neither character is intrinsically likable, something that can be a stumbling block in young adult, but they are complicated and any romance isn’t straight forward. Kestrel doesn’t really see the wrongs her people have done, even when she befriends Arin, she doesn’t become anti-slavery. With her military training, she was bound to know that the Valerian’s stole their land, but it doesn’t bother her. Despite everything, her sense of entitlement prevails.

Arin’s position is more difficult. He’s a slave, with no freedom, his people have been betrayed, but he is also a betrayer. It can’t be easy for him to have empathy towards his mistress and it’s hard to make out his true feeliings. In a straight-forward romantic story, his path would be clear but instead it’s troubled, which makes this more than your average YA romance.

It is a bit slow in places, but it gives you time to really think about their situation. It’s an awkward dynamic which isn’t glossed over in favour of love conquers all.

The Winner's Curse is published by Bloomsbury and is available now in ebook editions with a paperback coming later in the year. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review via NetGalley.

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Shelve next to: The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke + Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Nagasaki

Only eight centimetres of juice remained, compared to fifteen when I had left for work. Someone had been helping themselves to it. And yet I live alone.

Fifty-six year old Shimura Kobo lives alone in the suburbs of Nagasaki. His life is relatively uneventful; he goes to work each day and avoids socialising with his colleagues. Then food starts to go missing. The once he could dismiss, but it keeps on happening. Who is in his home, helping themselves to his food?

Nagasaki is a short, but perfectly formed tale, a novella at 109 pages. It doesn’t need to be longer though, it’s a small, intimate story that would likely be damaged with padding. I’ve noticed the French seem much happier with shorter books and yes, it’s French, but somehow seems very Japanese in its telling.

It’s based on a story that ran in several Japanese newspapers and it does make you think. Our homes are our personal spaces, it’s understandable to want them free of intruders. But there’s also a sense of selfishness in the situation…it wasn’t really harming Shimura and there’s a sense of remorse as the story continues. We would like to think we would help those less fortunate in our communities, but when push comes to shove, how many of us do anything?

There’s a lot to think about and discuss which makes this the perfect book for book groups on busy months. Sometimes novellas feel a bit too brief, if ultimately enjoyable, but I don’t think you’d have that problem with Nagasaki.

Nagasaki has been translated into English, from the original French, by Emily Boyce for Gallic Books. It’s available now in paperback and ebook formats and is 99p for Kindle for a limited time. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Kraken Wakes

It all started so slowly. So much, that a number of seemingly unconnected events mostly went unreported for months. But the increase of shipwrecks starts to raise eyebrows. Could there be something in the deepest reaches of the ocean? And if so, what? Does it mean to cause harm?

I love Phyllis. You’d expect from a book written in the fifties, a certain amount of sexism but Mike and Phyllis are a real partnership. Indeed, there are several occasions where she’s the one who saves him. I love their witty conversations and affectionate teasing. It’s not a love story but their everyday kind of love shines through. I like to think this couple is based on Mr and Mrs Wyndham, especially as he married a friend of 20 years.

As with Triffids, The Kraken Wakes comes across as incredibly timeless. It probably helps that there’s not been a lot of technological shipping advances in the last 60 years, nor do we know that much more about the bottom of the world’s oceans. We’re still concerned about rising sea levels and the effect of mankind on the ocean’s ecosystem.

The Cold War may have passed but Russia’s still having disagreements with the West. Some people still believe whatever the media tells them, with certain tabloids having their own agenda. I like the fact it was told from the point of view of two radio scriptwriters. They had a reason to be involved but out of the action, for the most part. For a story about the world under threat, there’s a very personal feeling. I like to think Mike and Phyllis would be a comforting presence on the radio in that kind of situation.

A lot of the book is full of media speculation. There’s a huge sense of déjà vu with some of it. The whole surmising of what happened to a missing boat section reminded me so much of the recent media coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. We don’t know anything but we have to report something mind-set. Some things never change.

One of Wyndham’s strongest themes is the idea that humans aren’t all that secure in their position at the top of the food chain. His writing isn’t full of doom and gloom and I think he always gives us hope. His choice of protagonists are good, kind people, the sort of people you’d probably want to look after us in a disaster but ultimately never are.

Some of the language is just delightful. It’s a bit old-fashioned in places, yes, but it adds a certain charm. I especially enjoyed the repeated use of the word “boffins”. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey into the works of Wyndham!

This also ticks off #7 on my Lucky No. 14 Challenge for this year (woohoo, I've made a start!).

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