East of Croydon
Since it’s Nonfiction November I should probably share some non-fiction reviews! East of Croydon follows Sue Perkins on her travels around Asia whilst filming documentaries for the BBC. It also covers her father’s terminal cancer and coming to terms with death of a loved one….
The Silence of the Girls
Briseis is a young Trojan woman whose city falls to the Greeks. The men and boys are slaughtered and the women taken as slaves. Briseis is awarded to Achilles as a trophy of war. This is her story. Great Achilles. Brilliant Achilles, shining Achilles… How…
By the Pricking of Her Thumb
By the Pricking of Her Thumb is the sequel to The Real-Town Murders and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous book. Alma’s debt is piling up and she really needs a few good jobs to keep paying for Marguerite’s increasingly obscure medication….
In Inferior, Angela Saini looks at the bias at work in science, specifically when it comes to studies in sex difference. From Darwin’s frankly appalling (but of his time) attitude to women to modern day studies, Saini looks at their evidence and takes apart theories…
Record of a Spaceborn Few
The Exodus Fleet carried humans from a broken Earth to new planets, but not all chose to leave those ships. A Record of a Spaceborn Few explores the lives of those who live on board the Asteria and the customs developed over centuries of life…
It completely passed me by that Naomi Novik’s Uprooted was based on Beauty and the Beast, but Spinning Silver is clearly inspired by Rumpelstiltskin, yet also so much more. Miryem is the moneylender’s daughter, her father being far too nice for the profession. When she…
A Reaper at the Gates
Sabaa Tahir hits the spot for my epic fantasy needs. Her characters show compassion in a bloody world but also must do what needs to be done, even if feelings will be hurt. I basically inhaled A Reaper at the Gates and will now be…
Into the Drowning Deep
Into the Drowning Deep reminded me in many ways of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, but instead of dinosaurs, there are killer mermaids. It’s set in the very near future, enough to allow for some slight technological advances and a bit more damage to the environment….
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