January 2018

After a very busy 2017 I’ve decided the 2018 is going to be a quieter one for me. I’m going to cut back on reading goals and hopefully find a little more time for some gaming. I also need to seriously address my health and weight this year, and I’d love to get back to some regular running. I’m also hoping to get some words down on a story idea I’ve been thinking about on-and-off for a while… Continue reading “January 2018”

What I Read In 2017

2017 was a funny year for my reading. I had big plans for reading more, and for trying to fit specific books into my schedule, but for a variety of reasons things didn’t quite work out that way. I read a total of 110 books over the year, which is down from what I’ve read over the past few years, but I’m fine with that, and may even continue the trend in the coming year too. But anyway, read on for the stats… Continue reading “What I Read In 2017”

Friendly Fire by Gavin Smith

Friendly Fire is the second book in Smith’s Bastard Legion series, started earlier this year with The Bastard Legion (formerly The Hangman’s Daughter). I loved that first book and thought that there was much potential going forward with both the characters and world-building. Suffice to say my expectations were met as I read through Friendly Fire rather quickly… Continue reading “Friendly Fire by Gavin Smith”

November 2017

Despite having a week where I did next to nothing due to illness, November was a productive month. I managed to finish all DIY and the carpets are finally going down! All that is needed not is some furniture rearranging and tidying up, then relax – cannot wait. I might even be able to start reading for review again… Continue reading “November 2017”

October 2017

October was going to be a nice month, at least that was the plan, but then it just turned into a non-stop work-fest. Between a couple of weekends at work with the day job, busy nights in the restaurant, and the seemingly endless push to finish DIY at home I had no time for almost anything else. I make a habit of listening to audiobooks while driving to/from work, and while doing DIY, so if it wasn’t for that my reading consumption would be way down. Continue reading “October 2017”

September 2017

Another busy month in September, and the time I was hoping to find just didn’t materialise. Still lots to do in the house, and I’m still not fully recovered after my injury. Starting to feel somewhat guilty for my lack of blogging and reviewing, but there really isn’t much I can do about it quite yet… Continue reading “September 2017”

The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray & J. S. Herbison

The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison came to my attention a while back when the cover popped up on one of the genre sites I visit, though my memory fails as to which one. Given the spectacular John Harris cover art I was instantly interested, though it has taken me longer than planned to get to this SF salvage story with a hint of horror. And it is just what you’d expect from a story with this title and cover! Continue reading “The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray & J. S. Herbison”

Acadie by Dave Hutchinson

Best known for his Fractured Europe trilogy (though I’m more familiar with his other SF novella, The Push), Dave Hutchinson brings a short Space Opera tale to life in this excellent novella from Tor.com Publishing. Acadie is the story of Duke Farady and his job to evacuate the Writers from their home system following its discovery by the Bureau… Continue reading “Acadie by Dave Hutchinson”