June was honeymoon month, something I’ve been looking forward to since the wedding last year. The cruise was great and we visited some amazing places (Oporto, Barcelona, Villefrance/Monaco, Rome, Naples/Pompeii, Cartagena, Gibraltar), but it was also quite tiring and non-stop on the port days. I did manage to get a fair amount of reading done, and the balcony view (see featured image) was an amazing place to relax. Continue reading “June 2017”
A new kickstarter campaign is up and running that readers of this site may find interesting: Improbable Botany, an anthology about alien plant invasions and botanical futures from ten leading science fiction authors. Have a read on for more information.
Improbable Botany is a brand-new science fiction anthology about alien plant conquests, fantastical ecosystems, benevolent dictatorships and techno-utopias.
This is the book plants don’t want you to read…
Improbable Botany features newly commissioned short stories by ten multi-award winning science fiction authors:
Ken MacLeod, Cherith Baldry, Eric Brown, Simon Morden, Adam Roberts, James Kennedy, Stephen Palmer, Justina Robson, Tricia Sullivan and Lisa Tuttle.
In support of the authors’ contributions, the book has been edited by Gary Dalkin, a former judge of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and former editor of Vector: The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association.
We are delighted to say that Improbable Botany features incredibly rich and evocative jacket artwork, along with six full-colour illustrations, by Jonathan Burton – whose outstanding body of work has been featured by The Folio Society, Penguin Books, BAFTA, HarperCollins, Random House and The New York Times.
The book is being produced by Wayward, a London-based landscape, art and architecture practice – an award-winning collective of designers, artists and urban growers. Since 2006, we have transformed derelict sites into large-scale, design-driven spaces for local communities.
(I should have posted this at the start of the month, but got caught up in sorting the holiday. Oops!).
Another busy month in May, and with the weather getting nicer I’m managing to get out for more walks, which in turn means I’m getting to listen to some more audiobooks. It also means I’m not staying in watching as many movies/TV shows or playing as many games… Continue reading “May 2017”
I’m more or less back into the swing of things now after a slow February and March. Still not 100% back up to speed, certainly as far as exercising goes, but getting there! Continue reading “April 2017”
I know these updates are supposed to be monthly, but you’ll have to forgive my radio silence since the end of January. I’d been waiting for an operation date since last June and it finally came through for Feb 23rd – suffice to say that preparation time and recovery time meant that any free time I hoped to have vanished. All went well and I’m well on the road to recovery now, but it’s been a combination of mega busy in the run up to the operation, then quiet and uncomfortable afterwards. I had expected to devour books as I recovered, but found that my concentration wasn’t up to it, so I’ve been gorging myself on films and games. Hopefully all is going to be back to normal soon! Continue reading “February & March 2017”
I always look forward to January: new year, fresh start. It’s typically the month that I read lots of books while the dark nights continue to plague my energy and motivation. This January was no different, and I hope that some trends continue throughout 2017 while others die as the days get lighter and longer… Continue reading “January 2017”
I decided to go ahead and make a page over on Facebook for the site, so please head on over and like away! While I’ll be linking to here and SFFWorld.com when my reviews go up, I’m also aiming to use it as a more general platform for all my random thoughts. It likely won’t have an abundance of content on a daily basis, but there may be a nugget or two every so often that may be of interest…
Another year in reading to look back, on what a year it’s been. I’ve surpassed my previous best of 128 reads last year and got up to 135 books read this year. I’m not quite sure how I managed that as it works out to be a book every 2.7 days! This was the year where I decided to read mainly science fiction, and to pick up books based solely on if I liked the sound of it. Read on for the stats… Continue reading “What I Read in 2016”
There were some good books released in 2016, and while I didn’t manage to read every one I had on my radar, I did manage to get through a fair few. Below are my top picks of 2016 releases, and also some of my favourite pre-2016 releases that I read. Continue reading “My Top 10 Books of 2016”
The final month of 2016 went by in a blur, with too much eating and drinking going on, and nowhere near enough moderation! Still, it was a good way to end the year. I’ll be posting up my favourite books of 2016 soon, along with a few other posts about my general reading and various thoughts. Continue reading “December 2016”