Author: Chris McCrudden (twitter) UK Publisher: Farrago Genre: Science Fiction, Comedy In space, no one can hear you clean… When Darren’s charge-cart gets knocked off the Earth-to-Mars highway and lost in space forever, he thinks his day can’t get any worse. When Kelly sees Darren accidentally short-circuit a talking lamppost, and its camera captures her face as it … Continue reading REVIEW: Battlestar Suburbia – Chris McCrudden
Author: Enid Blyton (website) UK Publisher: Hachette Children's Group Genre: Children's books Darrell Rivers is off to boarding school for the first time. She quickly settles down and makes new friends, including the clever and mischievous Alicia, who delights the form with her practical jokes. But the first term is not all fun and Darrell has … Continue reading REVISITED: First Term At Malory Towers – Enid Blyton
Autumn is my favourite time of year, and late summer where my garden is still in flower, but there's a chill in the air and there's that wonderful golden light? That's my absolute jam. Sitting outside in the sunshine in the afternoon, then curling up under a blanket inside in the evening feeling cosy is … Continue reading BLOG: August and September Round-Up
Author: Jodi Taylor (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Headline Genre: Humour, SFF 'So tell me, Dr Maxwell, if the whole of History lay before you ... where would you go? What would you like to witness?' When Madeleine Maxwell is recruited by the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research, she discovers the historians there don't just study the … Continue reading REVIEW: Just One Damned Thing After Another – Jodi Taylor
Yesterday Gollancz, the oldest SFF publisher in the UK, and Ben Aaronovitch, author of the Rivers of London series, announced the launch of the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, in partnership with National Novel Writing Month and The Good Literary Agency. This is a huge and very exciting deal. Gollancz is full of … Continue reading BLOG: The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award – and Recs!
Author: Alix E. Harrow (twitter) UK Publisher: Orbit Genre: Historical fantasy EVERY STORY OPENS A DOOR In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored and utterly out … Continue reading REVIEW: The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow
Author: Soniah Kamal (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Allison & Busby Genre: Romance, satire, adaptation When Alys’s family is invited to the wedding of the century in their town, her mother, the indomitable Mrs Binat, excitedly coaches her five unmarried daughters on the art of husband hunting. Alys’s eldest sister Jena quickly catches the eye of … Continue reading REVIEW: Unmarriageable – Soniah Kamal
Why do I need an agent? What do they even do? There are a lot of reasons why people might not want to explore getting a literary agent. For some, it's just another gatekeeper to getting their writing to a publisher, another hoop to jump through which can seem exhausting and unnecessary. For others, the … Continue reading BLOG: Publishing Questions – Why do I need a Literary Agent?
Author: Catherynne M. Valente (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Corsair Genre: Sci-fi, humour, EUROVISION IN SPACE EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SING A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was … Continue reading REVIEW: Space Opera – Catherynne M. Valente
Author: Cassandra Parkin (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Salt Genre: Short stories, modern fairy tales, magic realism In contemporary America, an un-named college student sets out on an obsessive journey of discovery to collect and record the life-stories of total strangers. The interviews that follow have echoes of another, far more famous literary journey, undertaken long … Continue reading REVIEW: New World Fairy Tales – Cassandra Parkin