REVIEW: Just One Damned Thing After Another – Jodi Taylor

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

BLOG: The Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award – and Recs!

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!

REVIEW: The Ten Thousand Doors of January – Alix E. Harrow

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

REVIEW: Unmarriageable – Soniah Kamal

  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

BLOG: Publishing Questions – Why do I need a Literary Agent?

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?

REVIEW: Space Opera – Catherynne M. Valente

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

REVIEW: New World Fairy Tales – Cassandra Parkin

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

REVIEW: Sarong Party Girls – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Author: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Allen & Unwin Genre: Humour, contemporary fiction Just before her twenty-seventh birthday, Jazzy hatches a plan. Before the year is out, she and her best girlfriends will all have spectacular weddings to rich ang moh - Western expat - husbands, with Chanel babies to follow. As Jazzy - razor-sharp … Continue reading REVIEW: Sarong Party Girls – Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

REVIEW: The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2) – R.F. Kuang

Author: R.F. Kuang (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction (ish) See Also: The Poppy War Rin is on the run… Haunted by the atrocity she committed to save her people, addicted to opium, and driven by the murderous commands of Phoenix, the vengeful god who has blessed Rin with her fearsome power. … Continue reading REVIEW: The Dragon Republic (Poppy War #2) – R.F. Kuang