Shamefully, I hadn't actually read any Ray Bradbury before picking up this book. In fact, while I knew the titles of some of his works, unlike Stephen King I didn't have any real knowledge of the content of any of his book either.
This book has always ranked fairly highly for me among Heyer's work, largely because it is the sequel to These Old Shades and therefore gave me more of my favourite characters. I don't think that Heyer has done many sequels, so this makes it fairly unusual...
Coming back to Malory Towers a good few months after reading the first one, I was ready and braced for more decent Darrell/Mary-Lou shipping. I was delighted by that unexpected twist when I read the first book, however there wasn't actually a huge amount in book two.
Author: Micaiah Johnson (twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Science fiction Reasons Cara has died: - The emperor of the wasteland wanted to make an example of her mother and started with her - One of her mother's boyfriends wanted to cover up what he did to her - She was born addicted and her lungs … Continue reading REVIEW: The Space Between Worlds – Micaiah Johnson
Author: Laura Lam (website / twitter) and Elizabeth May (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Gollancz Genre: Science fiction, space opera When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy's most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the … Continue reading REVIEW: Seven Devils – Laura Lam and Elizabeth May
Author: Alex Myers (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Harper Voyager Genre: Historical fantasy, Arthurian legend A knightly fairy tale of royalty and dragons, of midwives with secrets and dashing strangers in dark inns. Taking the original French legend as his starting point, The Story of Silence is a rich, multilayered new story for today’s world – sure … Continue reading REVIEW: The Story of Silence – Alex Myers
Author: Daniel O'Malley (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Head of Zeus Genre: Contemporary fantasy 'The body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow … Continue reading REVISITED: The Rook – Daniel O’Malley
Author: Lucy Knisley (twitter / instagram / website) UK Publisher: First Second Genre: Non-fiction, autobiography, comics Also see: Something New; Kid Gloves Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Following the completion of her pregnancy memoir Kid Gloves (and the birth of her baby), Lucy embarked on a new project: documenting new motherhood … Continue reading REVIEW: Go to Sleep (I Miss You) – Lucy Knisley
Author: Melissa Bashardoust (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Fantasy, fairy tale There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a … Continue reading REVIEW: Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Melissa Bashardoust
I have always considered myself to be a conscientious and broad reader, although in recent years I've been trying to make a conscious effort to do two things: Read more books by women Read more books by non-White authors In light of the recent campaigns, and as I now have two and a half years' … Continue reading BLOG: Reading Widely – Challenging Myself to Be Better