BOOK REC: Aurora’s End (The Aurora Cycle #3) – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufmann

Something that really blows my mind a little about this trilogy is that I got the first instalment as a Christmas present in 2019. I think I finally started reading it in... I want to say May 2020? So even though this series does predate the pandemic, it also has basically been something which has carried me through it. To start and finish a new trilogy during something like that feels somewhat surreal. It's been just the escapist, easy-reading treat I needed and sparked the right parts of my brain to make be just sit back and enjoy the ride.

REVIEW: Foundation – Isaac Asimov

Asimov has become known as one of the greats of science fiction literature for decades. His catalogue is vast, and his awards collection equally so. He had a reputation for writing "hard" SFF, which always made me feel a little uneasy about starting his books, as someone who is not always super comfortable with hard SFF.

REVIEW: The Time Machine – H.G. Wells

I stumbled across The Island of Dr Moreau by H.G. Wells and thought it was wonderfully chilling. I never got around to reading The Time Machine, however, and given as lockdown has presented me with a lot more reading time than anticipated, I thought I'd seize the opportunity.

REVISITED: Lord of Light – Roger Zelazny

My dad and I didn't generally overlap on our reading tastes very often. He was always disappointed I couldn't get through Lord of the Rings, while I was shocked at his distaste for "that Pratchett man". There were a handful that we shared. The Incredible Journey was one, and Lord of Light was another.

REVIEW: Seven Devils – Laura Lam and Elizabeth May

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

REVIEW: How to Build a Boyfriend from Scratch – Sarah Archer

Author: Sarah Archer (website / twitter) UK Publisher: HarperCollins Genre: Science fiction, romcom In the US, this book is titled The Plus One. Dating is hard. Being dateless at your perfect sister's wedding is harder. Meet Kelly. A brilliant but socially awkward robotics engineer desperately seeking a wedding date… Meet Ethan. Intelligent, gorgeous, brings out the … Continue reading REVIEW: How to Build a Boyfriend from Scratch – Sarah Archer

REVIEW: Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Authors: Amie Kaufman (website / twitter) and Jay Kristoff (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Rock the Boat Genre: Science fiction, YA The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded … Continue reading REVIEW: Aurora Rising (Aurora Cycle #1) – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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