Review Catch-up #2 - Speculative Fiction

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Imperial Radch #1 Orbit 2013 Trade Paperback 384 pages Science Fiction; Space Opera; Science Fantasy

The last book I read in 2016 was easily one of the best. I had read a short review of this trilogy in the Review section of the Weekend Australian (the Review section is […]

Books in Discussion - Crime Fiction

Crime is a genre I don’t read a lot of, mostly because – and this may sound contrary to the reason why so many people read and love it – I just find it to be rather boring. I’m more likely to enjoy psychological thrillers because they get deeper into characters and their neuroses, and […]

Review: The Girl With All the Gifts

The Girl with all the Gifts by MR Carey Orbit 2014 Large Format Paperback 403 pages Speculative Fiction; Apocalyptic Fiction; Horror; Science Fiction

Ten year old Melanie is a very special girl. Her life follows a specific and unchanging routine, and it is the only world she knows. In the morning, they come into […]

Review: Flight Behavior

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver Harper 2012 Hardback 433 pages Fiction

Dense with themes and vivid with imagery, Flight Behavior deftly interlaces climate and ecology concerns with the narrow scope of reality to be found in America’s Bible Belt region.

Dellarobia Turnbow is only twenty-seven but she’s already been married for ten years. Pregnant […]

Review: The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker Random House 2012 Large Format Paperback 269 pages Fiction; Speculative Fiction; Apocalyptic Fiction

On the 6th of October, the earth slows its rotation. Or rather, that’s when the scientists share the news with everyone that it had slowed down. It’s a Saturday. Julia, an only child, […]

Review: The Passage

The Passage by Justin Cronin The Passage #1 Orion Books 2010 Large Format Paperback 766 pages Fiction; Horror; Speculative Fiction; Apocalyptic Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

With the second book in the trilogy, The Twelve, coming out in October this year, I thought it was about time I dusted this off and finished it, since the […]

Review: Good Omens

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman Corgi 2006 (1990) Mass Market Paperback 402 pages Urban Fantasy; Apocalyptic Fiction

This is a tricky book to summarise, or summarise well, since it’s busy, eclectic and has no definitive main characters but rather a vast horde of them. In terms of plot, it’s about the arrival […]

Review: Watchmen

Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons DC Comics 2005 (1986) Paperback 408 pages Graphic Novel; Fantasy; Apocalyptic Fiction

Set in 1985 in New York, the Cold War is still very much alive, Nixon is settling in for yet another term as President, and masked vigilantes are considerably passé. Since the costumed adventurers of the […]