Review: Red Rising

Red Rising by Pierce Brown Red Rising Saga #1 Hodder 2014 Paperback 382 pages Science Fiction; Speculative Fiction; Dystopian Fiction

I’ve barely started and I’m already finding this review hard to write – not for the usual reasons, though. It’s hard because all I really want to be doing right now is reading the […]

Review: The Power

The Power by Naomi Alderman Penguin Books 2017 (2016) Paperback 339 pages Speculative Fiction; Dystopian Fiction

What is it men have that has enabled them to fill the role of dominant gender, right across the world? The pervasive nature of patriarchy leads many to believe it is ‘natural’, ‘normal’, ‘right’ and ‘god-given’. Yet, it […]

Review: Terra Nullius

Terra Nullius by Claire G Coleman Winner of the black&write! Fellowship Hachette 2017 Paperback 290 pages Fiction This deceptively simple novel offers a powerful and damning examination of Australia’s colonial history and the price paid by the continent’s diverse first peoples. It is also impossible to discuss or review this book without destroying the source […]

Review: The Natural Way of Things

The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood Allen & Unwin 2015 Trade Paperback with Flaps 313 pages Speculative Fiction

Charlotte Wood’s fifth novel is a disturbing yet beautiful and thought-provoking exploration into the misogyny lurking beneath Australia’s good-natured, laid-back, egalitarian image. It is inspired, in part, by the Hay Institution for Girls, “an […]

Review: White is for Witching

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi Picador 2010 (2009) Trade Paperback 245 pages Gothic Fiction; Speculative Fiction; Magical Realism; Horror

Twins Miranda and Eliot Silver move into their grandmother Anna Good’s large, strange old house in Dover, England, with their parents, Luc Dufresne and Lily Silver, after GrandAnna dies. Luc, a Frenchman, opens […]

Review: The Mad Scientist's Daughter

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke Angry Robot 2013 Trade Paperback 391 pages Speculative Fiction; Science Fiction

I was looking forward to reading this novel, described as “A tale of love, loss and robots”, and wasn’t really sure, when I started, just what kind of book it is. If we want to […]

Review: The Wonders

The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly Affirm Press 2014 Trade Paperback 301 pages Fiction; Speculative Fiction

The word ‘circus’ has many uses in today’s English: aside from the regular, traditional circus, featuring clowns and elephants, there is also the (arguably) metaphorical circus of the media, or politics. Coupled with the concept of a circus as […]

Review: Landline

Landline by Rainbow Rowell Orion Books 2014 Hardback 308 pages Fiction; Speculative Fiction; Magical Realism; Romance

Georgie McCool is a television writer, working with her partner, Seth, on a popular sitcom that they both detest. When they successfully pitch a new TV show to a producer – their own show, that they will have […]