Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee

Since I was a child, there was something that always appealed to me about the idea of families as clans. Likely due to my mother, who was always someone who watched documentaries or told me stories about the Kennedies, the fashionable Gucci’s or the Versace family and of course her favourite of them all, the…

Review: Leviathans Wake by James S.A Corey

***Trigger warnings for body horror, gore, blood loss, gun violence, alcoholism and genocide.*** I recently realised when looking at my shelves that a lot of the science fiction I read tends to be standalone, trilogies or companion series. The Expanse series (both books and show) has been on my radar for a long time so…

Review: Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

***Trigger warnings for gun violence, torture, beatings, police brutality and murder*** I love a good mystery. There’s something very enthralling in reading about those living on the edge of some big plot that they fell into uncovering all the while watching them go about their lives, almost like a fly on the wall. Noir as…

Review: A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

It’s not often I go back to a series I abandoned years ago. I generally carry on with whatever series have my attention, finish them or go looking for new ones. Especially when it comes to SFF and the constant influx of new, exciting voices are always coming in to the genres. But I’ve been…

Review: Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton

****Trigger warnings for death of a parent, mentions of rape and sexual abuse, child abandonment, cannibalism (dragons eating dragons), estrangement and death of an infant**** So over this year, I’ve been taking note of my reading tastes and particular trends I go through. I’m very much a mood reader at heart but I do know…

Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune

***Trigger warnings: Mentions of child abuse, child neglect, bullying and anxiety. More details on rep detailed here *** SFF as a whole doesn’t have many stories that I myself would call uplifting. Of course they are there to be sought out! Becky Chambers’s Wayfarers series is often referred to as “hope punk’ for the optimistic…

Review: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

****Trigger warnings for blood letting, murder, death of a parent (off page), child neglect/abandonment, self harm and murder.**** It’s been a while since I went off the beaten track SFF wise and just picked up a book on a whim. I’m aware of Kat Howard’s work mostly because of her run on The Books of…

Review: Half-Off Ragnarok by Seanan McGuire

Over the year, I’ve been slowly reading my way through Seanan McGuire’s Incryptid series and it’s really been a gateway for me back into urban fantasy. I sadly couldn’t get to this book, the third in the series, until now just due to life, work and being a human. While my opinion of the last…

Review: Deathless by Catherynne M.Valente

So if it’s something I love, is a weird, polarising book. All the better if it’s something of a retelling or incorporates elements of folklore and stories past. I generally go out of my way to find them and not until I moved earlier this year did I realise that Deathless was one of those…

Review: Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer tends to be an auto buy author for me. I’ve pretty much been on board since I read Annihilation back in 2018 and saw the spectacular film not long after. There is a certain appeal to me for how he uses New Weird elements mixed with classic scifi tropes, borderline horror and just…