Tough Travels – Assassins

Tough TravellingEvery month, Fantasy Faction runs a feature where they seek out examples of fantasy tropes. Other bloggers are welcome to join in, finding their own books to match the given topic. This week’s topic is assassins:

Assassins are ubiquitous throughout fantasyland. Sharp-eyed readers (or even dull-eyed ones) will notice that their hooded forms often adorn book covers, and that they frequently appear – rather improbably – not to mind being the sole focus of our attention. Whether they’re spotlight hogs or camera-shy and brooding, most assassins will have trained for years and are very, VERY good at their job (i.e. killing people for money).

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H is for Hawk – Helen MacDonald (Review)

HifHH is for Hawk is about a hawk. A goshawk, specifically. But it’s not just about that. It’s also about T. H. White, and falconry, and the grieving process.

After the death of her father, Helen MacDonald returns to her childhood hobby of falconry. She withdraws from society and begins training a goshawk – a famously grumpy and difficult-to-train bird. Through this training, and her growing relationship with the hawk (Mabel), MacDonald deals with her grief and explores ideas about nature and identity.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me stop reading

Top Ten Tuesday“Top Ten Tuesday” is a feature started by “The Broke and the Bookish“, in which people list their top ten books that match some given criterion. It changes every week, and happens on a Tuesday. Lots (a frankly ridiculous number) of bloggers take part. This week’s topic is “Top ten things that will make me instantly not want to read a book”. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Things that make me stop reading”

Spire – Fiona Snyckers (Review)

SpireDoctor Caroline Burchell is a specialist in virology at the most unusual research centre in the world. Spire is a high-tech facility in the Antarctic wastes – a structure designed to cope with the brutal winters, and to keep the inhabitants alive for the months when no outside help can get to them.

When people start falling ill with exotic diseases, suspicion falls on Caroline. She’s the only one with access to the viruses. Apparently alone in a facility filled with corpses, Caroline has to find a way to survive the winter and convince the outside world that she’s not a crazed eco-terrorist. As she desperately tries to keep the facility functional, she can’t escape the feeling that she’s being watched.    Continue reading “Spire – Fiona Snyckers (Review)”

Now Following You – Fiona Snyckers

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Jamie Burchell is all over social media. She uses every service imaginable to talk about her life – the ups, the downs, the hot neighbour she keeps seeing out running. When she’s not tweeting, Jamie works on her web serial, or in the café she runs with a friend.

As her popularity online grows, Jamie finds that she is the target of a stalker – someone who watches her every move and is desperate for her attention.

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Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (Review)

Vanity_Fair_01_coverI always forget, when not reading the classics, that the reason they are classics is because they are very, very good. Yes, they take a little more energy to engage with, but it’s absolutely worth it.

I read Vanity Fair because I’d been meaning to for years, and finally mustered the enthusiasm. Then I read it voraciously and rapidly, because once I was past the initial reluctance, I was hooked. This happens every time I pick up something highly regarded but ostensibly dull, and I really should learn from this.  Continue reading “Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray (Review)”

Eight – W. W. Mortensen (Review)

EDeep in the jungles of South America, an expedition searches for a lost city and a new source of potentially limitless power. But something is stirring in the ancient ruins – something ancient, dangerous, and hungry.

Rebecca Riley, an entomologist, joins the expedition at the request of her former partner, facing her deepest fears in search of his deepest desire. What was promised to be a journey of scientific discover quickly becomes a desperate struggle for survival.
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