Delighted to say my quirky, dark and unusual short story “The Mines Of Sorrow” is being published this month in Theakers’ Quarterly. Very pleased!
Entertaining, well-written and interesting YA novel based on the notorious wrecking in 1630 of the Dutch trading vessel Batavia (on which Mike Dash’s excellent Batavia’s Graveyard focussed). Uses material from the time, current research into Aborigine genetics and imagination to conjure up a great tale. Recommended.
Great historical YA novel about two young women living in the plague-ridden London of 1665. Lots of atmosphere and perhaps not a lot of plot, but it doesn’t matter, as the pages keep turning. Bit of a sudden ending, but overall a very enjoyable novel.
Delighted to say my story The Chosen One will appear in the forthcoming anthology Tales From Beyond The Veil from the Tickety Boo Press. Good luck to Gary Compton with this project.
Ros Jackson’s review of ‘Xana-La’ from “Where Are We Going?” (Warpcore)
Where are we going? It’s a question all science fiction asks in one way or another, but with a couple of notable exceptions this anthology of odd journeys doesn’t take us to the far reaches of outer space or the distant future. Rather it’s about finding the unexplored and the eerie right here on Earth, often in places we thought we knew… I suppose I’m biased towards writing that takes me somewhere upbeat. And where could be more cheerful than Shangri-La, or Xana-La as Stephen Palmer renames it in his steampunk adventure of the same name. Franclin and Pharaday are members of the Suicide Club of dedicated travellers, and they set out in a flying “machinora” in search of a legendary secret city. This irreverent story is full of eccentric chaps and gleaming with brass.
The review covers many of the other stories too from this great anthology by Eibonvale Press.
A good book, but it suffered I thought from a tendancy in modern non-fiction to essentially be collections of knowledge linked by a theme. There was no personality of the author in the book. Not that you necessarily need that, but this is not the first book that, though erudite, seemed to be a posh wikipedia of a work.
I felt this too about “Jerusalem,” which, though it had an obvious theme, was to my eyes a chronological collection of bad men doing bad things to one another, with little about the city itself.
In this book we learn a lot about the sun.
The Goldilocks Planet: The 4 Billion Year Story of Earth’s Climate, by Jan Zalasiewicz & Mark Williams
This is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Using the most up-to-date scientific appraisals, the authors describe what is known about the 4 billion year history of Earth’s climate. Written for the layman, the book is easy to read, engaging and superbly written. Highly recommended.