Science Fiction & Fantasy

Every now and then I pick up a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it is so very refreshing, like taking a sip of a cold drink on a hot day. Wicked Charms, by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton, is just such a book. The witty, intelligent, tongue-in-cheek style is a nod to… Read More

Although I was looking forward to reading Speak, I did assume I could predict the story as soon as I saw the words “artificial intelligence” in the blurb. AI fiction varies in quality, but it almost always contains the universal warning that machines will take over. Louisa Hall, however, makes a welcome adjustment in warning… Read More

Wicked is the story of The Wicked Witch of the West, that famously scary villain from The Wizard of Oz. It is a chronicle of her life from the day of her birth, through her infancy, her adolescence and her murky middle years, right up till the arrival of Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto… Read More

“A young hero. Barbaric monsters. An impossible quest.” Matthew Reilly’s Troll Mountain has all the ingredients necessary to create an action-packed fable for all ages. In an isolated valley, in a tribe of humans live Raf, a scrawny 17 year old, and his younger sister Kira. After being orphaned as children, thanks to a rogue troll and… Read More

Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands is a kind of post-apocalyptic retelling of the Lewis and Clark’s expedition across America in the early nineteenth century. Set 150 years into the future, a devastating illness, which caused its sufferers’ lungs to burn and for them to cough up blood until they died, has wiped out all but a… Read More

A cursed sleep is moving across the fairytale land, while a Princess sleeps unreachable at its center. Many have tried to save her before, and all have failed. A faraway Queen seeks to break the curse before it reaches her people – but of course, all is not as it seems… At first glance this… Read More

The Song of Achilles is the début novel of Madeline Miller and winner of the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction. Set in Ancient Greece in the time of Gods and heroes it tells the story of Achilles, the greatest hero of them all, through the eyes of the man who loved him most. Patroclus is… Read More

A Wizard of Earthsea is a classic of high fantasy; high as in dragons, lords, ladies, wizards and dark magic.  It tells the story of Ged, a young boy who would grow up to become a very famous wizard, as he leaves his home on the island of Gent (which is itself famous for wizards… Read More

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