2014 Book Illustration Competition long-list announced

A Sean McSorley illustration

The House of Illustration and The Folio Society have announced the 25 long-listed entries for the Book Illustration Competition 2014. There were entries from 30 countries. A gallery of the top 25 entries can be seen on the House of Illustration website. This year’s book is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which first appeared […]

Hans Christian Andersen Award Jury announces 2014 shortlist

The Hans Christian Andersen award

Six authors and six illustrators have been selected from 58 candidates submitted by 33 national sections of IBBY for the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award. The award, launched in 1958, is considered the most prestigious in international children’s literature. It is given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People to an author […]

Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars read by Simon Vance

River of Stars audio-book cover

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Guy Gavriel Kay’s River of Stars, a return to the world and setting of his critically acclaimed Under Heaven, narrated by Simon Vance and first released in July 2013. This was not my first experience of a collaboration between author Guy Gavriel Kay and narrator […]

Gollancz to reduce eBook editions of 2014 debuts to £1.99

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade cover

Gollancz, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, has decided to reduce the price of the eBook editions of debut novels to £1.99 for the week of publication. Gollancz have over the years launched the careers of authors including Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Elspeth Cooper, Elizabeth May, Suzanne McLeod, Hannu Rajaniemi […]

Failure to Launch: I could not reach the finish

Heartwood (Elemental Wars, #1) book cover

As a reviewer I have a lot of books on my To-Be-Read pile. It is probably more books than I will be able to get to in the next five years. I’m not a particularly fast reader, and I always feel an obligation to finish every book that is sent to me for review. But […]

Sequel to classic Wastelands anthology due out 2015


2008’s Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse was an anthology of post-apocalyptic and dystopian short stories written by a collection of the world’s finest authors. I read it whilst on holiday the summer just gone and I absolutely loved it, every story was good while some of them were wonderful, amongst the best I have read […]

A discussion on speculative fiction, cosy-catastrophe and sci-fi

J. G. Ballard

By Cat Fitzpatrick The driving force behind Science Fiction is the exploration of possible futures. Are we becoming ensnared by too much repetition of well-worn themes or is there still scope for speculative thinking? Cat Fitzpatrick reports on a discussion between authors Simon Ings, Christopher Priest, Nina Allan and Joanna Kavenna on whether there is […]

Fergus McCartan: My book addiction in review

Dodger by Terry Pratchett cover

2013 has been a good year for feeding my book addiction. The majority of my reads have gone well and while many of the books were not from a new series I tried to branch out into the undiscovered whenever possible.  However, there is only so much time for reading for those of us with […]

Fantastic Fantasy Artwork: The Spooks Series by David Wyatt

The original (and best) cover of The Spook's Apprentice.

David Wyatt is an illustrator with a highly  impressive body of work. On my own book shelves alone his artwork can be found on familiar titles like Peter Pan in Scarlet, The Hobbit, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and Larklight. He has also illustrated for Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett and Brian Jacques but the artwork […]

Movie review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug poster

Review by Joshua S Hill Living in Australia I was already unlucky enough to have to wait until Boxing Day for the national release of the ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, but thanks to a stroke of luck I was able to attend the movie premiere on Tuesday night in one of Melbourne’s oldest […]

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