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 […]

My favourite audio-book narrators

The Amulet of Samarkand audio-book on my iPod using the Audible app.

I had always enjoyed audio-books but until recent years had not really listened to that many, always preferring print over audio. But when life left me with less and less reading time, then took me off the train and put me behind the wheel of a car, I found that I had on average two […]

World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit

World of Warcraft Trivial Pursuit box cover image

I am, and always have been, a big fan of the trivial. By which I mean, trivia, and therefore, I have always done rather well whenever anyone challenged me to a game of Trivial Pursuit. Many family memories are situated around the Trivial Pursuit board, trying and succeeding to fill up my little pie and […]

Graham Joyce wins British Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Some Kind of Fairy Tale cover image

Graham Joyce received a standing ovation at the 1,000-strong awards ceremony of the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Sunday 2nd November 2013. Picking up the Best Fantasy Novel Award for an unprecedented sixth time in his career, Joyce was earlier this year diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma cancer. The event marked his first public appearance […]

Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep read by Will Patton

Doctor Sleep audio-book cover.

The following is a review of the audio-book edition of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining and narrated by Will Patton, first released in September 2013. I came to listen to Doctor Sleep with the advantage of having just recently read The Shining. Although it is not essential that all read The […]

An extract from Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

Author Tim Powers.

We have some exciting news regarding the brilliant Tim Powers. He is coming to the UK to take part in this year’s World Fantasy Convention in Brighton. And this ties in nicely with the publication of the paperback of his latest novel, Hide Me Among the Graves. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the […]

Vespasian: Rome’s Executioner read by Peter Kenny

Vespasian: Rome's Executioner audio-book cover.

Vespasian proved to be quite a turn-up for the audio-books. Seldom have I not especially liked a book’s beginnings yet by the end been completely won over – it often happens the other way around but I am delighted to say that Vespasian managed this feat. And to try and explain why I think this […]

Books of the Month

A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read. See past winners.