Odds and Ends

I've been attempting to finish a bunch of series over the last few months, to clear my reading backlog. This has been progressing well, but I've encountered the (I guess) inevitable problem wherein a series fizzles out or implodes or just ends kinda weirdly. Here are a couple of the series that didn't live up to … Continue reading Odds and Ends

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Other People’s Bookcases – The Unboxing

My parents cleared out their garage last week, and came across a number of forgotten boxes (twenty years forgotten, apparently). Some of these boxes contained embarrassing diaries written by myself and my sisters between the ages of 6 and 8. Some contained books. Most I'm assuming belong to my mother. She appears to have rescued … Continue reading Other People’s Bookcases – The Unboxing

Other People’s Bookcases 2

Here is another instalment of what I hope will be an ongoing feature. I have two sisters, who possess quite different reading tastes and habits. Meet Sibling II. What is your favourite book? It varies over time. Currently, The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson. Why? For a small book (and particularly since I've not tried Sanderson's other books), it really pulled me in: … Continue reading Other People’s Bookcases 2

Review: ‘League of Dragons’

'League of Dragons' by Naomi Novik Fantasy Synopsis Napoleon's invasion of Russia has been roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire pursue the retreating enemy through the unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a new force. While the emperor regroups, the allies have the opportunity to strike first and defeat him once and … Continue reading Review: ‘League of Dragons’