News: The Book Smugglers Have Been Ruffling Feathers


Check out the book review proving to be as divisive as the book being reviewed.

Robert A. Heinlein and his works have always divided opinion, so it’s fitting that a review of one of his best, should do the same.


On Wednesday, Ana and Thea of The Book Smugglers blog posted a joint review of Robert Heinlein’s Hugo Award winning science fiction novel, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. The review (which is rather critical) has caused a little bit of a stir, which is kind of appropriate considering that Heinlein is such a polarising author.

I’m not going to comment for or against the review, as opinions by book reviewers should not be considered to be wrong or right. But if you’d like to read the review for yourself, the link is here.



The Spotlight: The Lions Of Al-Rassan By Guy Gavriel Kay


Published almost twenty years ago, it’s long past time for me to check this book out; maybe for you, too.


Book CoverThe Lions Of Al-Rassan by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay is a book that has been recommended to me on a number of occasions, by several different people, so it has been on my to read list for a while now. I recently got hold of a copy, though it’s likely to be a few weeks before I actually get around to reading it.

For the benefit of those readers who, like me, have not read this book yet, here is a brief summary of the appeal of the book, and hopefully why it may also be a title that will be of interest to you.

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News: The Nominations For The Arthur C. Clarke Award


The shortlist for Britain’s most prestigious sci-fi award has been revealed.

Here are the six titles vying to be crowned the best novel of the year at the upcoming award ceremony, in May.


The short list for the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced earlier this week. The six nominated books were selected from a total of 112 eligible submissions from 42 publishers/imprints.


The six nominations for the Best Science Fiction Novel of the year, are:

God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Del Rey)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
The Disestablishment Of Paradise by Phillip Mann (Gollancz)
Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
The Adjacent by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
The Machine by James Smythe (Blue Door)

If you are wondering why you should care about this award, well, you don’t have to if you don’t want to. But the Arthur C. Clarke Award is regarded as one of the most prestigious accolades for Science Fiction literature in the UK.


The annual award is presented for the best science fiction novel of the year, and selected from a shortlist of novels whose UK first edition was published in the previous calendar year.

The Award was originally established by a generous grant from Sir Arthur C. Clarke with the aim of promoting science fiction, and is currently administered by the Serendip Foundation.

The winner is judged by a jury panel and selected from an initial shortlist of six eligible novels. The panel of judges is made up of a voluntary body of distinguished writers, critics and fans with the panel line-up changing every year.


Review: Last Of The Wilds By Trudi Canavan


Two new characters help to alleviate some of the disappointment of the first book of the trilogy.


Book CoverLast Of The Wilds
(The Age Of The Five Trilogy, Book 2)

Trudi Canavan

Genre: High Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 624 Pages
Date: 4th March 2010 (First Published 2006)

ISBN-10: 1841499641
ISBN-13: 978-1841499642

Purchase From: Amazon | Book Depository

The first book of Trudi Canavan’s Age Of The Five trilogy was a decidedly underwhelming affair; this is especially true for those readers who loved The Black Magician Trilogy. With that being the case, one could be forgiven for approaching book two, Last Of The Wilds, with a sense of trepidation. In fact, I would recommend that readers keep their expectations in check, for while this sequel is an improvement on Priestess Of The White, it is not a significant one.

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Update: Normal Service Will Be Resumed



Hello fellow bookworms! Some of you may be wondering why this blog hasn’t been updated for a while. Well, somehow it had escaped my notice that it has been over a month since my last post; I didn’t realise it was quite that long. Why it has been so long isn’t really important, but let’s just say that real life concerns have a habit of encroaching upon my time.

Anyway, normal service will now be resumed. I won’t allow the blog to go so long without any updates, so I’ll be posting regularly once more; starting with another book review which will be posted shortly.

Thanks for reading.

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