Challenges for 2016:

1.  Vintage Sci Fi: hosted by Little Red Reviewer 

For the month of January to post a book each day (has to be one that I’ve read) and post cover images.

And, of course, read some Vintage Sci Fi

2.  The 2016 Sci Fi Experience hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings

Read sci fi!  (books from the Vintage challenge also count for this one.

3.  Readalongs:

Currently taking part in a readalong of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, details here.

Currently taking part in a readalong of Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey, details here.

4.  Complete the SPFBO challenge organised by Mark Lawrence – details here

5.  Finally, to read 100-120 books during the year 2016.  To date:


  1. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James SPFBO
  2. Monstrous Little Voices by Jonathan Barnes, Emma Newman, Kate Heartfield, Fox Meadows, Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Goldenfire by A F E Smith
  4. Medusa’s Web by Tim Powers
  5. Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards
  6. City of Blades by Robert J Bennett
  7. War of the Worlds by H G Wells
  8. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  9. The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo
  10. Changers: Book One: Drew by T Cooper and Allison Glock Cooper
  11. Shattered Sands by W G Saraband
  12. Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

Month in Review


  1. The Complete Double Dead by Chuck Wendig
  2. The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  3. Nelly Dean by Alison Case
  4. What Remains of Heroes by David Benem
  5. Blood Rush by Ben Galley
  6. Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey
  7. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  8. When you Give an Imp a Penny by Henry L Herz
  9. The Silver Tide by Jen Williams
  10. Speak by Louisa Hall 
  11. Black City Saint by Richard A Knaak

Month in Review

My February Covers


  1. Radiance – review to follow
  2. US of Japan by Peter Tieryas
  3. Pieces of Hate by Tim Lebbon
  4. The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde
  5. Northwoods by Bill Schweigart
  6. Snakewood by Adrian Selby
  7. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  8. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire
  9. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  10. Fellside by M R Carey
  11. The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey
  12. Quiet Neighbours by Catriona McPherson

My Month in Review

My March Covers


  1. Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
  2. Eleanor by Jason Gurley
  3. Masks and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis
  4. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  5. The Silent Army by James A Moore (reviewed on Speculative Herald)
  6. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  7. The Warrior Witch by Danielle L Jensen
  8. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

My Month in Review

My April Covers


  1. Silent Army by James A Moore
  2. Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
  3. Kushiel’s Justice by Jacqueline Carey
  4. The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes
  5. Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
  6. The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
  7. Fish Night by Joe Lansdale
  8. The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
  9. Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
  10. Company Town by Madeline Ashby

My Month in Review

My May Covers


  1. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  2. Dragon Round by Stephen S Power
  3. Rebel’s Honor by Gwynn White
  4. Augusta  Prime by Karin Tidbeck– short story taken from the Time Traveller’s Almanac
  5. Any Other Name by Emma Newman
  6. 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough
  7. In the Shadow of the Gods by Rachel Dunne
  8. Wolf’s Empire: Gladiator by Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan

My Month in Review

My June Covers


  1. It Happened One Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton
  2. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire
  3. Bride of the Midnight King by Kat Parrish
  4. All Is Fair by Emma Newman
  5. The Hatching Ezekiel-Boone
  6. Time Siege by Wesley Chu
  7. Let Me Tell you About a Man I Knew by Susan Fletcher
  8. Red Right Hand by Levi Black
  9. Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
  10. Hero Grown Seeds of Destiny by Andy Livingston
  11. City of Wolves by Willow Palecek

My Month in Review

My July Covers


  1. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  2. Poison City – by Paul Krill
  3. Dead House by Harry Bingham
  4. Gods of Nabban – reading
  5. A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman
  6. Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz
  7. The Amber Isles by Ashley Capes
  8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J K Rowling
  9. The Hike by Drew Magary

My Month in Review

My August Covers


  1. Twilight of the Dragons by Andy Remic
  2. The Bloodsworn by Erin Lindsey
  3. Chasing Embers by James Bennett
  4. A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt
  5. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest
  6. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
  7. Summerlong by Peter S Beagle
  8. The Rise of Lo by Wesley Chu
  9. Beyond the Fortune Teller’s Tent by Kristy Tate
  10. Outpost by F T McKinstry

My Month in Review

My September Covers


  1. The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue
  2. A City Dreaming by Daniel Polanski
  3. The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett
  4. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  5. The Witches of New York by Ami McKay
  6. Ashes of Honour by Seanan McGuire
  7. The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar III
  8. As the Crow Flies by Robin Lythgoe
  9. Unwilling Souls by Gregory D Little

My Month in Review

My October Covers


  1. Faithful by Alice Hoffman
  2. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  3. Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey
  4. Dominion by Peter McLean
  5. The Apartment by S L Grey
  6. Congress of Secrets by Stephanie Burgis
  7. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  8. The Facefaker’s Game by Chandler J Birch
  9. The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
  10. SPFBO 16 – The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis


  1. Morning Star by Pierce Brown- review to follow
  2. The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman
  3. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  4. Roseblood by A G Howard
  5. The Sleep Walker by Chris Bohjalian
  6. The Watcher by
  7. Freeks by Amanda Hocking
  8. Gilded Cage by Vic James
  9. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  10. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton