And in other news…

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Hope you’re all making a great start to 2018.  I thought I’d do a quick post rounding up a few interesting blogging items that you all might like to see.

Firstly a new blog that you should take a look at –  The Fantasy Hive – a great collaboration of people with lots of interesting ideas – plus lets face it you can’t have too many people to discuss SFF with.  They’ve got off to a great start already.  If you enjoy taking part in Tough Travelling then please note this monthly meme has moved to The Fantasy Hive.  This month’s topic is elves and if you want to hook up the link is here.  You have the whole month to come up with your favourite elves.

Also, the FH have set up a monthly book club – the details are here.  I love the idea of this and I’m definitely joining in with this month’s book (The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan) as I already own a copy.  I think this will give me the extra motivation to read some of the books I’ve already bought and are currently stacked up on Mount TBR.  Check out the above link for upcoming months  and their book titles.

Which cover do you like best??  I’m going for the dark, moody version although clearly both are very good – because DRAGONS:

The New Year brings with it Vintage Sci Fi.  Established by the Little Red Reviewer a few years ago this is a great event that encourages us all to read and discuss older science fiction.  More information can be found here if you want to hook up and also for Twitter followers check out this and this .  Plus, Red Star Reviews are hosting a Dune readalong – details here.   Coincidentally, and if you love Sci Fi,  Vintage Sci Fi also runs at the same time as Stainless Steel Droppings Sci Fi Experience – the link is here if you want to take a look.  Neither of these are challenges – they’re very easy going, stress free, events and they have a cross over appeal – if you read a sci fi book that is vintage you can also post it for the Sci Fi Experience – voila.

The Bibliosanctum have posted an excellent piece with some upcoming 2018 book releases for the first few months.  Here is the link.  I’m very lazy and love it when people put together nice convenient lists – but beware: this post should come with a TBR health warning.

A link here to a readalong that’s due to start – Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7 by James S A Corey) – this is another sci fi book (so obvs if you join in you could post your review to the Sci Fi Experience!).  I wish I could take part in this because I love readalongs but I have yet to start this series and as this is no.7…….  If you’re uptodate then I would definitely encourage you to join in.  These are always great fun.

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The SPFBO (Self Published Fantasy Blog Off) is into the final stage and all 10 finalists are  now selected – the books are here.  I’ll be posting about my next books very shortly.

Finally, here’s my favourite books from 2017 – if you want to link up then drop me your url and I’ll make a list.

TTFN

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‘Do not go gentle into that good night’

‘From that fateful day when stinking bits of slime first crawled from the sea and shouted to the cold stars, “I am man.”, our greatest dread has always been the knowledge of our mortality. But tonight, we shall hurl the gauntlet of science into the frightful face of death itself. Tonight, we shall ascend into the heavens. We shall mock the earthquake. We shall command the thunders, and penetrate into the very womb of impervious nature herself.’ 

ssd2017That’s right, we’re going to hurl and ascend, mock, command and .. okay, that all sounds utterly exhausting, maybe we’ll just stick to reading some sci fi eh!  The 2017 Sci-Fi Experience hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings has now taken off in search of wondrous reads.  So buckle up, jump aboard, beam up, crack the door of the Tardis, don your spacesuit and get searching your shelves for more sci fi reads.  (Well, not just reads to be honest, films, series, games – anything goes really – in fact if this event was any more laid back it would be horizontal!)

I loved taking part in Sci Fi 2016 during the month of November hosted by Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow but I didn’t manage to read everything I wanted.  Of course I can still pick up those books – but there’s nothing like a bit of incentive to push me on and what could be better than another event that celebrates everything sci fi and brings together lots of people all wanting to chat?  So, as the saying goes, as one door closes, another opens  – hopefully not unto a black hole.  And, in fact, two doors are opening right here because Vintage Sci Fi hosted by Little Red Reviewer also takes part and crosses over for the month of January with the 2017 Sci Fi Experience.  If you love classics then this is a great opportunity to read some from your list, a bit of Shelley or Wells, and not just classics from way back when.  Basically, if it was published 1979 or before then it counts.  Check out Stainless Steel Dropping and Little Red Reviewer‘s sites for details – they express all of this in a much more eloquent way than I ever could do so go take a look.lrrvsf

Rant, rave, shout scream, laugh, cry, be amazed be scared.  Be all of those things.  But remember that in space nobody can hear you scream so don’t sit in your own little vacuum thinking and pondering – be involved and be heard.  Simples. 😀

 

‘Beam me up Scotty’: Sci Fi Month 2016 #RRSciFiMonth

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That’s it folks.  Sci fi month 2016 ends today – and what a great month it’s been.  I’ve had a great time and I hope you all have too!  I was determined to write, post and watch lots of sci-fi (well, lots in terms of my own normal posting) and I managed to do so so I’m all coloured happy. I watched a few films, particularly enjoyed Jurassic Park.  Read and reviewed three books and managed to highlight 4 sci fi books that I’m looking forward to as part of my Waiting on Wednesday posts.

I have to give a great big hand of applause to Rinn Reads and Over The Effing Rainbow for doing such a stella job of hosting and I have to say that I hope they do so again next year as I’m actually going to formulate plans next time around!  That’s right – there are actually going to be PLANS (although in fairness, I probably said that same thing last year – however, this time there really are going to be plans)!!

So, as one door closes, another usually opens.  We currently have a readalong about to start for Becky Chambers A Closed and Common Orbit – starting literally in the next couple of days but if you’re interested in joining in you could easily catch up as it’s a nice gentle pace (and when I say catch up I mean jump on board because we’ve not started yet – details here).  Also, in the New Year, the Little Red Reviewer will be hosting her annual Vintage Sci Fi month – so dig out your old vintage sci fi books, films, covers, tv – whatever, and join in.  Lots to still look forward to people.

Finally, just in case you needed a little pick me up – here – just for you:

Live long and prosper 😀

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Vintage Sci Fi: A buffet of covers

The final day of Vintage Sci-fi over at Little Red Reviewer.  You may have noticed that I set myself a small challenge to post covers – for books I’ve read – that fall into the vintage category.  For the final day of the challenge I’m showcasing a smorgasbord of some of the book covers I’ve highlighted:

Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.30

vintage-sf-badgeNo.30 Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice, like yesterday’s, is a bit sneaky – I’m reading both these two books but haven’t finished or reviewed them yet – but they definitely need highlighting because they are great classics.  Today: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.  First published in 1870 this is considered one of Verne’s most popular works.  My dad gave me this book and I’m kind of disappointed that I’ve not been able to finish it yet but I’ve been overtaken by life and other deadlines!

1873 Sampson Low:

1873 Sampson

1917 Geosset and Dunlop:

1917 Geosset

1958 The Children’s Press:

1958 Children's Press

1966 Pocket Books:

1966 Pocket Books

1976 Bantam:

1976 Bantam

1987 Galley Press: (I just love this one for some reason)

1987 Galley

1997 Acclaim books:

1997 Acclaim

2007 Dodo Press:

2007 Dodo Press

2014 Rock Paper Co:

2014 rock Paper

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