And in other news…


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.


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.



‘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. 😀


R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI: RIP: Roundup post


Readers Imbibing Peril is an annual event hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings that for the months of September and October sees us reading, watching, gaming and discussing books and adaptations that, in common with the time of year and the drawn in nights, is a celebration of the darker side of our reading:

Dark Fantasy

This is a very relaxed event and, in fact, the main aim is simply to have fun.  With that in mind I had plenty of fun and managed to watch and read the following:

  1. Stranger Things – review of the tv series
  2. Chasing Embers by James Bennett – dark fantasy
  3. A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt – murder mystery, suspense
  4. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest – ghost story, horror, gothic
  5. The Motion of Puppets by Keith Donohue, dark fantasy
  6. A City Dreaming by Daniel Polanski – dark fantasy
  7. The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett – dark fantasy, gothic, horror
  8. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – dark fantasy, horror

Thank you once again to Carl for hosting this event – I love taking part in RIP!

By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes!

Update roundup

I have a few events and readalongs and decided to round them all up into one place for your edification (because I’m just thoughtful like that):

Firstly, two readalongs – just in case you want to jump in:

Readalong of Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire.  There’s a schedule set up over on Goodreads (link here).  Feel free to jump in – if you’ve already read the first five books and want to jump in with No.6 then wait no longer.

Readalong of Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey.  This series is just so awesome – again, if you’re looking for a little incentive to pick up Kushiel’s Mercy then look no further.  Here’s the Goodreads link

Both of these readalongs get started this weekend so apologies for the short notice but it’s not too late to join in and there’s lots of great bloggers involved with both so no doubt the discussions will be awesome.  Feel free to come and join us.

ripStainless Steel Droppings Readers.Imbibing.Peril (RIP) has a month left so plenty of time for you to read some dark material and submit your link for us all to see!  I’ve read The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (which I thought was excellent, wonderfully creepy and gothic).  I also posted a review for a series called Stranger Things which I loved and I’ve just watched a very scary film called The Visit which I might also review.  In terms of books. I have The Apartment coming up, The Apothecary’s Curse, The Motion of Puppets, Certain Dark Things and The Witches of New York which I think will all fit in with the themes.  What you reading? If you have anything scary, dark, grim, a bit of horror maybe or some good old thriller story then check out the site here.  It’s good to share people.

Finally, over at Lipsyy Lost & Found there is an event that ties in very nicely with the RIP event above.  A celebration of Horror for the month of October.  As part of this event four writers have agreed to take part in a flash fiction event – the title of which will be decided by us.  This is not my event – I’m simply helping to spread the word  So, if you want to vote for your favourite story title then check out the detail here.  I’ve added the poll below so be sure to add your voice.


I hope you’ve seen something you like. 😀

Something Silly (10)


Once Upon a Time has started again and for those taking part we have the opportunity to share all our favourite stories that fall into the categories of Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasy and Mythology.  Stop on over to Stainless Steel Droppings and check out the detail.  In the meantime, something silly – Once Upon a Who – I love fairy tales and so I’ve drawn a few clues for my favourites – today’s is: ???

Yesterday’s was The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

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