Book reviews

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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Summary: Severin Unck’s father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.

But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony’s last survivor, Severin will never return (taken from Goodreads.)

Note: The summary above is a little misleading as most of the book centers around the early/mid-20th century.

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Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

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Summary: Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure (taken from Goodreads).

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Five things: Stories I would like to see adapted, but will probably never happen…

I recently found out that one of my favourite books as a child, Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve, was being adapted for the screen. Mortal Engines is the first book in a quartet. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where cities are moving and chase each other, trying to capture the other for their resources. I knew the rights had been sold several years ago, but nothing ever happened. Then, recently, I heard about casting news and that filming was scheduled for March 2017. Que me jumping for joy.

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Comic reviews

Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

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Summary: Millennia ago, mankind fled the earth’s surface into the bottomless depths of the darkest oceans. Shielded from a merciless sun’s scorching radiation, the human race tried to stave off certain extinction by sending robotic probes far into the galaxy, to search for a new home among the stars. Generations later, one family is about to be torn apart, in a conflict that will usher in the final race to save humanity from a world beyond hope (taken from Amazon). Continue reading “Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini”

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Un Lun Dun by China Miéville

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Summary: Stumbling through a secret entrance, Zanna and Deeba enter the strange wonderful wonderland of UnLondon. Here all the lost and broken things of London end up, and some of its people too – including Brokkenbroll, boss of the broken umbrellas, and Hemi the half-ghost boy.

But the girls have arrived at a dangerous time. UnLondon is a place where the words are alive, where the jungle lurks behind the door of an ordinary house, where carnivorous giraffes stalk the streets…and a sinister cloud called Smog is bent on destruction. It’s a frightened city in need of a hero… Continue reading “Un Lun Dun by China Miéville”

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Wizard of Earthsea by Ursala Le Guin

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Summary: The Island of Gont is a land famous for wizards. Of these, some say the greatest – and surely the greatest voyager – is the man called Sparrowhawk. As a reckless, awkward boy, he discovered the great power that was in him – with terrifying consequences. Tempted by pride to try spells beyond his means, Sparrowhawk lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and the quest leads him to the farthest corner of Earthsea.

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