Shen and Fantasycon by the Sea

Monday, 26 September  02016 There’s a thing in Chinese medicine called Shen.  You see it in people, it’s a light in their eyes,  a glow in their face and it means that they are totally alive. Well my Shen was well and truly lit this weekend! I met some amazing and lovely people in Scarborough […]

Ghost Books

When I was  eleven years old, my aunt got me  this book: It’s a book of short stories,  and it’s from Marks & Spencer  (US readers that’s a department store) and it has a really cliched cover.  I love it. I totally adore this book. The cover looks tacky now, but aged 11 in 1982  […]

Cutting edge vampire stories

These were recommended by a friend @BooktalkBmth,  if you are looking for Non Fluffy Vampires (R) you could try: The Vampire Quintet by Jasper Kent  (period Russian vampires, I think I’ll give this one a go) The Strain by Guillemo del Toro A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness Have you read Night Watch by Sergei […]

Fantasy … a rambling Chat about genre and Story Types

This is by way of a rambling  chat – it isn’t an introduction.  This is more the kind of thing you’d chat about with a mate who likes reading Fantasy novels, or one who  might be interested…. I can’t give you a definitive answer as to what Fantasy fiction is, I think it’s too broad […]

A great read

The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch Brilliant fantasy adventure set in a world reminiscent of Venice, the language is strong and fierce, for these ARE Gentleman Bastards in every sense of the word.  Lynch is obviously a fan of historical novels this book reads like Oliver Twist, the Count of Monte Cristo and […]