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Authors Answer 9 - Favourite Genres

A new year, another year older (my birthday was just over a week ago) and another Monday. I’ve had a lovely ten-day break over with my parents in the Netherlands, which I spent pigging out on Christmas food, knitting cat hats, baking oliebollen and setting off fireworks. 552 more words


Reviews: Inversions, 2046

The problem with break is that it means I have more time to read and watch things, which means I get behind on this.  Almost done with 2015, so my project of reviewing all the new things is just about over.  363 more words


INVERSIONS - Iain M. Banks (1998)

When cancer tragically stole Iain Banks from our world in June 2013, I still had 4 of his books on my TBR-pile. Surface Detail, … 696 more words


Browncoat Blues: Five SF Novels That Are Like FIREFLY

A few months ago, someone in my Facebook SF group asked about books that are “like Firefly.” I took that as a challenge, to assemble a list of recommendations of books I’ve read that had a certain something that resembled Joss Whedon’s TV space western. 863 more words


SURFACE DETAIL - Iain M. Banks (2011)

It’s simple: if you like Banks’ Culture novels, you’ll like this one. It’s not the best Culture novel – that’s Excession – but it’s still excellent. 67 more words


The Player of Games : why learning to win at games can make you a loser

The Player of Games by Iain M Banks makes a powerful argument for peace as the ultimate strategy.

Incredible thanks to my patrons for making this essay possible… 2,559 more words


New Perspective.

The barges lay on the darkness of the still canal, their lines softened by the snow heaped in pillows and hummocks on their decks. The horizontal surfaces of the canal’s paths, piers, bollards and lifting bridges bore the same full billowed weight of snow, and the tall buildings set back from the quaysides loomed over all, their windows, balconies and gutters each a line edged with white. 494 more words