Infinity Plus Plus

News from Keith Brooke that Infinity Plus Books have revamped their website. It’s all sexy and easy to browse now, and displays a really impressive roster of authors and books. If you’re a Brooke fan or a fan of Eric Brown, IP is pretty much the go-to-place for their work. Likewise, as a long time admirer […]

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March reading

Concentrated on novels during March to give myself a chance of making a properly informed vote before the BSFA awards.* Embassytown by China Mieville (Pan Macmillan):  for 100 pages or so I thought this was going to be it, the-Mieville-that-I-loved, but it ended up being the-Mieville-that-I-was-initially-intellectually-stimulated-by, moved on to the-Mieville-that-started-to-outstay-its-welcome, and lastly the-Mieville-that-bored-me-so-much-I-had-to-skim-the-last-bit-just-to-call-it-done-even-though-admittedly-that-last-bit-actually-had-some-action. As usual […]

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Iain Rowan’s One Of Us

He is you know, but One Of Us is also the title of Iain’s debut novel. Regular visitors to this part of the internet can’t have escaped the occasional bouts of Rowan-mania  that erupt here. I love Iain’s prose, and even though his work is largely classified as crime fiction, I love the margin-treading his stories […]

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52 songs, 52 stories

Ace short story writer, Iain Rowan, has begun a new blog. Every week in 2012 he’s posting a song and a new story inspired by it. 52 songs, 52 stories. Simple but brilliant. Generally, if you like short stories, you should be checking out Iain’s work anyway. Yes, you should.

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The sights these eyes have seen

It’s August, which means the Edinburgh Fringe. Which means I’m knackered. de Saw and Finkle have been taking Planet Fringe a little more seriously this year, getting involved with the really wonderful cabaret culture now so prevalent amidst the thousands of options for bewildered, footsore punters in need of a damned good show but unable […]

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Bits and pieces

Coming (reluctantly) to the end of welcome and recuperative break in the Trossachs, and catching up on a few nuggets of news that have come my way over the last week or so. The Ephemera (plus a mini interview) was featured last week at Indie Books Blog, a terrific resource for discovering new, indpendently published […]

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