Now I am not a big reader of science fiction but  I was very keen to get my hands on LEVIATHAN WAKES.
I’m not entirely sure why – I have never really connected with Daniel Abrahams fantasy work and I have never read anything by Ty. Yet I still wanted to read it.
And I am very glad I did.
James S. A. Corey
Trade Paperback $27.99
Humanity has colonized the planets – interstellar travel is still beyond our reach, but the solar system has become a dense network of colonies. When Captain Jim Holden’s ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war.
Part adventure, part detective story and all space opera. Leviathan Wakes is a rip-roaring tale of the near future, and while most of the technology they use/reference has the novelty of being understandable there are definite suggestions that the tech will be going far future in the next book. Humanity has colonized the solar system but the stars are still out of reach.  There are strong tensions between Earth, Mars and the Belt and someone carefully plucked the strings to ignite those tensions into all out war. Leviathan Wakes is a faced paced tale with strong characterization and plot. Book two has already gone to the top of my wishlist.

The Long Quiet


How slack have I been? No posts in like forever.

Well… I’ve been very busy.

I’ve been hosting signings with Fiona McIntosh, Jennifer Fallon, Kristin Cashore and having coffee with Robin Hobb… haha, I’m such a name dropper 😉

Not mention hanging out at the Aurealis Awards!

We have also moved the store back into the mother-ship. This has been a trial all on its own – and it is on going.

But what have I been reading you ask? As well you might I suppose. I’ve not been reading much of anything that has truly grabbed me (although I have been reading). I have discovered in the course of my frustration over the lack of books to gush about that I am a reader of epic fantasy, I don’t read simply for the sake of story.

Epic fantasy is what I like, it’s what I love, and I get bored (not always) and very critical of work that doesn’t fit that mold – which is completely unfair on the book and author. So rather than be scathing about those books I will simply put them aside as ‘not for me’.

I’ve also been working on the second draft of my own epic – not as much as I’d like unfortunately. Don’t you hate how life gets in the way of things? I would dearly love to be the type of author who can lose themselves in writing, who can find solace in their work. Unfortunately I am not that type of writer at all.

While I love having written the act of writing is very much work and not at all a comfort when I am experiencing emotional distress. Woe is me.


To distract myself I have been engaging in ‘comfort reading’ – which involves re-reading The Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM – and in playing WoW.

Any other WoW players out there? An old guild mate and I have relaunched our old guild STORM – we were once raiders and while Av is still raiding I am not. STORM this time around is going to be a social guild and a refuge (for me) from my own preoccupation with ‘things’.

We are a very small guild at present, but if any of you readers out there play Alliance, or want to roll it on the Khaz’goroth US server you are very welcome to come join us *g*

You can check out the guild website here.

Yes I will get back to book reviewing (and writing news) soon. I promise- in the meantime I am sure I have more old fav reviews in the ‘archives’ I can dig out for you.