These were two middle grade books I read during my Clean Sweep Challenge in May, and they couldn’t be more different. Up, Up, and Away: Advice and Adventures from the Future Authors and Astronauts of Farnsworth Aerospace The lengthy title
Today’s challenge from Chuck is to start with a stranger at the door and write 1000 words. I fancied a little more Viridian System backstory – you may find referring to my world-building post on Ulric useful, but it’s not important.
N is for Nevermore, the planet central to Judith Tarr’s splendid book Forgotten Suns. Saturday is book review day, even during the April A to Z, but I’ll be slanting it towards my theme of world-building, and in addition, I
I received an ARC of The Rosetta Man by Claire McCague from LibraryThing as a First-read, and it certainly lived up to my expectations from the description! “What makes The Rosetta Man stand-out? An unusually dense squirrel population for sci-fi.
I think I got an ARC via Jennifer Ellis, who is one of the wonderful authors in this anthology of dystopia, or rather apocalypse, short stories. The twist is that they all feature a ‘companion animal’ or a would-be one
This is my #Fi50 – Fiction in Fifty Words – for November, with the prompt as the title. It’s a Viridian System snippet of Dolores’ backstory, which will make little sense if you haven’t read any of Big Pete and the Swede’s adventures
I signed up for this a couple of months back, not entirely sure of what I was letting myself in for. There is an organiser, M Pax, and a number of people who are hosting a tournament of on-line games (see link
Since the Tackle TBR challenge, I’ve had a slowdown in my reading rate. But there were a few books I hadn’t reviewed before that challenge started, and with the Book v Movie last week, I felt the need to catch
Hi all Things are going well, but I must be the only writer in the world who edits a book and ends up with thousands more words. Most people say they tighten it up and remove at least 10%, often more.
A mash-up of a post for this Friday – it’s not really Flash Fiction, but it’s only 610 words, so it’s a sort of extended Quote and Question. This is from about halfway through The Perihelix (which I’m editing at present,
I received a free ebook of Wind Catcher as part of a MDBR Book Review Blast. I understood it was an upper MG fantasy, which is stretching what I think is appropriate, and I’d classify it as YA with a young
This week Chuck asked for ideas, and I suggested taking the last line of last week’s flash as the first in next week’s, but in a different genre. The alternative would be to use the first line and write to
I first discovered Sue Ann Bowling on my first A to Z Challenge, in 2012. I loved her blog, I loved her theme, and as I followed her afterwards, I loved what she was interested in and her view from
Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be hosting a Book Blast for the third and final book in the “Adventures of Caramel Cardamom” middle grade science fiction trilogy by Julie Anne Grasso: “Stellarcadia”. Scroll down for a Giveaway! My
I’m inspired to do something on spaghettification as a Pete and the Swede story. Had to hunt for the last one, and realised it’s on the Viridian website. It’s all because of the BBC science programme The Sky At Night
This is an odd book for me, in the nicest possible way. It’s not an author I’ve read before, and it might fit into the Oddity Odyssey definition of odd author for that reason. I wanted to read it because,
I got this idea talking to some work colleagues at a meeting at the beginning of the month. Thank you, Axel, Joanne and Kristin! We were talking about autonomous electric vehicles or AEVs. It gave me the basic dilemma in
I got this book earlier in the year, but it was not until I heard the author talking about her work I remembered what had attracted me to it (apart from the price). It’s wacky, it’s scifi and it’s a
Heirloom is the third in the Seed Savers series, following on from Treasure and Lily, and, as I began to anticipate, there is a fourth in the offing, due out very soon! In a world where all food production from
Dear All By the time you get to read this card, Camp Nano will be over for another year. The first draft of Big Pete and the Swede’s first full-length adventure is done 🙂 I don’t think the pacing is
The blurb for StrikeStone, Stella Atrium’s Book 3 of the Dolvia saga reads: Brianna Miller returns to the savannah on Dolvia after a 12 year absence. Along the way, she collects a clutch of young trainees who will manage wormhole
S.W. Lothian’s imagination holds no bounds, as we found in his previous books – the Quest series – when some kids were drawn to ancient Egypt via Time Square. Now Time Square takes centre stage in this exciting adventure in
About the Book Title: Noah Zarc: Mammoth Trouble (Book #1) Author: D. Robert Pease Publication Date: July 22, 2013 Publisher: Evolved Publishing (2nd Edition) Number of pages: 214 Recommended age: 9+ Summary: Noah lives for piloting spaceships through time, dodging
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Thousand Perfect Things, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. This is a fascinating story, and you’ll find my review below. Don’t forget to scroll down to the
Probably my last flash fiction of the year, and I give you a story of two characters that I have grown to love this year. I’m hoping I’ll see lots more of Big Pete and the Swede in the future.