Ever wanted to know what the mods have read, are reading, want to read? Well your dreams are about to come true with the first part of this semi-regular feature on what we are reading! Continue reading “Mods – What we’re reading! Pt 1”
Such beautiful and atmospheric writing, such an honorable friendships, and such a diverse and amazing cast of characters. And the POVs were so deep, you could feel each character individually. Rarely a book manages to pull that off. Continue reading “The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Members review by LittleBookDruid)”
In July we read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers and The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Read on to see what our members thought of the books! Continue reading “July BotM Review Roundup!”
As the group chose The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet as their sci-fi book of the month for July (and off the back of the success of Ask The Author -Interview with Michael J Sullivan), I decided to message Becky Chambers to see if she would take part in one for us. She said yes! Continue reading “Ask the Author – Becky Chambers”
Here are the groups picks for Sci-Fi and Fantasy for August 2016 – Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan and The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Continue reading “BotM Picks – August 2016”
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military’s purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power. Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine’s abilities turn more toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no future at all if their brother Ender fails. Continue reading “Review of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Members Review by Milou)”
In June we read The Aeronauts Windlass by Jim Butcher and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Read on to see what members thought of the books! Continue reading “June BotM Review Roundup!”
(Cover image painting by Michael Whelan for Way of Kings)
Brandon Sanderson Continue reading “Author Spotlight – Brandon Sanderson”
Book #1 in The Children of the Mountains series.
There’s only one place left that’s safe.
It’s the last place you should be.
Gabriel remembers the Last Day. He and Mags had been on a tour of the White House with the rest of Miss Kimble’s first-graders when it happened. They fled with the President to a long-abandoned bunker, even as the first of the bombs began to fall.
Ten years have passed, and now Gabriel is almost grown. He still lives deep inside the mountain, waiting for the world to thaw. But outside the storms continue to rage, and supplies are running low. The President says it will be okay, because they are the Chosen Ones. But Gabriel isn’t so sure. Gabriel’s their scavenger, and he’s seen what it’s like out there.
Then one day Gabriel finds a bloodstained map. The blood’s not a problem, nor are the frozen remains of the person it once belonged to. Gabriel’s used to seeing dead bodies. There’s far worse to be found in any Walmart or Piggly Wiggly you care to wander into.
Except this one he recognizes, and it shouldn’t be all the way out here. Now all Gabriel can think is how he’s going to make it back to the bunker and let the President know what he’s found.
But Gabriel’s troubles are only just beginning. For things are not as they seem inside the mountain, and soon he will face a much larger problem: how to get Mags and the others out. Continue reading “Review of Among Wolves by R.A. Hakok (Members review by Hybrid Creature)”
Here are the groups picks for Sci Fi and Fantasy for July 2016, plus mod Rogers turn at the Mod Special: A Super Ultimate Fantastic Extra Bi-Monthly Group Read! Continue reading “BotM Picks – July 2016”