Category Archives: Fiction

Motherhood in The Broken Earth series

As part of my Hugo reading this year, I have been reading the first two books of The Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin. As the second one, The Obelisk Gate is nominated for a Hugo this year. They have been amazing reads and challenging reads. In this blog post I will look at the role of motherhood in the first two books of the Broken Earth Series.

This post will contain spoilers for the first two books in the series – and they will be deep spoilers. So do not read on, if you do not want to get spoiled for the books. If you just want my review of the book, you can find it here.

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Blood of the Earth

Blood of the Earth by Faith HunterI read Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series as it has been coming out – it tend to just be great action packed urban fantasy, so then she had a second urban fantasy series in the same universe coming out, I of course had to check it out. And I was not disappointed – in some ways this is a more meaty story than the Yellowrock books.

This is a spin of series and I am sure it makes most sense as such. However the books can be read without having read the Yellowrock series.

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Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi

I don’t often read whole single author collections in one go. Actually I rarely finish them.  Minatures was an exception. I had a stressful job interview and had on a whim picked up Minatures by Scalzi as it was cheap and I had enjoyed his work in the past. I read most of the collection on the day of the interview, reading one story after another – keeping me laughing and smiling though the day up to the interview.

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To the Sky Kingdom

To the Sky Kingdom by Tang Qi Gong ZiI have not abandoned this blog, I have just been busy with other things for a while – and I have read mostly short fiction, which I find hard to review. If you are interested in food, history, fashion or any combination of those, please check out my new blog Postej & Stew.

To the Sky Kingdom is the first book in a long time, that I have felt compelled to review. It is a Chinese book that I read in translation and it is the first Chinese book I read. The story is very much set in the land of myth. It is one of the most confusing and romantic stories I have read for a long time.

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12 more urban fantasy books that I recommend

urbanfantasySome of you might have noticed that I like urban fantasy, like a lot. My list 25 Urban Fantasy Books that I recommend is one of my most visited posts, so I thought I would expand on it with the books I read since 2013, that I really liked. I have also read some of the authors that I was revommened in the comments of the other list – thank you for those. And if anyone want to recommend me some more, please feel free to leave a comment.

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Crux

24968626I just finished reading the second book in Ramez Naam’s series Nexus, and it has been months since I have read anything that captivated me in the same way.

The first book was really excellent, but I got distracted by other books, so I didn’t read the second one right away. Somehow it has been two years since I read the first one but I don’t think it will take me two years to get to the last book.

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