Category Archives: best ever books

Blindsight – Peter Watts

Blindsight is the novel to read if you’re looking for a fast-paced, science-focussed/ hard (but totally accessible) sf novel. This is a great novel to give to someone who is interested in tech but poo-poos the idea of sf. They’ll love it. Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, sci fi | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

What would make a society burn all its books? Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

“Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.” Guy Montag knows this only too well. He’s a fireman, tasked with burning any books that Americans are hiding in this alternative future, for the good of humanity. Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, classic sff books, good covers | Tagged | Leave a comment

Let’s play ball! Summerland by Michael Chabon

Pulitzer prize-winning author Michael Chabon creates an incredible fantasy world where an unlikely hero has to save the world … with baseball. This is on my list as a must-read for young and adult readers. In Summerland, Chabon sets his literary sights on creating an American fairytale, it’s like a modern American version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe featuring the greatest of all American sports, baseball. Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, fantasy, good covers, young adult | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

‘Interesting Times’ will make you LOL

The ancient curse goes: “May you live in interesting times.” This is a classic Pratchett, inspired by China in the early 20th century.

“Pig’s ear soup, eh? Now what does that tell you about the place, eh?”
Rincewind shrugged, “Very provident people?”
“Some other bugger pinches the pig!” Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, fantasy | 3 Comments

Well worth it – The Knife of Never Letting go by Patrick Ness

This book has one of the best first lines ever: “The first thing you find out when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything.”
“Need a poo, Todd.” Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, fantasy, space opera, young adult | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

A lovely fantasy twinset

What do you call two books in a series? A twinset? Musings aside, this is another great offering from Orbit, one of my favourite sf&f publishers. A fast-paced classic fantasy tale, this is one of my must-reads. Asher is a … Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, fantasy | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Jennifer Fallon – The Demon Child Trilogy

Jennifer Fallon is another one of those authors, who I’ve heard of but yet to sample. Over Christmas I got seriously stuck in to her first trilogy:- Medalon, Treason’s Keep and Harshini. If you’re looking for some quality medieval magical … Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, fantasy, good covers | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

best of 2007

A quick round up of 2007, from my perspective… best sci fi author neal asher (narrowly beat marianne de pierres and sean williams) neal asher was a new discovery in 2007. He wins my best sci fi author of the … Continue reading

Posted in best ever books | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Marianne de Pierres – Dark Space

This is a fabulous book by a great author – Marianne de Pierres. If you like any of the Parrish Plessis novels you will enjoy this one. It’s very different from the Parrish Plessis world, but like those novels rich … Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, sci fi, space opera | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gridlinked – Neal Asher

I picked up this book after reading Pmarc’s list of the top ten sci fi books of the noughties. Its well worth a try. This is another one that I couldn’t put down – I’ve had a great month of … Continue reading

Posted in best ever books, sci fi | 3 Comments