Thursday, September 24, 2020

Opening Lines: A Deepness in the Sky

Some novels have the ability to draw you in from the start. A single line or paragraph can grab your attention in such a way that the novel just demands to be read. Opening Lines is a feature where I'll share some of the best opening lines that hooked me.

The manhunt extended across more than one hundred light years and eight centuries. It had always been a secret search, unacknowledged even among some of the participants."


A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge

After thousands of years searching, humans stand on the verge of first contact with an alien race. Two human groups: the Qeng Ho, a culture of free traders, and the Emergents, a ruthless society based on the technological enslavement of minds. 

The group that opens trade with the aliens will reap unimaginable riches. But first, both groups must wait at the aliens' very doorstep for their strange star to relight and for their planet to reawaken, as it does every two hundred and fifty years.... 

Then, following terrible treachery, the Qeng Ho must fight for their freedom and for the lives of the unsuspecting innocents on the planet below, while the aliens themselves play a role unsuspected by the Qeng Ho and Emergents alike.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

New Arrivals: A Misplaced Book Haul

At the end of March, before the world went all crazy, I received one last package of review copies from Jonathan Ball Publishers (a HUGE thank you to them!). In all the madness I never got round to sharing images of the books. This makes this a somewhat misplaced book haul. Coming across the picture brought some much needed joy and reminded me of the awesome books still waiting on Mount TBR.

The titles I received were: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt, High Fire by Eoin Colfer and Infinity Son by Adam Silvera.

Reading for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards took priority, but with that now over I can't wait to dive in!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2020: The Winners


After much deliberation and loads of chaos among the judges it's finally time to announce the winners of the 2020 Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards. These are the best science fiction, fantasy and short works published in 2019 as determined by the SCKA panel of eight book bloggers. Deciding on the ultimate winners was not an easy task. 
 
*Drumroll*
 
The winners of the 2020 SCKA awards are...

BEST SCIENCE FICTION
Cover for A Memory Called Empire
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

BEST FANTASY
  • Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

BEST BLURRED BOUNDARIES
  • David Mogo, Godhunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

BEST SERIES
  • The Rosewater Trilogy AKA Wormwood Trilogy by Tade Thompson

BEST NOVELLA
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon

BEST SHORT WORK


Huge congratulations to all the winners! Your sedimentary monoliths of excellence* will be winging their way to you in a non-ballistic fashion. Treasure them, they are more than deserved!
 
* Due to shipping costs monoliths have been shrunk into pebble form for better manageability and easier conveyance.