Tag: humour

39. ‘Space Opera’ by Catherynne M. Valente

This book is absolutely nuts. That’s not an original opinion – it was written to be that way – and it’s a good thing! I dove into Space Opera when I was in the height of a personal crisis, …

24. ‘Small Gods’ by Terry Pratchett

Like so many people, I’d heard readers rave about Terry Pratchett for years, but I’d never got round to reading him myself. The most common problem, I think, is knowing where to start. Discworld is a vast collection …

‘Space Problems’: A sci-fi spoof

As you know, I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi really, and while I adore the incredible ideas and breathtaking world-building in these books, I have noticed some unfortunate trends, especially in older sci-fi. With that in mind, …

6. ‘Tenth of December’ by George Saunders

Tenth of December by George Saunders was thrust into my hands by Jess at my Mr B’s reading spa. She told me that, as a short story lover, I simply had to read it, that George Saunders is …

5. ‘Autumn’ by Ali Smith

I’m a little late to the party with Ali Smith’s seasonal ‘state of the nation’ series: Autumn was released in 2016, and the sequel, Winter, came out last year. But better late than never, and even if these books are …