Sand by Hugh Howey

Sand by Hugh Howey

A review by Nalini Haynes Palmer and his friend Hap have joined a band of scavengers seeking treasure from the ruins of a lost world, our world whose legacy is a ragged remnant of humanity and sand-covered ruins. With special equipment these scavengers dive through sand like ocean divers scavenge wrecks now. Palmer trusts Hap

Books'n'stuff received lately

Books’n'stuff received lately

Smokey being HELPFUL Dark Matter Zine receives lots of stuff for review. This is the latest pile… Contents with quicklinks to save scrolling Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon by Daniel Falconer - pretty hardcover book about CGI Orphan Black - DVD season 1 Paris Review - iconic anthology The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness - historical fantasy/romance Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman -

SF, fantasy, thrillers and comedies received for April/May 2014

SF, fantasy, thrillers and comedies received for April/May 2014

There’s a leaning tower of Piza on my dining table but it’s not made of pizza. It’s made of books, DVDs and blurays. Before it topples over, I thought I’d share them with you. I’m hoping that a few reviewers come to visit soon to relieve me of some of these books. Contents – links

Paper books, plastic discs and kittehs

Paper books, plastic discs and kittehs

Paper books, plastic discs, eCopies and Kittehs Once upon a time a pissing contest – who has the biggest pile of paper books – started on Twitter. Someone who will not be named started it with this tweet: A hasty shot of the art @Tezzabold (I could pretend that my furniture isn't covered with piles of

Epic loot received in the last month

Epic loot received in the last month

It’s been a month. Wha-at?! I’ve been doing assignments for university, gettin’ me some book learnin’ so I knows how to write. Here is the list of loot received in the past month. If I’ve missed anything – I suspect I’ve forgotten an electronic book or two – message me and I’ll add them in.

Beamo and the book factory (items received with guest kitteh)

Beamo and the book factory (items received with guest kitteh)

This items received post is proudly presented by guest kitteh Beamo. Beamo is a rescue kitteh. Pregnant when fetched from the pound, her kittens were kept by her rescue home. Daniel Haynes has been looking to replace Smokey (who hasn’t forgiven him for leaving home) so Nom gave Beamo to Daniel for his 21st. Beamo

Batcat and Grumpy Cat ganging up on Smokey (items received)

Batcat and Grumpy Cat ganging up on Smokey (items received)

Items received contents list I’ve had a bit of a break over summer so I’m behind in posting Items Received. The contents list is here with shortcuts to the books that pique your interest. Below the contents list are the usual catty fun photos then the story of the catty shenanigans, then the serious bookish

The Pikachus are taking over and Smokey is not impressed

The Pikachus are taking over and Smokey is not impressed

Yesterday the minion took Smokey to the vet. Today Smokey is thoroughly traumatised, spending far more time than usual nestled in between the stacks of books in the ‘office’. To add insult to injury, today the Pikachus are breeding. What can I say? It’s CHRISTMAS. While Smokey was minding her own business sitting on the

'Run, Smokey, Run!' cry Edgar & Pikachu, rolling on items received

‘Run, Smokey, Run!’ cry Edgar & Pikachu, rolling on items received

[giggles] Edgar: Did you see that? Pikachu: LOOK AT HER RUN! Edgar: RUN, SMOKEY, RUN! [Edgar falls off his perch, the slender anthology Dangerous Women, as only a really clumsy cat can.] Edgar: Oops. [snort, chortle, ROLLS ON FLOOR LAUGHING] Pikachu: [wipes eyes] Oooooh, oooooh, ooooh, so funny… I love how she just got started,