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Answering my critics on diversity

I was told today that I should take responsibility for promoting diversity in Victoria’s science fiction and fantasy community. Update Straight white male objected to my post commenting that only two women and one non-white male were nominated out of nine categories of Chronos Awards this year. Straight white male told me that I should do more to promote diversity in the awards. After this post listing things I did in 2013 to promote…

Vampires then and now: discussion with special guests

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Android | RSS “We don’t need no edjucashun” sang Pink Floyd; sadly, on the topic of vampires, I can’t join the chorus. Authors Jason Nahrung and Angela Slatter join me alongside reviewers C J Dee and Elizabeth Manthos to discuss vampires, their attraction, their metaphors and the writing that inspires current…

Epic loot received in the last month

…Tsana Given how thick each individual volume of the Ancient Future trilogy is (my original edition versions, anyway) I am SUPER IMPRESSED that they managed to squeeze it into one volume. I’m guessing tiny font and very thin pages… admin Oh shit. Yes, you’re right. Thank god I have a desktop magnifier. IT’S TINY….

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 to save scrolling Books – children Incy Wincy Spider by Karen Erasmus Books – YA and adults Bound by Alan Baxter…

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly book 2 A review by Elizabeth Manthos three and a half out of five stars Elizabeth reviewed Unearthly (book one) previously. Hallowed is book two of this trilogy. After the bush fire that ravaged the mountainside in Jackson Hole, Clara is forced to face the repercussions of her choices, finally discovering that nothing about being part angel is as straightforward as she thought. Torn between her love for Tucker Avery and her…

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

A review by Elizabeth Manthos ★★★★☆ four out of five stars After the epic conclusion to Delirium (reviewed here), Pandemonium finds our protagonist all alone in the Wilds (the areas where Invalids roam, places that aren’t fenced off), with nothing but the clothes on her back. With the love of her life captured or dead, Lena does the only thing she can think to do. To keep going, to find the resistance, to live the life he would have wanted her…

Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) by Richelle Mead

A review by Elizabeth Manthos ★★★★★ five out of five stars In the previous Bloodlines installment (The Indigo Spell), Sydney was torn between doing what the Alchemist’s want her to and what her heart and instincts were telling her to do. In one heart stopping moment, she made a decision that shocked every Vampire Academy/Bloodlines fan. Naturally for Sydney the drama isn’t over in Fiery Heart, as the deals with her life-changing decision and…

Dark Matter’s best of 2013

Nalini Haynes’s ‘best of 2013’ My pick for the Norma K Hemming award: Black Sun Light My Way by Jo Spurrier Black Sun Light My Way is book two in what is shaping up to be a ground-breaking trilogy featuring women in an almost idealistic egalitarian polygamous society while women from other countries are second class citizens. A key protagonist has an acquired disability and continues to grow, being important to the story and…

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

A review by Elizabeth Manthos ISBN: 9781408839126 Format: Paperback, 576 pages Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens Heir of Fire is the third instalment of the popular Throne of Glass series. It continues on the adventures of royal assassin Celaena Sardothian, after the violent and surprising end of the second novel. After the savage death of her best friend, the royal assassin is out for revenge and the King of Adarlan will pay a heavy price for…

Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier

A review by Elizabeth Manthos Venice’s ballrooms, theatres, palazzos and squares are filled with delicious gossip, devilish fun and dangerous games. It’s Carnevale. Set in 1750 in an age of decadence made famous by Casanova, Masquerade uncovers the secrets of seven teens, from the highest aristocrat to the lowest servant – their dreams, desires, loves, loyalties and…betrayals. The glittering masked world is filled with people from all over…

Princess Nevermore by Dian Curtis Regan

a review by Elizabeth Manthos Princess Nevermore follows the story of the Princess Quinella of Mandria, a magical world beneath our own. Ever since she could, Quinn would stare through the wishing pool into our world “outer earth”. Fifteen year old Quinn wasn’t ready for the responsibility of running a kingdom, getting married and producing heirs and a magical mishap sends Quinn to Outer Earth. Without her friend Quinn, she realizes just how…

Map of the Sky by Felix J Palma

a review by Elizabeth Manthos The Map of the Sky, the sequel to Felix J Palma’s bestselling novel, The Map of Time, followed once again author H. G. Wells’, this time his journey after the release of his novel The War of the Worlds. The novel, set after the release of Wells’ second novel, follows three interconnected plots that create a tale of mystery, time travel and the extraterrestrial. Cameo appearances are made by a young Edgar Allen Poe…

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, illustrated by Emma Vieceli

A review by Elizabeth Manthos ★★★★★ five out of five stars Rose Hathaway knows it’s forbidden to love another guardian and Lissa must always come first, but ever since she met Dimitri that rule was always meant to be broken… Ever since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn’t been feeling right. A dark shadow on her mind and the scarring reappearance of Mason lets off warning bells. A terrible and dark evil is coming. That’s all she needs,…

The Pikachus are taking over and Smokey is not impressed

Smokey is miffed 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 Christmas wrapping paper I’d left out, waiting to wrap Pikachu #2 for –…

Possessed by Niki Valentine

A review by Elizabeth Manthos Possessed follows the story of Emma, a musician accepted to a prestigious music school,where she is determined to excel. But when the impossibly-chic twins Sophie and quieter Matilde come crashing into her life, they demand Emma’s full attention. Out of nowhere shy Matilde commits suicide and, shockingly, her identical twin Sophie flourishes. Odd things are now happening to Emma: blackouts, waking up in strange…