Weekly Roundup

Posted November 24, 2018 by Nicky in General / 6 Comments

Hello, everyone! This week I’m away from my bunnies, visiting my grandmother. Here’s a pic of Biscuit back home — hiding out in my pocket while her cage was being cleaned last week!


Cover of Life in a Medieval Castle by Francis Gies and Joseph Gies Cover of The Warrior Queen by Joanna Arman Cover of Queen Emma and the Vikings by Harriet O'Brien Cover of The Elements of Murder by John Emsley

Cover of Molecules at an Exhibition by John Emsley Cover of How Long Till Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin Cover of Murder by Matchlight by E.C.R. Lorac Cover of The Luck of the Vails by E.F. Benson

Books read this week:

Cover of Timekeepers by Simon Garfield Cover of Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey Cover of The Testament of Loki by Joanne Harris Cover of The Teamaster and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Reviews posted this week:

Angkor and the Khmer Civilisation, by Michael D. Coe. A scholarly but nonetheless fascinating discussion of the Khmer and particularly Angkor. 3/5 stars
The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle. A response to Lovecraft with some genuinely horrifying bits. 3/5 stars
The Magpie Lord, by K.J. Charles. I really enjoyed the characters, and the mystery is pretty fun too. 4/5 stars

Other posts:

Discussion: Book Club. Are you a book club person? How do you pick a book for a group read?
WWW Wednesday. The weekly update!

Out and about:

NEAT science: ‘Concerning wombats.‘ Did you know that wombats have cube-shaped poop? Well, now you do — and scientists have figured out why, if that interests you.

So how’re you doing? Up to anything good this weekend?

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6 responses to “Weekly Roundup

  1. I had to smile at the John Emsley cover and its Lenin lookalike; as a bald man with a dodgy beard and moustache I take exception to being typecast in this way! And the Castles book with its G R R Martin endorsement—I suppose publishers have to sell their books any way they can…

    Me, I’m busy doing musical things this weekend: a Haydn oratorio today in Brecon Cathedral, last night in Cardiff (my second visit this week) to rehearse with Cardiff Philharmonic who are doing concerts of film music in Blackwood and St David’s Hall in the next fortnight. So, not much literary stuff but variety is the spice of life, right?

    • It’s pretty weird! I love it when scientists get interested in weird stuff like that, really. I’m a sucker for weird facts that don’t really matter to many people.

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