Another Gollanczfest Haul

So Gollancz had a massive sale on their ebooks over the weekend as part of their whole Gollanczfest thing and I ended up buying a whole bunch of books for 99p each. I should point out that I have a rule where I don’t pay more than £2 for a Kindle book so I have a habit of going a bit mad when these sorts of things pop up. But anyway here are the books I got.

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Obelisk by Stephen Baxter. I’ve been slowly working my way through Stephen Baxter’s books and I’ve been really enjoying them. This is a series of short stories set in the Proxima and Ultima universe so I think I’ll have to read them first but I’m still looking forward to reading this.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough. I actually met Sarah Pinborough at Gollanczfest last year and bought one of her books (which I haven’t actually read yet). But I’ve read the first chapter of this and it seems interesting. I mean it starts with a dog walker finding a dead body and thats always an interesting way to start a story. Right?

Roboteer by Alex Lamb. I’m sure this author was at Gollanczfest last year and something about the name of this book put me off it. I don’t know why buy Roboteer makes me think of steampunk not hard science fiction. Oh well I have it now and I’m gonna read it.

Heart of Granite by James Barclay. I came across this book a number of times on Netgalley and I really wanted to request because I liked the cover. And I didn’t request it for that exact reason. And now I’ve bought it and read a little and it’s about dragons and yeah, the bit I’ve read so far is actually pretty good.

Glorious Angels by Justina Robson. I’m gonna be honest I bought this book because I thought it was City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett. No idea how I ever thought that, the covers aren’t even similar. So yeah I bought a book and I don’t think I can get a refund.

Pinion by Elizabeth Bear. This book is set in space and has apparently got something to do with angels and I just thought that sounded really interesting. Also apparently this was originally published in the 2007 under a different name so thats confusing.

Barricade by Jon Wallace. This is another book I saw on Netgalley and liked the cover. But it turns out this is a road trip book with robots. And the beginning is set in Edinburgh which is really funny.

Synners by Pat Cadigan. Haven’t heard anything about this book before. I mostly bought it because it’s in the sci-fi Masterworks series and that must mean its good or something.

Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds. I’ve been wanting to read Alastair Reynolds’ books for so long and I have to admit, though it helped that this was 99p, I mostly bought it because I liked the cover. Though I have actually started reading it and I am enjoying it. I really need to stop buying books just because of the cover.

I actually went to Gollanczfest last year and wrote a blog post about it here if you want to check that out too.

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Am I Doing This Right?

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The problem with starting a new year at college is you start learning from the beginning all over again. This means for a while no more designing logos or advertising campaigns or posters. You’re back at the start creating lines, shapes and patterns. And the problem with this is when you compare doodling to everything else it seems to easy it makes you wonder if you’re actually doing it right. I mean this is something anyone could do. But apparently it’s important because it leads on to the harder stuff.

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This Or That Book Tag

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I’m getting really behind with these things. A few weeks ago I was tagged by Tasha at The Bookie Monsters to do the This or That book tag and I’ve finally got around to it. This tag was originally created by Ayunda at Tea and Paperbacks and like always I won’t tag anyone but if you want to do it feel free.

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator of the tag
  • Thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • Choose one of the options, you don’t have to tell the reasons why you chose that but you can also do them if you want to.
  • Tag 10 other people to do this tag to spread the love!

Reading on the couch or on the bed?

Is reading on the train an option? Because thats really the only place where I read just now. I get like 20 minutes while on my way to college and thats it. Though I used to do most of my reading in bed so I suppose thats my answer too.

Male main character or female main character?

I think most of my favourite books have a male main character but I’ve been really trying to read more diverse books so I would have to say female.

Sweet snacks or salty snacks when reading?

I don’t usually eat when reading. My hands are usually too busy with holding the book for me to be eating at the same time. But I will almost certainly have a cup of tea while reading. I mean I use any excuse to drink tea but yeah…

Trilogies or quartets?

I’m going to say trilogies just because they are shorter. The thing about stories that span multiple books is I forget what happens in the time it takes me to start the next book in a series. This usually results in me having to start the series again from the beginning (which I almost 100% won’t do) or try to find the cliff notes version so I have some understanding of whats going on.

First person point of view or third person point of view?

I think I read more books that were written in third person but so long as it’s done well I don’t really mind wether it’s first or third. The important thing is second person pov, I have actually refused to read stuff because parts were written in second person.

Reading at night or in the morning?

I prefer reading in daylight so whenever that is? I sometimes read in bed at night but I stop when I have to put a light on so I can read. Not sure why but I’m not a fan of reading in artificial light.

Libraries or bookstores?

I love librarys but I’m going to have to say bookstores just because my own local library is terrible and it’s easier (and often times cheaper) to buy a book second hand rather than get to the library to borrow a book.

Books that make you laugh or make you cry?

I think The Martian was one of a very few books where I actually laughed out loud while reading it. As for crying, I think A Pocket Full Of Time by Kirsten Beyer was the last book that made me cry.

Black book covers or white book covers?

I’m going to say white purely from a design perspective. I dunno, I just think white looks better on a well designed cover.

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Depends on how good the story is.

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On Missing Home

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A long long time ago I wrote a post about how I liked staying away from home. Three years, a near death experience (that may be a little exaggeration) and one chronic illness later I am again staying away from home and I hate it. I can’t even work out why I don’t like it.

It’s almost as if I’ve become too accustomed to living with my parents and being around my stuff and my books and my dogs. I feel like this is the sort of thing I’m going to have to get used to at some point. I mean I can’t stay with my parents forever, but I hate this. Whatever this weird thing is I’m feeling.

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Incase you haven’t already guessed I’m back at college so posts may be a little weird till I can get back in a proper blogging routine.

I Am Not An Artist?

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I have come to the realization that I’m not an artist (before people get angry I should clarify that by artist I mean fine artist). I like design and maybe a little bit of illustration (yes there is a different (apparently)), but fine art isn’t for me. It takes too long and I’m constantly frustrated that what I paint doesn’t look as good as I want it to. Part of that problem stems from me not wanting to take the time and get good at drawing portraits or painting landscapes.

But in a way it’s a good thing because it’s helped me realise that fine art isn’t the thing I want to be doing. I like design, I like playing with colours and shapes and turning them into patterns. I like illustration. I loved my corporate identity projects at college because they were essentially just doodling.

I don’t even know if there is a point to this post. Basically I’m not an artist and thats fine because I don’t want to be.

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