I don’t write a lot of book reviews anymore, because it’s hard to write them without spoilering and I hate to be spoilered. Occasionally though, I read a book that catches my attention so fully that I need to tell people about it. Continue reading “The time for dithering is past – A Book Review”
There are so many book bloggers on the internet that if you laid them all end to end they’d reach to Alpha Centauri and back – but how do you know whether the reviews on any one site will match your own tastes? One way might be to find out a little more about the people behind them. And so I present The Book Blogger Files – a series of interviews with the literary enthusiasts behind the keyboards. Today I’m speaking to Anya, who reviews SF and Fantasy on her blog On Starships and Dragonwings.
I’m a graduate student in Computer Science in Michigan, though I lived my life in Minnesota up until grad school. I started book blogging because I wanted to try out this crazy blogging thing and could only think of one hobby that I was unlikely to ever get tired of: reading!
Where did the name ‘On Starships and Dragonwings’ come from?
My blog was originally called ‘About The Story,’ but when I switched to self-hosted, I wanted a name that fit me better – I realized I no longer only cared about the story! My genres of choice are sci-fi and fantasy, so I wanted a name that incorporated both of them. I basically decided that I most enjoy escaping ‘on starships and dragonwings’, so that became the name!
What is it about SF/Fantasy that appeals to you over other genres?
Lately I have been trying to read ALL THE BOOKS. This is impossible, but I am making a better fist of it that I did when I was doing the writing of the 12 books in 12 months. Here are some brief highlights of what I’ve read since the start of October. You should read all of these and tell me what you think.
- The Pirates in an Adventure with Whaling – Gideon Defoe
Made me laugh out loud several times, even better than the first in the series; ham.
- Sparks – David Quantick
Tonally a lot like Douglas Adams. Parallel universes. Jolly good fun.
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson
Likely to make you snort-laugh in a most unladylike fashion. A memoir of a perplexing childhood and an account of an interesting adulthood by one of the internet’s best bloggers. Worth a look if you enjoy Caitlin Moran, or if you want to laugh a lot.
- Maus – Art Spiegelman
I’m late to the party with Maus, obviously – it’s been on my to-read list for years, but I finally got around to it last month. I can’t add much to what you probably already know – it’s fascinating and horrible and heartbreaking. Read it please. The end.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
A magical tale built around old sepia photos of freak shows. I worried this might be a little bit cheesy, especially when the American kid went to visit Wales… but it’s actually not. I’m very curious to know what happens next.
- The Sisters Brothers – Patrick De Witt
If you’re a horse lover you may wish to look away. An absorbing tale of the Wild West, but not the Will Smith kind. It is a little slow to get started, but once it gets going it is very good.