• Karen

January Update

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

So January didn't quite go to plan, which I think might be an ongoing theme for these updates...




I foolishly fell down the stairs while visiting relatives over the new year and dislocated my shoulder, what I didn't realise at the time is that I had actually fractured my shoulder as well... so that's made January a little slower and less ambidextrous than hoped.


So, I haven't quite got Lavecon tickets up on the website... or finished painting the bathroom.


But I did manage to catch up on some reading over Xmas and sent some reviews over to concatenation.org so, if you want to see what I have been reading, do have a look at the following reviews:


Dresden Files: Brief Cases http://www.concatenation.org/frev/butcher-brief-cases.html - I knew this would be safe ground for good fiction and I wasn't disappointed.


Summerland http://www.concatenation.org/frev/rajaniemi-summerland.html - I was really curious to see what Hannu was writing following his Quantum Thief series and this came as a surprise.


Times Convert http://www.concatenation.org/frev/harkness-convert.html - I really enjoyed The Discovery of Witches series on TV and so was happy to read this novel that follows on from the trilogy. I was also given the trilogy for Xmas so wrote up a comparison review of the novel vs the TV series for the British Fantasy Society Journal which will come out later in the year.


In the same update there was a lovely review of Fantasycon 2018 http://www.concatenation.org/conrev/fantasycon-2018.html that we organised back in October.


As a finale of 2018 I put up a blog post of all the reviews I had written in 2018, which was quite fun to write and revisit what I had been reading. It also got me thinking about Award nominations, although not everything I read or reviewed was eligible based on when they were released.


Allen wrote a blog post about his Wisimir books, which you might find interesting, he has also reviewed a few books for concatenation.org and sfbook.com


The Pit and Pendulum and other tales http://www.concatenation.org/frev/poe-pendulum.html


Star Wars: Trawn Alliances http://www.concatenation.org/frev/zahn-alliances.html


What Shape is Space? http://www.concatenation.org/nfrev/sparrow-shape-space.html


The Bad Neighbour https://sfbook.com/the-bad-neighbour.htm


We are working on a few other projects, including that I've been doing some proof reading and Allen is still working on Phoenix Point. I volunteer for scouts, so I have been busy getting some things in place for that also.


So February has arrived, Lavecon is definitely at the top of the list, but I am sure there will be time for a few other things, you never know, I may finish decorating the bathroom...