Haul & News – 26 July 2014


I’ve decided that each weekend shall be the time I take to discuss books I’ve received to review and/or books I’ve bought the week before, and any news that particular caught my interest. (I may have fallen a bit off the whole ‘each weekend’ thing, but stick with me here…)

Books Received:

  • The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (review) from Hachette
  • Broadchurch by Erin Kelly (review) from Hachette
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (review) from HarperCollins on Edelweiss
  • Solaris Rising 3 anthology, edited by Ian Whates (review) from Rebellion on NetGalley
  • Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets anthology, edited by David Thomas Moore (review) from Rebellion on NetGalley
  • The Inside Man by Jeff Abbott (review) from Hachette
  • Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid (review) from Harlequin Teen Australia on NetGalley
  • The Map-Maker’s Daughter by Caroline Dunford (review) from Spark on NetGalley
  • Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett (review) from Penguin Australia on NetGalley

Yes, I’m terrible and have fallen very behind in posting about these, so here’s a summary post and I’ll get back into it properly soon. Currently recovering from surgery which works as an excuse for now, but not two weeks prior!



As of the 15th July, I officially became Intern to FableCroft Publishing, and PA to owner and editor Tehani! So far I’m loving it, proofing work and sending out contracts. Tehani is excellent to work for, and I’m very glad for the chance to take some of the stress of her shoulders.


Tansy Rayner Roberts is one of my favourite authors. I discovered her work through the attention her Creature Court series received, and was lucky enough to be so late to the party that the second book was already out. Since then I’ve read everything I could get my hands on and now, there’s this. A weekly web-serial that shall run for the next year and a half, called Musketeer Space. Which is going to be a gender-swapped retelling of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, set in space.

To find out more about this, please click here to see Tansy’s blog entry.

Though this project shall be available for free, there’s also the option to become a patreon for as little as $1 a month. To see more about supporting the project, please click here.


For listeners of the podcast Galactic Suburbia, you can now patreon them per episode, and get a bunch of cool incentives along the way! Recently having hit 100 episodes and proud winners and nominees of multiple awards, they’re easily my favourite podcast.

Haven’t listened to the podcast yet? You can do so here, as well as in iTunes.

To see more information about becoming a patreon, please click here.

Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

thebookoflifeSeries: All Souls Trilogy #3
Published by: Headline
ISBN: 0755384776
ISBN 13: 9780755384778
Published: July 2014
Pages: 592
Format reviewed: Paperback
Site: Author Site
Goodreads: Book Page
Stars: Four out of Five

‘The Book of Life’ by Deborah Harkness is the third in the All Souls trilogy, a series I unfortunately haven’t been able to read yet! After reading this though, I’ll certainly be going back to the start to read them in order.

This is the final installment in the All Souls series, and we see Diana and Matthew return to present time after their time in 15th century Europe and their search of ‘The Book of Life’. Their return feels weighty because things have not paused while they were away, so they come back to hear of what has happened – deaths and challenges – and must face the results of what happened.

Other characters not seen for a while also return, and even if I haven’t read of them before there is a huge sense of fun and happiness to see everything come together once more.

It’s hard to say much more about this novel because a lot of it would be considered spoilers – all I can say is that there are battles and creatures, a lot of action and heartache, moment of magic and beauty, and it all comes together in a weave of wondrous acclaim. It seems this book has been a long time coming, and it feels like a satisfying end – one that would always leave you wishing there was more to come, but more as a sign of good writing and engaging characters, rather than loose threads.

I hope that after I’ve read the first two books, I’ll return and expand on this review!