Review: Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs by Verity Holloway


Happy New Year, everyone!

For me, the new year started with a look at my favourite reads of 2015, and then I went straight back to (academic and creative) writing.

But of course I can’t stop talking about books, which is why you’re already getting a new review. Beauty Secrets of the Martyrs is Verity Holloway’s debut novella. “If you like things that share the aesthetic of the Penny Dreadful TV series, with maybe a bit of the undead Jane Austen remix thrown in, you might like this book.”

Review: Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville


My review of China’s new short story collection is up on Strange Horizons. This book has something for (almost) every kind of reader: composite monsters, complex characters, new and radically different zombies, fascinating worldmaking, unspeakable horror from deep underwater, sentient (socialist) dust, friendship and romance, archaeology, uncanny scrimshaw, burning stags, fake movie trailers, and even a touch of military SF. And my review even comes with a TL;DR, so don’t waste any more time and get the book. ;)