All posts tagged: Elizabeth Moon

A Need for Speed

Oh, look, a shiny new planet … I’ll race you there! Today’s #RRSciFiMonth topic is loosely centred on ‘speed’. Which, strangely enough, made me think of these three books: THE SPEED OF DARK by Elizabeth Moon — This one has absolutely nothing to do with speed, dark, light, or otherwise, and is in the list because it mentions the word speed. Okay, so sue me. Why it is here, is because it’s a powerful story about what is “normal” and told in first person POV from an autistic man. THE ROLLING STONES by Robert A. Heinlein — Okay, so this one isn’t so much about speed as it is about a family who wrangle their way off the Moon, and the Luna Colony, head to Mars and then, make it out as far as Saturn. And is (in part) the inspiration for the Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” Heinlein wrote about an animal he called a ‘flat cat’ the reproduced like a tribble, long before Star Trek got to grips with its very …

Let’s Talk Favourite Authors

Everyone has their favourite and go-to authors. Some we still love and have been following for decades, others are new to us, and recently discovered or arrived on the scene. How ever we find them, and how ever long they stay with us, we love what they write and have written. Novels that have moved us, expanded our horizons (literally) and taken us on countless journeys to places near and far. Novels populated by characters that resonate with us, and who stay with us long after we’ve finished reading about them. “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” ― Ursula K. LeGuin Today I want to share with you a handful of my favourite authors who have written countless books between them, and created some truly memorable characters.

Top 5 Worst Book Covers

Hosted by Bionic Book Worm, this week’s Top 5 Tuesday is centred on the Top 5 Worst Book Covers, maybe not ever, but close enough. We all have our favourites, covers that we’re drawn to from the minute we see them. Well, the same can be said for the worst, covers that put us off picking up a book to begin with. So, here are my choices: TOTAL RECALL by Sara Paretsky I absolutely love Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski novels. But her publisher, of late, seems to be none plus about the covers on her books, giving them bright coloured covers, yes, that catch the eye—but that’s it. There is no indication of what the book is about in any shape, way, or form, other than a shadowed V.I. in the centred of said bright colour. In the case of Total Recall, a vivid yellow with blood red lettering. I’m assuming they don’t feel the need to waste money on a cover design, as everyone knows her series, and it’s famous protagonist. REMNANT POPULATION by Elizabeth …