Dec 15, 2017

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Iceland has a wonderful holiday tradition called Jólabókaflóð or the Yule Book Flood, which I want to incorporate into my family's Christmas tradition. I think this will be a great influence on my children in the long run but it could also be that I want to get Saga Land as soon as possible. The article is well worth the read. There is more Christmas stuff with The Witches of Winter... wow the middle ages was harsh. Also I'm quite excited to see John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War  being adapted as a movie. I loved this series and would highly recommend that you read it, especially if you like old school space operas.

Kick off your weekend by grabbing your favourite beverage, finding a comfy spot, and reading of the following articles.

The coziest of holiday traditions and a great cure for the aforementioned “Christmas insomnia,” Iceland’s “Yule book flood” has caught on outside of its country of origin in recent years once the internet got wind of it.

These last few years, Krampus has broken into the American zeitgeist. Truly, though, it’s women—or rather female deities—who have long ruled Yule. Hailing from the older, colder countries of Austria and Iceland with their own fascinating companions, characters such as Perchta and Gryla both punished and rewarded adults and children during Christmas time for centuries before Santa Claus came to town. Read on about these winter witches and decide for yourself if these ladies should be our leads across the annual finish line.

Falling asleep in a library is typically the hallmark of an overstressed student, slumped over a desk piled with books in a fit of exam-induced exhaustion. But at this library in a small Welsh village, sleeping among the books is part of the appeal.

Ever heard of a wimmelbilderbuch, grimoire, or sammelband? Maybe you've visited a xylotheque? If that makes sense, congratulations: You know your obscure archival lingo.

Deadline reports that Netflix has acquired the movie rights to Old Man’s War, the first novel in John Scalzi’s space opera series of the same name. While previously in development over the last decade as a movie with Paramount and then as a television series with Syfy, the novel has now found a home at Netflix as an original film.

Astronomers recently scrambled to observe an intriguing asteroid that zipped through the solar system on a steep trajectory from interstellar space—the first confirmed object from another star.

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Nov 10, 2017

Weekend Reads - 171110

This week we look at the classic Trolley Problem and why it turns us into sociopaths rather than proving any useful information about morality. Also NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, have you started on your novel yet?

When it's time to relax this weekend, grab your favourite beverage and relax by reading the following articles.

Nov 5, 2017

Unfinished Tales | Shadow Worlds | Part Two

'Are you ready to make history today?'

Thomas woke startled, Cale had slapped him on the shoulder as he asked the question. He stood there fishing around in a plastic carry bag as he waited for Thomas to wake fully, nodded and then disappeared down the hallway and into his bedroom.

Thomas rubbed his eyes and peered up at the spider he had been watching as he dozed off. It was gone. Slowly he stood up, he took his time following Cale. 'He can wait for me this time', he thought. By the time he reached Cales bedroom the missing part had been installed, somewhere, and the only evidence of it's existence was the discarded packaging, adding to the junk on the bedroom floor.

'What is it?' Thomas enquired.

Nov 3, 2017

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This week we take a look at the feeling modern culture is fearful of, sadness. It's a good read. Also this week lots of science stuff. In the Science of Science Fiction Swinburne astronomer Associate Professor Alan Duffy reveals his scientific-accuracy rating system, which is based on the movie rating system. And there's more along with another theory to try and explain the Fermi Paradox, monster planets and Star Trek.

So when you have some free time this weekend to do some reading enjoy the following articles with your favourite beverage, starting with my latest one of course, The Far Called Trilogy by Stephen Hunt.

Nov 1, 2017

Discover | The Cityborn by Edward Willett

Here's a science fiction story which seems to have everything you want. It's has suspense, mystery and for fans of 1984 and Brave New World, there is a dystopian element to it as well. The Darque Reviews blurb caught my attention when they wrote the author blends science fiction with heavy religious beliefs into a well-written story-line that’s filled with dramatic scenery and character detail. The mention of a stories world building will always gets my attention, and I'm interested in seeing his take on the religious beliefs, but somehow think it may end up with the stale old troupe of 'Galileo and the Spanish inquisition'. However I'm happy to be surprised.

“The author was constantly surprising me, which doesn’t happen often, twisting the usual sci-fi conventions into more than just a shoot ‘em up space opera. Edward Willett has created people, personalities with belief systems and misguided judgments who make mistakes in trying to do what they believe is right.” —Boomtron

Have you read this book yet? I'd be interested in hearing what you think.

Oct 29, 2017

The Far Called Trilogy by Stephen Hunt | Quicklooks

Such a fantastic story.  I read the entire trilogy back-to-back (during May 2016), and thoroughly enjoyed it. There have been times when I've done this with other trilogies or series and sometimes this would produced a story fatigue. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about this is where reading starts to become a chore, and you end up ploughing through just wanting to see how it all wraps up. Or alternatively you need to put it down for a while, which means you may not pick it up for some time. Not with this story. It was compelling and Stephen changed point of view enough to keep it fresh and had you wanting to read more.

Oct 27, 2017

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Here are some articles I've been reading and thinking about this week. There is an article on writing short stories, the reason to read lots of books, a few articles about changes to social media and come points to think about before posting on social media. There is also an update on NASA's latest rocket engine which may get us to Mars.

Speaking about short stories, add my latest post Unfinished Tales | Shadow Worlds | Part One to your reading this weekend.

So when you have some time to relax and read enjoy the following articles with your favourite beverage.