Thief of Lives: Review Roundup

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It’s time to round up the third month of the Journey Through the Twelve Planets, with March’s Planet, Lucy Sussex’s Thief of Lives.

If you’ve reviewed Thief of Lives, either as a whole or looking only at one or two stories, and as part of the challenge or in the past, please comment on this post with a link to your review, and we shall add it to this post.

Stories from Thief of Lives include:

Alchemy
Fountain of Justice
The Story of O
Thief of Lives

Reviews:

Almost the end of March!

It’s almost the end of March, which means that we’ll soon be posting our reviews of Thief of Lives by Lucy Sussex. You still have time to grab a copy of this excellent collection and join us in reviewing it.  Or, if you’ve already read and reviewed the collection and want us to link to your existing review, let us know in the comments and we’ll add you to the list.

Also a note that if you’ve reviewed any of the books at any time, you’re welcome to share your reviews with us as we do the roundups. If you come to a book late, we’re also happy to add your review at any later point too. The more reviews, the merrier!

This is the second book as part of our Journey Through the Twelve Planets and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Love and Romanpunk: Review Roundup

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It’s time to round up the second month of the Journey Through the Twelve Planets, with February’s Planet, Tansy Rayner Roberts’ Love and Romanpunk.

If you’ve reviewed Love and Romanpunk, either as a whole or looking only at one or two stories, and as part of the challenge or in the past, please comment on this post with a link to your review, and we shall add it to this post.

Stories from Love and Romanpunk include:

Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary
Lamia Victoriana
The Patrician
Romanpunks

Reviews:

 

Almost the end of February!

Love and Romanpunk - coverIt’s almost the end of February, which means that we’ll soon be posting our reviews of Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts. You still have time to grab a copy of this excellent collection and join us in reviewing it.  Or, if you’ve already read and reviewed the collection and want us to link to your existing review, let us know in the comments and we’ll add you to the list.

This is the second book as part of our Journey Through the Twelve Planets and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Nightsiders: Review Roundup

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It’s time to round up the first month of the Journey Through the Twelve Planets, collating our reviews of Sue Isle’s Nightsiders.

If you’ve reviewed Nightsiders  or any of the stories as part of the challenge, or wish to link a past review, please comment on this post with a link to your review, and we shall add it to the list.

Stories from Nightsiders include:
The Painted Girl
Nations of the Night
Paper Dragons
The Schoolteacher’s Story

Reviews:

 

Steph: The Whys and Hows of the Interplanetary Voyage

journey-through-the-twelve-planetsHere’s a story for you.

Once upon a time, there was a little white girl growing up in suburbia.  This girl wanted to be a ballerina, then a writer, than a doctor.  She grew up believing that she could be anything.  And she grew up blind to the fact that many people do not have that choice.

Life went on and changed.  She became a medical researcher, then lost that career almost as soon as it began due to the development of chronic illness.

And she had to forge a new path.  This path meandered along through the same places she had always known for a long time.  She started writing again, trying to forge a new career, inasmuch as she could.

One day she started listening to podcasts.  One of the podcasts she listened to was Galactic Suburbia.  Listening to this podcast changed everything about how she wrote and read, and about how she viewed the world (see this).  She grew to admire the work that the Galactic Suburbia team were doing, and especially that of Alisa Krasnostein with Twelfth Planet Press.

And when the Twelve Planets series was announced, it is no surprise to anyone that she bought all of the shiny, shiny paperbacks.

And then she thought: I’ve been given so much and learned so much, so what can I do to give something back?

At the same time, there was another she, another person thinking and pondering and contemplating a similar journey.

Two paths converged and became one.

And thus the Journey Through the Twelve Planets was born.

For me, it is about giving something back.  To Twelve Planet Press and to Alisa, as well as all of the fabulous authors of the collections (all of whom are authors I admire deeply) and everyone else who has been involved in the production of the Twelve Planets.  The collection of collections is an amazing undertaking and I hope that this project can help to shine a little light on it and all of the people involved in it.

 

Ju Girds Her Loins For Horror

journey-through-the-twelve-planetsAs part of our beginning to this project I thought I’d share some of my initial thoughts before I get into the reading part of this project. I’ve long admired Twelfth Planet Press and the books they publish. Other books, in particular their anthology Kaleidoscope and their Livia Day crime novels impressed me (and helped convince me that actually I am a crime reader if it’s the right kind of crime). On the list for The Twelve Planets that we’ll be reading, are several authors whose names I’m familiar with and whose work I’ve heard recommended several times. However, because I’ve only recently started reading any short fiction, I’m still largely unfamiliar with their work. Taking on this reading challenge is in part a way of achieving this.

The other goal I have in undertaking this body of reading is that I know several of the stories across the authors are more horror genre related and I am not so much a fan of this genre. However, it may well be that I’m unfamiliar with the nuances of what horror stories can look like, and maybe the kind of scary they are is not the kind of scary I can’t deal with. Nothing I’ve heard about these books suggests that it’s the kind of horror I couldn’t take on – like your movie gore-fest types, slasher films and so on. I just can’t even remotely go there. I’m 99% certain these books are significantly different from that in one way or another.  Dear authors, I promise I’ll do my best!

Currently I’m reassuring myself by reminding myself that the scariest story I’ve ever read was Wives by Paul Haines* and I managed that, loved it, was seriously disturbed by it, and still slept again (although I still get a shiver when I think of that story).  Surely if I can do that I can do anything within these covers, right? Right?! (Now is not the time to pierce any illusions I might have in this area).  My other reassurance is the fact that I love the dark fantasy genre, and if I can do that, and Wives, I must be able to do anything.

Why go to this effort when I’m apprehensive that the stories are necessarily for me? Because I want to support the publisher, I want to support these writers, and the Australian industry. Lastly, I want to know myself better as a reader.


*It’s worth mentioning that this incredible story will be reprinted in an upcoming anthology In Your Face by Fablecroft Publishing, along with several authors featured in The Twelve Planets series.