Newcomers to science fiction are occasionally confused and put-off by its jargon. Certain concepts have become so useful in science fiction and used so often that they tend to be referred to without explanation.
There are plenty of dystopian novels out there to whet the appetite of your inner goth. And as it happens, I’ve put together a list of five great novels that you should absolutely read after finishing The Handmaid’s Tale.
A selection of 9 exciting sci-fi, fantasy and horror books to add to your reading list this August.
A lesson is pain Our bodies remember hard A sweet gift of truth
So, we know Lord of the Rings has now been picked up by Amazon to be adapted as a TV series. But, when there are so many good fantasy / sci-fi books out there just begging to be translated onto the small screen, should it? Can a LOTR TV series ever do justice to the […]
Margaret Attwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale or George Orwell’s 1894: both depict a choked society under constant watch from a despotic regime. But which is more terrifying? [Spoilers] I read 1984 a few years ago and was enthralled by the bleak violence portrayed. Then, more recently, I read the Handmaid’s Tale and was captured by the […]
FW follows Private William Mandella as he is drafted into an elite Military unit. He is propelled through space and time to fight in a thousand-year conflict against an alien race, the Taurans, for reasons that, well… aren’t clear.
[Spoilers] When I first began reading Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell I admit I had my doubts. I knew it was going to be different to what I was used to reading after checking out a few reviews, and with the intense first person narrative of the opening pages – epistolary style, no less – I […]
[Spoilers alert] I started reading Michael Faber’s debut novel (2000 Canongate Books) Under the Skin because of the fantastic adaptation starring Scarlet Johansson. The story was strange, stark and thrilling, and I was curious to discover how this had been translated from the book form. The story begins with Isserley, a presumably ordinary girl driving […]