2017 Wrap Up of Speculative Fiction

2017 Wrap Up of Speculative Fiction

2017 has been a year of ups and downs for many of us. But happily, it was a good year for speculative fiction reading in the Australian Women Writers Challenge. We had 233 reviews submitted to the Challenge, for 147 books by 115 authors. This is a nice increase from...
Spec Fic Focus on Portal Fantasy

Spec Fic Focus on Portal Fantasy

Even if you’re not an avid fantasy reader, chances are you’ve read or watched a portal fantasy book or movie. There’s a pretty good chance that it was the most famous international example of the subgenre: The Chronicles of Narnia, in which a group...
August Speculative Fiction Round-up

August Speculative Fiction Round-up

August was a quieter month on the reviewing front. In part this is due to the contrast with the double round-up I did for June and July, and in part because of an event the Australian speculative fiction community held during August. The Snapshot of Australian...
April Round-up of Speculative Fiction

April Round-up of Speculative Fiction

We had a nice spread of reviews this month of seventeen different speculative fiction books. For a change, I shall note them in alphabetic order by author. The YA Aurealis Award-winning In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker was reviewed by Jennifer...
January Speculative Fiction Round-up

January Speculative Fiction Round-up

The year is off to a good start with sixteen reviews of speculative fiction books already submitted in 2016. Well done, everyone! We had quite a spread of subgenres too, including… Paranormal/fantasy romance  Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman,...