Japaneses June/july and other plans

Little ghost Creations, over at YouTube (BookTube) has laid down a challenge to her viewers and other BookTubers. She has challenged us to read Japanese literature in June.  Since,  I have a lot of work, fitting that description, on my TBR, I will be joining the challenge.  However,   given the number of works and their length,  this project will spill into July.  Here is my reading list.

Wind-up bird Chronicles Haruki Murakami

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage Haruki Murakami

Out by Natsuo Kirino

Piercing Ryu Murakami

Popular Hits of the Showa Era  Ryu Murakami

Coin Locker Babies  Ryu Murakami

The Makioka Sisters by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki,

Strangers by Taichi Yamada

The Box Man Kobo


Forbidden Colours Yukio Mishima

Strange Weather in Tokyo Hiromi Kawakami

I will review each of these at my Blog (here and you can follow my progress at @vikzwrites on twitter. In addition, I have  two books that I have received from publishers for review.  Fable From PigeonHole and Jeremy Scot’s Ables.  So, a review of those two works will go up here some time in June

ReviewThe Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy

The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy
Sam Moggs
Quirk Books
UK Publication Date 12 May (E-book and Hard back)
This is an e-arc kindly given to me by the publisher, Via Netgalley, for an honest review

What’s this book about?

The title says it all. It is a Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy of Fandom. It takes the reader on a journey through the various locations of Fandom, exploring media franchises that include; Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Twilight. The book examines the fandom that surrounds these media franchises; the language they use to express their fanship and the activities that arise from their fandom. It shows the various ways in which the Fan girl may engage and connect with the various fandoms. Sam Moggs gives a detailed exploration of physical sites of community such as; Comic shops, game shops, reading groups, courses and conventions. She explores; what happens in these arenas, what they offer, and how to find them. She then explores the virtual worlds of fandom. Moggs explores the variety of ways that fans connect online, including, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and other Fan forums. She explores what these various platforms offer and the etiquette involved when using these sites. Moggs then looks at the ways that fans creatively engage with the things they love, exploring cos play and fanfic. It, also, includes interviews with Famous fan girls, such as Erin Morgenstern

What’s so good/bad about this book?

This work acknowledges and celebrates the existence of Fangirls. It offers new Fangirls a guide to these wonderful fan communities. The section on fanfic is interesting and would offer great advice for any new writer, fanfic writer or otherwise. If I have a criticism, it concerns the works limited scope. It mainly focuses on mainstream media. It ignores the small media outlets and publishers. In addition, books don’t seem to get much of a look in. Even when looking at fandoms surrounding books, like Harry Potter, I feel that she gives greater attention to the films that they spawned than the books themselves.

Should I read these works?

If you’re a new fan this would be a great introduction to the world of fandom. If you know a young new Fangirl, then this would make a great gift. If you’re an older, more established Fangirl, then this could act as a refresher course on the new developments in our community. But, it is only an introduction and offers no in depth analysis. If you want to go further into an exploration of fandom, then check out the offerings of Mad Norwegian Frog media group, or podcasts such as; Doctor who, Verity or Galactic suburbia podcast. But, on the whole, this was a useful read,

The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy Sam Moggs Quirk Books UK Publication Date 12 May (E-book and Hard back)

My belated Janus post

My Janus Post


I know that this post is late and that I have been silent;   no apologises, no promises, just more posts. Therefore, here is my 2014 in books.  My top book of this year were;-

  1. BItterwood Bible Angela Slatter

  2.  Elysium Jennifer Marie Brissett

  1. Stone Boatman Sarah Tolmie
  2. Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel
  3. Dust devils on a quiet street Richards Bowes
  4. The Race Nina Allan
  5. Earth Flight Janet Edwards
  6. Trucksong Andrew Macrae
  7. We are all completely beside ourselves Karen Joy Fowler
  8. Larissa Teresa Milbrodt

My top Podcasts were;

  1. The writer and the Critic
  2. Galactic Suburbia
  3. Coodestreet
  4. Outer alliance
  5. Rachel and Miles explain the X-Men
  6. Verity

My Fave Vlogs were;

  1. Amy Dallen (Comics)
  2. Becca Conote (LGBT geekdom)
  3. Books and Pieces (Books)
  4. Frenchiedee (Books
  5. We Live for books

Top January Reading

  1. Ali smith How to be both
  2. Murakani’s After the quake and Sputnik Swethear
  3. Ben Okri Starbook


#yearofmurakani  http://youtu.be/HRqVz2omsEQu

Australian women’s writers challenge 2015 http://australianwomenwriters.com/

Here’s to some great reading, listening and Blogging in 2015


Thought for the night.

Rain sounds cold and wintery on my window, reminding me that’s it’s December. Time for winter reading. What’s on your seasonal reading list?

Votes for All: Ensuring the ‘right to vote’ for disabled citizens


Thought you’d like to see something I’ve done at another site.

Originally posted on WebRoots Democracy:

By Victoria Richards.

A polling station for the police and crime commissioner election in Bethersden, KentThere is a belief, at least in democratic societies, that every individual has a right, and the responsibility, to vote and participate within the civic/political arena.  We base our political assumption on the idea that everyone has the right to have their voice heard and that everybody has something to contribute to society.  Implicit within this is the assumption that everyone has a unique perspective to offer.

Many generations of Brits have fought to open up the political arena to an ever growing group of individuals. From the Chartists to the Suffragists, many groups have fought for the right to vote and have their voices heard. But, does everyone have equal access to the voting process?  I am going to argue that the voting process is inaccessible to many individuals with disabilities. I am then going to argue that web voting could be one of the tools…

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Sourdough By Angela Slatter (spoilers)

Tartarus Press

Sourdough By Angela Slatter,


The stories of Sourdough are set against a rural setting that will be familiar to readers of the Classics.  There is: the town square with a cathedral; a market place, with all the usual shops; taverns and inns. It is inhabited by;  butchers, bakers, seamstresses, prostitutes, bishops,  doll makers, and  a local witch.  This town is surrounded by poor suburbs.  Which, are in turn , surrounded by deep forest, inhabited by; isolated settlements,  excitement and deep rooted fears.  And, beneath the sheen of normality of these human sized dwellings, there is a current of the weird.  Like the fairy tales which are a clear influence to these stories, these mundane situations are subverted by fantastical elements;  Maps that enable you to reach the world of the dead, dolls which have human souls embedded with them., children who return from the dead, fairies who impersonate human children, towers and castles that disappear and reappear at will. This short story/ mosaic novel is a story of a mundane place that treats fantastic events as mundane everyday occurrences.  It plays with form and ideas.   It is another exciting work from pen of Dr.  Angela Slatter.




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