Pandora’s Music Box (or The Song of the Trees)

© Nevit Dilmen. CC BY-SA 3.0 While going through Grad Bernart’s research diaries, I recently came across an odd little box. It’s an elegant thing, made of wood—several different varieties, by the look of it—and intricately carved with forest scenes. It sits comfortably in the hand and has a small, wooden crank on one side. … Continue reading Pandora’s Music Box (or The Song of the Trees)

Review of The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories is a collection of short stories, most of which are set in the same world as Susanna Clarke’s novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. If you’re not familiar with the novel (or the BBC TV adaptation), it takes place in late 18th-, early 19th-century England and features … Continue reading Review of The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke

The Good, the Bad, the Termites

Photo courtesy CSIRO CC 3.0 Howdy folks. Today, I've got another entry from Grad Bernart's research diaries. For once, he seems to be reasonably happy with his progress. Enjoy!   The good news is, my research into the language of ants might actually yield some useful results. The bad news is, I’m surrounded by idiots. … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, the Termites

When is a rose not a rose?

Photo by Andrea Pol on Unsplash Here's another excerpt from the diaries of Grad Bernart. It's a little frustrating, how much he leaves unsaid at the end, but I promise to update you as soon as I find anything relating to the mysterious message. Here goes: It started with the curious package I received today. … Continue reading When is a rose not a rose?

The Neighbours from Hell. And Heaven.

Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images Okay, yet another post that has nothing to do with sci-fi, fantasy or writing. It's just, I’ve got a problem. I admit, it’s not exactly a big problem but, still, it’s a problem. I’ve got new neighbours. Don’t leap to conclusions. The truth is, the new neighbours … Continue reading The Neighbours from Hell. And Heaven.

On the Philosophy of Ants

This is the first in a series of blogs taken from the research notes of Grad Bernart. Some of you may already know of Grad Bernart as the Collegium scholar who famously talks to plants. A few of you may also know that he was the teacher of Anders, whose adventures feature in my upcoming … Continue reading On the Philosophy of Ants

Review: Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

Remnant Population tells the story of a woman who stays behind on an alien world when all of her fellow humans abandon a failed colony. Imagine the love-child of Robinson Crusoe and Enemy Mine with Ursula K. LeGuin acting as midwife and you’ll get some idea as to what to expect from Remnant Population. There … Continue reading Review: Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon