In Lieu of Valentine’s Day: Spam of the Month!
Actually, potentially Spam of the Year! As with most blogs, we get a lot of spam in our comments. Luckily, our filter catches almost all of it and quarantines the rogue comments until we can dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly manner. Usually, it is semi-coherent rubbish and blatant attempts to harvest email addresses or […]Read More
Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? by Joanna Bolouri
We hope for great things at Christmas. Songs, movies, books and adverts all promise us a time filled with miracles, laughter, delicate snowflakes, non-itchy wool jumpers and romantic groping in front of open log fires. We grow up thinking that magic is real and even when Santa turns out to be a big fat fraud, […]Read More
Shout and be Shrill with Lindy West’s brilliant memoir
Seeing as it’s Feel Good week over here at Bookends, we thought we’d re-introduce you to one of our favourite memoirs of the year, from one of our favourite women. In her brilliant, bold book SHRILL, writer and social commentator Lindy West tackles everything from periods to fat shaming to internet trolls – and she […]Read More
On This Day: Douglas Adams was Born
Has it been a year already? We posted this passage last year as a birthday tribute to the man affectionately known to millions of fans around the world as ‘Bop Ad’. But you know what? It’s very funny and it perfectly sums up the glorious absurdity of the funniest book ever written, so we’re going […]Read More
Good Show SIr: Jack L. Chalker
Our friends at the always entertaining Good Show Sir recently unearthed another gem, this time from the prolific pen of Jack L. Chalker: We don’t know if Jack Chalker sent a book in every week, but we do know he was extremely prolific! In fact, there are just short of 50 of his titles […]Read More
Happy Bank Holiday!
What’s that? A long weekend, you say? Excellent. At the end of a busy summer, there’s only one way enjoy a Bank Holiday Monday . . . Still not clear? OK, then, to hell with subtlety: Are we clear now? Good. So, if you’ll excuse me . . .Read More
The Best T-Shirt at Worldcon?
As is ever the case at SF conventions, the quality of T-shirts on sale was high at last weekend’s London Worldcon – I came away with the excellent ‘SCIENCE: I’m one accident away from being a super villain’. But when all is said and done, I think this one was . . . if not […]Read More
SF Masterwork of the Week: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
DON’T PANIC! The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is our SF Masterwork of the Week! Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little […]Read More
Classic SF Anagrams
In what future SF historians will no doubt refer to, Spinal Tap-style, as ‘the saddest of all posts‘, we have decided to mark the last Friday of the first month of 2013 with a series of classic SF anagrams. All of the below are anagrams formed from Hugo Award-winning novels. Some are available from SF […]Read More