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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Six for Sunday - most anticipated books of 2018


Today's Six for Sunday is my most anticipated books of 2018.

I did have this worked out a few weeks ago, when I first saw the topic. Two of my most anticipated books were due for release on 4th January. But as it happens, Waterstones got both Sky Song and The Fandom in early, and I now have both the ARC and final release books for both these wonderful titles. Expect reviews soon!

So, with them excluded, here are my six most anticipated releases for next year:

  1. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. I love fairy tales and wonderland, and I am very excited about this book.
  2. How Do You Like Me Now by Holly Bourne. Honestly I still haven't read the copy of It Only Happens in the Movies I bought at the launch event, but I'm already excited for Holly's adult debut.
  3. Winds of Winter by George R R Martin. My most anticipated book of the last four years! This one still doesn't have a publication date, but I'm hoping it'll be out sometime in 2018. As soon as it has a date I'll be excitedly counting down the days. 
  4. Fire and Blood vol 1. by George R R Martin. I've read a couple of GRRM's 'history' of Westeros short stories in the anthologies Dangerous Women and Rogues, and really enjoyed them. He's planning a two volume collection of these with further stories fleshing out the history behind the Game of Thrones world, and has suggested that volume one might be out in 2018. Could we really get two GRRM books next year? Or will there be none, yet again?
  5. Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. I have issues with The Sleeping Prince, but I absolutely loved both The Sin Eater's Daughter and The Scarecrow Queen, so I've got high hopes for this new novel.
  6. Spark by Alice Broadway. Ink was one of my favourite books of the year, with a unique set up that really drew me into its world. This is the second volume of a planned sequel and I can't wait to see where Alice goes with the story.
Thanks again to Steph for coming up with these. I'm looking forward to seeing what she's got planned for next year. Check out her blog at


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