The Bitter Seed of Magic – Suzanne McLeod

I’ll say right off that Suzanne is my friend, so of course I’m thrilled to bits at the success of her series. But I also consider her to be the best British urban fantasy author, bar none. She’s brilliant. And Genny is my favourite British heroine.

I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of Bitter Seed and can tell you this series goes from strength to strength. It’s available everywhere in the UK now, and Gollancz have also released an export version.

Highly recommended. And if you haven’t read any of the series yet, you have a real treat in store. Go get them now and dive right into Genny’s world!

Five Friday Favourites

I’m up to my eyes in line edits for Quarter Square and loving every moment of it. Talked with my editor Kym Hinton on Skype last night. She’s as delightful on the phone as she is in email, and I’m a lucky man to have her helping me whip, beat, smooth and polish this novel.

So with a hey ho, hey ho, it’s off to the nose/grindstone interface I go, but before I dive back in here are today’s FFF.


Nobel Prize winner in Literature

Sex scene on film

Online shop

Guinness ad

Mine are:

Breakfast: blackberry tea, porridge with strawberry jam, an orange, fresh coffee

Gabriel García Márquez

Dennis Quaid and Ellen Barkin in The Big Easy

The Book Depository

The 1994 one with Louis Armstrong singing “We have all the time in the world”

What are yours?


My daughter and I saw this yesterday and loved every happy minute of it.

Here’s the blurb from Universal Pictures:

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) reunite for the comedy adventure Paul as two sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland. While there, they accidentally meet an alien who brings them on an insane road trip that alters their universe forever. For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town-a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes…

The verbal and visual references to sf culture are a delight and the whole thing is just laugh-out-loud fun from start to finish.


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