Caliban audiobook on Google

The main news The main news is I’ve released Caliban in audiobook on Google Play. Why is this remarkable news when I already have Caliban available in audio at Audible, Amazon, Apple and Kobo? It’s remarkable because it would appear Google no longer accepts narration outside of their AI narration service. Perhaps I’m mistaken and completely missed where I’d be able to upload my own files. But no matter at this point, because I took…

OverDrive and Libby

When a service isn’t exactly a service Anyone involved in the publishing industry will tell you there’s just so much to know, and that knowledge has been changing rapidly from the beginning of the 21st century. Now, it seems, I’ve stumbled across another bit of knowledge which has left me surprised. When ebooks were first becoming a thing, there were only a few ways in which a reader could obtain them, quite aside from the…

Review: All the Quiet Places, by Brian Thomas Isaace

All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac My rating: 2 of 5 stars Brian Thomas Isaac’s debut novel comes with a long list of awards and almosts: Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction Longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize A National Bestseller Winner of the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards’ Published Prose in English Prize Shortlisted for the 2022 Amazon Canada First Novel Award Longlisted for CBC Canada Reads 2022 An…

Review: The Henna Artist, by Alka Joshi

The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi My rating: 3 of 5 stars Joshi creates an interesting story about a young woman’s struggle to find a place in the restrictive and classist society of India. The author deals sensitively, and in the end devastingly, with herbal preventative contraception tisanes, the moral and societal landmines which explode in the heroine’s life, and the destruction of her livelihood which had been primarily as a henna artist of great…

Review: Temeraire Series, by Naomi Novik

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik My rating: 5 of 5 stars Reader note: I’m reviewing the entire nine novels of the Temeraire series in this review. Such a surprise awaited when I flipped to the first page of His Majesty’s Dragon: Napoleonic naval adventures married seamlessly and believably to an aerial component via dragons. All disbelief suspended. Stunningly delightful. That surprise was further augmented by Novik’s impeccable research, the solidity of her character and…