1 Minute Reviews · Fiction · Memoir

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons | 1 Minute Reviews

When I started reading What We Lose, I thought it was a memoir. 50 pages in I happened to turn over the proof and noticed the words “a novel”, alongside realising that the author’s name was Zinzi, not Thandi. I had become so enraptured in the writing, I hadn’t for a second thought it wasn’t… Continue reading What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · Fiction

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers | 1 Minute Reviews

[Note: The review and blurb for this book does somewhat spoil the original, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which you should go read first! Go on go! If you’ve already read it, you can stay here]. Becky Chambers is back!! Hurrah! When this copy arrived on my doorstep, I was so happy… Continue reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · books · YA

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

Defy the Stars grabbed me from the first moment. In three weeks, Noemi Vidal will die – here, in this very place. Today is just practice. I’ve been meaning to read more sci-fi YA as its an area I seem to unintentionally neglect, despite being raised on a diet of Star Trek. I love a… Continue reading Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · books · Memoir · Non Fiction

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

I wrote the bones of this review back in 2016 when I was sent a pre-publication copy by the lovely people at Ebury Press. This was, importantly, also before I received my diagnosis of autism. Chris Packham’s memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a brutal, beautiful book that subverts the memoir genre through inclusion… Continue reading Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham | 1 Minute Reviews

1 Minute Reviews · Autism · YA

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | 1 Minute Reviews

Interested in reading more books featuring autistic characters or queer characters, check out my lists Queer & Here and The Essential Autie List. I heard about Queens of Geek thanks to Jim of Ya Yeah Yeah – an autistic girl in a romance novel set at a convention?! I mean, it just screams I gotta read… Continue reading Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde | 1 Minute Reviews