Features

Here you can find all the non-review stuff! Click the headings to go to the corresponding pages.

Running Blog Features

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems is a feature set up to identify books that look great but would benefit from some more exposure. The books featured on Hidden Gems are usually from self published and Indie authors, though even traditionally published authors are often fighting an uphill battle to have their books noticed. This feature saves you the hassle of panning for gold and presents some nice shiny diamonds to consider from the off.

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The Blogger’s Spotlight

This feature highlights various bookish bloggers you may want to follow or whose blog you might want to take a look at.

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Book Lists

These posts feature lists of books that fit a certain category.

10 Fantasy and Science Fiction Standalone Novels

10 Fantasy Books that Explore the Oceans

10 Women to Read this Year

Interviews

Check out insights into the minds of your favourite authors, or discover new ones!

Events

Norsevember

Norsevember started as a casual reading challenge proposed on this blog, and soon spiralled (almost) out of control into a month long behemoth with a new feature every day. There were dozens of giveaways, interviews, submissions, guest posts, reviews and lots more. You can check out all the blog features and most of the submissions and reviews created by people taking part in the event by clicking the link above to take you to the Norsevember Hub.

The SFF World Tour

In summer 2020 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, readers instead of the usual summer trip went on the Spells & Spaceships SFF World Tour, a week long event featuring a handful of books influenced by, set in or written by authors from every continent. There was a bonus day to outer space, too.

Day 1: South and Central America

Day 2: North America

Day 3: The Arctic

Day 4: Europe

Day 5: Africa

Day 6: Asia

Day 7: Oceania and Antarctica

Day 8 Bonus Excursion: Outer Space

Fantasy Monster Week

The Spells & Spaceships Fantasy Monster Week took place at the end of March, 2021. Check out some of the features:

Making a Monster

Humanoid Monsters

Dragon Day

Monster Week Indie Special

It Lives!

Monsters Around the World

Monsters and Mythology: a chat with Susana Imaginário and Cait Reynolds

2021 SFF Badge Collection

The Spells & Spaceships SFF badge collection 2021 was anticipated to attract a handful of interested readers. So far, the post has been viewed 2,859 times with hundreds of people taking part. There are 20 personally designed virtual badges to collect, with a bonus badge to display for collecting them all.

Miscellaneous Features

These are all the one-off blog posts looking at a range of topics, bookish blogging tips, to the role of Artificial Intelligence in Sci-fi and the real world and a lot in between.

The Newbie’s Guide to Book Blogging

Are Friends Electric? – Looking at the role of Artificial Intelligence in books and the real world

The ‘DNF’

Can We Improve Our Enjoyment of a Book by Changing Our Approach to it?

Turn it up to 11!

Which Type of Reviewer Are You?

Do You Think Too Much About Your Reviews?

Here Be Dragons! (Part 1)

Dragon Recommendations – 30 Dragon Books! (Part 2)

Gaming Features and Reviews

Though thin on the ground at the minute, there will be some more gaming content in the future.

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