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LL Watkin is the pen name for writing partnership Liz Smith and Louise Smith, two sisters from the North of England who've been writing together for nearly ten years but only started publishing in 2012.
We write a mixture of short stories and full length novels in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and while some stories may be more Louise's and others more Liz's, all spring from a collaborative process.
The Leviathan series will continue with book 3 "Pathiel" in mid 2014 and The Handmaiden with The Cathedral in the Void in 2015. In the meantime we have a full schedule of short stories being published throughout 2014, which we'll likely pull together into a collection at the back end of the year.
on Nov. 28, 2013 :
I really liked this. The book blurb is deceptive: this is a story of survival, set upon a not-quite derelict alien spacecraft. And when I say alien, the eponymous ship Jethabel is one of the most intriguing settings I've come across in a while. (Imagine the ancient alien ship at the start of the movie Alien, only drifting in space and somehow organic and alive!) The book has lots of interesting touches and well-rounded characters, though it took me a while to get to grips with the numerous protagonists involved. The ending was a little abrupt and an obvious set-up for a sequel, but it wasn't an annoying cliff-hanger. Worth a read if you like military sci-fi, or even 'Big Dumb Object' tales.
(reviewed long after purchase)