Fun for Monday: Anything but Books

I found this tag over at Zeezee’s last week (I’m sure I’ve said it before, but Zeezee is the queen of tags and I love her for it, as well as for her awesome self!), and thought it was perfect for my current not-quite-back-in-the-bloggy-game mood. It was created by booktuber ReadorRot. Let’s get these questions answered!   Name a cartoon that you love We’re currently working our way through That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, an anime series which is pretty funny. I used to love the Animaniacs, and I saw somewhere that they’re making/have made a comeback … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Anything but Books

Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Beth Sotelo

I have enjoyed each volume of Lady Mechanika so far, but must admit to also being a little disappointed that, after the first two lovely chunky volumes, the following episodes have been shorter and very much monster-of-the-week in content. Mostly my disappointment has been focused on the fact that there didn’t appear to be more than seven volumes published (I went ahead and ordered everything I could find when I finished The Lost Boys of West Abbey), which is definitely not enough space in which to conclude everything that’s been started. I’ve basically been anticipating the disappointment of an incomplete, … Continue reading Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin by M M Chen, Joe Benitez, Martin Montiel & Beth Sotelo

The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the publisher. I can’t promise that this didn’t influence my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   Venus. A planet characterised by its thick cloud cover of sulfuric acid, and its dense carbon dioxide atmosphere. It is 2255 and Venus’ Québécois colonists have declared independence, at a high price. Indebted to the Bank of Pallas, these new Venusian citizens have a long way to go before they are out … Continue reading The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

Something I love most about gothic novels is the framing device used to draw the reader out of reality and into spooksville. Whether it be found documents, letters, diary pages or, as in You Let Me In, a confessional document left with a set of instructions for the beneficiaries of the main character’s will, I love that feeling of sinking into another person’s reality. Cassie’s reality is a dark and fractured thing. A successful romantic novelist in her later years, she is also a notorious local figure, having been on trial for the murder of her husband years before. At … Continue reading You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce

Monstress: Haven by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

I really am just throwing this up on the blog whilst running past – there’s a lot going on IRL right now that’s totally cutting into my bloggy time. As a result I haven’t been able to keep up with blog post reading or commenting either, for which I am truly sorry. I think I’m just going to have make a clean break and start again when this busy spot is done with. The guilt and dread I’m feeling over the ever-increasing stack of unread posts in my saved list isn’t helping right now. I can only apologise once again. … Continue reading Monstress: Haven by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

I read Spirits that Walk in Shadow for Wyrd and Wonder and then ran out of time to write up my thoughts and post them. And then got distracted. For a whole month. But hey, better late than never, eh? This is the third Chapel Hollow book, a series of books that are only very loosely connected and can easily be read as stand-alone stories. The thread that runs through them is the group of magical families whose customs and practices are mostly kept secret from we ordinary folk. Magic is often used by these families to coerce and enslave, … Continue reading Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel (ARC)

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the publisher. I can’t promise that this didn’t affect my feelings about it, but a book is a book is a book, however I acquire it, and I can promise that all opinions are my own.   Nine people attending a private get-together, all business people, politicians or staff, are killed double-tap style. It’s the first mass killing on Ileri Station in seventeen years and one of the victims, bodyguard Saed Tahir, is the grandson of Fathya Shariff, of Shariff Security. Fathya’s business partner, private investigator Noo Okereke, whose … Continue reading Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel (ARC)

Buddy Reading Lovecraft Country with the Curious SFF Reader

Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I did another buddy-read, yay! This time we read Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country together and found plenty to talk about (although I suspect this is as much to do with how much I enjoy chatting with Maryam as it is because this was an interesting read). The first half of our resulting conversation can be found over at Maryam’s site here, and that’s definitely where you need to start if you’ve found yourself here first. If you’re visiting here having already read the first half, then hi! And welcome. So, to continue where we … Continue reading Buddy Reading Lovecraft Country with the Curious SFF Reader

Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

This tag was loads of fun to do last year, but I nearly forgot all about it this year, what with one thing and another. Thankfully, I’ve seen it doing the rounds, so while I’m a bit late, I’m here now. Hi! I’m kind of in a weird place at the moment. I’ve been taking it easy on the bloggy front and trying to sort out some work things and some personal things that have me feeling … a little blue. I’m hoping talking about books will get me out of my funk and maybe get me excited for some … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

Note to self: when imyril tells you something is awesome and you should read it, drop everything and blooming well read it. Immediately. This will save you a lot of kicking yourself later on. Because The House of Shattered Wings really is awesome. Here’s why: It’s dark. The kind of gothic darkness that is a delight to wallow in. Set in a post-apocalyptic Paris after the Great War with Heaven and between the many factions of fallen angels, this is a story that drips with dark magic. While the Fallen are at the top of the food chain, they are also desperately vulnerable … Continue reading The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard