Fun for Monday: The Addams Family Tag

This is another tag I owe to the marvellous Zeezee and which was created by booktuber Hannah Tay. I couldn’t resist an Addams Family themed tag, even if I tried. I remember watching the tv show when I was a kid and the films with Anjelica Houston and Raul Julia in my very early teens. I loved and continue to love both. So this tag seems the perfect way to kick off my participation in Spooktastic Reads 2021. Woo!   Morticia Addams – mother and witch: your favourite witch book? I know I should answer with something creepy, as befits the … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Addams Family Tag

Buddy-reading The Blade Itself with Lynn

The lovely Lynn of Lynn’s Books and I have been buddy-reading again (the best medicine for blogging block I’ve yet found), and we invite you to read our musings, squeaks of surprise and mutterings of foreboding as we tackle the first book in Abercrombie’s First Law trilogy, The Blade Itself.  If you’ve come here first, you will find below the second half of our epic discussion. For the first half please visit Lynn’s blog here. If you’re visiting after having read the first half there, then hello! welcome! and enjoy!   So, to continue where we left off… (and with a massive … Continue reading Buddy-reading The Blade Itself with Lynn

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A J Fitzwater

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper had me at hello. I knew only this when I bought it: that it was about a dapper, lesbian, capybara pirate. It was enough. And I have not been disappointed. In the seven stories that make up Cinrak’s voyages we follow her from young orphan with pirate dreams to Captain of the ship Impolite Fortune and mother to a wonderfully eclectic crew/found-family. She is delightful throughout. A “well-read, clean and handsome pirate”, honest and brave, loving and joyous, she prefers “to dream forwards, not backwards”. And her world is as wonderful as she is … Continue reading The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper by A J Fitzwater

Fun for Monday: The Evil Cat Tag

This tag was created by Peat Long and Para over at To Other Worlds, and it made me snort-laugh while on public transport. It’s best if I leave Peat to introduce this tag: “Well, here it is. Ten wonderful cues to talk about books, all based on the time your cat was so far from wonderful they couldn’t have found it even if it smelled of tuna.”   (For the record, we do not have a cat. Cats hate me and the feeling is usually mutual. Saying that, I have a healthy respect for any creature channelling that much pure … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Evil Cat Tag

Buddy Reading A Man Lies Dreaming with the Curious SFF Reader

This has been my favourite buddy read yet with The Curious SFF Reader, Maryam, not because A Man Lies Dreaming was a fun read (as you will see), but because it gave us so much to talk about. I always know I can rely on Maryam for thought-provoking and insightful reviews, and this is even more true when we buddy-read together. So this is where to start with our conversation, then, when you’re done here, head on over to Maryam’s blog for the second half of our discussion. Let’s dive in, shall we? Maryam, you’ve read more of Tidhar’s work. … Continue reading Buddy Reading A Man Lies Dreaming with the Curious SFF Reader

Fun for Monday: The Count to 10 with Me Tag

Tags are wonderful things. They make me think of appetisers, used to whet the appetite without spoiling the main meal. Certainly, that’s how I’m using them right now. Answering random questions about books and other things allows me to burble on about whatever’s on my mind without feeling pressured into coherence. It’s strangely therapeutic. I saw this tag over at Zeezee’s about a month ago. She in turn found it over on Kristin Kraves Books and it was created by booktuber the Bumbling Blogger’s partner, Sean.   And so, without further ado … three … two … one … go!!   First book … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Count to 10 with Me Tag

Update 19-09-2021

I’ve whinged enough recently that most of you will know about my current bloggy block, so this is just a quick update on where I’m at with that. As much for my benefit as for yours.   I have bowed out of writing for FanFiAddict for the time being. Whether this is a temporary or permanent self-removal, only time will tell. The FanFiAddict team are the loveliest group of people and are doing some truly exciting things. Unfortunately, I was never able to give them anything like my best. I managed six posts for them in six months and constantly … Continue reading Update 19-09-2021

Fun for Monday: Good to Meetcha *Original Tag*

I made a tag! In my continuing quest to retrieve my bloggy mojo, this seemed like a good idea. Time will tell, eh?   I hate the usual “what do you do?” and “where are you from?” questions that normally get fired out upon making a new acquaintance. The answers invariably fail to give me any sense of the person I’m talking to, and feel … judge-y. So this tag is about the things I actually want to know when I first meet a new person (specifically, the ones I want to be friends with). (I know I should insert … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Good to Meetcha *Original Tag*

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

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.   I wanted so much more from this book. The world in which the story is set was one of the first things I wanted more of. The country of Hwaguk, now known as Administrative Territory Fourteen and undergoing colonization from the Razanei empire, is a place of contradictions and dualities. Most people … Continue reading Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

Fun for Monday: Dreamy Book Covers

As this blue mood of mine doesn’t seem to be shifting, I thought I’d try to inspire myself with a tag about one of my favourite things: book covers. Not much talking going on here, just a few visual delights. This is another tag I found via the wonderful Zeezee, and it was created by Tiana the Book Raven, who I’ve linked to below because there are… …RULES: Thank the person who tagged you and spread the love. (I wasn’t tagged, but thank you Zeezee for always finding such excellent tags). Mention the creator of this tag: Tiana @ The … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Dreamy Book Covers