Buddy Reading A Darker Shade of Magic with Lynn

Not long ago, Lynn and I read Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic together and agreed that Wyrd and Wonder would be a great time to post our discussion, and so here it is. For anyone who doesn’t know Lynn (and I am side-eying you vehemently) she is an awesome blogger, one of the very first I started following and responsible for a goodly wedge of my TBR, both stacks and lists. She also takes part in SPFBO every year and has done since the beginning I believe (please correct me if I’m wrong there, Lynn?), which is no mean … Continue reading Buddy Reading A Darker Shade of Magic with Lynn

Desert Island Reads (a Wyrd & Wonder tag/challenge/prompt)

  This is a very special Wyrd and Wonder tag/challenge/prompt created by our one and only imyril, because she’s the frigging BEST!! I’ve quoted the rules directly from her post, below, and while I can’t force anyone to do this, I will hunt you down if you don’t.   Just kidding. *snorts with laughter*   The Rules: Desert Island Discs – the classic BBC radio show that inspired this post – allows players to take eight musical tracks (not albums!), a single book (plus the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible or a more appropriate religious/philosophical book of choice as a … Continue reading Desert Island Reads (a Wyrd & Wonder tag/challenge/prompt)

I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young

  Welcome to Fairyland. It’s a candy-coloured, bat-crackers world where all your dreams can come true … And who’s that coming over the brow of the hill? Why, it’s Gertrude! She’s six-years-old, an adorable little dot with bright green hair and a pretty pink dress. Fairyland’s latest guest. And alongside her? Larrigon Wentsworth III, Gertrude’s trusty guide to Fairyland, possessor of the map and a hat more impressive than Mary Poppins’ carpet bag. Here they come now, let’s see if we can grab a word with th… ERK! Skottie Young’s four-volume comic series I Hate Fairyland is one that has … Continue reading I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young

Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 1)

Before I start – I was so so jealous of all the people who received the B-E-A-U-tiful ARC copy of this book last year! I wanted to read it from the first moment I saw that elegant golden wave on its plain dark cover, not knowing anything about the story or the author, but just needing this book. When the Fantasy Hive did an interview with Andrea Stewart I was even more intrigued, so I am massively grateful that this was picked for this year’s Wyrd and Wonder read-along (about which all details can be found here). Just so you … Continue reading Read-along: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart (week 1)

Fun for Monday: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

The marvellous Maddelena did this tag for Wyrd and Wonder last year and I’ve been sitting on it since then. She, in turn, discovered it over at the lovely Jessticulates. Ah, these lovely threads that are woven back and forth across the blogisphere between us all! *heart eyes* Let’s do this thing!   What is the first fantasy novel you read? Roger Llancellyn Green’s Tales of the Greek Heroes and The Adventures of Robin Hood and Wise Child by Monica Furlong. I don’t know which of these came first, although I know I read them all at around the same … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

  It’s Wyrd and Wonder month! Hurrah hurray! I want magic, I want dragons, I want all the fantastical things I can possibly get! I can’t wait to read about what everyone else is reading and get started on this year’s read-along title: The Bone Shard daughter by Andrea Stewart (join ussssss! It’s never too late). But to get in the mood it seems only fitting to begin with that most noble of beasts, representative of all things Fantasy the world over – the dragon. So I decided it was time to catch up with Laurence and Temeraire… After all … Continue reading Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Fun for Monday: The Never Have I Ever Tag

This was created by Madame Writer/Anne with a Book and I was tagged (I was tagged! Yay!) by the fabulous Zeezee. The rules are as follows: Link back to the original creator. (Done). Link back to the person who tagged you. (Double done). Answer all prompts. (Done done done). Add one more prompt of your own. (This was the hardest part, but also done). Tag at least five people. (Done, below). Don’t lie. (What would be the point?)   Never have I ever… read a later book in a series before reading the first book. Annoyingly, I’ve done this a few … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Never Have I Ever Tag

A Few Favourites #1

It’s been on my mind for a while to do a sort of things-I’ve-enjoyed-in-the-blogging-world-recently post as a semi-regular thing. The idea (which I know is nothing new) was triggered by the Follow Friday hashtag on Twitter. I love the feeling behind #FF, but also find it frustrating. Twitter often seems to be about numbers rather than content and while I’ve learnt to play the game a little, I still prefer smaller, personal interactions over retweeting and following as part of some sort of counting game. As I struggle with Twitter’s lightning quick topic changes and bitty nature (I always want … Continue reading A Few Favourites #1

The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

A fascinating continuation of the story begun in The Murders of Molly Southbourne that answered some of the questions I was left with at the end of the first book, but also posed some new ones. DO NOT pass the next full stop if you haven’t read Murders because any discussion of The Survival of Molly Southbourne will absolutely spoil the end of that first book. … Are you still with me? Then let’s talk about Molly.   The Molly who narrates this time round is the duplicate that Molly Prime created and told her story to at the end … Continue reading The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard

The space station the Citadel of Weeping Pearls disappeared thirty years ago when the Empress Mi Hiep attempted to destroy both it and her rebellious eldest daughter and heir within. Now, facing invasion from the Nam Federation, (who have learnt how to hijack the Empress’ mindships, which have been her primary advantage up to now), Mi Hiep wants more than ever to find Bright Princess Ngoc Minh and the weapons she developed. In another corner of the story, engineer Diem Huong lost her mother when the Citadel disappeared. Feeling that her mother abandoned her she is working on a time … Continue reading The Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard