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

Bloodsworn by Tej Turner

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the author. 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.   This is how it started: I settled down to read, happily sinking into the story of Kyra competing with the boys to be the best fighter, and Jaedin lost in his books and used to being on the outside of things; I watched on with deepening interest as the Academy representatives made … Continue reading Bloodsworn by Tej Turner

Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell

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. The twenty stories in Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell are all fabulously odd. It’s a deceptively quick book to skip through and each story reads a little like a thought experiment – a place for the imagination to leap off from. They aren’t really the kind of stories that can be explained, … Continue reading Nothing is Strange by Mike Russell

Tower Climber by Jakob Tanner

A copy of this book was very kindly provided me by the author. 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.   I had tons of fun reading this book. While only vaguely aware of the term LitRPG, I remember reading a magazine series called The Ancestral Trail when I was a young teen, which followed a similar pattern of storytelling, and which I loved. I didn’t know what to expect when I first … Continue reading Tower Climber by Jakob Tanner

Some Thoughts and a Problem

So, I’m on holiday this week and thought I’d share some of the things that have been on my mind. None of this is hefty stuff, just me working through thoughts until I reach a satisfactory solution for myself.   Goodreads is dead to me First off, GR has pissed me off for the last time. You don’t really need to know the circumstances as it’s just a series of small annoyances that have reached tipping point. The reason I haven’t moved away from GR sooner is simply because I’ve not been able to find a suitable replacement app/site. I … Continue reading Some Thoughts and a Problem

Seven Deaths of an Empire by G R Matthews (ARC)

A review copy of this book was kindly provided 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.   The Emperor has died and before his heir can assume his mantle, his body and the sacred amulet he wears must be returned to the capital for the coronation rituals. Unfortunately, he died while campaigning in the North and while an honour guard has been chosen to bear him home, any number of … Continue reading Seven Deaths of an Empire by G R Matthews (ARC)