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 the Stag by Kage Baker

In The Anvil of the World Kage Baker introduced us to a fantasy world peopled with the calamitous Children of the Sun, the gentle Yendri and the chaotic race of demons. There was a lot of fun to be had in the meeting and mingling of these three peoples, along with some pointed observations about humanity that made the book more than just another amusing fantasy adventure. So when I found The House of the Stag in the discarded books pile at work (with a badly broken spine) I swiped it. Naturally. In Anvil Baker created the Master of the … Continue reading The House of the Stag by Kage Baker

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

Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

A curse bound with three Powers. Three young siblings. Three Gifts. Three types of magic. Three groups of people unable to see what they have in common. As in all of the books of hers that I’ve read Diana Wynne Jones’ plays with multiple story threads in her standalone novel Power of Three, only pulling them all together to show the pattern at the very end. It’s a trick she pulls off beautifully every time and one of the things that brings me back to her books again and again. Three peoples live on the Moors: the Lymen, the Dorig … Continue reading Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones

Buddy-reading Daughter of the Forest with Lynn

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier has been on my tbr book stack for soooo long and honestly, if Lynn from over at Lynn’s Books hadn’t agreed to buddy-read it with me, it’d still be there now. I knew I wanted to read more of Marillier’s books, but just didn’t have the gumption. I recommend buddy-reading wholeheartedly to anyone who needs a little added motivation. The first half of our conversation can be found over on Lynn’s site here and that’s definitely where you should start. If you’ve come here from over there, then hi! and welcome. Nice of … Continue reading Buddy-reading Daughter of the Forest with Lynn