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

Books with a body count

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a placid library employee who enjoys long walks in nearby woodlands, crunching through autumn leaves and wearing big woolly jumpers. I’ve no particular desire to stumble across a real dead body while on a walk (and it’s always at the back of my mind that that could happen – you know what they say about dog-walkers and joggers being the ones who find the bodies, right?), but in my reading life, if there are going to be bodies, I want lots of ‘em! Authors can just be so darned creative when it comes to killings … Continue reading Books with a body count

Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of Fantasy Separation

This is a tag I first became aware of during SciFi Month last year (you can see my scifi themed attempt here if you so wish, and you can find the inspiration for the tag over at Books Are My Favourite and Best – you absolutely have to take a look at some of the awesome #6degrees chains over there), and while I really enjoy doing it, it is sooo hard! I think I had a dash of beginner’s luck last time round. Anyway, here (after much, much revision) is my fantasy themed offering for Wyrd and Wonder … enjoy! … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of Fantasy Separation

Buddy reading Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes with Little Red Reviewer

So, Andrea of The Little Red Reviewer and I did this buddy read together (so much fun!!), which means you’ll find the first half of our discussion on her site, which is where I’d advise you to start. If you’ve found your way over here from there, then hello and welcome!   How would you categorise this book, if at all? Mayri: So this is my question, because it bothered me all the way through the book. On one hand, it’s a police procedural. On the other, a sort of Clive Barker-ish supernatural horror. I don’t even know how to … Continue reading Buddy reading Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes with Little Red Reviewer