Fun for Monday: Quick Fire Fantasy Books

Tammy did this tag just the other day and it was too tempting to ignore. It was originally created by Jo The Bookworm Dreamer whose responses, along with Tammy’s, only added to my already-quite-large-enough-thank-you TBR. (Reader problems, eh? *grins hugely*). Anyway, let’s see Wyrd and Wonder out with a wave and a smile, and some rapid-fire responses to Jo’s prompts …   5 Star Book:   What’s that? I’m getting repetitive? Well, I don’t read as fast as some of you and when I like something I do tend to go on and on and on … I don’t think … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Quick Fire Fantasy Books

2020 Progress Report

It’s an understatement to say that 2020 was a weird year, I know. In my own working world we closed our libraries in March not knowing when we were going to reopen. We were redeployed to the phones, calling the elderly and vulnerable first, then contact tracing later on. Right now I’m working shifts in a testing centre. Each lockdown and reopening has me more and more worried that this may be the slow death of libraries. Reading has, therefore, been a very welcome escape, as it has been for so many of us. And while nearly all of my … Continue reading 2020 Progress Report

Fun for Monday: The Confessions Tag

I found this tag over at The Book Nut when trawling for tags to do this month while taking part in the Kushiel’s Dart read-along. Be warned: that’s all you’ll be getting from me during September – read-along posts and tags – I’m on countdown to some much-needed leave, during which time I’ll try to rebuild my store of prepared posts ready for the inevitable depression that’s on it’s way. In the meantime, forgive me fellow book-lovers for I have sinned, it has been I don’t know how long since my last confession…      Which book, most recently, did … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Confessions Tag

Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian did this tag last week and I’m jumping aboard because I wanna do a tag to cheer myself up (it’s a grumpy Sunday over here as I’m writing – I’ve no idea why). So what better way to do that than with a half-year (already?!) squeeing over books read and books still to read? Here we go …     Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year   It’s between Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho and This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Don’t make me choose. … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Fun for Monday: The Wanderlust Tag

This is a tag that was created by Alexandra of Reading By Starlight and that has been tackled recently by some of my favourite people: the Orang-utan Librarian, Zeezee with Books, Ola and Piotrek of Re-enchantment of the World,  Maddalena of Space and Sorcery and the inimitable Bookstooge. As I am a very reluctant traveller IRL it’s been great to see everyone’s choices and my TBR has swollen yet again. Now it’s time for a little payback, I hope …   Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Wanderlust Tag

The Creature in the Case by Garth Nix

  Hmmm … one last letter.     Dear The Creature in the Case,   I don’t know why I read you. Sometimes I think I’m just greedy and I haven’t learned to be content with what I have, despite my advancing years.   And I just wanted a little bit more. Despite what I said about being happy with Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen. After all, I thought, my newly bruised and battered heart might mend some if I could see how everyone was doing post-Abhorsen. Mistake number one. It’s not even that I dislike Nick. He’s interesting enough. Six months … Continue reading The Creature in the Case by Garth Nix

Abhorsen by Garth Nix

  OK. One last letter and we’re done …   Dear Abhorsen, So, here we are. I have to say I didn’t think things would end quite like this … You’re not a believer in hanging around, I’ll give you that. Sure you take all that incredible world-deepening that Lirael worked so hard on, you even add a whole heap more, then you bring everything to the boil in real end-of-the-world style as you finally reveal what the Big Bad has been up to while the necromancer Hedge and his agent, Chlorr were distracting everybody. At least you begin where … Continue reading Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Lirael by Garth Nix

  So, it turns out I’m continuing the letter format here, but only because it felt rude to write to Sabriel and then not to write to Lirael and Abhorsen. Sorry if it gets annoying, but, as I’m sure you all know, books have feelings too.   Dear Lirael, If I enjoyed the tense, non-stop adventure of your sister volume Sabriel I am nonetheless grateful that you are a very different kind of book. Not only were you published six years after Sabriel, you also tell the story of the Old Kingdom fourteen years into the reign of King Touchstone … Continue reading Lirael by Garth Nix

Sabriel by Garth Nix

    Dear Sabriel, It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Not that I didn’t want to revisit you before, it’s just … well, you know how it is … time ran away with me. Only now have I realised that it’s been twenty years since I last read you! We were completely different people then. And yet you have bewitched me all over again so easily … I had forgotten what an intense story you are. Casual readers need not apply, eh? From that first dead creature shuffling and dragging itself through one of the dormitories in Wyverley College (for … Continue reading Sabriel by Garth Nix

Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

Last year I read Garth Nix’s short story “A Handful of Ashes” in Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan and loved it so much I toddled off to see if he’d written anything else set in the world of Ermine College. I was disappointed to find he hadn’t, but saw that he’d written Newt’s Emerald which was supposedly inspired by his love of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. Well, I mean, that’s three reasons right there to want to read it! So, I wait (im)patiently for a gift-giving period to roll round, which finally does, and … Continue reading Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix