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

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 6)

It’s the end. Some plans come to fruition and some are thwarted, Phèdre keeps her vow to the goddess Asherat, Joscelin reminds us all of just how badass he can be and Melisande is faced yet again. Middle books are notoriously difficult to get right and maybe I’m side-eyeing some of Carey’s decisions in this final week’s reading, but ultimately I’m satisfied, and quite pleased to meet Phèdre’s official consort. So, without further ado, let’s talk about the end of Kushiel’s Chosen using the prompts provided by Lisa of Dear Geek Place. Links to other readers’ responses can be found … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 6)

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill gets into a spot of trouble in her hometown of Zenith, Ohio, and her parents send her to live with her Uncle Will in New York as punishment. Clearly, her parents don’t know her all that well. It’s the Roaring Twenties and Evie is delighted to find herself in the big city, even if her Uncle does work at the boring old Museum of Creepy Crawlies (aka the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult). And life gets even more interesting when a killer begins his work… I picked this up one very exhausted weekend to while … Continue reading The Diviners by Libba Bray

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 5)

It’s the fifth week of the Wyrd and Wonder read-along of Kushiel’s Chosen and we’ve escaped death, faced the thelatos, visited Illyria and been smuggled back into La Serenissima with Phèdre. Now, finally, we are facing the end game, so let’s take a quick breather and restock with imyril’s prompts for this week. Each week’s prompts, links to other readers’ responses and the reading schedule for this read-along can all be found on this Goodreads page here. And, of course, this far in there are going to be massive SPOILERS!   Week 5: Chapters 56 to 70 inclusive What did … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 5)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 4)

A daring escape from the prison island of La Dolorosa! Rescued from near-death at sea by pirates! Taken as hostage to a secret island! It’s been a whirlwind ride for Phèdre this week and we’re pausing on a cliffhanger to take stock. Each week’s prompts, links to other readers’ responses and the reading schedule for this read-along can all be found on this Goodreads page here. It’s my turn to ask the questions for this segment, so let’s get going …   … but be warned, it’s SPOILERS all the way!   Week 4: Chapters 45 to 55 inclusive What … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 4)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 3)

  This week we begin to explore a new part of Phèdre’s world as she arrives in La Serenissima. But our cocksure courtesan (*snorts laughter* sorry! couldn’t resist!) is only just getting into the swing of things – this is a place with its own gods, politics and drama – when she finds herself in a whole new heap of trouble and comes face to face with the dastardly Melisande once again … This weeks prompts are posed by the marvellous Zeezee of Zeezee with Books (who’s my go-to blogger for awesome book tags, just FYI). Each week’s prompts, links … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 3)

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

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 2)

  We’ve returned to Terre d’Ange, and to the court of Queen Ysandre, but there’s no time for sight-seeing as Phèdre packs her bags and sets sail for La Serenissima in pursuit of traitorous secrets. Who, if anyone, can be trusted in this game? Place your bets, ladies and gentleman, as we delve deeper into the world of Kushiel’s Chosen. This week’s prompts have been posed by that wisest of bookwyrms imyril of There’s Always Room for One More (who levelled up this week – please go wish her happy birthday if you haven’t already). Each week’s prompts, links to … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 2)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 1)

After the incredible introduction to Terre d’Ange that was the Kushiel’s Dart read-along in September last year we are finally returning to see how Phèdre and Joscelin are getting on and what new games are afoot in this angel-touched world. This will be another six-week Wyrd and Wonder read-along (because these books are chunky) being led by imyril of There’s Always Room for One More. Prompts are posted on this Goodreads page each week, along with links to everyone’s response posts and the reading schedule.   Before you read on, please be aware that there will be SPOILERS not only … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Chosen by Jacqueline Carey (week 1)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 6)

It’s the final week of our read-along and Lisa of Dear Geek Place is our host, helping us give shape to our (many) thoughts and (all the) feelings as events draw to a close. Most participants have been providing links to their posts here on the Goodreads page (not me, because I’m a lazy toad, but all the good people I’m reading along with have) if you fancy reading some more coherent thoughts than mine. If you’re still with me, then let’s dive in… …I don’t have to warn you about SPOILERS, right? We’re talking about the end of the … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 6)