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

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

Fun for Monday: 3 Bookish Things

Right, let’s get this year’s tag count up, shall we? I found this tag over at Zeezee’s and she got it from Kristin Kraves Books. I’ve mentioned before that Zeezee is my go-to-gal for tags and she has an awesome Long List of Book Tags here that you can view either as a straight list, or organised by theme, which is just perfect. Thank you, Zeezee, for being so very, very fabulous! So without further ado, let’s talk about bookish things. In threes.   3 Read-Once-and-Loved Authors Octavia E Butler. Wow. Maryam the Curious SFF Reader and I recently did a … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 3 Bookish Things

Fun for Monday: A Fantasy Dinner Party

As we’re nearing the end of Wyrd and Wonder 2020 it seems appropriate that my last tag be a gathering of some favourite characters for a big ol’ shindig. The Literary Dinner Party tag was done in a delightfully fantasy way for Wyrd and Wonder a couple of years ago by Anouk of Time for Tales and Tea and was originally created by NEHOMAS2. Let’s get this party started, shall we?   One character who can cook/likes to cook My first invitation has to go out to Mrs Smith from The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker, not only … Continue reading Fun for Monday: A Fantasy Dinner Party

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 5)

This is the end, people *sniffle*. And it really looked like it might be the end of everything for a minute there … but I’m getting ahead of myself. Thank goodness for prompts, that’s all I can say, because without this week’s prompts, as posed by the most laudable Lisa of Dear Geek Place, I’d just be a gibbering wreck. So, before we go on, the usual warning: there will be SPOILERS. Only this week those spoilers are about the absolute end of the whole series. The things that get talked about this week do not get undone or prove … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 5)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 4)

We’re moving inexorably towards the grand finale and this week the tension has ratcheted all the way up to eleven. Coherence is going to be difficult, even with this week’s prompts from the incredible imyril of There’s Always Room for One More to help me along. I shouldn’t have to say it anymore, but there will be massive, painful, heart-breaking SPOILERS from the start …   Week 4 – Chapters 31 to 42 inclusive Take a seat. Make yourself comfortable. Now, in your own time – how are you feeling after this week’s developments? … … um … I can … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 4)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 3)

Wow, there’s been some serious adventuring done this week! Vintage has been in her element, Tor has contracted the gathering information bug, and Noon has just undergone the worst session of hypnotherapy ever. Let’s talk about it all, right now!! This week’s prompts have been posed by the inimitable imyril of There’s Always Room for One More and I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: SPOILERS all the way.   Week 3 – Chapters 20 to 30 inclusive Tyranny goes full Bond villain this week. Do you think that’s the last we’ll see of her? Can there be … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 3)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 2)

  It’s the final volume of the trilogy, and yet things continue to get more and more complicated. Get ready for more new characters, more surprises and more feelings in this week’s garbled and emotionally-driven responses to the prompts posed by the most marvellous Lisa of Dear Geek Place … and if you don’t already know the deal: Warning – SPOILERS all the way!   Week 2 – Chapters 10 to 20 inclusive Noon meets ‘She Who Laughs’, after a rather unexpected departure in the middle of a battle… What’s your take on this strange ‘goddess’ and the lore drop … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 2)

Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 1)

Hurrah, Hurray! It’s here! The read-along for the final volume of Jen Williams’ Winnowing Flame trilogy, and oh my goodness, I’m excited! I’m hoping for answers and maybe a happy ending or two, but this is Williams we’re talking about, so who knows what we’re going to get! Let’s do this thing! This first week’s questions were posed by the most excellent imyril of There’s Always Room for One More, and, as in previous read-along posts, please beware of SPOILERS from here on out.   Week 1 – Beginning to end of Chapter 9   Enter Agent Chenlo. What are … Continue reading Read-along: The Poison Song by Jen Williams (week 1)

Read-along: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams (week 5)

Wow. Just … wow. These last few chapters have left me near speechless (ha! Not likely!!) and utterly gobsmacked. So without further ado, let’s tackle the most excellent imyril’s (There’s Always Room for One More) prompts. You know the drill by now, I think: SPOILERS alert!   Week 5 – Chapters 47 to the end So many betrayals, Which one surprised you the most/least? So many! I’m not even sure where to begin. I was least surprised by Tyranny’s betrayal, and yet there were quite a few details I’d not guessed, like her being a Winnowry agent (!!), Okaar being … Continue reading Read-along: The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams (week 5)