Fun for Monday: The Intergalactic Book Tag

I found this tag over at Zeezee’s and she found it at Rachel’s blog, Life of a Female Bibliophile. It was originally created to promote a book: Starflight by Melissa Landers, but I’m totally turning it to SciFiMonth use. Time for some sci-fi fun…   SPACE: Name a book that is out of this world There are so many other worlds to choose from, but I’m still smitten with Orthe from last year’s SciFiMonth read-along of Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle. Orthe had everything I want in an alien world: a strange new culture with a long dark history to explore, … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Intergalactic Book Tag

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

Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 4)

After travelling the length and breadth of the land, playing the Orthean game of intrigue to the best of her ability, and surviving imprisonment, sickness and assassination attempts, Dominion envoy Christie is finally coming to the end of her stay on Orthe. Will her memories be fond? Has she made a good impression? Will she make it out alive? It’s the final week of the Golden Witchbreed read-along for SciFi Month, and we’re discussing part eight. And as we’re talking about the end here, I hope it’s obvious that this is as spoilery as it’s going to get! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 4)

Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 2)

  Have I mentioned that I’m enjoying myself immensely reading Golden Witchbreed? No? Prepare yourself for unapologetically enthusiastic gushings. Because, frankly, my husband needs a break. Details for this read-along can be found here on imyril’s blog, and each week the prompts will be posted on the Goodreads page here. It’s week two, we’ve read parts three, four and five, all kinds of crap has gone down, let’s talk!   ***SPOILERS ALL THE WAY*** Week 2: Parts 3 to 5 inclusive Last week, Christie gained a nickname. This week, she takes an arykei. Were you surprised by her choice (and … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 2)

Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 1)

It’s the SciFi Month read-along, people! And we’re reading a book I had only the barest awareness of previously (double excitement!). Details for this read-along (and a gripping blurb for the novel) can be found here on imyril’s blog and each week the prompts will be posted on the Goodreads page here. It’s week one, so I’ll be talking about parts one and two in this post. Now, come with us to technophobic Orthe, meet Earth’s envoy Lynne de Lisle Christie and watch as two worlds collide!   Week 1: Parts 1 & 2 Apostrophes and italics everywhere! What’s your approach … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (Week 1)