2021 Progress Report

2021 took the previous year’s weirdness and ran with it, I felt. It was also one of the most unfortunate years (IRL) I’ve encountered as we and our friends and family suffered ridiculously long runs of bad luck and calamity. I don’t know one person who isn’t glad to see the back of that year. Which meant that reading was even more important than usual, an escape and a comfort that got me through the last twelve months. That, along with blogging and chatting with you all has been the consistent bright spot in the deceptively deep pit that was … Continue reading 2021 Progress Report

Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

I read Spirits that Walk in Shadow for Wyrd and Wonder and then ran out of time to write up my thoughts and post them. And then got distracted. For a whole month. But hey, better late than never, eh? This is the third Chapel Hollow book, a series of books that are only very loosely connected and can easily be read as stand-alone stories. The thread that runs through them is the group of magical families whose customs and practices are mostly kept secret from we ordinary folk. Magic is often used by these families to coerce and enslave, … Continue reading Spirits that Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

This tag was loads of fun to do last year, but I nearly forgot all about it this year, what with one thing and another. Thankfully, I’ve seen it doing the rounds, so while I’m a bit late, I’m here now. Hi! I’m kind of in a weird place at the moment. I’ve been taking it easy on the bloggy front and trying to sort out some work things and some personal things that have me feeling … a little blue. I’m hoping talking about books will get me out of my funk and maybe get me excited for some … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Mid-Year Check-in Tag

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

My Wyrd & Wonder wind down … or, how I did with that bingo challenge in the end

  Wyrd and Wonder is always such a blast and this year has been no different – I’ve made some new friends, read swathes of awesome posts by awesome people (and I’m still catching up), and seen my TBR list double in size (yet again) – what more could a book blogger want? Maybe only a book bingo. Which one of our three most excellent hosts, imyril, provided, and which I possibly spent a disproportionate amount of time agonising over. Because, you know, lists and achievements are how I work. So I did some extracurricular reading – crammed into lunch … Continue reading My Wyrd & Wonder wind down … or, how I did with that bingo challenge in the end

The Silent Strength of Stones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

  WARNING: SEVERAL SMALL SPOILERS AHEAD!   Seventeen-year-old Nick is working at his dad’s motel and convenience store on Sauterelle Lake, in the Oregon Cascades for the summer. He’s a quiet, lonely boy, who systematically spies on the various holidaying families, but he’s also hard-working. I wasn’t sure I liked him much as a protagonist for the first few chapters. Anyway, a peculiar family take one of the most tucked-away cabins out by the lake and Nick becomes fascinated by their odd behaviour, by the hypnotic young woman with them and by the strangely tame wolf also in tow. While … Continue reading The Silent Strength of Stones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

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 Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

OK, this wasn’t quite as spooky as a Halloween read should be, but I’m still counting it because there were ghosts. Jo Walton only had to write one sentence about the type of magic Hoffman writes to make me hunt down this first Chapel Hollow book: “If you’re asking how it works then you’re reading it wrong”. Because that’s the kind of magic I want to read about. (And some of Walton’s thoughts on Hoffman can be found here at tor.com if you’d like to be similarly enthused). It’s great magic: instinctive and intuitional and not bound by a lot … Continue reading The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman