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***   Last week, Christie gained a nickname. This week, she takes an arykei. Were you surprised by her choice (and who she chose)? …and how did … 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!   Apostrophes and italics everywhere! What’s your approach to pronouncing the challenges SFF writers … Continue reading Read-along: Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle (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)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 5)

We’re truly out on the Long Road this week as we travel with Phèdre, Joscelin and Hyacinthe to Alba, and the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been. Guiding us through this week’s dramas is our host Peat, of Peat Long’s Blog. As always, information about this read-along, each week’s questions and links to most participants’ responses can be found on this Goodreads page here.   And, Blessed Elua, watch out! There are SPOILERS galore now that we’re this far in!     We’re back on the road again with Phèdre and Joscelin, and this time they’re with Hyacinthe as … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 5)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 4)

Wow! It’s week four and things just keep getting bigger and going deeper in this book. Phèdre and Joscelin may have escaped Skaldia, but they’re by no means out of danger and court politics are looming large. As always details for this read-along can be found here and imyril’s also the one linking to all other participants’ contributions in her read-along posts, so all eyes on her, please. Questions are being posted each week on the Goodreads page. And this week I’m hosting! Hi Everybody! *waves* Don’t trip over the SPOILERS!   Week 4 Chapters 32 to 47 inclusive Waldemar’s … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 4)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 3)

It’s week three of this Wyrd and Wonder read-along and there are some new players on the board in Kushiel’s Dart. To guide us through the ever more complex world that Carey has created we have some thought-provoking questions from this week’s host ZeeZee of ZeeZee with Books. Details for this read-along can be found in imyril’s post here (she’s also the one providing links to participants’ posts) and each week’s prompts are posted on the Goodreads group here.   And please note that there are SPOILERS throughout!   Week 3 (chapters 32-47 inclusive) Phèdre slipped during her assignment with … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 3)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 2)

It’s the second week of the Kushiel’s Dart read-along and things are starting to get (more) interesting. Details for this read-along can be found in imyril’s post here, and each week’s prompts are posted on Goodreads here. This week’s host and poser-of-questions is Susan over at Dab of Darkness. Oh, yeah, also … SPOILERS alert!   Week 2 (Chapters 17-31 inclusive) We get a few more hints of magic or the supernatural in this section. Phèdre sees Kushiel’s visage after Alcuin is injured; Hyacinthe’s mom & he himself both have things revealed via the dromonde; that moment of deep peace … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 2)

Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 1)

I’ve been excited about this read-along since it was talked about back in May, having heard so many good things about Carey’s Kushiel books and never having read them. Now it’s here and blow it if I haven’t been disastrously busy all week, just when I really wanted to sink into this lusciously written brick of a book! So apologies for the slightly perfunctory answers this week, and fingers crossed for at least a few hours of uninterrupted reading time this weekend so I can catch up a bit. Oh, and you can find details of the reading schedule and … Continue reading Read-along: Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (Week 1)

Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 4)

  This is the homeward stretch of the Wyrd and Wonder read-along. Our host Lisa of Dear Geek Place has been our guiding light along the way, and here she leads safely home. But let’s not count our chickens just yet … and be warned that SPOILERS still litter this last leg of the path!   Week 4 – Chapters 27 to the end  Let’s start with Maia’s grandfather! What do you think of the Avar and his budding relationship with Maia? Oh my goodness, the Great Avar! What a dude! I love his bullfrog coach. I love that he arrives … Continue reading Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 4)

Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 3)

  It’s week three of the Wyrd and Wonder read-along and our host Lisa of Dear Geek Placeyet again helps us to steer a path through the dangerous, winding ways of the Untheileneise Court. Things have ramped up considerably this week and there’s no way I’ll be able to avoid SPOILERS so please tread carefully!   Week 3 – Chapters 18 to 26 inclusive These chapters open with a very candid, yet significantly warmer than most, conversation between Maia and Arbelan, and from there things begin to change as Maia learns to act with more confidence. Do you think Arbelan’s … Continue reading Read-along: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Week 3)