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

Desert Island Reads (a Wyrd & Wonder tag/challenge/prompt)

  This is a very special Wyrd and Wonder tag/challenge/prompt created by our one and only imyril, because she’s the frigging BEST!! I’ve quoted the rules directly from her post, below, and while I can’t force anyone to do this, I will hunt you down if you don’t.   Just kidding. *snorts with laughter*   The Rules: Desert Island Discs – the classic BBC radio show that inspired this post – allows players to take eight musical tracks (not albums!), a single book (plus the complete works of Shakespeare and the Bible or a more appropriate religious/philosophical book of choice as a … Continue reading Desert Island Reads (a Wyrd & Wonder tag/challenge/prompt)

Fun for Monday: The Inside and Out Tag

It’s a very Mondayish Monday today, so here’s a tag I saw The Irresponsible Reader do a while back here (check out his alternative title for this tag) and that The Tattooed Book Geek also had a go at here with hilarious results. I am a lot less funny.     Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info? Or not enough? I am finding nowadays that I rely more and more on everyone’s blogs about awesome books and less and less on book jacket blurbs, but mostly summaries are about right, I think. There’s been the odd summary that’s … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Inside and Out Tag

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

Agyar by Steven Brust

I read this after reading Little Red Reviewer’s intriguing and brilliant review, which you can read for yourselves here. And before I say anything more I will second her injunction: if you plan to read this DO NOT read any blurbs for it, not online, nor on the book’s jacket and definitely, definitely don’t Google it.   OK, with that out of the way … I don’t understand how this book isn’t better known. At worst it should be on reading lists in colleges and universities to show how something can be really well done, not misdirection exactly, but the … Continue reading Agyar by Steven Brust