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

Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of Fantasy Separation

This is a tag I first became aware of during SciFi Month last year (you can see my scifi themed attempt here if you so wish, and you can find the inspiration for the tag over at Books Are My Favourite and Best – you absolutely have to take a look at some of the awesome #6degrees chains over there), and while I really enjoy doing it, it is sooo hard! I think I had a dash of beginner’s luck last time round. Anyway, here (after much, much revision) is my fantasy themed offering for Wyrd and Wonder … enjoy! … Continue reading Fun for Monday: 6 Degrees of Fantasy Separation

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

If you want to read a really good review for The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern you can’t go wrong with this one by Heather of Froodian Slip who said everything I would want to say. Interestingly, out in the wider webiverse opinions about this novel are polarized. Things that I enjoyed have not impressed others at all: its multi-layered and meandering nature; the lack of real conflict; the amount of space dedicated to the descriptions of places; the references to other books; all the bees, keys, swords, feathers, hearts, crowns and doorknobs. What I found absorbing, others have found … Continue reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern