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: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

The marvellous Maddelena did this tag for Wyrd and Wonder last year and I’ve been sitting on it since then. She, in turn, discovered it over at the lovely Jessticulates. Ah, these lovely threads that are woven back and forth across the blogisphere between us all! *heart eyes* Let’s do this thing!   What is the first fantasy novel you read? Roger Llancellyn Green’s Tales of the Greek Heroes and The Adventures of Robin Hood and Wise Child by Monica Furlong. I don’t know which of these came first, although I know I read them all at around the same … Continue reading Fun for Monday: Get to Know the Fantasy Reader Tag

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

I’ve been meaning to read this for as long as it’s been in the library, so naturally it went on my panic-borrowing pile when we learned that our library was closing for the time being due to the COVID-19 situation. Not that I don’t have plenty to read at home it’s just that panic is catching. Anyway, I picked it up over the weekend because I thought it would be a light and fluffy slice of escapism. And it was, although not quite in the way I expected. Because for all the familiar ground this book covers – Regency era … Continue reading The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

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

The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

  If there was ever a SFF-lovers’ equivalent of a holiday read, this book is it. The Shambling Guide to New York City is light and funny, and as long as you’re not looking for anything more than that, it’s a blast. The basic set up – 30-something Zoë gets new job working for unique publishing company creating first travel guide for supernatural visitors to New York City – is promising, as is the ethnic cast list. It’s not all vampires and werewolves (zzzZZZZZ), (although, yes, the CEO of Underground Publishing is a vampire), we meet a broad spectrum of … Continue reading The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

Book Bingo – A Fantasy classic = Achieved! I was all lined up to read The Chronicles of Amber for this Book Bingo category when I found a copy of War for the Oaks at the bookstore. Known for being one of the first urban fantasy novels ever written, Emma Bull’s debut has been on my wish list for too long for me to ignore it, especially when it has a brand-spanking-new cover, an introduction by Naomi Alderman, and is right there in front of me on the shelf. Zelazny will have to wait. It also feels serendipitous that I … Continue reading War for the Oaks by Emma Bull