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)

Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley

Yet again I haven’t quite read what I planned during Wyrd and Wonder month. In part, this is down to these being extraordinary times and my reading moods not being as predictable as they would normally be. Still, we roll with the punches, eh?   An interesting volume of sixteen short stories, the earliest first published back in 1885 and the most recent in 2013, Unnatural Creatures has been lurking next to the bed for the last two months as my antidote to not being able to get to sleep. Every time I’ve found myself unable to get comfortable or … Continue reading Unnatural Creatures edited by Neil Gaiman & Maria Dahvana Headley

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)

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, … Continue reading Fun for Monday: A Fantasy Dinner Party

Dog and Dragon by Dave Freer

  I read the first part of this duology back in 2017 and loved it. The black dragon Fionn and the unwittingly powerful mage Meb are both endearingly mischievous and delightful company. Add the unnaturally intelligent sheepdog Díleas to their little party and you’ve got the makings of a merry adventure, which is exactly what Dragon’s Ring was. Dog and Dragon picks up right where the previous book left off and Meb, thinking to save everything she loves, steps out of the world of Tasmarin and into the very different world of Lyonesse.   The underlying structure of the worlds … Continue reading Dog and Dragon by Dave Freer