I have been delving a lot more into non-fiction this year, partly for writing research, partly because it turns out I like non-fiction audiobooks, and today I wanted to review two titles that I happened to read simultaneously and which ended up having a lot of cross over themes and topics: The Ship Asunder by Tom Nancollas and Shadowlands by Matthew Green.
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret. Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned… Continue reading Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
From funerary skyscrapers to hotels for the dead, How High We Go in the Dark follows a cast of intricately linked characters spanning hundreds of years as humanity endeavours to restore the delicate balance of the world. This is a story of unshakable hope that crosses literary lines to give us a world rebuilding itself through an endless capacity for love, resilience and reinvention. Wonderful and disquieting, dreamlike and all too possible.
Hidden across England and Scotland live six old Book Eater families. The last of their lines, they exist on the fringes of society and subsist on a diet of stories and legends. Children are rare and their numbers have dwindled, so when Devon Fairweather's second child is born a dreaded Mind Eater - a perversion of her own kind, who consumes not stories but the minds and souls of humans - she flees before he can be turned into a weapon for the family... or worse. Living among humans and finding prey for her son, Devon seeks a cure for his hunger. But time is running out - for her family want her back, and with every soul her son consumes he loses a little more of himself...
Week 1: Chapters 1-6Week 2: Chapters 7-11 I can't believe we've already finished The Wandering Fire, book two in the Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay! Despite having read it over the course of a month, roughly, it feels like it's over in a flash! So much happened, and yet, not much has advanced? Idk,… Continue reading The Wandering Fire Read-Along: Week 3
Mo Wilde made a quiet but radical pledge: to live only off free, foraged food for an entire year. In a world disconnected from its roots, eating wild food is both culinary and healing, social and political. Ultimately, it is an act of love and community. Over the course of the year, using her expert knowledge of botany and mycology, Mo follows the seasons to find nutritious food from hundreds of species of plants, fungi and seaweeds. In the process she discovers an even deeper connection with the earth, and learns not only how to survive, but how to thrive, nourishing her body and mind.
Week One: Chapters 1 - 6 Another week means another post delving into the world of Guy Gavriel Kay's Fionavar Tapestry trilogy, and we are just over halfway through book two: The Wandering Fire. I am really loving it, and I think this series really benefits from being read in a group, because there are… Continue reading The Wandering Fire Read-Along: Week 2
It's almost mid-July (does time speed up as you get older? help!) and I wasn't actually going to do a mid-year check in, because I've been quiet and demotivated, and figured I'd missed the train on it, but if my dear friend BookForager can post hers this week, then so can I! And hopefully it'll… Continue reading The Mid Year Check In 2022
It's been a while, dear readers. My brain has had no blogging capacity since about mid-May, and though I managed to push through to the end of Wyrd and Wonder, I had to take a step back during June, and since then I've slowed my reading way down and actually started writing my own stuff… Continue reading The Wandering Fire Read-Along: Week 1
A vibrant and powerful epic set against an alternate Bronze Age, this tale of gods, men and monsters, conspiracy and war, is a rich, compelling and original read from a master of the historical and fantasy genres. The people caught up in toils of the gods are merely trying to survive. Victims of vicious whims, trapped by their circumstances or pushed beyond what the mortal frame can bear, a handful of god-touched mortals - a scribe, a warlord, a dancer and a child - are about to be brought together in a conspiracy of their own. A conspiracy to reach the heavens, and take down the corrupt and aging gods… Who are already facing troubles of their own…