Happy Friday you sons of guns, you daughters of slaughter, you non-binary children of villain killing, and everyone who’s too nice to fit into the aforementioned. It’s been a super exciting week here as I’ve got through the post-covid travel routine of quarantining, getting endless calls from track and trace, shoving things up my nose, and insomnia. It’s certainly been exciting enough to put me into the son of a gun territory, for I long to release all the pent up energy *somehow*. But with that not on the cards, here’s some of the cool stuff I’ve seen while looking through the community.
1. First up, Jed Hearne’s been doing some Epic Fantasy interactive fiction. I’m a big sucker for that sort of thing so I’m going to keep a close eye on this and spread it around to a few other interactive fiction fans I know, which hopefully includes readers of this trash pile I call a blog.
2. It is Wyrd & Wonder month, and that means a ton of awesome fantasy blogging made easy to find. I’d like to thank Imyril, Jorie, and Lisa for the huge amount of work they put into this in terms of coming up with ideas, talking with people, promoting posts, and everything else. They are the glue that helps form a community; fantasy twitter always feels a bit emptier when the month is done. There’s still plenty of time for people to join in, and join they should. A lot of the people I enjoy interacting with most in blogland, I first me through this, which is a bigger homage to the event and its runners than any words I can give.
So let’s talk some of the goodies I found through it, eh? There’s round ups on the sites aforementioned for those wishing to go through it all themselves (not to mention the Twitter hashtag), but here’s the things that particularly sat with me, starting with the reviews.
Mayri at Bookforager’s review of I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young is a blast. I want to read it now, but I’m scared it won’t bring me as much joy as the review. Also, what a title. What a stand up and grab you by the eyeballs title.
I very much enjoyed this piece on The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald at Calmgrove, which I found thoughtful and informative on a genre classic.
Siavahda’s review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison over at Every Book A Doorway isn’t the review I wanted to for such a long awaited book, but also probably a very important piece for helping readers set expectations. I also just spotted a very good review of Kushiel’s Dart too which I urge reading if my own words haven’t swayed you.
I could list all of JonBob’s reviews at Parsecs & Parchments this month as he is doing great work with his exploration of Grimdark, but this one of Elric of Melnibone by Michael Moorcock, a book me and him have talked about a lot, stood out most to me.
Finally, I was intrigued by this review of Before the Coffee Gets Cold, adapted from an award-winning play by Toshikazu Kawaguchi and translated into English by Geoffrey Trousselot, by Rebecca at Velvet Opus.
3. Moving on from reviews, there’s been a ton of high quality articles and tags too, which is one of my favourite things here.
Acquadimore’s piece On Fantasy and Italy is, personally, something of a must read for those curious about how the genre lives beyond the Anglosphere. Acqua’s one of the more incisive bloggers out there about the genre; I’m delighted to see the blogger’s schedule clear up enough to see more posts. Actually, the non-Anglo tags in general have attracted a ton of high quality input like these lists from Lex Lingua and Dianthaa Dabbles.
Siavahda’s article on Fibromyalgia, Fantasy, and Reality was very thoughtful and hit me in an emotional place, as my mum’s been struggling with Fibromyalgia and the spotty availability of pain treatment for years. Maybe I’ll show this to her and see what she thinks about this.
I love the idea of the One Book, One Idea Challenge that Tanja is doing at Where Stories Lie. It seems like a really great way to inspire yourself a little to keep learning new things and going forwards.
4. Not everything’s about Wyrd & Wonder though, there’s been plenty of fun articles that haven’t been part of it at all. Alex’s list of Black Library 2021 Releases at At Boundary’s Edge has been useful, particularly since hearing Casey Lucas talk about her upcoming book in the Warhammer Crime range has reignited my interest.
Eleni’s review of Cold Iron by Miles Cameron over at FanFiAddict has tweaked my interest.
Also, I’ve got this post on Mental Health Representation at Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub stored away for reading later tonight.
5. Finally, Lynn O’Connaught shared this video with me, and now I must share it with all of you. Happy weekend all!