One of the great bugbears of the Spec Fic community is silly made-up swears, which always sounds like a stupid bugbear until you come across one you hate and all of a sudden it makes sense. Well, my good friend Kat introduced me to one today.
Go on. Say it and try and make it sound like a real swear word. Something you’d enjoy saying. It doesn’t work, does it?
But hey, in some world out there in the imaginarium it’s a swear word, so for one night only, I’m all out of fardens.
1. Happy book birthdays! Shelly Parker-Chan’s much hyped She Who Became The Sun hit the shelves this week, and EJ Beaton’s The Councillor got a book birthday in Oz too.
2. One of the very particular things in life I enjoy is Melissa Caruso talking about her craft. Here’s a tweet thread of it right here:
3. Blog of the week? It’s FanFiAddict. What David and his team are doing is great work, and contains a bunch of different and interesting things. Take, for example, this Map Reveal from Thomas Howard Riley’s upcoming debut We Break Immortals. Map reveals seem like a pretty darn cool idea to me and I’ve not seen it before. Incidentally, catchy title. But there’s a ton of other stuff. I’ve spoken about neurodivergence in fantasy before and will probably speak about it again, they’ve got a bunch of lovely and thoughtful reviewers… just a very good place to follow.
4. Reviews. I’m going to start with an unusual one – one about real world translators – but it sounds fascinating and talks about a concept that has a great amount of possible use in fantasy. So here it is:
Also seen a review for Blue Book Balloon: #Review – The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a wee novella I’ve been excited to try but didn’t realise was out.
Mr Doom Scribe has a review of Age of Assassins, a cracking little trad fantasy that I like to see loved.
It’s also been Self-Published Authors Appreciation week. Jodi at Witty & Sarcastic Bookclub has a big round up of her favourites as well as a ton of other reviews.
And here’s a couple more reviews and round-ups I found elsewhere well worth reading.
5. Finally a cool video of a Moroccan folk tale and about the Seven Stars of the Pleaides, told in Arabic but with English subtitles. I keep getting distracted when I sit down to watch it but I’ve got it embedded here so I’ll remember to watch it at some point and so can you