Friday Five: Mardier than a Monday Edition

Know what stinks? Getting a cold, thinking you’re over it, then having it come back worse. That was The American’s fate (she’s still coughing) and it seems to be mine too. Throw in reading a series that’s driving me up the wall, across the ceiling, and all the way round again; too much to do and too little idea how to do it; and the generally irrascible nature of the world today; and my usually sunny gloomy nature is sunk into a merry little void of negativity. Mardier than a Monday even. Mardy, for those who don’t know, is an English term from the Midlands/North meaning petulant or sulky. I’ve never heard anyone say Mardier than a Monday, but they should.

Anyway, enough of all that! Here’s some things that will make you unmardy. Maybe.

1. This week I’m starting with general fantasy related articles.

Kira Jeanette has some words of wisdom on breaking the dreaded reading slump

Tessa at Narratess has a list of five books involving Necromancers

What handy life rules have you learned from fantasy and horror fiction? Here’s the Fantasy Faction Forum take on it.

Melissa Caruso’s Tethered Mage turned four recently, and she’s got a twitter thread on what the experience has been like over the years

Did you want to learn about some real life curses? No? Well go see Imyril’s list because you do actually, honest.

And Bearded Badger Press & Books has had a rough few weeks so if you want to support an indie bookstore, here’s the online store

Last but most definitely not least, Jodie at Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub has hit her three year blogoversary (with a very respectable 695 posts) and to celebrate, here’s some of her favourite reviews that tempted her. Congratulations Jodie, and here’s to year four, or post 1k, whichever comes first!

2. Reviews.

Justin at FanFiAddict did a review of Dan Fitzgerald’s The Living Waters

Peter at the Swordsmith paints a persuasive picture in favour of Nicholas Lietzau’s Dreams of the Dying

Libri Draconis’ Fab enjoyed getting back into the Dragons of Terra series with Brian Naslund’s Fury of a Demon

I’m always on the look out for good mysteries, and Dave at Espresso Coco makes it sound like Cold as Hell by Lilja Sigurðardóttir is a good ‘un

“Reminded me of the medieval paintings by Hieronymous Bosch” – go on, twist my arm Sue, make me take a look at An Altar on the Village Green by Nathan Hall

I only skim read Petrik’s review of To Ride Hell’s Chasm by Janny Wurts because I plan to read it myself, and hopefully this will get others interested.

Last but not least, here’s Asha’s review of Quenby Olson’s Miss Percy’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons

3. Now for some things that aren’t really fantasy related at all but intrigue me

David Epstein did an article on the difference between the chain of command and the chain of communication

Former NHLer Colin Wilson has some powerful words on addiction

And who wants to hear a tiny Snow Leopard?

4. So, one for the reviewers, and the people looking for the reviews. For the latter:

A tweet thread of Dan Fitzgerald talking about how to approach reviewers

Meanwhile, any reviewers looking for “a fast-paced story about a small, colourful spacer crew getting into trouble”? Eli Freysson is looking for reviewers for his book The First Run. If this sounds interesting, you can contact him through his form here or let me know and I’ll put you in touch.

5. Finally, I stumbled on this little gem on Twitter, and it’s blyddi great. And it then inspired me to find the second link. So which is your favourite reading of Dylan Thomas? Michael Sheen or Richard Burton? Or are they equally great?

6. Last minute addition, added without comment

That’s it this Friday, have great weekends!

10 thoughts on “Friday Five: Mardier than a Monday Edition

  1. Oh no! I’m sorry you’re both battling a cold. Having a cold always makes me miserable. In my fam, we drink garlic tea whenever a cold comes on. I don’t know if it helps, but for now we are all convinced it makes the cold go away faster. My grandma has convinced us of this.

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    1. Far be it for me to challenge the wisdom of a grandmother but I think my mouth just contracted in protection at the idea of garlic tea. Although I’m kinda intrigued. Made from actual garlic, or are there pre-made teabags?

      So far my liquid of choice for the duration has been lemon & ginger tea, and mango juice.


      1. Lol! Yep, made from the garlic clove. We’d just boil water with couple cloves of garlic in it. Not many. And then pour in cup. Let it steep a bit and then add sugar and drink.

        I love mangoes. Just reading mango juice makes me want some mangoes.

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      2. Hell yeah mangos. They are proof someone wants us to be happy.

        Garlic tea… well, we will see, because I’m gonna try some. I did it a little different as in I boiled it in the kettle, then am letting it steep with the cloves in, but can’t imagine that would make too much difference.


      3. I love that sentiment about mangos 🙂

        I hope it the garlic tea helps. My aunt often sweetened ours with honey. But due to another home remedy we have colds that involves garlic n honey, I now dislike honey lol. Anyway, hope you and your lady feel better soon.🙂

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      4. I considered using honey, but I thought at that point I might as well just add some soy sauce and marinade some pork with it and call it a day.

        Even as just garlic and a bit of sugar I feel like I’m missing some pasta or something… but at least it wasn’t what I feared! Now to see if it actually helps.

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