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.
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!
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
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:
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!