I saw this tag over at KBBookReviews (check out her answers through the link) and filed it away for a quiet day, as I thought the questions were pretty interesting. Well, today’s pretty quiet, so here goes nothing.
Three Read Once and Loved Authors
- She Who Became The Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
But of course my most recent borderline obsession was making the list. It’s just a borderline perfect example of historical fantasy and a scarily good debut. I will be fixing having only read her books once the moment she lets me.
- Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees
This one has grown and grown on me since reading it. It’s a witty, shrewd, warm-hearted story that’s part adventure, part mystery, and part musings on accepting the neighbours we’ve been told to fear. If there’s one book from fantasy’s dawn I would recommend to everyone, it’s this one.
- The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
This discovery is so new I don’t have the review up! But it’s a very fun and well put together book about time travel, occult conspiracies, romantic poets, and a bunch of other things. It takes a while to get going but once it does, it’s an enthralling story.
Three Titles I’ve Watched but haven’t Read
- Father Brown by GK Chesterton
I have zero idea whether I’d like the books, although I imagine I would, but Father Brown is a fine example of the sort of cozy murder mystery set in England’s green and pleasant land that I like to binge every now and again.
- Inspector Morse by Colin Dexter
Gods, I haven’t watched Morse in forever, or Endeavour for that matter. Morse is the sort of crabby, awkward misanthrope that makes for the best type of fictional detective. I should really start watching him again.
- Poirot by Agatha Christie
Ya seeing the theme yet? Apparently I like my detective stories televised, not written.
Three Characters You Love
I’m following KB’s example of keeping it to recent – read first time this year for me – to try and make this a bit easier on myself.
- Ista dy Chalion (Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold)
Ista is wonderfully human and wonderfully heroic. She gets exasperated regularly, lets herself get pushed around a little at times, self-doubts, wants things she shouldn’t want. But at core her dedication to protecting those she loves is nigh-endless, and her resilience and quick wit makes her a force to be reckoned with. A true hero.
- Nikolai Lantsov (King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo)
From a character who’s wonderful for being very human to one who seems a bit idealised but all the better for it. Nikolai is a force of nature; witty, magnetic, courageous, quick-thinking, super competent. A beau ideal. But in a very good way, and he’s so much fun to read about and root for.
- ReGi (The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z Hossain)
From heroes to sidekicks. To a foul mouthed, wise cracking, weed dealing, gleefully unimpressed Djinn who gets all the best lines in a book that is best lines from beginning to end. I want a Gurkha and Lord of Tuesday movie, and seeing someone play ReGi is 20% of why.
Three Series Binged
- Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
I found this series after binging the Dresden Files and just tore through it. I think it’s such an underappreciated example of clever fun blockbuster Epic Fantasy. Now I mention it, maybe I should binge it again.
- Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
My OG binge. I can’t remember how old I was at the time but after my parents finished reading me The Hobbit, I found out we had these as well and went to town. Now I mention it, maybe I should binge this again too.
- The Collegium Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey
Look, I don’t binge much. In fact, I’ve more or less given up on series for the time being. But I binged this recently out of morbid curiosity, and it was better to binge than stretch it out. Now I mention it, maybe I should bi- oh no I won’t.
Three Favourite Book Covers
Thud by Sir Terry Pratchett just has such an eye-catching, symbolically powerful cover. Some of Paul Kidby’s best work.
Earth Logic by Laurie J Marks – I’ve never even read this book! But I started the series simply because I just love the old school fantasy vibes of it. I’ve forgotten the artist’s name, does anyone know it?
The Father Christmas Letters by JRR Tolkien – Just look at it. It’s got a real sense of homely wonder and awe to it. And it’s Tolkien’s own illustration.
Three Goals for the Year
- Read 200 books. I’ve pretty much got to read a book a day for this to happen, but I’m so close and have no shame about including novellas and short comics, so it’s doable.
- Do another three agent queries. I’ve kinda forgotten about this due to everything going on in my life, and some doubts about trad pub, but I owe it to myself to keep pushing.
- Spend more time playing with my cat. Poor little thing, nobody loves him.
That’s it for this time, hope you enjoyed, and consider yourself tagged if you wish.