Well, it’s been a while isn’t it? So let’s get right to it.
1. I owe you a lot of reviews, so the quickest way to make that right is to link you to a review round up by Para of To Other Worlds covering The Missing Page, Seven Endless Forests, In the Watchful City, Phoenix Extravagant. All hail review round ups.
We’ve got two from Libri Draconis – one about Peng Shepherd’s The Cartographers by Fab and India Holton’s The League of Gentlewomen Witches by Kat
Want to get a feeling for how the Green Bones Saga is ending? Fantasy Book Nerd has you covered with this review of Fonda Lee’s Jade War
And in other reviews of big hitters, here’s Jay at Tar Vol on talking about Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Time
Finally, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to a new and budding blogger, namely Jodie’s oldest, who’s got his review of Sherlock Holmes up over at Witty & Sarcastic Bookclub. Got a feeling we might see more reviews from this source…
2. General book stuff.
First off, behold this cover reveal.
This article by Janny Wurts talking about her influences at Before We Go is super cool
Also, I really like what they’re doing at Pages Unbound with their Support Book Bloggers Challenge
And the favourite blog post I’ve found through that so far is Dini’s look at buying second hand books
3. Just one writing advice thing here, as I wanted it to have a spotlight of its own (and fine, had nothing else, but still deserves a spotlight). The name tells you everything about what it is; I found it thoughtful and illuminating
4. Odds n’ sods
5. Finally, a wee thought on genres, apropos of a debate I’ve been part of elsewhere, namely:
A work can be lie in two genres in once. For example, fantasy and sci-fi.
And I say this as a firm believer that those two genres’ separateness should be respected. The main reason I am iffy on sci-fi is people’s insistence I must like it as a fantasy fan because they are roughly the same thing. No, they’re not, and no, I’m not going to.
But there are no reasonable sets of definitions for either genre where sooner or later you won’t find a work that ticks both sets of boxes.
When this happens, let them be ticked, rather than looking for ways to change the criteria so it can’t happen, regardless of all sorts of unintended consequences. Because there always are, and it’s just so much easier to acknowledge that some works are both.
I happily imagine most people will read this with a puzzled look that it even needed to be said but you know what, I’m that bit happier for saying it.
And with that, have a great weekend all. Hopefully there’ll be one of these next Friday too!