Friday Five: Can See Less Clear Now The Rain Is Gone

Hi all. Yes, I know that lyric is incorrect. What can I say? Sometimes something major happens that you’ve been waiting for forever, and life just gets more complicated. Which is rude.

Still, what can you do about it? Well, there’s always reading a ton of blog posts. Wanna know which posts to read? As ever, I am here for you. Let’s get cracking, eh?

1. To change it up, we’ll be starting with features, essays, interviews and all that good stuff.

The theme for this month’s Wyrd & Wonder is woodlands, and at A Dance With Books there’s a fantastic guest post by Jen Williams on this subject

Recently I saw one of the oddest things I’ve ever heard of, and that’s a reviewer seeing their reviews plagirised – but that’s what happened for Track of Words

Want some cyberpunk recommendations? Before We Go has you covered

Fancy reading some interviews? Well here’s one of Rolling Stone with Grant Morrison, and a self-interview by Saad Z. Hossain

2. Reviews

I have not yet read this review. I’m not reading any reviews of it until I get this damn book. Maybe I should keep my Netgalley ratio better updated. But for everyone else – Superstardrifter’s review of Guy Gavriel Kay’s All The Seas Of The World

Also on the “didn’t read due to not having got there myself but bet others want to” list is the Bibliosanctum review of Ben Aaronovitch’s Amongst Our Weapons

James Blaylock is an author on my longlist to try, so it was interesting to see a review of Blaylock’s The Last Coin at Black Gate.

I’m 99% certain Jeff Wheeler is one of those names Amazon is sure I’ll love, so it’s nice to hear what’s inside them is good according to this review of Wheeler’s Iron Garland by Athena at OneReadingNurse

Looking for Faetastic YA? Celeste at A Literary Escape would like to talk to you about These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Looking for something that might surprise, nay, shock you? Lydia Schoch suggests maybe P.A. Western Pittard’s The Watch – An Upfaller’s Story

Last but not least, if you want to know why Lord Samper’s Library did not finish Robert Aspirin’s Myth Conceptions, click here

3. A little writerly stuff

Looking for ideas on using new tech to spice up maps? Alligators and Aneurysms has some ideas

And just in case you didn’t know, Gollancz are open to unagented submissions through June

4. Esoterica

If you like that one, the full gallery is here

5. I started this deliberately leaving five open for me to witter on in. I have since forgotten what I’d meant to talk about. So instead I will ask you all a question – what food in a fantasy book do you really wish you could have yourself?

For me, it was the hotroot and shrimp soup in the Redwall series. In fact, I could probably make that right now if I wanted… and maybe I will.

But enough of my stomach, tell me of yours – and have a good weekend all.

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