A good day to you all. This Friday Five comes from a booth in Brewdog Pittsburgh, staring at the pinball machines and trying to get ahead of my blogging. It’s a little difficult, but like pinball, if you know when to strike it’s amazing what you can get done. I know that because I’ve not timed this well. I’m not overbrimming with energy. But the idea is getting ahead will give me more energy down the road. Sometimes it takes a few goes to really get that ball flying up the board…
Anyway, enough half-baked metaphors, let’s share some links.
1. Blog of the week is Black Gate, a site dedicated to Fantasy Adventure, which is just my music. I’ve been passing familiar with it for a while, but this personal history of Sword & Sorcery and Heroic Fantasy by Joe Bonadonna led to me have a good look at all they do, like this review of Elric. Very much recommended.
First up is a blast from the past with Science Fiction Ruminations talking Philip Jose Farmer’s The Lovers
Over to Jodie at Witty & Sarcastic Book club and a review of Ordinary Monsters by JM Miro.
Asha at A Cat, A Book, and A Cup Of Tea is a fan of Starfell: Willow Moss and the Lost Day by Dominique Valente, illustrated by Sarah Warburton
Want something written recently but a bit throwback sounding? Blaise at Under The Radar has found that with The Red Man and Others by Angeline B. Adams and Remco van Straten
Jay at Tar Volon has reminded me of a series I need to check out with this review of Carol Berg’s The Sanctuary Duet
Katie at A Cup of Cyande recommends The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez
Want some fantastic comic art? Jeroen at A Sky Of Books and Movies is talking about Armies (1977-’88) by Jean-Claude Gal & Jean-Pierre Dionnet
3. General Reading stuff
Wondering about the differences between Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy? Kat has some thoughts on it here.
A good look at how reviewing changes how you read from Maryam at the Curious SFF Reader.
Here’s an interesting Vox article on the benefits of reading, and getting your habit going
Line at First Line Reader has some thoughts on audiobooks and her personal struggle with them
4. The miscellany, my favourite section.
A friend recently lost a cat, and posted this beautiful tribute that I recommend everyone go look through.
5. I would end on a personal note; I’m currently on my first little holiday since arriving in the States, up to a small camp site so The American can recover some after a hard period of work. I’m excited to chill, but sad to be missing Murray. Want to see what dignified beauty I’m missing?
Thanks for reading and have great weekends all.