I am struggling with a sense of panic and floundering right now. Hadn’t meant to spill but having just read this mental health thread from Luke Tarzian, it just popped out. I’ve been refusing to let it get on the bus for a couple of weeks but while the power of self-shaped realities can go a long way, sometimes you find it out it’s not just got onto the bus, it’s there in the driver’s seat. That’s what drove me to listen to this song, from which you’ll recognise the edition name, for its acknowledgement of and refusal to succumb to that panic instinct. To be the rock that the water slides off and is still there.
So there we go. That’s my oversharing. I present this Friday Five to you in a spirit of snatching small victories in small moments, and of listening to your good impulses as well as your bad ones.
And, of course, sharing wonderful fantasy, bookish, and intriguing content. Get in the fast lane grandma, because this bingo game is ready to roll!
1. Pride of place this week goes to –
Tessa at Narratess was rather taken with Tricia Levenseller’s The Daughter of the Pirate King
A blast from the past as Laura at the Fantasy Hive tried Paul Kearney’s Hawkwood’s Voyage
Cora Buhlert sheds some light on CL Moore’s The Black God’s Kiss
Looking for something dark and spooky this month? Imyril at One More recommends Fiona Barnett’s The Dark Between The Trees
Last but not least, want some info on Old English? Sifa Elizabeth reviews Hana Videen’s The Wordhord
3. Bookish Thoughts
Jodie’s latest feature at Witty & Sarcastic Bookclub is an absolute cracker – a Monster’s Manual drawing from books
At Corner of Laura, Laura’s talking about Infantilisation in the Handmaid’s Tale
Dan Jones is taking a look at the themes of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness
Over at Goodman Games, they’ve got a look at where to start with Poul Anderson’s Fantasy Fiction
Meanwhile The Pulp has a look at Fritz Leiber’s creations, Fahfrd and the Grey Mouser.
4. Author Interviews
Here’s one on LitHub with Samuel R Delany
Over at Track of Words, Peter McLean had a guest post talking about Grimdark
At Infinity Plus, an interview with Mark Chadbourn
Last but not least, an interview with John Crowley for Wonderbook
And that’s it, hope you enjoyed and have a good weekend,