Ticket to Rye

Hi all. First off, this post has next to nothing about fantasy literature. Now, for the three people remaining I was recently persuaded by my wife that we should spend a day or two out of London simply for a break in the monotony. We dickered over various places, a difficult decision as my wife […]

The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

(Some spoilers) I’ll cut to the chase. I didn’t connect with The Bone Shard Daughter. The question is whether you will. The story is a mix of tales of rebellion, creepy Necromancy, and people chasing mysteries. There’s four major narrative arcs, three of which come together by the end of the book. There’s Lin, daughter […]

Book Project Stocktake: The Seven Spear-Saints

Book idea six. This is the first one I’m talking about that has a continuity and close shared setting with other ideas. That in itself is a good thing and a bad thing. Something I am a fan of is creating settings that can accomodate many stories. I haven’t really talked about as, despite liking […]

Read Along: The Bone Shard Daughter Part Four

(there are no spoilers in week four of a readalong, you’re good) Week Four. The showdown, the big reveal The questions from Mayri at Bookforager and a big thank you to her – also Imyril, Bethan, Lisa, and everyone else who took part. Getting to share thoughts with you all has been great. 1. Lin’s […]

Book Project Stocktake: Birth of a New World

Book idea five and this one is brand new. Like, had the idea and kicked it around with a friend about a week ago, and have been sitting on it wondering if it’s got enough. I’m not entirely sure why it sprang to mind, but I think I was thinking about Pratchett’s Thief of Time […]

Books I Don’t Talk About Much

People who come to this blog regularly will know there’s a few books and authors you’ll hear about a lot. This place is a memorial to Sir Terry Pratchett. David Gemmell always gets his due and so does Guy Gavriel Kay. If you haven’t heard about the Deverry Cycle, Dominions of the Fallen, or The […]

Read Along: The Bone Shard Daughter – Part Three

It’s week three of the readalong. This week’s questions come from Lisa at Dear Geek Place. Week One I struggled to connect to the story. Week Two I was sort of getting there. Week Three? Sand appears to be organising something of a rebellion herself – but against what? Any ideas about what might be […]

Read Along: The Bone Shard Daughter – Week Two

Welcome to the second week of The Bone Shard Daughter readalong questions. Last week’s answers were mainly about me not gelling about the book. What about this week’s? Here are the questions and answers. Jovis has begun to show strange new strengths since escaping Deerhead Island. What do you think is going on? I feel […]