Can’t Wait Wednesday : Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times #3) by Mark Lawrence

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times #3) by Mark Lawrence.  The final instalment of the highly enjoyable Impossible Times series by Mark Lawrence.  I can’t wait to see how everything concludes and there isn’t a long wait – due out on 14th November.  Here’s a snippet from the first chapter taken from Goodreads:

Dispel Illusion“Chapter 1 – 1992

The two saving graces of explosions are that from the outside they’re pretty and from the inside they’re quick. The one I was in was taking forever though and had none of the fiery goodness of the typical Hollywood offering. When time explodes it tends not to create exciting fireballs, and most of the shrapnel inside the Winston Laboratory was crawling through the air at a pace that makes snails look zippy.”

So, looks like things are going to get off to a fairly dramatic start then.

Literally – I can’t wait.


Here are my reviews for books 1 and 2.

#SPFBO Cover Competition


The cover competition for this year’s SPFBO is now live.  See here for all the details.  Each blogger will now pick four covers and place them in their order of first, second, etc.  Check out some of these covers – there are some absolute beauties here.  It’s going to be a real struggle to narrow this down to four – at the moment I have at least 10 very strong contenders!  Which ones are your favourites:


Fantasy Book Critic

Lynn’s Books

The Qwillery


Kitty G

Thoughts Stained With Ink


The Fantasy Hive
Rockstarlit Book Asylum

#SPFBO5 – a few details


The Self Published Fantasy Blog Off 5 (SPFBO 5) is about to start and usually I take a moment to outline my process.  To be brief the competition is the brainchild of Mark Lawrence, further details can be found on his blog and the first stage is outlined here.  The Competition involves 300 books, 10 bloggers and one winner.  During the first phase the 300 books are divided equally between the 10 blogs, each blog is then tasked with choosing just one book from their allocation to become a finalist.  The second stage involves the ten finalists.  Each blog reads the other bloggers’ finalists and rates the books and hopefully a winner will come to the fore – voila! Simples, no.

As the competition begins each blogger nominates three covers to be put forward into the cover competition.  Details here.  My list of books and all my covers can be found here and my final selection was posted yesterday.  Go and check out the covers selected – because wow!

So, this year.  Firstly, I have to say what a fantastic batch of books I have been allocated – I am so excited to get started, but, one thing at a time.  I’d like to welcome all my lovely authors.  I hope you enjoy the competition.  I realise it’s a bit daunting putting your work out there for scrutiny and I want you to benefit from doing so.  Let’s be honest, there is only one winner but that doesn’t mean that you can’t all make the most of it.  Make friends, make contacts and have some fun.  With that in mind I would like to extend an open invitation to all of you to visit my blog if you would like to do so.  Just leave me a message in the comments.

I’m going to follow a similar pattern to previous years.  The first stage of the competition runs for five months.  I randomly select six titles each month, I hope to read at least 30% of each title and choose one semi finalist each month leaving me with five possibilities to choose from at the end of the first stage – from which I will then pick my finalist. I will post mini reviews for the books in each batch and a full review for each of the five semi finalists.  This is the format I followed in the first three competitions.  I changed it slightly last year but I’m going back to the original process because I think I took on a little too much last year – I’m only one blogger after all and even with the best intentions I have to be realistic.

So, at the start of each month I will publish a post that details the six books I’m hoping to check out that month.  In that post I will try and provide as much information as possible about the book and the author – all publicity is good publicity right?  I will give every book a fair chance and read at least 30%.  I would also mention that I like lots of different styles of books so don’t worry about that. Grimdark, steampunk, gaslight, flintlock, urban and sweepingly epic – you name it, I like it, gothic, classic, history, mystery, noir – I just want it to be good and every book will have an equal chance.  Also, in terms of my blogging style I err on the positive side.  That’s my style and even if your book doesn’t work it’s magic on me I will give fair and sensitive feedback.

That’s it.  I’m hoping to keep things informal and light hearted.  I hope you all take the opportunity to make the most of the time and I wish you all the best of luck.



Weekly Wrap Up : 16th June 2019

Hello again everyone.  Hope you’ve had a good week.  The weather has been absolutely horrible but the silver lining of bad weather is more reading.  I’ve read three books this week and I have to confess I’m on a role – three really great reads.  Limited Wish – the second instalment of Mark Lawrence’s time travelling sci fi which is a lot of fun and totally mind bending in a great way (how is that not a contradiction?).  The 10th instalment of the Mercy Thompson series which I really enjoyed and really shook things up and finally The Corset by Laura Purcell – which absolutely blew me away – I loved it.  In other news SPFBO5 is now live – and has already received over 250 entrants – in fact the tally as this post goes live is 264.  Looks like there’s some strong competition and I’m looking forward to seeing which books and authors are in my group.  So, here’s what I’ve been reading:

My books:

  1. Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence – 4.5 stars
  2. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs – 4 stars
  3. The Corset by Laura Purcell – 5 stars

Next scheduled reads:

  1. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  2. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  3. Across the Void by SK Vaughn

Upcoming reviews

  1. King of the Road by RS Belcher
  2. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  3. The Fall by Tracy Townsend
  4. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
  5. The Corset by Laura Purcell

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week.

Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) by Mark Lawrence

LimitedWishLimited Wish was a blast of a book that brought with it more mind bending paradoxes and adventure very much in the style of Back to the Future.  This series is a whole lot of fun – although I’m not sure fun is the word I’m really looking for or truly says what I want it to – it will suffice for now and maybe I’ll shoot back in time later and revamp this – and nobody will even see this version.  Also, be aware that this review may contain spoilers for One Word Kill so unless ‘current you’ has a way of manipulating time  and jumping back to tell ‘past you’ not to read it – then, well, be warned.  That is all.

We jump forward a little as the story begins and find Nick in a punt, racing from a bunch of hysterical students with blood on their mind.  It seems that Nick has caused offence in some way and is about to pay the price unless he can make his escape.  As it happens, a young woman saves the day and rescues the dude in distress.  Hooray.

Meet Helen.  Nick has that strange feeling of deja vu, he’s sure he’s met Helen a few months earlier in what has come to feel like a haunting event.  Helen is also a student at Cambridge, easy going and easy to like Nick develops an almost immediate crush – but, what about Mia you might very well ask – well, Mia and Nick are no longer dating, too much stress accompanied their pre-destined relationship – but, hold up, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Nick, at the age of 16, finds himself unexpectedly attending Cambridge University, mathematical genius and beater of cancer.  He’s working, alongside an eminent professor to discover the time travel he will need to make use of in later years.  Of course all is not plain sailing.  Apart from getting off to a bad start with a number of the older students who very much resent Nick’s existence let alone his gall in attending their prestigious university, the pressure of finding scientific solutions becomes very real when the sponsors of the project start to use strong arm tactics to keep things on track.  On top of this Nick once again finds himself becoming something of an anomaly, strange things occur around him and he finds himself visited by people from a future yet to come.  But none of these things are as life threatening as the ‘wrinkle in time’ that has affected Nick’s timeline so disastrously and resulted in him having to cope not only with a world determined to see his demise but also facing the news that the cancer he beat has returned with a vengeance.  Things have gone rapidly wrong to say the least.

I’m not going to go further into the plot as this could undoubtedly spoil the surprises in store.  There is no shortage of mind bending twists in Limited Wish.  It really is a book that will make you stop short and think hard.  I love the conundrums created here, it truly is a ‘what came first, the chicken or the egg?’ type of read.  If somebody didn’t come back in time in book one, for example, would time travel even have been thought of as a possibility?  Riddle me this –  the Terminator – travels back in time to assassinate the mother of the rebel leader who is proving such a problem in the future and in doing so leaves behind a peace of technology that is so futuristic that it actually enables that future, which the Terminator comes from, to exist. Yep, it kind of does my head in too but in a good way that, as strange as it may sound, I enjoy.  So many, infinite possibilities that occur not in a lifetime but in a mere instant, all with the possibility to split into different possible futures.

On top of this we have the return of Nick’s friends, or nearly all of them.  They’re starting to lead more separate lives in some ways, and Nick’s departure to University has helped to speed up the rift a little, but they still come together every weekend to share their love of D&Ds.  Mia has a boyfriend and Nick struggles to come to terms with it all, particularly when she starts to bring her new fella to their weekly games sessions.  It’s all part of growing up.

Lawrence has definitely tapped into our love of a certain era with this series. It’s just got such great vibes, its fast paced and is basically a story very well told.  The other thing that is really well done is the voice of the main protagonist.  Nick feels like a 16 year old and even though Lawrence manages to make this seem deceptively easy to achieve I have to applaud it especially the way that the main thrust of the story is all about the difficult choices which he’s presented with – which is a very real issue when you’re in your teens.

In terms of criticisms.  I don’t really have anything to be honest other than the fact that the other characters play something of a lesser role here – but it feels like a natural part of their own growing up.

A second instalment that builds admirably on the foundations laid in the first book and in fact develops in even more twisted ways – I can’t even begin to imagine the ways in which the third book will explore the multiple possibilities that open up when time travel is a possibility.

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publisher, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.




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