And in other news…

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Hope you’re all making a great start to 2018.  I thought I’d do a quick post rounding up a few interesting blogging items that you all might like to see.

Firstly a new blog that you should take a look at –  The Fantasy Hive – a great collaboration of people with lots of interesting ideas – plus lets face it you can’t have too many people to discuss SFF with.  They’ve got off to a great start already.  If you enjoy taking part in Tough Travelling then please note this monthly meme has moved to The Fantasy Hive.  This month’s topic is elves and if you want to hook up the link is here.  You have the whole month to come up with your favourite elves.

Also, the FH have set up a monthly book club – the details are here.  I love the idea of this and I’m definitely joining in with this month’s book (The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan) as I already own a copy.  I think this will give me the extra motivation to read some of the books I’ve already bought and are currently stacked up on Mount TBR.  Check out the above link for upcoming months  and their book titles.

Which cover do you like best??  I’m going for the dark, moody version although clearly both are very good – because DRAGONS:

The New Year brings with it Vintage Sci Fi.  Established by the Little Red Reviewer a few years ago this is a great event that encourages us all to read and discuss older science fiction.  More information can be found here if you want to hook up and also for Twitter followers check out this and this .  Plus, Red Star Reviews are hosting a Dune readalong – details here.   Coincidentally, and if you love Sci Fi,  Vintage Sci Fi also runs at the same time as Stainless Steel Droppings Sci Fi Experience – the link is here if you want to take a look.  Neither of these are challenges – they’re very easy going, stress free, events and they have a cross over appeal – if you read a sci fi book that is vintage you can also post it for the Sci Fi Experience – voila.

The Bibliosanctum have posted an excellent piece with some upcoming 2018 book releases for the first few months.  Here is the link.  I’m very lazy and love it when people put together nice convenient lists – but beware: this post should come with a TBR health warning.

A link here to a readalong that’s due to start – Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7 by James S A Corey) – this is another sci fi book (so obvs if you join in you could post your review to the Sci Fi Experience!).  I wish I could take part in this because I love readalongs but I have yet to start this series and as this is no.7…….  If you’re uptodate then I would definitely encourage you to join in.  These are always great fun.

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The SPFBO (Self Published Fantasy Blog Off) is into the final stage and all 10 finalists are  now selected – the books are here.  I’ll be posting about my next books very shortly.

Finally, here’s my favourite books from 2017 – if you want to link up then drop me your url and I’ll make a list.

TTFN

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Update roundup

I have a few events and readalongs and decided to round them all up into one place for your edification (because I’m just thoughtful like that):

Firstly, two readalongs – just in case you want to jump in:

Readalong of Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire.  There’s a schedule set up over on Goodreads (link here).  Feel free to jump in – if you’ve already read the first five books and want to jump in with No.6 then wait no longer.

Readalong of Kushiel’s Mercy by Jacqueline Carey.  This series is just so awesome – again, if you’re looking for a little incentive to pick up Kushiel’s Mercy then look no further.  Here’s the Goodreads link

Both of these readalongs get started this weekend so apologies for the short notice but it’s not too late to join in and there’s lots of great bloggers involved with both so no doubt the discussions will be awesome.  Feel free to come and join us.

ripStainless Steel Droppings Readers.Imbibing.Peril (RIP) has a month left so plenty of time for you to read some dark material and submit your link for us all to see!  I’ve read The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (which I thought was excellent, wonderfully creepy and gothic).  I also posted a review for a series called Stranger Things which I loved and I’ve just watched a very scary film called The Visit which I might also review.  In terms of books. I have The Apartment coming up, The Apothecary’s Curse, The Motion of Puppets, Certain Dark Things and The Witches of New York which I think will all fit in with the themes.  What you reading? If you have anything scary, dark, grim, a bit of horror maybe or some good old thriller story then check out the site here.  It’s good to share people.

Finally, over at Lipsyy Lost & Found there is an event that ties in very nicely with the RIP event above.  A celebration of Horror for the month of October.  As part of this event four writers have agreed to take part in a flash fiction event – the title of which will be decided by us.  This is not my event – I’m simply helping to spread the word  So, if you want to vote for your favourite story title then check out the detail here.  I’ve added the poll below so be sure to add your voice.

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I hope you’ve seen something you like. 😀

Read all about it…

Hi everyone

A local habitationJust a quick post to notify you of a readalong of A Local Habitation (October Daye #2) by Seanan McGuire).  Organised by the lovely Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow.  The details are over here on goodreads – the schedule is below. This series got off to a great start with our readalong of Rosemary and Rue (review here)  There are quite a few in this series so no doubt the readalongs will continue if everyone is enjoying them and all are welcome to join.  If you want to jump on board then leave a comment, visit Lisa or check out the Goodreads page.  Come join in the fun.

Week 1: Saturday 5th March, Chapters 1-8 hosted by Over The Effing Rainbow
Week 2: Saturday 12th March, Chapters 9-16 – hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog
Week 3: Saturday 19th March, Chapters 17-25 – hosted by Books By Proxy
Week 4: Saturday 26th March, Chapters 26-end – hosted by The Bibliosanctum

And now for a little bit about the book:

October “Toby” Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.

Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, CA—to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O’Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Toby soon discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, whose domain is a buffer between Sylvester’s realm and a scheming rival duchy. If Toby can’t find the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.

 

Waffle, waffle, waffle…

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This week over at the Broke and the Bookish the Topic for Top Ten Tuesday is:

Ten Books I’d Love to Read With My Book Club/If I Had A Book Club

I’ve split this into 5 books for a book club and 5 books for a readalong.  Yes, there’s a difference. A book club you want a book that is going to provoke some thought and discussion (even if that’s heated) at your regular meetings.  A readalong you need something to get your teeth stuck into so that after you’ve read a few chapters you’ve got questions to flirt around your group.

Book Club reads:

  1. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson – very intriguing, a sort of Sliding Door story of what ifs.
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – absolutely compelling read!
  3. The Just City by Jo Walton – incredibly thought provoking and packed with ideas for discussion
  4. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd this is a great book based on a real character from the deep South
  5. Sarah Pinsborough’s fairy tale retellings (Poison, Beauty, Charm) – these are three great books, all from the same world and interconnected and just beautifully written.

Readalong reads:

  1. Django Wexler’s Shadow Campaigns (The Thousand Names is No.1) – Flintlock Fantasy – who knew there was such a thing.  The Thousand Names is excellent, deep and well thought out.
  2. Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War (No.1 in each: Prince of Thorns and Prince of Fools).  I love these books – there’s lots going on and you could have a field day with a readalong.
  3. Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives (Way of Kings and Words of Radiance).  OMG – I read both books as readalongs and highly recommend doing so.  You just get into all the detail that way.
  4. Robin Hobbs – So many books to choose from – I think they’re all set in the same world (Farseer Trilogy as a start).  Such a master of fantasy.  Great world building and a wealth of detail.
  5. Anthony Ryan – only two books out so far – Blood Song and Tower Lord – lots to get your teeth into here!