Favourite Fantasy books – in a nutshell #wyrdandwonder

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Today I’m posting using a theme I’ve seen around the blogosphere as part of the Wyrd and Wonder event.  Check out this and this post who have already tackled this topic in wonderful fashion.  Basically, describe five of your favourite fantasy books in five words.  Actually, this was tougher than I expected but here goes:

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

– Aztec vampires feuding in Mexico

Certain Dark Things HC Mech.indd

 

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence

– Kickass assassin nuns in training

Redsister

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

– Pirates? Princesses? True love? Inconceivable

PB

 

Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory

– Dysfunctional psychic family meets gangsters

Spoonbenders

 

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

– Pride, Prejudice, Dragons… oh my!

Heartstone

 

 

Friday Face Off : As pink as cotton candy #wyrdandwonder

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As the month of May is Wyrd and Wonder month I’m going to be trying to use fantasy covers for my Friday Face Offs.

The details of Wyrd & Wonder can be found here.

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IMAGE CREDITS: Flaming phoenix by Sujono Sujono | Decorative phoenix by Tanantachai Sirival

Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

As pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

Well, I found this a lot harder than I expected.  I could have gone for a selection of covers to compare and contrast but eventually I found a book that I enjoyed quite some time ago.  A retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale which is my favourite.  Beauty by Robin McKinley.  Here are my covers:

I do like the pink cover as it happens, I like the font and there’s a lovely simplicity to it but I think my favourite is:

Beauty

Do you have a favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share then let me know in the comments).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀

Next week – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like.  

2019

May is the month of Wyrd & Wonder and so I will be trying to focus on fantasy book covers:

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?

Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Black Song (Raven’s Blade #2) by Anthony Ryan #wyrdandwonder

 

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“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.  For the month of May I will be joining up this event with Wyrd and Wonder and highlighting fantasy books.  This week my book is :  The Black Song (Raven’s Blade #2) by Anthony Ryan.  I really enjoyed the first book in the series, the Wolf’s Call, and so I’m looking forward to this one very much.

TheBlackSongA matchless warrior is pitted against a near-God in the second epic installment of the Raven’s Blade series.

It has long been our lot in life, brother, to do what others can’t.

Vaelin Al Sorna was known across the realm as the greatest of warriors, but he thought battles were behind him. He was wrong. Prophecy and rumor led him across the sea to find a woman he once loved, and drew him into a war waged by the Darkblade, a man who believes himself a god–and one who has gathered a fanatical army that threatens all of the known world.

After a costly defeat by the Darkblade, Vaelin’s forces are shattered, while the self-proclaimed immortal and his army continue their terrible march. But during the clash, Vaelin regained some of the dark magic that once gave him unrivaled skill in battle. And though the fight he has been drawn into seems near unwinnable, the song that drives him now desires the blood of his enemy above all else..

Expected publication : July 2020Can't Wait Wednesday

Friday Face Off : ‘And then there were cats, thought Dog’

FFO

As the month of May is Wyrd and Wonder month I’m going to be trying to use fantasy covers for my Friday face Offs.

The details of Wyrd & Wonder can be found here.

W&W

IMAGE CREDITS: Flaming phoenix by Sujono Sujono | Decorative phoenix by Tanantachai Sirival

Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

‘And then there were cats, thought Dog’

A lot of the new themes are open to interpretation which might make choosing the covers and seeing other’s choices very interesting.  I can’t stress enough that this is all about your own interpretation and hopefully this new open feel to the meme will bring a larger selection of books and covers.  It’s not supposed to be hard work, there are no rules, just enjoy yourself.

I’m hoping this week was easy for everyone.  I certainly had no problems finding books to meet this week’s theme and in the spirit of trying to find more recent books have again gone for a title that I read a couple of years ago. The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker – I really enjoyed this one, a post apocalyptic tale with a dog playing a key role.  My review is here.  And, here are this week’s coers – not many, see which you like best:

I actually quite like all three of these but for sheer entertainment value I must go with:

LD3

Do you have a favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share then let me know in the comments).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀

Next week – a graphic novel cover

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like.  

2019

May is the month of Wyrd & Wonder and so I will be trying to focus on fantasy book covers:

8th May – graphic novel cover – “Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel”

15th May – pink – as pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?

Event Klaxon : Wyrd & Wonder #WyrdAndWonder

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IMAGE CREDITS: Flaming phoenix by Sujono Sujono | Decorative phoenix by Tanantachai Sirival

May is upon us and how that happened so quickly I will never know but it makes me happy because it heralds in a month of celebration of all things fantasy.  Wyrd & Wonder is back for it’s third year.

Wyrd & Wonder is the sort of event that has no rules.  You can join in as little or as much as you like.  You can discuss books, film, games, characters, anything to be honest (although fantasy is the name of the game).  It’s great to join in and chat, share the enthusiasm with others and make friends.

If you want more details look here and also check our the wonderful hosts of the event:  imyrilLisa and Jorie.

I would give a quick mention to the readalong which I’m really excited about, it’s a book I’ve wanted to read for ages and this gives me the perfect opportunity.  For more information check out Lisa’s blog (link above).

Anyway, without further ado, let’s have a little list of the books I’m hoping to read this month because I love books and I love lists so why deny myself a double whammy.  I’ve got rather an ambitious list, a combination of catching up with books I intended to read much sooner and a few review books that if I can sneak in early will help me steal a march on June.

  1. The Goblin Emperor  by Katherine Addison – this is the readalone book.
  2. Night Of The Dragon by Julie Kagawa
  3. Stormsong by C. L. Polk
  4. Survivors by G X Todd
  5. The Girl with No Faceby M.H. Boroson
  6. The Obsidian Towerby Melissa Caruso
  7. The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant
  8. The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison
  9. Mexican Gothicby Silvia Moreno-Garcia

And just think, if I stick to plan I’ll be reading two Katherine Addison books this month – woot.

Finally, because I’m a cover lover, and kind of assume everyone is equally so, feast your eyes on these beauties:

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