Wyrd & Wonder Update Log #3

Wyrd & Wonder: celebrate the fantastic
Hosted by Imyril & Lisa & Jorie
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Attempt #2, as something ate my first attempt. (Probably the dog.)(Or, as I don’t have a dog, maybe the cat. My cat eats a lot of weird stuff.)

May 11th
Reluctant hero(ine) #TropeTuesday

So…I don’t tend to like the reluctant heroes. I much prefer the jumped at the call trope. To me, they just seem much more fun and less ‘why me?’

May 12th
Desert island reads
Eight (audio)books, one more franchise or tv show and a luxury item – what are you taking? (fantasy choices only this month please!) TAG RULES

I have been dreading and excited for this prompt in almost equal measure.

Books

Whyborne & Griffin: The Complete Series by Jordan L. Hawk
Even though I literally just finished this series (this month!) I already kind of want to reread it. As an added bonus, this collection also contains the short stories and novella that I skipped. Over three thousand pages of creepy goodness. (Quick question, though: what kind of noises are on this island?)

Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas
This was such a good book the first time I read it and I think it would be a nice, rather undemanding reread. (About, basically, a STEM princess.)

The Tensorate Series by Neon (JY) Yang
This is interesting for me as I liked the first book, didn’t like the second and, honestly, wouldn’t mind trying the third and fourth. (And if they turn out badly, I can always shove them in the ocean.)

Blood of Thieves by Michael J. Sullivan
This is the bind-up of the first two books in the Riyria Chronicles which is the prequel to the Riyria Revelations. It’s been so long since I read these two books that I would love to see how it started for these guys again.

Unread Books

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Podcast, TV Show or Movie

This was the tough-y for me. As I think about my favorite shows, favorite movies and even the podcasts that I’ve really loved, the majority of them are sci-fi. Not even the sci-fi that can almost look like fantasy because there are spaceships to be had. I don’t know why this is. Anyway, this took a lot of thought and it wasn’t even until I was writing this that the proper show hit me. The Good Place. I’ve watched the first three seasons but haven’t seen the finale season yet (so, please, no spoilers!) but this is just the kind of show I was looking for.

Luxury Item

This was another one that took some thought. I thought about a nice soft blanket. I even thought about a writing set. Ultimately, I decided on: soap. That’s right, my luxury item is soap. I know that when I’m having a bad day, or don’t feel good, getting clean helps me more than probably anything else would. So I want a nice big vat of soap to wash ashore.

May 13th
Had me at hello
Amazing cover are or a perfect pitch – a book you wanted to read before you even saw the synopsis (or where you immediately NEEDED to read the synopsis because your interest had been piqued)

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley
So, I’m a little on the fence about calling this a fantasy book – it seems to straddle that fantasy/sci-fi line perfectly. But, this is the only book I can think of that the synopsis didn’t matter. All that mattered was the author saying it was X meets X and X. Pacific Rim meets the Avengers with a Sailor Moon cast. Full disclosure: Sailor Moon is fine. The Avengers is tolerable. But you compare anything to Pacific Rim and I am there for it. Didn’t care what this book was. All I heard was ‘Pacific Rim’ and it was on my list.

May 14th
Fantasy voices from around the world
Fridays are all about celebrating fantasy from around the world – this week focuses on the authors rather than the setting (non US/UK born; bonus points for also non US/UK resident)

I’ll be honest with you: I have no idea. I don’t know where 98% of the authors I read are from, live or were born. This is not something I’ve ever looked at. Goodreads does have two lists that came up when I did a Google search and after going through about 125 books… I had read three of them, two of the three got a one star each and a ‘wish I hadn’t wasted my time’ and the third was Jules Verne. Do with that what you will.

May 15th
#StackSaturday

I don’t actually do much (any) social media. I used to. I wasn’t super active, or anything, but I’d pop in. But then I started getting stressed out and it was ratcheting up my anxiety – which I have enough problems there as it is. The point? I have no clue what this is. I looked on Google and … apparently it’s just a photograph of a stack of books that fit a certain theme. With that and Wyrd & Wonder in mind, I decided to photograph a stack of the fantasy books that I own a physical copy of that I want to reread.

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Not pictured: Theft of Sword by Michael J. Sullivan (because my brother is borrowing it)

… So… Looks like I’d better get on that, huh?

May 16th
Page to screen
What dramatization of a fantasy read have you loved (movie, tv, play, radio – anything goes) – and/or what would you really like to see get made?

I’m sorry, everyone. I actually do like the Shannara Chronicles show – though that might be because I’ve never read the books. (Don’t really intend to, either.) Beyond that (and being a little more serious) I love full cast audio books. I’ve gotten to listen to a couple – some that weren’t fantasy and I didn’t actually like the one fantasy I remember listening to like that. What is so awesome is that Michael J. Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations and Legends of the First Empire has gotten just such a treatment from Graphic Audio. I haven’t listened to them yet, but I’m thinking I might instead of rereading Riyria and to continue First Empire.

May 17th
Can’t wait to read
on your TBR or up and coming releases

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The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell

A queer retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red” in which teenage twins battle evil religious extremists to save their loves and their circus family.

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

 

The Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

 

The Whitefire Crossing by Courtney Schafer

Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He’s in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it’s easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel – where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark – into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.

But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution – and he’ll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.

Yet Kiran isn’t the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other – or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.

 

Reading Update

I think I’ve finished one book since my last update. I mean, it was good, but it was long and sometimes it was a little stressful to read. I’ve got another one that I just need to drop a quick DNF review for and move on because I don’t think I’d ever get it finished. Besides that, I’m currently in the middle of a non Wyrd & Wonder read for a series I’m working on finishing. Really, just a quiet week for me.

 

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