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The me of eight weeks ago: Oh, look, Wyrd & Wonder. I’ve never participated, but it looks fun. I’m sure I can get a couple posts out every week. Not to mention checking others posts, which will give me great ideas for my TBR.
The me of today:
Oh my gosh, it sounded like such a good idea then the week of the 10th happened and any chance I had of keeping up with anything – posting or visiting – was promptly blown out the window. This last week has been especially…difficult to get done what I need to. (I’ve also been having problems with one of my clients this month for added fun. (Seriously, if she doesn’t get herself straightened out, I’ll just tell her I’ve had something come up that day and I can’t anymore because dealing with this stress repeatedly this month is just too darn much for me.))
Anyway, I’ve got this post today, my Wyrd & Wonder wrap up tomorrow, my May wrap up on Tuesday and my June TBR on Wednesday. So… Yeah. *sigh*
With friends like these #TropeTuesday
Enemy to ally or otherwise unreliable/uncertain allies, backstabbing best friends… #TropeTuesday
So I genuinely, certifiably love enemy to ally friendships. Love them. Vitriolic best buds, volleying insults ect not even to mention the drama if one of them is undercover and everyone (except or including) their best friend thinks they betrayed them. … Unfortunately, I literally cannot think of a single book that has this.
Who’s afraid of the suck fairy?
The suck fairy visits old favorites and removes their sparkle, leaving you wondering what Past You saw in this book when you reread it. Have you had a visit from the suck fairy/are there books you’re afraid to reread in case they’ve been visited by the suck fairy?
Past Me has no idea what she’s doing. Look, 80% or more of the books I reread have been visited by the suck fairy – and not the good kind of suck, either. This is a good portion of the reason why I haven’t really been known to reread a lot of books. At least until this year and I have gotten reacquainted with the suck fairy all over again – spreading glitter and misery as they do. This is also partially how I’m finally learning I feel a lot better if I borrow books instead of thinking every. single. book. needs to be a buy.
Fantasy creature on the cover
(bonus points if it isn’t a dragon)
How about the book I’m currently rereading (that – thankfully – hasn’t been visited by the suck fairy!)?
That snazzy silhouette on the left is our resident horny unicorn. (But don’t worry, she’s only horny for male virgins.)
Fantasy in translation
Fridays are all about celebrating fantasy from around the world – this week focuses on books that weren’t originally written in English
I’m pretty sure I’ve never read any of these. I have looked at them, but the common consensus among reads seems to be that they feel a little…shallow(?). Me, I’m a character reader. I can forgive a lacking plot if I adore the characters, and lacking characters seems to be the complaint I hear most often in translated work.
Get in the sea
Seaborne fantasy, mermaid tales, the lady in the lake – make it watery for World Maritime Day … or if you’re feeling bitter, what fantasy would you consign to the depths and why?
Personally, I would love to come across seaborne fantasy – something like a fantasy Atlantis or anything seafaring that isn’t pirates or dark mermaid romances. That being said, I was totally going to rail on a couple of truly awful fantasy books I’ve read – but I’m in a bad enough mood already so I’m not going to.
(book spines arranged in the colours of the rainbow)
I’m passing on this prompt for two reasons. Reason the first: because I’m trying to type two weeks worth of prompts in two hours and get this thing posted before I have to family. I don’t have time to take photo’s with my phone and try to download them. Reason the second: … I don’t think I have fantasy books in the right colors to do an all fantasy rainbow.
On the shelf
how long has that been on your shelf/TBR?? a book/books you really should have read by now
This is actually super interesting for me right now because at the beginning of the year, I went through all my books on Goodreads that I wanted to read and listed them on a spreadsheet. Books that had been on my TBR – as well as started series – received priority treatment and I have been working through them oldest first. Since the start of 2021, I have caught my TBR up to 2019 from 2017. (That’s actually pretty not too shabby.)
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is actually the current ‘oldest’ book on my TBR – though hopefully I will be reading it next month!
As for owned books, I usually read a book within a couple months of buying it, so I don’t consider that too long.
Chosen one #Trope Tuesday
Double-edged prophecies, irresistible destiny, a plot stick you just can’t dodge – let’s end the month on a classic
Classic’s are… not always good. I think by now you guys have a pretty good idea that I don’t really like most of the most popular fantasy tropes. This one, though, is a particularly hated one of mine. I do not like chosen one stories. I prefer right place, wrong time or right place, wrong person setups with the oh, crap, this is our hero? feeling. I suppose, I could like a chosen one trope, but it would have to be done differently than every one I can think of.
All the feels
We all love an emotional rollercoaster – a book that gave your feelings a full on work out
No, we all don’t. At times, yeah, that can be exactly what I want, other times nothing could be further than that from what I want. Any book that I think might have fit this prompt, it’s been so long since I read it, I can’t remember hit all the emotions needed to get a ‘full on work out’ so…
you’re going to get Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. At the risk of everyone unfriending me when they find out that I read and enjoyed this series, this book ran the gamut of feels from happy to ugly crying to content to wtf in frustration.
(Side note: I’ve actually read a lot more sci-fi of late that has done this to me than fantasy. Only partially, I think, because I’ve been reading a lot more sci-fi than fantasy.)
A backlist title that you love or would love to read (bonus points if it’s more than 10 years old)
How about a smorgasbord sampling of three of my favorite fantasy series? (And some of my favorite authors.)
Once a fertile and prosperous land, Ile-Rien is under attack by the Gardier, a mysterious army whose storm-black airships appear from nowhere to strike without warning. Every weapon in the arsenal of Ile-Rien’s revered wizards has proven useless.
And now the last hope of a magical realm under siege rests within a child’s plaything.
(Sadly, yes, this is the back cover blurb. The book is so much more than this leads you to believe, though.)
They killed the king. They pinned it on two men. They chose poorly.
There is no ancient evil to defeat, no orphan destined for greatness, just two guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. Royce Melborn, a skilled thief, and his mercenary partner, Hadrian Blackwater make a profitable living carrying out dangerous assignments for conspiring nobles until they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they have only one way out…and so begins this tale of treachery and adventure, sword fighting and magic, myth and legend.
You know how all those old fairy tales take you through lots of scary adventures till you finally reach that inevitable line: “And they lived happily ever after…” Guess what? It’s not true. Life in never-never land isn’t all sweetness and light. Cinderella – whose real name is Danielle Whiteshore (nee Danielle de Glas) – does marry Prince Armand. And (if you can ignore the pigeon incident) their wedding is a dream-come-true.
But not long after the “happily ever after,” Danielle is attacked by her stepsister Charlotte, who suddenly has all sorts of magic to call upon. And though Talia – otherwise known as Sleeping Beauty – comes to the rescue (she’s a martial arts master, and all those fairy blessings make her almost unbeatable), Charlotte gets away.
That’s when Danielle discovers a number of disturbing facts: Armand has been kidnapped and taken to the realm of the Fairies; Danielle is pregnant with his child; and the Queen has her very own Secret Service that consists of Talia and Snow (White, of course). Snow is an expert at mirror magic and heavy-duty flirting.
Can three princesses track down Armand and extract both the prince and themselves from the clutches of some of fantasyland’s most nefarious villains?
Off the beaten track
An independent or small press fantasy read
Uhm…This is not something I ever look at. I have no idea who publishes what and, honestly, I don’t even know which are considered ‘small press’. I … am going to pass on this one, simply because it’s going to take me way too long to find something suitable.
5 star fantasy reads
One or more, lifetime loves or recent reads – bonus points for 5 word reviews
Because my ‘lifetime loves’ tend to be friends with the suck fairy, I am going to list books that I read this year, but not for Wyrd & Wonder.
Isandor, City of Spires.
A hundred and thirty years have passed since Arathiel last set foot in his home city. Isandor hasn’t changed—bickering merchant families still vie for power through eccentric shows of wealth—but he has. His family is long dead, a magical trap has dulled his senses, and he returns seeking a sense of belonging now long lost.
Arathiel hides in the Lower City, piecing together a new life among in a shelter dedicated to the homeless and the poor, befriending an uncommon trio: the Shelter’s rageful owner, Larryn, his dark elven friend Hasryan, and Cal the cheese-loving halfling. When Hasryan is accused of Isandor’s most infamous assassination of the last decade, what little peace Arathiel has managed to find for himself is shattered. Hasryan is innocent… he thinks. In order to save him, Arathiel may have to shatter the shreds of home he’d managed to build for himself.
Arathiel could appeal to the Dathirii—a noble elven family who knew him before he disappeared—but he would have to stop hiding, and they have battles of their own to fight. The idealistic Lord Dathirii is waging a battle of honour and justice against the cruel Myrian Empire, objecting to their slavery, their magics, and inhumane treatment of their apprentices. One he could win, if only he could convince Isandor’s rulers to stop courting Myrian’s favours for profit.
In the ripples that follow Diel’s opposition, friendships shatter and alliances crumble. Arathiel, the Dathirii, and everyone in Isandor fights to preserve their homes, even if the struggle changes them irrevocably.
If you’ve not read the series, for pities sake, start with the first one.)
Some things should stay buried.
Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.
So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult which murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.
As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?
(Technically, I read the uncollected volumes, but they all got five stars and I read them one after the other, soo…)
To secure lasting peace for the Earth Kingdom, Korra must trust an unlikely ally!
On the eve of its first elections, the Earth Kingdom’s future is endangered by its past. As Kuvira works to reclaim her honor, the devious commander Guan undermines the peace Avatar Korra has established to take power for himself. Korra and Kuvira must learn to work together to ensure the future of the Earth Kingdom.
Enjoy the continuing Avatar adventures, now with a new sketchbook section and artist commentary! Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Michelle Wong (Goosebumps: Download and Die), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of the beloved television series!
Collects The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part One, Two, and Three.
You know, I was actually looking forward to this prompt, three weeks ago, when I was actually posting how I was supposed to. But… I’m going to pass on this prompt because I just don’t have time. Also, my shelves are looking a little … anemic with all the books that I’ve tried rereading, disliked and subsequently pulled from them.
Fave Wyrd & Wonder read
what have you loved most this May?
I would love to hem and haw and pretend this is actually a question. I mean, Deosil by Jordan L. Hawk was a solidly wonderful end to the series (so, like, runner up) – but, I’m sorry, you ask me my favorite read of the month, and there is no competition.
City of Betrayal is the second installment of the City of Spires trilogy, a multi-layered political fantasy led by an all LGBTQIAP+ cast. Fans of complex storylines criss-crossing one another, elves and magic, and strong friendships and found families will find everything they need within these pages.
(Spoiler free! Go read the first one. I’ve already been pushing it at you.)
Oh my gosh. Are we done?
I think we’re done. And I still have fifteen minutes to spare. (Guess I’ll go shine up my wrap up post for tomorrow.)
This was fun. If I’d had the time (and energy) to participate the way I wanted to, I can only imagine that it would have been even more fun. Maybe I’ll do it again some time, I’ll just make sure I can actually participate and not sign up on a wing and prayer.