Happy Sunday booklings! The more discerning among you may have noticed there was no weekly update on Wednesday. That’s because my brain rebelled against the idea of weekly updates in the middle of the week – makes more sense to do it at the end right? So from now on you can look forward to a Hey! Watcha Readin’ post brightening up your Sunday afternoons. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been reading this week.
Recently Finished: STEEL CROW SAGA by Paul Krueger
I’ve been gushing about this book all week on Twitter. It’s just wonderful and makes me truly hopeful about the future of modern fantasy. Fonda Lee said it’s basically Pokemon combined with Avatar: The Last Airbender and that’s such an apt and perfect description, I hesitate to say anything more. I think Paul Krueger himself even jokingly referred to it as Full Metal Pokemist. It follows four main characters in the aftermath of an anti-colonial war. Each character is from a different nation – some were colonial oppressors, others fighters for liberation and some were both. Each of them has reason to hold long-established grudges against the others, but despite all this STEEL CROW SAGA is a story about acceptance and friendship in a troubling and hostile world, written with nuance and intelligence. I’ll put out a full review this week but honestly, don’t wait til then, just go read this book now.
Currently Reading: NORTHERN LIGHTS by Philip Pullman
THE TV SERIES LOOKS SO EFFING GOOD! I’m re-reading these books purely inspired by the release of the series and I’m so excited to re-live this story I just cant even hngggghhh! His Dark Materials was actually my first fantasy true love as a kid and was my gateway drug to the fantasy genre so they’ll always have a special place in my heart. The scale of these books is so vast that it’s not possible to distil it down for this post, but in simple terms this first book tells the story of a young girl called Lyra, who comes into possession of an alethiometer, a compass-like device that can tell anyone capable of reading it the truth about any question they ask it. What follows is an epic tale of conspiracy, betrayal and armoured freakin’ polar bears! Did I mention how excited I am for the TV series?
Next Read: THE SUBTLE KNIFE by Philip Pullman
This is the second book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, so I can’t discuss it much without being too spoilery. Suffice to say, if you haven’t read these books, they’re a treat. And if you don’t want to jump into them just yet, the TV adaptation of the series starts tonight and it looks stunning.
November Readalong: DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
Throughout November I’ll also be taking part in a readalong of the classic DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT, the first book in the Dragonlance Chronicles. It’s hosted by Jason from Off The TBR and it’s not too late to join. Hit Jason up on Twitter @jasonats or over on his blog and he’ll add you to our Goodreads group. The more the merrier 🙂
That’s what I’ve got planned this week. Let me know what you’re reading and if you enjoyed this update follow the blog to never miss a post!