Happy weekend booklings, glad to have you back for another weekly update. This is gonna double up as my November wrap-up and December TBR cos I haven’t got as much reading done this week/month as I’d hoped, but I’m a reformed bookworm who’s learning not to stress about the TBR anymore, so I’m not fretting it. Despite it being a lean month quantity-wise, I really enjoyed my reading in November, so let’s dive into it.
Recently Finished: The HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy by Philip Pullman and DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Honestly, I was a bit trepidatious about diving back into this series that I adored so much as a kid because I re-read Pullman’s Sally Lockhart series earlier this year and was a bit disappointed, despite enjoying them as a youngster. So imagine my delight to find that, not only did HIS DARK MATERIALS stand the test of time, but actually improved with the re-read. I feel like I understood the themes a lot more as an adult. Pullman wrote these sophisticated books for children and while I applaud him for not patronising his readers, there’s a limit to how much ten-year-old me understood the statement he was making about the oppressive institutions of organised religion, ya know? So I got a lot more out of it this time round and looking forward to writing up the reviews to share with you all.
I read DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT as part of Jason’s Off The TBR readalong. This is another book I read as a kid and enjoyed, but I didn’t remember much of it. I’m gonna say I was a bit underwhelmed by it this time round. I really enjoyed the first few chapters – they felt like sinking into a warm bath of liquid swords and sorcery. It was very nostalgic and reminded me of being a kid reading about dragons and elves and adventures for the very first time. Unfortunately I started to get a little bored about a third of the way in and it never really managed to pique my interest again. So yeah, disappointed that this one didn’t hold up but hey, not every book is gonna be a smash hit.
December TBR: a veritable Witcher-thon and a bunch of books released by small press Apex Publications
Ok so I’d hoped to read BLOOD OF ELVES and TIME OF CONTEMPT in November, but life happened and I didn’t get round to it. Ideally I wanna get all four of these read before the Netflix series drops. I was a little let down by the first two short story collections so I’m hoping the novels don’t disappoint.
These are three books I’m super excited to read. They’re all published by small press Apex Publications, whose stuff I’m delving into more after I found out they were the original publishers of Tade Thompson’s ROSEWATER, one of my favourite books of 2018. Rosewater is an unconventional book that does weird, experimental things with science fiction and Apex was bold enough to publish it despite its presumable lack of mainstream appeal. Rosewater only achieved any large scale success when it was picked up and reprinted by a major publisher, even though Apex were the ones willing to take the risk and put it out there originally. So yeah, I’m definitely gonna be supporting the small presses more in future. SNOW OVER UTOPIA, PIMP MY AIRSHIP and COIL all sound just as weird, out there and innovative as Rosewater and I can’t wait to read them.
That’s it for this week. Just a heads up, I’m thinking of playing around with the weekly update format cos I feel like I tend to retread a lot of similar ground from week to week, though this could just be because I don’t read enough (lol). I’ve got plenty to be reading this month so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll have a couple reviews coming your way this week, SWORD OF DESTINY from The Witcher series and NORTHERN LIGHTS, the first in the HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy. In the meantime, happy reading bookworms.
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