This blog is just reading updates now. Lol. Because all the books I’ve been reading for the past few months are for reviews I’ll be posting during Wyrd & Wonder, so haven’t had any reviews to post in the meantime. I didn’t think this through, obv. Anyways, it’s a lovely day outside and I want to pour myself a day gin and get out in the garden so, in the interest of saving time, I’m doing away with much of an intro. Queue what I’ve been reading:
Recently Finished: DEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Kit Rocha
Despite what I just said, this book isn’t at all a grimdark Wyrd & Wonder book. It is, in fact, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi erotic romance. Now you may be asking yourself if you’re on the right blog right about now. Quick check of the address bar and yep, you’re in the right place and I have indeed been reading a post-apocalyptic sci-fi erotic romance. Deal with the Devil was nominated for the Best SciFi category in this year’s Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards, which yours truly is judging this year (check out all the other nominees here, it’s quite the selection). I didn’t know it was erotic romance when I started reading, which meant a) I blushed a lot when the raunchy bits unexpectedly exploded onto the page, but also b) I didn’t go into it with any prejudgments I otherwise might have had. Which was good, cos I ended up enjoying this story a fair bit! Probs not ‘Best SciFi’ good in my personal opinion, but an enjoyable and raunchy sci-fi romp that surprised me. I even think I’ll read the sequel when it comes out!
Currently Reading: THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES by Anna Smith Spark
This is most definitely a grimdark Wyrd & Wonder read. Such grim. Much dark. It’s a re-read for me, it actually being the first book I read when trying to get a headstart on the project back in December/January time. I was disappointed with it the first time round and wasn’t really all that excited to carry on with the series, but I was persuaded in a Twitter convo to give it another shot. And I’m really glad I did! I’ve got no idea why, but I’m enjoying it quite a lot the second time round, which I find utterly bizarre, and a testament to just how subjective book opinions are when I can enjoy a book I myself found disappointing only four months ago. Mad.
Next Read: SNAKEWOOD by Adrian Selby
Strictly speaking this isn’t really my next read. I’m already halfway through, but put it on hold for a while when I started listening to the audiobook of The Court of Broken Knives, which I’d intended to just listen to at work and read Snakewood in the evenings. But then I got sucked into the audiobook and Snakewood has sadly been left languishing in the meantime. It’s a good book though, a good old grimdark mercenary story, told mostly through the collected letters and statements of a scholar investigating how a legendary mercenary company was betrayed at a place called Snakewood. It’s a bit of a mystery too, cos all the bits I’ve read so far are all about the circumstances leading up to the betrayal, but we don’t get to find out what actually happened until the end (I presume – if we don’t actually get to find out I’ll be foaming haha, but I very much presume that’s gonna be part of the pay off at the end).
Little bit short and sweet for today’s update folks but, as I said, I want my gin and sunshine! What are you reading at the mo? Leave a comment and let’s have a nice bookish chat.