Weeeell May was a busy month here *collapses into a puddle of slime*. I somehow succeeded in my attempt to post a review every day during Wyrd and Wonder. Most of the reviews were grimdark novels, though towards the end it started feeling a bit too much like work so I shifted things up a bit and reviewed some comics volumes I’d been wanting to read for a while. I’m not gonna harp on about it too much, other than to send my warmest thanks to imyril, who blogs at There’s Always Room For One More, Lisa from Dear Geek Place and Jorie over at Jorie Loves a Story for all their hard work and dedication to our lovely little community. I’m not linking to all the posts I did cos I’m lazy and there’s too many of them, but you should definitely go read them all, just navigate to that home page homeslice. I’ll probs add in all the covers of the books I read cos they make a post look pretty don’t they.
One thing I will say about my Wyrd And Wonder reading list is it felt very monochrome. I think only one of the authors I read wasn’t white and that was R. F. Kuang, whose books I wasn’t all that hot on. I actually didn’t really vibe with any of the female grimdark writers I read actually and was very conscious of that. It was a very small selection mind; in addition to Kuang I read Anna Smith Spark, Anna Stephens and Sarah Chorn. Out of those I think Chorn was probably the one I liked the most, but even there I felt her flowery prose didn’t really align with my taste (and also if we’re gonna split hairs I don’t think Seraphina’s Lament is actually grimdark, despite how it was sold to me). I was hoping to read Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James, but I’m annoyed at myself for not making the effort to actually get round to. I’m not sure how ‘grimdark’ it actually is, but I certainly caught some vibes when I was reading about it. So I ask you, my fellow bookwyrms, to please me recommend some grimdark that isn’t written by a white dude in that there comment box at the bottom.
Anyways, Wyrd and Wonder may be over, but there’s no rest for the wicked. Throughout June I’ll be finishing up my reading of the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards nominees; I have the honour of being on this year’s panel and I’m judging in the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Novella and Short Story Categories. I’ve managed to slip a few reads in here and there, but got a ton of books to read this month, so still expect a ton of reviews to go along with them. I’ve just started reading Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi and fuck me it’s a good read so far.
I feel like I’m in a very snippety-snappety writing mood today so this feels like I’m blasting through, where usually I linger for far too long and have to actively rein myself in. I do have a gaming session booked in with my pal at 8pm and need to make and eat some delicious hot dogs beforehand. I was gonna talk about some of the other stuff that I did in May – podcasts and TV shows and whatnot, but I might leave that til next month when I’m not feeling so snippety-snap.
One final thing! A mini announcement if you will. For a while now I’ve been wanting to pivot this blog to reviewing and celebrating a lot more small press books, I just haven’t had the time, what with my Wyrd and Wonder and Subjective Chaos commitments. However, once I’ve read and reviewed all my Subjective Chaos nominees this month I’m finally planning on doing that. I’ve been compiling a list of small presses to look into and buy some books from, and hopefully start spotlighting new small press releases and maybe doing some interviews of small press writers and publishers. I’m gonna do a proper announcement post, probably toward the end of June/beginning of July, but for you devoted and beloved readers you get the juicy gossip right here.
That’s all for now nerds, my girlfriend is pestering me to make the hot dawgs, so I shall take my leave and wish you all a happy reading 😀
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