Hey! Watcha Readin’: Weekly Reading Update 13/05/2020

Updates

Welcome to another Wednesday bookwyrms. This week the update is actually on time. Not much in the way of an intro today, so let’s just dive in to what I’ve had my nose in this past week.



Recently Finished: FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett
So this isn’t strictly true. I never got to the point of finishing FOUNDRYSIDE because (oh boy this isn’t gonna be popular) I really hated this book. I keep feeling the urge to apologise because it’s so beloved in the bookish community that I almost feel guilty about it. Then I remember “No. It’s fine. I’m allowed to not like it”. I got about a third of the way through and had to set it aside before it made me hate reading so much I fell victim to a dreaded slump. I’m not DNFing though, I am gonna go back to it and see how things pan out after a little break.

Currently Reading: AMBERLOUGH by Lara Elena Donnelly
For those of you following my Wyrd & Wonder shenanigans, this wasn’t on the list of books I flagged to read this month, but I got thinking about it again after including it in my list of Books I Can’t Wait To Read. So I picked it up like twenty seconds after setting Foundryside aside. And reader, it was like a tonic. A rejuvenating, life-giving tonic. It’s so good so far. It’s a fantasy spy thriller about cabaret performers moonlighting as smugglers in a country on the brink of a fascist coup. Can’t wait to really get stuck into this one.

Next Read: KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames
I said this last week too and put it off in favour of Amberlough, but still planning on picking up KINGS OF THE WYLD as soon as possible. For those who didn’t read my update last week, or are otherwise unfamiliar with KINGS OF THE WYLD, it’s basically about a mercenary band, well past their prime, who get the band back together for ‘one last tour’. Think middle-aged dad rock band having a midlife crisis and getting the boys back together. It just sounds fun, you know?


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Hey! Watcha Readin: Weekly Reading Update 07/05/2020

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Ok so I just realised this was supposed to be done yesterday, what with it being the WWW Wednesday update and all. I never said I was the most organised book blogger… Anyway, better late than never, here’s what I’ve been reading this past week.


Recently Finished: A DEAD DJINN IN CAIRO by P. Djèlí Clark
This was a delightful short story and my first P. Djèlí Clark read. I only heard of him fairly recently actually, when a few folks were getting excited about his upcoming release Ring Shout. A DEAD DJINN IN CAIRO is a short steampunk mystery set in an alternate early 20th century Egypt. I actually just posted my review today, go take a look.

Currently Reading: FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett
Everyone has been recommending I read this book for months now and I’ve finally picked it up for Wyrd & Wonder. It came up when I was asking for book recommendations featuring hard magic systems (scriving is basically magical coding), industrial fantasy (Tevanne is an industrial city of foundries and manufactories) and just generally good books I need to read. I’m only a couple of chapters in right now but hoping to enjoy this one after all the hype!

Next Read: KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames
Again, I’m a mood reader, so this is tentative, but it’s also on my Wyrd & Wonder TBR and it sounds like a whole bunch of fun. Think old dad rock band gets back together for one last tour, except the dad rock band is a party of mercenaries long past their glory days. It sounds like a blast and I’m looking forward to just having a fun read without too much baggage.


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Hey! Watcha Readin’: 29/04/2020

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Hey bookwyrms, welcome to the return of Hey! Watcha Readin’, my weekly reading update inspired by the WWW Wednesday meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words. Apparently I’m well and truly back on the blogging train and I used to love this as a fun way for you folks to keep tabs on what I’ve been reading – and also really just a way for me to squee or moan in advance of a full write up and to slyly get more book recs in the comments. So let’s hop to it!


Recently Finished: BAPTISM OF FIRE (THE WITCHER #3) by Andrzej Sapkowski

If you’ve been following me for a while and have read my reviews of the previous Witcher books, you’re gonna know I have some mixed ol’ feelings about this series. I want to like it, I really do! The story and world is so gripping and the concept so interesting, but man the writing is just baaaad. Yes yes I know it’s partly down to problems translating from the original Polish (many, many people tell me this every time I mention my issues with Sapkowski’s writing) but there’s a lot more wrong with this one than just translation stuff. I was getting prematurely excited because each successive addition to The Witcher series so far has improved on the last book, but this one was definitely a step back. Meandering plot, choppy structure (Sapkowski is an over-zealous advocate of a pointless flashback scene) and two short story collections and three novels in, a lacklustre protagonist (Geralt is boring – there, I said it). Anyway, I sense I’m about to launch into a treatise on how despondently underwhelmed I’ve been by this series, but let’s save that for the full review eh?


Currently Reading: THE SHINING by Stephen King

Now this is a baller of a book! I can’t remember ever being scared of a book (at least not the contents – my mam owned a copy of James Herbert’s The Fog displaying a severed head on the cover that I was terrified of as a kid) but The Shining actually has me shitting my metaphorical pants. I actually have a project to read the entirety of Stephen King’s back catalogue in order and this is the first one I’ve got to that I’ve felt is more than just a decent read. I thought Carrie was ok, Pet Sematary (which I read out of order) and Salem’s Lot were fun reads, if nothing special, but The Shining is a legit fantastic book. I’m about 2/3 of the way through so will likely finish today or tomorrow. Then I’m tempted to rewatch the Kubrick film afterwards hehe.


Next Read?:

Ahh THE TETHERED MAGE. Such a great book. This will be a re-read for me and is probably exactly the palette-cleanser I’ll be needing after sending myself into nervous paranoid state after The Shining. I read this a couple of years back, before I started the blog, and want to review the entire series here because I loved it so much. If you haven’t read this book, it’s a YA fantasy set in a renaissance-era, Venetian-inspired secondary world and it’s got warlocks, court drama and political intrigue in spades. And Melissa Caruso just knows how to spin a tale that keeps you hooked and on the edge of your seat. I actually never got round to reading the final book of the trilogy either, so this marks the beginning of my attempt to finish the Swords and Fire Series. I have made a jubilant return to the chaotic world of mood reading though, so this final section is always gonna be subject to change.


Anyway, there you have it gang, my exultant return to Hey! Watcha Readin’. Please please please let me know what you’re reading in the comments, I’m such a hog for book recs and just generally chatting about what books my pals have their noses in, so don’t be shy. Catch you next week.

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Hey! Watcha Readin’: 10/11/19

Updates

Happy Sunday booklings, and thanks for stopping by for another weekly update. It’s been a busy week for me outside of books, so this is the first week Parsecs & Parchment hasn’t featured at least one review. Life can get busy sometimes and it’ll continue to be busy for the next month or so, but on the plus side I will be putting out my review of STEEL CROW SAGA in the next few days and honestly, I loved this book so much I can’t wait to share my feelings about it with you all.

I’m still reading NORTHERN LIGHTS by Philip Pullman, a re-read inspired by the beginning of the His Dark Materials TV series, which I thought was very impressive (Ruth Wilson was born to play Mrs Coulter). NORTHERN LIGHTS begins the tale of Lyra, a young girl whose best friend goes missing. Lyra and her dæmon are determined to find him and their quest leads them to ‘the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies – and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about’. It’s a truly remarkable book and begins the magical series that made me fall in love with fantasy.

Unusually for me I’m also reading a second fiction book at the same time. The DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT readalong is in full swing and I’m enjoying the experience so much. While I absolutely adore a lot of modern fantasy (books like STEEL CROW SAGA and THE TETHERED MAGE make me so excited about the direction of the genre) there’s something very comforting and nostalgic about going back to some classic 80’s epic fantasy that is so unapologetically tropey and steeped in that D&D style swords and sorcery adventure.

That’s it for this week, just a quick update as not much to report. Keep an eye out for the STEEL CROW SAGA review in the next few days and, as always, happy reading everyone 🙂

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