Sunday Post – 19th November 2017


This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

I’m beginning to sound like a cracked record… yes – you’ve guessed it – it was another busy week… Oscar’s party last Sunday evening was delightful – it was lovely watching him discuss all his Lego projects and watch him open his presents and card.

I was teaching Monday and Tuesday – both Creative Writing courses for the Spring term at Northbrook are now full and the Summer term for my Monday course is also full with a waiting list. On Wednesday, as J was also off work, we had lunch at The Arun View with my sister – it was lovely to see her fit enough to go out and about again. On Thursday evening I popped over to do a rehearsal session with a couple of the actors in Tim’s film for a crucial, rather emotional film and then onwards to Writing Group. Though none of us had any writing… Still, it was lovely to catch up with everyone and talk through our various projects, though I’m now wondering why the idiot wearing my body thought it a good idea to bring out Dying for Space this side of Christmas.

On Friday I was teaching again – and then I spent the evening at my sister’s putting the world to rights as she cooked us a delicious meal. On Saturday we were back together again as we went up to The George at Burpham and had a lovely meal with Mum and Dad to celebrate their upcoming wedding anniversary – 45 years – what an achievement! Afterwards, I drove over to Lancing to pick up the grandchildren. Oscar is returning home this evening, but as Frances has an INSET day, she will be returning home on Monday evening.

Today, Frances and I have been in the middle of Bognor, filming the final scenes for Tim’s film which we have now finally finished. It’s been great fun, but the sense of relief that the filming phase is now over is huge… I cannot get over the weather today after the cold, rainy Saturday we endured – as with every single filming day we have done, it has been bright and sunny all day.

This week I have read:

A Plague of Giants – Book 1 of the Seven Kennings series by Kevin Hearne
In the city of Pelemyn, Fintan the bard takes to the stage to tell what really happened the night the giants came . . . From the east came the Bone Giants, from the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim – an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. The kingdom’s only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic that calls the world’s wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind.
I really enjoyed this one, once I got used to the unusual structure, where the bard relives the experiences of all eleven protagonists – it’s a nifty way to handle a large cast and mostly worked. I shall be reviewing this one in due course.

The Hidden Face – Book 1 of the Fifth Unmasking series by S.C. Flynn
A face without a face – an unmasking that leaves the mask. Once every few hundred years the sun god, the Akhen, takes on human form and descends to earth. Each Unmasking of the Face of the Akhen ends one era and begins another; the last one created the Faustian Empire. Where and when will the Face next appear, and who will he – or she – be?
Dayraven, son of a great hero, returns to Faustia after years as a hostage of their rivals, the Magians. Those years have changed him, but Faustia has changed as well; the emperor Calvo now seems eccentric and is controlled by one of Dayraven’s old enemies. Following the brutal murder of his old teacher, Dayraven is drawn, together with a female warrior named Sunniva, into the search for an ancient secret that would change the fate of empires.
This intriguing epic fantasy is full of ancient riddles designed to ensure that the powerful secrets surrounding the rite of the Unmasking stays safely away from those who would abuse the power. That’s the theory, anyway. This time around there are a whole bunch of people who will stop at nothing to get hold of those secrets – and only two people who have the correct training to be able to unlock the elaborate codes and puzzles surrounding them…

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 12th November, 2017

Review of Whirligig: Keeping the Promise – Book 1 of Shire’s Union by Richard Buxton

Teaser Tuesday featuring A Plague of Giants – Book 1 of the Seven Kennings series by Kevin Hearne

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring The River Keepers by Michael F. Stewart

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Friday Face-off – Snap! – featuring The Dark Mirror – Book 1 of the Bridei Chronicles by Juliet Marillier

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Artemis by Andy Weir

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

Worlds to Visit – 
This entertaining blog considers various science fiction and fantasy world Mr N would love to vacation at… Has he included your favourites?

Writing Nameless Things: An Interview with Ursula K. LeGuin –  What a wonderful opportunity to hear the thoughts of one of the legends in the genre…

10 of the Best Poems About Hair – And at least one of these isn’t talking about the hair you’d think…

5 New Science Books to Look Out For Another useful list of books from this award-winning library site

Book Nerds Don’t Get Old…  And I couldn’t agree more with this nifty quote featuring a stack of books😊

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site and may you have a great week.

23 responses »

  1. You seem to have had a great week overall. Oh curious about the film. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your books this week and have a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing all the links at the end of the post. Can’t wait to check them all out. 😁❤️

  2. Happy anniversary to your folks! And wow you do sound busy this week. Glad the classes are filling up!

    A Plague of Giants has me really curious, especially the bard recounting the POV’s. Interesting.

    • It is interesting – this one has really divided folks, but I thoroughly enjoyed it once I got into the rhythm of the story. Thank you for popping by and hope you continue to feel better:)

    • Yes – it’s been a lovely sociable time. Oh my goodness – I hadn’t realised the review copies of Dying for Space had gone out! I do hope you enjoy it – it’s a bit darker than Running Out of Space…

  3. Isn’t it awful how we sometimes make plans that sound fantastic in the beginning, and then later on (and sometimes too late) we realize, “Why did I think that was a good idea?!” That’s happened to me many, many times, so I know the feeling, Sarah. Just pace yourself as you prepare for Dying For Space’s release and the upcoming holidays. You’ll get through it!

    Oooh, I’ll definitely take a look at the UKLG interview in a little bit. And I’m glad to hear you had a busy but overall positive week. It’s good to hear that your sister is continuing to do well, too. How is she feeling?

    • Yes… I used to have a really bad habit of hurling myself into situations and then finding it all a bit much – mostly these days, I don’t do that. But sometimes when circumstances crowd a bit, I find myself falling back into bad old ways… But you are right – pacing myself is the only way forward.
      My sister is continuing to make progress and feeling a lot better, which is lovely to see. Thank you for your kind concern:)

  4. Another busy week – you seem to fit such a lot in. And you have a waiting list for your creative teaching courses which is great isn’t it (not that people can’t get on the course that is) – people queuing up for your teaching.
    Lynn 😀

    • Yes – I keep waiting for this boring middle-age I was promised! But it is very reassuring to start the Christmas break without worrying whether I’ll have sufficient numbers to run the course – I’ve been there before and it’s not comfortable.

  5. It sounds like a busy week but a fun one! We’re big Lego fans here so I can relate to Oscar’s delight. Hope he enjoyed his presents. That’s wonderful about the creative writing courses! Looks like it will be a busy few semesters for you! Hope you’re having a great week!

  6. Finally caught up with these. I had to make you a “folder/parking place of your own. Thanks for the “plug” on the reblogged item. I liked it a lot myself! Re the break, I will not be reading your Sunday post tonight and not until New Year’s, but REMEMBER, I am available by email at my personal address. Thanks again, friend.

  7. I think being busy is a positive thing when you’re doing things you love doing – and when you have the energy to do them all.
    As a side note, I spotted the interview with Ursula K. LeGuin in your recommendations. When I’m writing these words, she’s no longer with us, so it makes me think it might have been one of the last interviews with her – the more precious it is.

    • Oh yes, that interview is remarkable:). It made me aware of what an amazing woman she was…
      Yes, being busy is very positive – I do at times teeter on the edge of being overwhelmed at times, though! I keep waiting for this boring middle age they promised me…

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