Sunday Post – 1st April, 2018

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

Thank you so much for all your kind good wishes for my sister’s speedy recovery. She is staying with us over the Easter week-end and feeling a lot better. We are hoping the weather will improve tomorrow so we can have a wander around Highdown Gardens and enjoy the fabulous display of spring flowers there.

And here we are – into April with the Spring term’s Creative Writing class behind us, apart from the Snow Day catchup session which will be held at the end of the Easter break… When did that happen? It seems that Christmas was only the day before yesterday! I have had a couple of rather lazy days with lie-ins before I have to get cracking on next term’s course and winding up the admin from last term, in addition to preparing for Tim’s upcoming exams. In the meantime, have a lovely Spring break.

This week I have read:

The Children of the Shaman – Book 1 of the Children of the Shaman series by Jessica Rydill

When their aunt is taken ill, thirteen-year old Annat and her brother are sent from their small coastal town to live with their unknown father. Like Annat, Yuda is a Shaman; a Wanderer with magical powers, able to enter other worlds. As Annat learns more about her powers, the children join their father on a remarkable train journey to the frozen north and find a land of mystery and intrigue, threatened by dark forces and beset by senseless murders that have halted construction of a new tunnel.
Despite the protagonist being a child, this isn’t a children’s read or even a YA book. There is plenty of adventure with a really interesting magic system and a nuanced, layered examination of family relationships. I shall be reviewing this one in due course.

 

Meet Me in the Strange by Leander Watts

Davi tries to help a new friend, Anna Z, escape a cruel and controlling brother, and the teens end up running away to follow the tour of their rock idol, the otherworldly Django Conn. The story is set in a weird and wonderful retro-futuristic city of glam-girls and glister-boys and a strange phenomenon that Anna Z calls the “Alien Drift.”
This YA offering is an extraordinary read – the worldbuilding and futuristic vibe reverberates through the punchy, inventive writing. Watt manages to evoke the stage when the youngsters define themselves through the music they hear – and then puts a paranormal twist on that…

 

The Green Man’s Heir by Juliet McKenna
A hundred years ago, a man with a secret could travel a few hundred miles and give himself a new name and life story. No one would be any the wiser, as long as he didn’t give anyone a reason to start asking questions. These days, that’s not so easy, with everyone on social media, and CCTV on every street corner. So Daniel Mackmain keeps his head down and keeps himself to himself.

But now a girl has been murdered and the Derbyshire police are taking a closer look at a loner who travels from place to place, picking up work as he goes. Worse, Dan realises the murder involves the hidden world he was born into. When no one else can see the truth, who will see justice done?

A modern fantasy rooted in the ancient myths and folklore of the British Isles.
This is a delight. An unusual urban fantasy which doesn’t feature werewolves or vampires – the supernatural creatures that people this engrossing read are dryads, boggats and shucks. I love how McKenna has woven the old folk tales that cris-cross this small island into her story. It was impossible to put down until I’d finished it.

 

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 25th March 2018

Teaser Tuesday featuring Children of the Shaman – Book 1 of the Children of the Shaman series by Jessica Rydill

Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Burn Bright – Book 5 of Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs

Friday Face-off – You can’t sow an apple seed and expect an avocado tree… featuring The Seeds of Time by John Wyndham

Review of Queen of Chaos – Book 3 of the Sequoyah trilogy by Sabrina Chase

 

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

The First Ever Poet in the World: The Woman Writer, Enheduanna https://interestingliterature.com/2018/03/30/the-first-ever-poet-in-the-world-the-woman-writer-enheduanna/ This is a fascinating article which is worth reading.

The Cartography of the Solar System – Mars http://earthianhivemind.net/2018/03/30/cartography-solar-system-mars/ Steph once more has pulled together yet another jaw-dropping article showing the latest maps of our neighbouring planet…

#Author #Interviews: #writer Peadar Ó Guilín discusses setting & #pointofview in #writing. Thanks, @TheCallYA https://jeanleesworld.com/2018/03/29/author-interviews-writer-peadar-o-guilin-discusses-setting-pointofview-in-writing-thanks-thecallya/ This fascinating interview gives an insight into the decisions that a writer has to make – and what this particular master wordsmith takes into account when making those decisions.

Discussion Post: Who Are You? Finding Your Voice as a Blogger https://thebookishlibra.com/2018/03/29/discussion-post-who-are-you-finding-your-voice-as-a-blogger/ This is a really good piece of advice for bloggers starting out and wondering how to appear to their audience.

5 New Poetry Collections to Watch Out For https://librarystaffpicks.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/5-new-poetry-collections-to-watch-out-for-2/ Another helpful and interesting post from this great library-based blog.

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

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35 responses »

  1. I’ve always wanted to try an urban fantasy. Thanks for sharing it and your other books.

    I can’t believe it’s Easter either. Where is the time going?!

    Happy Easter!

    • Thank you, Deb. If you wanted to try a contemporary fantasy – I highly recommend this one. It is set in the UK, drawing upon the fae of country folk. I loved it and it scores 10/10 from me…

    • Thank you – Meet Me in the Strange is certainly unusual – I’ll be reviewing it shortly. Thank you for your kind good wishes and visiting my blog. Happy Easter!

  2. Glad to hear your sister is doing well! Enjoy your Easter and hope you get a chance to see those flowers. 🙂

    The Children of the Shaman and the Green Man’s Heir both sound like nice reads. I especially like the sound of Green Man with the somewhat more unusual urban fantasy creatures. Sounds like a good change-up!

    • The Green Man’s Heir is one of my best reads of the year so far, Greg, and I loved The Children of the Shaman, too… Thank you! I’m hoping we get to see the flowers tomorrow, too:))

    • I know – where is the time going?? Our children break up a lot later, in July, but right now are on their Easter holiday before they start the summer term. I’m also having a break, too:) I hope you have a great reading week, Katherine!

  3. I’m sorry to hear your sister has been sick, but glad she’s on the mend. As I write this comment on April 3 we have snowflakes drifting down. I think spring and summer have passed us by!

    As always I got some good ideas for books to read. I’m especially intrigued by The Green Man’s Heir. Sounds really good.

    I hope you’re having a good week.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, regarding my sister:). Yes, she is recovering well.

      Oh no – snowflakes!! Despite the spring flowers, it isn’t all that warm here either and the Easter week was wet and cold.

      I highly recommend The Green Man’s Heir – it is a cracking read and I’ll be reviewing it very shortly:)

  4. Oh no! I missed last week’s post because, still, I’m about a month behind on my blogging things so I’m struggling to get around to everywhere. I’m pretty much trying to jump from blog to blog and hit a few personal posts so I can keep caught up in the lives of the bloggers behind the computer but other than that I’m not getting through much hopping.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your sister plus the 4:30 am bedtime on the Monday! Yikes!

    At least April sounds like it is good so far! Although you’re right – the year has gone incredibly fast. Are there still 24hrs in one day??? I’m not so sure… I think I’m being shortchanged somewhere.

    Children of the Shaman looks interesting!

    And I also loved Suzanne’s Finding your Voice piece.

    Hope you’re having a great week!

    • It’s lovely to hear from you Di:). Thank you for popping in – and yes… Life has been a tad more interesting than I would have liked, but I think things are stabilising.
      Yes – Children of the Shaman is a lovely read – I highly recommend it and I’m glad you found the links helpful:)). Take care and I hope you feel better soon!

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