Sunday Post – 17th March, 2019 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


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

This last week has feel more like normality – I am now, finally, feeling more like my old self which is such a relief as I’d begun to feel that I’d never regain my former energy. The Creative Writing sessions all went well and were, as ever, highly enjoyable, though attendance was hit by folks not wanting to battle through Storm Graham on Tuesday afternoon to get to college. Quite right, too.

On Wednesday, my writing buddy Mhairi spent the day with me – we are treasuring our time together, given that she is on the brink of moving to Lincolnshire, instead of just 20 minutes down the road… As ever, lots of talk and mutual advice about writing – I’m delighted that her sales have taken off and as ever, I find her help invaluable. My lesson with Tim on Thursday was a break from preparing for his exam and instead, we worked on the lyrics to his latest song composition, which is amazing.

This weekend, we’ve had the grandchildren to stay, which means that the weather on Saturday was atrocious. Throughout this winter, whenever they’ve come to stay – that’s when the wind and rain has struck. So Oscar and I tucked into a fabulous 3-D sticker book together, while Frances was working on a painting project for homework. I played the Frozen in Time audiobook while we were working. In the mornings, Oscar started the day by reading extracts from the seventh book in Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, which he is loving – it’s a real treat listening to him read so fluently. Last night, we went to our favourite Chinese restaurant with my sister to celebrate the start of her new job next year.

Last week I read:
Castaway Planet – Book 4 of the Boundary series by Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor
Lost in the dark, half a year into their journey to the colony world of Tantalus, Sakura Kimei, her family, and her best friend, the alien “Bemmie” nicknamed Whips, are torn from the safety of their colony ship. In a crippled lifeboat, they had one chance to find a habitable world. But even then, they would find that their apparent salvation was a world of a thousand secrets.
I thoroughly enjoyed this futuristic take on Swiss Family Robinson – a real page-turning adventure that gripped me throughout and the added pleasure is the knowledge that I’ve now discovered another cracking sci fi space opera series.


The Midnight Queen – Book 1 of the Noctis Magicae series by Sylvia Hunter
In the hallowed halls of Oxford’s Merlin College, the most talented – and highest born – sons of the kingdom are taught the intricacies of magickal theory. But what dazzles can also destroy, as Gray Marshall is about to discover . . .
Gray’s Britain is a fragmented kingdom of many tongues, many gods and many magicks. But all that concerns Gray right now is returning as soon as possible to his studies and setting right the nightmare that has seen him disgraced and banished to his tutor’s home – without a trace of his powers. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.
It’s been a wonderful reading week – two cracking reads from authors I hadn’t previously known. I absolutely loved this one – the strong characterisation, tense situation and I was also invested in the romance that bubbled away in the background. I also liked the alternate history where Christianity hadn’t taken hold. Review in due course.

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 10th March 2019

Review of Kingdom of Copper – Book 2 of the Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty

Review of Survivor in Death – Book 20 of the In Death series by R.D. Robb

Friday Face-Off featuring World’s End – Book 1 of the Age of Misrule series by Mark Chadbourn

Review of Dreamer’s Pool – Book 1 of Blackthorn and Grim series by Juliet Marillier

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

12 Things You Have To Give Up to Be a Successful Writer I love the series of articles written by Bill Ferris – funny and all too near the knuckle…

#writer, your body does not define your #writing voice: a response to the #YA #cancelculture among #readers and #authors Jean Lee raises the issues around this current controversary that is causing major concern, given where it is going.

NINTH STEP STATION – Episode 10: The Foreign Mischief by Malka Older & Series Wrap-up I generally don’t include reviews in this round-up – so why this one? Because this excellent article is the last in a series following this different way of accessing fiction.

Café del Pintor~ Just check out this amazing artwork…

Finding Time for Important Things This lovely, well-written article happened to come along at a crucial time for me. I found its message enormously comforting. Thank you Joanna😊

Many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – I still trying to catch up – thank you for your patience. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

25 responses »

  1. I love the look of Castaway Planet. It has such a retro feel. I used to read nothing but books of this sort. They were so popular in the forties and fifties, and I read them all when I was in my young adult years.

    I’m terribly happy you are feeling better. It gets worrying, doesn’t it, when one continues to feel poorly week after week.

    • Oh yes, you’re right Deb – I began to think I’d never get back to my normal levels of energy ever again… Thank you for you kind good wishes:).

      And yes – Castaway Planet certainly feels like those intrepid upbeat reads of the 50s and early 60s before it all went wierd and psychedelic…

    • Thank you, Laura! Yes… I’d begun to feel that I would never feel like that again – that said, I’m feeling properly wiped out today. But that’s one of the reasons why I’m cutting back on my workload…

  2. Glad you are feeling better! I hope you continue to improve through the new week. It’s so draining to be under the weather. Ugh.

    A futuristic Swiss Family Robinson type read sounds wonderful- you always seem to introduce me to sci-fi books I don’t otherwise see! I’ll have to look into that one a lot closer, that sounds like a keeper!

    • Thank you, Greg. I am really starting to feel like my old self again – thank goodness!

      Thank you for the compliment – and back attcha – I’ve requested several books I’ve seen featured on your site:). Yes – this one was great fun and I’m looking forward to getting hold of more books in the series.

  3. I am happy that you are feeling better Sarah. Too bad your writing partner is moving further away. That will be hard as you will miss her. It sounds like you had a busy, yet enjoyable week. Hope this one is going well.

  4. I’m really happy that you’re feeling so much better. Yu had a good week – storms notwithstanding. And of course the weather will turn terrible when the grandchildren arrive – otherwise you’d be able to go out exploring! British weather.
    Lynn 😀

  5. I’m so glad to hear that you’re feeling more like yourself, especially since you had the grandkids over for a visit. Oooh and a futuristic Swiss Family Robinson retelling? I do love a good retelling and this sounds like nothing I’ve read before. Thanks for putting it on my radar. 🙂

  6. That’s great that you’re starting to feel like your old self again. Sounds like you had a fun weekend with the grandkids around even tough the weather was bad. Have a great week!

  7. You wrote about getting back to normality, and I can’t help thinking from a year’s perspective: how different “normality” is nowadays.
    Also, thank you for your mention of my post! (I’m so late with gratitude! 😦 )

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