Sunday Post – 23rd February, 2020 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost

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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.

It was half term this week, so Monday was spent with Sally working on her book. We had a lot to get through so it was a long stint, though it’s great to know we’re making progress on such an important project. On Tuesday, the grandchildren came to stay for a few days and the children, my daughter and I braved the rain to visit the Wetland and Wildlife Trust. While it’s often a favourite venue, we were disappointed that the main lake was a drained, muddy mess and their website hadn’t warned us. The rain didn’t help, either – but it was still lovely to see Eliza’s excitement on seeing the ‘duckys’. And always a bonus to spend time with the family.

While the grandchildren were here, the weather continued to be atrocious with strong winds and rain almost constantly – until Friday when I was due to take them home! That didn’t stop us enjoying ourselves, though. Oscar had a game of Subbuteo Cricket with Himself, binge-watched Harry Potter films with us and helped sort out the foreign coins from a bucket full of change Rob had left behind when he headed off to L.A. Meanwhile, Frankie and I caught up with each other’s projects, went out for coffee together and he spent time working with a new box of watercolours. He also went out on Wednesday evening to catch up with Tim, while I was at Writing Group.

Yesterday, Himself and I went out for lunch together, before he returned to work, and I got back in touch with Mantivore Warrior. My sister has been recovering from last week’s mishap – many thanks for all your kind good wishes – and is now feeling a lot better. Today, I want to get more written on my novel, as I’m hoping to have the first draft completed by the end of the month – which is approaching far too fast!

 

Last week I read:
Skyward – Book 1 of the Skyward series by Brandon Sanderson
Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father’s—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa the daughter of a coward, her chances of attending Flight School slim to none. No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
I thoroughly enjoyed this coming of age, space opera adventure featuring Spensa, a feisty heroine determined not to give up. I’m delighted to realise I have the audiobook of the second book in this series.

The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Lee’s best friend went missing on Bodmin Moor, four years ago. She and Mal were chasing rumours of monsters when they found something all too real. Now Mal is back, but where has she been, and who is she working for? When government physicist Kay Amal Khan is attacked, the security services investigate. This leads MI5’s Julian Sabreur deep into terrifying new territory, where he clashes with mysterious agents of an unknown power ¬who may or may not be human. And Julian’s only clue is some grainy footage ¬– showing a woman who supposedly died on Bodmin Moor.
Tchaikovsky just goes from strength to strength – I loved this Netgalley arc, which is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. It’s a hefty read at just under 600 pages, but I tore through it as it includes all sorts of cool sci fi ideas, along with a cracking thriller. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

P is for Pluto – Book 3 of the Molly Marbles mystery series by Jackie Kingon

Friday Faceoff featuring These Broken Stars – Book 1 of the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Review of NETGALLEY arc Termination Shock – Book 1 of the Interstellar Enforcement Agency by Gillian Andrews

January 2020 Roundup – Reading, Writing and Blogging…

Sunday Post 16th February 2020

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

What Genre Do You Love Most? (Reasons to Love Urban Fantasy) https://www.sunnybuzzybooks.co.uk/2020/02/what-genre-do-you-like-most-reasons-to.html?spref=tw I really enjoyed reading this one, while at the same time wondering how I’d answer these questions. Which is your favourite genre?

Jackson’s Letter and a Great Book https://jenniefitzkee.com/2020/02/17/jacksons-letter-and-a-great-book/ That Jennie is an inspired teacher is apparent from her blog – I just loved this article…

Farewell https://livinginthepagesz.wordpress.com/2020/02/10/farewell/ What a beautiful summing up of a stage in her life. Anushka’s article left me with a lump in my throat…

10 of the Best Poems by African-American Poets https://interestingliterature.com/2020/02/african-american-poems-poets/ There are quite a few here I don’t know and some I think that should be and aren’t. Do you agree with this list?

New Service at Heart of the Story: First 50 Pages Critiques! https://saraletourneauwriter.com/2020/02/21/first-50-pages-critiques/ I know from experience that Sara is an excellent editor, painstaking and skilled. So if you are looking for some advice to get your WIP on the right track, this might be of help…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week.

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    • Oh, it really is! It’s taken some classic ideas and given them a Tchaikovsky makeover – though there aren’t spiders… He is definitely one of the most versatile, talented SFF authors of our generation.

      • Children of the Gods was the first I read by him. Can’t remember the other. Don’t think it was a long one. But I think I’m due for more of his work. Certainly gives things a uniqueness when he puts his mind to something.

      • He certainly does! I’ve loved most of his standalone offerings – but can’t, for some reason, get on with his Shadows of the Apt series. But then, I’m not a huge fan of classic epic fantasy, anyway…

    • We do get the same, but within the space of a morning and once the very watery, pale sunlight disappears – then the rain sets in for the rest of the day:((. Though I shouldn’t moan – we haven’t been flooded and far too many poor souls have.

  1. I love your rainy photos! You may be sick of rain, but we hardly ever get it here and it’s always exciting when we do. I’m looking forward to your review of The Doors of Eden😁 Have a good week!

    • Hm… I’ll be excited when it blooming well STOP raining – I’m so fed up with grey, overcast skies… But thank goodness for books to provide those spots of colour and sunshine into our lives – and The Doors of Eden took my RIGHT away from the rainy weather:)). I hope you too have a wonderful (rainy??) week!

  2. I’m glad you had a good time with your grandbabies. The weather has been pretty bad here too.. I can’t wait for summer!
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  3. Sounds like you had a good week in spite of the difficult weather. The Wetland and Wildlife Trust sounds like a neat spot.

    Binging the Harry Potter films sounds fun! I’ve never seen all of them, but maybe one of these days I’ll get with the program. 🙂

    The Tchaikovsky book looks good too, I haven’t tried his stuff yet but I’m tempted.

    • Tchaikovsky is a great author – but then I’m biased, given I’m a fan:). The WWT is one of our favourite places, but we weren’t so thrilled this time around – I have to say. Oh yes – Harry Potter film binging is great fun – I was struck all over again about the quality of the production values…

  4. So sorry that the weather didn’t cooperate when you had family over. That always seems to happen right? Sounds like it was still fun though.

    I haven’t had the fortune to read any of Sanderson’s books yet. They come heavily recommended. It’s honestly the size that’s holding me back lol. I’m not sure how long it’s going to take me to complete one.

  5. Congrats on having the end of your novel in sight! Sounds like a really refreshing visit with family – despite the challenging weather! Have a great week 🙂

  6. Glad you were able to enjoy the time with the grandchildren despite the dreadful weather! The Harry Potter movie binge sounds fun. I’m trying to get my no so little one into it but have failed so far. He’s not resistant just not interested at the moment. I think I’ll have to use it as “school book” and force a read aloud! Have a great week!

  7. I’ve heard the weather there has been atrocious! I’m glad to hear you’ve managed to make the most of it, though. I hope better weather is on the horizon for you all!

  8. Awww, thank you for sharing the link about the critiques, Sarah! I know I’m barely on here anymore, but I wanted to stop by and share my gratitude for that. Also, glad to see you enjoyed Skyward! I read it myself a month or two ago and am looking forward to checking out its sequel. 🙂

  9. I’m glad to hear your sister is feeling better. I also look forward to reading your review for Skyward. That’s a series I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. Hope you’re having a good week!

    • Thank you, Suzanne. Yes – I was looking forward to getting to it and thoroughly enjoyed the story. And it’s been a very intense week as I’m in the final stages of writing Mantivore Warrior… I hope you, too, are having a good week:)

  10. We’ve had similar weather here the past few weeks strong winds and lots of rain. I would like some days without rain by now. It sounds like how you went to the Wetland and Wildlife Trust, but too bad about the lake being dry and no warning on their website. Nice that you had two great reads this week. Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Lola – sorry for the late response. I haven’t been very well so went AWOL on the blog… I hope your weather is much improved over the last week – we actually saw some sunshine over the last few days.

  11. Haha – we have just binge watched all the Harry Potter films – how odd is that. I had a thoroughly good time watching them all back to back – it’s so much easier to see the change in tone and style.
    Lynn 😀

    • Yes – it’s quite a shock to see how much they grow and change throughout the series, isn’t it? And I think they stand up very well to the passing of time – strong production values and excellent actors to support the children.

  12. Hooray for time with the duckies! I’m hoping for a similar little trip with the kids for the sake of getting them out of the house during our first week of homeschooling next week. Today’s too rotten, with thunderstorming and snowing and maybe even thunder-snowing in the forecast. I get the importance of social distancing, but staying inside ALL the time and not getting any decent time in the sun ain’t healthy, either. It’s all about that balance, right? xxxxxxx

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