Warning biohazard alert: Shameless fanboy babbling ahead. Proceed with caution.
If you’re a fan of fantasy, you have no doubt at least heard of the Gentleman Bastards series by Scott Lynch. If you haven’t yet taken the time to read it, let me tell you that you should, as the series is truly excellent in every conceivable way a fantasy series has of being excellent. Of course that is just my humble opinion – although with each book in the series having an average rating of 4.2 or above on Goodreads, there is a decent chance you will at least like them (even if you don’t love them like I do). Is love too strong a word? Nah!
In this case, you can certainly judge the books by their awesome covers.
Continue reading “Waiting for Emberlain”
A lot of fantasy books are large tomes that are read and savored like fine wines on a long summer holiday. So when you open a book of fantasy short stories it feels like you are doing the fantasy-reader’s equivalent of taking vodka shots at a party. You’re having a night of fun and meeting lots of new people. Some of those people aren’t that interesting, but some of them are brilliant. And that’s perfectly okay because you only have to talk to each person for a wee bit, and then you can move on until you find someone you connect with and can form a long-term friendship with.
Continue reading “The Book of Swords – Best Bits”
So our blog has been a bit quiet this year. In case you are wondering what happened, I (mostly) blame Brandon Sanderson.
Continue reading “The Problem with Brandon Sanderson”
Such a great time of year for me book-wise. With Christmas and my birthday being so close together you have the makings of an excellent holiday book haul! Mrs NW took a sneaky photo of my bedside table and posted it here on the blog which gave some of these away already *grumpy face*.
A photo of all the pretty books
Continue reading “Birthday Book Haul”
I just had to laugh when I looked over and saw Mr NW’s bedside table. I think he’s being a bit optimistic for a two week holiday!
Mr NW has promised me he will do a proper book haul post soon.
What are you reading over the holiday break?
I’m supposed to be doing my assigned reading post for the month, but alas, I did not finish Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke so instead here are my current excuses for not finishing books.
Continue reading “My current excuses for not finishing books I’ve started reading”
As you guys know from our previous post, 10 rules for living with a book collecting sci-fi nerd, Mr NW is a pretty avid collector of books. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you guys this hobby can get quite pricey quite quickly. Not as bad as skiing or building miniature railroads but it definitely adds up. Continue reading “The Book Buying Dilemma: Go Local or Global?”
We’ve all done it. Especially when we were kids. We thought about how cool it would be to visit the worlds we read about. Imagine meeting the characters and visiting all the amazing and fantastical locations! I somehow seem to have carried this through to adulthood. My mind is often wandering through the worlds I have read about or even into worlds that I make up myself in my own crazy mind. Yes I know, it’s pretty geeky. But I like it, so leave me alone Mrs NW! Continue reading “Worlds to Visit”
It’s funny how we shift the goal posts. Before starting this blog I was quite content with my average reading pace of about 2 books a year (300 readings of The Gruffalo doesn’t count). But now I’m disappointed that I’m only managing a couple a month – which like a million percent increase on before. So why am I not a million percent happier? Continue reading “Reading, reading, reading…”
I seem to have ended up having a number of books on the go at the moment. Somehow this seems to accidentally happen to me every now and again. I start one, and then another book catches my eye partway through, or that book I really wanted finally arrived in the mail after weeks of waiting. And there are also lots of books I am looking forward to at the moment so I thought I would share with you guys what I’m reading and what books I’m looking forward to most in the coming year. Continue reading “November Reads & Books I Want”