11 Best Fantasy Books of 2017

In our previous post we looked at the 11 Best Science Fiction Books of 2017, and were surprised to find we hadn’t read ANY of them. So did we fare any better with the Best Fantasy Books of 2017?

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Q and A with Mr and Mrs NW

Hi everyone. We thought we’d do something a bit different today and quiz each other. I actually didn’t know the answers to most of the questions I asked Mr NW (we’ve only been married 5 years 😂), so this has been a fun learning experience. Thanks to Arachnid Weaver for sparking this idea.

First up Mrs NW has 5 questions for Mr NW (by the way we didn’t compare notes when drafting our questions and you can definitely tell). Continue reading “Q and A with Mr and Mrs NW”

Fantasy Maps

I love browsing the fantasy and science fiction sections of bookshops. One of the first things I look at when I leaf through a fantasy book is the map. As much as it irks me to say it, the map (or lack thereof) has a big impact on my initial impression of the book. It really shouldn’t. There are plenty of good books with no maps, and books with great maps and rather plain stories. I just can’t help it! I have a thing for good fantasy maps. Do you remember when you first read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings and you looked at one of Tolkien’s amazingly detailed maps? A great moment. It’s the first inkling you get that this world he has created has real depth and history to it. Continue reading “Fantasy Maps”

A non-typical Halloween 🎃 …and Brandon Sanderson’s new release

A New Zealand Halloween

When I was a kid Halloween had barely arrived in New Zealand. It was still seen as an American tradition. But fast forward 20 years, and one street in our neighbourhood has designated itself as the “trick or treating” street. This year’s decorations were quite well done and Mr Mini NW enjoyed pretending to be a pirate. Continue reading “A non-typical Halloween 🎃 …and Brandon Sanderson’s new release”

Mrs NW’s secret…And thanks for all the follows.

Thanks to Bookstooge for suggesting this post (sort of).

Have you been to the about page on our website? Useless, right? Utterly useless. You were probably hoping to find some information about these so-called Mrs and Mr NW folk who are supposed to be running this site, but nope.

We’ve been holding out on you, our dear readers, so in celebration of 100 followers, we’ve decided to let you in on some of the details. Continue reading “Mrs NW’s secret…And thanks for all the follows.”

Very excited about this…

Those of you on Twitter may have already seen this but Mr NW is super stoked about this soon to be released 10th anniversary edition of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

I (Mrs NW) only just finished reading it for the first time last week and will be posting my thoughts on the book – better late than never, right! I have to say this new version with the additional artwork and red pages looks amazing. Continue reading “Very excited about this…”

10 Rules for Living with a Book Collecting Sci-fi Nerd

Disclaimer: This list may be fairly specific to the traits of one Mr NW…

1. Don’t lend their books to anyone.

Just don’t. It’s not worth the pain. In fact don’t let them lend their books either. Mr NW once lent a book to his sister but bought a replacement copy immediately in case he didn’t get it back. Now we have two identical copies.

2. Don’t ask why there are multiple copies of the same book.

Of course you need the hardback and the paperback and the updated artwork and the 10th anniversary version. Continue reading “10 Rules for Living with a Book Collecting Sci-fi Nerd”

Perelandro’s balls! It was brilliant.

After Mrs NW’s rather vague review of Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora, Mr NW offers a more insightful look at one of his favourite novels.

The Lies of Locke Lamora is one of those ones that crops up from time to time, and people tell you it is brilliant but you don’t quite believe them. I started reading online descriptions of the book and the most common was something akin to “Ocean’s Eleven in a dark fantasy world” or “awesome fantasy heist”. I wasn’t sure I liked the sound of that. Eventually I decided to give it a go – and Perelandro’s balls am I glad I did! Continue reading “Perelandro’s balls! It was brilliant.”

Assigned Reading (#1): The Lies of Locke Lamora

In an attempt to educate Mrs. NW, who is not exactly an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, Mr. NW each month assigns a classic novel.

I’m very familiar with this book. I’m fairly sure Mr. NW has read The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch at least 3 or 4 times. In fact, half the time when I ask Mr. NW what he is going to read next (from his rather large collection that is taking over our hallway) he says I might just read Lies again. So by some miracle, he lent me his precious copy with strict instructions to not dog-ear the corners and I made a solemn promise to use the bookmark provided. I avoid bringing up the fact he wouldn’t have this problem if he used a Kindle. Continue reading “Assigned Reading (#1): The Lies of Locke Lamora”