I’ve decided that, at least for the foreseeable future, I’m going to be participating in WWW Wednesdays, which is a meme hosted over at Taking On a World of Words. To take part, you just answer the three questions below, and link back to TOaWoW!
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers, #4) by Becky Chambers
on 18th February 2021
With no water, no air, and no native life, the planet Gora is unremarkable. The only thing it has going for it is a chance proximity to more popular worlds, making it a decent stopover for ships traveling between the wormholes that keep the Galactic Commons connected. If deep space is a highway, Gora is just your average truck stop.
At the Five-Hop One-Stop, long-haul spacers can stretch their legs (if they have legs, that is), and get fuel, transit permits, and assorted supplies. The Five-Hop is run by an enterprising alien and her sometimes helpful child, who work hard to provide a little piece of home to everyone passing through.
When a freak technological failure halts all traffic to and from Gora, three strangers—all different species with different aims—are thrown together at the Five-Hop. Grounded, with nothing to do but wait, the trio—an exiled artist with an appointment to keep, a cargo runner at a personal crossroads, and a mysterious individual doing her best to help those on the fringes—are compelled to confront where they’ve been, where they might go, and what they are, or could be, to each other.
It goes without saying that I’m enjoying the hell out of this. It’s so soft and comforting and thoughtful, in that way that no one can pull off like Chambers. It’s like sinking into a warm bath, complete with the Lush bath bomb of your choice!
WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?The Black Coast (The God-King Chronicles, #1) by Mike Brooks
on 16th February 2021
Epic world-building at its finest, in an upcoming author’s fantasy debut. The Black Coast is the start of an unmissable series filled with war-dragons, armoured knights, sea-faring raiders, dangerous magic and crowd-pleasing battle scenes.
When the citizens of Black Keep see ships on the horizon, terror takes them, for they know who is coming: for generations, Black Keep has been raided by the fearsome clanspeople of Iwernia. Saddling their war dragons, the Naridans rush to defend their home only to discover that the clanspeople have not come to pillage at all. Driven from their own homeland by the rise of a daemonic despot who prophesies the end of the world, they have come in search of a new home. Meanwhile the wider continent of Narida is lurching toward war. Black Keep is about to be caught in the cross-fire of the coming war for the world – if only its new mismatched society can survive.
I just finished this today, and my reaction was: AHHHHHHHHH I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! I can’t wait to review it, and I really can’t wait until it’s released so I can talk about it with other people!
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter, Angela Slatter
on 9th March 2021
For fans of Naomi Novik and Katharine Arden, a dark gothic fairy tale from award-winning author Angela Slatter.
'Harrowing and beautiful, this is the grim, fairy-tale gothic you've been waiting for'CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN, New York Times bestselling author of Ararat
Long ago Miren O'Malley's family prospered due to a deal struck with the mer: safety for their ships in return for a child of each generation. But for many years the family have been unable to keep their side of the bargain and have fallen into decline. Miren's grandmother is determined to restore their glory, even at the price of Miren's freedom.
A spellbinding tale of dark family secrets, magic and witches, and creatures of myth and the sea; of strong women and the men who seek to control them.
I’m so excited for this one…and I can’t explain why. Angela Slatter is a wonderful writer, but her stuff has freaked me out before…and yet I get a really good vibe from this? I think it’s at least partly due to the promise of the mer – I love merai, but I rarely see them done in a way I can appreciate, and I think Slatter is definitely going to impress me!
Just picture me doing excited twirls! It’s been a good week, and I think it’ll keep being good. How’s everyone else doing?