WWW Wednesday 22/02/2017

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I first saw this meme on Cookie Break with Sarina Langer but it’s hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words and I thought it would be a lot of fun to try out. So let’s get started. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

Picking up the tale of Kvothe Kingkiller once again, we follow him into exile, into political intrigue, courtship, adventure, love and magic ... and further along the path that has turned Kvothe, the mightiest magician of his age, a legend in his own time, into Kote, the unassuming pub landlord.

Packed with as much magic, adventure and home-grown drama as THE NAME OF THE WIND, this is a sequel in every way the equal to its predecessor and a must-read for all fantasy fans. Readable, engaging and gripping THE WISE MAN'S FEAR is the biggest and the best new fantasy novel out there.

The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. Why, oh why, has it taken me so long to get around to reading this series? I keep seeing people complaining online about how long it takes Rothfuss to write these books but writing of this standard does not happen overnight. Beautiful prose, excellent world-building, fantastic attention to detail. I loved the first book and I'm loving this one too. I highly recommend them.

What have you recently finished?

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Here be Monsters! They lurk and crawl and fly in the shadows of our mind. We know them from ancient legends and tales whispered by the campfire. They hide under the dark bridge, in the deep woods or out on the great plains, in the drizzling rain forest or out on the foggy moor, beneath the surface, under your bed. They don’t sparkle or have any interest in us except to tear us apart. They are the monsters! Forgotten, unknown, misunderstood, overused, watered down. We adore them still. We want to give them a renaissance, to reestablish their dark reputation, to give them a comeback, let the world know of their real terror. Asian Monsters is the third in a coffee table book series from Fox Spirit Books with dark fiction and art about monsters from around the world.

Asian Monsters edited by Margret Helgadottir. I'll be giving a full review of this next week but don't wait that long to buy it! Beautiful to look at and beautiful to read, the stories flow together very well and I've discovered some new authors to add to my ever-expanding TBR list! Featuring work from writers such as Ken Lui and Alliette de Bodard, this is a wonderfully put-together anthology, an excellent example of what small presses can do.

What do you think you'll read next?

Bellica: a pagan fantasy novel (The Third Age Book 1) by [van Loon, Katje]

Conspiracy. Magic. Courage.

All Bellica Yarrow wants from life is to stay the course. Her military career fulfills her childhood dreams and affords her a freedom royalty never did. Yarrow doesn't need anything more than the steadfast friendship of her Major, Caelum, and her Chief Medical Officer Jules.

The Goddesses have other plans, however. They set in motion events that threaten the bellica with madness and despair. Constancy has been Yarrow's standby, but betrayals on every side push her further into chaos. She watches the puppet-Empress, her aunt, destroy the country, and dreads the day Zardria, her power-hungry twin sister, takes the Sceptre and rules openly.

Should Bellica Yarrow keep her military oath, or topple her sister's cruel regime? Can she?

The choice is nearly impossible. The longer she equivocates, the more she risks the lives of everyone she holds dear. Meanwhile, Zardria has her own idea of how events should unfold – and what Yarrow doesn't know could cost the bellica her life.

My TBR list gets longer every day but I think that I'll probably read Bellica by Katje Van Loon next as this is the next choice for my Reading Around the World Challenge. I have not read anything by this author before but we are online acquaintances and I'm excited to read this.

 

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