What’s up, December?

Dearest reader,

I write you from my deathbed, or so it seems. I have fallen victim to foul fowl and rendered invalid. Or, perhaps my constitution is simply too delicate for the spectacular piquancy of Tropical Sun Jamaican Jerk Seasoning. Alas, before I expire, I shall summarise my bookish happenings.

– What Happened –

#SciFiMonth has been bustling with reviews and stellar SFnal posts! Check out the week three Mission Logs from hosts @imyril and @deargeekplace to see what’s been happening!

Just a few of the feature posts I enjoyed were JonBob’s breakdown of cyberpunk, Alex’ introduction to golden oldies of sci-fi, Crini’s top ten queer sci-fi books of 2020 and, hosted by Arina, Jordon Loyal Short spoke about blending sci-fi and fantasy. Lorraine also posted five reasons to play Mass Effect. I’ve finally downloaded the first game but haven’t had the chance to play in my week off. I’ll bash out this post so that I can make a start before I’m back at work tomorrow! 

I had a big exam this month but still managed to read three sci-fi books which I’m pleased with! I found Seven Devils a little disappointing, but I loved The First Sister and Nophek Gloss! I also had the opportunity to interview Essa Hansen, who is probably the coolest person ever. 

Sc-fi aside, Alex from Spells and Spaceships managed to host #Norsevember single-handedly, sharing a massive amount of content. Check out the Norsevember Hub for interviews, reviews, feature posts and some lessons on Nordic history!

– The Damage –

Well, aren’t these some spicy statistics! Just like October, I purchased 16 books, but my physical purchases outnumbered my eBook purchases, though this was down to a three and four book set.

eBook Purchases

Physical Books and Pre-Orders

I am SO excited about this Illumicrate Poppy War set! I also finally caved and got the Murderbox (I maintain that I thought of that first and the publisher recycled my joke), but I’ve had to send it back because the ink was peeling off the dust jackets.

Girl and the Stars and Angel Mage were second-hand buys from Facebook groups!

– What’s Gonna Happen –

I’m very excited to help kick off the book tour for The Boy Who Walked Too Far by Dom Watson. I first heard about this book when I came across Arina’s rave review, so I jumped at the chance to participate! Check out the summary below, it really sounds like something else:

It’s the end of the universe, and everything has come undone. Entropy has won the war, but one last battle rages in the half-ruined city of Testament.

No one knows who created this last outpost and peopled it with billions of species. However, it is here, under a sky with no stars, that the last remnants of life in the universe live, love, and pray to their many gods. It is here where Godrich Felstrom dies. 

Most residents of Testament care little for the affairs of a single, fragile human, but the event brings back bad memories for Heironymous Xindii.

It has been many years since the dreamurlurgy professor discovered his true potential and doomed four people in the process. Now, he lectures to bored students who dream of the many pleasures Testament has to offer. Xindii, on the other hand, becomes obsessed with the mysterious Godrich and his missing soul. As he and his valiant companion, the Neanderthal Solomon Doomfinger, look back at Felstrom’s last steps, they discover the shocking truth about Felstrom’s death, his destiny, and the future of Testament and all those angels, demons, liars, and dreamers who call it home.

Not gonna lie, these three books have been recycled from last month’s summary. I would love to catch up on these review copies that were kindly sent to me, before diving into #VintageSciFiMonth in January!

What will you be reading this festive season?

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6 thoughts on “What’s up, December?

  1. Oh, nice round up, and, considering your exam, three books wasn’t bad. I only got 4 read, so don’t feel so bad. Nad always checking out lots of lovely links too. Thanks! I love #SciFiMonth, it’s been a blast! Now, gotta go check out some of these lovely looking books you mention.

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  2. I’m so excited about the blog tour of The Boy Who Walked Too Far (I too read Arina’s amazing review). It sounds like really great reading, although I’m not sure it’s for me due to some mentions of specific triggers that I avoid.

    I need to get to Handshaw’s The Engineer as well. (Seems only fair, as I’m apparently in the sequel.) It sounds so interesting, but I was so busy this year reading at such a lightening pace. I’m trying to take it easy in Dec, and I hope maybe next month might be the month!


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