Sunday, 26 August 2018

Sunday Post (32) - Rain, Grey, Miserable

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Just as summer started, it feels like it's almost over again. In the south of England, it's grey, there's rain, and of course this is our Bank Holiday weekend and we've got Monday off...fabulous, because I get to spend it curled up with a book on the sofa.
Last week was our anniversary, and we celebrated by going climbing, then for sushi and on Friday we biked into London along the canal and had a wonderful day in the sun. As you can tell, my girlfriend is an outdoor person. If it would have been up to me: books and coffee.
This is some of the sushi we had. It was amazing, and I think it's one of my favourite foods.

My own writing

I published a little, silly piece on Friday that was written inspired by a prompt. The prompt was: robot dinosaurs. Read it here. Let me know what you think.

Lately on my blog

Review: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. Amazing and wonderful debut. Fantasy. Starts out as YA but quickly turns into a pretty horrific read. It's a great read, but please check out the trigger warnings.

Review: Paternus: Rise of Gods by Dyrk Ashton. Dyrk Ashton is an indie author and this book left an impression during Mark Lawrence's SPFBO in 2016. It came third. It's fantasy, filled with mythology and packed with action.

Review: The Fire Eye Refugee by Samuel Gately. A quick fantasy read by an indie author. At its heart a mystery and tackles important themes like a refugee crisis.

Review: Manna City by Geoffrey Pierce. Another quick read. Science Fiction this time. A post-apocalyptic story with interesting characters.

Review: Existence Augmented by Channing Whitaker. This one is a novella. It's science fiction and has a bit of a Black Mirror feel to it.

Review: Stillwaters by Yvonne Anderson. I quite enjoyed this coming of age tale written in the style of a memoir. It's fantasy, not set on our world and offers an intriguing voice.

Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp. This one was from Netgalley and sadly a disappointment.

  
Bright Ruin is the third book in the Dark Gifts trilogy by Vic James and a fantastic conclusion to this YA fantasy.
The Tropic of Eternity by Tom Toner is the fantastic third book in the Amaranthine Spectrum. It's a space opera, but it's so much more. This one is for people who enjoy world building and don't mind uncovering a world bits by bits.
And finally, Sorcerous Rivalry by Kayleigh Nicol. I'm not a fan of romance but this m/m fantasy was a delight to read.

  
Kings of Paradise by Richard Nell is a SPFBO contestant this year, and a fantastic fantasy read. One of my favourite reads this year so far.
Palom by L.L. McNeil; the first book, Moroda, is also a contestant in this year's SPFBO and Palom is the second book in her World of Linaria series. Dragons, air-ships and sky pirates and an uplifting fantasy in these times filled with grimdark.

I hope everyone has as great week. Have our dog waiting for my girlfriend to come home, sitting patiently on the stairs in front of our door as a pick me up.

20 comments:

  1. Confession. I have never tried sushi. Which is odd, because I love seafood, from oysters on the half shell to salmon. Happy Anniversary!

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  2. Your dog is adorable...and I will also admit to never eating sushi. Although your dinner looks seriously delicious. Happy anniversary!

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  3. Happy anniversary - sounds like a fun way to celebrate!

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  4. Loved your writing! I'm glad you mentioned it or I might not have seen it! I'm just gonna pretend Creaky is okay and at Jay's house. :)

    Happy anniversary!! I've never had sushi either but that picture looks yummy. Glad you had a nice one!

    Kings of Paradise definitely looks good!

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    1. Thank you so much, Greg! You should try sushi, you sound adventurous!!

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  5. Happy Anniversary! I have never had Sushi. I don't know if I can do it. Everyone seems to enjoy it. I just haven't gotten the nerve to try it. Have a great week!

    Mary my Sunday Roundup 33!

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    1. If you try it one day, you gotta let me know :) Thank you!

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  6. I miss sushi. No restaurants around here. I like your book haul. Spied a few that I'll be checking out. Happy Anniversary! And your dog is so sweet:)

    My Sunday Post

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    1. We have to travel for sushi, so it's a rare treat. Thank you!

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  7. Your dog is just so cute! It's been a bit cold this week up in central Scotland which means the fire is back on and it feels nice and cosy for reading and blogging!

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    1. Fire in August?? Damn, I need to move to Scotland!

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  8. Happy anniversary! oh wow you have been so productive Olivia! I need to catch up with all your reviews! South of England sounds just like New England LOL gloomy, rainy, ugh. but yes! perfect to curl up with a book on the sofa! Glad your girlfriend is an outdoor person! we bookworms need those! LOL AND YOU PUBLISH SOME WRITING YAY! Now off to read it!

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    1. YES, without the outdoor people we would never leave the house!! Thank you for visiting, Daniela :)

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  9. oh ok it's not my silly Dory's brain! The link to your writing DOES bring me back to this post LOL! Ok I'm a smart cookie! You said Friday so I'll find it! ;-)

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    1. Oh, damn, thank you for pointing that out. Need to change the link!

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  10. Happy anniversary! I hope you had a good day off. Your dog is very cute.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. Sorry about Before I Let Go :( I was looking forward to that one.

    Happy anniversary!! Haha I would so choose coffee and books too ;) Lol.

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  12. Happy anniversary! I'm glad you enjoyed The Poppy War! I new it was described as brutal but it still took me by surprise, especially because it was more towards the ending.
    Have a wonderful week!

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