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Upcoming Books

Hi everyone, I hope you were all enjoying this beautiful weather that we were having, but unlike you all basking in the sunshine, I have been looking after my daughter as she suffered a bad relapse with her ME/CFS, but she is slowly on the road to recovery, anyway I am back now, so on with this week’s blog.

Today’s post is about the upcoming books in May and June, that we can look forward to reading. I love reading, there is nothing like curling up with a book and a cup of cocoa especially on those winter nights, but during the summer you can go out in your garden or to the beach and enjoy the sunny weather and get a tan at the same time as enjoying a good book. Anyway, I hope some of these can tempt you to pick up a book. Enjoy!

The Next Wife Kaira Rouda

Kate Nelson had it all. A flourishing company founded with her husband, John; a happy marriage; and a daughter, Ashlyn. The picture-perfect family. Until John left for another woman. Tish is half his age. Ambitious. She’s cultivated a friendship with Ashlyn. Tish believes she’s won… She’s wrong.

Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

A strange darkness is growing in the Ward. Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea. Fate knocks on her door, in the form of a mythical immortal and a lethal assassin, who tell Corayne that she is the last of an ancient lineage – with the power to save the world from destruction.

Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee

Valora Luck has two things: a ticket for the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world, and a dream of leaving England behind and making a life for herself as a circus performer in New York. Much to her surprise though, she’s turned away at the gangway; apparently, Chinese aren’t allowed into America…

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

From the night she is rescued as a baby out of the flames of a sinking ship; to the day she joins a pair of daredevil pilots looping and diving over the rugged forests of her childhood, to the thrill of flying Spitfires during the war, the life of Marian Graves has always been marked by a lust for freedom and danger.

Falling in Luck by Mary Ann Marlowe

Mallory Pech believes she’s cursed. Injuries, accidents, and misunderstandings follow her wherever she goes. Even her name (first and last!) means bad luck. Her best friend, Benji Chance, insists Mallory’s fortune is hers to control. Heeding his advice, Mallory pursues her dream man, the wealthy and debonair Jean-Luc Chevalier, son of her company’s CEO, visiting her NY office from Paris. He’s never noticed Mallory on his previous twelve trips, but maybe thirteen’s her lucky number.

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me —it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.

One Last Stop by Casey Mcquiston

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

illusionary by Zoraida Cordova

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata has few options and fewer allies. Reluctantly, she agrees to join forces with Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. Their goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation.

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

When legendary Washington judge Justice Wynn falls into a coma and puts his law clerk, Avery, in control, Avery’s world is turned upside down. Because Justice Wynn had a secret. One that nobody wants to come out… But how high a price can you put on the truth? And is Avery brave enough to expose the White House itself?

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Malibu: August, 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together, the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over-especially as the offspring of the legendary singer, Mick Riva.

Instructions for Dancing Nicola Yoon

Evie is disillusioned about love ever since her dad left her mum for another woman – she’s even throwing out her beloved romance novel collection. When she’s given a copy of a book called Instructions for Dancing and follows a note inside to a dilapidated dance studio, she discovers she has a strange and unwelcome gift. When a couple kisses in front of her, she can see their whole relationship play out – from the moment they first catch each other’s eye to the last bitter moments of their break-up.

Spells Trouble by P.C. Cast

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers-the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

Thank you for reading my blog, and enjoy the rest of your day. See you all next week.

Will Eisner Week

Hi everyone, hope you are all keeping safe and well. This week my mind was put at ease, as my mum finally had her first injection, and my aunt receives hers today, but like everyone else I would be glad to get my life back to some kind of normality.

Todays post is Will Eisner Week. A man that had an outstanding career with an unbelievable amount of talent.

To many creators, artists, and comic book readers, Will Eisner as for so long been considered the godfather of his art, and the great master of his time. There are some that would know him only by his namesake, or because of the Eisner Awards, or they usually think of The Spirit movie. You might wonder why he is held in such high regard and spoken with such finesse and respect.

Today you will get to look at several of Eisner’s best work, giving you a sample of what he did over the course of his career which included several important graphic novels. He may of wrote spirit, but he as wrote numerous books, that include textbooks, where he uses his art as a teaching tool.

Without Will Eisner comic art, Marvel and DC would not be as successful as they are today, and becoming the most famous companies in history, with its huge fan base in comic books, which I am sincerely thankful for, as I am a huge Marvel and DC fan. However, for everyone that are huge fans of cartoonist, Will Eisner is someone on the top list of most famous comic artists of the decade, and will be forever remembered for just that.

Will Eisner week is a weeklong celebration of his achievements in the comic world.

Will Eisner’s World of Art

Will Eisner’s New York: Life In The Big City

With an unparalleled eye for stories and expressive illustration, Will Eisner, the master and pioneer of American comics art, presents graphic fiction’s greatest celebration of the Big Apple. No illustrator evoked the melancholy duskiness of New York City as expressively as Eisner, who knew the city from the bottom up. This new hardcover presents a quartet of graphic works (New York, The Building, City People Notebook, and Invisible People) and features what Neil Gaiman describes as “tales as brutal, as uncaring as the city itself.” From ancient buildings “barnacled with laughter and stained with tears” to the subways, “humourless iron reptiles, clacking stupidly on a webbing of graceful steel rails,” Will Eisner’s New York includes cameo appearances by the author himself; several new illustrations sketched by Eisner, posthumously inked by Peter Poplaski; and three previously unpublished “out-takes”-a treasure for any Eisner fan, and sure to become a collectible. Introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Comics and Sequential Art

Will Eisner is one of the twentieth century’s great American artists, a man who pioneered the field of comic arts. Here, in his classic Comics and Sequential Art, he refines the art of graphic storytelling into clear, concise principles that every cartoonist, comic artist, writer, and filmmaker needs to know. Adapted from Eisner’s landmark course at New York’s School of Visual Arts, Comics and Sequential Art is an essential text filled with invaluable theories and easy-to-use techniques. Eisner reveals here the fundamentals of graphic storytelling. He addresses dialogue, anatomy, framing, and many other important aspects of the art form. Fully updated and revised to reflect current practices and technology, including a section on digital media, this introduction to the art of comics is as valuable a guide as it was when first published.

The Best of The Spirit

Written by Will Eisner Art and cover by Eisner DC Comics is proud to present its first-ever collection celebrating the greatest stories by comics mastermind Will Eisner starring one of the most indelible characters ever created: The Spirit! THE BEST OF THE SPIRIT reprints 22 Spirit sections from 1940-1950, featuring famous first appearances, classic confrontations, human interest tales, and all those magnificent splash pages! Eisner’s blue-suit-clad, fedora-wearing crimefighter starred in hundreds of newspaper adventure stories that thrilled readers with Eisner’s ground-breaking style. Eisner was a master of utilizing the comics format to its greatest strengths, and his Spirit stories are some of his finest examples! This volume also features an introduction by New York Times best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN)

Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative : Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist

Designed and outlined by Will Eisner before his death in 2005, this posthumous masterwork, the third and final book in the Will Eisner Instructional Series, finally reveals the secrets of Eisner’s own techniques and theories of movement, body mechanics, facial expressions, and posture: the key components of graphic storytelling. From his earliest comics, including the celebrated Spirit, to his pioneering graphic novels, Eisner understood that the proper use of anatomy is crucial to effective storytelling. His control over the mechanical and intuitive skills necessary for its application set him apart among comics artists, and his principles of body grammar have proven invaluable to legions of students in overcoming what is perhaps the most challenging aspect of creating comics. Buttressed by dozens of illustrations, which display Eisner’s mastery of expression, both subtle and overt, Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative will benefit comics fans, students, and teachers and is destined to become the essential primer on the craft.

Hawks of the Seas

In 1936, a 20-year-old artist using the name Willis B. Rensie jump-started the comic-book medium. Writing and illustrating an action-packed weekly serial called Hawks of the Seas-a pirate adventure series set in the 18th-century Caribbean-the artist created one dynamic strip after another, honing his storytelling craft and shaping the comics medium with each one. That artist was none other than comics grand master Will Eisner From 1936 to 1938, Eisner’s Hawks of the Seas weekly stories were translated into several different languages and distributed all over the world, and now they are collected here in this handsome hardcover edition. The stories themselves stand the test of time, as thrilling and exciting as they were almost 70 years ago. Featuring an introduction by comics veteran Al Williamson and a new foreword by Eisner himself.

Fagin The Jew

Comics luminary Will Eisner takes on literary giant Charles Dickens, in this fascinating retelling of the life of Oliver Twists‘ Fagin! Imagining Fagin’s impoverished childhood in the slums of London and his initiation into the criminal underworld, Eisner’s story counters the anti-Semitism of Victorian literature as his gorgeous brushwork creates an evocative portrait of the era.

Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative

“There isn’t a comic artist alive who hasn’t benefited from Will Eisner’s masterful work and formidable wisdom.” Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

In Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative, Will Eisner—one of the most influential comic artists of the twentieth century—lays out the fundamentals of storytelling and their application in the comic book and graphic novel. In a work that will prove invaluable for comic artists and filmmakers, Eisner reveals how to construct a story and the basics of crafting a visual narrative. Filled with examples from Eisner’s work as well as that of artists like Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb, this essential work covers everything from the fine points of graphic storytelling to the big picture of the medium, including how to:

  • Combine words and images into seamless storytelling.
  • Wield images like narrative tools.
  • Master different types of comic book stories.
  • Write and illustrate effective dialogue.
  • Develop ideas that can be turned into dynamic stories.

PS Magazine: The Best Of The Preventative Maintenance Monthly

Will Eisner is best known for his influential comic book series The Spirit and his ground-breaking graphic novel A Contract with God – believed in the teaching power of comics, and from 1951 to 1971 he produced PS magazine for the U.S. Army. This Preventive Maintenance Monthly (called PS because it was a postscript to the standard technical manuals) was aimed at teaching American soldiers everything about weapons safety for vehicles, aircraft, firearms, and electronics. Eisner illustrated these vital lessons in drawings, pinups, step-by-step guides, and comic strips. This collection contains the best of Eisner’s 227 issues of PS, reproduced in a portable digest format. This relatively unknown work by Eisner is finally explored – the missing link between his comic books and his later, more mature graphic novel style.

Will Eisner Art Work

Quotes

“Before World War II, I was living a very cloistered existence, as most cartoonists do. The work I was pouring out did not come from any real, personal life experience; this was all the residue of the accumulation of Rafael Sabatini, O. Henry, all the short-story writers that I’d been reading.” Will Eisner

“As for me, I am in pursuit of excellence. I have no time to get old.” Will Eisner

“I want to point out to adults that there is a world of good material available to you now in comic form – in this medium – and learn to give it your support because the more you support it, the better the material will be as it comes out.” Will Eisner

“Thus, sped by currents of curiosity afloat the swift river of rumour do secrets sail to strange ports.” Will Eisner

“A key to my thinking has always been the almost fanatical belief that what I was engaged in was a literary art form. That belief was compounded out of ego and necessity, I guess, a combination of the two.” Will Eisner

“I write about what I know and what I have experienced. This keeps me an “honest” writer.” Will Eisner

“Humour has historically been tied to the mores of the day. The Yellow Kid was predicated on what people thought was funny about the immigrant Irish. When you’re different in a society, you’re funny.” Will Eisner

“I’ve spent my whole life working in a medium that was regarded with contempt largely because of historical reasons.” Will Eisner

“Comics deal with two fundamental communicating devices: words and images. Admittedly this is an arbitrary separation. But, since in the modern world of communication they are treated as independent disciplines, it seems valid. Actually, they are derivatives of a single origin and in the skilful employment of words and images lies the expressive potential of the medium.” Will Eisner

“We have this history of impossible solutions to insoluble problems.” Will Eisner

“The comic strip is no longer the comic strip, but in reality an illustrated novel. It is new and raw in form just now, but material for limitless intelligent development. And eventually and inevitably it will a legitimate medium for the best writers and artists. It is already the embryo of a new art form.” Will Eisner

“Still, […] in all forms of comics’ sequential artist relies upon the tacit cooperation of the reader. This cooperation is based upon the convention of reading and the common cognitive disciplines. Indeed, it is the very voluntary cooperation, so unique to comics, that underlies the contract between artist and audience.” Will Eisner

Comics, which are really best described as an arrangement of images in a sequence that tell a story – an idea – is a very old form of graphic communication. It began with the hieroglyphics in Egypt, it first appeared in a recognizable form in the Medieval times as copper plates produced by the catholic church to tell morality stories. Will Eisner

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Lewis Carroll

Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing okay. It is times like this that you can reflect on what matters most in the world to you, family, friends and most important, to yourself is your sanity. These are crazy times that as befallen us all, so we must make the most of what we have and cherish it with all our hearts.

I would like to share with you on how I try to keep my sanity intact. I try to keep my mind busy whether its reorganising cupboards in every room in the house, enrolling on courses, to learn new things or further educate myself in certain subjects as well as writing my blog and my first fantasy novel. And of course, watching comedy films.

I am not immune to having my bad days, where I feel down and depressed, I have my moments where I sit down and have a good cry. I try to keep busy so that I do not have too many days like that. What may work for me, may not necessarily work for you, so I would suggest trying to find what will work for you to help you get through this by any means necessary. I have found that laughter has been a key factor for my family as it has got us through some of our darkest of days, it has been our saviour.

Anyway, on with my blog. Today’s post is about the wonderfully talented, and a great imaginative mind that is of Lewis Carroll.

Who was Lewis Carroll?

Who was Lewis Carroll you might ask, well he was a fiction writer, who loved to write and use his imagination to create games from when he was a child? By the age of 20, he received a studentship at Christ Church and was appointed as a lecturer in mathematics. Although he was extremely shy, he did enjoy creating stories for children. His all-time and most famous books included Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Early Years

Best known by his pseudonym name, Lewis Carroll, he was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, to parents Frances Jane Lutwidge and Revered Charles Dodgson on 27 January 1832, in a village of Daresbury, Warrington, England. The eldest boy of eleven children, Carroll was adept at entertaining himself and his younger siblings.  His father, who was a clergyman raised them in the rectory. Carroll had a happy childhood. His mother was gentle and patient, and his father, regardless of his religious beliefs tutored every one of his children and taught them to be good people.

Even though during his years at Rugby School (1846-1849) were a particularly unhappy time, he was always recognised as a good student, Carroll excelled in mathematics and won many academic prizes. In 1850 he was admitted to study further at Christ Church, Oxford, England, and would graduate in 1854. He became a mathematical lecturer in 1855 at the college. This became a permanent appointment, which not only recognised his academic skills, but it also paid him a decent pay, that required Carroll to take holy orders in the Anglican Church and for him to remain unmarried. He agreed to these terms and then was made a deacon in 1861.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll suffered severely from a bad stammer, but he vocally found his voice when he could speak fluently to children. The young children played a significant part in inspiring his best-known work. He loved to entertain children, and it was Alice, the daughter of Henry George Liddell, who can be credited with his pinnacle inspiration and overall achievement. Alice remembers spending many hours with Carroll, listening to his stories that told fantastic tales of dream worlds.

The story fell into the hands of novelist Henry Kingsley, who urged him to publish it. The book Alice in Wonderland was released in 1865. The book gained popularity at a steady pace, and as a result, Carroll began writing a sequel. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). By the time of his death, Alice went on to become the most popular children’s book in England, and by 1932, it had become the most popular in the world.

20 Fascinating Facts About Lewis Carroll

  • Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of the children’s classics ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking-Glass.’
  • Lewis Carroll was one of eleven children, and whilst he was growing up, he would often spend his time playing literary games with his three brothers and seven sisters.
  • Lewis invented a way to write in the dark. Like a lot of writer’s, he was frustrated by losing great ideas that would come to him in the middle of the night, that is why in 1891 he invented the nyctograph. Carroll also considered it to be useful for the blind.
  • He invented the Carroll Diagram (which is sometimes known as the Lewis Carroll Square), a method of grouping data, which is still taught in math lessons today.
  • Carroll wrote numerous books including 11 books in mathematics, 12 literary fiction books, as well as poetry.
  • Carroll would have a very rough childhood. Not only did he suffer with a stutter from an early age, which lasted throughout his life, but a childhood fever also left him deaf in one ear, and a bout of whooping cough at 17 weakened his chest for the rest of his life. Whilst later in life he had developed debilitating, aura migraines that doctors at the time diagnosed him as having epilepsy.
  • Lewis Carroll suffered with ADHD.
  •  He was a big letter writer, sometimes he would correspond up to 2,000 times in one year, and he would occasionally write backwards, so the reader would have to hold it up to a mirror to decipher what was said.
  • He was very keen on drawing as a child.
  • He kept records of the letters he had sent and received, it recorded more than 98,000 letters
  • Carroll had his productivity down to a science, he could write 20 words in a minute, a page of 150 words in seven minutes, and 12 pages in two and a half hours.
  • He was an accomplished photographer, that started in his mid-20’s and would continue on for over two decades. Carroll had created more than 3000 photographs, that would include portraits of friends, children staged in costume and very notable figures (such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson), landscapes, and stills of skeletons, dolls, statues, paintings and so much more, he even considered making a living as a photographer in the 1850’s.
  • Even after all the success of Alice in Wonderland, and the only time he travelled was in 1867 on a road trip to Russia, and on the way back he stops in Poland, Germany, Belgium, and France,
  • In Christ Church College at Oxford, you can find a white rabbit and Alice holding a flamingo that is immortalized in its stained glass. This was where Lewis Carroll would spend most of his life.
  • Lewis Carroll had spelled out his inspiration for Alice in the last chapter of Through the Looking Glass, but throughout his life he had denied that Alice was based on a real-life person, but it was “a boat beneath a sunny sky,” poem it was at the end of Through the Looking Glass, is an acrostic which spells out Alice Pleasance Liddell.
  • Lewis Carroll would often take his friend Dean Liddell’s three daughters, for days out and on boat trips on the river. It was whilst on one of these trips on 4 July 1862, during the Independence celebrations that was going on across the pond that he first told the story that would go on to become Alice in Wonderland. The story was first published in 1865.
  • The Cheshire cat was inspired by cheese moulds from the Cheshire county in England, which was a dairy rich area, where “grinning like a Cheshire cat” was a popular phrase. Cheesemakers in the area would mould the cheese into a cat’s grinning face, and slice the cheese from the back, so that he would slowly disappear until the last part was consumed was the head.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into more than 70 languages.
  • He became a deacon but never a priest. He was ordained as a deacon on 22, December 1861, but had to petition Dean Liddell to avoid becoming a priest.
  • He was born in Daresbury 1832, and died in Guildford from pneumonia in 1898.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week and stay busy, safe and connected. see you all next week!

National Fantasy Month

Hi everyone, wow this week as been full of bad news. Every day there seems to be more bad news since the pandemic as made a dramatic U-turn, hopefully this time we don’t get conflicting rules like last time, as nobody knew where they stood or what they should or should not do.

This month is National Fantasy Month so I thought that I would do new releases of fantasy books.

October Releases:

The Once and Future Witches Alix E. Harrow

Release Date: 15 Oct. 2020

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement.

His Dark Materials: Serpentine Philip Pullman

Release Date: 15 Oct. 2020

The world-changing events of The Amber Spyglass are behind them, and Lyra and Pan find themselves utterly changed as well. In Serpentine, they journey to the far North once more, hoping to ask the Consul of Witches a most urgent question.

Kitty’s Mix-Tape (Kitty Norville #15) Carrie Vaughn

Release Date: 16 Oct 2020

Kitty Norville still can’t stay away from trouble—of the supernatural kind. Everyone’s favorite werewolf DJ is here to mix it up just one last time. Here you will find, or will be lucky to newly discover, the irrepressible Kitty Norville with friends and enemies alike: Rick the vampire; Jessi Hardin, paranormal detective; Kitty’s werewolf husband Ben; Cormac, the bounty hunter; and the ever-villainous Dux Bellorum.

Among the Beasts & Briars Ashley Poston

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother.

Phoenix Extravagant Yoon Ha Lee

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Gyen Jebi is not a fighter or a subversive. They just want to paint. One day they are jobless and desperate; the next, Jebi finds themself recruited by the Ministry of Armor to paint the mystical sigils that animate the occupying government’s automaton soldiers.

God Storm (Shadow #2) Coco Ma

Release Date: 20 Oct 2020

Everything has a price.

In the kingdom of Axaria, a darkness has fallen. After defeating the evil mother who summoned an immortal demon to kill her, newly coronated Queen Asterin Faelenhart should have every reason to celebrate. Her kingdom is safe, forbidden magic eradicated, and her friends are alive. Except Asterin’s triumph has come at a devastating cost–forced to choose between a lifelong friend and true love, she’s lost both. But the shadows in Axaria have begun to stir once again, and no one is more starved for vengeance than Asterin …

Kingdom of the Wicked Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria miss’s dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin . . . desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that has been long forbidden.

The Tower of Fools Andrzej Sapkow

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

Reinmar of Bielawa, sometimes known as Reynevan, is a doctor, a magician and, according to some, a charlatan. Discovered in bed with the wife of a high-born knight, he must flee his normal life. But his journeys will lead him into a part of Europe which will be overtaken by chaos. Religious tension between Hussite and Catholic countries is threatening to turn into war.

Dead Lies Dreaming (Laundry Files #10) Charles Stross

Release Date: 27 Oct. 2020

As Wendy hunts down Imp–the cyberpunk head of a band calling themselves “The Lost Boys”– she is dragged into the schemes of louche billionaire Rupert de Montfort Bigge. Rupert has discovered that the sole surviving copy of the long-lost concordance to the one true Necronomicon is up for underground auction in London. He hires Imp’s sister, Eve, to procure it by any means necessary, and in the process, he encounters Wendy Deere.

The Last Druid: Book Four of the Fall of Shannara Terry Brooks

Release Date: 29 Oct. 2020

As the Four Lands reels under the Skaar invasion – spearheaded by a warlike people determined to make this land their own -our heroes must decide what they will risk saving the integrity of their home. Even as one group remains to defend the Four Lands, another is undertaking a perilous journey across the sea to the Skaar homeland, carrying with them a new piece of technology that could change the face of the world for ever. And yet a third is trapped in a deadly realm from which there may be no escape.

Northern Wrath (Hanged God #1) Thilde Kold Holdt

Release Date: 29 Oct. 2020

A dead man, walking between the worlds, foresees the end of the gods. A survivor searching for a weapon releases a demon from fiery Muspelheim. A village is slaughtered by Christians, and revenge must be taken. The bonds between the gods and Midgard are weakening. It is up to Hilda, Ragnar, their tribesmen Einer and Finn, the chief’s wife Siv and Tyra, her adopted daughter, to fight to save the old ways from dying out, and to save their gods in the process.

Seven of Infinities Aliette de Bodard

Release Date: 31 Oct. 2020

Vân is a scholar from a poor background, eking out a living in the orbitals of the Scattered Pearls Belt as a tutor to a rich family, while hiding the illegal artificial mem-implant she manufactured as a student. Sunless Woods is a mindship and not just any mindship, but a notorious thief and a master of disguise.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Stay safe and I will see you all back here next week…