Today is the day, folks! Wyrd and Wonder 2: The Wyrdening is finally, actually upon us! It all kicks off here, and I cannot wait to see what everyone gets up to. It’s going to be an awesome month-long party, I know it!
What am I up to, you ask? Well, let’s see…
Storming the Castles!
imyril and I are bringing you not one, but TWO read-alongs this year, because apparently we believe in “go big or go home”. And possibly also in “mild meltdowns due to forgetfulness add excitement!”.
Totally not referring to myself, there. Honest.
The Ninth Rain is the first book in Jen Williams’ second (and now complete) trilogy, The Winnowing Flame, and Trail of Lightning is the first book (and debut, Hugo Award-nominated novel!) in Rebecca Roanhorse’s The Sixth World series. I’m an established fan of Jen Williams, having read and loved her first trilogy (beginning with The Copper Promise), but Rebecca Roanhorse is a new-to-me author in terms of having read her work before. I am super excited to get into both these books!
If you’d like to join us for either or even both of these read-alongs, the door’s open! You can check out the schedules on imyril’s blog, and stay tuned for possible Twitter Q&A/discussions too!
I’ve opened my doors to a few fantasy writers this year, to get them chatting about their favourite tropes in fantasy. Tropes are the topic of much conflicting discussion, it seems, but two things that seem clear to me are a) they get a bad rep; and b) everyone’s got their favourites, regardless. So you’ll get some contributions to that discussion that shed a bit more sparkly, positive light on fantasy tropes instead of criticising them!
Look out for those posts on each Friday of the month, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have!
With my schedule already looking so busy, and in an effort to at least try to go easy on myself this month, I’ll be replacing full-blown book reviews with a thread of bite-sized book reviews/reading livetweets/enthusiastic recommendations on Twitter, which you can find on my own account (@deargeekplace) and using the hashtag #wyrdandwonder. I’ll be starting that party tomorrow, and adding to it as I read throughout the month. I’ve already got a couple of really good recs for you guys. Your TBRs may well hate me. It’ll be glorious.
Top Ten Tuesday!
My contributions to this weekly feature have been sporadic at best, but this month is going to be different. Thanks to the gathering of potential fantasy-themed list prompts we’ve got, I’ll be putting together a post for this every week in May! And my chosen topics are already keeping me busy. They’re gonna be good.
Man, this month is going to be off the rails. But I can’t wait. I’m excited to see what you all bring to the table, and I will be doing my best as a co-host to boost signals and leave comments and generally share in the online excitement. So tag me, tag @wyrdandwonder, tag my co-hosts, don’t forget the hashtag, and let’s celebrate!