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The Bookish Owl – Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Wintersmith Terry Pratchett owl

Though I struggled a bit to get through my last book, I’m finally starting on Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett.

I’m looking forward to another Tiffany Aching book, especially because I was dragging my feet with my last read. Discworld is always a good palate cleanser and the Tiffany Aching subseries even more so. Sometimes you just need a not-quite-a-witch hitting things with a frying pan.

And if Granny Weatherwax is around to mess with people’s heads, all the better.

Oh, by the way, if you wanted a photo where you can see the cover artwork, I’m going to have to disappoint. I sat the bird down and then he would not move. Not sure what I did to deserve him freezing in a “Come at me, bro!”-stance like this…


Wintersmith
by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany Aching put one foot wrong, made one little mistake…

And now the spirit of winter is in love with her. He gives her roses and icebergs, says it with avalanches and showers her with snowflakes – which is tough when you’re 13, but also just a little bit… cool.

And just because the Wintersmith wants to marry you is no excuse for neglecting your chores. So Tiffany must look after Miss Treason, who’s 113 and has far too many eyes, learn the secret of Boffo, catch Horace the cheese, stop the gods from seeing her in the bath–

‘Crivens!’ Oh, yes, and be helped by the Nac Mac Feegles – whether she wants it or not.

But if Tiffany doesn’t work it all out, there will never be another springtime…


Wintersmith Terry Pratchett owl

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Resounding Echo – Excerpt (Chapter 27)

Excerpt Resounding Echo

Selissa took a shaky breath to steady herself. “If you’re not here for me,” she said slowly. She knew that if he really wasn’t going to hurt her, she should just get the hell out of there and put as much distance between herself and him as humanly possible. But no matter how frightening she found him, there was also something about him that made her pause. “Then why are you here?”

His grin widened and Selissa felt the blood freeze in her veins. She had never met anyone who made a smile look so unnerving.

“I had some…” Ardeth paused for a moment. “Business to take care of in the area. And I decided to pay this place a visit while I was here.”

Selissa shuddered at the way he said the word ‘business’. She wondered how many innocent lives were lost every time he had business to take care of.

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So… How’s the Writing Going?

Angel's Voice books

Angel's Voice books
After redoing my website earlier this year, I have made an effort to keep the blog updated. But you might have noticed that it has included very few writing-related posts, so I thought I would give you all a little update on what I’m doing lately.

I’m proud to say that I finished Ghostly Scream, the fourth book in the Angel’s Voice series, last fall. However, I’m not quite ready to send it off for editing, and I can’t give you a final release date yet.

But I’m working on it!

One of the reason it’s taking me so long is because I’m also working on revising the old books in the series. It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time, and I finally got around to it. I won’t be doing any major rewriting, but the writing will get a round of polishing, so hopefully it will match the shiny new covers all the books are getting. Can’t wait till I get to show those to you!

The work is going slower than I’d have liked, but it’s steadily coming along.

In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying my weird, random and geeky posts on this blog, even if they’re short on book news these days.

Trust me, when I finally have news, I’m going to have so, so many of them!

 

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The Bookish Owl – Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski

Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski

It’s amazing how rapidly I consume books when I can’t use a PC for some time. Fourth book this week is Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski, meaning that you’ll once again have to listen to me talk about the Witcher.

My Witcher craze was dying down a bit, seeing as I didn’t have many people to geek out about it with, but I have a friend who promised me to play The Witcher 3 if it ever came to Nintendo Switch (the only gaming platform she uses).

Guess what just got announced for release later this year? She is so going to regret her promises once I’m breathing down her neck to finish this game…

Not to mention that Netflix is releasing their Witcher show some time this year as well. And I’m returning to Witcher School in October. I’m going to be insufferable, you guys.

What were we talking about again…? Oh, right. Books.

In case you didn’t guess it, ‘Baptism of Fire’ is the next book in the Witcher series. In the last book, Time of Contempt, we left Geralt badly wounded after getting caught up in a sorcerer coup, and his foster daughter Ciri joining up with a bunch of murderous outlaws after stumbling through a malfunctioning portal. Good times. I hope it goes better for them in this book, but honestly, these two are some of the unluckiest people ever and I just don’t see it happening.


Baptism of Fire
by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.

But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It’s an impossible situation in which to find one girl – Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished – until a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.


Baptism of Fire Andrzej Sapkowski

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The Bookish Owl – Thud! by Terry Pratchett

Thud Terry Pratchett Discworld

I’m on a roll this week and already reading Thud! by Terry Pratchett.

I love this book, if for nothing else, then for the name. Thud!

Is it bad that I sort of want to hit someone in the face with it, just to see if that’s the sound it’ll make…?

THUD!

Another reason why this book is probably going to be awesome is because it’s part of my favorite Discworld subseries, the City Watch. Even if the last couple of books have taken a turn for the darker, Captain/Commander/Duke/Blackboard Monitor Samuel Vimes, Nobby Nobbs and the rest of Ankh-Morpork’s Finest will always have a special place in my heart.

(By the way, I can now say for a fact that the sound this book makes when knocked over by a tiny owl is, indeed, Thud!…)


Thud!
by Terry Pratchett

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

But if he doesn’t solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war-drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

Oh… and at six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read ‘Where’s My Cow?’, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy.

There are some things you have to do.


Thud Terry Pratchett Discworld