Settle in by the fire, traveller. Grab a hot drink – or a cold one, if you’d rather – and get ready to hear the tales of a hundred adventurers fresh back from the wilds of fantastic realms. Yes, it’s time to look back on the first week (and a bit) of Wyrd And Wonder…
As usual, the event has got off to a flying start – the pegasus is the perfect mascot for us! There have been so many of us sharing our love of all things fantasy, with more than 150 challenge responses plus loads of reviews, lists, interviews and more. It’s such a joy to see the community grow every year – a big thank you to everyone for diving in with a will and for adding your links to the master schedule (because with this many of us, we’d need a crystal ball and a phalanx of helpful elves to keep track without it).
Even with blog feeds and Twitter, it’s easy to miss a lot of the fun – but never fear, your Wyrd and Wonder hosts are here to sing you the songs of our people! Keep reading to meet our newest party members and read everyone’s reviews, read-along thoughts, interviews and other miscellaneous delights. Get to know your fellow adventurers and catch up on their TBRs, themed lists and discussions over at Dear Geek Place. And watch out for a Wyrd and Wonder Challenge Flashback from Jorie Loves A Story on Friday!
The doors of the Wyrd and Wonder tavern are always open. Give a warm welcome to: Adeel Reads, Heather of Based On A True Story, Based on the Book, Caspian of BibliophileBastard, Kate Davies, Rachael the Green Tea Librarian, Alyssa of Into the Heartwyld, Georgina Jeffery, The Literary Sisters, Peat Long, Jared R Lopatin, Kester of Lost in Storyland, Mervi’s Book Reviews, PalaeoPat, Liz of Redds Reads, Jeff Speight, Starr of WOSFF Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Want to join the party? You’re absolutely welcome – just add your name to the party rolls and we’ll announce you next week. If you’d rather slide quietly into the conversation, just use the #WyrdAndWonder tag when you make a post on blogs and/or social media (…and – altogether now – add your links to the master schedule. Yes, you’re going to hear me say that a lot).
Note that only people who have officially signed up are eligible to enter the international party give-away at the end of the month!
- DANIEL ABRAHAM – The Spider’s War | Space and Sorcery
- KATHERINE ADDISON – The Witness for the Dead | Every Book A Doorway | Jessticulates
- LEIGH BARDUGO – Six of Crows | Where Stories Lie
- RJ BARKER – Call of the Bone Ships | The Swordsmith
- HOLLY BLACK – How The King of Elfhame Learned To Hate Stories | Jessticulates
- MIRAH BOLENDER – Fortress of Magi | A Dance with Books
- JACQUELINE CAREY – Kushiel’s Dart | Peat Long
- MELISSA CARUSO – The Obsidian Tower | There’s Always Room For One More
- SA CHAKRABORTY – The Kingdom of Copper | SFF Book Review
- P DJÈLÍ CLARK
- GLEN COOK – The Black Company | Parsecs and Parchment
- MARK CUSHEN – Little White Hands | Beneath a Thousand Skies
- PETER DICKINSON – The Gift | Calmgrove
- J M EVENSON – Dalya and the Magic Ink Bottle | Jorie Loves A Story
- NAMINA FORNA – The Gilded Ones | Velvet Opus
- NEIL GAIMAN (artists: ANDY KUBERT & RICHARD ISANOVE) – Marvel 1602 | Mervi’s Book Reviews
- GENEVIEVE GORNICHEC – The Witch’s Heart | The Quaint Book Nook
- AJ HACKWITH – The Archive of the Forgotten | There’s Always Room For One More
- M JOHN HARRISON – The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again | SciFiMind
- ROBERT HOLDSTOCK – The Fetch | Calmgrove
- JOSIE JAFFREY – Judgement Day | A Dance with Books
- RF KUANG – The Poppy War | Parsecs and Parchments
- FONDA LEE – Jade City | Jessticulates
- TRICIA LEVENSELLER – Blade of Secrets | The Bibliosanctum
- MARINA LOSTETTER – The Helm of Midnight | The Bibliosanctum
- JANIE MARIE – Gods and Monsters | Maxine’s Obsession
- GEORGE MACDONALD – The Princess and the Goblin | Calmgrove
- GEORGE R R MARTIN
- VIRGINIA McCLAIN – Sairō’s Claw | The Quaint Book Nook
- PATRICIA McKILLIP – Ombria in Shadow | Beth’s Bookish Thoughts
- PETER McLEAN – Priest of Bones | Parsecs and Parchment
- CD MILLER – Dark Heights | There’s Always Room For One More
- MICHAEL MOORCOCK
- NAOMI NOVIK – Throne of Jade | Bookforager
- BRYONY PEARCE – Raising Hell | Mug Full of Books
- REBECCA ROANHORSE – Black Sun | Alligators and Aneurysms
- VE SCHWAB – The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue | Velvet Opus
- ADRIAN SELBY – Snakewood | Parsecs and Parchment
- ANNA SPARK SMITH – The Court of Broken Knives | Parsecs and Parchment
- RIVERS SOLOMON – Sorrowland | Reiszwolf
- TASHA SURI
- KHAIAH THOMSON – Welcome to Blackwood | Maxine’s Obsessions
- MIZUKI TSUJIMURA – Lonely Castle in the Mirror | The Literary Sisters
- URSULA VERNON – The Tomato Thief | Reiszwolf
- KRISTA WALSH – Death at Peony House | WOSFF Women of Science Fiction and Fantasy
- HANNAH WHITTEN – For The Wolf | The Quaint Book Nook
- EVAN WINTER – The Fires of Vengeance | The Fantasy Hive
- SKOTTIE YOUNG – I Hate Fairyland | BookForager
- DIANE ZAHLER – The Marvelwood Magicians | Jorie Loves A Story
- JO ZAIDA – Misfit | A Bookworm’s Paradise
We’re reading The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart this month, with weekly discussions (schedule details can be found here – we’re reading ca 11 chapters each week). I will post questions for week two on Goodreads midweek, but first let’s look back at the group’s first impressions:
- Week 1 so far | Book Forager | The Book Nook | Claire Scott livings |Dianthaa Dabbles | The Fantasy Hive | The Green Tea Librarian | Jared Lopatin | Jorie Loves A Story | There’s Always Room For One More
Want to join us? Grab a copy and get reading – or slide into the comments on our posts to share your thoughts. If you have read the book or read ahead – please, no spoilers for future weeks!
Interviews and other treats
There’s been a flurry of interviews to start the month. At The Fantasy Hive, Nils sat down with Genevieve Gornichec to talk about The Witch’s Heart, a retelling of the sagas of Loki’s wife Angrboda; and with John Gwynne to talk about The Shadow of the Gods, kicking off a new series in a new Norse mythology-inspired world. Over at A Dance with Books, Annemieke shared her segment of a mega interview with Josie Jaffrey, author of the Seekers series.
Music and poetry have been on our minds this week: Jean Lee’s World shared some epic instrumental themes to get the imagination going, while Maxine’s Obsessions – after a tight Twitter poll – cast the deciding vote to class Star Wars as fantasy and celebrate Music Monday with music from Jedi: Fallen Order (what’s that? Right, nobody likes policing genre boundaries, and I’m perfectly happy to call Stars Wars galactic fantasy. Space wizards!). Less controversially, Tanja shared some favourite fantasy poems at Where Stories Lie, prompting a commitment to include this as a prompt in next year’s challenge – because hell yes, fantasy poetry!
Jessticulates took a look at what she’ll be reading from this year’s Hugo shortlists; while Caspian the Bibliophile Bastard focused on what he’d be reading this week. Rachel shared her reactions to her first encounter with The Fellowship of the Ring at A Bookworm’s Paradise and Mr Tolkien can consider himself on notice: she won’t accept any more deaths of members of the Fellowship.
We do love a book tag – if you’ve been wondering what to post about, you might want to consider tagging yourself in and taking one of these…
- Bookforager introduced herself with Get To Know The Fantasy Reader
- First Line Reader threw a Literary Dinner Party (Fantasy Edition)
- I introduced the rules for Desert Island Reads – a new tag for the Wyrd and Wonder challenge – and both Fran Laniado and Peat Long have been brave enough to dive straight in
- Tanja took a Bookish Memory Check at Where Stories Lie – and introduces her new challenge of ‘One Book, One Idea‘. What one activity from Crooked Kingdom will she try?
We have winners and we have MOAR GIVEAWAYS – hooray!
- Lucky winners of the sign-up giveaways: Bethan May (UK) and Mervi (International)
- My Book Bingo giveaway is now live and runs until the end of the month (International)
- …and Lisa has a second International giveaway at Dear Geek Place for another chance to win a Subjective Chaos Kind of Award fantasy nominee
- The Bibliosanctum’s giveaway of The Sword Falls by AJ Smith closes today – get over there and comment if you want to be in with a chance! (US/Canada only)
- Ariana has a Twitter giveaway – TWO winners choose 1 of her favourite 2021 fantasy reads (UK only, winners selected May 30th)
- …and Maxine has a Twitter giveaway – winner’s choice from 4 books (International, winner selected May 31st)
If you want your posts to be included in Quest Logs, the Challenge Flashbacks and boosted on Twitter, please remember to add the links to our master schedule – yes, we’d love you to add links to your challenge photo responses too!
A million thank yous to everyone who has already been doing so – the Wyrd And Wonder party is so big these days that it’s the only way to be sure we see all your posts. If you missed this week’s cut-off, don’t worry – we’ll include your link next week.
If you’d like to use the banners on your own blog, you’re welcome to download this year’s graphics. Don’t forget to credit the artist.