Then and Now #19 (2/7/22 -2/13/222 )
Happy Sunday! The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted @ Caffeinated Reviewer. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme. is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It is hosted weekly over at Mailbox Monday and every Friday they do a round-up of some of their favourite, shared reads!
What I posted this week:
- Audiobook review: Hold Up The Sky by Cixin Liu, narr. by Bruno Roubicek
- Audiobook Review: The Word for World is Forest (Hainish Cycle) by Ursula K. LeGuin, narr. by Kevin Pariseau
When I first got hit by Covid I decided tot ake it as a chance to watch a show I had on my list for ages: Katla! It's an Icelandic show about a volcanic eruption that leads to mysterious occurrences. I went into it completely blind, which I'd also recommend, but this trailer does give you a good indication! Do let me know if you give it a go!
Uncontrollable Women: Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries by Nan Sloane (Bloomsbury Academic; 1/27/2022)
is a history of radical, reformist and revolutionary women between the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 and the passing of the Great Reform Act in 1832. Very few of them are well-known today; some were unknown even in their own day. All of them contributed something to the world we now inhabit.
This book will fit in perfectly with my thesis work, which is great! But I'm also just very excited for more non-fiction about interesting women from history in general. Can't wait to explore this one soon!
Arzhur, a disgraced knight, has taken on a new mission to restore his honor: save Princess Islen from the Black Castle. The only problem is, the mysterious Islen doesn’t want to be saved…The reluctant pair must nonetheless cross the kingdom—pursued by a trio of sinister witches—in hopes of finding refuge with Islen’s father, the king. But will their secrets catch up with them first?
I love the blend of Arthurian literature with general horror vibes on the cover. Europe Comics has been putting some amazing comics up on NetGalley and as a result I've gotten more and more into comics. It probably also helps that one of my housemates is an animator, so I'm kinda learning to look at art in a whole new way.
Seasons of Purgatory by Shahriar Mandanipour, narr. by Fajer Al-Kaisi (HighBridge Audio; 2/15/2022)
In the fantastical and the visceral merge in tales of tender desire and collective violence, the boredom and brutality of war, and the clash of modern urban life and rural traditions. Mandanipour, banned from publication in his native Iran, vividly renders the individual consciousness in extremis from a variety of perspectives: young and old, man and woman, conscript and prisoner. While delivering a ferocious social critique, these stories are steeped in the poetry and stark beauty of an ancient land and culture.
I love discovering new short story collections from authors from all over the world. Iran is definitely a bit of a gap in my literary world map, so hopefully this will get me started. I love the bisected animal on the cover as well, it's a really eye-catching design.
Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher (Macmillan-Tor/Forge; 4/26/2022)
Marra never wanted to be a hero.
As the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter, she escaped the traditional fate of princesses, to be married away for the sake of an uncaring throne. But her sister wasn’t so fortunate—and after years of silence, Marra is done watching her suffer at the hands of a powerful and abusive prince.
Seeking help for her rescue mission, Marra is offered the tools she needs, but only if she can complete three seemingly impossible tasks:
—build a dog of bones
—sew a cloak of nettles
—capture moonlight in a jar
But, as is the way in tales of princes and witches, doing the impossible is only the beginning.
Hero or not—now joined by a disgraced ex-knight, a reluctant fairy godmother, an enigmatic gravewitch and her fowl familiar—Marra might finally have the courage to save her sister, and topple a throne.
I love everything about this blurb! Let's topple a throne, let's sow a cloak of nettles, let's go kill a prince!!
So that's me! Hopefully I'll get rid of Covid this week so I can go back about my business.