One of my very favorite books from last year was The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis. I was reading it last year around the time I am writing this. Pictures of excerpts are showing up in my Timehop and they are so. damn. good. The sequel, By Fire Above, comes out on May 15.
I don’t have a review copy yet and have already begun rigging out my airship for a nighttime raid on the Flatiron building… A few warning salvos were all it took. My review copy is now in hand. I think I’m going to have to do a rare reread of The Guns Above before diving in.
Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.
By Fire Above is the rip-roaring new adventure in Robyn Bennis’s Signal Airship military fantasy series that Patricia Briggs hails as “full of sass and terrific characters.”
It has been a very big month for me and the blog—a fitting time for my first month-in-review! I published nine posts and racked up my fifth-best blog month ever in terms of views. I learned my three-part essay on Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories was longlisted for the Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards. I started six books, finished six books, and, after a period of discipline, somehow managed to acquire twelve books (only two ARCs). But the big news is that our daughter arrived at the end of the month, happy and healthy. She is already a big fan of The Hobbit.
Today’s theme for Top Five Wednesday is favorite teachers and mentors. Browsing through my books, I had fewer than I expected, probably because I read very little YA.
You probably think I’m riffing on Tolkien again in advance of my Tolkien 101 summer school series. No! Truth be told, Gandalf is utter rot as a mentor or teacher. A little vain, always rushing off at inconvenient times. I have better options.
Art by Seamus Gallager
I hope you’ll excuse me if I use my review of Vol. 29 of The Walking Dead comic to draw a contrast with the TV show. If you’re smart, you have long since abandoned the show. I never said I was smart. And this was a slow volume of the comic, but contrasting it with the show will, I think, show why it is a good graphic novel nonetheless.
This is my first week participating in Friday Face-Off, a meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Friday Face-Off pits cover against cover. There can be only one! This week’s theme is:
“When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs” – a cover featuring a tower
Ok, this one is easy. I got a couple towers on the brain given my upcoming summer school series on Tolkien. Heck just look at his towering tower of Tolkien!
The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2018 REH Foundation Awards and I have been nominated for The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online). Specifically, the foundation nominated my three posts on the Del Rey collection of Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories (which you can find here, here, and here).
Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. This week I am actually playing by the rules for once and picking a book not yet released. My pick is Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope. Song of Blood & Stone was originally self-published and St. Martin’s Press picked it up for re-publication in hardcover. I have an advance topic, and I’m really excited to pick this one up in the near future.