Well, we’re nearing the end of my road, my friends. At least, for this year’s celebrations. My 4th and final Wyrd and Wonder Adventure Log is complete and ready for your consumption, if you’re so inclined.
May 20th: Fantasy Creatures on the Cover
So, this prompt reads that you’re meant to highlight a book that has a fantasy creature on the cover and then it says bonus points if it doesn’t have a dragon. It bummed me out because at first I thought it read bonus points if it HAS a dragon. Which, I mean, hello, I was SO ready, because I fucking love dragons.
But, The Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso may not have dragons, but it DOES have an incredible use of the falcon that just, like, wow:
May 21st: Fantasy in Translation
I mean, every native English speaker and reader knows that books in translation can be just as good as books that were originally written in English, correct? If the success of the Polish hit The Witcher doesn’t prove that, then I don’t know what does. But, there are plenty more books in translation, too! Despite that, I haven’t been the best one in terms of reading books in translation (hey, a new goal!). So, I’m going let to let the team at Tor Books take it away from here with recs.
May 22nd: Get in the Sea
This prompt had two options: discuss books related to the sea or discuss books you wanted to throw into the ocean, if you’re feeling salty. Initially, I thought I’d be about to spill some tea on a book I didn’t like, until I remembered quite a fantastic series that is focused in the ocean: R.J. Barker’s The Bone Ships trilogy!
May 23rd: Book Rainbow
This was kinda fun, to try and recreate the colors of the rainbow with book covers! How did I do?
May 24th: On the Shelf
Oof, books that I should have read by now? Does all of them count or is that too much of a cop out? Because my reading output as seriously declined since
I got more heavily into gaming I became an adult, so I feel like all of my books have been sitting unread for too long.
If you go by publication date, then Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb is the oldest book on my shelf that I haven’t read (I know, I am also ashamed).
May 25th: Chosen One #Trope Tuesday
Everyone knows I love a good ole classic chosen one story. But what I love even more is a book that subverts, twists or somehow morphs the chosen one trope to feel like something new. Cue The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons!
May 26th: All the Feels
Oooh, I have so many options for this one, as well!! The most recent book I read that made me feel all the things was a sci-fi book, so I can’t use that one here. I will say that the last fantasy book to make me laugh and cry was Nicholas Eames’ Bloody Rose. Fuck me, that was such a wonderful book.
Don’t fret: I know there are a few more challenges I’ve yet to complete, plus a nice summation of the month’s activities that I owe. So, while this will be the last Wyrd and Wonder Adventure Log for this year, I’ll have a final tale to tell. So, I’ll have to ask you to stop by at least one more time, as we wrap up the festivities. I’ll see you next week!