Top Ten Tuesday – One Word (Line) Reviews for the Last 10 Fantasy Books I read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Throughout May my TTT posts will be themed to fit in with the 5th anniversary of Wyrd & Wonder, a month long celebration of all things fantasy. You can find out more about W&W here.

This week’s TTT should be one word reviews but I can’t. physically. do. it. So you get one liners instead!

1. If the shoe fits walk in it

Apologies for the Swift earworm, another audiobook reread. Lunar Chronicles are still fun but thought provoking reimagined fairytale scifi romps. Plus, I still adore Iko.

2. Do not trust grinning monks

I really didn’t know what to expect here as I don’t know much about this era of Chinese history but Parker-Chan’s writing, historical reimagining and, above all, character development are spot on. You will root for the hero and for the villain and as time goes on the lines between the factions will slide and blur, I can’t wait for book 2.

3. You only become a pig if you already are one

This is one of those books that fills your with envy that you didn’t write it. Miller plays with myth in a way that’s utterly contemporary and stays true to the source. The depictions of motherhood, relationships and the death of innocence are exquisitely depicted – astonishing.

4. In which a spaceship makes a perfect Watson

I read another AdB novella and it worked better for me than Fireheart Tiger! I love her imagined space culture, the bots, the brews, the books. I’m always left wanting more but this felt more like a complete arc to me, than FT. Also turning Watson into a spaceship and still managing to retain the backstory? Genius.

5. Don’t starve the squirells

Still a favourite and excellent in audiobook, this listen through really displayed Irina’s quiet strength and Slytherin tendencies. But I think her reasons for fighting for her homeland are so well articulated and hit harder in today’s climate.

6. Mamma Thames could crush you like a twig

Mamma Thames is one of my favourite things about this series, a genius invention on Aaronovitch’s part and some very clever world-building give us the Rivers, a very strong addition to our cast of characters. I love how Mamma’s strength is explored in all its forms.

7. Don’t feed the Jazz Vampires

This book annoyed the heck out of me when I first read it because Peter seems to lose his brain, but it stands up well on repeated rereads and his actions make sense later. I love Peter’s mum, I love the first glimpse of Abigail in all her glory and I LOVE the end.

8. In which we meet the icon that is Zach Palmer

One of the best things about RoL is it’s wide cast of interesting and excellently drawn side characters. Zach is no exception. From his memorable entry scene to his propensity to getting himself in any trouble brewing and his deep offence at enforced hygiene, never change Zach.

9. Oddball Newspaper Teams Seeks Wyrd, Finds Wyrder

I had high hopes for this and after a bit of a slow start got utterly sucked in to the team’s oddball antics, I love Hannah and the gang (even if Vincent is what would happen if Bernard Black ran a newspaper and carried a blunderbuss). I truly enjoyed myself, loved that it was northern and was chuffed when something I’d been hoping for happened at the very end…

10. If you like poetry read this, if you don’t like poetry read this

This one is a bit of a cheat, because it’s not Fantasy, it’s poetry and it’s sublime. But it is the last book I read, devoured in a couple of hours yesterday. You might know Warsan from her association with Beyoncé’s Pink Lemonade or the lines from her poems ‘Home’ and ‘what they did yesterday afternoon’ that circulate round and round the internet, particularly relevant at the moment. If you don’t know her work, if you aren’t even passingly interested in poetry but you like exquisite writing, think about giving her a try. You don’t need to know anything about poetry to read her, she’s incredibly accessible and she hits right in your soul.

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