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Friday for Friday!

Posted on: August 2, 2019

Five for Friday RETURNS!  and this time, with scifi / fantasy books!


Welcome to  Five for Friday! The concept is simple – it’s a Friday, and I post a photo of 5 books, and then we chat about them in the comments.

The only things these books have in common are:
– they were on my bookshelf
– I’m interested in your thoughts on them.

have you read any of these? if yes, did you like them? If you’ve not read them, does the cover make you interested in learning more about the book?


Want to join in? Post a picture of 5 random books you own, with the tag #5ForFriday and get your friends talking.

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (2019) – my feeds are covered in this book, seems like everyone is talking about it! I’m not usually one for hype, but. . .  this book pinged all my buzzwords – characters who write letters to each other, not-shitty cover art, cool authors, yeah I’m smitten. I audibly squealed when it was announced that this was my local book club’s pick of the both.


The Black Tides of Heaven by J.Y. Yang (2017) – recent purchase. book 1 in a novella series of 4 (but i think they are all stand alone novellas?).  great cover art,  NOVELLA.  shut up and take my money.


Swords and Dark Magic anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan and Lou Anders (2010) – I’ll admit it, I bought this anthology way back when because it had Scott Lynch’s “In The Stacks” in it.  not only is In the Stacks a super fun fantasy short story, there is an even more excellent full cast audio of it floating around. . . somewhere, i don’t remember where. And. . . did I hear about Lynch publishing an extended version of this short story? maybe!


Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler (2010) – i am woefully, embarrassingly, under read in Octavia Butler.  this omnibus contains the novels Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago, and if you read them when they first came out you know the series as Xenogenesis.  Is Dawn a good place to start with Butler’s work? should I start somewhere else?  Help!


A Plague of Angels by Sheri S Tepper (1983) – I’m a little obsessed with Tepper’s Arbai series, but I’m struggled to get invested in many of her other novels and series. Believe it or not, I’m pretty sure I’ve read The Waters Rising, which is the sort of sequel to  A Plague of Angels.  Anyone read this one? is it worth reading? or should I just reread the Arbai books?





11 Responses to "Friday for Friday!"

The girl on the cover of ‘Swords and Dark Magic’ is holding her sword in a left handed manner and it looks as if she is about to chop the head off her pal…

Happy Trails!


maybe there is a story in there somewhere where she does just that!


I’ve not read any of those books, but I love the idea for this feature – hopefully, next week I can contribute to the conversation.


Would love to have you join in on any Fridays you’d like! Even when participants aren’t familiar with the titles other people post, we still get great conversations and make new friends and connections. 🙂

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My girlfriend recently discovered JY Yang (like, 7 days ago recently Lol) and is currently obsessed with her XD

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she is a week ahead of me! has she finished any of the novellas yet? and???


I got the Time War book from the library. I’m pretty excited about it.

Octavia Butler is absolutely phenomenal. I’ve not yet read the Xenobiogenesis books. Her “Parable” duology is wonderful, though. I also need to read more of her stuff.


I think I have A Plague of Angels in my TBR somewhere, but I still haven’t gotten to it yet, I’m terrible, LOL.


I enjoyed Tepper’s books about Mavin Many-Shaped, but I haven’t read anything else by her *hangs head*. I also haven’t read ANY Octavia Butler *head gets lower*. Yet, I call myself a ‘reader’ *head scrapes on floor*. 😀


The best place to start with Octavia Butler is with “Wild Seed”. It is a truly wonderful book.

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thank you! i never know where to start with such famous authors.


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some of the books reviewed here were free ARCs supplied by publishers/authors/other groups. Some of the books here I got from the library. the rest I *gasp!* actually paid for. I'll do my best to let you know what's what.
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