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Witchers,  Space Adventures, and Vodka.  those three things all go together, right?

 

well, they do in the way that you can be reading a Witcher Book and a Space Adventure Book at the same time, and also be infusing Vodka in a mason jar on the counter. . .   at the same time.

 

Last weekend I went on a farm stand adventure, and found what is now my favorite local farm stand. Fresh sweet corn, chard, pick-your-own herbs,  and my first ever gi-freakin’-gantic fennel.  What to do with all those grassy, slightly licorice-y fronds?  throw ’em in a jar with booze, that’s what!    It sat on the counter for 5 days, and I tasted it last night.

 

 

this smells and tastes 100% better than it looks, I swear.  it’s got a slightly medicinal start, that turns a little grassy, and ends with a clean and slightly licorice finish.  Smells more licorice-y than it tastes.  I had it with Ginger Ale and it was nice and refreshing.  Might not try this particular infusioni again, but my pickling / fermenting obsession might have just turned the corner into an infusing obsession (although the mint infused oil was an epic fail).

What about the books you say?   Oh Yes, buckets of reading happening!  I’m ever so slowly coming out of my reading slump.  It was a matter of not putting any expectations on myself, of reading “easy” reads, and of feeling absolutely zero guilt about NDFing things and reading guilty pleasures.

 

I blew through The Time of Contempt, and once i got into it, I really enjoyed this Witcher novel.  The beginning is a little all over the place, and it ends with a bit of a fizzle, but the middle!   Not a spoiler, but Yennifer drags an annoyed Geralt to a sorcerer gathering, and everyone at the gathering is spying on each other, stabbing each other in the back, there’s buckets of intrigue, and Geralt is all like “this is dumb. When’s dinner”.  There’s also mention of the Tower of Swallows, eeeee!!!! The dialog is dry and hilarious and flirty and adorable. This series is such a guilty pleasure!!!

 

The Architects of Memory is Karen Obsorne’s debut novel. An outer space thriller, it’s tons of failed grav-drives,  first contact gone horribly wrong, and so, SO many secrets.  I’ll share more into after the book releases, at the end of August.  I am pretty sure I met Karen Osborne at a scifi convention, and if she is who I think she is,  she is the nicest, kindest person who loves Space Opera and is a total and wonderful nerd.

 

Much thanks to my friend Elizabeth who mailed me her extra copy of Dread Nation, which I started reading the other day.  the narrator, Jane, has a super fun voice! And that dress she has on, on the cover? I WANT THAT DRESS!   But? This book is way more YA than I expected.  While I’m not sure if I like the YA writing style,  I AM enjoying that it is a super fast read,  I enjoy the narrative voice, and how can you not like a civil war alt history book with zombies?  And? with my middle aged (aka: shitty) eye sight, the fact that the lines of text aren’t crammed together so tightly on the pages is also a selling point.

 

 

Well, that’s me the last week,  what have you been up to?

 

 

Confession!   I did not read any Witcher books until after I watched the Netflix show, and the major reason I got into the TV show was, um,  Henry Cavill is super hot. Yes, I am super shallow, and my response to my shallowness becoming public knowledge is: IDGAF.

 

The video games and the first two books has been floating around the house for a while,  my husband would play the game and my commentary was 100% about Geralt’s hairstyle.

 

So we watch the Netflix show, and I become obsessed with it.  If this has happened to you as well, I highly recommend @incwitcher on twitter, for the kindest most welcoming fandom on the interwebs.

 

We had the first two Witcher books on our bookshelves, and I decided to give them a try.

 

Spoilers:

Were they different from the TV show?  Yes, very much so.

Were they good?  Oh my sweet summer child,  these two books are the most fun I’ve had in ages! Snark, dry humor, adventure, good conversations, people who think they can escape the consequences of their terrible decisions (surprise! You can’t!), all my favorite things!  Apparently I really, really love world building through dialog? Who knew. Reading them made me want to watch the TV show again, so I did.

 

Why have I only read the first two books,   why haven’t I continued on in the series? Simply put, binge reading a series is totally not my thing.  Also, we haven’t picked up the others yet.

 

The first book,  The Last Wish,  is all episodic short stories, many of which have a “monster of the week” feel to them. There is a framing device which worked well for me, but other readers have been turned off by it.    I am wondering if these short stories originally appeared in magazines or other anthologies, and they were “fixed up” into a novel by way of a framing device. There’s no table of contents or anything, this isn’t presented as a collection – it is designed to be read as a novel.

 

The gist of a lot of the stories is that yes, yes, we know Geralt’s job is to literally kill monsters. But who is actually the monster here?   I recently read the original Frankenstein, so my brain was thrilled to get more of these kinds of conversations! I’m a sucker for the “monster” who is a person who was broken by their own community, sometimes their own family.

 

It certainly helped that the first couple short stories involve mythology and fairy tale retellings, which I am also a sucker for.

 

Someone on twitter, I wish I could remember who, said something about how whatever they were reading wasn’t grimdark, it was grimm – dark,  grimm as in, in these fairy tales the kids die at the end, the witch wins, there isn’t a happy ending, it is dirty and dangerous and dark AF.  That describes The Last Wish pretty well, and I just really liked that description of liking dark fiction, but fiction that isn’t “grimdark”.

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