Hey everybody, Bingo!!
I still have six more boxes to do but I figured since I started this Bingo Card on January 31, I still have a month to go 🙂 No pressure, I’ve got plenty of time.
Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent.
When I decided to read this, I had been devouring a lot of fantasy novels, however this novel proved to be above and beyond all that I had been reading. Family of Lies: Sebastian is a high fantasy book that follows the journey of Sebastian, a snarky wizard who unbeknownst to him, saves a Prince’s life.
For me, the best part of this novel is Sebastian himself. The character is just so snarky and wonderful, you will find it difficult not to sit there with a big silly grin on your face. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a funny, high fantasy novel that makes you laugh almost as much as it makes your sigh.
The Secret of Mermaid Cove by Megan Derr.
I am a big fan of Megan Derr, so any title of hers is going to be a huge draw card for me. The Secret of Mermaid Cove, however was even more so for it is not only a fairy tale retelling but a lesbian re-imagining of the Little Mermaid, almost. The blurb had me intrigued and even though the original tale has been a bit done to death, I found the novella refreshing.
Its been a month or so after reading it, but the most striking for me was the perspective from which the story was written. The characterisation of Sophia was so clear cut and it made a strong impression. The Secrets of Mermaid Cove comes highly recommended, if you’re new to the LGTBQ romance fiction, Derr’s novella is a lovely and quick way to start.
A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix
This book has been on my to read list for a while, I purchased it at the Newcastle Writers Festival in March and since then I have glanced at it continually, thinking ‘one day.’ If not for the Space Opera box I do not think I would have gotten around to reading this as soon as I did.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a departure from Nix’s normal fantasy work and I must say the different direction is a welcome one. The novel creates such a rich and vibrant world in which the protagonist, Khemri, comes to terms with being not only a Prince but the wider political implications of the extended systems. I would highly recommend any of Nix’s work but if you are normally drawn to Sci-Fi, I would suggest starting with this book before plunging into Nix’s rich backlog.
Ars Amatoria or The Art of Love by Ovid
B.C.E. Book means Before Common Era, so with this in mind I trolled through my ancient history books to find the book. Now before you say anything, yes, yes, I know Ovid’s The Art of Love is from the first century. I ummed and arghed about this one but since Ovid is a favourite of mine, I decided to bend the rule by a century and allow it.
If you haven’t read it, The Art of Love is part instructional guide for women on the art of seduction and as well as for men. In amongst all of this is moments where Ovid offers glimpses into Roman society as well as professing his love and sometimes disdain for his mistress.
If you ever had the inkling or need to read an ancient text, I would definitely recommend anything by Ovid. The Art of Love in particular is a very accessible text that is not only enlightening about the culture but Ovid himself.