I liked it. The shorter length was a refreshing change, even though it did read sort of like a script. I did feel like the author wrapped up the story though - I will probably read the other two short books in this series.
This was so-so for me. Just as it was getting good it ended. The build up takes forever for a little tiny bang. It is like a bottle rocket. It felt like I was reading a TV show but then the writer has written for Doctor Who. There was some hype about this book but I feel it was just meh. Maybe too short? I feel let down.
I read the first 2 books quick like a bunny—i loved the modern witch angle and the little puzzle that each story was. When I started read A Long Day in Lychford, it felt different and it‘s apparent focus on politics and Trump and Brexit were a turn off for me. I didn‘t make it very far before setting it down and searching for something else. I really don‘t want trump invading my reading along with everything else.
Some of my favorite books lately, which pass the Bechdel Test with flying colors, have (surprisingly) been Fantasy books written by men. This one has such a strong trio of flawed yet heroic women at its center: Reverend Lizzie Blackmore, recently widowed & struggling with her faith; Autumn, her estranged bff, & the atheist owner of a magic shop who‘s overcome either a psychotic break or a supernatural experience;
“The telemarketers who called her up now seemed either desperate or resigned to the point of a mindless drone, until Judith, who had time on her hands and ice in her heart, engaged them in dark conversations that always got her removed from their lists.”
A crotchety old witch who‘d rather be left alone, a woman coming to grips with the magical trauma of her past, and Lychford‘s new vicar who is experiencing a crisis of faith must join forces to prevent a threat of extra-dimensional proportions...
the building of a fancy new grocery store.
This was quick and fun, if a bit slight. Pictured is my purely fantasy #HeadCasting for the 3 leading ladies.
So nice of this novella to show it works for the MC over 70 category #booked2018 right in the first sentence ☺
Enjoyed this one. Judith is a great character, and I can see the series potential in Lychford. Tor seems to like that in their novellas - a story that stands alone but characters and worlds that invite more stories.
In the small town of Lychford three women have to work together against supernatural forces. Compared to the author's Shadow Police books I found this more accessible, less dark but also less interesting. The best moments are when the three women start working together. Not bad, but not as good as I hoped it would be. There are more novellas set in Lychford.
Book 7 for the #SFFTBRChallenge, prompts 20/21.
If either of these books is on your TBR, Tor Publishing is offering free eBook downloads for subscribers of their newsletter. Both are the first in a series so this is a great strategy to hook readers. Tor does this a few times a year so I encourage Fantasy and Sci-Fi fans to sign up at Tor.com. I'm not being paid to share this, but if Tor wants to send some books my way I wouldn't complain! You have until 12pm EST on February 2nd.
Finished my first read of #boutofbooks ! I enjoyed this novella about a small English town that's on the border of fairyland, and the three women who must unite to save the world when a superstore's presence threatens the fragile boundaries between the worlds. A good readathon read.
A deliciously magical novella which manages to combine the struggles of a small town against a large corporation with elements of the supernatural and a pervading sense of dread. The author manages to provide a clear concept of the magical system without taking a full length novel to do so. This was a joy to read.
Three women try to stop a supermarket chain from building a store in their sleepy hamlet of Lychford--which happens to lay on the boundary between two worlds. If they fail, the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. 9/10 recommend.
Ok so it wasn't scary, I just had a moment. There's definitely something lurking so future installments in the series might have more suspense. I love stories of the fey in the U.K., those are the some of best such stories. This is a good pick for #AllHallowsRead for anyone wanting a not too spooky story with witches, and a touch more. #GiveaSpookyBook
The ebook was on sale today and sounded interesting so I bought it to read on some unspecified date in the far, far away future. Then I saw a post about #GiveaScaryBook for #AllHallowsRead and decided I'd give it a go. Well, I'm scared of the dark. I admit it. And the book starts out with something in the dark. Great. I'm sleeping with the lights on tonight.
How we hangover. 💆🏻
Ebook (not pictured because it's sneaky phone reading while we pretend to be social) + bananas foster french toast, eggs over easy, hash browns, and bacon. Also not pictured: the coffee cup/water glass graveyard.📱📖🍳🍌🍯☕️
I'm sorry, what? Whose grandmother & why is she sucking eggs?! 😳
Google says this is a British expression, but pardon my reaction running across this saying for the first time in dialogue about church architecture. 😂
Brits- is egg sucking a thing about which grandmothers have knowledge?! Why are eggs being sucked? Why would someone need to explain this in the first place? So many questions.
So this happened last week! My lucky husband got to meet the immensely talented Paul Cornell at Forbidden Planet in London! We both love his work- from the Dr Who episodes and novels, to the Shadow Police series- a must read if you like fantasy! This novella was pretty good too. A slightly spooky read about a quaint English village on the boundary between 2 worlds and the horrors on the other side.
I loved this short (144 pages) book, though it was annoying to not have it revealed early on that Autumn is black. Race is not a spoiler or gotcha or surprise. (And it was revealed in a casual manner so not a spoiler at all.) Representation matters.
Sold! Also glad that the protagonist appears to be a cantankerous old lady with a strong antipathy for almost everything around her. I could stand to see a few more of those in fiction :D.