Wyrd & Wonder 2022 wrap-up

It’s already the last day of Wyrd & Wonder. Just like the previous years I want to thank all the hosts! I enjoyed participating and loved to read everyone’s contributions. On this blog I posted my reviews of the Hugo Award Short Story Finalists, a Top Five Bookish Characters from Fantasy Books and Five Forest Fantasy Books I read. I also finished two books and I’m currently still reading The Shadowed Sun. The Dream Blood duology by N.K. Jemisin is interesting, but not as easy to read as I expected. In this blog post you will find my thoughts about the books I read, some podcasts I liked and my favourite Wyrd & Wonder blog posts of the month.

Books I Read
Wyrd & Wonder 2022 - wrap-up

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black – 4 stars
In four words: modern, dark fairy tale
What I liked: For this book the writer rearranged some fairy tale elements in a new and interesting way. There are faeries and there is a boy with horns in a glass coffin. He is surrounded by broken bottles and crushed tin cans and regularly tourists are gaping at him. The modern setting and the casual way the fearies are treated made the story feel almost real. I also liked the way the book is written. The writer doesn’t tell why something happens, she shows it. The characters are interesting as well. All of them have secrets and we slowly find out more about them.
What I disliked: I actually liked this book more than I expected. I’m not a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, but I enjoyed reading this book.

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood, #1) by N.K. Jemisin – 3 stars
In four words: fascinating setting, complex story
What I liked: One of the reasons I wanted to read this book was the setting. The world is inspired by Ancient Egypt and as fascinating as I hoped. The most memorable characters in the story are Gatherers. They are priests who harvest dream magic. This can be used to either heal sick people or give corrupt people a peaceful death. But who decides who has to be killed? And what if the people in whose decision you trust are corrupt themselves? These interesting questions are explored. The book doesn’t simply give the answers; you have to figure it out yourself. I like the idea of puzzling everything together.
What I disliked: We are thrown in the middle of a complex story with many strange names. Very little is explained. That’s why this book was at the beginning hard to follow. Throughout the story I slowly started to understand it. But in the end I can’t say I totally comprehended it. More information would have helped me to care more about the plot and the characters.
Trigger warning for murder

Podcasts I liked
  • Curses and consent – with Heather Walter at Breaking the Glass Slipper was an interesting podcast episode about fairy tales. They discuss why some fairy tales are actually quite problematic, but are still inspiring and fascinating.
  • The Marie Forleo Podcast is a (very American) self help podcast. Not all episodes are my thing, but I love the positivity of Marie and her guests. Recently I listened to episode 205: Rediscover Your Wild, Untamed Heart with Glennon Doyle. I sometimes struggle with being myself and this episode reminded me why it’s important to stay true to yourself.
The Good Stuff of Wyrd & Wonder 2022

2 thoughts on “Wyrd & Wonder 2022 wrap-up

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  2. Thanks for sharing my post and being a part of Wyrd and Wonder <3. I wasn't sure how I would feel about The Darkest Part of the Forest when I first read it but it managed to surprise me.

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