What a weird month this has been. While April started with people just realising that the lockdown regulations have all but been forgotten and spring was sort of just starting, but 1 April for me started with snow coming in from no where. I can sort of remember wanting to go to work in shorts as that is somewhat allowed and being glad I didn’t. Have to say that being able to enjoy some sun of late has also done wonders for my sinus, I am obviously lying when I say that. Every time the seasons change I get massive blockages, head colds and just general “man flu” that I feel is worse than the version of Covid I had at the start of the year.
April also gave me a bit of a breather as I had a full five days of thanks to planning a official holiday day in with the two days I took of to go see Russel Howard in Rotterdam. April on the blog was, again, not that eventful. I guess it has partly to do with the changes coming to WP and the general lack of giving a shit about blogging if I do not feel like it. A partial success story for April atleast was that I managed to catch up with most of my book reviews. Also being able to finish a book I was struggling with for nearly three months helped push the slump I had into getting out of it. So I am happy. April saw me completing not one, but three buddy reads. One review will be coming up later this week if all works out and there is already another two buddy reads in the works three people, more on that tomorrow.
Lets see what you might have missed during this month that just flew past.
Rites of passage was a difficult one for me to review. Having a strong female lead in a Warhammer novel is not a bad thing. I am not a Warhammer elitist, nor do I want to come across as one. Rites of Passage is not run of the mill Bolter Porn action all the time. While the Lead has a strong personality that kinda comes with the territory, having her struggle internally with a bad hip due to age was a wise move. Being a bitch to every one beneath you just because that is seemingly what it seems or what we are lead to believe a strong female character is all about was less wise. I will always point to an older novel called Valkya the Bloody for reference as well as the Priests of Mars series to look at strong female characters, that did not even play that big a role within the main story, apart from Valkya, I mean it was a book about her becoming an emissary of Khorne. A recent read also had a good female written into the story, that happend to be the commander of Sangiunius’ ship in Fear to Tread. Forgetting to mention that in my review was a mistake I’d like to adres here and now at least.
The culprit behind my reading slump conquered, but not because it was a bad book, work just picked up and having zero to no energy when getting home did not help me progress through it at the quick pace Jenn did. The next Horus Heresy is yet another short story collection that I am getting a little bit weary of, wasn’t the book before Fear to Tread also an one?
I have to say, Salty is still beaming because of how much he enjoyed this novel. He also banged out quite a good review in my opinion as well as help me take another novel of the ever stagnant Net Galley shelf.
The second batch of short stories that was supposed to introduce us to the Witcher who goes monster hunting, yet plays back seat driver in his own series. Not a bad book, yet it felt inferior to the Last Wish.
Yeah I got quite a lot of books in as well as been trying out to use Instagram for my book hauls has seemed to worked. Happy that I got another ten books in the 40K Legends Collection. I have already prepared Milou with the fact that it might be 20 this coming month… Will see how that goes. I got books on three separate occasions and decided to just put it in one big haul post.
The jig is up and the Sherlock watch along with Stooge has started, with our first posts going up next Sunday. While I have enjoyed doing the first post, I can see what Stooge meant with “what the hell did we sign ourselves up for?”. Its all just for fun though so we can make with it what we want right?
Aaaand that was my April all neatly brought together in one place. May will bring with it it’s own challenges, but I am looking forward to it.
Hope you have a good Sunday further.