After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell

Witches of Lychford Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford is the third of's new line of novellas, and while I've thoroughly enjoyed the other two (Domnal and the Borrowed Child by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley and Binti by Nnedi Okorafor), so far this has been the best of the lot. Taking place in the English village of Lychford, we're introduced to Judith, the local crazy lady (and possible witch); Lizzie, who has moved back to Lychford to take over as Reverend of the local church and escape her tragic past; and finally, Autumn, Lizzie's former best friend, who has opened a magic shop in hopes of discovering ways to deal with her supposed mental illness. These three unlikely friends are drawn together to do battle with a dark force that is trying to stake its claim in Lychford, which finds itself at the unlikely junction of several magical realms.

While infusing just a touch of social commentary on the evil's of mega-corporations, Witches of Lychford is lodged strongly in the world of faerie, and I would love to see more of the town and its lively inhabitants. This is my first time reading anything by Paul Cornell and I thoroughly enjoyed his style; I'll definitely be reading more from him in the future.

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