October Rewind

 

A very busy month for me outside of books, so, not my usual amount of reads, and, I’m okay with that given how much I had to do. HOWEVER, I will say you can probably expect this to be the average amount of monthly reads until we hit January.

I’ll also be on holiday in a place with pretty sorry internet, so, for a couple of weeks in December all the posts will be scheduled ahead and I’ll be pretty quiet. Just like now. As I wait for my new charging cord. Still.

Anyway, onto the books!

 

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Shadows (Sapphire Smyth & The Shadow Five, #1)

 

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The Immortal City (The Magicians of Venice, #1)

 

 

Hood Academy

 

 

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The Christmas Holiday

The Art of Sherlock Holmes: USA 1 - Special Edition

 

Safe House

 

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The Gilded King (Sovereign, #1)

The Birthday House

 

War Girls (War Girls, #1)

 

The Widow Of Pale Harbour

The Deathless Girls

 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

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The Winter of the Witch (Winternight Trilogy, #3)

 

Foxfire, Wolfskin and Other Stories of Shape-Shifting Women

 

Women's Weird: Strange Stories by Women, 1890-1940

Total Count: 17

 

Posts From Around the Book Blogger Verse

Guys. I have to say, through the month I save the links for the posts I like but right now I can’t access my bookmarks as my laptop is dead and I can’t log onto feedly…so… I will note my patron’s blog and I will update this post with the rest of the other bookblogger posts later on this month.

Fictionally Sam October Wrap Up

 

My Other Posts

BEAutumn – Spell List

Off Balance – Cover Reveal

BE Autumn – Every Witch Needs a Familiar

BE Autumn -Study Group

Be Autumn – Fall In Love

Bookending Autumn – Candy Tag

Book Ending Autumn – 13 Days of Halloween

Book Ending Autumn – Monster Mash

Bookending Autumn – Which Witch?

WWW Wednesday

Cover Reveal: Dark Skies

 

Now, what’s on for next month?

Well, I’ll have a post about the Leigh Bardugo event I went to, and I’ll have less blog tours, but I’ve got some great picks. For now I’m back to battling the endless war of not having enough bookshelves.

Just a huge shout-out to this community, you all have been so great and have made book blogging so much fun. Always supportive and understanding, and not to mention I’ve made some incredible friends through it all.

 

The Art of Sherlock Holmes [USA 1] – Blog Tour

 

 

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Blurb:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes-USA Edition 1 is truly unique. While there have been literally hundreds of Holmes pastiches written before our first volume, The Art of Sherlock Homes-West Palm Beach, there had never been a volume where Holmes short stories were interpreted by such accomplished artists. 
In this first USA edition, thirteen world-class artists who live and create in the United States have each had a story assigned to them – specifically dependent on the particular talent of each artist. Whether the interpretations be from the forms of surrealist, contemporary, realist, digital, minimalist, symbolism, or an amalgam of various forms, each piece of art created is unique, hypnotic, mesmerizing and unforgettable.  Each created specifically to express the essence of each incredible Holmes story. 
The thirteen stories herein range from the impossibly baffling (except for Holmes) to the humorous, paranormal, or simply intellectually intricate. You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make delicious Holmes meals of mystery. But please remember, art is in the eye of the beholder. So we hope you’ll appreciate each creation for what it is: an inimitable interpretation of a truly unique Holmes story. 
For those of you who get lost in abstract art, our abstract artists have provided an explanation of what their art means in relation to the story they’ve interpreted. 
The Art of Sherlock Holmes books are curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.
Book Information:
Pages
208
 Publisher
MX Publishing (24 October 2019)
ISBN (hardcover – standard edition)
9781787054714
ISBN (hardcover – special edition)
0781787054707

Purchase Links

Amazon US | MX Site | Amazon UK

 

My Review

Another great collaboration of artists and authors in a common goal to share in a love of Sherlock Holmes. Once more I loved every single art piece used in association with the stories. They breathe color and life into the world of Holmes, and I enjoyed the stories as well. There were a few rather amusing stories, some involving the Circus, but at the heart of every story there was Watson and Holmes. [Or in one case or two, mostly Watson, and who can say that isn’t appropriate given his loyal chronicling of our masterful sleuth?]

It’s a quick read in the best of ways, 13 stories that while done by 13 different authors flow seamlessly together, taking you from one adventure to the next.

At the start of each story there is the art, and it is a wonderful tool to put you in the right mood/mindset for the story about to be unfurled.

I was impressed how many authors, yet again as I reviewed the last ‘Art of Sherlock’ book, were able to capture the true heart of Doyle’s writing. Watson is most faithfully written in each of the stories, as is Holmes, and I was rather glad that the authors achieved this while giving us new adventures of the duo.

There were a couple of stories that had me in the end giving this 3.5 rather than a full 4 cups of coffee, but the majority of the stories were brilliant and without fault, there were just a couple of nuances in two of the stories that I was rather distracted by. On the whole though I would definitely recommend this to any fan of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. But I also did have such a deep affection for other of the stories, especially ‘Circus Belle.’

The art was hands down the best part and I could go through and flip through those pictures all day they’re just so much fun to look at and vary so much in style.

Thank you to Caroline and MX Publishing for a chance to read this in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour.

 

The Art

 

About Phil Growick

Phil Growick ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.
“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”

Author Links

Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 

About MX Publishing

MX is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.

The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School ( a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project. 

MX’ other project is the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Twinned with Stepping Stones, Happy Life has saved the lives of over 600 abandoned babies in the last two decades. The project has expanded to include a school and paediatric hospital.

MX Links

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Art of Sherlock Holmes Instagram

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Author & Artists List

  1. The Vampire of The Lyceum

Artist        Alex Arshanky
Authors     Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

Conan Doyle Estate Link – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/16-the-vampire-of-the-lyceum


  1. The Adventure of the Pharoh’s Tablet 

Artist          Aaron Schwartz
Author       Robert Perret

Conan Doyle Estate:
https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/17-the-adventure-of-the-pharoh-s-tablet

  1. The Adventure of The Missing Link 

Artist           Bruce Helander
Author         David Marcum

Conan Doyle Estate – https://shop.conandoyleestate.com/products/18-the-adventure-of-the-missing-link

  1. The Case of the Cuneiform Suicide Note 

Artists     Jeffrey and Michael Bisaillion
Author        Mark Mower

  1. The Adventure of The Gypsy Girl 

Artist         Niz
Author        Tony Reynolds 

  1. The Adventure of The Inn On The Marsh 

Artist         Rafael Glückstern Gardos
Author     Denis Smith

  1. Sherlock Holmes and The Adventure of The Tainted Cannister 

Artist         Angela Fegan
Author        Tom Turley

  1. The Mystery of The Scarab Earrings 

Artist         Jhina Alvarado
Author        Thomas Fortenberry

  1. The Adventure of Vittoria, The Circus Belle 

Artist         Andrea Perez Bessin
Author        Tracy Revels

  1. The Woman Returns 

Artist         Christina Major
Author        Richard Paolinelli

  1. Vigor The Hammersmith Wonder 

Artist         Diego Perez
Author        Mike Hogan


  1. The Ghost of Dorset House 

Artist         Krystal Sutton
Author        Tim Symonds


  1. Sherlock Holmes and A Brush With Death 

Artist         Alexander Yulish
Author        Dick Gillman

 

Foxfire, Wolfskin – Blog Tour

 

 

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Synopsis:
‘Part rally cry, part warning, part manifesto and all parts enchanting, Sharon Blackie’s Foxfire, Wolfskin is a deeply evocative and haunting collection. Humming with the strength of our immutable voices, each story sings with the transformation that is possible when women take agency of our lives. I want to press this powerful book into the hands of everyone I know and say, listen.’  Holly Ringland, author, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart
‘Sharon Blackie has wrought a new-old magic for our times: glorious, beautiful, passionate myths written for this critical moment in time. They show who we could have been, and they give us a glimpse of a world-that-could-be. There’s still time to make it happen.’ Manda Scott, author of the Boudicca series, and A Treachery of Spies
Charged with drama and beauty, this memorable collection by a master storyteller weaves a magical world of possibility and power from female myths of physical renewal, creation and change. It is an extraordinary immersion into the bodies and voices, mindscapes and landscapes, of the shape-shifting women of our native folklore.  We meet the Water Horse of the Isle of Lewis, the huldra, the Scandinavian supernatural forest-dweller, and Baba Yaga of Slavic folklore (but will she help you or kill you?) Here too is the Snow Queen; the wild bird-woman of the Sliabh Mis Mountains; Blodeuedd, the Welsh ‘flower-faced’ woman.  
Drawing on myth and fairy tales found across Europe – from Croatia to Sweden, Ireland to Russia – Sharon Blackie brings to life women’s remarkable ability to transform themselves in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. These stories are about coming to terms with our animal natures, exploring the ways in which we might renegotiate our fractured relationship with the natural world, and uncovering the wildness – and wilderness – within.

Book Information:
Written by: Sharon Blackie
Published by: September Publishing
Published on: 2 October 2019
Price: £ 14.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781910463680

 

My Review

You ever get a book and just from the moment you hold it, you know you’re going to really enjoy it?

This was one for me. I love folklore and it’s clear that Blackie does as well, she takes these myths and tales and weaves them into stories greater than what we’d been given. To make the stories about women for women in a way.

How often have we’ve seen folklore show its fear of women? Oh, that’s not to say that there are no tales of courageous women, it’s just, more often than not you can find a plethora of stories where women are not praised for their strengths and kind hearts, but rather used as warnings.

Overall it was an amazing collection of 13 vibrant, touching, and surprisingly beautiful stories.

I loved all 13, we get to see a bit of Baba Yaga, Mad Mis, waterhorses, wolf versions of selkies, and so much more.

I think Mad Mis and Foxfire were both my favorites from the collection but there wasn’t one story I didn’t find enjoyable. [Though I mean, I can see why Baba Yaga did not particularly welcome that protagonist from her story, I almost half-wished she’d been frightened to death lol]

Women are allowed to be wild, they are allowed to feel to make choices that only men seemed to be able to make in the original tales. They have decided to take their lives in their own hands, to return to the earth and run through forests. And I thought that’s what made this book so beautiful.

Not to mention, this book is a great read for October, a bit of a spooky/witchy read just in time for Halloween. I loved it, five cups of coffee from me and my absolute adoration.

Thanks to Anne and September Publishing for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion as part of the blog tour.

 

The Illustrations

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About the Author

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Dr Sharon Blackie is a writer, mythologist and psychologist, and an internationally recognised teacher of the mythic imagination. Her bestselling book, If Women Rose Rooted, won a 2016 Nautilus award, and laid out a haunting heroine’s journey for every woman who finds power, inspiration and solace in the natural world.  She has an international following through her online communities, and the courses and workshops she offers through ‘The Hedge School’.  Her first novel, The Long Delirious Blue, was described by the Independent on Sunday as ‘hugely potent’. She lives in Connemara, Ireland. 

Author’s Website

Website

 

Author’s Other Works

Sharon Blackie’s titles available from September publishing:  The Enchanted Life (ISBN 978-1910463888, £14.99) and If Women Rose Rooted (978-1-912836-01-7, £8.99 paperback published August 2019)

 

The Rest of the Tour

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The Art of Sherlock Holmes, West Palm Beach – Blog Tour

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Blurb:
The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a totally unique experience. Imagine a dozen or more of the finest artists in the U.S. creating art for some the best new short stories written by some of the finest Holmes authors in the world. Each artist has envisioned their version of one story specifically selected for them. All stories and art in one large, hardcover, coffee table presentation volume. This first edition features artists from West Palm Beach, Florida. Future editions will be global, with participating artists contributing from all over the world. The Art of Sherlock Holmes was conceived and curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.

 

Pages
252
 Publisher
MX Publishing (May 25, 2019)
ISBN (hardcover – special edition)
9781787054035
ISBN (hardcover – standard edition)
0781787054110

Where to buy the book

Amazon UK

 

My Review

 

This was definitely a new experience for me, I love Sherlock Holmes but hadn’t read anything outside of Doyle and I was not disappointed! This combined the talents of not just some amazing writers but some amazing artists as well. I loved that each short story was accompanied by an art piece and I’m not sure that I could have picked a favorite one. The artists really worked well to represent the story offered by the authors and it’s evident that they were all great matches for each other.

It was actually hard to remember sometimes that these were different authors, they all kept true to Doyle in one way or another and they all flowed together so well that you just got lost in the world of Holmes and Watson. They don’t get too flashy with Sherlock solving the crimes and it all seems plausible with how he figures things out, nothing is too big for the short story structure.

Speaking of Holmes and Watson, there was plenty of our favorite duo but there was even a Moriarty story! That was a pretty fun one to read but I have to say my favorite story was the The Adventure of the Paradol Chamber by Paul W. Nash.

If you’re a Sherlock Holmes (or Doctor Watson) fan, regardless if you like Doyle’s works or other adaptations then I would definitely scoot this book your way, it’s not just the stories it’s the amazing art as well, which you can see some examples of below.

 

About the Curator/Editor

The project was conceived by and is curated by Phil Growick. Phil ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.
“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”

Blog
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

 

About MX Publishing

MX Publishing
MX is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.

The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School ( a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project.
MX’ other project is the Happy Life Children’s Home in Nairobi, Kenya. Twinned with Stepping Stones, Happy Life has saved the lives of over 600 abandoned babies in the last two decades. The project has expanded to include a school and pediatric hospital.

MX Publishing Links:
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Instagram – The Art of Sherlock Holmes

The Rest of the Tour

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