Guest Post: Adrian Tchaikovsky – The Beast Within

adriantchaikovsky-tigerandwolfToday’s guest post is one I’m really excited about sharing with all of you. This Thursday February 11 will see the publication of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s The Tiger and The Wolf, his new epic fantasy standalone. It features shapeshifters, competing tribes and a young heroine torn between them. The hardcover is also extremely pretty in person — never let it be said I can’t be swayed by a lovely cover — and, as I’ve come to expect from Adrian’s books, big enough to thoroughly maim someone if you hit them with it. But please don’t do that, that’s not what books are meant for. Anyway, Adrian was kind enough to send this guest post my way on the shapechangers in this book and the way their natures influenced the shaping of the narrative (pun intended!) Enjoy and do check back for a review in the future as I’ll be starting the book once I’ve finished my current read.   Read More …

Return of the Librarian

InternetSlowdown_DayHello, is this thing on? Remember me? I’m your resident Fantastical Librarian and I’m back or at least I’m on my way back. Last October live sort of exploded and I had to take a bit of a break. I got burned out due to stuff, mostly my wanting to do three full-time jobs at once — being a mum, my actual job as an information specialist, and a book reviewer — and as it turns out, that isn’t a healthy ambition, for me at least. I had to take a breather and since I can’t stop being a mum  and I can’t just not do my job, the blog became the thing that was put on the back burner for a month or two.  Read More …

Posting interrupted

intermission-435441_640The past three months have been a bit lot spotty in the posting department. This has been for various reasons, but mostly it has been because I’m tired. Apparently, working four days a week, having a family to care for and running a blog isn’t as forgiving in the energy department as one would like. In the past six months life has thrown several spanners in the works and after removing most of them and while still working on the last couple, I’ve run out of spoons.  Read More …

In the News: Announcing Eschacon

abclogoThis coming November I’ll be attending my first ever con in the Netherlands! I’ve been to cons in Britain, but never to one in the Netherlands, so I’m really excited about getting to go to one semi-locally. What con will I be attending you ask? Eschacon!

What is Eschacon? It is a con organised by Tiemen Zwaan and his colleagues at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. The programming looks awesome and features some fantastic writers.
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Recaps and Upfronts – September and October

RecapsSeptember was a tough month, which I am glad I survived. The blog went practically dormant as I wanted nothing so much as just do mindless, match-three games on the iPad, once I got home from work. I’ve been just shattered this month. There were some highlights, such as reading a number of fantastic books and meeting up with the lovely Sebastien de Castell for dinner, but otherwise it was mostly work and family that took my attention this month. So what exactly did I manage to put up on the blog?  Read More …

Guest Post: Ria Bridges on the mixed victory of the 2015 Hugos

hugo_rocketLast weekend saw the culmination of months and months of tension and thousands and thousands of words on the Hugos vs Sad Puppies that dominated conversations in the field this past year. But with the defeat of the slates, the Hugos problems are far from over as discussion is once again rampant and people already seem to be gearing up for a repeat next year. When I saw my friend Ria, of Bibliotropic fame, bemoan the fact that they were on a blog hiatus because they had thoughts and opinions on events, I offered to host their post on A Fantastical Librarian. Here are their thoughts.  Read More …

Recaps and Upfronts – July and August

RecapsEven though July was an excellent reading month, it has been a dismal reviewing month. Due to real life catching me out I had a lot of trouble with getting reviews written, posts prepared and interviews and guest posts scheduled. In fact, it was so bad that after the blog’s birthday, I had to take a break so I could make it to my holiday with my sanity intact. Happily, said holiday has now arrived and I’ve managed to remain sane—or at least as sane as I ever am. So let’s just take a look at what I managed to post on the blog and hope I’ll do better next month.  Read More …

Blog Break

keyboardpauseIt feels a bit weird to post this right after the post celebrating A Fantastical Librarian’s 5th birthday, but it kind of just fell out that way. Life has been rather stressful here at Casa Librarian in the past few months and I’m feeling the strain somewhat. Add to that a week of broken nights due to a Noro-virused 5yo and the fact that our cat Mara managed to disappear and I’ve not felt very much like writing up reviews or work up interviews. I’m just that tired and wiped out. Thankfully it is only four more days before my holidays start and I get to rest up and relax for a bit. So with that I’ve decided to take a bit of a break till the end of the month and get through this last week of work without feeling I also have to work on the blog at night.

I just thought I’d give you a heads-up on why the silence in the past week and the coming one. See you next month!