Caturday Reads: Epic Sci-Fi, Folk Fantasy, & Scottish Historical Fiction

As I sit here and write up this Caturday Reads post, I’ve realised that there are only four weeks left in my first semester at Dream Uni. I’ll admit, it has been one wild and exhausting fucking ride, but I think now that I’m familiar with what to expect, the second semester shall be a lot less chaotic. At least, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will be!

My weekend is packed with a couple of big end-of-semester projects, and one in-depth paper about Asian-American Sexual & Gender Identities things, so my planned reads veer more heavily towards the comforting and indulgent. I’m definitely going to need the mental teleportation into epic awesomeness so I can unwind and relax in-between all the studying and brain melting hoopla.

November is usually my favourite time to read historical fiction, so I made sure to snag a couple of those. Additionally, after watching a recent film of one of my favourite books of all time…ever, I just had to pick up the series for a re-visit. I’m practically drooling over the imaginative splendour of it all. I’m not sure how I will be able to wait until the release of Part Two. The last title rounding off my list is an urban fantasy pick and is the one that I expect shall help me rest and relax at night before my noggin hits the pillow stacks.

Check ‘em all out below! If you’ve read any of them, please lemme know what you thought of ‘em (spoiler-free if possible).

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike: A historical Arthurian fantasy that’s the first in a trilogy, it follows a powerful yet forgotten queen of 6th Century Scotland named Languoreth, who also happens to be the twin sis of the old dude that inspired the creation of He Who Would Become Merlin! When the doom and boom of war come rattling the Scottish royal doors, Languoreth must turn to fellow Pendragon peeps to help them survive, which tosses her ass into a big gaping hole of political intrigue and shady shite.

I confess, it being coined as “Outlander meets Camelot” definitely got my attention. Plus, I love historical fiction that’s set in Scotland (such a gorgeous country) and it tends to be a buzz word thingymajiggy whenever I see it in historical fiction snippets. I acquired late last year and since November is here (and I finally caught it sitting on the shelf), I’m ready to read it.

Dune by Frank Herbert: An epic science-fiction story about a family that is charged with taking over spice production on a very special sand planet, not realising it’s a dangerous political ploy. In the meantime, upon arrival, the son starts to realise that his fate shall take him far deeper into the mysterious and deadly desert than he ever imagined, a fate that will kick off an incredible journey of political conspiracies and ultimate ecological ambition.

I cannot express how much I loved the first part of the Dune film that released in October (on my birthday weekend, no less). It’s amazing because I was deadest on hating it with every fucking fibre of my existence. Well… it bitch-slapped my lack of expectations into motherfucking oblivion. It left me with such a strong hangover that I just had to pick up the books again. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I fucking love the Dune Saga by Frank Herbert!!! It’s basically my book equivalent of Initial D.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik: A folk fantasy novel that follows a young woman who comes from a family of moneylenders that has been devastated due to the father’s inability to collect owed debts. So, the woman rolls up her floofy sleeves and heads off to do what her daddy couldn’t: get what’s owed. Along the way she ends up developing a reputation for turning silver into gold. The novel is essentially a re-telling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin tale.

I’m not sure why, but this called out to me for November reading. I’ve always been intrigued by the original Rumpelstiltskin story, and the historical setting and ambiance for this particularly book just floated my Fall fancy, so viola. I grabbed it off the shelf, dusted it down, and paired it with a bookmark. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher: An urban fantasy novel that’s the sixth instalment in The Dresden Files series. Harry’s latest client is a sassy and suave vampire with morally ambiguous allegiances, who seeks out the cranky wizard dude to help him hunt down the malevolent forces that’s killing off the lovely ladies of a skin flick in production that the client is invested in. Yet, the deeper that Harry and Suave Client dive into the mystery of it all, the closer Harry gets to a shocking revelation of a life-time.

Summer Knight and Death Masks were really enjoyable, so I decided to keep the positive, indulgent momentum going by grabbing this sixth volume. Besides, Harry’s newest client is the character that I love above all else (except Bob) from this series and I’m just drivelling at the prospect of the chaos that shall ensue because of his wickedly handsome yet totally moronic dumbass (yes, the redundancy is vital).

That does it for my planned weekend reading shindigs. Honestly, y’all, I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up leaving the rest of the books just chilling on an abandoned pillow as I get sucked into the sandworm vortex of fabulousness that is Dune. I can still remember the very first time I read that book… I blew through all of it in a day, maybe two, tops. I read all the original six novels in a week, like six days, not seven. Good times, man. I wouldn’t complain if a repeat session occurred.

Anyhoo, I wish you all a cosy and gentle weekend ahead! Things are finally getting chilly here, so if it’s crisp and nippy in your corner of the world, have a mug o’ cocoa on my behalf and try to catch some R&R if you’re able. Until next time, keep reading and keep napping.

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2 thoughts on “Caturday Reads: Epic Sci-Fi, Folk Fantasy, & Scottish Historical Fiction

  1. Have you started/finished of these yet? What did you think of them? Not including Dune because I know you’ve read that a million times lol. Does it remind you of your brother when you read it?

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