Holy fuck, I am so damn excited that today is Weds, because today-just this morning-I finished reading the second WOT book ‘The Great Hunt.’ Ahhhh! Oh my gosh, I have been reading that book for over a year. Mainly because I kept putting it aside to read other books. Epic fantasy is my most challenging genre. But I’m done. I did it.. And I loved it!
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
WWW Weds is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.
There are three questions to answer:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you will read next?
Let’s jump into it, so I can talk WOT!
What are you currently reading?
The second I finished The Great Hunt, I jumped into the first Malazan book. I want to keep challenging myself with epic fantasy, but also wanted to take a bit of a break from Wheel of Time before jumping into book three.
Malazan is known for being one of the most challenging epic fantasy reads. Not only is the series long with word counts to hold its own against the works of Jordan and Sanderson, but the worldbuilding is INTENSE. What I hear most often about Malazan is that the world is absolutely massive and no other epic fantasy series holds a candle to the level of detail and the scope of the Malazan world.
I first became interested in reading this series after I stumbled across r/malazan. The subreddit probably popped up on my radar because I was spending so much time on r/fantasywriters and r/WOT. After spending some time on that subreddit and getting a feel for the community, I plopped Malazan on my TBR. I’m drawn to this series for the same reason that I was drawn to WOT: the fandom. I love a vibrant and interactive fandom. Nothing sparks an enthusiastic fandom like an expansive and well-imagined world to fall into (okay, I’m starting to lose my dislike of secondary world fantasy and intricate worldbuilding. Could you tell? lol)
Malazan is also known for being very dark. Much more so than WOT. Even more so than the works of Joe Abercrombie. Yeah, I can take my fantasy a little dark.
I’m only a few chapters in and already there is a lot of death and piles of corpses and bloody battlefields.
I’m not complaining.
Now, this is not a book, but…
I’ve been spending a lot of time reading the Monster Girl wiki.
I realized that a lot of my male readers (I write gentle femdom romance) list my book on wattpad alongside monster girl smut. This sent me down a whole internet research rabbit hole which ended with me discovering there are a lot of dudes into monster girl femdom.
I thought this was just about the best thing ever, and long story short, I started writing monster girl femdom smut which I plan to release on amazon, as a way to get a passive income going. When I started talking about this, a guy in my discord was nice enough to steer me towards the monster girl wiki. The characters in the wiki are copyrighted material (at least…I’m like 95% sure they are and I play it safe with copyright), so I’m not straight up taking the characters, but I am getting inspiration and learning more about the preferred tropes of men who enjoy this genre of smut. Like, reading this wiki has taught me a lot about my target audience.
Anyway, my yeti smut ‘Frosting the Abominable Snow-Woman’ will be coming to amazon soon!
(Also can anybody tell me if I’m writing ‘Snow-Woman’ right? Like, that should be hyphenated….shouldn’t it? Idk, it looks weird to me).
Tangentially related to my new monster girl smut backlist plan….I might in the semi-near future be working on a monster girl visual novel!
I was asked to come on board and help out with a furry visual novel and eep!! It’s so fun. It’s very challenging, because it’s basically part choose-your-own-adventure novel and part video game, so there are a LOT of moving parts. (Let’s just say, diagrams have been drawn). But I’m so thrilled to be a part of it and learn about storytelling in a new format.
In discussing possible compensation, the guy spearheading the project and I got to talking about the possibility of him helping me create a visual novel of my own imagining (basically a ‘I’ll help you with your furry VN if you help me create my own VN’ sort of thing) and yay! Right away he was like ‘you could do a monster girl VN’ and I was just….GAH! How are you reading my mind, dude?
So that may not be for quite some time, and for all I know could end up being one of my many shelved projects, but for now the possibility is being kicked around and I’m super stoked.
So that’s it for what I’m currently reading. Lots of projects on my plate (which I’m super thankful for), so not reading as much as I normally would.
What did you recently finish reading?
The only book I finished this week was the second book in Emily Hurricane’s Bloodlines series. This is a series of novellas centering around a group of werewolves in a post-apocolyptic setting. Yes, you read that right. Werewolves and the apocolypse. Take The Walking Dead, but no zombies and all the characters are werewolves. It is absolutely fucking brilliant and a super fun read. I urge anybody who loves post-apocolyptic novels or paranormal novels to check it out. Book three will be released shortly, so you have just enough time to read the first two novellas before that drops.
What do you think you will read next?
My review of this book (which I received via Netgalley arc) is due soon! From what I can tell it is a sweet Amish romance and I’m in the mood for something wholesome.
Next, I’ll be diving into book three of the Bloodlines series, since I am on Emily Hurricane’s arc team
Book two ended on a real cliffhanger. I’m excited to see how Daphne’s meeting with the alpha goes and I’m still waiting to find out which (if any) of these werewolves is her real father.
And then, I have this arc, also due very soon.
I received this arc via booksprout (which is my preferred platform when I distribute arcs myself). The review is due today, so I’ll be doing a marathon read!
That’s it for me! What are you currently reading right now?
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