When the Wolf Comes – A Tabletop RPG! – a chat with Ian Sharpe

Ian Sharpe has been one of my guests on Spells & Spaceships before – you can read our Q&A from Norsevember 2020 here. Sharpe has written extensively about his alternate Vikingverse, a parallel timeline where the Norse rule seas and stars with restless fleets and Christianity has been put to the Viking sword. His titlesContinue reading “When the Wolf Comes – A Tabletop RPG! – a chat with Ian Sharpe”

A Fantasy Blogger’s Guide to the Trees of Europe

How often have you read a book that mentions a specific species of tree, or even a whole forest, and you breeze on past, vaguely picturing a bit of greenery as you go? Maybe some of you have done so from time to time. As it happens though, trees and the natural environment can giveContinue reading “A Fantasy Blogger’s Guide to the Trees of Europe”

The Children of Gods and Fighting Men – Cover Reveal

Hi everyone! I have a new cover reveal today, and I’m genuinely excited and honoured to be sharing it with you. The book cover belongs to The Children of Gods and Fighting Men by Shauna Lawless. Those familiar with my Norsevember event may have read Shauna’s excellent post on the Vikings in Ireland, in whichContinue reading “The Children of Gods and Fighting Men – Cover Reveal”

To binge read or not to binge read?

Recently I’ve seen a lot of people talking about binge-reading a book series. I’m no stranger to the binge. I binge-watched Vikings, Spartacus, Stranger Things, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones & (secretly, over the top of a book) Glee. I’ve watched the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back (11.4Continue reading “To binge read or not to binge read?”

Yearly Roundup & Favourite Books: 2021

2021 was a weird year for reading. The ongoing, seemingly indefinite pandemic drained alot of my mental energy, as I’m sure it did for many of you. I also got a promotion at work, which although more rewarding, has been more tiring and stressful at times. As a result, I spent more time gaming, whereContinue reading “Yearly Roundup & Favourite Books: 2021”

My 10 History Reads for 2022

While I mostly review fantasy and sci-fi books, I do actually read a lot of non fiction – history and popular science, mostly. Although I don’t review on my blog, I do on Goodreads and Amazon – for me, they’re a little trickier to review than fiction. Here are 10 history books I’m planning toContinue reading “My 10 History Reads for 2022”

Diversity in the Viking Age

By now you should know the Vikings were expert traders, navigators and explorers as well as the raiders and warriors you see more often in popular culture. They mixed with a diverse range of people and cultures. Yet the Viking and Nordic imagery continues to be appropriated by neo nazi groups. You can see whyContinue reading “Diversity in the Viking Age”