Monday 30 December 2019

#26/2019 Bestiariusz SÅ‚owianski

A complex and thorough walkthrough of Slavic ghosts, mythical creatures and all the faerie beings you can think of. Definitely a must for all fantasy fans interested in Slavic legends.
I got this “Slavic beastiary” a couple of years ago but somehow never got round to reading it. And it was a mistake. Reading it now as I’m spending short holidays with my family at the cottage house in the middle of nowhere adds to the charm. It’s also beautifully illustrated and the descriptions of mythical creatures are short and filled with folklore. A lot of it goes back to the times when simple people tried to justify what they didn’t understand with concepts that were somehow tangible, and it is surprising that some of those beliefs are still prevalent. Also, it goes without saying that a lot of these tales were major source of inspiration for the author of Witcher.

Sunday 29 December 2019

#25/2019 Fever Dream

Heavily oniric story that interweaves points of view in the narrative and mixes elements of nightmare with reality. All of that with deeply psychological insights and complex discussion of the nature of death.

#24/2019 Gwendy's Magic Feather


The Button Box #2 follows the story of Gwendy who is now a successful politician. yet her past comes to haunt... and help her. Short novel with slowly building pace and final mystery solved a bit too quickly to be treated seriously...

Saturday 28 December 2019

#23/2019 Heart-Shaped Box

Judas Coyne, legendary rock-start,has a peculiar hobby of collecting morbid memorabilia. When he is contacted about an opportunity to purchase... a ghost, he can't pass. Soon afterwards strange events begin to unfold that cause him to rethink his life and the circumstances that led to the unfortunate purchase.
As naive as this sounds, the story is actually quite coherent and well structures. What I liked the most wast he ambiguity as none of the characters in the novel can actually be called good.

Monday 23 December 2019

More Malifaux crews

Two more crews to add to 2019 painting pool. I've been neglecting my blog for a good while now. Too easy to just add pics to Instagram, will need to rethink whether it still makes sense to keep the blog running.

#22/2019 The Self-Driven Child

Not much to write here as it's a book full of practical advice on how to build confidence and help a child become more independent. As a father of two girls, I am definitely going to read more like his one in the future t make sure i support my kids and help them grow without being too imposing...

#21/2019 The Almost Nearly Perfect People

I work with Nordic people on daily basis so this books was an obvious choice. The author uses an outsider's perspective and goes through all the nations, confronting myths, stereotypes, and hard truths about the Nordics.

#20/2019 Someone We Know

Basically it's a "who slept with who" story that has several twists in it but nothing overly complex :)

#19/2019 An Unwanted Guest

A pretty mountain lodge that is cut off from civilization by a blizzard. People begin dying, one murder follows another, no clear motivations - all these sound like familiar tropes and don't really offer anything new to the genre...
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