Wyrd & Wonder Wednesday: Beware, the Suck Fairy

For the month of May, my Wednesdays on here are dedicated to the Wyrd & Wonder Challenge. I’ll share my picks for the topics that pop up in the current week on the Wednesday. Most likely, the picks will be repeats of what I post on Instagram (that’s if I manage to post anything on IG).

For this post, I’ll do the challenge topics for May 16-22. So, here it goes!

Page to screen…

It’s the Princess Bride for me.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman is one of my favorite fantasy books and movie adaptations. I saw the movie first and immediately loved it, and it was the same when I read the book years after that. I’ve seen the movie several times since then and continue to enjoy it; however, it’s been a couple years since I last reread the book.

Can’t wait to read…

All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

It’s one of many fantasy novels I recently added to my Goodreads TBR, and I keep seeing great things about it in reviews, which often describe it as atmospheric. That makes me eager to get a copy and try it out for myself. We’ll see if I manage to pick it up sometime this year.

#TropeTuesday — With friends like these…

You’ll learn never to show your hand, if your friend’s name is Melisande

Because if Melisande, from Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, ever learns what your plans are, she’ll surely use them against you… She might even use your own plans to kill you. You always have to watch your back around such… friends.

Who’s afraid of the suck fairy?

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Well, one of my childhood fantasy favorites received a visit from the suck fairy, which sucked out all that was fun and enjoyable about The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. By the time I revisited the story as an adult, all that was left was a disappointing husk. So now I’m afraid to revisit The Neverending Story, another childhood fantasy favorite, in case the suck fairy has already fed on it.

Fantasy creature on the cover (bonus points if it isn’t a dragon)

Lookie there! It’s an elf.

Yep, I found me an elf for this one. She appears on the cover of the comic book Elves, Vol. 1 by Jean-Luc Istin, illus. by Kyko Duarte, and transl. from the French by Christina Cox-De Ravel. It’s about the Blue Elves conducting an investigation to find out who wiped out one of their settlements. I liked the art but, unfortunately, the story wasn’t as strong. However, I’m still curious about it and might try the next volume.

Fantasy in translation

The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri (transl.)

The author translated this fantastic novel himself from the Italian to English. It’s about four childhood friends who meet up in their hometown once each year to catch up, but this time one of them is missing and the other friends try to find him and learn that the missing dude has been involved in some odd stuff since they last met up. The story is beautifully written. Highly recommend.

Get in the seA!

Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind

I… did not like this book AT ALL!! I even DNF’ed it and that was back when I wasn’t DNF’ing stuff. It was SUCH a frustrating read! Ugh!! Don’t ask me what about it frustrated me. I’ve since forgotten most of my complaints, except the insta-love bit and something about purity… I don’t remember what about purity but whatever it was, it annoyed me. Nope. No. I did not like this one. Kick it into the sea!

Well, that’s it for this W&WW.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these.

(I’m currently hosting a GIVEAWAY!! Enter to win a fantasy novel of up to $30USD.)


19 thoughts on “Wyrd & Wonder Wednesday: Beware, the Suck Fairy

  1. I am similarly terrified that The Neverending Story might not be as wonderful as I remember it being!
    And heartily agree with you about Terry Goodkind too – although I’ve bounced off several books of his, so am more inclined to kick HIM into the sea! 😀

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    1. 🤣🤣 I gotta apologize for getting you curious about it lol. It’s so bad. A lot of people like it though, so if you do end up reading it, I wish you better luck and enjoyment.
      (I did like the TV show based on it although it was horrible and very cheesy too.)

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  2. Hope you don’t mind a shout out for Bob marley. Buried on the 21st May 81 Jamaica.
    Favourite quote of his…
    “the truth is everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for”
    The full quote from Marcus garvey that tuff gong sang…
    “we are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is your only ruler, sovereign. The man who is not able to develop and use his mind is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his mind.”

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  3. I think you maybe right with the never ending story, it’s been aeons since watching this movie
    Luck dragon vs the old suck waggon!
    Same with the princess bride with the aeons.

    The book of hidden things sounds like it would mix well with the other favourites in the abyss that dwells were the books are.

    I read yours and mogsy’s reviews,
    What a great job you’ve done with your reviews!


  4. I’ve absolutely LOVED The Princess Bride movie each time I’ve watched it, an absolute classic. I’ve yet to read the book but do have a copy and have been hoping to get to it. And my feelings about Wizard’s First Rule match your own. It’s one of the very, VERY few books I’ve put aside and never finished. It felt very amateurish to me, overflowing with tropes and none of them done well. The characters seemed underdeveloped cardboard cutouts, there was the insta-love that felt completely artificial. All that and I feel like I didn’t really get that far into the book before quitting. Oh well, at least I’ve not run into anything since then I’ve disliked so much. 🙂

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    1. That’s really good reading luck that the Wizard’s First Rule is your only big hiccup so far. You summed it up well there that it’s “overflowing with tropes and none of them done well.”


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