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If you haven’t been over to Ink and Paper yet to see what Jo put together for her High Fantasy theme, you need to get on that.  She’s put together an impressive list with more than a dozen unique blogs, many with multiple reviews available.  So if you’ve been looking for that escapist fix but are wondering where to go, you’re sure to find something appealing in this list.

Most of the reviews on this list are for fairly current releases, so if you’re like me and only dabble in high fantasy every now and then, this is a fabulous “finger on the pulse” round up for what’s going on in the genre right now.  And if you are WILD about high fantasy, this is the perfect way to find some new, like-minded bloggers to share your thoughts and TBR lists with.

I’m also pretty impressed with Jo’s ability to pull out short but personality-filled quotes from each blogger, so you can get a sense of their review before you even click.  There is a lot of material in this post, but you should be able to quickly and easily find the stuff that’s MOST appealing to you.

If you’d like to discuss the question of  “What, in your opinion, makes a good high fantasy?” please visit Ink And Paper’s host post.  You are invited to discuss in comments, create a post on your blog and link in comments, or visit some of the contributors’ linked posts and see what they have to say about it.

If High Fantasy or Epic Fantasy is just not your bag,  one of these upcoming carnivals is bound to be:

Edition 51 hosted by: Nicole at Linus’s Blanket
Deadline for submission: April 9, 2010
Theme: Out of the Comfort Zone: Books You Thought You’d Never Read, But Enjoyed When You Did
To submit a post, email: nicolebonia at gmail dot com

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: April 23, 2009
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

Edition 53 hosted by: Nicola at Alpha Heroes
Deadline for submission: May 7, 2010
Theme: Arthurian Fiction
To submit a post, email: nicola327 AT hotmail DOT com

One last thought:  I’m helping Jackie out with handling BWC, so if you notice a change in style (or, um, say, timeliness?) now know why.

Beth Fish Reads has posted the 46th Edition of the Bookworms Carnival and she’s talking about one of my favorite topics – food.  Just like in the food world, there are a variety of different foods available and Beth received that during submissions.  She has reviews for cookbooks, fiction novels and even a review for The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace, which involves a bottle of wine.  I didn’t realize there were so many books about food out there, in some form or another, and I can’t wait to get over there and explore all the various links.

If you’re a foodie like I am, then definitely head over and check out what Beth has gleaned for us.  She also introduces us to a whole new weekend meme that looks to be a lot of fun for any foodie out there:

Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend. Please link to your specific post, not your blog’s home page. For more information, see the welcome post.

If you don’t have anything for this edition, what about these?

Edition 50 hosted by: Jo at Ink and Paper
Deadline for submission: March 26, 2010
Theme: High/Epic/Traditional Fantasy
To submit a post, email: joannestapley AT googlemail DOTcom

Edition 51 hosted by: Nicole at Linus’s Blanket
Deadline for submission: April 9, 2010
Theme: Out of the Comfort Zone: Books You Thought You’d Never Read, But Enjoyed When You Did
To submit a post, email: nicolebonia at gmail dot com

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: April 23, 2009
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

I’m really late in reporting this, but Secret Dreamworld of a Bookholic has posted the 45th Edition of the Bookworms Carnival and Kathrin featured novels that were involved in series.

I had picked series as my theme – and I was refering not to a specific series, but to each and every series you can come up with. In case you’re wondering why I picked this theme: I have been hosting the Series Challenge for the past 3 years and we’re now in the 4th year.

Kathrin was sent a bunch of different reviews – for the first novel, non-first novels and even whole series – so there is a ton to go explore.  If you’re looking for something new or simply want to see what is out there, make sure you stop by and browse through her topics.  I know I will be.

If you don’t have anything for this edition, what about these?

Edition 50 hosted by: Jo at Ink and Paper
Deadline for submission: March 26, 2010
Theme: High/Epic/Traditional Fantasy
To submit a post, email: joannestapley AT googlemail DOTcom

Edition 51 hosted by: Nicole at Linus’s Blanket
Deadline for submission: April 9, 2010
Theme: Out of the Comfort Zone: Books You Thought You’d Never Read, But Enjoyed When You Did
To submit a post, email: nicolebonia at gmail dot com

Edition 52 hosted by: Rebecca from Rebecca Reads
Deadline for submission: April 23, 2009
Theme: Poetry
To submit a post, email: rebecca at rebeccareid dot com

Sorry the site has been so silent lately.  During the holidays, I found out I was pregnant and the last few months have really kicked my butt and put me so behind on everything – both online and personally.  I know it’s not an excuse, that is just my reason.

As such, going by what the last couple months have been like, I don’t think I can do this on my own anymore and Rebecca has already said she’s scaling back her own online stuff.  So the BWC needs help.  I can not guarantee that I’ll be able to give the BWC as much attention as it deserves (which is far more than what it’s receiving right now), so if anyone would like to take over the reigns, please email me at myjaxon at gmail. I am willing to stay on and help where I can, but I just don’t think I can lead this anymore and I would hate to see it die.  Dewey put so much work into this and it is such a great time that it would be a shame if it was to disappear into the ether.

Keeping the BWC up and running wouldn’t take much, but it does need someone who can give it more attention than I have.  Really, each carnival host has the biggest job, but keeping them organized, helping to promote each one and keeping up with them is just as important – and that’s where the BWC staff comes in.  With two or three people behind the scenes, this would be fairly easy to keep up with, but for one lone person, obviously not so easy.

Again, if you are willing to take over the reigns, please email me at myjaxon at gmail (I’ll get it sooner than the BWC email).  If more than one person is interested, I’ll connect you all and we’ll get going.  I won’t be dumping this in anyone’s lap, I will be here to help, so don’t worry about that, please.

Katrin at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic is looking for submissions for the 45th Bookworms Carnival.  Her theme is series and this is probably one of the easies carnivals to submit too for any genre.  Don’t believe me, check out what Katrin is asking for…

I picked Series as my theme, in part because I’ve been hosting the Series Challenge for over 3 years now and I absolutely love series. It is nice to rejoice with characters we already know and and see them develop and grow. But I’m not necessarily only talking about series revolving around a certain cast of characters or series set in one world only. Theoretically, this theme is so broad, you could also submit a blog post on the “for Dummies” books or any other series-type book you can find.

See…I told you it was easy.  So now, let’s see if we can’t get her a great collection of reviews or even your own personal opinion of series-type books.  Submissions are due to Katrin by January 9, 2010 and all you need to do is send them via email to dreamworldofabookaholic AT googlemail DOT com.  I’m going to go look to see what I can add to her list.  I know I have a few.

Katrin is also asking a great question for those who read series, so if you don’t have a review ready for her, why not answer her question on your site?

What is it about series you like most? Which are the series you enjoy most? And do you remember the first series you read? And do you prefer to have something on the covers that links the books (like the yellow background and the comic-style guy on the “for Dummies” books to give only one example) or don’t the covers matter to you that much?

If you don’t have anything for this edition, what about the next two?

Edition 46 hosted by: Beth at Beth Fish Reads
Deadline for submission: January 23, 2010
Theme:  Books about food or books that feature food (I’d accept culinary mysteries for example or novels centered around food)
To submit a post, email: bfish.reads AT gmail DOT com

Edition 47 hosted by: Jessica at the Bluestocking Society
Deadline for submission: February 12, 2010
Theme: Books to Movies
To submit a post, email: thebluestockingsociety at gmail dot com

Book Gazing has posted the 44th edition of the Bookworms Carnival and this time Jodie is featuring all those great novels involving that rebellious woman we all love.

Welcome to the 44th edition of the Bookworms carnival, which is the last carnival of 2009. Bloggers have sent in links to some fantastic reviews and there’s even an interview, with a female creator of feisty heroines for you to read.

Female rebellion doesn’t always have pretty results for the women who fight, but it’s the rebels who grind all the things we’re not supposed to do under their heels and leave ordinary women free to fully express their human complexity. I hope today you’ll find heroines you can empathise with, debate about and maybe even worship just a little bit.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I can’t wait to go explore the various submissions that Jodie has collected.

Upcoming Editions
Edition 45 hosted by: Katrin at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic
Deadline for submission: January 9, 2010
Theme: Series
To submit a post, email: dreamworldofabookaholic AT googlemail DOTcom

Edition 46 hosted by: Beth at Beth Fish Reads
Deadline for submission: January 23, 2010
Theme:  Books about food or books that feature food (I’d accept culinary mysteries for example or novels centered around food)
To submit a post, email: bfish.reads AT gmail DOT com

Edition 47 hosted by: Jessica at the Bluestocking Society
Deadline for submission: February 12, 2010
Theme: Books to Movies
To submit a post, email: thebluestockingsociety at gmail dot com

The whole thing about myths, is that they need to stay fluid, they need to keep moving, and they need to be dynamic. And that’s why we can go on retelling them, so that what is valuable is passed on from generation to generation, across time, through cultures. – Jeanette Winterson

Nymeth from Things Mean Alot has posted the the 43rd Bookworms Carnival and she has an amazing collection of novels featuring, focusing and retelling various mythologies from around the world.  It’s quite a collection and for anyone who loves reading anything relating to mythology, it would be hard not to find something to add to the TBR pile.