Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite Science fiction and fantasy books

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Usually I don’t join in on this, (Because I forget), but this week’s subject appealed to me so here we go! (Creator: Ginger reads Lainey. Host: Thoughts on tomes)

The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

A, (middle grade?), fantasy about a young boy who’s training to be the last spook, dealing with witches, boggarts ect.

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This is one of the few books that I re-read. My copy is now all yellowed at the pages. I love the simplicity of the writing. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the story.

(I’m very annoyed that they changed the book cover half way through. -_-) (P.S. Don’t watch the trash that is the so called movie.)

The Wee free men by Terry pratchett

About a nine year old girl who must deal with foul mouthed wee men and must save her baby brother from the Queen of fairies.

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This was a hard choice. I adore Terry Pratchett’s novel and I struggled to decide which to put here. I chose this one because this, and it’s sequels, affected me so strongly. They are very important books to me and I would probably recommend this book to people if they’ve not read Terry Pratchett before. (Your poor souls.)

Rosemary and rue by Seanan McGuire 

This first book in an urban fantasy series. Toby is a changling, half changling, half human and all badass. A friend is murdered and she has to figure out what happened or she’ll die.

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This was actually my first foray into urban fantasy and, omg, I loved it. I loved the main character and just how its set up because within the first few pages you know you’re going to read the next book. And there was great care in explaining all the different fay and rules, especially for someone who hasn’t delved into UF before.

Darklord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones

Set in a fantasy world which is ruled by someone from a world like ours and they must put on pilgrims, which are basically like a trope fantasy world. (How terrible am I at explaining plots?)

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I remember finding this book in the library and I devoured it within a few days. I was completely enchanted and it was on of my first fully fantasy reads. The wide array of magical creatures are so clever and just the unique plot itself.

I am legend by Richard Matheson

The last living man in a world full of vampires.

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This choice actually surprised me. I gave this an average rating. I liked it, but I wouldn’t have called it a favourite. Apparently, it’s one of those that grows on you.

Most will know of the movie, which I like too, but it completely misses the message. The ending of this book is powerful. One of the greatest ending I’ve ever read.


Alright! This was fun! Apparently, I love fantasy more than sci fi, though it may be I’ve just read more fantasy. I may have to join in more of these. Obviously, I left off Harry Potter and LOTR because, they’re a given really.

How about you? What’s your top 5 fantasy/sci fi? Or have you done a post? Link it to me!

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I am legend by Richard Matheson book review

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire book review

The spook’s apprentice by Joseph Delaney book review

The wee free men by Terry Pratchett book review

 

 

 

 

The time machine by H G Wells book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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‘I had made myself the most complicated and the most hopeless trap that ever a man devised’

When a Victorian scientist propels himself in the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realizes that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture – now weak and childishly afraid of the dark.

1. IT

I’d first watched the movie of this and enjoyed it so I was very interested in reading the book. I thought it seemed really thing when I got it though! It’s also part of SF masterworks list, which I’m working my way through.

1. writing

It’s told in first person and, in a way, where someone is relaying a story to you. Personally, I think it would have better in third person. The writing is clean and easy to understand. The description is very good and I was easily able to visualize everything.

1. Plot

The phrase, ‘Long story short’, came to mind while reading this. There is an overview of a plot here, but the book is nowhere near long enough to do it justice. This is a summary of a story. It leaves you wanting more and not in a good way. I liked what was there, I just wanted more of everything.

1. char

The characters just seem to be there for the story to be told. They don’t even have names which tells you how important they are. A shame because there was a great cast of them.

1. ot

I think the potential sums things up nicely. It had potential. It’s well written which made it easy to read, (made even easier by how disappointingly short it is.) I liked the plot, I liked the characters, but there wasn’t enough of any of this.

I debated a long while which rating to give this, (2 or 3?), because, while I liked the idea, I didn’t enjoy it because there wasn’t much of it to enjoy. In the end, I gave it a 3, because while there’s not enough, it was written so far ahead of its time and I find that so amazing.

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read? No

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 3 grey

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Ex machina film review

UK release date: 21/1/15

Runtime: 108 minutes

Directed by: Alex Garland

Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac

Note: This film is available on Now TV at the time of this review.

It has an intriguing start, throwing you in the deep end, not telling you a thing and I was like, Oooooh, what’s happening?!!

Early one, even though nothing ‘bad’ has happened, I was fill with a sense of unease and thinking, Oh no, something bad’s going to happen at the end of all this. It had done well to build tension from the start.

The film is absolutely fascinating and I wish I’d have been able to see it in the cinema. I think the full effect of the big screen would have been amazing. You’re not going to get big, bang, thrilling action. This film creeps up on you insidiously. Something is wrong and it is not until the very, very end that you find closure on this.

Imagine me shocked when I discovered they made this film in just six weeks on a budget of $15 million.

The three main actors…WOW. All three were stunningly brilliant and I couldn’t say one surpasses the other. I mean, I’m not surprised. I know all three of these actors and love them.

But, I have to mention Alicia Vikander specifically because her portrayal of Ava was awe inspiring. I recently saw her in The Danish girl and she’d been my favourite in that. She’s an actress I’ll watch out for from now on. Domhnall Gleeson was also brilliant. I was completely captivated by their performances.

And that ending. It took my breath away!! The music further helped to get my heart racing and amped the tension throughout not just at the end.

To sum up, What an ending, Makes you think, Stunning acting

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? Yes

Stars: 5/6

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The long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter book review

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Normally, when there was nothing to do, he listened to the Silence.

The Silence was very faint here. Almost drowned out by the sounds of the mundane world. Did people in this polished building understand how noisy it was? The roar of air conditioners and computer fans, the susurration of many voices heard but not decipherable…. This was the office of the transEarth Institute, an arm of the Black Corporation. The faceless office, all plasterboard and chrome, was dominated by a huge logo, a chesspiece knight. This wasn’t Joshua’s world. None of it was his world. In fact, when you got right down to it, he didn’t have a world; he had all of them.

This is one of those rare books where I think I was more in love with the actual writing than the story. Not that the story isn’t good, but it’s so beautifully written that I found myself reading slowly so as to savour each word, each sentence.

It amazes me that this book is the combined effort of two writers, but, what amazes me more more is how seamless it reads. Personally, I can pick out those moments where I know it’s Terry Pratchett’s influence, but that’s because he’s one of my favourite Authors and it only serves to enhance my enjoyment.

I haven’t read Stephen Baxter before, but I most definitely will be doing in the future now.

While this book is Science fiction, I imagine fantasy fans would enjoy it also. It’s sort of like logical fantasy. Fantasy presented in a science fiction way. I found it all very clever.

The pace of the book is slow, like a stroll on a pleasant day. It’s not in your face, gun blazing action. It’s a book that you mull over and glean every slice of information that comes your way. I did feel the middle was stretched out a little and felt a mild impatience to get on with it.

I loved that we saw the reactions from different viewpoints, minor characters, although I was sad not to get a conclusion from some of them, I suspect this is because there stories will unfold in the following books. It’s amazing how the characters are so real and well rounded that you pity and empathize, and I use this word lightly because they aren’t really any, with the ‘bad’ guys.

It’s a book that’s left me desperate to find out what happens and with a lot to think about.

To sum up, beautiful writing, Slow pace, well rounded characters

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes and Yes

Stars: 5/6

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The restaurant at the end of the Universe by Douglas Adams book review

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When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one questions remains – ‘Where shall we have dinner?’ The restaurant at the end of the universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.

This is the second book in the series.

Douglas Adams writing style is very similar to Terry Pratchett or maybe it’s the other way around?!

Either way, I expected to enjoy it because, 1. I love Terry Pratchett, and 2. I enjoyed the first book in The Hitchhiker’s series.

So, it was a surprise to me that… I did not. I love the writing style, which like I said, is a lot like Pratchett. Some may not like it, because, to put in laymen terms, Adams waffles on a lot, purposely.  I love reading from the different viewpoints of, let’s face it, insignificant characters.

I did find the made up words a tad annoying and got to a point where I was just skimming them when they came up.

The plot… Well, there is one in there, but it never gets to full steam. Lots of things happen, but there’s no resolution or motive. What are they achieving? What is achieved in the story? I have no idea.

I love the characters. They are well rounded and act and speak in a way that is true to their strange, weirdo characters.

I think it was just missing that extra bit of plot, a reason why for their journey or at least stumbling into an aim. I felt as if the book wasn’t finished.

To sum up, great characters, imaginative world, seemingly no plot

Was it worth the read? No

Would I re-read it? No

Would I read this author again? Yes

Stars: 3/6

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