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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Other posts

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

 

 

 

 

Goodreads tag

I nabbed this off book stacks of amber ‘cuz it looked fantabulous! Feel free to have a go if you like! \o/

1. What is the last book you marked as read:

Urban fantasy with a great main character.

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2. What are you currently reading? 

Red rain is a dystopian, christian novella I’ve never read a christian novel before so it’s interesting to see that mixed with the dystopian aspect.

The power of dark HAS A WESTIE IN IT. It’s middle fantasy horror. I’ve read a couple chapter and I’m enjoying it.

3. What is the last book you marked as to be read?

*Drools over cover* I believe, this is some kind of Prince origin story.

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4. What book do you plan to read next?

I’m probably going to read this now. The blurb has me crazy excited. I don’t want to lose that excitement.

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5. Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I like the simplicity of what each star means. Although, I added an extra star on the rating system for my own blog. 5 was not enough.

6. Are you doing a 2016 reading challenge?

Yep, I think I’m a book or two behind. D: I’m aiming for a 100 books which 2 books a week.

7. Do you have a wish list?

I have my to read list, which I guess is kind of a wish list? But otherwise, no. I buy books mostly on whim and mood. And no-one loves me enough to buy me books. ;-;

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

Um. I have NO IDEA. 0.0 I just bought three new books, two which I was specifically after so I’ve filled my quota. I have a lot of books to read before I buy more. 

Although, I’d love the Terry Pratchett or The lord of the ring colouring books. Or Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.

9. Do you have any favourite quotes to share?

Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life. – Terry Pratchett
 
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this. – Terry Pratchett
“I’m going on an adventure” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The hobbit

10. Who are your favourite authors?

Terry Pratchett

J. K. Rowling

Koushun Takami

Diana Wynne Jones

Joseph Delaney

Jane Austen

11. Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I’m a member of the Nerdy Pages book club . I really struggle with keeping up with stuff on goodreads, socializing on there is hard.

12. Are there any questions you would want to add? 

…I can haz cookie? \o.o/

Dewey’s 24 hour readathon

Dear blog,

I did it again. No, not scarf all the cookies or trip on thin air. I mean deciding to take part in a readathon at the last minute. Not only that! But a 24 hours one. AND NOT ONLY THAT! But while I’m still taking part in the Spring into horror readathon.

What’s this readathon I speak of, you say? Well, let me tell you.

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It’s called Dewey’s 24 hour readathon. You can check the website here. And there will be lots of activity on twitter. You can use #readathon to get in on the action.

One of the main things I like about it, besides the challenge, is that we’ll all be starting at the same time. Unfortunately, that’s 1 pm for me. WHY COULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN IN THE MORNING?!

I, myself, plan on doing hourly updates on twitter, which, the later it gets, will devolve into something like, I’M SO TIRED! WHY DID I DECIDE TO DO THIS?!  And, on the Sunday, I’ll post a wrap up of how it went.

I plan to attempt to stay up for the entire 24 hours and, without further ado, here’s the books I’ll most likely be choosing from. I doubt I’ll manage them all, but these are the options!

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Now that I’m looking at this selection, I realize quite a few are movies! I don’t know which I’ll start with. I WANT TO READ THEM ALL! Probably one of the bottom three though.

So, I’m super looking forward to it!! (We shall not talk about the 250 odd pages of my current read I need to finish nor the book review I need to write nor that I have to get up super early tomorrow and I will not be able to nap.)

If anyone has any tips, considering this’ll be my first go, then, please, share them with me!!

Are you doing it?! Let me know so I can check your blog/follow you on twitter!

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I shall wear midnight by Terry Pratchett book review

Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!

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It starts with whispers.

Then someone picks up a stone.

Finally, the fires begin.

When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . .

Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren’t sparkly, aren’t fun, don’t involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.

But someone or something is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.

This is the fourth book in the Tiffany Aching series and, by now, I’ve noticed that each of these books are tinged with melancholy. Or maybe it’s because I’m such an emotion butterfly…nah.

I’ve loved each and everyone of these books even without having finish the fifth and final (*Sobs*) book I can say this series is definitely worth reading.

Brilliant characters that you’ll come to know more and more with each book. They’re so incredibly real. One day, I’ll read these books to the small humans in my family.

I think they teach you much about people while giving you an amazing story to get completely invested in. (Like me, who has been reduced to blubbering by each book without fail.)

Tiffany is, as always, brilliant to read and follow, along with the array of characters. Who can not love the Feegles? (Probably publicans.)

This has to be my second favourite, (after The Wee free men which is the first in the series), it’s plot is powerful and really makes you think about the world and people and beliefs.

You can find reviews of the previous Tiffany Aching books at the bottom!

To sum up, Can’t too busy fangirling over it.

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read the Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 6

RELATED REVIEWS –

The wee free men book review

A hat full of sky book review

Wintersmith book review

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett book review

Note: All my reviews are spoiler free!

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Tiffany Aching is a trainee witch — now working for the seriously scary Miss Treason. But when Tiffany witnesses the Dark Dance — the crossover from summer to winter — she does what no one has ever done before and leaps into the dance. Into the oldest story there ever is. And draws the attention of the Wintersmith himself.

As Tiffany-shaped snowflakes hammer down on the land, can Tiffany deal with the consequences of her actions? Even with the help of Granny Weatherwax and the Nac Mac Feegle — the fightin’, thievin’ pictsies who are prepared to lay down their lives for their “big wee hag.”

This is the third book of the Tiffany Aching series. So far, out of the three I’ve read, the first one, The wee free men, is my favourite.

Tiffany, the main character, just seems a little passive in this book, as if waiting for the events to happen to her rather than dealing with them.

I do love the plot though and the character’s are top marks. I love how character interacts with each other. Those little unspoken rules of living in a community. It’s so fascinating to read.

It’s beautifully written as always. I think many young girls will love and, perhaps, identify with Tiffany. I’m they’ll love following her as she grows up. I wish I’d have read these books back when growing up. Tiffany is a strong young girl and I think she could inspire others the same way.

The ending was a sucker punch to the gut. I don’t know why. Terry Pratchett has a way of writing ‘villains’ and I write it like that because they’re not really villains. They just see things differently and they’re not evil for evils sake. They have reasons and it’s heartbreaking that they’re the bad guys because you get why they’re doing what they do.

To sum up, great writing, passive main character, great plot

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Flames: Flame 5 grey

RELATED REVIEWS –

The wee free men book review

A hat full of sky book review

 

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

RELATED REVIEWS – 

The Hogfather book review

The wee free men book review

 

‘Tis The season book tag!!

@emmathebooklover tagged me in this awesomely, fun looking tag. Thanks for that and you should check out her amazing book blog. You may find a cool new read after reading one of her reviews.

I was also tagged by @rakioddbooks, a lovely person who always has time to chat, (and loves Terry Pratchett like me!)

Alright let’s get to it!

1. Do you have a favourite Winter read?

I love this book, (and the film). It’s a little different from a straightforward Christmas novel. You can see my review of it here.

2. Find a book with a blue cover.

I assume this means on my bookshelf.

This is second in a series of amazing young fantasy novels. Artemis, our main character, is a young, rich, criminal mastermind and add in a bad ass female fairy then how can you not want to read this?!

The first one has a blue cover too, but I’m pretty sure this one mentions Christmas so I figured this was the right choice!

3. Find a book that you’d use as star on a Christmas tree. 

My mind immediately thought of this book, when I think Christmas, I think A Christmas carol. I’d doubt anyone’s not seen the films and a wide majority must’ve read the book. It just exudes Christmas.

4. Pick one Fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation

My first instinct was Hogwarts, it is stunning, but disaster seems to strike that place at Christmas or maybe it’s just because Harry’s there.

So, my choice would be the Unseen University because those dudes clearly know how to have a good time!

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation.

Oooh, toughy. I have lots of favourite characters, but it doesn’t mean we’d get along in real life. Hmmm, I’d have to go for…Oh wow, this is really hard.

GIMLI!

Gimli and Legolas are my favourite! The bromance was real. I think I’d be too busy blushing and babbling like psycho to go on holiday with Legolas.

Gimli and I would bond over our gingerness and shortness.

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6. Name one book on your Christmas wish list this year.

I recently watched the film and, on discovering there was a book, I immediately tried to discover if there was an English version. And guess what, there is. 

Think Hunger games, but more brutal. I’m looking forward to eventually reading it.

7. What is your favourite holiday drink, treat and movie?

I’m quite plain when it comes to food and drink so you won’t find me trying any holiday specific things.

Drink: The closest would be Tea in a Christmas mug. That I use all year round.

Treat: At Christmas the fight for the strawberry rose chocolate begins. I have been known to secretly open the tin, take them all out and hide them. I also love the green triangles which are from quality street, I think?

They’re the only things I have specifically a Christmas time.

Movies: Now this is a question I can actually answer! I love, love, The Muppet Christmas carol, The Grinch, Jingle all the way and Die hard. They’d be my top Christmas films.

And, the obligatory, Christmas day watch, Zulu, Of course.

Wow, this was really fun. The food, drink and who’d to take on a Christmas vacation really stumped me for awhile!

I tag,

@rakioddbooks

@darlingbear

@thegalaxialworld

Hope you have as much fun as me if you decide to have a go!

 

 

 

Weekly update

So, how is December treating everyone?

Have you been doing all kinds of festive stuff? Books, films, crafts, writing, outings and the like?

I’ve been reading Christmas-themed books and it’s really gotten me into the festive spirit. Unlike the Christmas film(s) I’ve seen at the cinema, so far, which haven’t been impressive.

Hopefully future releases will be better!

I think I’m going to start organizing my already watched films and put them into Genres to make it easier for people to find what they’re looking for. The list is getting a little long and probably annoying to root through.

It seems that this week’s reads are Elf themed AND Christmas themed and they are-

Wednesday:

Ember Skye is a fed up teenage Coal Elf with a big ashy chip on her shoulder. Having been torn away from a carefree life and forced into a world of dirt and darkness has started to get the best of her. And being the only girl-elf working as a coal miner at the North Pole doesn’t help much either!

Then there’s Sturd: a power-hungry, twisted elf with a checkered past and a serious grudge against Ember. Slowly but surely, his maniacal tendencies are revealed, leaving Ember with the sacred “Naughty List” literally in her lap.

When a mysterious illness threatens to decimate elves both Above and Underground, Ember is thrust into a journey that will see her confront the literal and figurative demons of her past and lead her to the head of the North Pole himself.

Yes! Santa is real. But this isn’t your childhood Christmas tale

I’ve already started this book, only a few pages, but I feel like I’m going to enjoy. The writing is good so far.

Sunday: 

Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three inch 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He’s one of Santa’s original elves, inspired by the fat man’s vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it’s the conspiracy against Christmas that he’s starting to sense down every chimney. Either way, North Pole disillusionment is nothing new: Some elves brood with a bottle of nog, trying to forget their own wish list. Some get better. Some get bitter. Gumdrop Coal wants revenge. Justice is the only thing he knows, and so he decides to give a serious wakeup call to parents who can’t keep their vile offspring from landing on the Naughty List. But when one parent winds up dead, his eye shot out with a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model BB gun, Gumdrop Coal must learn who framed him and why. Along the way he’ll escape the life-sucking plants of the Mistletoe Forrest, battle the infamous Tannenbomb Giant, and survive a close encounter with twelve very angry drummers and their violent friends. The horrible truth lurking behind the gingerbread doors of Kringle Town could spell the end of Christmas-and of the fat man himself. Holly Jolly!

As for films –

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Tuesday: 

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I’ll most likely be watching Krampus this week too. I’m not sure what else will have been released in the Cinema, but, as usual, I’ll probably be watching them!

As always, hope you had a great weekend and, to those new to the blog don’t forget to follow!

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett book review

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It’s the night before Hogswatch. And its too quiet.

Where is the big jolly fat man? Why is Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho? The darkest night of the year is getting a lot darker…

Susan the gothic governess has got to sort it out by morning, otherwise there won’t be a morning. Ever again…The 20th Discworld novel is a festive feast of darkness and Death (but with jolly robins and tinsel too).

As they say: ‘You’d better watch out..

If you like humorous fantasy that often reveals deeper meanings to human nature with a wide variety of unique and painfully human characters, then you’ll like this.

Terry Pratchett is one of those rare few authors that I’ll pick up his book without checking the blurb to see if it’ll interest me.

Hogfather is a festive adventure featuring Death as one of the main Characters. It’s 400-odd pages and zoomed through it. There are no chapters, something that wasn’t an issue for me.

It moves from one character POV to another and manages to weaves several strands of the story line in a clever way.

There are so many amazing sentences in here that will be memorable quotes. Such as –

“Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.”

This is definitely one to read for Christmas, (or any other time), especially if you like it to be Christmas themed, but not just centered around Christmas like, for example, A Christmas carol.

To sum up, deep meaning, unique characters, great plot

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Stars: 5/6

RELATED REVIEWS – 

Wee Free men book review

A christmas carol book review

The Muppet Christmas carol film review

Hogfather film review

Weekly update

It’s almost December! Meaning Christmas themed books and film galore!

This week’s books –

Wednesday: A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation resulting from a supernatural visit by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come.

Next sunday: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett

It’s the night before Hogswatch. And its too quiet.

Where is the big jolly fat man? Why is Death creeping down chimneys and trying to say Ho Ho Ho? The darkest night of the year is getting a lot darker…

Susan the gothic governess has got to sort it out by morning, otherwise there won’t be a morning. Ever again…The 20th Discworld novel is a festive feast of darkness and Death (but with jolly robins and tinsel too).

As they say: ‘You’d better watch out…

This week’s films –

Monday: Cowboys and aliens. We’ll see how this matches up to the book.

Tuesday: Christmas with the Coopers. First Christmas film!! Exciting!

Wednesday: The Muppet Christmas carol

Thursday: Victor Frankenstein. I’ve been seeing Ad trailers for this everywhere and safe to say I’m hyped about it!

I’m not sure what’ll be out in the cinema for the following days, but, whatever it is, I’ll be watching it!

Also, I’d mulling over doing an ebook giveaway, but learnt that I can’t gift ebooks through Amazon (UK). Anyone know another site which I could do this through? I’m really, really, really, disappointed that I can’t. BOO!

I’d rather do an ebook than a physical copy, (although I’m not ruling that out), as it just seems more secure for people all round.

SO! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Is anyone watching/reading any festive favourites?