A friend in need???

Posted On 20 May 2014

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b2bf5-toptentuesday2This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic over at the Broke and Bookish is:

Ten Books About Friendship

These are my choices this week:

  1. Magical – Harry Potter from JKRowling.  Harry, Hermione and Ron.  They go through all sorts of life threatening situations but stick together throughout.
  2. Best Friends forever – The Gentleman Bastards by Scott Lynch.  Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen are literally friends for ever!  I love the two of them.  They’re awful to each other sometimes – but only for each other’s own good!  These two can say anything, and frequently do, and there’s never any resentment or grudges.
  3. Dangerous – The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  The friendship of the four women in this story is tense and leads to a story that is unputdownable.
  4. Remarkable – The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.  Feels like a bit of a step out of character from her usual books but a totally compelling read told through the lives of four women whose lives become linked – even more remarkable as some of the events are based on true events.
  5. Not altogether human – Atticus and Oberon from Kevin Hearne’s Druid Chronicles – their friendship is totally brilliant, entertaining, funny and makes you wish you could share the same conversations with your own dog (or cat!).
  6. Scary – The Fool and the Serpent from the Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore.  This is a strange friendship – based on need really – on both sides.
  7. Unconventional – Kaladin and Syl from Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings.  A brilliant friendship based on mutual benefit.
  8. Bromance – Frodo and Sam, I couldn’t resist getting Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien into my list – I use every opportunity after all.  The sort of friendship that gets you through the most impossible situations – “I’m going to Mordor” – “Of course you are. And I’m coming with you”.
  9. Foreboding – Marley and Scrooge from Dicken’s Christmas Carol – with friends like Marley, etc, etc. – although, even though he did have three ghosts pay a visit to his old friend Scrooge in the end it was for Scrooge’s own good!
  10. Dangerous – Miss Justineau and Melanie – from Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey – be afraid to have this friendship!

So, who would you pick, out of all your books – who makes the best friends?

27 Responses to “A friend in need???”

  1. Genki Jason

    Ah, the GB’s. Nothing can top their friendship.

    My personal favourite is Kazuyuki and Ryuji in Ringu. These guys are the unfit, middle-aged and slightly lame but intelligent broforce out to stop Sadako.

    • lynnsbooks

      You just have to love the GBs. Which makes me wonder when the next book is due out – I’m sure it’s this year….
      ‘unfit, middle-aged and slightly lame but intelligent’ – those guys sound excellent.
      Lynn 😀

  2. lipsyy

    Loving your list! A friend bought me the beautiful hardback edition of The Dovekeepers for my birthday two years ago – I still haven’t picked it up!

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s a good book. Very interesting story but a bit of a step away from the usual type of story that AH writes as it doesn’t really contain that ‘magical/fantasy’ element.
      Lynn 😀

      • lipsyy

        Ah yeah, I thought the synopsis sounded very different to her usual fare! I’ll totally get round to it…one day!

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah – I know what you mean!

  3. Priya

    Totally agree with #1, 8 and 9. And I’ve added The Help to my TBR list, I’d heard of it, of course, but never knew just what it was about. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      The Help is a great book – it really is quite compelling and very tense at the end.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Cathy746books

    Lovely choices, The Help in particular is a great one.

    • lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed The Help – it was quite gripping and very tense.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Michael

    Oberon is my favorite part of the Iron Druid Chronicles. Love his obsession with eating. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I love Oberson and his obsession with sausages. It’s such a good series.
      Lynn 😀

  6. jessicabookworm

    I totally agree with Harry, Hermione and Ron, and Frodo and Sam. I also think Jane Austen has written some great friendships some positive and some negative!

    • lynnsbooks

      I did think of Jane Austen and I was trying hard to think of a really good love/hate relationship. – Have you got one??
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        No I’m afraid not although I am sure there are hundreds of them!

  7. nrlymrtl

    I like your pick of BFFs – who else could they possibly be friends with now that they have been through so much together?

    And hooray for Atticus and Oberon. I love that duo and am looking forward to next installment.

    I think I might have picked Harry Dresden and skull Bob for that same category. What a great list!

    • lynnsbooks

      Nothing will ever match up to the GBs friendship will it! And I do love Atticus and Oberon. I thought about putting Harry and Bob but I keep using every opportunity to bang on the door about the Dresden Files! People are probably sick of me by now!!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Maija Reads

    You chose Harry, Hermione and Ron, I had the Marauders! Perhaps I just love backstory, but their friendship was so interesting!

    • lynnsbooks

      I don’t think I’ve read the Marauders. Must go and look them up. Ta.
      Lynn 😀

      • Maija Reads

        Oh no, I meant the Marauders in Harry Potter! Sirius, Remus, James & Peter, when they were young, when they ran around as animagi and created the Marauder’s Map!

      • lynnsbooks

        Hah! Now it all makes sense. I actually hadn’t realised JKRowling had written this – how intriguing.
        Lynn 😀

      • Maija Reads

        Parts of it you get from Remus and Sirius as they tell things to Harry, and then parts of it are in Snape’s memories when he teaches Harry to guard his thoughts – in the fifth book, was it? There’s not a lot of it, really. I just like that the adults have this background of hating/liking each other, the whole Sirius & Snape hatred, and Sirius & Remus friendship.

  9. caitlinstern

    Jean and Locke are remarkable friends–so willing to sacrifice for each other. And Oberon is so funny–and convincingly dog-like, in his quest for treats and the ladies.

    • lynnsbooks

      I love Oberon – such a good dog!!
      Yep, Jean and Locke are two of my all time favourites – they make the series for me.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Fun list! I just started reading The Girl with All the Gifts, looking forward to seeing more of the Miss Justineau and Melanie relationship!

    • lynnsbooks

      I look forward to your review of that – it’s definitely not a conventional friendship!
      Lynn 😀

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