TTT : One potato, two potato, three potato..

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Book Titles with Numbers In Them

I’ve read all but one of these, Ninth House is one of my forthcoming reads.  I’ve gone for a straightforward 1-10.  Here’s my list:

Ready Player One

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The Two Towers

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The Three Musketeers

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I Am Number Four

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The Five People you Meet in Heaven

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Six of Crows

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The Secret Seven and the Mystery of the Empty House

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VIII by HM Castor

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Ninth House

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

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TTT : Books On My Fall/Autumn 2019 TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

 Books On My Fall/Autumn 2019 TBR

This is a nice easy topic this week – although it did make me a little bit scared when I looked at my reading schedule!  Still, a good topic – I’ve picked 10 of my forthcoming reads:

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – taken from GRs  ‘Christopher is seven years old. Christopher is the new kid in town. Christopher has an imaginary friend. The epic work of literary horror from the #1 bestselling author of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER’ – oh yes, this is the month for a little horror after all methinks

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The Girl with No Face by M.H. Boroson – I don’t think I can possibly convey just how much I loved The Girl With Ghost Eyes which has made this book one of my most highly anticipated reads of the year.  ‘The adventures of Li-lin, a Daoist priestess with the unique ability to see the spirit world, continue in the thrilling follow-up to the critically-acclaimed historical urban fantasy The Girl with Ghost Eyes.’

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The Black Hawks by David Wragg – ‘Dark, thrilling, and hilarious, The Black Hawks is an epic adventure perfect for fans of Joe Abercrombie and Scott Lynch.’  those are some big boots to fill but if the author pulls it off this could be a fantastic read – I am excitement.

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The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh.  Did somebody say vampires?  ‘a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight’ – just read that description *read it I tell you*  Sumptuous, sultry, New Orleans, Vampires, – colour me happy. To say I am very hyped for this would be an under exaggeration – I will be gutted if this isn’t as good as it sounds (or should that be exsanguinated?)

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Mistletoe by Alison Littlewood – the description for this one practically had me drooling (yes, very attractive indeed but we’re talking books here, drooling and grabby hands are all part of the territory).  I really enjoyed The Crow Garden so I’m so happy to have a copy of this.  Ghosts – malevolent  ones too, not friendly Casper types.

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Dark Pattern by Andrew Mayne – Professor Cray has to be one of my favourite fictional characters ( I pray to Frith that he’s only fictional that is!).  I am loving this series.  Positively loving it and I’m giddy about the next instalment.

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Ivory Apples by Lisa Goldstein – I have heard such good things about this book already – here’s a tiny snippet from the description to pull you in: ‘Ivy and her sisters have a secret: their reclusive Great-Aunt is actually Adela Martin, inspired author of the fantasy classic, Ivory Apples. Generations of obsessive fans have searched for Adela, poring over her letters, sharing their theories online, and gathering at book conventions. It is just a matter of time before one fan gets too close.’

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Angel Mage by Garth Nix – another little snippet to whet your appetite ‘More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara’ – the write up for this one sounds so good.  There is more drooling.

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Ghoster by Jason Arnopp.  This is an author that I’ve not yet read – this one sounds really creepy, realistically creepy even ‘ a razor-sharp thriller for a social-media obsessed world. Prepare to never look at your phone the same way again . . ‘

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Survivors by G X Todd – I love this series and Survivors is the final instalment.  I am so excited – if you’re not reading this series I highly recommend you do so.  ‘Survivors is the highly anticipated third instalment in the acclaimed Voices series, following the spectacular novels Defender and Hunted. Good and Evil are closer than ever before in a world where the voices in your head can save or slaughter you.’

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Top Ten Tuesday : My TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

10: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

This week I’ve gone with some of the books I’ve bought in the last year and a half alone – some of these have been on my TBR for quite some time  – the reason they have remained unread to be honest is because my own books tend to play second fiddle to review books and I need to try and find some sort of balance in that respect – I would eventually like to get to these time allowing and hopefully the rewind challenge I’m taking part in will help me to start removing a book a month – any suggestions which book I should plump for first:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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False Hearts by Laura Lam

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Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R Fletcher

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The Straight Razor Cure by Daniel Polansky

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The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

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Servant of Rage by A Z Anthony

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The Woven Ring b M D Presley

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City of Kings by Rob J Hayes

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City of Miracles by Robert J Bennett

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TTT – Cover Love

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Books I’ve Read (some at least) That I’d Like on my Shelves

I’ve cheated on this week theme – I’ve not read all of these books (yet) but I wanted to highlight them here today.  This week I’ve gone with covers that are all from self published authors just to highlight some of the real beauties that are out there.  Feast your eyes on these lovelies:

 

 

 

TTT : Favourite Fantasy Tropes

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

 Favorite Tropes

There’s a reason why tropes are used a lot – basically, done well, they make for some rather excellent reading as my list below shows.  I’ve chosen today’s topics from the Tough Travelling fantasy meme that I used to enjoy taking part in.  Run by Nathan at The Fantasy Review Barn the idea was to come up with examples each week that fit Diana Wynne Jones Tough Guide to Fantasyland.  Here are a few of the topics we covered:

Pirates:

PIRATES range the seas in force, though most of them operate individually…The sole qualifications are that they must be rough and ruthless, which a penchant for dressing gaudily.’

The Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride by William Goldman.  Much feared, his daring and sword fighting abilities precede him.  However, there’s more to Roberts than at first meets the eye????  I won’t give it away here though.

Mentor:

A tour official who will be at your service until halfway through the tour, when you will unexpectedly lose him

Chains – and the Gentlemen Bastards

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.  Chains is a great character.  He teaches his little band the art of subtlety, how to blend in with a crowd, how to spot a mark, how to speak multiple languages, cook, read and fight with their weapon of choice.  His charges are experts in the art of disguise and deception.  They play the long game and entertain with their snarky humour and bad language!

Fairground: 

Fairground- This is like a MARKET, except it is much , much bigger and planted somewhere right in the middle of nowhere so that everyone can get to it.  There will be rows and rows of TENTS and BOOTHS…

The Troupe by Robert J Bennett

The Troupe is a coming of age fantasy about a young boy who runs away to join the fair!  Well, he runs away to join the Vaudeville circuit and search for his father.

So George, much like Nellie the Elephant, packed his trunk and joined the strange and mysterious world of The Troupe.  They follow a gruelling schedule, in fact you’ll be lucky if you can catch a performance.  Are the Troup running away from demons, they’re certainly followed by faceless men in grey who blend with the shadows.  The imagination and fantasy contained here is really fantastic.  It’s a gripping story.

The Troupe has its own strong man and a puppet master (creepy at all) and the Master of the show gives a spellbinding performance at the conclusion of each event that leaves the audience, quite literally, spell bound.

APPRENTICES.

Kush1Apprentices are people who are training for a trade or skill, which means they are usually quite young and bad at what they do. Most of the time they are like nurses during an operation, being there only to hand the master his tools. They seem to have to do this for a good many years before they get to do anything more interesting, and it is therefore not surprising that some of them get restless and either try to do the interesting stuff themselves or simply run away. The Rules state that if an Apprentice tries to do the interesting stuff on their own it will blow up in their face. If they run away, they will learn all sorts of things very quickly and also probably prove to be the MISSING HEIR to a Kingdom.

Phèdre nó Delaunay – Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Dart.  Originally trained in Naamah’s arts Phedre becomes a trainee or apprentice to Anafiel Delaunay de Montrève.  Along with Alcuin Phedre will learn a number of things, including languages and the art of being covert in preparation for becoming a spy at court.

SNARKY SIDEKICKS

Why is everyone so serious all the time?  Perhaps they need a friend that is there with a quick bit of wit to liven up the day… even if the day is looking to quickly turn to blood.

Reiches – a squirrel cat from Sebastien de Castell’s Spellslinger series – I love this critter. Not everybody understands him but he’s definitely snarky and it turns out he loves a hot bath with buttery biscuits on the side.

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Assassins

Assassins are ubiquitous throughout fantasyland. Sharp-eyed readers (or even dull-eyed ones) will notice that their hooded forms often adorn book covers, and that they frequently appear – rather improbably – not to mind being the sole focus of our attention. Whether they’re spotlight hogs or camera-shy and brooding, most assassins will have trained for years and are very, VERY good at their job (i.e. killing people for money).

Mia Covere – from Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicles #1) by Jay Kristoff.  Mia is a young protagonist when the story begins and she attends a school for assassins where staying alive is the most important lesson of all. Mia can use the shadows to cloak herself in darkness and in fact the shadows themselves provide her with the constant presence of a companion – a cat she calls Mr Kindly.  To be clear this book is not a YA novel – there is plenty of bloody violence and other material that would be unsuitable for younger readers so don’t be misguided by Mia’s age or the school type setting.  Hogwarts this isn’t.

Grim from Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier.  At the start of the story Blackthorn, wrongly imprisoned, escapes prison with one of her fellow prisoners – Grim.  This is a great book and all about new beginnings.

INDEPENDENCE BATTLES

The good fight.  Casting off the chains of tyranny!  No one in fantasyland refuses the call of the good fight.  And what fight is more important in fantasyland than FREEDOM?

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – in which a teenage boy called Darrow tries to help his people break free from their lives as miners and almost slaves to the richer upper echelons of society known as the Golds.  I wondered if this one really counted – as it’s not really the bigger battle in the first book – it’s more about infiltration.  But, ultimately it is about the good fight.

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Dead Gods

Fantasyland had gods, right?  And now they are dead.  Dead Gods are not forgotten though, often they are still just influential to the land as they were when living.

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris – in which ‘Ragnarok’ is brought about by the Gods trying to avoid fate. Told by the trickster Loki.  Few Gods will survive in this retelling of Norse mythology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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