#RRSciFiMonth : Mmm, thankful am I

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I’m combining today’s Top Ten Tuesday with Sci-fi month, an event being hosted by One More and  Dear Geek Place (check out the #RRSciFiMonth hashtag to keep uptodate)

tttTop 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 :

Thanksgiving Freebie

Well, there are a lot of things that I’m very thankful for but I’m going to narrow it down and combined with Sci-Fi month I’ve gone for something linked – sci fi movies. Science fiction is definitely something I’d like to read more of, it sits a little outside my comfort zone and lets be honest, sometimes it makes me feel a bit dense.  Science fiction movies are different – I never seem to have a problem watching them – go figure.   And, damn, there are a lot of good sci fi movies but I’ve narrowed this down to just ten so there are a lot of greats missing off here.

Back to the Future – If my calculations are correct you simply have to love this film.  In fact I believe it’s actually illegal not to.   If you haven’t watched it, Great Scott!  What are you waiting for.

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Interstellar – okay, I just said I get along with movies okay – I confess, Interstellar took me a couple of rewatches to fully grasp everything going on – have I even grasped everything now.  Not sure.  I think so.  Anyhow, I love this film.

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The Thing – okay, I know the original is probably (definitely) a little dated these days – but even so, this film gave me the serious heebees.  I’m not sure I think a remake was necessary although I suppose it might bring the idea to a young audience but I haven’t watched it – anyone watched the new movie??

Twelve Monkeys – Time travel and chaos rule.  Dark and bleak and a bit crazy.  Love this film and I loved the Brad Pitt crazy dude.

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The Terminator and Terminator 2.  I could watch these two films many times.  Don’t ask me why.  I can’t put my finger on it.  And the quotes – how many quotes do I have from this film – a lot.

‘That Terminator is out there. It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with…it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear…and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.’

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The Fly – poor Seth Brundle.  Brilliant scientist – who knew telepods could cause such drastic effects – a cautionary tale.  This film is also a bit dated but totally icky.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – who remembers the mashed potato scene – and the lets tip rubbish into the living room and shape it into a mountain scene.

Jurassic Park – I absolutely love this film.  I love it.  Love.  It.  I’ve watched it many times. Watch it.  That is all.

Alien/Aliens – OMG – Alien – that film scared me so bad I can’t even begin.  It’s so tense, so dark, so well shot.  It’s difficult to believe how old this film is because it’s still so effective.  And Aliens – don’t get me started.  I love these two films.  Iconic scene right here:

Signs – this film scared, in fact still scares my daughter.  I think it has a lot of humour and certain scenes just make me laugh out loud.

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Not an exhaustive list in any way – I’m sticking to 10 but I could easily have gone to 40 or 50 films for this list so if your favourite isn’t on here that’s why.

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‘Got all nice things’.

tttTop 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 :

Bookish Items I’d Like to Own

  1. A lot more bookshelves – perhaps even magic ones that automatically organise my books.  I really don’t know why this can’t be a thing.  There are some great minds out there – they need to address this issue.  Really, is it asking too much?
  2. Not bookish because it can be used for other things – but a time machine or time turner – because, more time people.  More time.  Or cloning – cloning could work in the same way.  If I had ten of ‘me’ reading my current TBR who knows I could finish all my books in about 12 months/24 months – which means I could buy more bright and shiny new books without an ounce of guilt. Not that the guilt ever stopped me but….. stop looking at me like that.
  3. My own private reading room with THE most comfortable chair EVER.  Some sort of automatic drinks and snack machine and a wine cellar combined – omg, that is such a good idea.
  4. An amazing reading lamp – I know, I should have one of these but I don’t.  I just tend to make do – money is for spending on books after all.
  5. A t-shirt where I can be totally rude but people think I’m just being funny – like ‘yes, I’m reading a book, it’s really good and therefore I don’t want to stop to speak to you, goodbye’ – was that too rude???  I just hate the fact that people think because you’re reading you’re not engaged!
  6. A magic book voucher that never runs out of credit – that does sound quite a bit awesome after all.
  7. A huge amount of money – ‘why is this book related you’re thinking?’ because then I could just chill, read, blog and buy books until my little heart’s content.
  8. A magical kindle that never runs out of charge, knows automatically which parts of a book I want to note or highlight and why and basically writes the basic outline of my reviews.  What?  You know you want this too.  Joking – I love writing reviews (obviously) – I just sometimes wish that when I have a real ‘lightbulb’ moment about a book it was saved somewhere automatically because otherwise I sometimes forget.  *hangs head in shame*
  9. Automatic approval by all the publishers for all the books – plus fame and world renown for my brilliant reviews.  LOLOLOL
  10. Cheese and wine – whoops, wrong list.
  11. My own library – that automatically restocks with the books I have on my mind.  None of the books I want to take out of the library are ever on loan and the loan period just happens to coincide with when I finish the book.

I had one too many – this is what happens when you ask about bookish things!

 

#RRSciFiMonth : Space, the final frontier…

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I’m combining today’s Top Ten Tuesday with Sci-fi month, an event being hosted by One More and  Dear Geek Place (check out the #RRSciFiMonth hashtag to keep uptodate)

tttTop 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 :

Backlist Books I Want to Read

Nice and easy for me – pick up the kindle and flip back through the library making a note of the first ten books that I haven’t yet read – and in this case use only the Sci-fi books.  I’m not going to lie, I feel a bit ashamed of the number of unread books that I own just on my kindle – if I spent the next 10 years reading, without buying another book I’d have plenty to occupy me.  I need help!  Anyway – here are some of the sci fi books I have waiting to be read and hopefully I’ll be tackling some of these over the next month.

  1. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. False Hearts by Laura Lamb
  3. Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley
  4. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett
  5. By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis
  6. The Stars Now Unclaimed by
  7. Austral by Paul McAuley
  8. The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin
  9. Bald New World by Peter Tieryas
  10. Gemsigns by Stephanie Saulter

So, which book do you think I should pick up first?

“Because that’s what Hermione does,” said Ron, shrugging. “When in doubt, go to the library.”

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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:

Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

For a slightly different spin I’ve listed either bookshops or libraries from the fictional world:

1.The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.  This is a library with portals to an infinite number of worlds at different periods – either past, present or future.

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2. The Library or the bookshop in Beauty and the Beast – both look brilliant.

3. The University Archives in Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.

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4. Toby Daye – the Library of Stars – to be honest, I can’t remember which book this first appeared in – maybe One Salt Sea – I would love to go visit.

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5. Hurtfew Abbey, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clark – magic!

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6. Young Frankenstein – I love this film, it makes me laugh, this is a scene not so much with a library but with bookcases and secret passages – that lead to nothing less than a medical library.  I want to visit this place.

8. Hogwarts.  I mean, you must want to visit Hogwarts and whilst there, well, there is all this…

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9. The Citadel in A Song of Ice and Fire.  A place of learning where Samwell Tarly is sent to become a Maester.

The healers of the Citadel are the best in the Seven Kingdoms.[7]

– Samwell Tarly

‘The bigger they are the harder they fall’

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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:

Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

The page counts are approximate so don’t hold me to them!  And, I think these are possibly the longest books I’ve read although It’s equally possible that I’ve forgotten one or two here and there.  I suspect that we may all share a few books this week:

  1. JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings 1200 pages (Not sure if this one really counts because technically speaking this is three books.  But, I read it as a whole so I’m going for it.LOTR.jpg
  2. Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson just over 1000 pagesWoK
  3. A Song of Ice and Fire by GRR Martin just over 800 pagesAGameof
  4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell over 1000 pagesGoneWTW
  5. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Duman1276 pagesthe count of
  6. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke 1006JonathanStrange
  7. The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding over 900 pagesThe history of Tom Jones
  8. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey over 1000 pagesKushiel
  9. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova 700 pagesThe Historian
  10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman over 600 pagesAmerican Gods

 

 

 

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