“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

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Every Tuesday over at  The Broke and Bookish we all get to look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  This week’s topic is:

Moms in literature

I’ve gone for a range of different mums starting with creepy (is this an odd place to start or what?):

  1. Creepy: The Other Mother from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline.  Yes, the Other Mother may make a perfect breakfast and delicious roast chicken, the house may be lovely, she may spend time with you – but, no, really – I’ll pass thanks.  All I’m going to say to try and avoid spoilers is buttons – and eyes.
  2. Scheming: Cersei Lannister.  OMG this woman!  I don’t know whether to love her or hate her as a character, you certainly can’t ignore her.  Scheming is probably a nice way of describing her.  Ambitious and without any qualms about what she needs to do to achieve power – no spoilers but I must just chuck in here – incest.
  3. Protective: Molly Weasley – do I even need to say more.  Harry Potter by J K Rowling.  Molly is just great, protective – remember that final showdown with Bellatrix Lestrange – ‘Not my daughter, you bitch’.
  4. Royal: The Queen from Sarah Pinborough’s Poison.  The evil step mom herself – jealous and twisted with dark powers.  A retelling that will surprise.
  5. Changer: Ayla Nightshade from AFE Smith’s Nightshade series.  A great series combining fantasy and mystery.  I won’t tell you more about Ayla as it will spoil the surprise.
  6. Adventurer: Lady Trent from Marie Brennan’s a Natural History of Dragons.  A woman not afraid to break with convention even though it brings with it malicious gossip.  An excellent and entertaining series of adventures and polite manners.
  7. Fae: Luna Torquill from the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire.  Key words: foxes, roses, Sylvester, Raysel, aloof.
  8. Interfering: Mrs Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  The kind of mum who means well and doesn’t mind who knows!  After all, everyone knows that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.  Surely, everyone knows this?
  9. Vampire: Madeline from Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice.  Created by Louis to become a companion/mother figure to Claudia – unfortunately her immortality is short lived.
  10. Who did I miss – who is your favourite fictional mum?

 

My top ten favourite books in the fantasy genre!

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Top Ten Tuesday’s topic this week should be right up my street.  Top Ten favourite fantasy books.  Easy peasy.  Wrong!!  How on earth can I choose ten!!  I’ve gone with a little bit of a cheat here and have bent the rules so that I’m going with top ten fantasy authors (although I suppose some of these might not be  ‘fantasy’ authors only but may write in other genres.  Oh well, I can’t muster too much anxiety about the rights and wrongs of that.  I’m going with author because otherwise I would have to start choosing which book was the best of a trilogy or series, etc.  Author seems to narrow it down a little.  I’ve also tried to put these roughly in the order that these books first appeared on my radar.  So, Tolkien, for example, I read as a teenager (I’ve also reread since but that was my initial voyage of discovery).  So, without further ado:

  1. JRR Tolkien – (I could have simply chosen Lord of the Rings but – strictly speaking – that is actually three books!)
  2. Scott Lynch – I don’t know if I could choose a favourite, maybe Red Seas Under Red Skies
  3. Charlaine Harris – because I read all of her Sookie Stackhouse series and it kept me pretty hooked throughout.
  4. Patrick Rothfuss – both such excellent books – and if anyone has any news about No.3 just jump on in here!
  5. Patricia Briggs – another series which has got stronger over the years.
  6. George R R Martin – no explanation necessary
  7. Jim Butcher – Harry Dresden – such a brilliant series that similarly goes from strength to strength
  8. Mark Lawrence – one of the most original and dark fantasies that I’ve ever read.
  9. Neil Gaiman – cover your eyes if you don’t like profanity – absolutely fucking brilliant.
  10. This last one is a massive cheat because, Robert Bennett, Brandon Sanderson, Robin Hobb, Sarah Pinborough, Kage Baker, Terry Pratchett, Charles deLint, Gillian Philip, Chuck Wendig, Catherynne Valente and Lauren Beukes (plus a few others) won’t really all fit into one entry will they!!!!  Such a massive cheat but I just had to squeeze in a few more names!!   If you’re really going to make me choose it’s going to come down to ‘dip, dip, dip’ – in which case Robin Hobb just got picked!

Stop on over at the Broke and the Bookish to see everyone’s favourites.

Could you choose 10 from fantasy???

Don’t go there..

Top Ten Tuesdays (hosted by the Broke and the Bookish this week is all about where or who you don’t want to be!

‘Top Ten Worlds I’d Never Want To Live In OR Top Ten Characters I’d NEVER Want To Trade Places With’.  I’ve done five of each:

Worlds in which I don’t want to live:

  1. The silos created by Hugh Howey in Wool/Shift/Dust – Claustrophobia, lies and deceit – plus all those bloody stairs and you definitely don’t want to be put on window cleaning duty!
  2. Ashes by Ilsa J Bick – this is a scary world where you have to keep your wits in order to stay alive.  (Unfortunately my wits sometimes go on walk about)
  3. Sunshine – vampires live, they’re brutal, they definitely don’t eat tofu and you really do have to stay indoors after the dark
  4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth – zombies!!!!  And some of them can run – really fast.  Be afraid (especially if YOU don’t run really fast!)
  5. All the Truth in Me by Julie Berry is set in New England during puritanical times. Definitely don’t want to live there.  Apart from the fact that you’re put in the stocks for not attending church meetings, you’re a wanton hussy if you don’t wear your hair covered and it’s damned hard work – there are very few books!!

Characters I don’t want to be:

  1. Gollum from Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – we all know how that ends after all and it looks a bit too toasty for my liking plus he eats raw fish and I’m not talking sushi!
  2. Arthur Kips – the young guy from The Woman in Black by Susan Hill – no way am I spending a night in that house like he did!
  3. Miriam from Blackbird/Mockingbird/Cormorant by Chuck Wendig – I love her character but I certainly wouldn’t want to be in her shoes – it probably seems like a great gift that she has but I wouldn’t be thankful to have it.
  4. The Falconer from Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastard series – what a horrible character brrrr!
  5. Conor – from A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – a brilliant story but so sad and I definitely wouldn’t trade places with him and what he has to go through

So, who who’s shoes would you rather not be in and what world do you not want to wake up in tomorrow!

10 Bookish resolutions

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday over at the Broke and the Bookish is:

 top ten bookish resolutions

(Although they don’t have to necessarily be bookish!).  I’ve decided to stay bookish and given that I’m a fairly self critical person I have 10 things I think I need to work on:

  1. Need to properly organise books into some sort of order and put together a schedule, especially of books given to review and in order to get ahead of myself a little bit!  Although that does sound like hard work doesn’t it.  I basically just want to read the next book that I want to read!!!
  2. Want to expand reading genres – actually, I’ll be more to the point – trying to incorporate more sci fi as although I read primarily fantasy I also read historical, mystery and horror so sci fi is getting left out in the cold a bit – I’m working on this – see Stainless Steel Droppings Sci fi Experience and Little Red Reviewer’s Vintage Sci Fi event.
  3. Want to read ten of my classics this year – only read 4 so far = massive fail!  Still, I have got time to catch up.
  4. Want to seriously tackle tbr – it’s out of control and needs addressing – maybe limit the number of books I buy this year (ahem!)
  5. Want to finish some of my unread series – also getting out of control – will go and actually figure out how many unfinished series I have one day (see No.1 above)
  6. Need to be more on the ball about updating my blog, behind with challenges pages, A-Z, etc.  Basically I write my review and run for cover!
  7. Hoping to take part in some challenges again like the Women of Genre Fiction by Worlds Without End – really great for introducing new authors and making you step out of your comfort zone (see No.2 above).  Actually a great site – go check it out.  You won’t be sorry.
  8. Thinking to change my reviewing style – needs to be more clear whether I don’t like a book as well as if I love it!
  9. Incorporate some different discussion posts – I enjoy doing something different, fun or just silly on occasion.
  10. Enjoy reading – I always do – doesn’t really need a resolution but thought I’d stick it in there anyways!

Now, just need to make a start on those lists.  Maybe I could make a list of what lists I actually want to make before I start the actual lists themselves.  Categories, this is what I chiefly need…  Or maybe I could stop prevaricating.

We wants it, we needs it. Must have the preciousss…

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is all about sequels that you can’t wait to get your mits upon.  I’ve decided to put up 5 books that I’m actually waiting for the next or final book in the series and then I’ve altered it slightly so that the last 5 books are books that I wish could/would be written!

5 books I’m awaiting – or waiting to read:

  1. Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick, No.2 in the Tale of the Kin series (No.1 Among Thieves).
  2. Daylighters by Rachel Caine – No.15 and the finale in the Morganville Vampire Series (who knew this would be 15 books at the start!)
  3. Icefall by Gillian Philip – (No.4 in the Rebel Angel series) – me wants it.
  4. Dr Sleep by Stephen King (follow up to The Shining)- I actually do own this and can’t wait to read it!
  5. The Descent by Alma Katsu (book 3 of the immortal Trilogy) due in 2014, which, as it happens, is AGES AWAY.

5 books that I wish had sequels, in an alternate universe or something like that:

  1. The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman – more adventures from Bod (The Teenage Years).
  2. Sunshine by Robin McKinley.
  3. The Lord of the Rings – The Return of Sauron – come on – it would be awesome, return to middle world, Aragorn, the hobbits – all on a new adventure.  Yes, I know it’s not going to happen, but…
  4. More from the Broken Empire by Mark Lawrence- ‘Jorg – the lost diaries’ (haha, imagine that Jorg kept a diary!! if you’ve read these you’ll understand).  Okay anything with Jorg will be okay.  The Return of Jorg?? (let me have my dreams)
  5. Moxyland – Lauren Beukes – I could definitely return for more adventures in this world.

Now, if you could have any book.  ANY. BOOK.  Imaginary or in the process – what would it be???

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