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Stop belittling others that read what you define as crap

There are too many people that have too many opinions that belittle readers. I read Twilight. You read Fifty Shades of Grey. Another person may have read The Da Vinci Code.

So what? At least we’re all reading. It’s an activity that’s done for pure enjoyment. If I get a kick out of reading sparkling vampires, it doesn’t hurt you. It doesn’t hurt me that someone is reading Fifty Shades. (The fact that there are issues I have with all three said books is an entirely different matter.) The point I’m trying to make is, let others read what they enjoy.

(I will say though, if you do have certain issues regarding certain books, gently educate the person doing the reading. “Hey, I know you’re enjoying that book, but there are some issues. Such as X Y Z …..”)

It’s tiring to see so much shit being thrown around in book circles on who’s reading what. We need to stop being shitty towards each other, and become more supportive, more cohesive. We all enjoy books, therefore we all enjoy learning to a certain degree. Let’s allow the floor to be open where we can all discuss –without fear of being judged — our love of books.

If you don’t like a certain book title, I’d like to hear about why in a calm, educated way so I’m no longer an ignoramus. 

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Books Into Movies

There are some great books that have been or are being made into movies. However, we all have our own ideas on which books we’d love to see on the big screen. Here are mine:

 

71M09Nbif0LYoung Daine’s knack with horses gets her a job helping the royal horsemistress drive a herd of ponies to Tortall. Soon it becomes clear that Daine’s talent, as much as she struggles to hide it, is downright magical Horses and other animals not only obey, but listen to her words. Daine, though, will have to learn to trust humans before she can come to terms with her powers, her past, and herself.

Why I think so: The fact that Daine carries magic says enough. Everybody loves magic. Look at Harry Potter, and remember how well that turned out! Wild Magic is one of four books in The Immortals series. It has adventure, romance, strong female characters (one of which is Daine herself!), strong people of colour, and a grumpy badger that doesn’t take any nonsense. There’s also a dragon, because of course there is!

They could make this into something just as fantastic as LOTR in CGI-style, complete with villains and scenery that’d blow your mind away. I have been hoping to see this turn into a movie, but I don’t think it will ever come. Alas. My poor heart. 

 

SwkenobiThe greatest hero in the galaxy faces his toughest challenge yet: He must stop being Obi-Wan-and become Crazy Old Ben. For fans of movie-related novels like Darth Plagueis!

In this original novel set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi comes to the aid of the residents of Tatooine during his exile. But he struggles with his new mission when he realizes that protecting Luke Skywalker-the last hope of the galaxy-means setting aside his compassion and his Jedi warrior training, for the future of the galaxy lies not with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but with a mystical desert recluse known only by the name of Crazy Old Ben.

Why I think so: This would be a great addition to the SW movie franchise. It’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, right after Episode III (Revenge of the Sith). I’ve talked about this before as a recommendation, but this would be a stunning movie. They would obviously need Ewan McGregor, since nobody else could play him. It wouldn’t work. That man worked HARD to emulate the late Alec Guinness over the movies, studying all his movies and mannerisms so that they would cross over into the films he was in! And now that Ewan is older, it just MAKES SENSE. This book was amazing. The movie would fulfill the world with greatness. (Plus, more Ewan McGregor is always, always a gift!)

 

6006518In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.) Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

Why I think so: This series was a wonderful ride for me. Another strong feminist main character who’s a born leader, amazing world building, plenty of magic, vampires, annnnd…. a bit of whining and redundancy coming from the main character. However, I’m sure the script could be tightened up quite a bit and have Dru not so …. stupid. Though, there is that love triangle factor — typical YA trope cliche. 

 

51R1wm3fK1L._AC_UL320_SR214,320_Life-long friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales with strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chanced encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman who bears a magical crystal staff draws the companions deeper into the shadow forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.

No one expected them to be heroes.

Least of all themselves.

Why I think so: Because this is the best fantasy novel ever. I know some people don’t like it and think it’s a pile of crap, but this novel redefined the fantasy novel as the Beatles did the music industry. Also dragons. Tom Hiddleston could play Raistlin, and Chris Hemsworth could play Caramon. Chris Evans could play Tannis, Peter Dinklage could play Flint, Liv Taylor could play Lauralana, It’s an idea I’d like to see become live action. I know they have two animated movies out. 

 

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Idle chatter

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I’ve been feeling extremely overwhelmed the last few days. I think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew.

There are ten books that I took out of the library last week. I plan on returning them tomorrow. I feel as if I have no time to read them. I’m in the middle of three books right now. I just started A Darker Shade of Magic, despite being in the middle of two other books. Also in my TBR pile, is the few ARC’s I’ve received on my Kindle app through NetGalley. I’m feeling a sense of responsibility to read those ones prior to reading any others. 

Also, I’ve been trying to get outside more often and spend more time with my family. My two nephews were over today, so I spent some time with them. It’s been nice, taking a break from the computer. I’ve been spending too much time on it lately. 

What I need to do is start a schedule for social media and blogging times. I’ve been on the computer or my phone for most of the last four days. I stayed up until three in the morning the other night, trying to figure out what I should do next. Between constantly checking twitter, researching on how best to run a blog, and checking on my WordPress reader, I really didn’t get a good sleep. I realize I’m doing this in lieu of a job (I’m a recent student graduate and I have to do something while I’m waiting to get hired), but I’ve been needlessly stressing myself out. It needs to stop.

I need to cut it out. 

What do you do to prevent yourself from becoming stressed, and over-zombified? Do you allow the pressure to be great stress you out? Do you get anxious? How do you deal with it? 

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over here on her page.. To participate, choose a random book and show it off!

Today’s pick is Game of Thrones (Enhanced Edition) by G. R. R. Martin. 


 

9780008226343I have been meaning to read this book ever since I watched the first few episodes of season one when it came on television. I have tried a few times, but the prologue was stiff, and I felt myself dredging to read it. However, that’s been a few years, and I’ve stepped up my reading game. I’m reading outside my box, so to speak, by reading books I normally would never read.

What has me interested in this version is the fact that it’s on Kindle, so it’s able to highlight where each character is on the map. It also gives you a summary on what said character has been doing up until that point. I feel that this will be helpful as if there are too many characters, I end up being overwhelmed. I’m also a visual person, so having these maps will most assuredly help me in being able to keep everything in order.

I’m looking forward to reading this. I love fantasy, and the longer the books, the better! What book has been on your TBR pile that you’re unable to wait to read? 

1 out of 5, 3 out of 5, LGBT, Uncategorized

Let’s Talk LGBT

When I was growing up, there was no internet. I had to find a subject I was interested in the hard way. By reading and looking for clues. I was fifteen when I found out I didn’t just like boys. Throughout my life, it has evolved into something so much more. I’m old enough that it no longer defines me, and I no longer get the heart thumping when anybody mentions the gay word. That’s not to say that I was never called vile names, or teased and bullied. No. However, I was lucky enough to grow up fearing the worst; that people would say that I was a lesbian. Or whatever the trendy word was at the time. In high school, this was devastating. After high school, I simply laughed and went about my way.

I look at today’s youth and I’m just so damn happy that they have the amount of information at their finger tips. I realize it’s still scary. I realize it’s still dangerous for some, that people are getting killed daily. I am and have been privileged to live in Canada, where the worst is people stop talking to you if they are homophobes. (I’m not speaking for every Canadian. I’m talking about my own personal experience. If there any Canadians out there who have had it worse; my heart goes out to you. And in no way am I trying to belittle or invalidate what you have or are going through.) That being said, today a lot of us know we are NOT alone, that there ARE people like us, and that  YES WE MATTER!!! We have our community that lifts us up, that stands behind us! We have our allies, that are constantly fighting with us, FOR us! Stand strong, and be proud!

(Please note: I dislike labeling myself personally, as I don’t believe I need it. I have the ability to love anybody. That’s all I feel comfortable saying. Thank you for your understanding.)

The first book on the list, is the first ever book that ended up in my hands on the topic. I was twenty-two at the time, and fell in love with the story. After that, I scoured the bookstore for more, and found the second and third on the list. These three are near and dear to my heart. The last two, I have yet to read.

 

595375This groundbreaking book is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings. The book has been banned from many school libraries and publicly burned in Kansas City.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, “Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves.”

 

 

 

316445._UY475_SS475_Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance.

 

 

220px-Keeping_You_a_Secret_coverWith a steady boyfriend, the position of Student Council President, and a chance to go to an Ivy League college, high school life is just fine for Holland Jaeger. At least it seems to be. But when Cece Goddard comes to school, everything changes. Cece and Holland have undeniable feelings for each other, but how will others react to their developing relationship? This moving love story between two girls is a worthy successor to Nancy Garden’s classic young adult coming out novel, Annie on My Mind. With her characteristic humor and breezy style, Peters has captured the compelling emotions of young love.

 

 

Brokeback_Mountain_Annie_ProulxAnnie Proulx has written some of the most original and brilliant short stories in contemporary literature, and for many readers and reviewers, “Brokeback Mountain” is her masterpiece.

Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they’re working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that’s what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of “Brokeback Mountain,” and the story was included in Prize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world’s violent intolerance.

 

51erEvChGpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

 

What are some of the books you’ve read in the LGBT genre? What are some you want others to read?

Memes, Uncategorized

Liebster Award

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I was nominated the Liebster Award by Rimpy’s Reads

The Rules:
– Thank the person who nominated you.
– Answer the 11 questions they gave you.
– Nominate 11 blogs.
– Give them 11 questions to answer.

 

My Eleven Questions:

Why do you love to read?

Reading is something I have always enjoyed. I’ve always read, and I read everything. Books take me to far away places, through danger, through adventure, through many worlds with many people. It’s as if a movie is playing inside my head, and when that happens, the world falls away and I’m inside the book!

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

 

What is your favourite book genre?

Fantasy that is tied with YA/NA.

 

What book would you want to buried with?

Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce

 

If you could travel to any place from a novel, which place would it be and why?

Tortall. From Wild Magic, and the Alanna books. Man, that world is amazing. Everybody has magic, and everybody around the King and Queen seems really friendly. I just would love to live in that world!

 

If you could date one character from a novel, who would it be and why?

Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. He’s a wizard Private Investigator, that has some wicked magic, seems very smart. He’s hilarious, and he’s an all round good guy! Though, the people close to him end up being kidnapped or injured or hunted by big baddies. Still, he’s an amazing guy.

 

Which novel are you most anticipating for the coming months?

Starfish. B/c JELLYFISH. And reasons. Gosh.

 

Favourite snack to read/write with?

I don’t eat anything or drink anything. It detracts from the experience. Though, when I do get hungry enough, it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chocolate milk.

 

If you could create a playlist for a novel about your life, what are 5 songs that would be on it?

Helvegen by Wardruna

Monument by Royksopp

If I Had A Heart by Fever Ray

Kolnidur by Jonsi

Persephone by Dead Can Dance

 

 

Ebook or print?

Print, please. Only when I don’t have access to print, then I will go for ebook. There’s just something about being able to hold a physical book in your hands, and being able to turn the pages. Makes finding certain passages easier, too.

 

Favourite season to read in?

All of them. Though, the best is during a raging thunderstorm and you’re in bed with your cat beside you, who is purring. That’s the best time to read.

 

If you could switch the houses of two student from Hogwarts, who would you switch and why?

Immediately I thought of Dumbledore being placed into Slytherin. He’s a chess master, using his ‘pawns’ for what he wants to happen. He even used Snape, and manipulates him into double crossing Voldemort, at the risk of his life. I just … the more I read about Dumbledore, the less of a ‘wise man’ everybody in the books painted him to be. He treats Harry in such a despicable manner, it’s bordering on abusive. When Harry’s been trying to get his attention of the Headmaster all year, and Dumbledore just waltzes away — all because Dumbledore was afraid of Voldemort learning out something! It left Harry feeling vulnerable, and feeling lost and alone. It just left me gritting my teeth and thinking that Dumbledore was no better than the Dursley family.

I’m also thinking Ginny should be placed in Slytherin. She’s just as devious as the twins. I don’t know. I just feel that she should have been placed into it. She’s been dotted on her entire life due to the fact that she’s the only daughter of the Weasley family. I’d like to have seen her shine, without being surrounded by her family in the Gryffindor Tower. It’s probably due to a lot of the influence that the fanfic Slytherin Rising had on me back in the day. But, there you go.

 

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Recommendations!

Book recommendations are something we all enjoy! We all love talking about them, and hearing about them. Who doesn’t love adding even more books to our TBR pile! Well, here; have some more:

 

161426“Every war has turning points and every person too.”

Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy.

As power fails, and systems fail, the farm becomes more isolated. Despite the war, it’s a kind of Eden, with no adults in charge and no rules, a place where Daisy’s uncanny bond with her cousins grows into something rare and extraordinary. But the war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

A riveting and astonishing story.

Please, give this novel a chance. It’s extremely well written. It’s more about survival and what happens when there’s nothing left. There are scenes of incest, and if you can’t handle cousins loving each other, then stay far away from this book. I personally found it endearing, and was happy for them. It was told beautifully, the prose and the characterization are all interwoven to tell a romantic country-life affair that explodes in the middle of the novel. 

Upon finishing this gorgeous book, I felt like I was living in a  kaleidoscope of dream and colour. It literally changed my view on life. I simply can’t recommend this one enough. 

 

 

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The greatest hero in the galaxy faces his toughest challenge yet: He must stop being Obi-Wan-and become Crazy Old Ben. For fans of movie-related novels like Darth Plagueis!

In this original novel set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi comes to the aid of the residents of Tatooine during his exile. But he struggles with his new mission when he realizes that protecting Luke Skywalker-the last hope of the galaxy-means setting aside his compassion and his Jedi warrior training, for the future of the galaxy lies not with Obi-Wan Kenobi, but with a mystical desert recluse known only by the name of Crazy Old Ben.

If you are a Star Wars fan, or even like Obi-Wan Kenobi a little bit, this is you’re read. I read this last year, and it immediately gripped me tight and didn’t let me go for the entire ride! This novel easily bridges the gap between Obi-Wan ‘The Negotiator’ Kenobi, who has just lost everything, and ‘Crazy Ben Kenobi’. It sets the story for when we are first introduced to Ben Kenobi, and it explains just why he ended up a recluse on Tatooine. 

 

 

svaVeronica has worked hard to become a private investigator. Her first cases should be simple: a little surveillance, a couple of pictures, and get paid. The problems start with demonic dwarfs, impossible coins, vanishing furniture, a secret society, annoying telephones, and a kinky pony show. Oh, and the chance that she will lose her soul. The Stable Vices Affair is book one of The Chandler Affairs

Aside the fact that my good friend wrote this, this book is one of the best I’ve ever read. In my life. It takes place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The protagonist is a spunky feminist, who knows how to take care of herself. Her best friend is a goth and a pagan, and owns an occult shop. She’s always got man problems. And there’s just so much hilarity and so much wrongness that it just leaves you dumbfounded, but literally begging for more. And yes, this book is part of a series. But, I suggest you read this one first. Like, now!

 

 

Winner of 2013 “Comic Book Finlandia” prize, the debut work of Finnish siblings Jaako and Lauri Ahonen combines a dark story with glimmers of hope and friendship with beautifully painted illustrations and the mostly-wordless charm of a Chaplin film.

Disney meets Kafka in this beautiful, intense, original tale! The story of a very small and very scared little bird, who lives a lonely, isolated life in a great big house with his infirm mother. He’s never been outside the house, curious but terrified of the world outside, and he will never leave if his mother has a say about it.jaybird_cover

Jaybird. Oh, my Jaybird. This took me ten minutes to read, but it was so haunting I couldn’t stop thinking about it for weeks. I don’t want to say anything because I fear of spoiling it. This graphic novel story telling will grip you and will leave you trembling. Highly dramatic with minimal dialogue, with breathtaking illustrations will leave you breathless. Find someone to hug you after. 

 
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Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?

Zack Keller (writer for Telltale Games and co-creator of “Dick Figures,” the Annie Award–nominated web series with 650 million+ YouTube views) and Nick Keller (Turner of the Century) deliver a supernatural-horror thriller about family and creeping, terrifying murder!

When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace . . . not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids.

I’d classify this as a psychological horror. Sharp, bold illustrations that are slightly off colour makes a striking contrast with the bold story. It’s part of a series, and I read all of them over the course of three days (after driving to various libraries all over the city). If you’re a fan of graphic novels, you should give this one a chance. 

 

Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed reading about these five books I am recommending. What are some rep’s that are on your list? 

Book Chat, Uncategorized

Currently reading

sklgI started reading this last night. This is the weirdest, grossest, yet still manages to be entertaining. I adore skunks, hence that’s why I ended up purchasing this at my on-going sale at the library. The premise is the main character loves skunk musk so much, he ends up capturing a skunk. He brings it home and runs around chasing it until Homer, what he named the skunk, sprays him.

It’s a bit stomach-churning at times, but I’m still reading. The one thing that had me gagging was when he decides to squeeze the skunk so the juice falls into his cup while at dinner. And yes, he drinks it.

He meets a woman who’s fetish is fish, and she invites him to her place which reeks of fish. These two seriously are a match made in (stinky) heaven.

It really is cute how the main character talks to his skunk, and how he ends up capturing another skunk so Homer has company. That new skunk turns out to be a female, and pretty soon, there are six baby skunks roaming around the house. And he takes care of his little furry family.

I’m enjoying it, but I’m disgusted all the same. It’s definitely the most weirdest, grossest book I’ve ever read.

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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

A popular book or series you didn’t like.

I have tried many times to read Hitchhikers. I just can’t seem to. I have even tried to watch the movie, and Alan Rickman was my one of my favourite actors. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m just not into it. I’m going to give it one last try!

 

A book or series everyone hates but you love.

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I have to say, I had a hate/love relationship with Twilight. I really enjoyed the mythology and the world building on the vampires. It really was a fresh new take. I know, everybody hates ‘sparkling vampires’, but I find it interesting! I loved it. I truly did. I do have to say the fourth book — I knew what she was getting at. Meyer should have flushed out the pregnancy and the birthing a lot more. It was so neat, but extremely badly written. The idea was brilliant but the execution was poor.

I also love K Stew. I think she’s superb! I find her down to earth, and brilliant, and she’s extremely pretty and talented. The reason why everybody hates her was her portrayal of Bella was exactly spot on. A wet, soggy cardboard box has more personality than Bella Swan.

 

An OTP you don’t like.

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Havamal/Ersel. Mind you, I had so many problems with this book. It had so much potential but it failed spectacularly, for me.

 

A popular genre you never reach for.

Romance. I can’t stand romance novels. I’ve read a few, and most of them are just over the top.

 

A beloved character you do not like.

Rubeus Hagrid from Harry Potter. He’s a bumbling idiotic fool, who really needs to learn to have friends his own age, and how to keep his mouth shut. He keeps putting kids in danger with the lessons he thinks are educational. I really don’t like him and was sorely disappointed when he didn’t die during the flight of the eight Potters from Number 4 Privet Drive., thank you very much!

 

A popular author you can’t seem to get into.

John Green. I’ve read Fault In Our Stars, and watched the movie. The movie was better. I liked the two actors who portrayed the characters. (I ended up watching Divergent first, so it was REALLY weird seeing them in a lover-relationship.)

 

A popular trope you’re tired of seeing.

The over-done cliche three-way love triangle. Bonus points if it involves a best friend.

 

A popular series you have no interest in reading.

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Anything by her. I don’t like the fact that she rips off others, refuses to acknowledge it, and continues to profit from it. I didn’t like her as a fanfic author, back in the day. She treats people like crap. I know first hand.

A movie or TV series you like better than the book.

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TBR Pile

sklgEmploying a wild mix of tall tale, rich metaphor, and contemporary science fiction, this darkly hilarious novel explores a young man’s attraction and ultimate addiction to skunk musk and the social difficulties he encounters as a result. He longs to find an isolated utopia where he can indulge his addiction in peace but is continually thwarted, even by a young woman with a unique understanding of his fetish because of her own fetid fetish for fish. Exaggerating the traits that attract and repel lovers, this extremely unlikely love story is comical but insightful into the mysteries of fetishes and sexual chemistry.

 

9781447279990Alice-s-Adventures-in-WonderlandWeary of her storybook, one “without pictures or conversations,” the young and imaginative Alice follows a hasty hare underground–to come face-to-face with some of the strangest adventures and most fantastic characters in all of literature.

The Ugly Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the weeping Mock Turtle, the diabolical Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat–each more eccentric than the last–could only have come from that master of sublime nonsense, Lewis Carroll.

In penning this brilliant burlesque of children’s literature, Carroll has written a farcical satire of rigid Victorian society, an arresting parody of the fears, anxieties, and complexities of growing up.

Carroll was one of the few adult writers to successfully enter the children’s world of make-believe: where the impossible becomes possible, the unreal–real, and where the height of adventure is limited only by the depths of imagination.

 

downloadOne of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

 

51Yw+2rovIL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_Life is forever changed at Green Gables, a tranquil farm on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, with the arrival of a redheaded chatterbox named Anne. The spirited, precocious 11-year-old orphan finds ‘scope for imagination” everywhere she looks, transforming the lives of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, her elderly guardians, with her merry doings and misadventures.
Anne — spelled with an “e,” as she gravely informs new acquaintances — builds a world of enchantment around Green Gables and its surrounding woodlands, lakes, and valleys. Thanks to the freckle-faced girl’s imaginative musings, the rustic region’s natural wonders blossom into a fairyland of endless romance. Anne’s inspired prattle, goodwill, and joie de vivre win her a warm circle of friends, just as they have won the hearts of readers around the world.
Since its first appearance in 1908, the novel has led generations of children to laugh and cry — but mostly laugh — along with this beloved story’s vivacious heroine.

 

Sabriel_Book_CoverSent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

With Sabriel, the first installment in the Abhorsen series, Garth Nix exploded onto the fantasy scene as a rising star, in a novel that takes readers to a world where the line between the living and the dead isn’t always clear—and sometimes disappears altogether.

 

20053031The beloved, bestselling author of The Birth House and The Virgin Cure is back with her most beguiling novel yet, luring us deep inside the lives of a trio of remarkable young women navigating the glitz and grotesqueries of Gilded-Age New York by any means possible, including witchcraft…

The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (‘Moth’ from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and “gardien de sorts” (keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients.

All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment. Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind?

Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.

As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

 

It_coverTo the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw – and felt – what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

 

lotrA fantastic starter set for new Tolkien fans or readers interested in rediscovering the magic of Middle-earth, this three-volume box set features paperback editions of the complete trilogy — The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King — each with art from the New Line Productions feature film on the cover.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is a genuine masterpiece. The most widely read and influential fantasy epic of all time, it is also quite simply one of the most memorable and beloved tales ever told. Originally published in 1954, The Lord of the Rings set the framework upon which all epic/quest fantasy since has been built. Through the urgings of the enigmatic wizard Gandalf, young hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on an urgent, incredibly treacherous journey to destroy the One Ring. This ring — created and then lost by the Dark Lord, Sauron, centuries earlier — is a weapon of evil, one that Sauron desperately wants returned to him. With the power of the ring once again his own, the Dark Lord will unleash his wrath upon all of Middle-earth. The only way to prevent this horrible fate from becoming reality is to return the Ring to Mordor, the only place it can be destroyed. Unfortunately for our heroes, Mordor is also Sauron’s lair. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is essential reading not only for fans of fantasy but for lovers of classic literature as well…

 

A_Journey_to_the_Centre_of_the_Earth-1874An adventurous geology professor chances upon a manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a route to the earth’s core. Professor Lidenbrock can’t resist the opportunity to investigate, and with his nephew Axel, he sets off across Iceland in the company of Hans Bjelke, a native guide. The expedition descends into an extinct volcano toward a sunless sea, where they encounter a subterranean world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic marine life — a living past that holds the secrets to the origins of human existence.
Originally published in 1864, Jules Verne’s classic remains critically acclaimed for its style and imaginative visions. Verne wrote many fantasy stories that later proved remarkably prescient, and his distinctive combination of realism and romanticism exercised a lasting influence on writers as diverse as Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Jean-Paul Sartre. In addition to the excitement of an action novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth has the added appeal of a psychological quest, in which the sojourn itself is as significant as the ultimate destination.

 

51AdwJ7gsRL._SX317_BO1,204,203,200_Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death. Cells descended from her may weigh more than 50M metric tons.

HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

The journey starts in the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s, her small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia — wooden slave quarters, faith healings, and voodoo. Today are stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, East Baltimore children and grandchildren live in obscurity, see no profits, and feel violated. The dark history of experimentation on African Americans helped lead to the birth of bioethics, and legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

 

TheNeverendingStory1997EditionThis epic work of the imagination has captured the hearts of millions of readers worldwide since it was first published more than a decade ago. Its special story within a story is an irresistible invitation for readers to become part of the book itself. And now this modern classic and bibliophile’s dream is available in hardcover again.

The story begins with a lonely boy named Bastian and the strange book that draws him into the beautiful but doomed world of Fantastica. Only a human can save this enchanted place–by giving its ruler, the Childlike Empress, a new name. But the journey to her tower leads through lands of dragons, giants, monsters, and magic–and once Bastian begins his quest, he may never return. As he is drawn deeper into Fantastica, he must find the courage to face unspeakable foes and the mysteries of his own heart.

Readers, too, can travel to the wondrous, unforgettable world of Fantastica if they will just turn the page….

 

22055262Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

 

8694522My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. Each new settlement asks for a new journal, and so this Book of Shadows begins.

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Secluded at his cottage in the woods, Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had and making her immortal. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers’ market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories—and demons—long thought forgotten.

Part historical romance, part modern fantasy, The Witch’s Daughter is a fresh, compelling take on the magical, yet dangerous world of Witches. Readers will long remember the fiercely independent heroine who survives plagues, wars, and the heartbreak that comes with immortality to remain true to herself, and protect the protégé she comes to love.

 

77507In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research & cutting-edge science in the 1st of a trilogy chronicling the colonization of Mars: For eons, sandstorms have swept the desolate landscape. For centuries, Mars has beckoned humans to conquer its hostile climate. Now, in 2026, a group of 100 colonists is about to fulfill that destiny. John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers & Arkady Bogdanov lead a terraforming mission. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage & madness. For others it offers an opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. For the genetic alchemists, it presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life & death. The colonists orbit giant satellite mirrors to reflect light to the surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth. Massive tunnels, kilometers deep, will be drilled into the mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves & friendships will form & fall to pieces–for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.
Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope & ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in evolution, creating a world in its entirety. It shows a future, with both glory & tarnish, that awes with complexity & inspires with vision.

 

51ZVmYwEN+L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_A drowned young woman is discovered on an abandoned pleasure boat drifting by the Stockholm archipelago—strangely, her clothes are dry. The next day in Stockholm, a man turns up dead, hanging from a lamp hook inside his completely bare apartment—but how could he have hung himself with no furniture to climb upon? As Detective Inspector Joona Linna begins to piece together the two mysteries, he discovers that they are a mere prelude to a dizzying and dangerous course of events. From the internationally bestselling author of The Hypnotist comes The Nightmare, another spellbinding tale of Nordic crime.

 

 

These books are going to be the books I read next. Not necessarily in order, but they WILL be read. Otherwise, I’m staring at my bookshelves in complete confusion as to which one to pick up next! It’s disastrous.

Hopefully, this ‘schedule’ will help me read more, quicker.