Follow the Yellow Brick Road down Memory Lane…


This week over at the Broke and Bookish the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is:

‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

I’ve gone for a mix of ages with this one starting from probably around 8 and going up to about 19. I quite enjoyed thinking of this one.  I would say that my earlier books were very influenced by my teacher at the time.  I think started reading mainly books that were in the house and belonged to my dad before starting to branch out and look further afield.

  1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis- I’m not ashamed to admit that this book made me shed a tear!
  2. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  3. The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
  4. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier – I have already read this quite a few times – no need for a reread
  5. Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier – this is another great story!
  6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I was glued to the pages, read this as a romantic eyed 14 year old – couldn’t put it down.
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – gothic and dark
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I’ve not read a lot of Dickens but I love this one
  9. The Far Pavilions by M M Kaye – this book is one that I would love to reread – I really should make the time
  10. The Time Machine by HG Wells – one of the earlier examples of sci-fi

Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were also my reads around the age of 14 but as I’ve recently reread both I’ve not included them here.  I also spent a good couple of years focusing on horror and ghost type stories but I don’t know that I would particularly revisit any of those so I’ve not included them here.

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone, Final Instalment

Wow, I don’t know how it came around so fast as I feel like time has simply flown by, but here we are at the end of our readalong for Max Gladstone’s excellent Three Parts Dead.

This week the lovely Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow is our wonderful host so please stop by and check out all the other participants answers.

If you’re reading this now, then yes, obviously, you’re too late to join the readalong but I strongly recommend you give this book a shot – it’s very entertaining and I found the setting and concept quite unique.

To the Q&A with the customary reminder that if you haven’t read this already you might want to look away about now:

1.  So we finally got all the facts behind whodunit – and how, and why… What did you think of the epic(sized) reveal scene? 

I enjoyed the final reveal – mostly because I hadn’t managed to second guess everything that was going on.  I was just enjoying reading and finding out the answers.  I’d put together that the Professor was basically not a nice guy and I kind of suspected he was trying to use God’s powers – however, I hadn’t realised the full extent of his machinations.  I also suspected that the Stone Men were being used as a set up and I had inner nigglings about the survival of their God but not to the extent that was finally revealed – and it was like an epic romance wasn’t it!  Well, not a romance, but you know what I mean!  And I never, for one second, realised what was going on with Abelard and his cigarettes – if that’s not the most unusual hiding place ever then I don’t know what is!

Surprise! We found Kos. You’ll never believe where he was… Or did you?

Haha, no I didn’t guess – see above.  So unusual.  I didn’t see that coming at all.

Elayne Kevarian proved to be even more devious than we suspected. What do you think of this Craftswoman now that the dust is settling? Sympathy for Denovo, or victorious fist-pump?

No sympathy for Denovo at all.  Not even a speck.  He was so horrible that I can’t even go there and in fact I think the ending he received was almost too good for him.  And Kevarian – she was something of a cool character.  That whole scene where she reduced the shadow monster to a pill sized blot and then swallowed it – I was like ‘what’?  What just happened.  That was such a great idea for the finale.

I did a little checking and the second book in this series seems to feature a whole new cast, though it’s still set in the same world. Do you think this one wrapped things up for Tara, Abelard and company well enough, or are you wishing for more? For that matter, will you read on? 

Yeah, I’d also heard that the other books are more like companion novels not follow ons.  I do feel like this wrapped things up fairly cleanly for the characters plus- even though the future books are not the same characters there’s always the possibility of hearing news in a second hand fashion??

I really enjoyed this – it was a very unusual concept and I will definitely continue with the series.

Thanks everyone for taking part – as usual this big jumble of ideas and questions has been really entertaining and thought provoking which is why I love readalongs – so many ideas chucked into the mix that make your brain go off on tangents that it probably wouldn’t have done so by itself – well, mine wouldn’t have anyway.

Blog off – SPFBO – Update

Posted On 20 March 2015

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Just a quick update.  I’m taking part in an event details of which are over at Mark Lawrence’s blog.  These are my books:

  1. Noel Coughlan – A Bright Power Rising
  2. R.P Rigoli – Red
  3. Jennifer Bell – A warrior’s legacy: Jamie
  4. Andrew Rowe – Forging Divinity
  5. Melody Taylor – In the Dark
  6. Tavish Kaeden – The Weight of a Crown
  7. David Pedersen – Angst
  8. Adam Lee – Dark Heart
  9. Kal S Davian – Naming the Bane
  10. Patrick J Loller – Forged by Battle
  11. T.C Pearce – Into the Aether
  12. Will Kay – Requiem of Innocence
  13. Benny Hinrichs – The Oneironauts
  14. Neil McGarry & Daniel Ravipinto – The Duchess of the Shallows
  15. Nick Marsden – The Light of Theolan
  16. Janice McKonly – Welcome to Mystery Interior
  17. Steve Thomas – Klondaeg the Monster Hunter
  18. Wayne Miller – The Dung Ball Chronicle
  19. Amanda McCrina – His Own Good Sword – review here
  20. Jack Kerr – Tommy Black and the Staff of Light
  21. Scott Decker – Gemstone Wyverns
  22. Terry Simpson – Game of Souls
  23. Cindy Young-Turner – Thief of Hope
  24. Ruairi Cinead Ducantlin – Verum – Exercitum ex Nihilo
  25. Jake Scholl – Blade of the Broken
  26. JR Karlsson – Escana
  27. Maya Michaels – Iduna

So far, I’ve read and reviewed one book.  I’ve started two others but ultimately they haven’t grabbed me – and yet, I still want to give them more of a chance (although I have read about 40 pages of one of those and probably about 100 pages of the other)!

My main niggle at the moment is that I have a policy of not reviewing books that I don’t finish.  Well, here’s hoping for lots of finished books then.

Titles that iintrigue me: 2, 8, 14, 16, 17 and 21 – although, actually, also 18 – The Dung Ball Chronicle – come on right??

Cover spotlight:

Finally – my books choices are completely random.  I won’t be adding books as ‘currently reading’ on Goodreads or posting to Goodreads as I want to keep an open mind on all the books until the end.

That’s it for me so far.  Happy reading to all the others.

Face off!

Art it Up.  This is a meme hosted by Tabitha over at Not Yet Read.  The idea being to see if you can come up with some inspiration for a little sketch or doodle from your last week’s reading or just anything else in general. My recent reading includes the first part of Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead (as part of a readalong), and The Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan.  If you’ve read Three Parts Dead I hope you’ll know what I’ve done here:


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