Book: Aesop’s Fables (Wordsworth’s Classics)

“Lions regularly team up with asses. There’s a fox somewhere too…”

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Author: Aesop

Genre: Fantasy, Classic, Animals, Age: All

Do you ever think that some stories are familiar, but you can’t pinpoint where you’ve read them before? Reading Aesop’s Fables is like stumbling into that experience over and over again.

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(The Crow and the Pitcher)

Of course, as the book’s introduction is quick to point out, Aesop didn’t really *write* these stories, he merely collected them. This version from Wordsworth contains around 250 short tales, which feature anthropomorphic characters and situations that make them cross paths. Each story is a quick read, taking roughly three minutes to read at most, and I found myself finishing the book in a couple of days, since I was using it for light reading before bedtime.

There’s nothing amazingly complex about the experience,  since each story starts and finishes with few plot-points. For someone used to reading long, epic fantasy books, this was such a refreshing experience and almost a mental cleanse; I could stay with the characters for a few minutes, and then abandon them, and only take the central  message forward.

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Purchased: The Hobbit

“Adventure? No, thank you!”

Author: J R R Tolkien

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s+

Released: 30th August 2012

How amazing are these covers for the film tie-in of The Hobbit by HarperCollins Publishers. Being a really big fan of The Lord of The Rings trilogy films, I couldn’t wait until The Hobbit was released. This time though, I’m deciding to take the plunge into the world of Tolkien, and seriously educate myself on this epic series, in the word.

I have high expectations, that will no doubt be fulfilled, considering every fantasy author names Tolkien as one of their inspirations. My only shame is how long it took me to buy the book!

Just to make life more lush, there’s a children’s version of the film tie-in cover, featuring a lovely illustration. I have the grown-up looking cover, but am kicking myself for not spotting the cuter cover first.

Read the blurb below!

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 11 Series Finale Summary + Review

“Suicide in the woods”

(Poor Hazuki will fall apart being a ghost-third wheel)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Hazuki spies on Atsushi and Rokk’a reconciliation. Even though Rokka declared her love for Hazuki a few moments before, surely she will pick her first love and late husband over the newcomer?

Will this be the end for Hazuki?

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 10 Summary + Review

“Welcome to my funeral”

(Smart Dress Only in the afterlife)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, after realising that e has taken place of Atsushi in the magical world, Hazuki panics about how he will get home. The magical Rokka, who he has trusted for as long as he has been trapped in the sketchbook, invite Hazuki to see his own funeral.

After realising that ‘Rokka’ is in fact a remnant of Atsushi’s consciousness that is trapped within the book, Hazuki makes it back to the real world… but as a ghost!

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 9 Summary + Review

“Dun Dun DUN!”

(Atsushi’s soul-less eyes will win every staring contest..)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Rokka is following Hazuki after his strange behaviour. Reminiscing about a time when she and Atsushi climbed the same mountain. Atsushi’s health didn’t allow him to do anything more than just walking.

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 8 Summary + Review

“Flowers flowers flowers… “

(Who knew florists could be afraid of flowers?)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Rokka comes home to a arrangement of bouquets, which are the same as what Atsushi made for her on various occasions. She recognises them all.

Atsushi-as-Hazuki has disappeared, taking with him all of his stuff. Rokka is understandably upset by this, and wants to know what’s going on.

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 7 Summary + Review

“Who wants to go to the seaside?”

(Style-guru Atsushi can finally tell Rokka to burn the bucket-hat now that he’s alive)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, after Rokka confesses that she returns Hazuki’s feelings, Atsushi realises that she’s going to move on from him.

Atsushi-as-Hazuki and Rokka go on a date to the beach as a couple.

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 6 Summary + Review

“Finish the story?”

(This world has bandages and birds, but not an exit?)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Hazuki is still trapped within the other world. He is told by Tiny Rokka that he might not be able to get back. Desperate to finish off the story in the sketchbook, he thinks that might be the key to getting his body back.

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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Purchased: Tales from Shakespeare – Wordsworth Children’s Classics

“Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou…?”

Author: Shakespeare, Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Arthur Rackham

Genre: Classic, Drama Fiction, Age: All ages

Released: 5th August 1994 (UK version)

It was a while ago that I wrote about reading the Arabian Nights and how I was inspired to read more from Wordsworth Children’s collections.

Shakespeare’s stories are world famous, but I don’t have the patience to interpret the original words, so I’m hoping to read the easy-to-understand version. These versions are from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Anime: Natsuyuki Rendezvous – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“Not a ghost, not a zombie, maybe a Prince….”

(Employee of the Month is a very prestigious position)

Studio: Dogakobo

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Josei, Age: 13+

Released: July 1 2012 – onwards

From the last episode, Atsushi has taken hold of Hazuki’s body. Overwhelmed that he can talk and touch Rokka, he’s being very emotional. Rokka thinks that Hazuki is merely drunk, but remnants of her husband’s speaking patterns bring back memories.

Hazuki, meanwhile, finds himself in a strangely picturesque land. He knows this has something to do with the ghost, but he doesn’t know what…

Warning! May contain Spoilers!

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