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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News: Brandon Sanderson UK Event Dates – Leeds + others

“DO NOT WAKE ME UP!”

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On 6th August 2014, at 1 PM, my two favourite pastimes are going to be at one place.

Brandon Sanderson + Waterstones = Bliss.

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The tour is to promote and sign copies of, Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two, Brandon Sanderson will be going to various locations across the UK. Most importantly, he will be coming to Leeds, which is my local bookstore.

Words of Radiance is a sequel to the stunningly epic The Way of Kings, which was so epic that it had to split into Part One and Part Two. That was the main reason that I hadn’t picked up Words of Radiance yet, seeing that the hardback book resembled a brick (over a 1000 pages!).

That doesn’t matter! I will pick up the brick at the store, and get it signed, and also stare at my favourite author like a total creep. I’m allowed to do that (I think).

I actually had the opportunity to see Brandon Sanderson in Manchester when the initial UK tour for The Way of Kings was on, IF I skipped a lecture at Uni and travelled down. I ended up not skipping that lecture, and really regretted it. This time, I suppose I shall fangirl twice as much.

Brandon Sanderson will be visiting London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and Nottingham. See the rest of the UK dates here.

 

Book: Nicholas Sayre & The Creature in the Case Cover Image

“Of scratching and inkings”

Author: Garth Nix

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 1st October 2007 (UK version)

Going on a Garth Nix kick, I had a look through this book, which a follow-on story from The Old Kingdom Trilogy (The Abhorsen Trilogy). There are a few nice pictures which relate to the short stories that I haven’t seen online. Garth Nix’s short stories have been published in various fantasy anthologies, but I haven’t come across any of these illustrations, possibly because this is an old children’s edition.

I will try and upload the illustrations as I review the stories. This is the Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case image, which I have already reviewed.
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Credit goes to David Wyatt, who has illustrated the headings of the stories for the Harper Collins Children’s Book’s in Great Britain 2006. Photographs taken by me.

Book: Indian 100 Everyday Recipes

“Trying to delay starvation…”

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Genre:Cooking, Non-Fiction, Age: All ages

Following on from the great successes I had with the Student Cookbook (a.k.a. Cooking for Dummies) I purchased the Indian version. This is a step-up from the easy, one-pot recipes that I was used to. Anyone wanting to try this book should prepare for a at least a dozen different ingredients, and varying preparation times for each stage.

I have never been that great of a cook, and although the recipes were coaching me through the steps, it felt like an age until I actually produced something edible.

More information and pictures below:

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Book: The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time Book 3) Review

“Where’s Rand?”

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Author: Robert Jordan

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 10th December 1992 (UK version)

The third book in the series is a bit strange, in my opinion. It draws away from Rand, who I firmly believe is the main character, despite the infinitely large cast.The book instead follows the various subgroups that are in a quest to follow Rand, and his path of destruction, whether they know it or not.

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Book: Warbreaker Review

“Absorb all colour”

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 29th December 2011 (UK Version)

Two sibling princesses that couldn’t be more different; both are from the small Kingdom of Idrian, and through the bounds of duty and war, they end up in the bustling city of gods. Princess Siri is the youngest, and a troublemaker. Princess Vivenna is the stern eldest, and tasked with the duty of marrying the God King.

In the capital of Hallandren, war is in the air, as hidden forces move to take back the city. A mysterious assassin moves through the streets, with a sword that must never be drawn. A whimsical and lazy god holds responsibility, for the armies of thousands of Lifeless.

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Book: Chivalry (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“This will look lovely on my mantlepiece…”

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Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

Old Mrs Whitaker has a habit of treating herself to gifts and ornaments from her local charity shop. One day, she finds a dusty old object, which turns out to be the Holy Grail… and decides that it would look rather nice on her mantlepiece.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: The High Lord (The Black Magician Trilogy Book 3) Review

“Ending on a magical note”

Author: Trudi Canavan

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Age: YA+

Released: 4th March 2010 (UK Version)

The final book of the The Black Magician Trilogy continues the story of Sonea, a young streetgirl-turned-magician that now lives with the most powerful magician the Guild has ever seen.

Unknown to the rest of the world, Akkarin, who practices dark magic in secret, is actually holding her hostage.

How many others will suffer before his secret is out? And how does this link to to an epic war between neighbouring countries of magicians?

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Book: Legion Review

“Around the world. With Me, Myself, and I…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama, Age: YA+

Released: 31st August 2012 (UK version)

Secrets of time should remain secret. One scientist doesn’t think so.

Balubal Razon creates a camera that can take images of the past in the exact location they are taken. Then he goes missing…

Stephen Leeds is a critical genius, whose hallucinations are various people. Intrigued by the prospect of following up the missing camera, he travels with government agent Monica to find out the truth about the camera.

Warning! Contains Spoilers!

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Book: October In The Chair (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“My name is Dearly…”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

The months sit around a campfire and each tell a story. This time, October is in the chair, and his tale is cold and grim.

Donald, more popularly known as The Runt, is unloved by his family and runs away. Taking shelter near an abandoned village, he is woken in the middle of the night by a ghost, and shown the joys of being dead.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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