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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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 13 Series Finale Summary + Review

“The end of a magical adventure…”

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(Look over there! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Mordred and Arthur meet on the battleground for Camelot. Mordred doesn’t hesitate to use magic, and Arthur is sent reeling from his former friend.

Both men want to win this battle, but only one can survive.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 12 Summary + Review

“Surprise attacks”

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(Giving Morgana styling tips are not well received)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, finally Morgana has Mordred as an ally, and knows the identity of her fated nemesis, Emrys. She launches a plan to relieve Merlin of his magic, and bring her army to Camelot.

The magical showdown is about to begin.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 11 Summary + Review

“Run and hide in the name of love”

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(She totally looks like one of those evil, brutal Saxons.)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, the Knights of Camelot hunt a group of Saxons. One of the members is attempting to get away, and Mordred is quick to chase after them. It turns out to be his childhood love, Kara, who he lets slip away.

The only witness to his actions is Merlin, who is watching with the belief that Mordred may show his true side any day now.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 10 Summary + Review

“Things get tortured a lot”

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(Merlin is imagining a fair magical lady, walking through the woods)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Merlin finds a magical token in the forest. Suspicious of its origins, and wondering why anyone would leave a powerful artifact in the middle of nowhere, he decides to investigate.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 9 Summary + Review

“Why, hello there stranger…”

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(“I wasn’t sneaking around. This is… how I walk.”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Gwen is falling under suspicion when she decides to wander through Camelot at odd hours. The truth of her nature comes to light when she is spotted meeting Morgana, by Arthur and Merlin who had followed her.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 8 Summary + Review

“Merlin… is out at the tavern…”

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(“My sister is inside a well, in the middle of forest, far, far away…”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, a young boy caught by Guinevere is wandering the streets of Camelot late at night. Daegal has come to find Merlin, who he believes can save his sister. He claims to be of a druid nature, and Merlin quickly gathers his wits and supplies for a trip with this stranger.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 7 Summary + Review

“Who killed Arthur?”

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(Arthur vows to fall unconscious as many times until the end of the series)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Arthur faces an assassination attempt while being out with Gwen on their anniversary. The strap of his horse’s girdle has been cut, and only someone who has access to the king’s stables could do this….

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 6 Summary + Review

“We rescue all damsels in distress”

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(Gwen’s bodyguards take their order to “stick close” very seriously)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, the Knights of Camelot and Gwen are out riding when they are attacked by a nest of snakes. Gwen is told to flee by her brother, Sir Elyan, and she runs straight into Morgana.

Sir Percival and Sir Leon are poisoned by the snakes, which were conjured by Morgana. They are rushed to Camelot for treatment. When the danger is over, they realise that Gwen hasn’t returned from the forest….

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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TV: Merlin S5 – Episode 5 Summary + Review

“The twinkle of my eye”

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(“We’re going on a mission? Should I bring a lunchbox?”)

Airing on: BBC

Genre: Magic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Family, Drama Age: All ages

Released: 6th October 2012 – onwards (UK Version)

From the previous episode, Mordrid is making great progress in King Arthur’s eyes, and is a great addition to the Knights of Camelot despite his young age. When a knight is killed by the sorcerer Osgur, Mordrid is invited to an avenging mission. Merlin comes along, and is worried about how the fate of Arthur is linked to Mordrid’s.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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