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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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.

Manga: My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun) Volume 1 Summary + Review

“I’m not getting involved with this”

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Publisher: Kodansha Europe

Genre: Romantic, Comedy, Shojou, Drama  Age: 13+

Released: 20th March 2014 (UK Version)

Hardworking schoolgirl Shizuku Mizutani is a student with a life mission to get perfect grades. Her life is turned upside down when she is asked to deliver a homework assignment to the school delinquent, who then manages to convince himself he is love with her. Haru appears to have very little social skills, but the pair clearly have a chemistry, even if Haru is getting in the way of Shizuku’s goal of being number one at her school.

This is the manga that formed the basis for the anime series, and the first volume covers up to the first two and a half episodes.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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News: Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Book 2) Release Date

“Of Extreme OCD-ness”

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

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

Released: 6th March 2014 (UK version)

Following up on my post from eons ago, a lot of little details have appeared for the next book in the Stormlight Archive series. The release date for the UK version has also changed, and is now in March 2014. Pre-orders are being taken at all the usual places, (Amazon, Waterstones, etc) and this book is guaranteed to hit bestsellers’ lists all over the world.

However, in my usual infuriating way, I am refusing to pre-order this book, because… it isn’t the same size as the other books in the series. For some reason, newly released hardbacks and paperbacks are much larger than the paperbacks issued after the first year. (I’m not sure if this a UK-only issue, or not).

It is very obsessive compulsive, but I want to have an uniform collection, and since I only have the smaller paperback version of The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive Book 1), then the rest of the series will have to follow suit.

The few details that I have allowed myself about this book is that it is about Shallan, and there are  some new characters for the interludes.  For the rest, I have covered my ears, and  sang loudly so no spoilers will come to me.

As usual the UK version of Brandon Sanderson’s books have covers by Sam Green. I absolutely adore his art style.

Words of Radiance is available for Pre-order at £20.00 for the Hardback edition.

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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Currently Watching & Currently Reading: Upcoming Reviews

“Next couple of days will be packed”

I’ve just finished a couple of drama series, and instead of taking a break from melodrama, I will be diving into the world of shoujo.

Currently Watching Anime

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I’m going to be finishing up anime with a grand reviewing schedule for Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster), K, Sword Art Online, Say “I Love You” and Digimon Frontiers.

Anime Winter 2013

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I didn’t spot any anime that I wanted to follow for this season except for Chihayafuru season 2. Naturally, it’s been a while since I watched the first season, and I don’t want to jump into the second without getting the reviews done for the first. I’m going to follow it in the natural order.

Basically that means, I will not be following Anime Winter 2013. There is other stuff to make up for it though!

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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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