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: 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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Purchased: The Casual Vacancy

“How to snub people and make enemies”

Author: J K Rowling

Genre: Drama, Age: Adult

Released: 27th September 2012

I can’t believe that’s it’s landed on my doormat, JK Rowling’s new book! Which I only bought because she’s the author of the amazing Harry Potter series.

As excited I was to read it, it’s been slightly deflated by internet reviews.The Daily Mail in the UK called it ‘vulgar and obscene’, Amazon UK reviews are calling it ‘depressing’ and various independent reviewers have labelled it as a ‘snub against the middle-classes’.

It won’t affect my view of the book whilst I read it, because reading is essentially shutting out the real world while you lose yourself in a fictional one. I never remember other people’s opinion and reviews, except my own, when I’m reading.

If JK had been any other writer, it wouldn’t have gotten half the negative attention the book is getting. It also makes me think that everyone is eager to get onto a hate-bandwagon.

Unfortunately, the energy has impacted me. I’m not terribly excited to read the book anymore, which is a shame, because I wanted to get into the new phase of JK’s writing career. It’s been put on hold until tabloids in the UK can stop their moaning.

Read the blurb below!

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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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Book: How To Sell Ponti Bridge (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“What’s the biggest scam you’ve ever pulled?”

Author: Neil Gaiman

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

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

At an intergalactic rogues club, a group of scammers sit together and talk about the oldest scam of all time: selling landmarks. This scam is so old, it’s tired and small-world. However, one of them has a biggest story to tell about Ponti Bridge.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: Don’t Ask Jack (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“No-one knew where the toy had come from…”

Author: Neil Gaiman

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

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

A short story in this anthology, that looks at a eerie toy in a mansion.

A group of four young siblings are terrified and won’t go near the Jack-in-the-Box. Stories are made up about how he got trapped in the box, and what kind of creature he is.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: How To Talk To Girls At Parties (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“Where does contagion end and art begin?”

Author: Neil Gaiman

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

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

Two boys, smooth-talking Vic and shy Enn, go to a party filled with foreign girls.

Girls have always seemed like aliens to Enn, he finds himself fumbling with words, and struggling to understand what they mean. Vic’s advice is: just talk to them, they don’t come from another planet…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: The Price (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“That cat is a person”

Author: Neil Gaiman

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

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

A black cat taken in by a family in the countryside. After a few attacks in the night which leaves the Black Cat injured, the husband decides to find out what is attacking him.

The answer chills him to his bones…

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Book: Troll Bridge (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“I am a troll. Fol rol de ol rol”

Author: Neil Gaiman

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

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

A dark tale about a young boy’s life. After walking down an endlessly straight path, he finds a troll under a bridge. The troll threatens to take his life, but the boy promises that he’ll come back after he’s had some life experiences.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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