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Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett

Book Recommendations & Terry Pratchett

In which I admit (once again) just how terrible I am at making book recommendations, and apologise to my lovely friend Lynda (whose blog you should really check out for lovely humour and fab editing tips) for basically suggesting she start reading Terry Pratchett by choosing any book at random. I then attempt to refine that recommendation a little, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work.

Yeah, I’m entirely rubbish at book recommendations. Entirely.

I try to make up for it by waffling on about the different ways in which his books are good, and how re-reading them is an entirely different experience as an adult, choose my favourite character (sort of), and call the Stepper from the Long Earth series a time machine. Sigh.

 

 

So, help Lynda out here, lovely people – are you a Pratchett fan? What book would you recommend to a Discworld novice? Who’s your favourite character? let me know below!

 

The Little Furry Muse Recommends A Book About Cats

The Little Furry Muse Recommends A Book About Cats

In which The Little Furry Muse proves, once again, that she really is the star of this particular roadshow. Or sideshow. Yeah, sideshow might be a slightly more accurate description. With great disdain for my terrible record of book recommending abilities, she also makes it very clear that she approves of this particular book about cats. Although maybe not my reading so much.

With her able assistance supervision, I get into my reading aloud groove once again, although not in pyjamas this time. I’ve already shown off my Mercaticorn nightie, after all, so I’m not sure I can top that one.

I also get slightly horrified by the idea that it’s been twenty years since I saw Cats in London, and sort out everyone’s birthday presents for the cat lovers in their life.

 

 

How about you, lovely people? Have you read Old Possum’s Books of Practical Cats, or seen Cats? Did you enjoy it? And what are your favourite pieces of fun verse? let me know below!

 

Accidental Book Discoveries & Deserted Islands

Accidental Book Discoveries & Deserted Islands

In which I admit the horrible extent of my Kindle book hoarding, and how little I actually get around to reading them. And the fact that I am starting to suffer from pretty cover syndrome, especially as it’s led me right twice now, first with Philip Pullman, now with Scarlett Thomas.

I did my magpie thing with this book (pretty! Gimme!) in the local English secondhand bookshop, and if I hadn’t, I probably wouldn’t have discovered Scarlett Thomas until at least the next long flight, which is when I’ll start digging into the depths of my Kindle TBR again. But Bright Young Things was certainly pretty, and sounded intriguing, so… I love accidental book discoveries ūüôā

And, as yet another example of being behind the times, I seem to have read the less well-known book before the famous one, and now want to read¬†all her books. Good thing I have the well-known one in my Kindle. Which I really should charge…

 

 

How about you, lovely people? What have your accidental book discoveries been? Have you read any Scarlett Thomas? Do you have any favourites? Let me know below!

 

Fear & Loathing & Confusing Books

Fear & Loathing & Confusing Books

In which I confess to a love of books that sweep you up and carry you along with their sheer energy, even if you have no idea where they’re going. And you’re pretty sure that the author’s not really got much of an idea, either. And while I haven’t enjoyed all of Hunter S Thompson’s books at all, I did enjoy these ones.

And yes – they’re both better than the movies. Well, I think they are. I’m pretty sure I saw The Rum Diary, but I don’t remember it, so it can’t have been that good…

 

 

How about you, lovely people? Have you read any Hunter S Thompson? What did you think? Do you enjoy books with that sort of manic energy? Let me know below!

Roald Dahl & Twisted Tales

Roald Dahl & Twisted Tales

In which I talk about still being in awe of Roald Dahl’s ability to put an amazing twist in his stories, but also discover that, on rereading as an adult, some of his treatment of female characters doesn’t really do it for me (although this was only really in one collection out of the five in the book, so I’d still recommend the other four, because not many people can tell a short story quite as well as this).

One of the things I particularly love is that there’s no guarantee that the bad guys will get their comeuppance in his stories – you’re never quite sure until the end just how things are going to unfold. And while that can make it a little too much like real life for comfort, it also lends a quite wonderful uncertainty to the reading.

But, well. This is the man who wrote about Little Red Riding Hood killing not just¬†her Big Bad Wolf, but also the huffing and puffing one, and his three little pigs into the bargain. So we really can’t expect them to be¬†nice stories.

And I’m not complaining…

 

 

How about you, lovely readers? Have you read any of Roald Dahl’s short stories? Any other good twisted tales you’d recommend? Let me know your thoughts below!

 

Lesser-Known Books by Well-Known Authors

Lesser-Known Books by Well-Known Authors

In which I talk about books by Paul Torday, Mark Haddon and Marcus Zusak that you might not be able to name straight off.

Or you might. As has been observed, I’m not very good at keeping up with trends. Maybe these have been just as popular as their big hit books, and I just missed the memo. Entirely possible.

 

 

How about you? Do you have any lesser-known books that you think I should check out? Any surprise discoveries? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Rivers of London

The Rivers of London

In which I get a little over-enthusiastic about just how good Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series in, and complain about losing books while moving. Again.

But really, if you haven’t read these – why not? Modern police work, ancient magic, and the river gods of London, among other things. They’re¬†good!

 

 

Do you have any favourite modern fantasy/ contemporary fantasy series you’ve really enjoyed? And hidden treasures I need to know about? Tell me in the comments!

 

Being Behind the Times

Being Behind the Times

In which I admit just how terribly off-trend I am, and how bad I am at watching movies. I also admit just how awesome those books (and sometimes movies) are once I catch up.

Seriously, how long did it take me to read How to Train Your Dragon? What do I write about? What age group do I write for? I’m disappointed in myself.

 

 

Are you good at keeping up with the latest books or not? Are there any books you know you¬†should have read, but still haven’t? Let me know in the comments!

 

The Joys of Old Sci-Fi Books (& Covers)

The Joys of Old Sci-Fi Books (& Covers)

In which I show off a slightly haphazard collection of old Pan C.S. Lewis and Penguin John Wyndham sci-fi, and try to justify their purchase as an exercise in learning about humanity through the writings of old sci-fi writers, rather than just because I like the wonderfully trashy covers.

What? I never said I had fancy tastes.

 

 

What about you? Do you like old sci-fi, or old books in general? What’s your weakness when it comes to books? (Other than just, well, books…)

 

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