Meme: Tough Travelling – Cursing

Tough Travelling

Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs this weekly meme Tough Travelling, where readers are encouraged to tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy. Using The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones for inspiration.

This week’s topic is CREATIVE CURSING

New lands, new languages, new things to cuss out.  Nobody in fantasyland cusses in quite the same way though; each world has its own way to yell at the world.

I was down-hearted when I saw this topic, as I prefer my fantasy on the lighter and fairy tale side which doesn’t tend to contain swearing. Or I had the opposite problem. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin and The Dark Tower by Stephen King are full of swearing, but it is just regular English swearing. I have dug deep though to think of a few:

Harry Potter by J K Rowling – This is a magical world existing secretly within the regular world. So regular swear and curse words exist, however it is, the magically inspired, utterance of shock “Merlin’s Beard!” that I love.

Discworld by Terry Pratchett – Words have a lot of power in this world, which when it comes to cursing the wizards learn the hard way. As their “hells”, “damns”, “buggers”, “blasts”, and even a “bloody hellfire!” magically make odd and dangerous bugs materialise! Reducing the wizards to lacklustre “poots”, “darns” and “drats”.

Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien – The language of the goblins and orcs is dark, violent and often insulting. For which reason in his novels Tolkien left much of their speech un-translated, however some translations have included the words “cesspool”, “dung-filth”, “torture”, “stinking”, and “pig-guts”.

Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) – Okay this is neither fantasy or a book, but I couldn’t do a topic on creative cursing and not mention “frak!”. A cool series and the coolest fictional swear word ever!

What creative cursing can you think of? Please let me know if you’re taking part in this week’s topic too.

Book Tag: My Life in Books

My Life in Books

Hello my fellow bookworms time for a fun tag which the lovely Maren of The Worn Bookmark tagged everyone in. All my answers are chosen from books off my bookshelf.

1) Find a book for each of your initials.

  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

2) Count your age along your bookshelf.  Which book is it? (My shelves are in no particular order so I’ve counted along as best I could)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

3) Pick a book set in your city/county/country.

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (England).

4) Pick a book that represents a destination you would love to travel to.

Inferno by Dan Brown (Florence, Venice and Istanbul).

5) Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart (purple).

6) Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien.

7) Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens.

8) Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it.

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (it’s huge! and will end The Mortal Instruments series).

I tag all bookworms out there who fancy giving this a go. I would love to read your answers to these questions.

Meme: Tough Travelling – Roads

Tough Travelling

Nathan, over at the Fantasy Review Barn, runs this weekly meme Tough Travelling, where readers are encouraged to tour the mystical countryside looking for adventure and fun (and tropes) from all over fantasy. Using The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones for inspiration.

This week’s topic is WELL TRAVELLED ROADS

Rare is the fantasy adventure that stays close to come.  Most require a long adventure down some well travelled roads…

This seemed like a relatively easy topic, but once I got thinking I found naming roads quite hard! Here are the few I could think of:

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien – the road goes ever on and on…first Bilbo and then his cousin Frodo take the East Road out of The Shire heading for Rivendell, the Misty Mountains and adventure.

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien – later in Bilbo and the dwarves’ adventure they decide to take the Old Elven Road through Mirkwood; hoping it will be safer as it is less likely to be watched.

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R R Martin – the Kings Road stretches almost the length of Westeros. From The Wall in the far north, down through the capital King’s Landing, and further down to Storm’s End in the south. Many of our protagonists have set out, for good or ill, along this road.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum – perhaps the most famous road has to be the Yellow Brick Road, which is the sure fire way to find your way to the Emerald City; the capital of Oz. Many adventures are to be found along the way too.

What well-travelled roads to adventure can you think of? Please let me know if you’re taking part in this week’s topic too.

Goodbye September, Hello October 2015

September 2015

Hello my fellow bookworms, I hope you are all well? September has just flown by for me and the weather has dramatically cooled; no gradual transition into autumn for us! Which has seen me suffering with sinus problems and the sniffles. On the other hand I have loved making soup, and getting my comfortable boots and my favourite scarves back out.

September has also seen the start of the new school year. The children I support have made a positive start to year 6 and while it is very busy I am enjoying my work. In the cooling evenings I have been curling up in a blanket to enjoy a good book and some great adaptations.

Fiction: 3     Non-Fiction: 2     Poetry: 0

The start of autumn always sees me pining for more gothic and mysterious books, which makes the R.I.P event perfect for me. First up was the Sherlock Holmes adventure The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle; my result for The Classics Club’s last spin feature. Followed by The Raven’s Head by Karen Maitland a dark, historical tale with a supernatural twist. To lighten the mood I also enjoyed a comforting re-read of Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.

Alongside these fictions I also read two Christian non-fictions. First I read The Faith of a Mockingbird by Matt Rawle; an instalment from a new Bible series looking into books, movies, TV shows, music and pop culture. Then I read What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? by Richard D Phillips; my full thoughts still to be posted.

Pick of the Month: Wyrd Sisters

Considering I started back at work this month I am really pleased I still completed 5 books. During the month I also continued reading Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson for The Classics Club, and continued my R.I.P reading with Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart.

In October, as the dark nights draw in, I am looking forward to snuggling up of an evening with more suitably gothic and mysterious books and adaptations.

What did you do and read in September? Any plans for October?

New Books: September 2015

New Books - September 2015

Hello my fellow bookworms, I have been more reserved this month so there is just a few goodies I’ve managed to add to my Kindle in this month:

Wendy Darling (Volume 1: Stars) by Colleen Oakes

Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott

I keep telling myself I have too many galleys, but what is a girl to do when they put so many good books on there?! Last year I read book 1 and 2 of Colleen Oakes’ Wonderland re-imagining the Queen of Hearts; book 3 of which I am still impatiently waiting for! So I couldn’t resist trying Wendy Darling a re-imagining of Peter Pan. Then I love Little Women and I love short story collection so again how could I resist Flower Fables?!

Headline Murder by Peter Bartram

I was contacted by the author about this cosy crime. I couldn’t take part in the blog tour, but I do love a cosy crime and it is R.I.P season so I was still happy to receive a review copy.

Girl Meets Change by Kristen Strong

Then finally, but not least, I received a copy of Christian non-fiction Girl Meets Change from the publishers via Netgalley. I haven’t read anything by Kristen Strong before. I do suffer with anxiety about change though so I am interested to see what this advises.

Have you read anything by these authors? What new books have you got your hands on recently?

Adaptations: September 2015


Hello my fellow bookworms and adaptation lovers, here are the adapted films and TV series I have watched this month:

Around the World in 80 Days (1989)          Read     TV Series     Television
A three-part family adventure based on Jules Verne’s classic novel. English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, takes a bet that he can travel around the world in just 80 days. This adaptation changes the route somewhat, throws in some more drama, and some famous faces too; but it is all in good fun. Peirce Brosnan makes a charming Fogg and Eric Idle a very amusing Passepartout. Okay watch.

Penny Dreadful (2015)          Read     TV Series     Television
The 2nd series of this chilling thriller, which draws upon the characters of Oscar Wilde’s, Bram Stoker’s and Mary Shelley’s classic, horror novels. Miss Ives and her friends are still not safe. This time they find themselves the prey of a coven of powerful witches. Another lavish, gory, sexy and grotesque series. With a strong ensemble cast; including Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett. Good watch.

The Scandalous Lady W (2015)          Not Read     TV Film     Television
BBC’s sumptuous and raunchy, true life drama; inspired by Lady Worsley’s Whim by Hallie Rubenhold. In 1781 Lady Worsley caused the scandal of the age, by daring to leave her husband for her lover; Captain Bissett. The ensuring court case airs all the sordid details of their failed marriage to the world. I loved the history and the drama of it. The beautiful Natalie Dormer takes the lead, with Shaun Evans as her husband and Aneurin Barnard as her lover. Great watch.

Hannibal (2015)          Not Read     TV Series     Television
The 3rd series of this psychological thriller, based on characters and elements of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon. Will Graham and the FBI are not to have any rest. First they must hunt down Hannibal in Italy and then a new killer comes on the scene. A gorgeously grotesque series, which is even more gory and surreal than ever before. Still very watchable with great performances by Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. Great watch.

Another good adaptation month, in which I have finished watching some longer TV series I have had recorded for a while. I still have plenty more recorded though! I am currently watching Sky’s new series Zoo, that is based on the novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. While I still have Black Sails to start watching. Plus I have the BBC’s new TV films Lady Chatterley’s Love and An Inspector Calls; both of which I am super excited to watch. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on some of these with you next month.

Have you watched any of these? What have you been watching recently?

Meme: The Inside Out Book Tag

The Inside Out Book Tag

Hello my fellow bookworms I saw this tag being done by Akylina @ The Literary Sisters, back in July. Originally created in the Greek book blogging community by CherryBookReviews. Sorry it took so long for me to take part!

1. What do you think about the blurb/summary at the back of a book?

I can easily be distracted in a book shop by an attractive cover. If it is a book I haven’t heard of I will always then check out the blurb on the back. In the past that is all I had to go by. However now I have reviews from you, my lovely fellow book bloggers, to help me pick too.

2. In which format do you prefer a new book? Audiobook, e-book, paperback or hardback?

I prefer a new book in an e-book or paperback format, for price and practicality of carrying it around. I don’t buy audiobooks and I tend to only buy hardbacks of beloved favourites. So they can better withstand me re-reading them over and over again!

3. Do you keep notes while reading? Do you like annotating your books or do you prefer keeping them clean?

I don’t write notes and I definitely don’t annotate my books! I hated writing in books even in school. When forced to do it I would write in pencil so I could rub it out again.

4. Which is one of your favourite sentences from a book?

“Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?” – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

5. Does it matter to you whether the author of a book is a man or a woman? What happens when you’re not certain about their gender?

The gender of an author doesn’t bother me.

6. Do you rush ahead when reading? Have you ever read the end of a book before actually reaching the end?

I have never gone as far as reading the end of a book before reaching the end, but I can’t lie and say I haven’t read ahead…just a little. Especially if I’m reading something where my favourite character is in danger!

7. Are your bookshelves in order or do they look bombarded?

My bookshelf sadly looks bombarded, but in fairness to me I lack the space to put my books in any kind of order; other than read and to-be-read.

8. Have you ever bought a book just because of its cover?

Yes, I bought For Tibet with Love by Isabel Losada, simply because it had a beautiful cover. I knew nothing about the book or the author. Fortunately I did love it when I read it.

9. Do you read in public or do you prefer the quiet of home?

I do read in public places. I always have a book or my Kindle on me because, as Stephen King said too, you never know when you might end up in a queue or waiting for a long time.

I tag all bookworms out there who fancy giving this a go. I would love to read your answers to these questions.