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20 Questions Book Tag

20 Questions Book Tag

I wanted to do a book-based get to know me type of tag but all the ones I liked were too long. Then I found this tag here on paperfury.com and thought it was a good way to let you know more about me.

So now, let’s answer some questions!

1. How many books are too many for a series? There are never too many books, unless they are obviously been written to milk it and written poorly. But if you can keep me sucked into an amazing world with amazing characters, write more! I never want it to end!

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? I love and hate them. They really keep me gripped to the story, but if I know there isn’t going to be another book then I feel sad. I need good closure. Not a bunch of what if’s and maybe’s.

3. Hardcover or paperback? I find paperbacks so much easier to read. I used to read every night in bed when I was a child, so if you fell asleep reading your giant hardback tome, you could get knocked out! Also I hate dust jackets, I think they are the most annoying thing to deal with when trying to read. They slip and slide around as your reading and if you leave them off then, if your like me, you loose it, or they get damaged. So paperback please.

4. Favourite book? Just one book? Ya right, I can’t pick just one. But my top 3 would have to be: Lirael by Gareth Nix, The Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling and The High Lord by Trudi Canavan. I could read these over and over, again and again.

5. Least favourite book? I actually can’t think of one off the top of my head, hmmm. No that’s too hard, I can’t think of any!

6. Love triangles, yes or no? Nope, not for me. I’m not much of a romance genre lover anyways, so adding another person into the mix is a no.

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish? George R.R. Martin – Fire and Blood. It’s set 300 years before everything, I think, but as I haven’t read or seen (I will eventually!) Game of Thrones, I kept getting lost and confused. So I think I’ll come back to this book when I get around to reading the other ones.

8. A book your currently reading? Frostborn: The Gray Knight by Jonathan Moeller. I’m only a few chapters in but I’m liking it so far.

9. Last book you recommended to someone? Lord of the Rings. Always Lord of the Rings! Or atleast The Hobbit, but mainly Lord of the Rings, all three books of The Lord of the Rings. Can you tell I love Lord of the Rings?

10. Oldest book you’ve read by publication date? The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. It was first published in 1831 and the edition I have was printed in 1975.

11. Newest book you’ve read by publication date? That’s probably The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer. It was published in 2016. (Blog spoiler, but this might be coming up as my next review, so keep your eyes open for it.)

12. Favourite author? Trudi Canavan! Hands down, always Trudi Canavan.

13. Buying or borrowing? All of the books. It dosn’t matter how I get my hands on them! Although if I really love the book then I want to keep it.

14. A book you dislike but everyone seems to love? The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Louis. I don’t know what it was about that book but I could never get into it. Having said that I haven’t tried to read it in years, so maybe I should add it to my tbr pile. Have you read it? Do you think I should give it another try?

15. Bookmarks or dogears? Bookmarks, if I can find one (using random junk that’s near by counts right?). But if I can’t find anything, I am not against dogears.

16. A book you can always re-read? Lireal by Gareth Nix. Love this book so much. I really saw myself in this character when I read it as a teen so there is alot of nostalgia in it for me. Also the entire Harry Potter collection, because Harry Potter.

17. Can you read and listen to music? Usually I’m either reading while the kids are playing/ shouting/ watching tv/ making noise. Or else I’m in bed, so I probably could listen to music but never get a chance.

18. 1 pov or multiple? If it’s written well I like reading from multiple points of view. I like getting different perspectives of certain situations.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? Back when I was in my teens or younger and I had no responsibilities, I loved reading in one sitting (Harry Potter new book releases anyone?). But nowadays thats just not feasible (aka adulting). So now I try and fit in my reading around everything else.

20. Who do you tag? Everyone and anyone who wants to have a go.

So there you have it, my answers to the 20 questions. What about you? Would you answer the questions the same as me or would you have said something different? Let me know if you do this tag, or have you done it already? I’d love to read your answers!

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – book review

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Ok, let’s kick this new year and new blog off with Neil Gaimans Neverwhere.

I first started this book ages ago, by listening to an audio book version that was read by Mr. Gaiman himself. However, I only ever managed to get a third of the way through. So I restarted reading this story from the very beginning. The version I have, is an e-book version and is ‘The Author’s Preferred Text’. I’m not sure if this version differs much from any others but I thought it important to point out. Also, I never knew this book was based on the story of a T.V. series he wrote for the BBC, and I now want to get my hands on it somehow. Although I will try not to include any spoilers, I will warn readers that there might be the odd spoiler here or there.

London Above, London Below, rats, rat-speakers, doors; the world building in this is phenomenal. It’s very immersive and captivating. You are fully pulled into the city of London and then dragged down into the Underside. The contrast between the two is apparent. London Above is the London that we would be accustomed to. It’s described as a sort of dull, dreary, almost lifeless place. Whereas the Underside or, London Below, seems to be a more vibrant and colourful place even though it’s based in underground railway systems, sewers and other strange places. There seems to be more life in London Below.

There is a good few chatacters in this story but not too many that you’d get confused or overwhelmed with. I thought that Mr. Vandemar and Mr. Croup were described very well. They sound like a right slimey amd nasty pair, that you wouldn’t want to run into in the dark of night. I also liked the Old Bailey. That even though his character is associated with the London Below, he prefers to be up on the roofs.

I’m so glad with Richards redemption arc. I was really worried it was just going to end with him as back in London Above, back to the exact same life as before he met Door. Thankfully it didn’t end there.

I do feel that Richard’s character was lacking in places. I just wanted a bit more of him, or for him to be more prominent in some scenes. Also I realy wished that Door’s powers with doors (haha, Door’s doors,) was explored more. What’s it’s limits? Why does she have them? Is it hereditary? Do other families have these or similar powers? I want to know more. Give me all the magical systems!

I really like this story, the characters are good, the world building is amazing and the magic is really interesting. It is definitely encouraging me to go read some more by Gaiman. Now I just have to decide which one to read next.

Charlie

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To Be Read 2020

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Happy New Year! It’s nearing the end of new years day. So as 2021 is only just beginning I’ve been thinking about what books I want to read this year. Some have been on my TBR (to be read) list for years, some I’ve only found recently. It’s probably going to be considered an eclectic mix but that’s me in a nutshell. Now then onto the list.

1. Trudi Canavan – The Ambassador’s Mission Trudi Canavan is my all time favourite author. The Black Magician trilogy was amazing. I love those books. This book is from the Traitor Spy trilogy which continues the story from the Black Magician trilogy and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion Have you ever seen that Lord of the Rings meme where if you have read The Silmarillion your mind is blown? I want my mind to be blown, but I know damn well this book is going to require alot of concentration to get my head around. It will be worth it hopefully.

3. Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere . It’s Neil Gaiman, enough said. But really, how could I not have him on my list. I’ve heard about a third of this on audio book but I haven’t finished it so I’m looking forward to reading this from the beginning.

4. Oliver Bowden – Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance. I remember playing these games when I was younger and been amazed and enthralled by the beautiful aesthetic of them. So I hope the novels will paint an equally beautiful picture.

5. Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows . I’ve been seeing this everywhere in the last few months, so I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and give it a go too.

So let’s start the new year. Let’s read, you fools.

Charlie