Author: Alexandra

A Slytherin Saturday

He may have been Head of house Slytherin. He may have seemed like the epitome of evil, hell bent on thwarting Dumbledore and Harry, but we know Severus Snape was so much more than that. A complicated man who, despite everything and, in the end, did what was asked of him by Dumbledore and, in doing so, gave the ultimate sacrifice: his life. In dying the way he did, Snape showed us what it is to be a different kind of hero—an unseen hero. A tarnished man with a conflicted soul who harboured a deep hurt that, quite possibly, shaped who he became throughout the whole series. Intentional by Rowling? Undoubtedly! I mean, what better kind of hero can you have than Severus Snape? Bitter, yes, twisted, maybe. But in his love for Harry’s mother, Lily, Snape dug deep and found something deep inside himself, and did the right thing when it mattered. I think, for me at least, when I learned that his patronus was a doe, as silver doe at that, I knew …

#Fantastical Fridays

Everyone seems to have their favourite pet tag at the moment. So, I decided to have my own, and Fridays will now have a fantastical feel to them. But, of course, before I delve into what I will be including in my #Fantastical Fridays, maybe I should set out the scope of Speculative Fiction that for me, personally, encompasses science fiction, fantasy and horror! Listed below are as many of the sub-genres as I can think of, at the moment, off the top of my head. If I’ve missed any, let me know. SCIENCE FICTION: • AI • Alien Invasion • Colonization • Cyber • Dying Earth • Dystopian • First Contact • Futuristic • Galactic Empire • Generation Ship • Hard SF • Immortality • Military SF • Mutants • Nano-tech • Near Future • Parallel/Alternative Universe • Post Apocalyptic • Pulp • Robots/Androids • Slipstream • Space Exploration • Space Opera • Time Travel • Utopia • Virtual Reality FANTASY: • Alternative History • Contemporary [urban] • Dark Fantasy • Epic [classical] • Fairy …

The Bookshelf Book Tag

Following on from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm (another great name for a blog btw!) who was tagged by Jillian, the Bookish Butterfly—I’m doing the Bookshelf Tag. So, for those of you interested to know, here are my answers: HOW MANY BOOKSHELVES DO YOU HAVE? I have nine, of varying sizes. Some tall, some small. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE ON YOUR SHELVES? I think I have just over 500, at the moment. HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR BOOKS? This might sound odd, compared to many who go alphabetically, or by genre, or even by colour, I do mine by size. Biggest books go at the bottom of any bookshelf that’s currently in use: i.e. being filled. Because, once you’ve had a large bookcase topple over on you because you had too many big heavy books at the top, you’ll understand why! WHAT IS THE OLDEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELVES? Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein. It’s from 1963! I use to have a ton of older books till I moved continents and had …