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Top 5 Tuesday: Books of Magic

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! I’m way behind on writing and posting this one today (because of my bright, shiny, distracting, new iMac—yes, I’m writing this one the old iMac). Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, it’s Tuesday, so this week we’re talking books with Magic. It’s only natural (or is that, obvious) to want to start this one with none other than Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings but I’m sure everyone is going to mention them. I’m going to go with a few less obvious choices of book I’ve read over the years, that for me at least, have been a magical read. #1. GLORY ROAD — Robert A. Heinlein This one is older than me (I think) but was one of the first Heinlein books I read, and yes, while it is classified as SF, it also features a great deal of magic. Science-based magic … Star is Empress of the known universes, and, eh, wields a very unusual magic …

Five Authors I Have Met

Either through work, or via conventions I’ve attended over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of authors. It’s one thing to love an author’s work, and to rave on about this or that book. But getting to meet them, in person, and even have that extended moment with them long enough to say more than: ‘I love your work,’ is a huge privilege and yes, priceless. MICHAEL MOORCOCK — Fantasy Way back when I lived and worked in London, I met one of the biggest fantasy authors of his generation, Michael Moorcock, whose work (at the time) I was a huge fan of. If you haven’t read any of his work, you should try: Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories The Jewel in the Skull (Hawkmoon series) The Cornelius Quartet (Jerry Cornelius Series) All books I grew up reading back in the 70s. Moorcock once wrote of himself, “I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.” …

Top 5 Tuesday: Fabulous Fun Fantasy Fiction

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: YA & Adult Fantasy. This one turned out to be a no-brainer given the top 5 books that made me laugh—from earlier this month—were, for the most part, all fantasies. So, surprise, here they are again in my top favourite fantasies. #1 : THE PRINCESS BRIDE — William Goldman Swashbuckling pirates, giants, a touch of romance and adventure, as young Westley seeks his fortune in order to marry his childhood sweetheart, Buttercup. And no sooner are the words, ‘As you Wish’ spoken, and we’re off chasing across the land, duelling, fighting and besting the bad guys in a fictional romp that has since become a must-read classic. #2 : THE COLOUR OF MAGIC — Terry Pratchett Another British classic, Pratchett created a whole world travelling through space upon the back of a giant turtle, held up on the backs of four elephants: Discworld. If that doesn’t intrigue you, then nothing will. Follow the exploits …

Top 5 Tuesday: Books that made me laugh

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: Books That Made Me Laugh. Hmm … this is a tough one because I read predominantly crime and speculative fiction at the moment, so not many laugh-out-loud moments to be had there. I’ve had to rack my brains to come up with titles, and instances, but finally, I dug deep and here are my choices. #1 : THE PRINCESS BRIDE — William Goldman “Who are you?” “No one of consequence.” “I must know.” “Get used to disappointment.” — Dread Pirate Roberts #2 : THE COLOUR OF MAGIC — Terry Pratchett “Let’s just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards’.” — Rincewind discussing Twoflower #3 : THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY — Douglas Adams “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the …

Top 5 Tuesday: Bookish Maps

So this week’s topic for Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm is: Bookish Maps or, books with maps in. Once again I will be sticking to talking about books I’ve personally read and loved that have included a map or maps. So here they are: No. 1 — Hogwarts School (J.K. Rowling) No. 2 — Narnia (C.S. Lewis) No. 3 — Discworld (Terry Pratchett) No. 4 — Guilder (Princess Bride) No. 5 — Earthsea (Ursula K. LeGuin) I did have so many more books but, there’s a point where you have to choose just five as this is, after all, the Top 5 Tuesday, and not, Top 24! Honourable mentions go to: Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings) | The Hundred Acre Wood (Winnie the Pooh) — see, I had to squeeze two more in!