All posts tagged: Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Tropes I’ve Had Enough Of, Thanks!

Ah, another Tuesday, another Top 5 Tuesday, courtesy of Shanah over at, Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is all about tropes, again, but this time: Top 5 Tropes I’ve Had Enough Of! #1 : The Love Triangle This has to be the ultimate in clichéd tropes. Enough already, it’s been done to death! This is why I do not read romance novels. Ever! #2 : The Unlikely Hero Despite the fact Hero was a woman, why do we use the word Hero to exemplify men? Get over it people, woman are just as good, if not better, at being the hero. Where’s the female Harry Potter? Of, yeah, her name was Hermione. #3 : The Old Duffer Who’s Life Is Changed … By having a kid in the house, you know the kind of story, the Anne Of Green Gables kind of trope. Can we please reinvent this one, or get rid of it altogether? #4 : Dysfunctional Family Saga I was so done with this trope decades ago. I lived this so why …

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 Tropes I Want More Of!

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday created by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: 5 Tropes I Want More Of! Which means, for me at least, all my favourite SF tropes. #1 : Robots I love me a good robot story. I mean, who hasn’t read and loved Isaac Asimov’s robot novels? There are so many angles to this trope that are yet to be discovered, as science catches up with science fiction. Endless possibilities as we think artificial A.I. or humans becoming Cyborgs. #2 : Interstellar Travel The first books and series that comes to mind is Frank Herbert’s DUNE saga, and Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION series. Both galaxy spanning sagas that cover thousands of years of futuristic history. #3 : Transformation This can come in many guises, not least of which is the one and only original, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, right on through to today’s super heroes like the big green Hulk. Transformations can be small …

Top 5 Tuesday: Cozy Fall Reads

Ah, another Tuesday, so it must be Belgium … what? Oh, no, I mean that it’s Top 5 Tuesday, you know, from Shanah over at, Bionic Book Worm. And this week’s topic in keeping with the season is, Top 5 Cozy Fall Reads. Though “cozy” is wide open to interpretation. Anyway, here goes nothing: #1 : CITY OF BRASS — S.A. Chakraborty I’ve been hearing so many good things about this fantasy, that I’m convinced, it’s on my to Buy List. Personally, the Fall is that time of year to read a really good fantasy, or anything about magic, as it’s that mystical, mythical time of year. #2 : TIGERHEART — Peter David I’ve had this book—which was a gift—for ages and this is probably the perfect time of year to read it. It being all about fairies, leprechauns, and magic mirrors people can go through to Fairytale lands. And what’s better, it’s written by Peter David who has great wit. #3 : THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN — Vaseem Khan …

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 …