Category: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Like an Update On

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Characters I’d Like An Update On. And, well, there are a few who I’ve fallen in love with over the years who I would love to drop in on, and get an update on their lives since I last got to hang out with them.

These include:

  • NAHRI, DARA & ALI from the Daevabad series by S.A. Chakraborty. Despite everything the author put these characters through and, of course, us, the reader, I would love for there to be one more story. One more adventure. One more outing for them all.
  • CAPTAIN SAMANTHA MOXLEY from Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks. She helped vanquish the bad guys AKA Indiana Jones-style and took us on a riotous, fast-paced adventure that is at once familiar and yet, outrageous fun. I had hoped Sam would end up in her own series but, alas, so far, this is not to be.
  • TAMRA from Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst who, along with Raia, her apprentice, is someone else whose life I would like to know more about. Did she set up a Kehok rider’s stable, did Raia ever ride again? Can we once again visit Becar, even if only in a short story, please.
  • TAMARA from In The Dark Spaces by Cally Black was a young teen at the time of this book, but it would be fun to revisit her at the space station and find out what life is like for her as a young woman and friend to the Crow people.
  • WILLA from The Phlebotomist by Chris Panatier is one of those memorable characters who stick with you long after you’ve read about events that take place in this futuristic (or, not so futuristic) novel. Not least of which because of her age and job, I mean, come on, finally an older protag who’s got one of those jobs no one ever (and I mean ever) thinks about. Willa really kicked ass in The Phlebotomist but I would love to know what came next, after those traumatic final events.
  • FLAVA DE LUCE from Alan Bradley’s absolutely fabulous series featuring this criminally minded 12 year-old sleuth, had me remembering my childhood through a different lens, as if I was her sidekick. And would love to have one more outing with her just to see what happened after we last saw her in the final book.
  • EMIL LARSSON from The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann is a character living a fascinating life set in a time (Sweden during the reign of Gustav III) whose world I would love to revisit, again, one more time, to see what happened in the aftermath of events at the end of this book.
  • TEACAKE & NAOMI from Cold Storage by David Koepp had a really fun romp throughout this fun, futuristic thriller and I would love to see what became of the pair after helping save the world from bio-terrorism.

And there you have it, my choice of characters who I would love to revisit and read one more adventure with, to see what happened next. And you, what have been your favourite characters who you would love to hook up with again?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Recs for Non-Readers

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Would Hand To Someone Who Claims To Not Like Reading … whoa. How do you convince someone who doesn’t read, to read? Now there’s a question. So what books would I recommend?

Scratches head and looks at book shelves longingly …

  • THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty (Fantasy)
  • THE WINDSOR KNOT by SJ Bennett (Murder-Mystery)
  • DIAL A FOR AUNTIES by Jesse Q Sutanto (Murder-Mystery)
  • THE THICKET by Joe Lansdale (Western)
  • COLD STORAGE by David Koepp (Thriller)
  • INSIDE OUT by Barry Eisler (Thriller)
  • LOST HILLS by Lee Goldberg (Crime Fiction)
  • CAPTAIN MOXLEY AND THE EMBERS OF THE EMPIRE by Dan Hanks (Fantasy)
  • PLANETSIDE by Michael Mammay (SF)
  • ACK-ACK MACAQUE by Gareth L. Powell (SF)

For one reason or another, whether it’s the type of humour, or the fun action, or the crazy characters, all these books were absorbing reads and, except for The City of Brass, short. I think I’ve covered the spectrum of genre here, too. A little something for everyone. So surely, I might be able to tempt this non-reader with one or other of my choices. And you, what is on your list?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is a Freebie.

So, we all know Halloween is this coming weekend or, I should say, All Hallows Eve, which is the evening before the day of the dead or, if you are Christian, All Saints Day. Either way, saint or sinner, spooky things are about to take place and you are cordially invited to answer a few simple questions to gain entry into the Wry Writer’s haunted house of horror:

  • Name something you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark forest, or abandoned building at night.
  • Do you believe in vampires, ghouls, and ghosts?
  • Share the spookiest thing that’s ever happened to you.
  • How long do you think you would last in a horror movie?
  • What creeps you out the most, Freddy, Jason, or Clowns?
  • Zombie apocalypse, or rise of the werewolves?
  • Love shiny vampires or, stab ’em through the heart with a stake?

And here’s my answers:

  • There’s no way I’m running into a dark forest at night! I know what’s waiting for me in there: all sorts of scary dudes with dripping fangs, howling at the moon, and brain-eating zombies.
  • Vampires? Maybe not the Hollyweird versions, but I’m sure Vlad started the blood-drinking crazy way back when. And yes, ghosts haunt places, just as ghouls wait around a dark corner ready to suck out the soul of the unsuspecting, so in answer to the question — Yes!
  • Scotland, the late 70s, middle of nowhere farm house (or, it felt like that) winter storm no power … and by candle light we see an apparition float across the room and vanish through 3 foot thick walls. Yeah, I kid you not — nearly wet myself and still, to this day, don’t know what it is we saw!
  • Me, in a horror movie? You wouldn’t get me going down into the basement no way. Nor would I be running out into the woods in the middle of the night (see above). So I guess I’d be the first to go splatt! 
  • Clowns … man, have you seen those dudes? Scariest monster ever invented. And they’re real — I mean R. E. A. L!
  • Zombie apocalypse, of course, I just might be able to survive more than the first hour or even a day. Because, who the hell out-runs a werewolf? Right, I rest my case.
  • Stab ‘em through the heart each and every time. Sorry Shiny Guy, but I’m a Buffy kind of girl.

Over to you—share your answers over on your blog and link back to this post to get a shout out (pingback). And let’s party like it’s, eh, Halloween … cue the monster mash! 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Online Resources for Book Lovers

Bonjour tout la monde, today’s Top Ten Tuesday choice of topic from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl is Online Resources for Book Lover. Which can mean anything from favourite review blogs through to podcast, booktubers, to favourite book apps. So what resources or blogs do I use or visit regularly? Well, now that you ask …

APPS/SOCIAL MEDIA

  • STORYGRAPH — I started using this online website (and app) just recently after looking for an alternative to Goodreads. Not that the two have much in common, but Storygraph is a why of keeping track of your reading as well as seeing what others are reading and recommending. [You can find me here: wry_writer]
  • TWITTER — Well, of course, everyone and their mother, dog and priest are on Twitter or some sort of social media, no big surprise there. But twitter is the one I prefer as I’ve found a great community of book bloggers online here. For me, it’s been the best social media platform to keep track of and in contact with fellow book lovers. [You can find me at: wry_writer]
  • INSTAGRAM — Yeah, another social media site we’re all on, though I’m not quite sure how of benefit it is to book lovers as a medium to connect. Personally, I just use it now to post pretty pictures of where I live, not books. [You can find me at: flora_incognito]

BLOGS/BLOGGERS — We all have our favourite book bloggers we visit regularly and follow, here are a couple I enjoy. And, of course, a list of my fav book bloggers are in my sidebar, check them out too.

  • BOOK JOTTER — all things literary and books with tons of links every week.
  • OcTBR CHALLENGE — There are a lot of book challenges around, but this is a fun one aimed at our TBR piles.

TWITTER

PODCASTS

PUBLISHERS

  • ORENDA BOOKS — Some of the best crime and Nordic Noir being published right now.

So there you go, what great resources do you have on your lists? Leave a comment and a link!

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