Modern Fairytale, Fantasy & Graphic Novels I Recommend

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From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris – I’ve started reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris again which inspired the series True Blood. I realised that I hadn’t finished them (and I lost touch with the TV series as well). I find Harris’s writing style really easy to read and I love the main character Sookie as she is equally strong and vulnerable.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – I can’t wait to start reading this novel based on an old Russian fairytale about a child who appears out of the snow.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – A contemporary fairy tail this time about a girl who happens to be an android, has a horrid family and who catches the eye of a prince. I’ll review it once I’ve finished it.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – The best YA fantasy/adventure books with a female protagonist ever written, in my opinion. I was so relieved the film version of The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, US) did justice to the original material.

The Crow by James O’barr – This was the first graphic novel I ever read and one of the most darkly romantic stories I’d come across also. This version has extra illustrations, poems and quotes. Edgar Allen Poe is included, unsurprisingly.

Sin City The Making Of by Frank Miller (and lots of other people) – I’ve dipped in and out of several of Millers Sin City graphic novels over the years and I’ve really enjoyed them. I found the second Sin City film utterly boring but I’m still a huge fan of this first one, it’s a real one-off classic! I’m also a big film geek so I find those ‘The Making Of…’ documentaries and books really interesting.

Chrissie

 

 

My Reading List for 2017 (Sci-fi, Drama, Fantasy, YA, Humour)

True to the promise I made to myself I’ve ordered a pile of books. I’ve actually been wanting to read some for several years! I’ll be reviewing them all at some point so here’s what will (eventually) be coming up…

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Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger is a beautifully illustrated fairytale about a raven trapped inside the body of a girl who longs to be free.

Bossypants by Tina Fey her autobiography/collection of essays and other random thoughts.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is a very unique reimagining of the old fairytale. Cinder is a gifted mechanic in New Beijing and also a cyborg. Hated by her step mother and blamed for her step sisters sudden illness her luck starts to turn around when she meets a prince where loyalty, freedom, betrayal and temptation collide.

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher about a teenager with a terrible secret who decides to confide in a man on death row.

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas about a young woman who comes across a very old a rare book which she has heard will curse anyone who reads it. This has elements of ‘real world’ time travel (as apposed to the sci-fi kind) so I was sold on that.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor about a student who also happens to be an errand girl to a monster who is basically like family to her. The door too the other world is closing and so it’s time to choose between the two.

What the F*** is Normal?! by Francesca Martinez who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two and has obviously heard many times and in many ways just how not normal she is. But what the f*** is normal anyway? Sure, I’ll identify with this a little from my Dyspraxia/Hypermobilty/(something like) MS point of view but more for the fact we are average women (in my opinion) of similar ages, who cannot understand why the society we live in is so judgmental and so obsessed with this elusive and somewhat bizarre standard of ‘normal’.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. I love traditional fairytales and folk tails so I’m really looking forward to reading this story about a mysterious child who appears at a remote homestead in Alaska and the couple who wonder whether to take her in or not.

The Humans by Matt Haig. I used to chat to Matt a long time ago on Twitter just by chance and vowed to read one of his books so now I’m finally getting around to it. I’m about a quarter of the way through and I can tell by the specific things he chooses to satirise about the human race that we are fairly similar people, except in this story his protagonist is an alien on a mission.

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid is about a humanoid created to protect the girl she has grown up with, a senator’s daughter. She will give her life and take the lives of others in order to do so. When she goes undercover as the girl things really start to kick off in a rather ruthless manner basically.

Every time there has been a large gap in between me reading books I have to start off with the lighter or at least funnier one’s first so that it doesn’t feel like hard work. Thanks to Dyspraxia and sometimes ‘brain fog’ in general I have to concentrate a lot more than most when reading so as not to skip words or read them incorrectly as other similar words, therefore becoming rather confused. I’m glad I chose The Humans to read first as Haig’s writing style is so accessible I’m just flying through it!

Have you read any of these and what’s in your reading pile?

Chrissie

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Fandoms I Couldn’t Get Into

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No you’re not mixed up, it is Thursday. I’m answering a question that I missed because I don’t watch podcasts (way behind I know) and I don’t have any geeky/fandom habits as I’m genuinely quite random. So here are the fandoms I couldn’t get into.

Dr Who

I tried watching this when Christopher Eccleston was the Dr as I thought it would be a lot darker and although I found it fairly entertaining I didn’t find the threat, er, very threatening. I think they were evil angles or robots or possibly robot angels, whatever.

Peaky Blinders

After watching two series of this I liked it but then there was yet another rape in series three. A character being raped should never be used to progress the plot in, what is essentially an entertainment show. How is that entertainment?! The excuse of “it happened a lot back then” is no excuse. It happens a lot now. That’s why the term ‘rape culture’ exists, because rape is so prevelant in our own modern culture. I understand there is some place for a rape story line if it raises important relevant issues and is helpful in some way but unfortunately, in Peaky Blinders (as in GOT) it’s purely their to create drama and suspense.

Star Treck

I’ve never had a love for rubber aliens or people wearing rubber alien prostetics. This was the main reason I wasn’t buying into the whole Trecky thang. I have however come to realise that Star Treck was the first TV show to have a multi racial cast – just because, not because it was essential to the plot. I also realise how important Spock was as a character, him not understanding the social norms of the crew and seeming to value logic and reasoning over emotion and empathy, although it becomes apparent he feels just as deeply as anyone would (Asperger’s anyone?) Maybe if they started a new Star Treck series I might watch it actually!

Terry Pratchett’s Disc World

Quite an old choice now, I s’pose. I never got into these as I’d already gotten into darker fantasy novels and graphic novels like LOTR and The Crow and Joss Whedan’s stuff before I’d ever heard of Disc World. If I’d have read these when I was around 12-13, maybe I’d have liked them.

D & D

Me playing a character in a pretend fantasy world, with a straight face would not be possible. Plus, dungeons and dragons seems to go on forever! I love the idea of the cards and the dice and everyone getting together and a 50 year old man pretending to be a little dwarf wielding his powerful orb…..Aww, crap, I just can’t LOL

❤ Chrissie ❤

Making Instagram Albums to Share on Social Media

I’ve been using the Insta Collage app to create mini albums to draw attention to my Instagram feed on social media. It’s really easy to compile, edit and share them and so addictive that I’ve made eight of them!

Edgy Urban

Edgy Urban

Pretty Urban

Spot the dove

Style Wishlists

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Geek and Alternative

Alternative

Cruelty Free Beauty

Beauty

Lifestyle Colourfulness

Lifestyle

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

Just Random Really

Cool Stuff

Why not follow me on Instagram for more piccies.

Chrissie

5 Fandom Friday – Fave Fictional Foods

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5 Fandom Friday – Fave Fictional Foods

Maybe I’m not a big enough geek or maybe it’s my bad memory but this is going to take some research! I’ll start with the obvious and progress to the more obscure.

Honeydukes in HarryPotter

Anything really, especially the Pepper Imps ‘breathe fire for your friends’, better make sure you tie your hair back though!

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Tacos in Deadpool

I know, I know tacos aren’t fictional but the account of him liking them is. I’d love to share a taco with him, mainly because I think he’s awesome, not because I like those awkward little things that break up the second you bite them.

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Ambrosia

The food of the Greek and Roman Gods is a kind of sweet nectar poured over fruit which sounds wonderful and also gives you immortality by the way. Although on second thoughts maybe this wouldn’t be the best of ideas, I mean you’d get sort of lonely after a century or just plain bored….

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Three Course Meal Sweets in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

You know those days when you feel really bloated from the night before but you’re still hungry? ;o)

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 Sharing a curry with Lister from Red Dwarf

He’s pretty fit, he’s lazy, he appreciates a hot curry and quite a few beers. Who better to spend an evening with when you just want to Netflicks and chill – or whatever their version of that is.

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Did I miss any obvious one’s out and do you think I cheated a tad? Hehee!

Chrissie