Month: May 2015

It’s finally complete!

So I love these little editions of puffin classics. I have been after a copy of Grimm’s Fairy tales for quite some time, but my collection is now complete. If you’re after these editions yourself you can find them here: Boxset  Individual books: Black Beauty, The Call of the Wild,The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Wind in the Willows, The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Secret Garden, The Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables,Peter Pan, Matilda, Tales of the Greek Heroes, A Little Princess. I think that’s all of them. There is also Grimm’s Fairy Tales which is out of print and The Jungle Book which has not been released yet.

Friday Reads – Silvermay by James Moloney

I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for a really really long time. I finally downloaded a preview of it from the Kobo store last night and was completely sold by the prologue. This is a fantasy trilogy by Australian author, James Moloney. About a young girl who gets caught up in the escape of a young couple fleeing dark forces that for some (yet) unknown reason are pursuing the couple’s newborn son. Strangely, I just read Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses with two of the main characters being Tamlin and Lucien, and two of the main characters in this one are also Tamlin and Lucien. Strange. You can get the ebook from Kobo here.

Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“I often don’t say things out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundreds of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you’d never guess from looking at me.” If you’ve been living on planet Earth, then there is no way you aren’t familiar with this book. And there is a reason for this: this book is impossible to ignore. Whether you’ve read the book or seen the movie, one thing is for sure, you’re probably terrified of Gillian Flynn, because this lady is dark. “We weren’t ourselves when we fell in love, and when we became ourselves – surprise! – we were poison. We complete each other in the nastiest, ugliest possible way.” What’s it about: I’m not sure if there is anyone out there who doesn’t know what this is about, but in case you’ve been trapped in a cave for the last few years, I’ll sum up for you. This is about two terrible people  (Nick and Amy) who somehow managed to find …

“At last, she lifted up the waiting mask. So many of the faces that hung around the stall were lovely, delicate things made of feather and lace and garnished with glass. But this one was beautiful in a different way, an opposite way. It reminded Lila less of dresses and finery, and more of sharpened knives and ships on the seas at night. It looked dangerous. She brought it to rest against her face and smile.” — V. E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

I am an adult, I read YA, and I am not the slightest bit ashamed.

Every single one of us who is an adult and reads YA fiction has faced one thing in their lives: Pretentious, judgmental assholes. They are ubiquitous and unfortunately unavoidable. You know who I mean. The ones who look down their nose at your copy of Percy Jackson while waving their dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest in your face before imparting their wisdom to your lowly YA-reading self, always the same; “Why don’t you read REAL fiction?” We have all had one of these self-important wankers judge us, probably numerous times. We’ve been told over an over again that YA fiction is just fluff, that it’s too simple and doesn’t deal with complex issues. There’s nothing more frustrating than being berated with this sort of condescending bullshit, because it’s utter rubbish. No one who has read something like Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, for example, could claim that YA is either fluff or simple. I read a lot of YA, and I also read a lot of adult fiction as well, I probably even prefer adult fiction, but …

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” Now, I’m probably the only person in the world who read this book without comparing it to Throne of Glass, because I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read the first book, but I was a bit underwhelmed. But A Court of Thorns and Roses was wonderful! What’s it about: First and foremost this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre (Fay-ruh apparently. Why authors insist on using non-straightforward names is beyond me!) lives in a poor village near The Wall, the magical barrier that divides the human and faerie worlds. One day while she’s out hunting and trying not to die, and have her whole family starve to death in the process, she kills a wolf. Who can blame her? But it turns out the wolf is a faerie and then a giant beast comes to claim her life in payment for killing his buddy, and whisks …

Book Review: Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy I) by Jeff Vandermeer

“The effect of this cannot be understood without being there. The beauty of it cannot be understood, either, and when you see beauty in desolation it changes something inside you. Desolation tries to colonize you.” I have seen some pretty mixed reviews about this series, and I understand why. ‘New weird’ fiction is not for everyone, but it is definitely my bag. This fascinating mystery about the enigmatic Area-X is gripping and ridiculously beautiful at times. It is one of those books that wraps itself around you and isolates you from the rest of the world, pulling you into it and not letting you come up for air until you’re done. It is the sort of book that needs to be read in one sitting. “Silence creates its own violence.” What’s it about: A group of four women are deployed into the mysterious Area-X. Several previous missions have been sent to the area, and everyone has either never been heard from again, or come back completely changed, only to die a short time later. These …

April book haul

So I picked up some extra work in the last few weeks, so I went a little crazy. What can I say? But they’re nice aren’t they? Most of these are additions to series that I have been collecting. The beautiful editions of Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes are from the White’s Fine Edition collection. Unfortunately I don’t think I will ever own this whole collection as about two of these are now nearly impossible to find for a reasonable price. I did order Treasure Island in this edition, but they couldn’t get it so they just sent me a random edition – I was not happy. I have also added this beautiful copy of Jane Eyre to my Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics Collection. These books are just beautiful and excellent quality, especially for the price. This lovely Penguin Clothbound edition of Metamorphoses by Ovid made it to my very limited set of these books. And as you can see, my set of Penguin English Library Editions is growing rapidly. I …