This week it’s my favourite bookish Characters, so I’ve chosen my favourites characters from books from the past who have turned up in recent books. So in no particular order. Click on title for review
It’s another Tuesday and another Top Ten Tuesday. I never thought I had a type of cover that I liked but when I had a look at my kindle most of the covers had pictures of spaceships, moons and swords. Here my top ten covers with covers featuring space stuff.
An interesting one this week and I have to say it was nice to think about non-book objects. Here are the top ten book mech I would like to own. The photos have been taken from the sellers webpage on Etsy UK. Click on the item for sellers webpage.
I have read so many books in the last 22 years, but I wonder how many will stand the test of time, will be become classics or still be read in fifty years’ time. So, in no particular order, here are my favourites.
I love the hapless Fetch who is trying to make amends in a world where he destroyed magic. In the third book in the series (review here), Fetch has to solve the mystery of the man who fell out of the sky.
I love reading and read widely but when I started my blog, I decided to focus on science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. But there are so many books I have enjoyed but haven’t reviewed on my blog.
My top ten Dynamic duos ( or trios) in no particular order.
Horowitz and Hawthorn (The first book in the series The Word is Murder) by Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz is the author of the famous Alex Rider series but also solves crime with a mysterious and deeply annoying ex-policeman, Hawthorne. Horowitz’s books in this series are funny ( Horowitz isn’t afraid to portray himself as the inexperienced amateur sleuth, with a cast of nice suspects, an in intriguing murder but the main attraction for me is the tetchy relationship between Hawthorne and Horowitz.
Aziraphale and Crowley ( Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman)
Aziraphale and Crowley have been enemies for millennia working for God and the Devil respectively, so of course, they become friends of a sort, enjoying a comfortable existence on earth. But then a child is born who will bring about the end of days who is placed under the careful guidance of Aziraphale and Crowley and they have managed to lose him.
Aziraphale and Crowley are like an old, married couple but amazingly incompetent despite their God-given gifts.
Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect ( Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)
Dent is the hapless human who somehow manages to hitch on a spaceship and escape the destruction of earth. He is joined by Ford, an alien journalist and they bumble their way through four books to solve the mystery of life.
A dynamic trio of Anne, Charlotte and Emily race to London to help their friend find her husband and end up embroiled in London’s seedy underworld. The sisters’ personalities compliment each other and they form an effective crime-fighting team.
Robin Blyth and Edwin Courcey ( A Marvellous Light by Freya Maske) My review here
Blyth is this civil servant reluctantly dragged into the world of magic and Courcey is his equally liaison to this world. They have to overcome their differences to solve the mystery of what happened to Robin’s predecessors and boy do they overcome their differences
Michael Childs and Anaba ( Forging a Nightmare by Patricia Jackson) My review here
Childs is an FBI agent who finds out he is a Nephilim and Anaba is the dead marine whose soul has been forged through hell to create a Nightmare, a powerful being dedicated to protecting Childs. Together they will save the world ( and argue while doing so,)
Hercule Poirot and Hastings by Agatha Christie
I don’t think I need to say more but what would Poirot have been without Hastings there to be his sounding board and to make him more likeable. The Poirot books without Hastings just wasn’t quite the same to me.
I enjoyed reading this historical crime fiction featuring Charles Dickens and his finance trying to prove his innocence of a gruesome murder in 1836. Kate Hogarth sounds like an amazing woman in her own right and it seems entirely plausible that she could help solve a crime.
Jane and the Year without Summer by Stephanie Barron
I can’t believe I haven’t come across The Being Jane Austen Mystery before I took part in the Jane and the Year without Summer blog tour but I loved the concept of prim and proper Jane Austen solving a murder in a B and B full of eccentric characters while dealing with her own doomed love life.
Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death by M.C Beeton
The Agatha Raisin books are cosy crime at its best with an amazing, gorgeous, flamboyant woman in her fifties who moves to a little village and solves crime.
The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
From one Agatha to another Agatha, This was one of the first books that left me gasping at the end with its audacious plot twist.
Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Micheal Rosen
This was one of my little one’s favourite books when they were very little. The story of a bullying rabbit who finally gets his punishment at the end at the hands of a sweet little fairy was strangely satisfying.
Roderick Rules by Jeff Kinney
The Diary of a Wimpy kid is a series of middle-grade books that most kids can relate but I have to say I relate to the poor parents in this series. We listened to the audiobook of Roderick rules on a long trip to London and it kept the grown-ups sane when we were stuck in the nightmare that is the M25 orbital. It was still as funny when we listened to it again on the long trip back North.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montogomery.
This was the first book to make me cry when I read this as a child. This lovely tale of an orphan looking for a family to belong to really needs no introduction. I have never watched any of the films or TV adaptations just in case the magic disappeared.
Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys
When I was in my teens, YA didn’t really exist, so the adventures of Nancy Drew as well as the Hardy Boys filled the gap and probably started my love for cosy crime.
The first book of the House of Niccolo series is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of Dorothy Dunnett. The book charts the rags to riches story of Claes in Bruges with plenty of drama, action, intrigue and unexpected twist at the end.
Discerning Grace the first book in the White Sails Series was the first book review request I ever had, so this will always have a special place . Featuring a feisty heroine navigating life on the sea as well the stifling patriarchy in 19th Century society-think Outlander meets a clean version of Black Sails.
I always ask Santa for a sackful of book vouchers every Christmas with a variable degree of success, but Santa was generous this Christmas. This meant I could go wild and experiment by buying a few books that I have read about on book twitter that is a little out of my normal comfort reading zone. So, there is a YA, some sci-fi romance, a murder mystery, and a hardcore fantasy in my latest book haul. I look forward to reading all these books.
This week , its memorable quotes from books- those lines that stay with you long after you have finished the book. I have so many favourites but weirdly I have forgotten some the books they were from. Thank goodness for the internet. Here are my favourites with no context given!
“I have learned,’ said Lymond, ‘that kindness without love is no kindness.” ― Dorothy Dunnett, Pawn in Frankincense
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” ― Erich Segal, Love Story
“To Everything? To the great Question of Life, the Universe and everything?”
“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.” ―
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
“She thought about how marvelous is would be to have a wife keeping the house in order, the meals on the table. At the same time it seemed ridiculously unfair that she could never have a wife. In fact, if she married, she would be expected to be the wife.” ― Robin Cook, Coma
“That’s sexism, that is. Going around giving people girly presents just because they’re a girl.” ― Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
The more modest your expectations, the less often you will court disappointment.”
― Dorothy Dunnett, Checkmate
“Questions would be asked. Answers would be ignored.” ― Ben Aaronovitch, Midnight Riot
“Evil isn’t the real threat to the world. Stupid is just as destructive as Evil, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common. What we really need is a crusade against Stupid. That might actually make a difference.” ― Jim Butcher, Vignette
“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I’m well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.” ― Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
“My son took many years to learn the simple truth. You cannot love any one person adequately until you have made friends with the rest of the human race also. Adult love demands qualities which cannot be learned living in a vacuum of resentment.” ― Dorothy Dunnett, Checkmate
““Patriotism,” said Lymond, “like honesty is a luxury with a very high face value which is quickly pricing itself out of the spiritual market altogether……Patriotism is a fine hothouse for maggots. It breeds intolerance; it forces a spindle-legged, spurious riot of colour……. “And who shall say they are wrong?” said Lymond. “There are those who will always cleave to the living country, and who with their uprooted imaginations might well make of it an instrument for good. Is it quite beyond us in this land? Is there no one will take up this priceless thing and say, Here is a nation, with such a soul; with such talents; with these failings and this native worth? In what fashion can this one people be brought to live in full vigour and serenity, and who, in their compassion and wisdom, will take it and lead it into the path?”
Dorothy Dunnett, Game of Kings
I’m not surprised Dorothy Dunnett keeps popping up!