A fun topic this week , so in no particular order here are the top ten unlikable characters I can’t help but love
Daniel Hawthorne from The Word of Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Hawthorne is the ex-detective working with Horowitz to produce a series of books but somehow Horowitz ends up right in the middle of solving murders rather than writing about them. Hawthorne starts off in the first book as abrasive, tight git but he slowly evolves into a man with his own tight moral code, loyal, dedicated father and a man with an elusive past but still somehow remains a tight, abrasive git!
Harriet from The Change by Karen Miller
There aren’t many middle-aged, anti-heroines in fiction today, so I loved Harriet from The Change, an ex-copy writer who embraces her inner rage to become something society is terrified of- a woman who really doesn’t care or confirm. I should disapprove of her casual love life, murders, and awful revenge but I can’t but help but admire her,
Lymond from the Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
Can I ever write a list with mentioning Lymond? Francis in the first book of the Lymond Chronicles, The Game of Kings, is a brash, annoying ,dangerous ,drunk traitor as well as being a terrible brother and son and this doesn’t change much in the later books. But you can’t help but love his intelligence, loyalty, wit and his love for Scotland (and his mother).
Queen Mab from the Dresden Files
I have read all the books in the Dresden files (about 20 I think) and Queen Mab pops in and out helping Dresden in his times of need and then extracting a deadly price-A terrifying surrogate mother figure of sorts but someone I can’t help but like.
Margot Cleary from The Power by Naomi Alderson
Margot is a mother of two girls in a world where young girls and women have developed the power to shock people, but she is also a politician. So, you can see why she wants to create a world where women can use their power freely. She does takes this a bit too far ( ok much too far) by almost destroying society, but she was still my favourite character in the book especially when she learns to tap into her own power.
Rebecca from Rebecca by Daphne Du Marier
Rebecca is the mysterious and dangerous woman who is the complete opposite of the conventional narrator, but she casts a strong presence in the book. Another woman who did as she pleased regardless of the cost- someone who I should despise but deep down actually like.
Damien Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries (tv and book)
So, this one might because of Ian Somerhalder’s portrayal of a Vampire who falls in love with a mortal, but Damien is a conflicted vampire and brother who can’t stop being bad even when he is trying to be good.
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This week’s TTT theme is books written more than ten years ago that I love and I have to say it was a struggle to choose just ten!
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 1990
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 which makes this one of my favourite books.
Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams 1970
I was hooked when I read the hilarious author’s note on his inspiration for this book.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 for the Hitchhiker Guide and they bumble their way through four books to solve the mystery of life. I’m now in my forties and I have with the Hitchhikers guide’s view on towels- very useful to pack when travelling.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 1847
I first read this when I was 14 and this complicated and dark love story still appeals to me.
The Game of Kings ( The Lymond Chronicles) by Dorothy Dunnett 1960
The Lymond Chronicles is one of the best series I have ever read and I always have a reread every year. This book was ahead of it’s time with a bisexual hero,strong women and intricate plots- I see Dunnett’s influence on so many authors.
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde 2001
This is my go to book when I need a laugh featuring amazing ideas like a kick ass Miss Haversham and an anger management group for the characters of Wuthering Heights.
Red Dwarf by Grant Taylor 1990
I read the books before I watched the TV series and no matter how many times I read this book; I find myself laughing hysterically.
The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman 2001
The third book in his dark materials is a complex mixture of physics, philosophy and religion and I hope my kids will enjoy it as much as I did.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher 2000
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher remains one of my favourite ongoing series and the first book Storm Front kindled my love for urban fantasy.
Guilty Pleasure by Laurel Hamilton 1993
I discovered the Anita Blake Vampire Killer series and I loved Anita Blake who was the perfectly written female heroine who rescued a lot of men ( which was not that common pre Buffy). Guilty Pleasure remains one of my favourite book despite my disappointment at how the series has changed.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philipa Gregory 2001
I wasn’t too happy when my book group chose this as the book to read one month but I couldn’t put it down. This alternative take on Tudor history gave me a new genre to love- historical fiction.
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“I despised men who accepted their fate. I shaped mine twenty times and had it broken twenty times in my hands.”
Game of Kings
“Habits are the ruin of ambition, of initiative, of imagination
Game of Kings
“The coast’s a jungle of Moors, Turks, Jews, renegades from all over Europe, sitting in palaces built from the sale of Christian slaves. There are twenty thousand men, women and children in the bagnios of Algiers alone. I am not going to make it twenty thousand and one because your mother didn’t allow you to keep rabbits, or whatever is at the root of your unshakable fixation.”
“I had weasels instead,” said Philippa shortly.
“Good God,” said Lymond, looking at her. “That explains a lot.” Pawn in Frankincense
“I have learned,’ said Lymond, ‘that kindness without love is no kindness.”
Pawn in Frankincense
“I never expect anything,’ said Marthe. ‘It provides a level, low-pitched existence with no disappointments.
Pawn in Frankincense
“He has to perfection, M. le Comte, the art of living his private life with as much public attention as possible.”
Pawn in Frankincense
“I would give you my soul in a blackberry pie; and a knife to cut it with. Disorderly knights”
Pawn in Frankincense
“A Scott, having got his bride pregnant, was apt to file her as completed business for eight months at a time.”
“Though whether the mass murder of strangers for one’s principles ranks higher in virtue than attacking one’s neighbours for the hell of it is a point I’m glad I don’t have to settle.
“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.”
“Intolerance drunk is bad enough, but intolerance sober is quite insupportable.”
“It is not enough,’ Robert Reid said, ‘to offer justice. The laws of men, the laws of God himself are not enough unless you know the heart, the tongue, the brain, the gut of your people.” Checkmate
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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.