Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

First read in December 2004, reread in July 2017. I loved this book when I first read it. And loved the tv adaptation that came out last year1 so when Aarti suggested a reread I thought it was a great idea. One of the main reasons I haven’t reread it before now is that the […]

Author talk

As you may remember, last year I came across a series of books by Patrick Ness, The Chaos Walking trilogy. Which I loved. They even made me cry they were so good. And when I spotted that he was going to write a book based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd I thought, oh, that sounds fascinating. And then I saw the cover, and thought “ooooohhh that looks veeeery interesting”.

The absolute Sandman vol. 1

Illustrated by:
ISBN: 9781401210823
Collects Preludes & Nocturnes (1-8), The Doll’s House (9-16), & Dream Country (17-20).
Read as part of the Once Upon a Time challenge & the Graphic Novels challenge.
Author’s site ; Wikipedia

Where does storytelling end and mythology begin?

Where do you start when trying to review a collection like this? I really have no idea. I was going to give up before I even began; admit defeat without letting anyone know about it, but I decided, what the hell, lets give it a go.

I first read some of Gaiman’s Sandman series years and years ago. Like a genius I started with A Doll’s House rather than at the beginning, but I soon realised my mistake and retraced my steps. The first few issues never really grabbed me. But they begin the story, so you do need to start there, and then, even if you dislike them, persevere for a little while longer. Because, lets face it, the character of Morpheus isn’t really that likeable. He is an arrogant ass. But his story is interesting. And the stories and places Gaiman gets to explore through the Sandman and his sibling Endless characters are fascinating. If you like comics and myths then you should give this[1] a go.

And there are also pretty pictures to look at.

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Linknotes:

  1. I dont mean the Absolute collection cause it costs a fortune especially if you are just testing. Unless your library has it, unlikely, but you never know. Anyway, start with reading a few issues and then see what is what

Monsters of men

ISBN 9781406325942 Chaos Walking #3 Author’s site The final book in a series can often be a tough one to read and enjoy. On the one hand you want it to end happily ever after for the characters. Especially is you are at all invested in them. But at the same time you also want […]

The good man Jesus and the scoundrel Christ

by Philip Pullman

The back of the edition of this that I read has only the words: This is a story. Interesting. Is that because the publisher’s don’t want to offend the ultra religious in the Christian world. Or is it a message from the author that the life of Jesus is a story. That the bible is a story.

Pullman, of course, is known for his ever so slightly controversial views on religion, he has used them in his fiction before. In that case it involved a worn-out god, and power-hungry angels. Here he revisits the myth:”(is a myth a religion we dont believe in?)”: of Jesus Christ and weaves a new story out of it.

Whose body?

The body of a stout man is found in a bathroom, naked but for a gold pince-nez. At the same time, a prominent banker goes missing. Is the dead man the missing Mr. Levy? And if so, how did he manage to end up in Mr. Thipps’ bathroom? And was he murdered?

This is the first book Sayers wrote to feature Lord Peter Wimsey. He is the second son of an ancient English house, his elder brother is the Duke of Denver. And his hobby is criminology. Already he has solved the case of some missing emeralds, now he is on two cases at once; to find the missing Levy & to figure out the who, why and where concerning the mystery body.