28 Jul 2014

OF TATTOOS AND BOOKS.

How wonderful are these 50 tattoos? All of them inspired by childhood favourite reads, I think my favourites must be numbers 4 (The Chronicles Of Narnia) and 5 (Peter Pan). What about you?Oh, and which childhood read would prompt you to have a tattoo. 


Me?

I rather like this (though perhaps without the figure bottom right) in honour of Enid Blyton's The Enchanted Wood books........



How I imagine The Faraway Tree in Enid Blyton novels
- Graphic courtesy of Pintarest.

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26 Jul 2014

FAIRIES MISBEEHAVING

How lovely is this story?   
 
Manx (Isle of Man) legend has it that naughty fairies are transformed into bumblebees whose misdeeds are punished by them having to spend a night in a specially constructed 'bee cage' that has small hole that can be blocked up.

Not nearly as cruel as it sounds, the bumblebee is secretly released by the child's parent(s) who replace it with a stone which, the 'bad' fairy having been punished enough and thus transformed back into a 'good' fairy with enough magical power to make its escape, is left as a reminder as to what can happen when you are naughty.




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25 Jul 2014

THE ECHOES OF LOVE.

THE ECHOES OF LOVE by HANNAH FIELDING.

THE SOURCE: A blog win courtesy of Lindsay @ The Little Reader Reader.

THE BOOK {According to the inner front cover}: Venetia Aston-Montague has escaped to Italy s most captivating city to work in her godmother s architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone.

Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, and despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation, and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can't help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them.

When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them.

Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo's carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

FIRST SENTENCE {Chapter 1: Venice Carnival, 2000}:The clock struck midnight just as Venetia went past the grand eigthteenth-century mirror hanging over the mantelpiece in the hall.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {73}: "Fate is the superstitious mind's way of misinterpreting coincidence." Though as she spoke, Venetia wasn't sure how much she believed this. 

MY THOUGHTS: I really wish I could say that this bodice-ripper type of story telling simply wasn't to my taste but I thought the novel old-fashioned and so description heavy as to be (and I don't use this term loosely) boring.

More of a novella padded out as a novel. The descriptions of everything from the restaurants eaten in and the food consumed therein to the Venetian architecture and the unfailingly beautiful characters were so relentless and overdone that the rest of the story seemed an insignificant afterthought.

It's just as well Chapter one stated the year 2000 as the date as I wouldn't have otherwise been sure of the period in which this was set as the outdated, overly romanticised dialogue combined with a 'subtly proprietorial' hero with an antiquated attitude and a simpering heroine suggested times long gone.

Then there were the odd little monologues - 'Thus fate Fate cast her thunderbolts into our lives, letting them fall with a feather-like touch, dulling our senses to the storm they would cause should we realise their devastating powers' - that though quite beautiful were random and unrelated to any event.




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23 Jul 2014

THE RECRUIT {CHERUB # ONE}.

THE RECRUIT {CHERUB # ONE} by ROBERT MUCHAMORE.

SOURCE: A World Book Night read.

THE BOOK {According to the back cover}: A terrorist doesn't let strangers in her flat because they might be undercover police or intelligence agents, but her children bring their mates home and they roam freely. She doesn't know that one of these kids has bugged every room in her house, made copies of all her computer files and stolen her address book. The kid works for CHERUB.

CHERUB agents are aged between ten and seventeen. They live in the real world, slipping under adult radar and getting information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. For official purposes, these children do not exist.

FIRST SENTENCE {1: Science}: James Choke hated Combined Science.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 234/5}: Something shrieked and brushed against his leg. James jolted. He was peeing on one of the chickens that roamed around camp.

MY THOUGHTS: A great book for older children and younger teens. I'd especially recommend this for those who are looking for an adventure packed read with which to tempt boys.

Based on a fictional secret service agency set up by French civilians during the second World War Cherub recruits and trains children to act as spies. Youngsters like James, Kyle and Amy who after their initial training (which would test the endurance of most adults) are sent on missions deemed only suitable for a child ..... after all who would expect anyone aged ten to seventeen of being a master spy?

OK so there are bits of the book that stretch the imagination but on the whole this is a fun read that is so much more.

I loved that despite being highly trained spies well versed in weaponry, espionage and survival skills (think Hogworts without the lessons in 'Potions', 'Defence Against The Dark Arts' etc) in many ways these are 'normal' children who enjoy everyday things which in the case of  the main character, eleven year old James, includes play stations, Mars bars and cute girls.

That as well as all the derring-dos this is also a thought provoking, ethical read that addresses a lot of issues, some of them very grown-up which, along with the use of some mild swear words and occasional reference to drugs, may be of concern to some parents. 


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21 Jul 2014

THE FRANKENSTEIN DIARIES.

THE FRANKENSTEIN DIARIES edited by the REV. HUBERT VENABLES.

SOURCE: A charity shop buy.

THE BOOK {According to amazon.co.uk): "Unknown to fiction writers from Mary Shelley to the screenwriters of Hollywood, the personal diaries and papers of Viktor Frankenstein, creator of living beings, lay untouched and forgotten for over 150 years... The fruit of 6 years of labor by its translator and editor, this first-ever long awaited edition of the diaries at last tells the true story of the agonies & triumphs of Frankenstein" 

FIRST SENTENCE {Prologue}: The reader is bound to view with some scepticism the publication, over 150 years after the event, of a volume purporting to contain extracts from the diaries of a figure universally considered never to have lived.

MEMORABLE MOMENT {Page 44}: The castle stood stark against the sky, appearing only as a harsh, black outline deserving of its name, its battlements like the scaly back of some ancient monster.

MY THOUGHTS: Though a work of fiction because of the foreward in which we are led to believe that the legend that is Frankenstein is far from a legend and a prologue depicting 'the only known portrait of Frankenstein' its all too easy to believe that these are in fact the reproduction of a 'tattered bundle of ancient, decaying papers' sent to the author by a Swiss colleague ten years ago, some 150 years after the original story was penned.

Purporting to shed light onto the 1818 novel by Mary Shelley, whilst I'm still not sure where I stand with regard to the re-interpretation of classics I thought The Frankenstein Diaries anything but a lazy, unimaginative re-writing. 

Narrated by the Rev. Hubert before turning to the diary entries of Viktor and finally the observations of Viktor's brother, Eustaice, in a book I found even more macabre than the original. Everything from the sepia coloured pages to the wonderful illustrations (many of them anatomical/scientific), to the 'family photographs' and 'hand written' diary pages 'penned in a flowery script' turned what I felt was otherwise an OK (3 star) read into something rather exceptional.



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NB Originally rated on GoodReads as 3 stars. It was only whilst typing my review that I came to the conclusion that whilst the story rates three stars the book as a whole warrants a five star rating.