It may be a bit ambitious, but I'm hoping to finish all these books this week for Bout of Books, plus a slim guide to the workings of the economy by Yanis Varofakis that's not in the catalogue. Even if I don't finish them all a few done would be great. I was just ironing and listening to the BBC adaption of The Importance of Being Ernest (Oscar Wilde). I'm nearly finished it and it's proving fantastic, with performances from Judi Dench and Colin Firth. I'll have that finished by tonight.
The challenge today, introduce yourself in six words:
Words abound today, why not always?
Redwall by Brian Jacques has been touted as a classic but I'm not sure this is one I would recommend. I found it predictable, needlessly long, and frankly pretty boring. This is a difficult book to categorize as either a middle grade or young adult novel as it handles mature themes with a lot of gratuitous violence besides being a brick of a book (somehow this didn't bother me with the Harry Potter series but it did with this one). The story is a coming of age quest/adventure story set in the Middle Ages with rodents and various other wild animals as the main protagonists. Matthias, our hero, is a young mouse who is studying to be a monk at Redwall Abbey when a giant rat named Cluny the Scourge shows up on the scene. Matthias must then embark on a personal journey to seek the sword of a famous mouse warrior in the hopes it will turn the tide in the battle against the forces of evil. This is the first in a rather long series but I must be honest and say that I have no desire to continue with these characters. I really can't figure out what all the fuss is about so it's a 3/10 from me.
PS While I was double-checking my spelling of the character names I discovered that there is an actual cartoon of this book series. To say that I am shocked would be putting it mildly. That one is not going on my watch list.
What's Up Next: Born to be Posthumous The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery
What I'm Currently Reading: When the Children Came Home: Stories From Wartime by Julie Summers
I decided to read The Glorious Heresies another time as I have it in print at the minute and I'm having some issues with my eyes, due to hayfever, so reading on my kobo is working out much better. Seeing as I decided to set that down, I had a normal roll plus the 3 extra one's for Independence days.
Roll 1: 6 & 3 which took me to:
For this I'm going to read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
Roll 2: 4 & 1 which took me to jail! For this I use my pocketed racing card to take me to:
For this I'm going to read The Secret Barrister by...The Secret Barrister
Roll 3: 3 & 2 which takes me to the cat card, which I pocket and roll again
Roll 4: 5 & 5 (doubles!) This takes me to square:
Roll 5: I rolled 6 & 1 which took me to the Go square, so I rolled again.
Roll 6: I rolled 5 & 4 which took me here:
For this I'm going to read You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Roll 7: I rolled 2 & 1 which took me here:
For this I'm going to read Conviction by Denise Mina
It's going to take me forever to read all 5 of these books! I'm really glad I've got my reading planned so far in advance, but fortunately I won't get to roll again for a while *sniff sniff*
If Rocket were swearing, or blowing more, ah, people up, this would be a five star rated book. But the problem with writing children's books of adult things is that you have to water down some characters, at least when you're dealign with the likes of Rocket and Deadpool. (Yes, I've seen a Spider-Man and Deadpool comic for kids...)
Overall, the author really nailed everything, he was just help back by this being a children's book. So I highly enjoyed it, but can't say that I felt it was five star due to the warping of the characters due to children.
Children ruin everything. At least they ruin some media tie-in books for me...