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Ramblings of a red headed Scot who is about to finish her first year and is dreading her exams- more to follow…

Fictional Intruder

I don’t usually do this, but after reading the Daily Post’s prompt ‘Fictional Intruder‘, I felt utterly intrigued and compelled to write a response. And so without further ado….


1. Phillip Pullman: His Dark Materials

 My first world or fictional event to visit would have to be the parallel universe created by Phillip Pullman in his epic trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’ in which we follow the trials of a young girl named Lyra in her quest to overcome the steadily approaching evil that is threading to overpower not just her world, but many other worlds like it and by doing so; complete the quest that is growing up. When I first read this at about eight or nine, I was at first drawn into the idea of each human character having a daemon; or a physical representation of your soul in animal form. As a wide eyed child I wanted nothing more than to know what form my daemon was and even now; aged nineteen; am still intrigued at what form my ‘spirit animal’ would have settled into.

Lyra and Pan  His Dark Materials: Phillip Pullman

Lyra and Pan
His Dark Materials: Phillip Pullman

2. George R.R Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones 

I know it’s turned into a bit of a popular culture cliche; but when I first read the first A Song of Ice and Fire /Game of Thrones book at the end of my first semester at University, it was more Martin’s exploration and sheer amount of detail of the worlds of Westeros which drew me into this epic saga which I am still yet to finish and would give anything to visit. The nods to Medieval/War of the Roses wars on succession also satisfied my history brain and the characters… I do not think I have words enough in me to thank Martin for his ability to create and develop such intensely complex characters who whilst all still holding their own aura of mystique, were still beautifully believable.

A Song Of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones Published: Harper Voyager Date published: 1996 (paperback published 2011)

A Song Of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
Published: Harper Voyager
Date published: 1996 (paperback published 2011)

 


 

3. Paul Stewart: The Edge Chronicles 

A slightly less well known choice for my third world in The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart. In my opinion this series would, with a sympathetic director with an eye for well thought out CGI, make a set of stunning children’s fantasy films with its’ collection of simply weird and wonderful creatures such as the terrifying Grossmother and the outwardly ferocious but inwardly adorable and heartbreakingly loyal Hammelhorns. The blend of Lewis Carroll and J.R.R Tolkien had me hooked from the very first page and one of the things I would tell Twig is: ‘I don’t care that it’s your destiny, ‘don’t stray away from the path!’

The Edge Chronicles Book 1: Beyond the Deepwoods Author: Paul Stewart Published: 1999 (Corgi Books)

The Edge Chronicles Book 1: Beyond the Deepwoods
Author: Paul Stewart
Published: 1999 (Corgi Books)

 


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Teaser Tuesday- Pompeii

Donning my time traveller’s outfit this week to take the plunge into the reasonings behind the eruption of Mount Vesuvius as told in Robert Harris’s thrilling epic ‘Pompeii’ which, coincidentally, I first read on the plane to Italy on a school Classics trip!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 🙂

‘I’m an engineer Admiral’, said Attilus tactfully. ‘Not a philosopher’. In his view they were wasting time. He thought of mentioning the strange behaviour of the vapour of the vapour on the hillside that morning but decided against it.’ 

Book: Pompeii

Author: Robert Harris

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 394

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: History, Mystery, Drama, Epic, Thriller

Pompeii  Published: Arrow Books Date Published: 2003 (Arrow Books: 2004)

Pompeii
Published: Arrow Books
Date Published: 2003
(Arrow Books: 2004)

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Teaser Tuesday: His Dark Materials – Northern Lights

Plunging back into the realms of epic childhood fantasy this week to re-read the first of Phillip Pullman’s epic trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’ ‘Northern Lights’ and re-live some wonderful childhood memories of being read this by Mum before bed during the summer before my siblings and I went off to boarding school for the first time.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 🙂

‘Lyra wandered away on her own, and went to the reedy bank to sit and throw mud into the water. She knew one thing: she was not pleased or proud to be able to read the alethiometer- she was afraid.’

Book: Northern Lights (His Dark Materials Book 1)

Author: Phillip Pullman

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 399

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Action, Adventure, History, Drama, Family

His Dark Materials (Northern Lights) Published: Scholastic Children's Books Date Published: 1995

His Dark Materials (Northern Lights)
Published: Scholastic Children’s Books
Date Published: 1995

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Teaser Tuesday- To Kill A Mockingbird

I’m sorry this is a day late- but enjoy!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 🙂

”The following Monday afternoon, Jem and I climbed the steep front steps to Mrs Dubose’s house and padded down the open hallway. Jem, armed with Ivanhoe and full of superior knowledge, knocked at the second door on the left’. 

Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 309

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: Classic, buildingsroman, history, family

To Kill A Mockingbird  Published: Arrow Books Date Published: 1960 (Arrow Books: 2006)

To Kill A Mockingbird
Published: Arrow Books
Date Published: 1960
(Arrow Books: 2006)

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Teaser Tuesday- Memoirs of a Geisha

Taking a small break from A Song of Ice and Fire this week to re-read Arthur Golden’s wonderful ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ for Teaser Tuesday- enjoy! 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 🙂

‘You can imagine how shocked I was when I saw them; for there, on the other side of the table, was the one woman I would have given anything to avoid. It was Hatsumono, smiling at me, and beside her sat Pumpkin’. 

Book: Memoirs of a Geisha

Author: Arthur Holden

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 493

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: Romance, History, Buildingsroman

Memoirs of a Geisha Published: Vintage Books Date Published: 1997 (Vintage: 2005)

Memoirs of a Geisha
Published: Vintage Books
Date Published: 1997 (Vintage: 2005)

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Teaser Tuesday- A Song of Ice and Fire- A Clash of Kings

Teaser Tuesday: A Song of Ice and Fire (2)- A Clash of Kings (Thank you to Claudia (Living on Borrowed Days) for introducing me to this by pure accident! 🙂

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 🙂

*Disclaimer: As I’m from the UK, all spelling is Standard, not American English which I know goes against George R R Martin- but I can’t be fussed to try and change it all back into American English- sorry about that!*

‘It wasn’t Harren’, Ayra wanted to say, ‘it was me’. She had killed Chiswyick with a whisper and she would kill two more before she was through. ‘I’m the ghost at Harrenhall’, she thought. And that night, there was one less name to hate.

Book: A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 2)

Author: George R. R. Martin

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 873

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: Fantasy, History, YA (possibly), Action, Adventure

A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings Published: Harper Voyager Date Published: 1998 (paperback: 2011)

A Song of Ice and Fire: A Clash of Kings
Published: Harper Voyager
Date Published: 1998 (paperback: 2011)

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Teaser Tuesday: A Song of Ice and Fire- A Game of Thrones

Teaser Tuesday: A Song of Ice and Fire (1)- A Game of Thrones (Thank you to Claudia (Living on Borrowed Days) for introducing me to this by pure accident! 🙂 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  •  Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  •  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author too so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! 🙂

*Disclaimer: As I’m from the UK, all spelling is Standard, not American English which I know goes against George R R Martin- but I can’t be fussed to try and change it all back into American English- sorry about that!*


 

‘Ned had heard enough. “You send hired knives to kill a fourteen-year-old girl and still quibble about honour?” He pushed back his chair and stood. “Do it yourself Robert. The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. Look her in the eyes before you kill her. See her tears, hear her last words. You owe her that much at least.”

Book: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire Book 1)

Author: George R. R. Martin

Edition: Paperback

Number of pages: 780

Source: Gift/donation

Genre: Fantasy, History, Y/A (possibly), Action, Adventure

A Song Of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones Published: Harper Voyager Date published: 1996 (paperback published 2011)

A Song Of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones
Published: Harper Voyager
Date published: 1996 (paperback published 2011)

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