Book 15/80 - 'I'm not a kid. I'm a shark!' ~ Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is a shapeshifter with a limitless ability to change form. She's also the sidekick of Lord Ballister Blackheart, the kingdom's most notorious villain. Together they plan on exposing the true face of the hero Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and the seemingly benevolent Institute.
I've always loved stories about anti-heroes so the blurb of Nimona immediately grabbed my attention. I mean, the blurb mentioned dragons so obviously I had to buy it. I enjoyed it very much! It's cute and fun and silly. It's also serious and angsty and sad. What makes a hero? What makes a villain? These are the themes that Nimona explores. I loved the setting! It's like the time period is medieval but they have advanced technology and weaponry. (Does that count as steampunk?) I also loved the 3 main characters. Nimona is just the right combination of vulnerable and scary. One minute she's a kid with a painful past, the next she's a shark or a fire-breathing dragon. Sir Goldenloin seemed like a typical egotistical jerk at first but it became obvious as the story went on that there's more to him than his fabulous hair. But hands down, my favorite is Lord Ballister. I'm so tickled that he is such a giant science nerd. The guy's idea of a good time is going to a science fair. So adorable! He is the worst movie buddy tho. Beyond the silliness and cuteness of it all, what I most enjoyed in this story are the relationship between the characters: Nimona and Lord Ballister's friendship and loyalty to each other and Sir Goldenloin and Lord Ballister's conflicted and complicated relationship. The ending is bittersweet but the last frames did make up for it a bit so I don't have any real complaints (except that I wanted to see a kiss! But oh well I guess you can't have everything). Overall, this is a fun and fast read and definitely worth checking out. My rating: /5
Yohan: Mama, no kissing! .
My baby is growing up so fast. He was so tiny when he was born I was almost scared to hold him. And now he's jumping from boxes and climbing into cabinets and running around like a tiny whirlwind of energy. I hope he'll still hug me tightly and kiss my nose when he's all grown up.
Book 14/80 -'Destiny was funny stuff, he knew. You couldn't trust it. Often you couldn't even see it. Just when you knew you had it cornered, it turned out to be something else--coincidence, maybe, or providence. You barred the door against it, and it was standing behind you. Then just when you thought you had it nailed down it walked away with the hammer.' ~ Wyrd Sisters by Sir Terry Pratchett
This is my 1st book for @bookishpinoys#BPGirlsRunTheWorld Bingo - book with a strong female character. I mean, is there any stronger character, male or female, than Granny Weatherwax? I think not. Wyrd Sisters is the 2nd Witches novel in the Discworld series - wherein there is a royal ghost, a missing heir, travelling actors, a coven of witches, a clever fool and a mad usurper. This novel is a parody of Shakespeare's plays. Pratchett takes Shakesperean elements and twists them as only he can. Granny Weatherwax's rough edges from Equal Rites have been smoothed out a bit here. (Tho she still can't get the hang of theater ) I love her absolute conviction that she is right and that she will win. Well...she almost always does. The addition of Nanny Ogg and Magrat (thus completing the Maiden, Mother and Crone elements of the coven) provides a good foil for Granny. I also liked the character of the Fool and how he used words as weapons. Isn't that how it is too in modern times? Overall, this is another excellent installment in the Discworld series and I'm looking forward the reading the next Witches book. My rating: .5
By the way, that's my current favorite tote bag in the photo. Oh how I would love to be Assistant Librarian in Unseen University. I can barely imagine all the weirdness I would see. . #igreads#bookishallure#books#booksph#booklover#bookworm#bibliophile#terrypratchett#discworld#witches#grannyweatherwax#nannyogg#magratgarlick#fantasy#comedy#readingissexy
Book 13/80 - 'People could be cruel. They could be beautiful, but they could be cruel too. It's like something so lovely can't just be lovely. It also has to be harsh and corroding.' ~ Wolfsong by TJ Klune
Wolfsong is possibly the best werewolf novel I've ever read. Certainly, at this moment, I can't think of another that comes close to it. This is the story of the Bennett Pack: how they loved and grieved, how they were divided and reunited, how they survived and healed. This is also the story of Ox and Joe: of their friendship and eventual romance, of their families and of their pack. But at it's core, this is the story of Ox: of how he protected his family and pack, of how he grew from an strange boy to a respected leader, of how he kept a mourning pack together through the sheer force of his love and selflessness. TJ Klune's writing is funny and poignant in turns. He gave almost every character their moment in the spotlight. I say 'almost' because Tanner, Rico and Chris mostly blends together in my mind. (But I didn't mind because they were hilarious!) The story did drag a bit in the middle, but it's a minor complaint for an overall wonderful story. If you're looking for a well-plotted and well-written story about family, friendship and love with a paranormal twist, then do check out Wolfsong. Highly recommended! My rating: /5
Meet my alarm clock. He wakes me up every morning saying 'Mama! Mama!' He probably means to say 'Wake up, Mama, and give me my milk!' These are his morning faces. I can't decide which one is my favorite. (Yohan @ 16 mos)
Book 12/80 - 'My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.' ~ The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle (Holmes is such a drama queen )
The 2nd short in my #PsyHolmesCanonReread. The Red-Headed League is the story of how Jabez Wilson was suckered into a applying for a position that calls for red-headed man. I thought it was obvious from the start that someone was just trying to get him out of the house. But Wilson--bless his innocent heart--was too naive to even think of that. It's interesting to note that Holmes considered John Clay as the 4th smartest man in London. It begs the question of who the other 3 was. Does he count himself and Mycroft among those 3? I would really love to know the answer, but of course, Conan Doyle didn't provide it hmmp. Anyway, this is a good, solid mystery, if a bit obvious. My rating: /5
As promised, I'll be including some trivia that I picked up from Les Klinger's annotated edition.
A solicitor is a lawyer who practises law but is not permitted to appear as counsel in the courts, except magistrates' courts and before Justices of the Peace.
The 'Red-Headed League' is one of the two Canonical adventures in which Holmes carries a walking stick; the other is 'The Illustrious Client.'
Scotland Yard, originally a place, became the popular name for the detectives of the London Metropolitan Police. The first headquarters of the Metropolitan Police were the back premises of 4 Whitehall Place. The location had been the site of a residence owned by the Kings of Scotland before the Union and used and occupied by them and/or their ambassadors when in London, and was known as 'Scotland.' The courtyard was later used by Sir Christopher Wren and known as 'Scotland Yard.'
So there's your Holmes-related trivia for this month. Happy Sunday!