Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sometimes life can be very strange. A while back I bought the book Hex, written by Dutch writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt. I was drawn to it by the fact that it was being promoted as the new Dutch fantasy novel.

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For some reason I put it in my bookcase and forgot about it (sorry Thomas).

Earlier this year whilst I was attending Dutch Comic Con, Thomas was there, signing books. I felt a small pang of shame as I remembered that unread book, still in my bookcase, and bummed I didn’t have it with me to get it signed.

Still, I again forgot about it, until two days ago. One of my friends posted a screenshot of the tweet made by Stephen King, the master of horror himself, praising Thomas his book. How epic and cool is that! So I liked that post and yesterday I got a friend request from Thomas himself.

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Maybe this was the universe telling me, read the book! Ok, ok. I got my copy, settled on the couch and… read the book in one go.

Now I have read loads of books, the fact that I own over 700 of them is prove as well. And there aren’t many books I read in one sitting, where I am drawn into it, forget the world around me and keep turning page after page, desperately wanting to know what happens next. This book did.

Slight note. As I understand it, the English version is slightly different from the Dutch version. I read the Dutch one, but now I want to get my hands on an English copy as well.

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.

Author info according to Goodreads:

Thomas Olde Heuvelt

  • Born in Nijmegen, Netherlands

 

Dutch novelist THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. Two more of his stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, will be launched around the globe (In the US by MacMillan/Tor and in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton). Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the book. “HEX is reminiscent of vintage Stephen King, and I can think of no higher praise. Chilli

Dutch novelist THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. Two more of his stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, will be launched around the globe (In the US by MacMillan/Tor and in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton). Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the book.

I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers.

What I loved about this book, first and foremost is that it is set in the region I originally come from (for the people who read the Dutch version of the book). I was born in a smallish town in ‘Brabant’ although not as small as the town ‘Beek’ mentioned in the book. But how the people and townsfolk act is pretty much how I remember it (minus the horror stuff, but then again, I wouldn’t be surprised). It has nothing compared to living in a larger city where you are lucky if your neighbours greet you at all.

Not until the second chapter you finally begin to get a grasp what the story is about, and throughout the book you begin to grasp the situation about Hex. I imagine when reading the book for a second time you will get a lot of aha moments, small little signs you missed the first time because know you know.

It is amazing how Thomas managed to capture todays life, with texting, popular language and big brother is watching you and at the same time describes that small town feel and throw you back into the middle ages as well.

Some of the horror stuff, nope no spoilers, you should really read the book yourself, reminded me a lot of the books written by Bridget Wood and which I think is high praise. Thomas has captured multiple important ethical dilemmas while being subjected to years and years of indoctrination and pear pressure in such a way that it’s almost scary, even if applied to today’s everyday life and how we as people react to say the refugees’ crisis.

If you are susceptible to nightmares I suggest reading this book during the day, or keep a light on at night when you go to bed. Unfortunately, I’m past this point, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t scare me at some points.

Not one point during the book I had a moment where I had that feel of pages being filled, just for the sake of creating pages (which some books do). From beginning to end it captures you and I hate myself sometimes for having a high reading speed and finishing it in a couple of hours.

The book leaves you hunger for more, but as I said, luckily I can read the English version as well!

Thomas, ik had niet gedacht dat Hex zo ontzettend goed zou zijn. Schrijf meer van dit soort boeken, je hoort thuis in de fantasy wereld en ik kan niet wachten tot een eventuele verfilming en meer van je fantastische verhalen.

This books gets a well-deserved 5 out of 5 star review and I recommend you get your hands on a copy and read it, over and over again, because this is a book you can read multiple times.

Have you read it?

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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Rory Gilmore reading challenge book review: 151.) Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I finished my mandatory books for January and high on my wanting to read books from the Rory Gilmore reading challenge was the book by Antony Bourdain.

Kitchen Confidential

I have a thing for chefs, cooking, eating and everything. This has to do with the fact I wanted to be a chef when I grew up. Until I was about 13 I had every intention to go to culinary school. Until I found out it was really hard to get into and it just didn’t seem appealing anymore for some reason.

That doesn’t change the fact I still love cooking and baking. During college I even worked as a cook in a Cuban tapas restaurant. It was a very small kitchen. We had a chef, myself and on busy nights a boy for washing the dishes. Along with bar staff and waiters and such. My boyfriend hooked me up with the job as one of the chefs was the bassist in his band. I did mis-en-place, worked the stove, did appetizers, desserts and washing up if needed.

I knew working in a kitchen wasn’t romantic. It’s a tough job, hot, smelly, dirty and a man’s world. You really need to have a thick skin, especially if you are a woman. I mean, the intellectual level of talk in the kitchen is about six feet under and if you aren’t discussing orders or prepping food stuff it basically is all about boobs, dicks and sex. You need to be one of the guys if you want to fit it. You need to be able to lust after the waitresses just as the boys, able to stand in your underwear in order to change into your kitchen uniform in front of the guys and be able to take comments about your ass and boobs. You need to be able to make dirty jokes, talk about booze, wave around heavy and very sharp knives. You need to be able to have your hands and arms splashed by hot oil and not bitch about it. You need to be able handling the bloody finger of your chef before he faints (he looked so pale, but it still gives me the giggles thinking about me fussing and bandaging his finger) You need to be able handling the yelling if you’re not fast enough or screwed up a dish. You need to be able handling the gross stuff in the kitchen (mice droppings and food falling on the ground and being put back into the pan ready for serving). Oh god I really miss it.

I learned a lot during that year and a half I worked there. I know my body now wouldn’t be able to handle it anymore, but reading Anthony Bourdain’s books did bring back so much memories. I enjoyed every minute of it.

The show he has on TV, No Reservations, is really brilliant and I never knew he’d written a book about his culinary adventures growing up and him becoming the chef he is today. I don’t think anything is exaggerated, especially how things in the kitchen go.

If you want to know what goes on inside a kitchen and have a strong stomach, are not afraid of swearing, drug and alcohol abuse and enjoying cooking or knowing more about restaurants, this is the book for you. It’s an easy read, Anthony writes like he talks, a high pace filled with alcohol, smoking and swearing. You will really enjoy this.

He takes you along his youth, what made him passionate about food in the first place, how he ended up working his first job in a restaurant, going to culinary school, his career, ups and downs, his drug abuse (by the way, what I gathered during my time in the kitchen, although I personally didn’t participate, the drugs part is true as well), how he got clean and his act together and pretty much everything else. Until his job at Les Halles, working as the chef.

Have you read this book or other culinary books? Do you enjoy cooking or eating out in restaurants?

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Fool’s Assassin (The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Another book review, or at least I’ll try, because as I said before and will say it again. The books by Robin Hobb are my favourite and it’s difficult to do them justice by writing a proper review about them. Beware of spoilers! No seriously! Lots and lots of spoilers ahead!

Robin Hobb

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to the crown. But behind the facade of respectable middle-age lies a turbulent and violent past. For Tom Badgerlock is actually FitzChivalry Farseer, bastard scion of the Farseer line, convicted user of Beast-magic, and assassin. A man who has risked much for his king and lost more… On a shelf in his den sits a triptych carved in memory stone of a man, a wolf and a fool. Once, these three were inseparable friends: Fitz, Nighteyes and the Fool. But one is long dead, and one long-missing. Then one Winterfest night a messenger arrives to seek out Fitz, but mysteriously disappears, leaving nothing but a blood-trail. What was the message? Who was the sender? And what has happened to the messenger? Suddenly Fitz’s violent old life erupts into the peace of his new world, and nothing and no one is safe.

My thoughts:

How does one write a proper review for a book that is singlehandedly one of your favourites and still do it justice? Don’t look at me, I don’t know, otherwise I wouldn’t be asking this of you. If you haven’t read the books by Robin Hobb, there is no point at starting with this one, as it is a new trilogy in a group of trilogies and for the proper background story, you need to read the other books first. I’ll help you with that:

Start with the Farseer trilogy:

  • Assassin’s apprentice
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest

Continue with the Liveship Traders trilogy:

  • Ship of Magic
  • The Mad Ship
  • Ship of Destiny

Next is the Tawny Man Trilogy:

  • Fool’s Errand
  • The Golden Fool
  • Fool’s FateThe Rain Wilds Chronicles:

And if you like (but not really necessary):

  • Dragons Keeper
  • Dragon Haven
  • City of Dragons
  • Blood of Dragons

Before you even contemplate beginning reading Fool’s Assassin. If you have done so, good job and continue reading this review. If not, back up now, read the other books and when you are done, come back to this review.

Last time before you can back out and stop. There are spoilers ahead!

Years after we have left the Fool and Fitz we finally come back to them. Fitz finally has Molly as his wife, only to be known as Tom Badgerlock and he and Molly manage Wittywoods. They have raised all the kids Molly and Burrich had together as well as Fitz’s and Moll’s real child Nettle. Burrich, unfortunately is no more and a lot has changed in the years. Chade is no longer hidden in the walls of Buckkeep Castle and an important influence on Kettrichen and her son Buckkeep finally has a proper skill mistress and coterie in Nettle. People with the Witt are no longer chased for their magic and it seems like peace has restored in the realms.

We see Fitz and Molly working in Wittywoods, the daily upkeep and life is good. When on a stormy and cold winterfest festival a mysterious messenger appears and disappears, again Fitz thinks nothing of it.

His old friends and his old life seem far away, but still in his mind and he thinks often about Nighteyes and the Fool. The two most important beings in his life besides Molly and Chade.

Things calm down after the winterfest and life continues. Molly gets older rapidly while Fitz keeps strong thanks to that skill healing he had years ago. And then Molly starts to behave strangely. She seems forgetful, losing her way and losing her mind. Suddenly convinced she is pregnant at her age. At first this is joyous news for Fitz, but as time passes by, there are no signs of a pregnancy and Molly’s behaviour gets stranger still. Fitz does everything he can to support her and protect her of the gossiping of their staff.

Much to everyone’s surprise, 2 years after Molly announced she was expecting, she gives birth to a tiny little daughter that they name Bee. But still no joy was given to the household as everyone expects the child to die soon and if by some miracle she would grow up, she would be handicapped for as long as she may live.

Of course Bee pulls through and we see how she grows up, not stupid as everyone expects her to be, but highly intelligent and in possession of both the Skill and Witt.

But she has a lot of trouble connecting to other people besides her mother and the unthinkable thing happens. Molly dies, Fitz loses yet another important person in his life and now he faces the world alone yet again. He needs to pull himself together to raise Bee and manage Wittywoods and also take charge of two new protégés Chade puts in his care.

Another messenger arrives, a white one leaving behind a dangerous message and an assignment for Fitz. Will he be able to carry out that oh so important assignment? Is the Fool still alive? Can he manage all the new tasks given him?

My thoughts again:

Although I am costumed to read the books by Robin Hobb in Dutch, I now have an English version in my possession and nothing really changed. The translation in Dutch was really well done and within a couple of pages, I was sucked back into the story about Fitz, the kingdoms, the Fool, politics and magic.

Robin Hobb has done it again. Whereas I struggled to read the Rain Wild Chronicles (and I still haven’t read all of them yet) this was a book I couldn’t put down. But since I’m not in school anymore and need my sleep in order to function at work I stretched my reading period.

On the one hand, I really wanted to read the whole book in just one session, on the other hand, I didn’t want it to finish. I was really strict about reading just one chapter or a couple of pages.

This book felt like seeing an old friend again, who you haven’t seen in years, but it feels like home again as soon as you pull him into your arms. I laughed and I cried, I felt sorry and I was angry. I was going through all the emotions during the reading of this epic book. Fitz and his fellow characters almost feel like family to me, more so than some of my real family.

I hunger for more, I want the whole trilogy now, please Robin, continue writing. Bring us more Fitz, Bee, Chade, the Fool and all the other familiar characters you created. Never ever stop writing these books.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

The Maze runner by James Dashner, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’ve been meaning to get back to book reviewing, but somehow it didn’t work out. So as soon as Tekira mentioned to me she wanted to do the film review of the Maze Runner and I just happened to finish reading that book I decided to give you the book review. Remember, you may find spoilers ahead.

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He is surrounded by strangers – boys whose memories are also gone.

“Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.”

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out – and no one’s ever made it through alive.

“Everything is going to change.”

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

REMEMBER. SURVIVE. RUN.

 

My thoughts:

I liked the book, but not loved it. The fact that I began reading it months ago, put it away and picked it back up again says it all. And to be fair. The only reason I wanted to read it, is because I hate seeing films before I had a chance to read the book. (Come on, books are always better than the movie!) That, and the fact that my puppy (a.k.a Stiles from Teen Wolf, a.k.a. Dylan O’Brien) (and yes I know he’s not a werewolf in TW, but humour me.) was going to play the main lead in the film made it more interesting for me to pick it up in the first place.

I have a bit of mixed feelings about the current YA dystopian uprising. I like dystopian stories, post-apocalyptic worlds and such, but they are all the same. Whether you’re reading the Hunger Games books, the Divergent series or in this case the Maze Runner, it all has the same feeling and flavour to it.

Also, I expected a great deal more about the maze, it sounds really intriguing but we just see a bits and pieces and like the film, where isn’t a lot explanation about things or really graphic descriptions about the maze, monsters and such.

I think the story is a good one, but overall and especially towards the end it really feels rushed, as if the author was trying to get all his thoughts about his story to get down on paper. And I think that’s a shame. It really has potential, the overall story arc is great but it feels all too one dimensional for me.

It’s a reason I won’t be picking up the second book in this series. I imagine in the second part of the book we get more explanation about the maze and why and how it was created. Bu I guess I’ll never know and I’m ok with that. This isn’t a book where I need to know what happens next.

I’m sure a lot of people do love the book, and that’s ok. It’s a fun read, for me a something in between, but I don’t feel emotionally involved with the characters, I don’t get sucked into the story eager to know what is happening on the next page.

I do however am still curious to see the film, like I said, my puppy is in it and for me that’s reason enough to check it out. Reading Tekira’s review I think you better still read the book first before watching the film. It seems to get just a bit more background story and explaining.

Have you read the book? Or watched the film? Should I? Let me know in the comments.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

The Petrosian Invitation by T.P. Keating, a book review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. The perks of running a book reviewing blog is that sometimes authors find your blog, contact you and ask you to read their books. Oh and in the process they actually provide you with a book to read. I love free books and I’m to Dutch to turn such an offer down 😉

That’s how you end up with this latest review. And just let me say, vampires, Russian Culture, cooking and a to die for Chocolate dessert? Oh yes please! Beware of some spoilers, although I try to keep them to a minimum.

About the book:

  • ASIN: B00DQ9JSGY
  • edition language: English
  • Author: T.P. Keating
  • Genre: vampire romance novel

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Oleg Petrosian, the self-made Russian Billionaire, wonders when his un-beating heart will experience a glimmer of love. On a business trip to London, to seal a gas deal, he meets Sam Latham, the chef at a swanky restaurant in South Kensington. After she caters for a business meeting at his nearby home, his private Learjet (flown by his cosmonaut sister) whisks Oleg, Sam and her younger actress sister to Oleg’s cliff top home in Russia’s Anapa, a health resort on the Black Sea. But can their fledgling romance survive Oleg’s deep, dark secret?

About the Author:

Hmm, I have to say this author seems to be as mysterious as Oleg. All I could find about the author was on Amazon:

I live for writing, and travel has always been an awesome source of inspiration for me. I love my cats – which mean I cannot travel so much nowadays. At home with 6 cats and my wife, I am never far from my keyboard. I was a former semi-pro musician; until my wife convinced me to switch to writing (she’s full of good ideas like that). You can contact me by email at keatingwrites@yahoo.com. Or drop by my website at www.tpkeating.com.

My thoughts:

The fact I read this book in just 2 days (and I had to work those 2 days) says enough about me that I really liked it. I mean, I’m a sucker for vampire novels, mix that with Russian culture (which I’m also interested in) and some cooking and I am sold.

And my biggest issue with this particular novel is that it’s too short. Now don’t worry I’m going into a bitching mode. But I like more elaborated books. Sometimes the story feels too rushed or things aren’t explained to properly. For example I would love to read more about Oleg’s background. And this is addressed in the book briefly I want more explanation. Or Sam going through the motions a bit more. I mean, she accepts Oleg’s invitation a bit too easy for my taste, dragging along her sister into a big adventure. Certainly towards the ending, which came way too early for my taste.

But Oleg’s Russian background is a relief for all the current American sparkling vampires walking around. Finally a bit more man instead of teenage boys swooping up the public.

I loved Sam’s no nonsense attitude and hard working attitude towards life. It gives it a ‘real’ feeling to the story. And the fact that she’s a female chef (where do I get the recipe for that Mousse au Chocolate Noir???) is a big bonus for me. She’s not some troubled young female in need of rescue. (Thank god for that one).

I like books that have a different outtake towards vampires instead of walking along the better known paths of vampire history. And T.P. Keating certainly delivers on that front.

I don’t know if this book is getting a second part or is going to be re-written into a longer novel or if it’s gonna stay the way it is. But I found it funny, well-written, new in its genre, a bit of romance, which is always good and it made me hunger for more.

Where to get your own copy:

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My rating:

I rate this book 7 out of 10. And that’s just based of the fact I want more. So should you read it? Yes definitely. If you like strong female characters, handsome Russian vampires and a bit of romance added in the mix. So go get your own copy and leave a nice review on Goodreads for this author!

Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) by Robin Hobb, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Today I’ll review a book that has a special meaning for me. I’ll tell you all about it in a minute. And don’t worry; I’ll get back on those Doctor Who e-book reviews in a couple of days. But first, the Assassin’s Apprentice, the first part in the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb.

Robin Hobb

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

About the book:

  • original title: Assassin’s Apprentice
  • ISBN: 0006480098 (ISBN13: 9780006480099)
  • edition language: English
  • series: Farseer Trilogy #1, Realms of the Elderlings #1,
  • characters: Verity, Fool, Galen, FitzChivalry, Burrich
  • Author: Robin Hobb

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About the Author:RobinHobb

  • born: in California, The United States
  • gender: female
  • website: http://robinhobb.com/
  • twitter username: Robinhobb
  • genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Mystery
  • influences: Every book I ever read, every song I ever heard, every dog that e…moreEvery book I ever read, every song I ever heard, every dog that ever walked with me, every cat that ever kicked my desk clean . . . life is an influence.

** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star ‘I liked it’ rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It’s a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I’d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I’ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I’m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I wa…more ** I am shocked to find that some people think a 2 star ‘I liked it’ rating is a bad rating. What? I liked it. I LIKED it! That means I read the whole thing, to the last page, in spite of my life raining comets on me. It’s a good book that survives the reading process with me. If a book is so-so, it ends up under the bed somewhere, or maybe under a stinky judo bag in the back of the van. So a 2 star from me means,yes, I liked the book, and I’d loan it to a friend and it went everywhere in my jacket pocket or purse until I finished it. A 3 star means that I’ve ignored friends to finish it and my sink is full of dirty dishes. A 4 star means I’m probably in trouble with my editor for missing a deadline because I was reading this book. But I want you to know . . . I don’t finish books I don’t like. There’s too many good ones out there waiting to be found.

Robin Hobb is the author of three well-received fantasy trilogies: The Farseer Trilogy (Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin, and Assassin’s Quest), The Liveship Traders Trilogy (Ship of Magic, Mad Ship and Ship of Destiny) and the Tawny Man Trilogy (Fool’s Errand, Golden Fool, and Fool’s Fate) Her current work in progress is entitled Shaman’s Crossing. Robin Hobb lives and works in Tacoma, Washington, and has been a professional writer for over 30 years.

In addition to writing, her interests include gardening, mushrooming, and beachcombing. She and her husband Fred have three grown children and one teenager, and three grand-children.

She also writes as Megan Lindholm, and works under that name have been finalists for the Hugo award, the Nebula Award, and the Endeavor award. She has twice won an Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Award.

My thoughts.

Before I begin reviewing the book, I think I should tell you something about how I came into contact with these books and what they mean to me.

I had a pretty rough time growing up and going through puberty. A friend of mine introduced me to fantasy books and the fantasy book store in my town. And soon that fantasy store was something I used to escape to when things got, let’s just say, a bit not good at home. It was a second home from home sort to speak. I soon got to know the owner pretty well and we developed a sort of friendship. Or more like he was there for me when I needed someone to talk to, to cry, and to laugh with and so on.

He was one of the few people that kept me going, kept me sane and introduced me to a whole new world of fantastic books I could escape into when I wasn’t able to visit his shop. I don’t think he ever knew how much he meant to me, or how much he helped me and basically saved me from myself.

Early on he introduced me to the Liveship Traders series by Robin Hobb (the second trilogy in the series) and I absolutely loved them. After reading all three of them, I moved on to the Farseer trilogy and the Tawny Man trilogy as well. After that he unfortunately had to close his shop because of the recession and people ordering cheap books online.

But those books kept me sane, kept me going, kept me fantasizing about writing my own book. Kept me wishing I could live in that world. And I try to reread the series every other year (there are now in total 13 books). And although reading them over and over again reminds me of bad times. It also reminds me of how I have grown and learned over the years. How strong I am today and without that deep dark pit that was puberty for me, I would never be the person I am today, for which I am truly grateful.

That’s why I still keep on buying actual books, besides reading e-books. Because when I look at my bookcase I don’t only see pretty covers and stacks of paper, I also see memories of good and bad times. Things I shared with people now no long in my life. Where I was when reading a book. How I felt at that moment. The story that kept me going.

Each and every book I own has its own personal story. And if you don’t love books, you don’t get it. But for me, my books are more important than a new TV or a shiny laptop. They literally are the story of my life, told by other people. Worlds I escaped in. Where I wasn’t that depressed teenager but a dragon fighter or a magician. A queen of an outstretched world, or a vampire.  I learned about magic, friendship and companions. I learned about bravery and keep on going. I learned about not giving up even though it looked so dark, to just keep on going because there was a reward at the end. That it would get better, maybe not now but soon.

Oh wow, ok, enough personal stuff now. Let’s get on with the review before I start sobbing while writing this. Just one thing, because I started reading these books at the age of around 12-13 I think. I read them all in Dutch, so if I screw up with the translation of names and places I’m sorry for that.

The real review.

Needless to say this series and the books belonging to this series are my all-time favourite fantasy books. So how do you review a book you love so much? That you want to shove it into people’s hands and demand they read it. How to you put into words what this story is about so you can do it justice so people get interested in it to actually read it. How do you explain the story in a few short sentences what the story is about without spoiling it too much?

I don’t think I can’t to be honest. I think if you read the story above about what books and this series means to me should be enough for people to start reading it. I don’t think I can write a proper review and do the book justice.

And although I understand not everyone will love these kinds of fantasy books. I do urge people to read it, if you are a lover of fantasy like I am.

So I think for now this will be my review. A glimpse into my soul and rambling of a booklover. And who knows, maybe in a year or two, when I read the whole series again. I am able to write that review. But for now? Just read it, or not. But this is one of the few books who get a 10 out of 10.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Where to get your own copy:

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The ripple effect by Malorie Blackman, an e-book review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Another Doctor Who 50th anniversary short novel e-book review. This time, the seventh in its series. The ripple effect by Malorie Blackman. Be aware of spoilers.

the ripple effect

About the book:

  • Kindle Edition
  • Author: Malorie Blackman
  • Published July 23rd 2013 by Puffin
  • ASIN: B00B5N35JY
  • edition language: English
  • series: Doctor Who 50th Anniversary E-Shorts #7

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Synopsis according to Goodreads:

When the TARDIS lands on Skaro, the Seventh Doctor and Ace are shocked to discover the planet has become the universal centre of learning, populated by a race of peace-loving Daleks. Ever suspicious of his archenemies’ motives, the Doctor learns of a threat that could literally tear the universe apart…

Eleven Doctors, eleven months, eleven stories: a year-long celebration of Doctor Who! The most exciting names in children’s fiction each create their own unique adventure about the time-travelling Time Lord.

My thoughts:

I loved this one. Again, although I’m not familiar with the seventh Doctor and his companion Ace, it wasn’t hard for me to imagine this story with the newer Doctors and companions I do know. Say like 10 and Rose.

The concept of this story about Skaro being a peace loving planet and the Daleks not evil any more is a brilliant idea and one I hope they turn into an episode if possible.

It has all the good components of a brilliant Doctor Who story, Daleks, Skaro, Time-Lords, paradox, the Tardis. This is one of my favourite Doctor Who short stories so far.

Although, and this is counts for all the other short stories as well. It’s too short. Because of the limited amount of pages you get the feeling the author wanted to tell us much more, explain more and give the story more dept, but instead it feels like a lot of it ended up in the thrash because of the amount of pages, which I think is a shame.

Where to get it:

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Rating:

Oh, a definite 9 out of 10 for this one. I think it’s brilliant!