Rotterdam Book fair!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. For a couple of years now I wanted to go to the book fair in Rotterdam, but usually I either just miss it or don’t have enough cash. This time I made sure I didn’t forget and had enough spending money.

So on the last day of the 4 day book fair I went to Rotterdam to go hunt down some books, without really knowing what to expect.

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It was epic! It turned out it was an enormous hall filled with long tables of endless rows of books. No independent market salesmen just everything in one big heap so no haggling on prices or anything. They advertised books were at a maximum of 90% discount and all new!

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Some books were a bit damaged but I don’t mind.

At the entrance you could get a little book trolley to carry all the books around with you. I must say, they had a lot of books. Unfortunately, most of them were in Dutch. Now I don’t mind buying some books in Dutch to get a collection complete, but I do want the majority of my books in English. And I don’t know who was responsible for dividing the books into genres because all the sci-fi and fantasy books were under romance and thriller novels.

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I am very serious about my books. You don’t mix and match, you give them a proper place.

When I entered, one of the first books I saw was the biography of Roald Dahl. Since that book came out it 2010 it has been on my ‘I need this book in my collection and want to read it.’ But the price was very steep. And every time I bought new books I looked at it and still was too expensive. Until now… 5.99 in euros! It was the first book to go in my trolley. And I have already start reading it.

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I browsed the Dutch books and stumbled upon a book from my childhood. It was a series of books and I own just one of them “Tiny is ziek” translated Tiny is sick. For some twisted reason I really loved it. And now I found a second book “Tiny ziet spoken” or Tiny sees ghosts. I had to have it. Yay, second book found. The young adult section had many good books I wanted, but all in Dutch so I let them be. (Be still my crying heart).

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I did however found another Robin Hobb book I didn’t own yet. The second book in a series I already have in Dutch so I added it. Making three books now in my trolley. I loved the trolley and wanted to take it home with me. My own personal book trolley. Can I have it please?

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Finally I stumbled upon the English novels. Because it was just two tables, no genres specified I really had to dig through them to find some gems and I did. I added Dawn of the Dreadfulls, the prequel to pride and prejudice and zombies (epic, epic book) and Android Karenina (really looking forward to reading that one.)

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I also found a cheap vampire novel which looks interesting enough for just 1.99. And I found Wild Thyme beyond, a book that came recommended by Russel T. Davies, so of course it ended up in my book trolley as well.

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The next time the book fair is close by I’m going again, although I won’t wait until the last day. I seriously think I missed out on loads of good books. But I did ok and am really happy about my book haul which ended up costing me 23 euros!

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Do you go to book fairs or book markets? Do you love discount books or always pay full price?

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!

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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.

Fangirling over a new book.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Today a quick post about myself and fangirling over a new book, a specific book to be precise. I’m talking about the new book written by Robin Hobb, Fool’s Assassin.

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Robin Hobb is my all-time favourite fantasy author. I’ve been reading her books about 15/20 years. And wow, that’s a really long time. I’ll give you a shortcut to one of my other blog posts I wrote about her and her books to give you an idea what they mean to me: farseer trilogy

I know I used a Dutch cover picture in that review, but that’s because I used to read the books in Dutch. You can’t expect a 10 year old to read English that well.

But enough about that. Me fangirling. I love books, I buy books, I devour books. There isn’t a single room in my house without books and that includes the toilet and bath chamber. I have my book cases but there are still stacks of books everywhere. I usually read several books at the same time.

Sometimes because I can’t hold interest in a particular book for too long, but I still want to read it. Sometimes because I’m listening to the audiobook, but sometimes because it’s too heavy to take the actual book with me. And sometimes because I want to keep the actual book clean and neat, usually because it’s autographed.

A couple of days before my latest trip to London, my all-time favourite author, Robin Hobb, did a book signing at Forbidden Planet (together with George R.R. Martin) and as usual I missed it with a couple of days. But from prior experience I know Forbidden Planet sells autographed copies after the signing. So one of my missions was to get my hands on a signed copy.

Traveling through London I saw huge posters hanging at tube stations, mentioning Robin Hobb’s new book and it couldn’t have made me prouder and more ecstatic.

And finally I got the time to visit Forbidden Planet and get my hands on that book. It made me feel a bit like Gollum. He, the book is all golden and shiny and it’s my precious… (Admit it, you read that in Gollum’s voice, hell I wrote it down in Gollum’s voice).

Now the thing is, I didn’t immediately started reading it. I was still traveling and as I said before I want some books kept neat. It landed between a good stack of clothes in my suitcase, waiting for me to get home.

But arriving home, still I didn’t immediately started reading it. And there’s a reason for that. I read fast, really really fast. The upside is I can read a lot in a small amount of time, the downside… well, the story finishes too early for me. Until a couple of days ago I couldn’t contain myself any longer and I took my beautiful hardcover copy of Fool’s Assassin to bed with me. Yeah I read a lot of my books either travelling or in bed before I go to sleep.

And I only read the first couple of chapters, but I missed Fitz and the Fool and Molly and Burrich and all my favourite characters. Although it’s a bit adjusting because of all the names (like I said, I’m used to read these books in Dutch) I now can hardly wait to read another chapter before sleeping and I find myself waiting until a decent time to go to bed.

I hope many more books will be written in this particular series and I hope some of you who aren’t familiar with this series will pick it up and start reading it from the start. You won’t be disappointed.

Ok, is it 10 pm yet? Can I go to bed now to read another chapter?

What are your reading habits, do you geek out or fangirl over a long anticipated book by your favourite author. Have you read the books written by Robin Hobb? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Hot cute girly geek (and mum) went to London.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Although I have been back for a couple of weeks now, I still want to tell you about my epic trip to London. Because I changed jobs and had a shitload of holiday days left at my old job I was able to book a pretty much last minute vacation to London.

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It happened that my mum had some holiday days left as well and we decided to go together. It’s been a couple of years that we went together on a holiday and we both love London.

Now, the thing is we don’t have the same interest. We do however share a couple of things we wanted to do together. For instance, I love going to a theatre, visit museums, spend half my day in Forbidden planet, while my mum basically loves shopping, which I hate. We do share a love of Doctor Who and Sherlock, although I’m a bit more passionate about it then she is.

We booked a hotel and train tickets and it also happened to coincide with my best friend’s trip to London with Theta, and of course we planned a quick get together.

After getting up really early on Thursday my mum and I boarded the train which took us from our home town to Rotterdam and from Rotterdam to Brussels and our final train to London. I love traveling by train, basically because I hate flying, but also about the no weight restriction and I always, always take extra stuff with me from London.

We tried booking into our hotel near Paddington station, but unfortunately the rooms wouldn’t be available for another half hour. So to Costa we went. I love Costa, I survive on Costa, and I need Costa in the Netherlands. Screw Starbucks with overpriced fancy coffees, I want a ridiculous large tea and chocolate goodies please!

I won’t bore you with the details but our first plan was already made, Covent Garden! And I had a particular mission in mind. In 2012 I met a guy who had a Doctor Who stall at Covent Garden and he was so nice to me, we chatted about Doctor Who, gave me huge discounts and was interested in a charm bracelet I made. I went back a year later, but he wasn’t there and I learned his stall isn’t open in the weekends. At that time I brought an Adipose I made for him with me and dropped it at the store he was affiliated with. This time I did find him and asked about the Adipose and he actually got it! He was so happy that he could thank me for it. But I also had a little sneaky plan. I brought with me some hats I knitted and he is interested. I’m currently waiting for a reply about actually selling my hats in his store. Oh and I bought some epic pictures for my wall.

We went to Leicester square to see if I could get tickets for Doctor Who, but it was sold out. I found another cinema which did had tickets and I went to the theatre to get a ticket for Richard III. It was sold out, but they told me they would release 7 tickets the next morning for a reduced price at 10 am.

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We were both pretty much knackered and decided to turn in early. On Friday I got up early to wait for a chance to get a ticket for Richard III. I got at the theatre around 8.30 and Just 1 guy was waiting for tickets as well. I had a pretty nice wait with this Scotsman and we talked about theatre, Doctor Who, museums and traveling. Luckily we both got tickets since we were 1 and 2 in line.

My mum and I planned on a visit to the Tower of London. We both wanted to see the poppy flowers they ‘planted’ there to remember the victims from the First World War and the Tower has always been on my list of things to see. It turned out to be a bust. For some reason I felt a bit unwell (actually a lot) and I didn’t see much.

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In the afternoon a trip to Forbidden Planet was on the menu and although my mum liked it, she pretty much found the only empty chair in the store to sit and wait for me geeking around and piling her lap with all the goodies I wanted to buy. Amongst others a signed book by one of my all-time favourite fantasy writers Robin Hobb!

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After a quick rest and a quick dinner I went to see Richard III. Wow, amazing, epic, brilliant, wonderful, molto bene! I will be doing a separate post about this play otherwise this one would be too long. But I loved every minute about it and I was amazed and blown away by the performance of Martin Freeman and his fellow cast members. Unfortunately he didn’t do any signings that night, but I did see him up close.

Saturday morning, Theta!!! What better way to meet up with your bestie in London is at Speedy’s cafe! We geeked out, including squealing and extensive hugging, much to the amusement of the staff hiding in the kitchen cheering us on. We exchanged presents, had a wonderful breakfast and took some geeky pics!

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We had some shopping planned and I got news that there was a Tardis at Parliaments square. Unfortunately I was too late, but Theta had planned a trip to Leicester square and texted me about the Tardis standing there. I left my mum to her shopping and rushed over to take some epic pics with the Tardis and a Dalek. I met a fangirling mum and daughter who loved my bag and I even leant her my sonic screwdriver to take some pictures.

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I made a quick stop at Waterstones Oxford Street to buy yet more books and we enjoyed an early pub dinner so we were on time to see Doctor Who at the cinema! It was amazing to share it with fellow fans including the buzzing of several sonic screwdrivers and such.DSC_0255 And no Doctor Who episode is complete without Jelly Babies!

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Sunday we planned a trip to Camden market. I’ve never been there and I heard it was pretty amazing, and it was. I found a cyber-shop who had the most amazing Matrix t-shirt, which was unfortunately way out of my price range, but I did manage to buy a new Sherlock shirt.

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I also got to introduce my mum to Byron burgers. I love Byron burgers, and now she does as well.

Monday was our last day and since we would be leaving after lunch my mum wanted to do some more shopping and I went to the National History museum. Note to self, not a good idea on a bank holiday. I really loved it, but boy was it crowded.

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We ended our 5 day London trip the only way you can, with an afternoon tea!

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And that was it. Of course I did way more things than I described, and I saw more epic things, and I’m already looking forward to going back in December. I miss London already.

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy (and mum).

52/52/52 challenge, January progress.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. My 52/52/52 challenge, how is it coming along? Well, here’s the update from my first month:

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Movies:

  • Sherlock season 2, episode one: a Scandal in Belgravia
  • Sherlock season 2, episode two: the Hound of Baskerville
  • Sherlock season 2, episode three: Reichenbach Falls
  • Sherlock season 3, episode 1: the Empty Hearse
  • The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug
  • How to train your Dragon
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Sherlock season 3, episode 2: the sign of three
  • Frozen
  • Monsters University
  • Monsters Inc
  • Sherlock season 3, episode 3: His last Vow
  • Supernatural season 7
  • Supernatural season 8
  • The hunger games catching fire
  • Thor: the dark world

Yes I am counting the Sherlock episodes as 1 movie, come one, they’re an hour and a half long and even the creators say each episode is a movie on its own. So there you have it!

Books:

  • How to train your dragon 1, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant.
  • How to train your dragon 2: How to be a pirate, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant.
  • The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
  • Liveship Traders 2:  the Mad Ship, by Robin Hobb

I didn’t read as many books as I wanted, and if you count accurately, I only read two. Been too busy and too tired to read a lot. I hope I can make February a bit more bookish. But since I’m travelling a lot more for work again, I’m positive I can pick up my reading to make a serious dent in my 52 books a year challenge.

Where I used to read a lot in my spare time, it doesn’t distract me as it used to be. I don’t know if it has anything to do with me getting older, but it’s like I can’t seem to find the peace to sit down and read. I need to be busy, so that’s why I basically only read before bed and during travelling. The rest of the time I’m too fidgety as it where to do anything else.

I mean, even when I watch TV I’m doing something else simultaneously, like knitting, or writing or whatever. But this is what I did last month. God, I watch a lot of TV. Hihi, but it’s my relax moment after work and I happily watch a couple of episodes of a series per night. By the looks of my list so far I would have bigger trouble getting to finish my reading challenge then my movie watching challenge.

How are your challenges coming along? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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.

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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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Top 10 on Thursday, top 10 fantasy books/book series I love

Hi hot cute girly and boy geeks of mine.

It’s Thursday again, and that means another list. This time a list of fantasy books or series I love.

10 LonTobyn Chronicles by David B. Coe:  A lovely trilogy about magicians with hawks and owls trying to rule their country and help their people.

09 The Lord of the Rings (and the hobbit) by J.R.R. Tolkien: If I have to explain these books, you have been living under a rock.

08 The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling: Same goes for the Harry Potter books. If you haven’t read them yet, please put your life on hold and buy the books and read them!

07 Watch tetralogy by Sergey Lukyanenko: not sure if this qualifies as fantasy, but a great serie of novels by a Russian author about the always ongoing war between good and evil.

06 The Kingkiller chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss: little strange, these books but it’s about the autobiography of Kvothe (fictional character ofcourse) and his travels as an adventurer, arcanist, and famous musician

05 The Sevenwaters trilogy by Juliet Marilier: This isn’t a trilogy anymore, but it’s the story of the fairytale “the six swans” and I just read them over and over again.

04 Wolfking by Bridget Wood: Amazing, disturbing, sexy, hot, crazy story based upon Irish mythology. And I mean that! The hill of Tara and the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) can still be found in Ireland and I have been there.

03 The Farseer trilogy, Liveship traders trilogy, the Tawny Man trilogy, the Rain Wilds trilogy by Robin Hobb: I love almost all books by Robin Hobb. The fact that all these trilogies make one big story is amazing, but you can also read them as just separate trilogies. I love books about dragons and I highly recommend you start reading those books!

 

02 Kushiels Legacy by Jacqueline Carey: Sexy, politically based fantasy books about a prostitute with a kinky French edge. An absolute must read. Also infused with some Celtic mythology.

01 The Passage by Justin Cronin: Ok I cheated with this one. Not really a fantasy book, but more a post apocalyptic story with vampires. I don’t scare easy, but this book gave me a lot of nightmares when I was reading it. I’m still debating on whether to read it a second time, just because of the nightmares, but it was an awesome book

I hope you pick up some of these suggestions, oh and some of the pictures are the Dutch covers, because I think they look prettier.

Love, your hot cute girly geek, Mendy.