Nov 20, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Charlie had commandeered my book basket, and is not the least bit repentant.

Nov 19, 2015 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: THE FANGIRL’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Sam Maggs

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

I was quite looking forward to this one. I always really enjoy reading new takes on how women interact with pop culture, and anything that will help younger women navigate often-treacherous waters is very okay with me. It can be a really scary world out there.

Unfortunately, this is not that book. Far from being the “ultimate handbook”, it’s a very superficial look at what it takes to be a “fangirl”, perpetuating the squeeing-teenage-girl stereotype the whole way through. It’s filled with so much gushing and net-speak that I found myself glossing over many sections, and while there’s some great advice on how to deal with trolls, there’s a lot of emphasis on having the right swag and going to the right events.

I did enjoy the interviews at the end, their content was a lot more in line with what I was expecting from the whole book. There’s also a nice section with recommendations and resources that many will find helpful.

Overall though, this was not worth the time, you’ll find better content scattered around the internet, if you take the time to look for it.

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nov 18, 2015 - Waiting on Wednesdays    No Comments

Waiting on Wednesday

Tyen is teaching mechanical magic at a school respected throughout the worlds. News arrives that the formidable ruler of all worlds, long believed to be dead, is back and enforcing his old laws – including the one forbidding schools of magic. As teachers and students flee, Tyen is left with no home and no purpose… except the promise he made to Vella, the sorcerer imprisoned in a book. Tyen must decide what he is willing to do to free her.

After five years among the tapestry weavers of Schpeta, Rielle’s peaceful new life has been shattered by a local war. As defeat looms, the powerful Angel of Storms appears and invites Rielle to join the artisans of his celestial realm. But what will he require in return for this extraordinary offer?

I confess, I haven’t read book one yet, but it is sitting on the shelf waiting to go! Trudi Canavan is one of my all time favourite authors, and I have no doubt that this will be another kickass book. 

Release Date: 12th November 2015

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Nov 16, 2015 - BookCat    No Comments

Charlie says the best pillow is made up of a sewing kit and Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan.

Nov 14, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Today’s crafting adventure. I have a crocheted frame for it, just need to stuff it. I plan on making a few more of these (2 Hufflepuffs and a Gryffindor) for birthday/Christmas presents, and a Ravenclaw one for me.

Nov 12, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Photos are terrible, but this is how I’ve spent most of my day. Some are already bookmarked (!) for people, but if there’s any interest, I’ll list the rest on etsy. I think they’d make cute secret santa gifts. 

I have a few other colours and combinations, and I have plans for Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff themed pom poms and flowers (and other flower designs, if I can make them work out).

Nov 11, 2015 - Waiting on Wednesdays    No Comments

Waiting on Wednesday

After years spent struggling to balance her desires with her responsibilities, Elspeth Gordie has fully embraced her role as the Seeker. Battle-scarred and lovelorn, haunted by memories of her beloved Rushton, Elspeth is not prepared for what she finds at the end of the black road she travels: the Compound, a lost community with a startling secret. As Elspeth strives against her captors, she learns that Rushton and her friends have fallen into the hands of the deadly slavemasters that rule the Red Land. And worst of all, as Elspeth stumbles, the Destroyer creeps ever closer to his goal: awakening the cataclysmically destructive weaponmachines that Elspeth has been charged with stopping. 

Has all her sacrifice been in vain?

I cannot even begin to describe how badly I need to read this book. I started this series ~17 years ago, and it has been a long (and sometimes painful) wait. This series was published a couple of years after I was born though, so some people have had a much longer wait than I have! Either way, it’s great to finally see the last book ready to go. 

Release Date: 12th November 2015

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Nov 5, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Also thrilled by @the-yachronicles Volume 2 arriving yesterday!

The Timeless Hearts melts smell good enough to eat, I’ve been spinning the time turner all day trying to squeeze a few more hours out, and I’m too scared to muck up the beautiful TARDIS journal! 

Most importantly though, I’m really looking forward to reading The Next Together. I confess it’s not something I would have chosen for myself without a nudge, but consider me well and truly nudged! 

Nov 5, 2015 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Finally had a chance to take a photo of my #ninjabookswap parcels! 

Thank you Ruth, I foresee many hours of reading and a lovely scarf in my future!

Waiting on Wednesday

An exiled captain returns to help the son of the king who died under his protection in this rich and multi-layered first book in an action-packed new series.

Twenty two years have passed since Kellas, once Captain of the legendary Black Wolves, lost his King and with him his honor. With the King murdered and the Black Wolves disbanded, Kellas lives as an exile far from the palace he once guarded with his life.

Until Marshal Dannarah, sister to the dead King, comes to him with a plea-rejoin the palace guard and save her nephew, King Jehosh, before he meets his father’s fate. 

I am a huge fan of Kate Elliott’s work, she has such a way with words and how she tells a story that I simply haven’t found anywhere else. It’s an understatement to say that I am really looking forward to this! 

Release Date: 3rd November 2015

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