What I love about this book is that it is not afraid to take the time needed to establish essential relationships, while also being an action-packed, adult story. Sapkowski takes his time explaining why Ciri is unique, why everyone is interested in her; she not made into a "special girl with special powers" she's a person.
Book Review: The Essex Serpent
Once in a while, I'll choose a book without really paying any attention to book blurbs. In the case of The Essex Serpent, it was one of those books I'd noticed in passing on lists over Best Books of 2017. I'd been drawn to the cover in books stores, and at one point I think I must have read the blurb even though when I, on a whim, decided to read it I couldn't remember much about it.
The Discworld Reviews: Wyrd Sisters
Wyrd Sisters begins with the murder of King Varence I by his cousin Duke Felmet, a crime in large planned and orchestrated by the Duke's ambitious wife. During the commotion, a servant manages to escape with the king's infant son. Realizing the danger, the three witches hide the boy with a group of traveling actors trusting that, when the time is right, destiny will bring the rightful king back to Lancre to overthrow the Duke.
My 2018 in books: Last day of the year
At the beginning of 2018, I decided to, once again, sign up for the Goodreads reading challenge. After successfully completing my 2017 goal of reading thirty books I challenged myself to read thirty-six books during 2018. On September 29th, I officially completed the challenge, and I'm ending 2018 with fifty-three books read.
The Witcher Reviews: Sword of Destiny
Sword of Destiny is the second short-story collection in The Witcher Series. As with the previous book, The Last Wish, it provides worldbuilding and hints at things to come. At least two of these stories could be considered prologues to the following novel, Blood of Elves. Together, they provide a backstory that, although not strictly necessary to understand the plot, reading them will give you a much deeper and emotional connection to the characters.
The Discworld Reviews: Sourcery
There was an eighth son of an eighth son. He was, quite naturally, a wizard. And there it should have ended. However (for reasons we'd better not go into), he had seven sons. And then he had an eighth son ... a wizard squared ... a source of magic ... a Sourcerer. Sourcery sees the return of Rincewind and the Luggage as the Discworld faces its greatest - and funniest - challenge yet.
In my bookcase: The World Mythology Series
When it comes to mythology I don't think the stories need to be reworked; depending on the region of origin some of them are thousands of years old, they've already been perfected. Despite their age, they're also both relevant and relatable; in a time long before Youtube Gurus, Instagram Influencers, and Self-Help books, these stories comprised of myths, fables, and allegories all deal with humanity and the human condition.
Happy Mail: Discworld Collectibles
I've always been a collector. Not a serious one, but I like things that remind me of feelings, experiences, or stories I've enjoyed. Considering I've read quite a few Discworld novels this year, it's no surprise that I became curious about what collectibles were available.
The Witcher Reviews: The Last Wish
Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority ... but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He's a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin - his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.
The Witcher Reviews: Introduction
The Witcher video game trilogy is one of my favorite storytelling experiences of all time. I've sunk hundreds, upon hundreds of hours into that world and Geralt of Rivia is more dear to me than most living men. That's why it's so embarrassing to admit, that although I've played all three games numerous times, and own more than one (or twenty) collectible item, I've not given the book series it's based on the attention it deserves.
Book Review: The Gospel of Loki
There was a time I knew the more well-known stories of the Norse mythology by heart and could name all the major characters. Today, I've forgotten a lot, but my love for the stories have remained, even grown as I've become older and understand them better.
What I’m Playing: Firewatch
As an avid gamer, I believe that a really good video game is equal to a well-written book. Through many of the games I've played, I've gone on adventures in compelling worlds and developed bonds with characters that are stronger and more long-lasting than many of my favorite literary characters.
The Discworld Reviews: Mort
"“I? KILL? said Death, obviously offended. CERTAINLY NOT. PEOPLE GET KILLED, BUT THAT'S THEIR BUSINESS. I JUST TAKE OVER FROM THEN ON. AFTER ALL, IT'D BE A BLOODY STUPID WORLD IF PEOPLE GOT KILLED WITHOUT DYING, WOULDN'T IT?”
My 2018 in Books: Six-month update
As you might (or might not) know, I signed up for the Goodreads reading challenge at the beginning of the year, pledging to read thirty-six books. You can read more about that in THIS post. We’re now in June, at the six-month mark, and I’ve so far read twenty-two books. Considering I’ve also been a full-time student and thus have read thousands of pages of exciting titles like Empires in world history: power and the politics of difference, or Agriculture in world history, I feel quite happy. Those twenty-two books are ones I’ve read after finishing all that required reading. Thank god for audio books.
The Wheel of Time Reviews: The Dragon Reborn
I concluded my review of the previous book, The Great Hunt feeling optimistic. I felt energized, believing that after a fifteen hundred page introduction and “setting the scene” the story was now finally kicking off. I was wrong.
Happy Mail: Discworld Novels
So, really, I don't think I should be blamed for needing a little pick-me-up. That pick-me-up came in the form of an additional five titles in the Discworld Library Edition
The Wheel of Time Reviews: The Great Hunt
The Forsaken are loose, the Horn of Valere has been found, and the Dead are rising from their dreamless sleep. The Prophecies are being fulfilled - but Rand al'Thor, the shepherd the Aes Sedai have proclaimed as the Dragon Reborn, desperately seeks to escape his destiny.
The Discworld Reviews: Equal Rites
There are some situations where the correct response is to display the sort of ignorance which happily and wilfully flies in the face of the facts. In this case, the birth of a baby girl, born a wizard – by mistake. Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a female wizard. But now it’s gone and happened, there’s nothing much anyone can do about it. Let the battle of the sexes begin…
The Wheel of Time Reviews: The Eye of the World
This was, without a doubt, one of the most frustrating reads of my entire life! I can say, with absolute certainty, that had it not been for the audiobook I would never have finished it; I would have thrown it into the nearest wall and never picked it back up again.
The Wheel of Time Reviews: Introduction
I wasn’t going to do an introductory post to this series because honestly, I’m still not sure I will read the whole thing. But, then I began an outline for the reviews of the two books I've read so far, and it just got out of hand. So here I am, writing this introduction. It’s for the best; no one wants to read a 10K book review.
The Discworld Reviews: The Color of Magic & The Light Fantastic
The story begins in the city of Ankh-Morpork just as it's inhabitants are about to experience something new and unfamiliar, a tourist.
The Discworld Reviews: Introduction
I thought it would be fun to share my journey through this universe by reviewing the books as I go.
Archiving My FanFiction
I love when people enjoy my writing. It's wonderful to receive your feedback and see you recommend my stories on other platforms. With that said, as the author, it's my exclusive right to choose where my stories are posted and archived. The only place I post and archive my stories are at AO3 … Continue reading Archiving My FanFiction
Procrastination they name is writer
Isn't it weird that even when you love to do something you end up procrastinating? I love writing; I love the buzz in my head from all the people and plots that swirl around in there, bouncing off the inside of my skull. Sometimes it feels so busy it's like I can't concentrate on anything … Continue reading Procrastination they name is writer
About Fandom and the True Meaning of Comments
Alright, so there's been discussions about fandom and getting back to our roots and LJ and I'm always waving my flag saying I miss the old LJ. Well, I can't well be all loud about it and then do nothing myself keeping this journal quiet. So, here's my thoughts on fandom, LJ and commenting. Just … Continue reading About Fandom and the True Meaning of Comments
Bitching About Big Bang and Some Other Stuff
Well, I've turned in a first draft! There will be a story! A damn monster of a story, I don't know what happened, or how anyone is going to be patient enough to read all 75-80.000 (depending on how the rewrite goes) words of it... but I did it! London was good and bad, bad … Continue reading Bitching About Big Bang and Some Other Stuff
Reclaiming My Self
I'm sitting at the airport terminal in Visby ready to start my trip to London. Last time I was here was eight months ago when I in a panic was traveling up to the hospital in Stockholm where my mother laid dying. It's a strange feeling, having to continously "take back" places from my last … Continue reading Reclaiming My Self
Happy birthday to me
Thank you everyone for your lovely birthday wishes! I really appreciate them. Especially this year. I've kept busy since I woke up this morning, but now the cakes I've baked have been eaten, the apartment is spotless and all the guests have left. So, I'm sitting here bawling my eye's out because there's nothing more … Continue reading Happy birthday to me
Taking it easy is not as easy as it sounds…
Talking it easy is exhausting! Remember how I said I was quitting my job and giving myself some time off to just try and make sense of life again, resting a bit after the hellish year I've had. It's not very soothing, which might be because I'm not actually taking it easy. I've decided to … Continue reading Taking it easy is not as easy as it sounds…
Get a hobby?!
You know what I hate, when people tell me maybe I could get a hobby now when I'm not working nights anymore. I don't think people who are not into tv-shows and fandom realize just how much hard work and dedication it takes... During my mother's illness and the first few months after he death … Continue reading Get a hobby?!
Ugh, I'm so sick of Cancer, so damn sick of it. It's just everywhere, all the time. Bowie, Rickman, MY MOM - I just want to scream. Stupid Cancer! And then I feel guilty. Guilty because I'm so sick of it and I don't want to hear about it. We just had one of those … Continue reading Cancer
So Christmas happened
A big Thank You to for the lovely Christmas Card! Christmas came this year as well. It's strange how everything just continues, or of course it isn't. The world obvioulsy keeps turning even though my mother died - but to me it still feels like it should.Christmas was such an important holiday to us, and … Continue reading So Christmas happened
How do you feel about crossovers? I'm not so sure my self... In some cases I understand and like them, when it's in the same universe like Arrow and the Flash or TvD and The originals, I get it, but I don't like when they over use it. It's like with Arrow and the Flash. … Continue reading Crossovers hmmm….
Handling grief – fandome style
I want to start by thanking those of you who's commented on my two previous posts about my mother I have not had it in me to reply, but I need you to know I read them all over and over and they are very much appreciated! I've been in a constant state of limbo since … Continue reading Handling grief – fandome style
The nature of grief
So, here I am, roughly a month after the doctors told my mother she was now officially symptom free, two weeks after she died and the day before the first out of three funerals I have to get through. For those who have missed it, which is very easy to do when you look at … Continue reading The nature of grief
Mom is Dying
My mothers lying in a hospital room, there were tumors in her brain we didn't know about. They're bleeding. She's never going to wake up again. Any minuter now she's going to die I don't know what to do.
My mom is now offically declared symptom free - for now it seems that she's defied the odds and kicked some tumor ass. I'm happy, and exhusted and completly emotionally dained. It's a strange feeling though, now we have to live our life in 3 months at a time,3 months between every check-up, 3 months peace … Continue reading Symptom free
2015 just end already!
So started the morning with an emergancy visit to the dentist drilling and rinsing an extreamly inflamed tooth and the best part was that because of the severity of the inflammation the anasthesia didn't take YAY!!! Good Times!!! Then while visiting my mom who has cancer I had to send her mother to the hospital. … Continue reading 2015 just end already!
So two years…
My mom has cancer... Nice huh, it's been two years since I posted a single word here and that's what I start with. Not hi guy's how are you? How's your life, does anyone around here still remember me. No, I'll just open with: my mom has cancer. I can't help but wonder when two … Continue reading So two years…
A few thoughts... 1. Dear snow, fuck off! I'm so over you now. I mean there's been a lot of you since early November and it doesn't look like you're planning on going anywhere, instead you just keep on falling... enough already! 2. The pope has resigned *gasp* oh no however will we manage without … Continue reading The Pope
Happy New Years 2013
Hi! First a late but very grateful thanks for my lovely v-pressies! It's that time of year again - yes I'm late as usual but as usual I worked like crazy all over new years eve and new year's day and beyond, this year I managed extremely well and was able to squeeze in 73 … Continue reading Happy New Years 2013
Fuck Your Guns
Dear America, My heart bleeds for all those affected by today's horrific shootings in Connecticut. My question is this... How many more children are going to have to die before you understand that not everyone should have the right to own a gun? And yes, people kill people I know that, but it is a … Continue reading Fuck Your Guns
Hi *waves* I'M FREE!!! No this journal is not quite dead, it's just been not so much prioritized for a long time now. Basically for a year, which is about the time I've been at, from today, my former job. My work life has been at the centre of this journal for a long time … Continue reading Freedom
Hi, Ehm yeah so not really here, work is I want to say shit but it's not true it's just been difficult for too long and now I'm just exhusted and compleatly draind, can't seam to reload. So I have to fix that, I am fixing that but it's still a while before I can … Continue reading Tired
Hi guy's, I'm not dead, and I'm not ignoring you but almost out of the blue I've had some incredible good luck and managed to grab myself an apartment. If you knew how bad the rental market is in Stockholm you'd understand the awesomeness off the situation, let's put it like this, I've been looking … Continue reading Moving Time
I've been thinking about this for a while, or more so reflecting on it. I've never been big on movies, the only time I'm really excited has been for the LOTR movies and other BIG productions like those. But I've still enjoyed watching movies even though I've always preferred tv-shows. But movies has always been … Continue reading BIG TV
Five months later…
Ok, so where do you start when you've not updated for like 5 months? Let's just do cliff notes shall we. Spoilers for pretty much every show on tv under the cut So, I'm thirty I've been thirty years old for almost three months. Not really freaking out, only about certain things like still not … Continue reading Five months later…
No More Walks in the Rain
I can't really explain how today has felt, if you've ever had a dog in the house you'll understand. How climbing out of bed and walking towards the bathroom you suddenly come to stop right at the place where he normal would lie at that time of day and where you without really being awake … Continue reading No More Walks in the Rain
Good by to you my trusted friend…
Zeb 13 December 1999 - 21 February 2012 Sleep well my love. This journal is now in mourning, I've just come back from the vet. It was without a doubt the right decision for him but I'm absolutely gutted. We took the decision on Friday and I've been in a haze of dread and sorrow … Continue reading Good by to you my trusted friend…
2012 better late then never
I don't know how I always manage to get so behind on my posting that when I actually sit down to do it it's like trying to write a novel... so I'll just try and do it a bit at the time. So this is my new years eve post... a bit late but anyway … Continue reading 2012 better late then never