Hello everybody!! 

I have now finished Eragon, as discussed in my last post, making that book 1 of my 35 challenge for this year!! 

Looking back at what I discussed in my last post I stand by what I said about the book. One thing I will add, the ending to Eragon was not what I would have predicted at all!! It was pretty odds on he’d manage to save Arya within a hairs breadth of death, but the final battle?! Wow. Not what I would have anticipated at all. So to those that say books of the Fantasy genre are predictable… Wrong! 

Eh hem. Okay… Excited rant over. I also wanted to share with you that over the past few days I have made myself a TBR (or To Be Read) jar!! I chose a pretty big jar so it doesn’t look like I have many, but I’ve had to compromise a little, especially when factoring in reading a series. The Inheritance Cycle series I’ve written the books in separately. Of course if I pull the books out in the wrong order I’ll just read the next in the series. The biggest series I’m planning to read is year, or at least make good headway on is Terry Prachett’s Discworld series. With that I’ve just put a ticket in saying “next Discworld” – just to avoid complications. 

I used my TBR jar for the first time the other day, and pulled out Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan. I bought the book on Kindle back in August, but I discovered angrily when I tried to read it there’s a problem with my download of it. I tried re-downloading it but it still won’t load anything but the first page. It’s silly really, because I can download and read it on my iPhone no problem. So I’ll be contacting Amazon about that. In the mean time I’ve been reading The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss. 

It’s an interesting book. Though not part of the main series involving Kvothe it so far gives a lot of insight into the life of Auri, who Kvothe meets at the University. What amazes me is the description and depth of detail Rothfuss goes into when describing the “Underthing” as Auri names it. To those who don’t know, Auri lives under the University in a series of old rooms and passages, all aptly named to Auri’s mind, as she insists things must be done “the proper way”. To an outsider, she is a very bizarre character. Almost delusional in fact. But then, if you were living in near total darkness with only a weekly visit from a friend, a firefly for a friend and light (named Foxen) and nothing to do all day but explore, what would you expect? I won’t give away anymore. But I’m approximately 50% through after two evenings reading and I’m really enjoying it. 

I’m glad Rothfuss out his foreword in. He says, if you want a continuation of Kvothe’s story, don’t read the book, which he implies the phrase was included much to his editor’s annoyance. But it’s honest. Fans don’t want to be disappointed, so to be upfront, it avoids that. Though I don’t understand why fans WOULDN’T want to read the book… 

So that’s me so far 🙂 once I finish TSROST by Rothfuss I can hopefully start Priestess of the White. If not, well, back to the jar until I can! 

Until next time… Happy reading!! 🙂  


Eragon – The Inheritance Cycle 

So I’m on Book 1 of the 35 books I’ve set as my challenge (for some reason it’s registering it as the second, as I listed finishing A Dance with Dragons right at the beginning of the year, but I don’t count it as I read the majority in November-December). I didn’t want to be too optimistic so I’ve set 35 as a reasonable figure but I hope to beat it. For my first book I’ve chosen to revisit the first book in the Inheritance Cycle series.

I’m currently about 40% through the book having been reading it for a few days. I initially started the book when I was at school a couple of years ago, but I don’t remember finishing the book and I certainly haven’t read any further into the series, so I decided to go back to it.

On reading a couple of reviews on Goodreads when I was starting the book I was remarkably surprised to see as many poor reviews as I did. One review in particular I read essentially slated the book because it had every aspect a fantasy novel does. A naïve hero that goes on to be world changing. An adventure, dragons, names with apostrophes etc…You get my drift. I have to say it’s my opinion you can’t rate a book based solely on that. That entirely detracts from the story and the characters.

I can see why it’s necessary. How can somebody grow to be extraordinary when living an very ordinary life? We all change based on our experiences. If I didn’t study Performing Arts through school I probably won’t have as much confidence as I do today, further still if I hadn’t got a job where I have, where I am comfortable with everybody with different age ranges yet I can still joke with the boss. These are reasonably mundane things, but they make a difference. In comparison, how can a hero destined to save the world grow into their full powers labouring on a farm, or stacking shelves? The fact is, it’s not going to happen. They have to be pressured, stretch beyond their perceived limits in order to change.

I guess I like the diversity within the Fantasy genre. Yes, some stick within the genre and use many of its typical traits (I’m sure this has a specific word, but I’m racking my brain and can’t  find it. You know what I mean I hope). Then there’s those that broaden the horizons and introduce new themes to the genre. They have certain things in common that are more standard within the genre, and other things not. There are many different types of Fantasy novels, urban Fantasy, epic fantasy (my overall favourite at the moment) just to name a couple. For me appreciating the genre is appreciating the similarities and differences alike. In comparison consider the Romance genre. To me, disliking Fantasy because it is “cliché” – (to use this reviewers words) is like saying one dislikes Romance novels because people always end up falling in love and living happily ever after. 

You see my point..? 

Once I’ve finished the book I’ll follow with my full thoughts, and any thoughts or comments to this post anyone leaves (PLEASE DO!!) I will discuss then. 

In the mean time… Happy reading! 

My Novel idea

Happy New Year everybody!! 

This is my first post of the New Year, and I thought I would tell you a little about my novel idea. It’s only fair, as that is a part of the purpose of this blog. My ultimate goal is to publish, but in order to do that I am broadening my horizons, obtaining new ideas on not only plot lines, but also in the style of writing etc. 

So my novel is being written in the third person and will be written from many characters perspectives. I don’t know what it is, but I dislike writing written from the first person. It has its place, by all means, but I find it awfully biased and when incorporating many different characters and their identities I cannot delve too deep into each individual. At least not at this drafting stage. 

I’ll give you a loose idea of a plot. The details aren’t concrete yet and equally likely they may change slightly so I’ll only give you a brief overview. My novel is of a fantasy setting based in something similar to medieval times, and centres around the activities of a structured criminal organisation during a period of war and unrest. This organisation has secret links to the government which is ultimately overthrown for being corrupted. The novel then concentrates on the adaptations the organisation has to make and the dangers it faces etc. 

I won’t go into anymore detail than that. But at least you know what I’m working towards. 

A lot of my inspiration has come from other novels, namely Game of Thrones and also the Broken Empire series, Which centres around the life of a troublesome prince with an agenda to prove he is not the boy his father thinks he is. I have also taken some inspiration from the Gaming industry. One particular game I highly regard is the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I have played I shamelessly admit a couple of hundred hours on this game, and in particular my inspiration comes from the city called Riften. 

To those that have not played the game Riften is a shady city, which you learn as soon as you arrive. The Thieves Guild reside in the sewers and it is generally plagued by misfortune. If you play the Imperial/Stormcloak war quest line war also touches the city. 

I have also begun playing Assassin’s Creed, which I may find some inspiration from, but we’ll see. I shall post my thoughts on this in due course when I have advanced further in the game! 

So that is my novel idea and the inspirations that lead me there. If anybody has any book ideas to read based on that or any thoughts on my idea please comment below; I’d love to hear from you! 

New Year Resolutions 

It’s the time of year when people start thinking about their New Year Resolutions. 

I’m going to lose weight! 

says my sister. I can’t recall how many years she has churned this one out. 

Mum uses that one too. Another involves the cleanliness of the house or resolving to have some room or another redecorated. 

I’ve tried resolutions before. 

I’m going to keep a diary! 

I’ll stop biting my nails

I’m going to lose weight

Yes folks, I’ve tried that too. And yes, I did manage to lose weight. I just have a notorious habit of finding it again once I’ve lost it, plus a few extra. 

I think the only one I’ve really kept is to stop biting my nails. It’s an awful habit I used to be into. Actually I am quite proud of my nails now. I have them painted all sparkly for the festive season 🙂 

Anyway the point is, I can’t keep New Year’s resolutions. To those that can, hats off to you! But I can’t. 

That doesn’t mean I don’t have any goals in mind for the future, but I like to just see how I go. There’s something about putting a goal on paper, in someone’s ear or on the Internet that just makes a flip switch in my head. Maybe it’s the fear that I can’t fulfil it for the whole year. I don’t know. 

If I make a goal it has to start off generic, like, I want to make progress on the novel I’m writing. That in itself is enough. The development of the project then motivates me from there. I hated at school the targets they made you set. Here called SMART targets. 

Specific, Measurable , Achievable , Realistic, Timed 

Anyone else know of these? 

What are your views? Do you set New Year Resolutions? Do you keep them? I’d love to hear from you! 



Not to state the obvious, but I love books. That sounds like a stupid comment I know, but bear with me here. Nothing beats the smell of a brand new book, or just walking into a bookshop and the aroma of unspoilt, un-fingered and unbent pages hits you like a ton of bricks. Only one thing can supplement this heavenly environment that most book lovers consider their second home – freshly ground coffee. That is my ideal place to de-stress and unwind. To give you a little insight I would like to point out I am currently 19, I work the 9-5 and currently living stably. Most of my friends are off at Uni having the time of their lives (I could have gone too, but chose not to in the end), and what’s left to me here I can’t say I speak to all that often. You see they are the type of people I suppose perhaps an older generation would describe as a typical teenager. They go out at the weekends, pickle their livers and have a different person’s tongue down their throat every hour. Maybe that’s being generous. That is my idea of hell. Don’t get me wrong, I go out occasionally, see my friends whilst they’re home and the odd one who I’m still in contact with. It reminds me why I don’t do it more often. When I do it’s mostly a pub crawl. I can’t handle clubs. Too busy, crowded, and frankly drunk people annoy me. I think that’s my inner control freak crying out trying to justify why I don’t want to behave as rowdy and frankly incapable. “You’re really going to drink that?” My inner conscience purrs inside my slightly buzzing and hazy brain. “You see that stupid cow over there? Yes, the one with limbs like an octopus in killer heels that’s about one vodka shot away from landing on her backside… that’ll be you after this one,” it nags at me. I push it away for half an hour. Off on a tangent I know, but I’m sure you can sympathise to a degree. We’ve all been there. All my friends and even my sister threaten to get me ridiculously drunk one day. I won’t be obliging them. I like a drink by all means, but I’m not a heavy drinker. I drink for the taste, not to get rat-faced. I guess that’s the control freak in me. Give me a bookstore and a café any day, maybe a cheeky chocolate muffin alongside. But you HAVE to eat it with a fork – we don’t want chocolate stains on the pages!! ANYWAY back on subject. Books. I read an awful lot, so as much as I love books, I confess I am very much in love with my kindle (other brands of e-reader available). Whilst the smell of a book and the feel of leafing through a book cannot be replaced, a Kindle is far more practical for me to pick up on the move. If you’ve ever tried carrying around any of the Song of Ice and Fire books, or perhaps Raymond E. Feist’s novel Magician, you would know they aren’t the most convenient to carry around. I am known amongst my circles for carrying over large handbags with enough to survive an apocalypse, but still they can get in the way. Cue, the kindle. Slim, light, carries thousands of books yet can be carried in one hand. Weeks of battery life and even the more modern versions have backlights for night time reading. Aside from my phone, it is my most treasured object, hobby and frankly obsession. And I want to share it with you, a place to communicate about all things literary. My ultimate goal is to publish my own work. I love the Fantasy/Sci-Fi genre (more towards fantasy) and I read an awful lot of this genre. Naturally in order to publish I need to broaden my horizons, so I am endeavouring to read a wider scope as well as what I know best to break out of my cage and improve my writing. As to what I wish to write, I have a few ideas, and I’m letting them develop slowly. When I rush all guns blazing into these things I often lose heart quickly. The phase is over and my obsessive personality moves onto the next thing I set my heart on. Well I’m in this for the long haul, and this blog should help me pace myself, and hopefully get some wonderful feedback (PLEASE?!?!) I know this is becoming rather an essay. If you’re still with me, thank you!! If not, well this blog isn’t for you. I am me. I’m not going to change. I’ll have my odd rants and interesting tangents to explore with you in my aim to better myself as a writer. Don’t just think I’m going to review what I’m reading. NO! I’m going to say what I think, yes, but I’m not going to trawl and narrate the plot and put anybody off actually reading the books, because if I do that I’ve failed. Books are complex structures that have to be handled carefully. A novel is not made purely by the number of pages it has. You have to experience and relate to them. Treat them like a person; with love, care and attention. And until my next post I leave you with this analogy from an author I very much appreciate, Christopher Paolini: “Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning”