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Harry Potter Moment of the Week (9) Book recommendations for Harry

Harry Potter Moment of the Week (9) Book recommendations for Harry

It’s time for Harry Potter Moment of the Week, hosted by Leah of Uncorked Thoughts and Micheline of Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to get Harry Potter fans together and discuss our favourite things about the series; be it a favourite moment, character, magical item, spell, quote or object from the books, films or J.K Rowling herself. You can find the list of future topics here. If you’d like to take part, visit today’s post and sign up with the linky. Today’s topic: Which books would you recommend to Harry? As Harry is not as bookish as Hermione, I […]


Banned Books Week: Which Outlawed Books have you Read?

Banned Books Week: Which Outlawed Books have you Read?

As you may have heard, this week is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It’s about celebrating the books that have been challenged, restricted and outright forbidden in some parts of the world. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. A challenge is an attempt to ban or restrict materials based upon the objections of a person or group. When books are banned, they are removed from libraries and schools and people’s access to them is restricted, so it’s a type of censorship. Books have been challenged or […]


Q is for Quests #atozchallenge

Q is for Quests #atozchallenge

[Image by Vassil, Public Domain] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Quests. Quests have featured in the mythology and legend of many cultures for centuries and are used frequently as a plot device in fantasy literature. The hero must embark upon a difficult journey (whether literal or metaphorical)  to reach a goal or claim a prize of […]


O is for Ogres and Giants #atozchallenge

O is for Ogres and Giants #atozchallenge

[By Émile Bayard, Public Domain] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Ogres and giants. Ogres are large, hideous monsters from mythology and folklore with  a penchant for devouring humans (particularly children). They were often described in fairy tales to scare children into obedience. The word ogre is French, but there are a lot of different possibilities as to where […]


I is for Immortality #atozchallenge

I is for Immortality #atozchallenge

[‘Stock-Immortal‘, modelled by Mahafsoun,photographed by Mirza Fatick] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Immortality. Immortality means endless life or endurance. It has always been a common theme in literature as it explores humanity’s deep-seated fears and comprehension of its own mortality. It frequently occurs in fantasy and sci-fi fiction, as it is often the aim of the […]


E is for Elves #atozchallenge

E is for Elves #atozchallenge

[Dovahkiin 1 modelled by Mirish on DA,photography by Magda Lindblom] Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Elves. Elves are mythical creatures that come from Germanic and Norse mythology. The word ‘elf’ comes from the Old English ‘ælf”, a short word for ‘nightmare’ or ‘hiccup’ (both were thought to be caused by elves).  In the past they have […]


D is for Dragons #atozchallenge

D is for Dragons #atozchallenge

[ES Epic Dragon by Elevit-Stock on DA Today I’m continuing with the Blogging from A-Z Challenge hosted by Arlee Bird and his team of awesome bloggers. My theme is: Elements and features of speculative fiction and entertainment. So throughout April I will be blogging about characters, objects and themes that appear in sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian series. Today’s post is all about Dragons. Dragons feature in the myths of many cultures, especially in European and Chinese traditions. They often have a spiritual significance. For example, in many Asian cultures dragons represent the primal forces of nature, religion and the universe, and are associated with […]


Best Opening Lines From Fiction

Best Opening Lines From Fiction

  The opening lines of a novel or short story are probably the most important. They are the first thing that will be read, and readers will decide from that whether they want to continue, so you have to set them up well to make people want to read on. You don’t want to start with a boring paragraph of description. It has to be something that tells the reader some crucial information, introduces an unusual situation and is enticing enough to make them want to find out what happens next. Here is a compilation of my favourite opening lines […]


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Posted 31st October 2010 in: BOOKS. Tagged: ,