The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King I feel as pleased as punch that I found this movie! It was absolutely delightful in every sense of the word. The story is based off of a very dark Norweigan fairytale, but they treated it in a way that was very light and fun,… Continue reading Ash Lad | Movie Review | Delightful Off-Beat Fantasy | Norweigan Fantasy
First Thoughts This is a stunning book, one of those stories that is one of a kind. The writing is so lyrical and poetic…just beautiful to read. The characters were strong and the story was taut with conflict (so much conflict!). I particularly enjoyed the magical beasts in this story, they all have unique personalities… Continue reading The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
She tried even at times to curb the sarcastic, bitter thoughts of him, which made her—in spite of herself—say cruel, insulting things, which she vaguely hoped would wound him. Yes! she often wished to wound him, to make him feel that she too held him in contempt, that she too had forgotten that she had… Continue reading The Scarlet Pimpernal | Classics Club
Moist led Mr. Spools into the building, politely closing the door in the face of the crowd. He felt the tingle he always felt when the game was afoot. Life should be made of moments like this, he decided. First Thoughts I think this is one of my favorite Discworld books so far! Whereas some… Continue reading Going Postal | Terry Pratchett | Book Review
1) The Reluctant Godfather Now I’ve read a ton of Cinderella retellings (and watched a lot of them too). But THIS one, was refreshing. In fact Tebo reminds me a little bit of Gail Carson Levine’s fairytale retellings. She had a bunch of very short sweet ones (Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, etc). This reminded… Continue reading Tales of Ambia | Fairytale Retellings | By Allison Tebo
I looked for my friend today and did not find her. Then it came. Like a slow tide that rushes in unawares. The sadness. A deep current stirred my heart. And so I drift on endless seas. Whatever will become of me?
I wrote this short story/poem after my cat died. She was my friend and reading buddy for 16 years. When she died I searched and searched for poems and stories that could put into words what it feels like to lose a cat. I had a hard time finding them. Below is my attempt to… Continue reading The Cat & The Road
Now I must give one smirk and then we may be rational again. Summary A young girl leaves home for the first time and disappoints every single heroine stereotype. Yet despite this failure to live up to the typical novel archetypes she manages to have an interesting time in Bath, meet interesting people, and meet… Continue reading Northanger Abbey | Classics Club
“I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”Death thought about it.CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.” ― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery Last Monday my cat died. She was one of the truest friends I’ve ever known. She was with me through thick and thin. I don’t know what else… Continue reading Goodby my dear friend. | In memory of my cat.
Given that I’m from the glorious state of Washington near Seattle, at the heart of the Coronavirus epidemic here in the US I thought I’d give myself a little comic relief from the madness by creating a list of characters I think would (and wouldn’t) get the Coronavirus if they lived here. Yes I know… Continue reading 10 Characters Who’d Get the Coronavirus (and 8 who wouldn’t)