All posts tagged: The Colour of Magic

Top 5 Tuesday

Because Inge over at The Belgian Reviewer suggested it, I’ve been thinking about book covers and their impact. And more specifically, the one’s that I, personally, love. Certainly, there have been many over the years but, for this Top 5 post, I’m sticking to covers from the last few years rather than the last few decades. #1. THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty #2. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He as illustrated by Feifei Ruan #3. THE COLOUR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett as illustrated by Josh Kirby #4. EARTHSEA by Ursula La Guin as illustrated by Charles Vess #5. The FLAVIA DE LUCE series by Alan Bradley as illustrated by Joe Montgogomery — And yes, I’m nominating the entire 10-book series for their bright colours, fun depictions, and consistent continuity of dark humour. What’s important to note about all these covers—bar the Flavia de Luce series—is they are all fantasy titles. Which begs the question, what’s wrong with all the other genres that they don’t put the same kind of effort …

Top 5 Tuesday: Magical Creatures and the Like!

The weather is dreary, and I’m in need of some inspiration, what better way to be inspired than by choosing my Top 5 Magical Creatures—although what qualifies as a magical creature is still, I believe, open for debate. Well, of course, everyone is going to go for Harry Potter, and who wouldn’t, the whole series was full of magical creatures, including the latest installments with Newt! But I’m thinking of digging deeper into my reading past to see if I can come up with some creatures and magical lands people don’t know about … like: XANTH — I’m cheating here, because Xanth isn’t a creature, but a land full of magical creatures. Xanth features in a series of books written by Piers Anthony, in which wizards go on quests with magical creatures: talking centaurs, sirens, ogres, dragons, griffins and yes, animated zombies. The series starts with A Spell For Chameleon. THE LUGGAGE — The magical luggage that walks on its own set of legs, is from Terry Pratchatt’s The Colour Of Magic and the Discworld …

Top 5 Tuesday: Books of Magic

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! I’m way behind on writing and posting this one today (because of my bright, shiny, distracting, new iMac—yes, I’m writing this one the old iMac). Anyway, where was I? Oh, yes, it’s Tuesday, so this week we’re talking books with Magic. It’s only natural (or is that, obvious) to want to start this one with none other than Rowling’s Harry Potter series, or Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings but I’m sure everyone is going to mention them. I’m going to go with a few less obvious choices of book I’ve read over the years, that for me at least, have been a magical read. #1. GLORY ROAD — Robert A. Heinlein This one is older than me (I think) but was one of the first Heinlein books I read, and yes, while it is classified as SF, it also features a great deal of magic. Science-based magic … Star is Empress of the known universes, and, eh, wields a very unusual magic …

Top 5 Tuesday: Fabulous Fun Fantasy Fiction

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: YA & Adult Fantasy. This one turned out to be a no-brainer given the top 5 books that made me laugh—from earlier this month—were, for the most part, all fantasies. So, surprise, here they are again in my top favourite fantasies. #1 : THE PRINCESS BRIDE — William Goldman Swashbuckling pirates, giants, a touch of romance and adventure, as young Westley seeks his fortune in order to marry his childhood sweetheart, Buttercup. And no sooner are the words, ‘As you Wish’ spoken, and we’re off chasing across the land, duelling, fighting and besting the bad guys in a fictional romp that has since become a must-read classic. #2 : THE COLOUR OF MAGIC — Terry Pratchett Another British classic, Pratchett created a whole world travelling through space upon the back of a giant turtle, held up on the backs of four elephants: Discworld. If that doesn’t intrigue you, then nothing will. Follow the exploits …

Top 5 Tuesday: Books that made me laugh

It’s Tuesday so it must be Top 5 Tuesday from Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and this week’s topic is: Books That Made Me Laugh. Hmm … this is a tough one because I read predominantly crime and speculative fiction at the moment, so not many laugh-out-loud moments to be had there. I’ve had to rack my brains to come up with titles, and instances, but finally, I dug deep and here are my choices. #1 : THE PRINCESS BRIDE — William Goldman “Who are you?” “No one of consequence.” “I must know.” “Get used to disappointment.” — Dread Pirate Roberts #2 : THE COLOUR OF MAGIC — Terry Pratchett “Let’s just say that if complete and utter chaos was lightning, he’d be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armour and shouting ‘All gods are bastards’.” — Rincewind discussing Twoflower #3 : THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY — Douglas Adams “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the …