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LOTR Sharing the Journey

Made the mistake of watching the movies first. Then I read JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and actually wasn’t entirely captivated. What was the big deal? Half the world thinks it’s the most incredible fantasy, blah blah blah. What was I missing? I read it again and whaddaya know – I got it! More than falling in love with the adventure and the characters, I was absorbed in their life journeys. I was there every step of the way, I shared the journey, the pain, the triumph, the heartache. Re-read it, re-re-read it, re-re-re-read it, and so on. Love it! 

Raymond E Feist is the Magician of Fantasy Adventure.

The ultimate fantasy adventure. Magician by Raymond E Feist. A magical saga of epic proportions and this is only Book 1 of the amazing Rift War saga!  Magic. Adventure. Humour. Extraordinarily captivating characters. This book will take you on a whirlwind adventure through a mythological world and through rifts into alternate mythological worlds.  Vibrantly complex, yet easy to read and entirely captivating. I love this book. I love this series. Raymond E Feist is the magician of fantasy adventure.  
A lot of critics murdered it. People complained about the characters, they whined that the writing was inferior, the plot was mediocre. Yet the Twilight series was a bestseller. A blinding success. Why? I reckon it was because good triumphs over evil. Love defeats impossible circumstances. Someone ordinary reaches impossible heights. Because the characters have all sorts of cool abilities that we’d love to possess. Because a lot of girls still want someone to love them totally and protectively. A lot of girls love a good bad boy. In real life, the “bad boys” are generally total losers. Who really wants a bloke who drinks too much? Or does drugs? Or is a bit violent? No, they fall in love with the idea that the bad boy could still be the bad boy whilst being loving and kind and protective and generally good. It’s an attractive notion because it’s actually possible. There have been people throughout history who were good bad guys. Bad to the enemy and good to their own. The tro

Second Time Reads

Sometimes you have to read a book more than once to really get it. Admittedly I've read some books I will never really "get" even after numerous attempts. I remember the first time I read LOTR. It was ok. Just ok. What was the big deal? I just didn't get why half the world flipped out over these books, or should I say, this book, as it was originally written as one book.  In the end, I read it again and oh how glad I am that I bothered. I got it! In fact, I fell in love with it, even to the point of finding myself reading it out loud to myself with expression and emotion. (There is a difference.) The characters became "real" to me and I couldn't wait to pick up the books every day and immerse myself in their world. So if you don’t get it, read it again.


"What is a Bunyip?" you ask.  If you google "what is a bunyip" this is what you will get: The  bunyip  is a large mythical creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word  bunyip  has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. What they neglect to tell you is that bunyips are responsible for so many daily difficulties! Feel like you are being watched? Bunyips! They are quite evasive, you won't see them easily but you will feel their cold chill sending goosebumps down your neck and spine just before their teeth sink into your flesh. Socks disappearing in the washing? The bunyips are hungry, they have a voracious appetite for odd socks (when they can't get odd humans). Phone book missing? A bunyip will have taken it down to the bottom of it's billabong for nesting purposes. Beware! This means ba

The greatest fantasy of all... ever...

fantasy ˈfantəsi,ˈfantəzi noun The faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things. - I'll remember that when I wake up in the morning. I don't need to write it down now. - I'm sure I found all the errors in my book and fixed them, didn't miss one! - I can run that backup in the morning. The laptop will be fine until then. - We can leave the dog at home. He won't howl while we're out. - I'll leave that chocolate in the fridge. The kids won't find it.

Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy - Good Books

I was asked what Young Adult or Middle Grade Fantasy Books that I have recently read and liked. This is what I came up with in no particular order: •        Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer – LOVE THIS SERIES!! (And yes, I shouted that because these books are worth shouting about). •        Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan •        Kane Chronicles – Rick Riordan •        The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien •        Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis •        Harry Potter – JK Rowling •        Magnus Chase – Rick Riordan •        Magician – Raymond E Feist. – Could be young adult or adult •        Lord of the Rings – All three books by JRR Tolkien. – Could be young adult or adult. •        Daughter of the Empire (Servant of… Mistress of…) Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts – Again could be young adult or adult.