Ramblings and Ruminations

The Book Meltdown Tag

 

*Allison enters stage right*

 

 

I was tagged by Lillian at Green Tea With Books to do this very fun and very bookish tag.  Thank you, Lillian!

 

 

The Rules –

  • thank, credit, and link to the creator of the tag (@Lillian)

  • include the rules

  • choose at least 8 books that you can’t wait to get your hands on in the near future

  • tag at least 3 people to do this on any social media platform you choose

  • let the 3 know

 

And now – onto the tag!

 

 

My twin recommended this one to me – and since she knows my reading tastes pretty well, I have a feeling this one will be a winner.  What attracts me to it?  It’s about ROBOTS, and I adore robots.  Give me all the robots (with personalities), and I’m a happy girl.  it also looks like a highly unusual robot story, in the fact that it’s a more gentle plot set in England.  It sounds highly unique, quirky, whimsical, and perhaps a bit moving . . . plus it has ROBOTS.

 

 

 

 

I adore C.S. Lewis (he’s in the top three favorite authors), but I never really got into his Space Trilogy.  I got a very tentative sniff of it years ago when, I think, I was at a place where I couldn’t yet accept it and was, perhaps, too young to appreciate it.  My twin’s enthusiasm for the book over the years though and the vague idea that now is the right time to try again has brought me back to Out of the Silent Planet.  I’m looking forward to it, because I am ready to greedily drink a brimming cup-full of C.S. Lewis’ rich analogies and world building.

 

Do I even have to explain this?  It’s ROSEMARY SUTCLIFF, HELLO.

 

 

Obviously, pretty much anything I haven’t read yet by Rosemary Sutcliff is an exciting possibility.  Did you know Rosemary Sutcliff is one of the greatest authors who ever lived?  NO?  Well, you should have!  She is one of my top five favorite authors of all time, and was a positive genius.  *hopes I’ve convinced you to try her*  Anyway – *grins* – I’ve also always wanted to get more into the King Arthur stories, and I feel like I have a good chance of liking the legends in the hands of such a master as Sutcliff.

 

And yes, I know technically this is three books in one, but I’m counting it as one.

 

Some of you may know that I loved Mollie Reeder’s recent release, The Electrical Menagerie and she’s probably my favorite Indie author.  Her world building, characters, and writing are such a delight that, naturally, I can’t wait to get my hands on this novelette.  I usually prefer dead authors, so it’s a thrill to be able to promote and support a living author (especially an Indie author)!

 

 

Anyway, I’m expecting much humor, lots of fun, AND STEAMPUNK WORLDS AND ROBOTS.  #KeyToMyHeart

I do like me a good Star Wars book and I am always on the lookout for one, since not all Star Wars book are equal.  I have my eye on this one, because I am interested in reading more about Padme, I’m REALLY hoping the book takes places on Naboo (love that planet) and I’ve always enjoyed books about political intrigue and characters navigating their way through the upper echelons of society and goverment.  I’m also hoping there will be some really good female friendships between Padme and her loyal handmaidens I was always intrigued by the possibilities of those relationships.

 

Several of my buddies absolutely adore this book, and my friend Mary has raved (sweetly) about this book to me and since she and I share similar tastes in reading (excellent tastes, if I do say so myself – *chortles*) this is definitely a book I am interested in trying.  I’ve been told that the authoress was heavily influenced by Rosemary Sutcliff (SEE HOW I KEEP SLIPPING THAT NAME IN HERE?)

 

 

Anyway, anything influenced by Rosemary Sutcliff makes me want to pounce on it like a squirrel on a nut – immediately, if not sooner.   I have also been told that the world in this series is inspired from Greek culture (instead of your more typical Roman) which I find intriguing.

Bet you weren’t expecting that one, were you?

 

These are pretty much the ultimate escapist reading and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a good, old-fashioned science fiction adventure!

 

 

My brother got me hooked on these marvelous graphic novels a while ago and it’s almost like watching a movie as you turn the pages.  The artwork is spectacular, full of movement and highly cinematic.  Intricate plots that gallop on at a terrific pace through a boggling series of cultures and worlds absolutely captivated me.

 

I grew up watching the 1954 film Prince Valiant – a classic medieval film full of true Technicolor pageantry.

 

^ there is literally nothing I don’t love about this gif ^ 

 

This great old film led my brother (and eventually me) to hunt down the original comics.

This series is very different from other comics or graphic novels I’ve liked (such as Tintin or Dan Dare).  Each frame has a paragraph of narrative, instead of having the drawn characters speak a lot of dialogue.  This method of narrating and the style of artwork gives the impression of walking down a hall of tapestries while a bard relates their story to us.

 

So what about you, friend?  What books can you not WAIT to get your mitts on this year?

 

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6 thoughts on “The Book Meltdown Tag

    1. *REELS* You know Prince Valiant??? The movie?? HEEEEEEY! *high fives*

      I can’t wait for my copy of Out of the Silent Planet to arrive at the library! *drums fingers impatiently*

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