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Top 5 books featuring neato creatures

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is Top 5 {insert paranormal creature here}, so I just decided to do all of them. Today’s post will feature creatures that when I came across them in my books, they struck me as being particularly interesting or uniquely designed. So no ‘vampires’ or ‘werewolves’ in here, but creatures that I feel are nightmare fuel in their own unique way. And actually, I’ve picked out six. I couldn’t narrow it down enough to eliminate one. I suppose it partially makes up for the ‘witches’ list I made two weeks ago that only had three in it. Pbtbt.

Also, this coming Friday, I’m moving to a different city. Therefore, my posts this weekend will likely be non-existent. So will likely disappear entirely until Wednesday or so. Apologies in advance for falling behind on reading all your thingies.

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6. The monster from Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress, #1)This graphic novel series is a recent love of mine. So far, there are two trades of it out, so plenty of time to catch up if you’ve been planning to start. The monster in this book lives within our main character. It appears to be this dark, shapeless creature, ancient and difficult to control. At least, in the first volume, it’s shapeless. I haven’t read the second yet, so don’t tell me anything! The design of the thing is really neat. Being a graphic novel, you actually get to see it as opposed to reading about it.

The art in this graphic novel alone makes it well worth the read. The plot is pretty good too, but I’m definitely smitten with the dark art.

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5. The Mushi in Mushishi by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 1The mushi, unlike the previous choice in this list, are relatively harmless. The lore is they existing long before life did, that they ‘live’ somewhere between a state of true life and a state of death. They come in all shapes and forms and only those sensitive to their presence can actually see them. This series is definitely more of a slow-going one, but the creatures in it are fascination. It’s a manga, again so you get the neat visual as well.

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4. The monster in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAnother illustrated book, you can actually see the monster in this one, too. Giant, dark and seemingly made from a tree, the monster in this book is not what you’d expect it to be. I went into this book without much expectation and came out of it loving this monster and having this book become one of my all-time favorites. There are editions out there without the artwork in it… skip those. Get the edition that I’ve shown here. The art in it is fantastic.

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3. The weaver from Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag, #1)My choice from this book is almost kind of arbitrary – there are so many fascinating creatures in this book. Giant bird men, vampiric slugs, humanoid creatures with bugs for heads, the list goes on. The one I’m highlighting though is the weaver, a giant, creeper spider thing that when I read about it gave me the heebie jeebies. I highly recommend this book, by the way. It was my first trip into ‘weird fantasy’ and I totally loved it.

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2. The anthropophagus from The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

The Monstrumologist (The Monstrumologist, #1)I think that this series is the only YA horror series that has actually scared me. And by ‘YA’, I mean technically it’s marketed as such, but man, there’s a lot of horror in here. I don’t know if I’d qualify it as YA myself. I feel their reasoning is that the main character, an assistant to a mad scientist trying to catch these things, is in his teens. But don’t let that lull you. This book will give you the chills.

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1. The Shrike from Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)While this creature is nowhere near the scariest, it’s by far the neatest. This book reads almost like The Canterbury Tales where a handful of characters are on a pilgrimage to Hyperion, a planet that is home to The Shrike. All of the characters on their way tell their stories and all of them somewhere always relate back to The Shrike. This creature is revered as a diety by some, feared by others, but overall, it’s definitely unique in this list of monsters. I can’t even fully describe it. When I finished this book, I wanted to go see The Shrike myself.

No additional picture needed. It’s on the cover. 😛


And that’s it! In ten minutes, I’ll be off to work, then one more day until my life is piled into a truck and moved somewhere else. See you in a week!

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Posted by on 10/18/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 Creepy Settings

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Hello! Guess what day it is! Today’s topic is creepy settings. And with Halloween looming near, I suppose I should read creepy books. Maybe. We’ll see. 😛

I always get so excited about that camel, man.
If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

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5. The slow descent into madness seen in Diabolo by Kusunoki

Diabolo: Volume 1I suppose this one is more of a plot point than it is a setting, but the entire book revolves around it, so it fits I think. This series follows the slow progression into insanity the main characters fall into after selling their soul to the devil. It has been a few years since I’ve read it, but I remember being thoroughly creeped.

This is a three-volume-long series so super quick if you’re looking for a chilling read for Halloween.

 

4. The neato and chilling art seen in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster CallsAgain, not fully ‘setting’ but the art in this book is so atmospheric that it sets the tone for the whole book. It’s really lovely.

 

 

 

3. The abandoned, burned-out building in the movie Mirrors

Image result for mirrors movieAn actual setting! This movie takes place in an old shopping mall, years after it burned out and was abandoned. It follows a security guard who patrols it – he keeps it and the place’s hundreds of mirrors safe.

I couldn’t brush my teeth while looking in the mirror for a week after the first time watching this one.onlythrow

PS. Don’t watch the second one. Only the first –>

2. The creepy cultish world in The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)This book was unsettling. You have the zombie apocalypse, right. But then you also have this band of super culty-religious people running likely the last stronghold of humanity. It. Was. Weird.

I really liked this book.

 

 

 

1. The terrifying idea of a sadistic AI ruling over what remains of humanity found in I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison

I Have No Mouth and I Must ScreamThis short story was really really disturbing. It follows a small group of people. The last ones? Who knows. They certainly don’t, as they try to live while being the plaything of an AI gone rampant. They’ve no way to get out, even killing themselves will result in the AI just bringing them back for more torture. This seriously gave me the heeby-jeebies and I totally recommend it.

 

 

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And that’s it! Creepy things, creepy things. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/11/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 books featuring witches

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Wednesday! First off, I didn’t realized how few books I read that contain witches. I went through my entire list of read books and could only come up with three, and one of those has a witch in it at one time, but is by no means a recurring character. So it’s technically two, with a third ‘so-so’ thrown in there. Whoop. I need to branch out my reading, apparently.

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3. Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

InuYasha: Turning Back Time (InuYasha, #1)This is my ‘technically has a witch’ book. In one of the chapters towards the beginning of the series, a witch appears briefly and reincarnates a character that has been dead for 50 years. No spoilers of who, on the chance you haven’t read or watched it, but that instance is the witch character’s only appearance in the super-duper-long series.

 

2. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)This is going to be on everyone’s list, especially if the list-makers can’t come up with five books, same as me.

Hermione rocks my socks.

 

 

1. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella EnchantedThis book’s main plot sparks into motion as the result of a witch casting a spell on the main character. The witch herself is present come-and-go throughout the book, but isn’t a major character. Her spell though, is rather prominent.

I read and re-read this book growing up, but for some reason it didn’t pop into my head as ‘witch book’ until I saw it when scrolling through my list for selections. Weird.

 

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So uh… yeah, there’s my three-book-long list of five witch books. 😛 This topic was not my best, hawhaw. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/04/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 books I read because of the book community

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Wednesday! Today’s topic is books you all made me read. I couldn’t resist it, you sucked me in with your flashy reviews and pressuring recommendations. You fiends! (thanks, bby)

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here!

Also, I’m going to go with book I read from the book community that I liked. I could do an entire different post about books I read because of book blogs and booktube that I didn’t like, hawhaw. Overhype is a real thing, peeps. Maybe I’ll do that next weekend.


Rook by Sharon Cameron

RookThis is a weird one – I remember a whole bunch of people hauling it, specifically on youtube, but then I only ever saw a couple of reviews on it. I feel like for a lot of people it ended up as one of those ‘I’ll read this someday’ books. It’s a bit of a shame because it was a really good book and I feel like it actually should be getting more hype than it did.

Set in a regressed future version of Paris, this book is a slow-paced, setting-rich book. I gave it 3.5 stars at the time of reading it, but the number of times I’ve mentioned it and how often it’s entered my head since (maybe in the past two years or ) I think might warrant a reread or a 4 star raiting or something. I really enjoyed this book, but I think at the time the pacing was something I wasn’t in the mood for, hence the rating.

And the cover is lovely. ❤

The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

The Gigantic Beard That Was EvilI remember for a while, graphic novels became all the buzz. They still kind of are, but for a bit there, they were basically all anyone was reading. This was one that was mentioned over and over (but again… only ever saw a review or two after the fact. But hey, I do that a lot, too. Hence the entire TBR post. 😛 Pbtbt) so I would look for it every time I was at the book store. Never found it, but about a year later, it popped up on bookoutlet. I nabbed it and read it and found it really adorable. I ended up giving it 3.5 stars.

The book follows a man who lives in Here, a clean, perfect community. All is well until he grows a beard and it goes crazy and takes over.

It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s fast. I recommend it if you need to burn through a book really quickly.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)This book, unlike the first two, I saw everywhere but then I saw a buttload of reviews on it too. It was really nice, and honestly it was the reviews more than the hauls of this book that convinced me to get it. I’m glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed it and gave it 4 stars.

It follows an overweight, unwilling protagonist in a latino-inspired culture. It’s super neato and hopefully someday I’ll reread it. I think my favorite thing about it was that the author actually explored the main character’s weight and her mentality about it. It’s nice (well, not nice but realistic, if that makes sense) seeing her struggle with self-esteem and confidence and self-image.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)Before the book community, I knew Felicia Day through Supernatural, The Guild and maybe a few internet things. Blogs and youtubes got me to read this book. It was a neat read and went into the production of all the shows and things I already knew and loved. It was a nice audiobook, too – read by Felicia Day herself. 😀 I ended up giving it 5 stars because what is written, especially the things about growing up nerdy really resonated with me, hawhaw. I saw this book around a few places and reviews a few other places. It was definitely not the 100% most hyped book I’ve read, but it was up there.

Saga by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 1 (Saga, #1)This one is probably one of my favorite reads from book blogs. Before this, I never really read graphic novels. Manga? Yes. I have hundred and have had them since I was a teenager, but graphic novels? Not really. Saga was my first one and I was amazed by the full-color photos and quality of the art. It was so lovely and since I’ve grown a small collection of various series. It’s wonderful. 😀 This one was hauled by a tons of people and reviewed by a ton of people. I gave it 5 stars and so did a lot of other people (well earned, in my opinion. The hyped is deserved on this one).

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And that’s it! There are tons more, but these are probably the most well-known ones. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/27/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 Fancasts

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is fancasts, which honetly, I haven’t done a lot of. When I read, in my mind I tend to picture people of my own creation, not celebrities, so know this list actually took some work to come up with, hawhaw.

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Aneurin Barnard as The Dragon – Uprooted by Naomi Novik

In the book, the dragon is described as rather young-looking though he’s obviously not. I think (this particular picture of) Aneurin Barnard kinda conveys that. Young, but hella tired looking from being so old, hawhaw.

Raini Rodriguez as Elisa – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Aside from me thinking Raini Rodriguez is totally adorable, I think she’d make a good fit for the main character Elisa in The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

Christopher Lloyd as Pellinore Winthrop – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

I hope that if this series is ever made into a movie or tv show that: 1 – it’s not done in a YA fashion. You know how those movies turn out. This book is way too dark for a YA twist on it. 2 – that the mad scientist is cast as Christopher Lloyd. He seems to have a knack for it, don’tcha think 😛

Chloe Grace Moretz as Viola – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

This one is kind of cheating. The picture I added is the age I think she would have been good for playing Viola… the actress currently though is about 20 years old, so I kinda missed the mark. But! If the movie was made about 7 years ago, she would have been perfect.

Abby Wilde as Kelsea – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I know at this point, Emma Watson has pretty much been cast as Kelsea, but I feel like from the description of her in the book that Abby Wilde would make a much more accurate portrayal. She’s very close to what I pictured in my head when I read the book.


Lemme know what you think! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/20/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 books to go into blind

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Top 5 WednesdayHappy Wednesday!! Today’s topic is ‘top 5 books to go into without a synopsis’, meaning ones to go into blind…

How am I supposed to talk about books I can’t tell you anything about?

So uh, obviously this post is gonna be a bit uh… lacking in detail. I’m sure you understand 😛


5. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

3. A Child Called ‘It’ by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called "It" (Dave Pelzer #1)

2. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos, #1)

1. They’re Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson

They're Made Out of Meat


It feels so weird not actually talking about any of the books that I’ve mentioned. Augh!

Here is the T5W group if you’d like to join.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/13/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Top 5 series that got better

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Happy Wednesday! (whop whop) This week’s topic is series that got better. This is an interesting topic because usually it goes the other way, haw. I’ll have to dig to see if I can come up with five. 😛

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5 – Losing It trilogy by Cora Carmack

Faking It (Losing It, #2)I’ve only read the first two so far, but the second one is my opinion is much better than the first. Not saying the first was bad persay, it was just kinda… bland. The main character didn’t really have much personality other than ‘stereotypical super-shy virgin’, which in itself isn’t a bad thing, but hey, you need to have hobbies or a personality other than that one trait, man. Humans have that stuff, this character didn’t. The couple the second book Faking It focuses on is a lot more developed personality-wise and I enjoyed their dynamic a lot more. This is a new adult series so beware of boobs and wiggly bits if you’re a youngin’.

4 – The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)This is another one I’ve only read the first two of (I’ll get to the third here pretty quickly) but the first book was just okay for me I think. Nothing really stuck out as interesting or unique and the goofy love-triangle they threw in there was a bit tiring honestly. It’s definitely still there in the second book, but the world itself is more fleshed out and I really, really liked the direction it took. The second book along with the world building, had better characterization as well. I think the ‘middle book syndrome’ that most series get was actually present in book one for this series and had solved itself by book two. I’m hoping book three will be even better.

3 – A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)I feel like this one is going to be very popular on this week’s list for YA readers. It’s like the quintessential ‘was sucky and then ended up less sucky’ series. The first one is okay – I actually thought it was a decent book. I saw its issues but overall the book was not bad. The second book ended up being one of my favorites of this year, one of my favorites ever, which is strange since neither books 1 or 3 came anywhere near my favorites list. I think it was just so polar opposite from the first book that I couldn’t help but love it.

2 – The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)Let me start by saying that this series is amazing the whole way through. The only reason it’s on my list is because for me, the first book was about 4 stars and the last two were 5 each. Technically, it means the series got better as it progressed :”D

If you haven’t read this one yet, do it. Do it. It was super popular for a while a couple years ago, but it has earned all the notoriety it has received. AHHHH read it ❤

1 – The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb

Ship of Magic (Liveship Traders, #1)I think this series has the most pronounced improvement of all the ones on my list. Note, I am about 100 pages away from finishing at this point, so it’s the most fresh in my mind as well. The first book Ship of Magic is good – I gave it about four stars, but the characters in there are all really grating on the nerves and emotionally, the series is exhausting…. well, that second part never really goes away. It’s consistently emotionally exhausting. But! The character arcs in this book are fantastic. I went from barely liking anyone to really liking (or in some cases really, really loathing) almost everyone. Seeing the development really made me fall for this series and made reading it a more intense and absorbing experience. It’s just so good. It’s so good. 


And that’s it! That’s it for me this bleary Wednesday morning. Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 07/26/2017 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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