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Lud-in-the-Midst: An Enchanting & Whimsical Tale

 

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“… the round towers of the castles looked as if they were so firmly encrusted in the sky that, to get to their other side, one would have to hew out a passage through the celestial marble.”

Rating: 3 stars

Read: 18 December – 22 December, 2018


I had to write a little review of this book for my blog. I first heard about this book on my Twitter feed, after this new edition was printed, and Neil Gaiman was raving about it. It sounded like my kinda story. And it was. It totally was. But it wasn’t my favourite, but we’ll get into that.

It’s a 1920s classics, and is about the influx of a forbidden fairy fruit that has been turning people into violent and uncontrollable nuisances. Master Nathaniel’s son has been one of the victims, and he is packed off to a farm near the borders of Fairyland, but something is amiss.

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May Reading Wrap-up:

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Well, May has finally ended. It was simultaneously a long yet slow month. It consisted of: finishing my undergraduate degree, finding accommodation for my postgraduate degree, moving home for summer, and lots of reading. I also saw a production of Othello at Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre. I loved how Othello was played by a woman, and they kept the relationship between two women. It was such an interesting take on Shakespeare’s play. I would highly recommend!

Today, though, I’m only focusing on the reading.

I managed to read 8 books this month. I didn’t read too much compared to the previous months of 2018, but that’s okay. Sometimes you don’t want to read all the time (but, sometimes you do). As usual, there will be reviews for the majority of the books mentioned. They’ll be highlighted in red (or blue, depending on where you’re reading this) if they’re already published. Enjoy!

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Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology:

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Spoiler free | Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Read: 1 May – 2 May, 2018

‘Before the beginning there was nothing – no earth, no heavens, no stars, no sky: only the mist world, formless and shapeless, and the fire world, always burning’


I must admit, I was rather sceptical going into this. Back in February, I read (and didn’t enjoy) Kevin Crossley-Holland’s collection of Norse re-tellings titled The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings. This collection had potential, but unfortunately did not deliver. CH didn’t make the stories engaging, meaning they weren’t fun to read. Instead, they were monotonous and dull. I was worried this might be a running thing with Norse re-tellings (were they all like this?). I was wrong, though. So very wrong. Gaiman, once again, managed to surprise me with his writing.

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