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Sunday 27 October 2019

Things that scare me

This one from Long and Short Reviews was easy, because there are only a few things that particularly scare me. I watch so much horror that I'm pretty difficult to scare now. However, despite my constantly reading about the paranormal, one of the things that scares me...

---is ghosts.

I admit that the more I read about the paranormal, the less likely I think I am to see one. I even spent two nights in a haunted hotel suite and saw nothing. I am, however, open to the possibility, but also terrified at the thought. Ghosts don't act according to the rules - they can do whatever they want. I don't fancy encountering a spirit that can appear wherever and however it wants.

Which leads on to my second fear - mirrors in the dark. I've seen enough films to know that if our heroine looks in a mirror in the dark, either there will be someone standing behind her, someone other than herself will be looking back, or her reflection will tell her to get out before it's too late. Needless to say, I've never tried scrying, because that would really ruin me.

My third fear is much more basic - tidal waves. I appreciate that living in the middle of the country means I'm unlikely to see one, but the sheer size and power of them scares me to death. If you turn round and see a giant wave coming towards you, you've had it. I have tried to bully myself out of this fear by watching a lot of films with giant waves, but so far it hasn't worked.

So what scares you?

Monday 21 October 2019

Books I read on someone's recommendation

These days I find it difficult to find time to read books on someone else's recommendation, since I have so many on the go myself at one time. However, this wasn't always the case, so I do have a few books I've read and enjoyed which someone else has mentioned to me.

Blott on the Landscape - Tom Sharpe. I didn't manage to get into all of Tom Sharpe's books, but this one is wickedly funny and subversive.

Girl With a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier. Recommended to me by a bookshop worker after she saw me wandering around with a gift card. I'm happy to say I enjoyed this one, although again I didn't get into any of her others.

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman. I'm currently reading the new trilogy - I enjoy these books far more than I would have expected, since as steampunk fantasy they're not usually my type.

This Is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay. This is an absolute classic. I read this in one sitting, laughing hysterically all the way through. He has just released a Christmas sequel which I also read all in one go.

So what have you had recommended to you?

Tuesday 15 October 2019

Popular/famous books I don't plan to read

This topic from Long and Short Reviews was an unusual one since, frankly, I'll read almost anything. It's rare that a book will come up that I won't at least consider. However, I did find there were a few that I would avoid no matter what.

Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust. I did once have this on my reading list until a friend attempted it and couldn't get past the first three pages. I don't mind a challenge, but I think I'll pass.

Divine Comedy - Dante Alghieri. This is primarily because I studied part of this at university in Italian. I'm sure it's a worthwhile read but I have terrible memories of Dante.

Any Dan Brown not in the Da Vinci series. I may surprise some people when I say I don't mind Dan Brown, but only the Da Vinci books. I tried one of his others and found it to be a poor imitation of Michael Crichton.

So what do you never plan to read?

Monday 7 October 2019

Books that did a great job of explaining films

This topic from Long and Short Reviews was an interesting one, because it's been a while since I read anything that could be considered to be explaining something. But I do love film, and I recently found two books that are a great addition to any film lover's collection.

Men, Women and Chain Saws - Carol J. Clover. All about the treatment of men and women in the horror industry, and an excellent in-depth read for a horror lover like me.

The Science of Interstellar - Kip Thorne. For anyone (like me) who loved the film but found the science a little complicated, this is an accessible read which goes into the background and explains it perfectly.

So which books would you recommend?