FINAL POST OF 2011 – A couple of books I’ve read this year

I just thought that I should mention some of the books I have read, in my own time, recently, some better than others.

The Percy Jackson series & The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

WOW! These are amazing! I’ve had the best time reading these, and cannot wait for the rest of The Heroes of Olympus series to be released, so far I have only read the first one, and what’s even better is that it was considerably longer than any of the Percy Jackson books. If you have never heard of them, they are about Greek mythology and a group of half-bloods or demi-gods. There was a movie out, based on the first book Percy Jackson and the Lightning Bolt Thief but it was drastically altered, and has nothing on the books. The books are quite light hearted and kinda ‘childish’ but that doesn’t mean that adults or teenagers can’t read them. Oh no! Anyone and everyone should read them! There is plenty of storyline and subplots and foreshadowing throughout the entire series and learning about Greek mythology has never been more fun! I encourage everyone to read them! Fantasy is my favourite genre, and stories like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Percy Jackson, Mortal Instruments, etc are some of my favourites, stories which are based on ‘real’ life are much less interesting, though some rival fantasy. There could be so much more to say, but out of fear of spoiling something, I must refrain from saying anything further.

Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien

You’ve heard of The Lord of the Rings and you’ve heard of the Hobbit or maybe you’ve just seen the former and are waiting to see the latter. Well J.R.R. Tolkien has written so much more. Tales from the Perilous Realmis a collection of ‘short’ stories.The following was taken from Wikipedia and explains what the 5 different short stories are about. All of them are amazing. And the collection of poems is interesting, because each poem rhymes but has a different rhyming scheme, J.R.R. Tolkien is a genius!

  • “Farmer Giles of Ham”, a short story about an English farmer who encounters a dragon. Tolkien’s title page, written in Latin, is missing from this edition. Garm, previously drawn by Pauline Baynes as a greyhound, is now drawn by Alan Lee as a Mastiff.
  • “Smith of Wootton Major”, another short story, set partly in Faerie and partly in the area near Oxford.
  • “Leaf by Niggle”, a highly allegorical short story often (including here) published in tandem with the essay “On Fairy-Stories” as Tree and Leaf.
  • The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, a collection of poems claiming to be “of hobbit origin” (and the only item in the compilation that is directly related to Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings).
  • “Roverandom”,, a novella (longer than the rest, shorter than The Hobbit) which is added as part of the newest edition (illustrated by Alan Lee).

Lilian’s Story by Kate Grenville

Now I absolutely love Kate Grenville and have read some of her other books like The Secret River (AMAZING, must read!) and The Lieutenant (another must read!) and I have read Dark Places, which is kinda the same story as this, but from a different perspective (not at all the same book, so both should be read). All books, are primarily set in Australia (or England) and some are earlier in history than others. My opinion is the Lilian’s Story and Dark Places are a lot more bleak and depressing, to be honest. Frankly, I didn’t really get into Lilian’s Story and kinda read through it as if it were a chore (I was trying to get through it to read the first in The Heroes of Olympus series – see above). Now don’t get me wrong, it is an interesting story, full of dark, but fascinating themes. It is well written and many people (presumably) quite ‘enjoy’ reading it. I’m not sure if it is because I’d much prefer a happier, lighter book, or maybe that since I had already read Dark Places (which was slightly better) that I wasn’t interested enough and therefore didn’t really enjoy it. The storylines are different and one is from Lilian’s perspective while the other is from her father’s perspective. And you get different stories (minimal retelling between the two, apart from the key events) and one has her father’s childhood and the other finishes Lilian’s life, while the other does not.

I want to wish every a Merry Christmas (I can’t believe it is tomorrow!!!) and a Happy New Year! I hope 2012 will be a fun, enjoyable, happy and amazing year for you all (and without apocalypse). I look forward to returning early January and starting a new book. To make sure everyone is ready, the book that will be reviewed is…………………………………………………………………………… THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak, grab your copies and join me on  the 2nd of January 2012 (it will have to be a similar style of ‘chapter’ by ‘chapter’ review as Cloudstreet as it again has ‘unconventional’ chaptering)


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