Friday Face-Off | Better a witty fool than a foolish wit

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. The previous themes have been relatively easy, don’t you think? But this week, however, I don’t know where to look for a book with a jester or a fool on the cover. I was already contemplating not posting a Friday Face-Off this week, when I suddenly realised that one of the most recent books I read featured a fool, and he was on the cover!

A couple of FFO’s ago, I aready did a Pratchett battle, so the diversity in the covers will be of no surprise to you all. My copy of the book – which is a great parody on MacBeth, for those who are interested! – is the very first one, the one with the actual fool on the cover. I think it’s once again a very funky and colourful edition and I really like this style of covers and how they all look so amazingly funny together. My favourite of these, though, is the very last one. The sleek, black and silver contrast is just beautiful and it’s even more beautiful in real life.
The middle two books, though, don’t do anything to me. The purple one is just meh and the third tries to imitate the first one, but isn’t bold enough in its execution and thus falls flatt in comparison to the hectic and crazy mess that is the first cover.
What’s your favourite here?

Top 5 Wednesday | Daddy issues..

Every Wednesday, people from all over the bookish world gather ’round to share their top 5 lists concerning whatever theme that week. All under the watchful eye of the Mother of all Top5’s, Lainey and hosted by Sam.
Last Sunday it was Father’s Day, so it’s only fitting that after a very motherly top 5, the dads in fiction are given the spotlight. Without further ado, let’s put those dads or fatherly figures on a pedestal.

5. Father (Neil Gaiman, Fortunately The Milk …)
If you have read this sweet little children’s book, you know why I included the father in my top 5. This father goes to unmeasurable lengths to provide milk for his children so they don’t have to pour orange juice over their cereal. On top of it all, he’s a great storyteller.
Who wouldn’t have wanted a dad like that, when they were still our heroes, those knights in shining armour?!

4. Michael Carpenter (Jim Butcher, The Dresden Files)
Another dad who will face it all to protect those he loves is Michael Carpenter from The Dresden Files. A Knight of the Cross, a crusader for God and Heaven, you’d best be on this father’s good side. And you better hope you never caue any harm to his children..

3. Arthur Weasly (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter)
While I think that Molly Weasly is the mother figure to beat them all, her significant other is less of a force. Still, this does not mean that you don’t have to count Arthur out of the father’s race. He might not be a knight in shining armour nor the bravest of them all, but he’s a dad with a heart of gold and a fatherly warmth to envy.

2. Burrich (Robin Hobb, Farseer)
Reading Robin Hobb is all about relationships, being twisted or right, they always make you cry. If I think about a bond between a child and a male adult, I can’t but think of the relationship between Fitz and Burrich. It’s awkward, it’s sometimes hard and painful, but it is full of love.. even though they might not always want to admit it.

1. Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter)
The most beautiful relationship that fits this theme, however, is the relationship between Dumbledore and Harry. If he isn’t a father figure for Harry, I don’t know who is. Also, the way Dumbledore administers Hogwarts, you can easily say that he is the father of every single one that roams the halls of the most magical place on Earth.

So there you have it, five literary dads to celebrate all dads out there. Who are your favourite father figures? Tell me in the comments!


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Friday Face-Off | All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. This week, it’s all about the bling bling on front. Covers with gold shining bright. The book I have for you, however, does not only have gold on the outside, but the words within are at least eighteen carats if not shining bright like diamonds in the sky.

 

I might have mentioned it in a couple of tags, but this trilogy – and Robin Hobb in general – is nothing short but brilliant. I read these some years ago after hearing people rave and rave about them and I can totally see why. Not only are they gorgeous books to read, but they look stunning on the shelf. I have every Hobb-book in the very first edition, the UK paperback with the animal on the front. Oh how I love those covers, cause when the sun shines upon them, they glimmer and shine so beautifully and the overall design of the book is just pretty. Imagine my disappointment when the most recent trilogy has shifted to the new covers. They are far from ugly, but I prefer the former.
The other two on the bottom, I don’t care about. If it were between them, I’d go for the first one again – I think this is the very first edition of the series – cause the one with the character is just so generic and plain and does nothing for the book at all.
What is your favourite?

Friday Face-Off | In The Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded

What better way to start the weekend than with an Epic Battle of Books?! Every friday, different editions of the same book enter the ring *cue Tyra Banks* in the hopes of becoming Friday’s Fancy Front – a.k.a.: the best cover *exit Tyra*
This weekly meme is hosted by Books By Proxy who provides us with awesome themes with an even more awesome title. Talking about awesome, the amount of rain we got over the past week was also beyond awesome. Especially on Monday it just kept on pouring and pouring. It was like the clouds exploded and let it all go. And now we’re on the topic of explosions, this also happens to be this week’s theme.
When I read the theme, I instantly knew which cover to pick, since it is a recent buy for me and it was actually kind of a coverbuy. Behold, China MiĆ©ville’s Three Moments Of An Explosion.

 

When you go out looking for this book, the first two covers will be the ones that you see the most, I guess. With the left one being the UK paperback and the right one the US hardback edition. The ones below are the limited hardback and the US paperback.
I am going out there and just say that it’s all about the very first cover for me. I am in L.O.V.E. with MiĆ©ville’s UK covers – Pan Macmillan does such an outstanding job on every single one of his books, I mean, look at it. When you see all his books lined up, the spines have beautiful vibrant colours, the same coverstyle on every book with the dividing line. Just sublime.
The hardback on the right, however, I don’t know what that is?! It’s beyond ugly. The two other editions are pretty meh, with the first one trying too hard and the second one a nice but bland try in comparison to the upper left cover.
That being said, I think I should give his books a try one day soon. Cause even though I own about seven of his books, I haven’t read a single one of them. They do look stunning on the shelves, though, so that’s at least something.

So tell me, which cover do you prefer?

Top 5 Wednesday | Book Jams

Every Wednesday, people from all over the bookish world gather ’round to share their top 5 lists concerning whatever theme that week. All under the watchful eye of the Mother of all Top5’s, Lainey and hosted by Sam.
There was no Wednesday post for me, cause last week’s theme – characters I defend even though a lot of people bash them – just didn’t work out for me. This week, however, I’m back swinging and singing with my top five songs that I associate with books. Warm up those vocal cords, cause here we go!

Taylor Swift, Safe & Sound
A bit of an obvious choice, but where I have already seen lots of movie adaptations, this is the one and only time I link the soundtrack with the book. I don’t think ‘DIVERGENT’ when I hear Ellie Goulding, nor do I particularly want to go to Middle Earth whenever Ed Sheeran is setting my heart on fire again. The lyrics and musical composition of Safe & Sound, however, is so fitting for The Hunger Games that I always think of the book and movie. This song also basically turned my inner Swift-fangirl in overdrive.

John Legend, All Of Me
How can I not think about the greatest lovestory I have ever read when I hear this song? While it could fit for a lot of fictional couples, I feel like Henry could be singing this to Clare. Also, when I hear this song – and I mean really hear it, not just another pretty song in the background – I get this feeling inside that compares to how I feel when reading The Time Traveler’s Wife. Like love is truly and completely all.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Time Warp
This song, much like the movie, is completely and utterly cuckoo. The song makes no sense but at the same time is a lot of fun to listen and dance to. Much like this song, any book by Sir Terry Pratchett is completely cuckoo, they don’t always make the most sense but in the end you have a great time reading them. Whenever I hear Time Warp, I feel like this could have been a song that Pratchett came up with as a silly Discworld dance. It would have been epic, I mean, can you imagine the Wizards and Witches time warping?!

Bo Bruce, The Fall
Another feeling-song. While I heard the song two years after reading the book, when I heard The Fall, I couldn’t help but thinking of Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. Both are works of art that evoke a strong emotion in me and while both so beautiful, they are heartbreaking. Also, if there is one season that relates to Hobb, it has to be Fall/Autumn, at least to me. Reading her books – especially this one – fills me with this Indian Summer feeling. There is still gold in the air, the last remnants of beauty and peace but you know that it will all end and be replaced by the cold harshness of Winter.

London Grammar, Wasting My Young Years
I first heard this song in the very first episode of the TV series Reign, while Adelaide Kane was racing her horse along the beautiful rocky shores. I think this was a very powerful moment, where music and scenery combined created something magical. When listening to the song, I wonder if I should have any regrets. At 27, have I wasted my young years and, given another chance at life, would I do things differently. Thinking about my young years, I can’t not think of Harry Potter.
Also, in my mind Mary Queen Of Scots is racing her horse towards Hogwarts rather than Francis.

So there you have it, five songs that I connect with books in some way or another. Do you have any musical connections to books? Tell me in the comments below.


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