Listening to Gaiman read Norse Mythology

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Neil Gaiman

Publication: February 24th 2017 by Audible Studios

Format: Audiobook Length: 6 hrs 30 mins

ASIN: B06WWM5HRC

My first Gaiman will not be my last. Norse Mythology was my first introduction to the Norse gods. My brief encounter with Thor and Loki was pitifully based on the Avengers. I never got into the Thor movies, never showed any interest in Loki (from what I had seen on screen), and didn’t even think I’d like this book.

Gaiman quite wonderfully tells the stories of the Norse gods. It’s not a comprehensive book, but a brilliant introduction for the clueless (or curious) who want to simply dive into Norse mythology without getting confused by various versions of the same stories, conflicting events and so on. ‘Tidy’ springs to mind, it’s an organised collection of short stories told in a chronological order, so you’re not left wondering what, when, why and where.

It’s by no means a comprehensive guide to all things Norse mythology but it’s one of the best mythology overviews I’ve ever come across.

I would highly recommend the audiobook over the physical or eBook versions of this book. The best thing about it is that it’s read by Gaiman himself and his manner makes the characters come to life. The gods are, ironically, portrayed as human. They make mistakes, they can be cruel, they can be frail but also feared. Sometimes they’re downright stupid but always likeable. My nonchalant attitude towards Loki did a backflip thanks to Gaiman’s portrayal of the hilarious and cunning prankster. I laughed out loud many times and enjoyed listening to all the stories, so, I was quite upset when the book finished (it’s only 6 hours and 30 minutes!).

Norse Mythology takes you from moments of hilarity to anxiously hoping Loki or Thor save the day.

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Going on a little break

Hey all! This is just a little notification to let you guys know that I’m going to be on a temporary break from Sugarquills for about a month, I’ll be right back in September! I will, of course, still be reading on my break and will be discussing book-y things on Twitter and whatnot. Just need to get things in order for when uni starts 🙂

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Listening to Eddie Redmayne Read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them by J.K. Rowling

Narrated by Eddie Redmayne

Publication: March 14th 2017 by Pottermore

Format: Audiobook Length: 1 hr 40 mins

ASIN: B01N9VMWMZ

I was SO happy to hear that there would be a Fantastic Beasts audiobook read by Eddie Redmayne. His narration was fun, quirky and delightful. It’s as if the character, Newt Scamander, was written for him. I loved every minute of this audiobook. Eddie reads the book with charm and personality, bringing Rowling’s words to life.

If you’re interested in the fantastic beasts of the Potterverse, you’re going to want to get your hands on this audiobook. The book is read out in alphabetical order. Each entry goes into detail about all the various magical beasts as well as explaining things like why Centaurs are classed as beasts despite their intelligence, why the Golden Snidget has been replaced by the Golden Snitch in Quidditch, and all the different types of dragons.

I thought the sections explaining the Ministry’s way of organising beasts were particularly interesting. I never thought to question how they would classify Merpeople, trolls, giants, werewolves and such, but the explanations provided in this audiobook were extensive, and they made me appreciate the detail Rowling goes into. In addition to this, the book also goes into how dangerous each creature is considered by the ministry.

Fantastic Beasts is by no means a comprehensive guide, as explained in the introduction. There are many other beasts that exist in the Potterverse that have not made it into this book, but, you will find most of those so far exposed by Rowling in all seven Harry Potter books and the Fantastic Beasts movie have been included. I was, however, left curious as to why Dementors were not included and whether or not an Obscurus counts as a magical creature.

A great audiobook for Harry Potter fans.

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ARC review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Publication: July 13th 2017 by Ebury Press

Format: eBook Pages: 352

ASIN: B01MAZ8DTS

“The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: FINAL GIRLS, by Riley Sager. If you liked GONE GIRL, you’ll like this” STEPHEN KING

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.’ Goodreads

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ARC Review: Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

Publication: July 4th 2017 by Titan Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 304

ISBN: 9781785655685

‘There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend.’

Peter Lies.’Goodreads

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