Friday, 31 July 2015

'William Shakespeare's Star Wars: The Jedi Doth Return' by Ian Doescher (2014)

Synopsis: The Jedi Doth Return is written in the style of William Shakespeare and is an officially licensed retelling of The Return of the Jedi. It's been one year since Han Solo was frozen in carbonite and captured by the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Han is now being held at the palace of the crime lord Jabba the Hut which is on Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. Luke has put together a plan to rescue Han with the assistance of Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2. The mission to rescue Han is a success but, when the group then meets up with the Rebel Alliance, they learn that the Empire has been constructing a second Death Star under the supervision of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. This new Death Star is even more deadly and powerful than the first. In a plan to destroy this new weapon, Han decides to lead a strike team to the forest moon of Endor with the aim of destroying the Death Star's shield generator. This will then allow a squadron of starfighters to enter and destroy the battle station from within. The strike team travels to Endor on a stolen imperial ship and soon encounters an alien species called the Ewoks. After some initial conflict the Ewoks decide to help them. Meanwhile, Luke, who has accompanied the team, plans to confront Vader and to convince him to turn away from the dark side of the Force.

And now I've finally finished Ian Doescher's delightful retellings of the original Star Wars trilogy! I will say that I found the first book in the series to be the most laugh-out-loud funny and entertaining (possibly because of its novelty factor?) but both this book and The Empire Striketh Back were still hugely enjoyable. My favourite moment in this book by far was the part where Luke realises that Leia is his sister. Luke then reflects on how inappropriate it was of Leia to kiss him and recalls a story about a Tusken raider that he heard as a child. This story is obviously based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and gave me a fit of the giggles! :D

I would completely recommend this series to those who are fans of both Shakespeare and Star Wars, in fact I'd go so far as to call it a must-read. These books aren't unfunny, cheap gimmicks like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and all of those other mash-ups that came out afterwards. Doescher has quite clearly studied Shakespeare and his books are extremely well-written and eloquent. The books are also deliciously funny with Doescher's love and affection for the source material being obvious.

Doescher has now started to write retellings of the Star Wars prequels but I'm afraid I'm going to have to give those books a miss. As much as I've enjoyed his takes on the original trilogy, I despise the prequels so much that I doubt anyone could get me to enjoy them! I'm hopeful that Doescher will start to adapt the new Disney Star Wars films within the next few years though!

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, 26 July 2015

'The House of Mirth' by Edith Wharton (1905)

Synopsis: The House of Mirth is mainly set in 1890s' New York. Lily Bart is 29 years old and is on the prowl for a husband who can keep her in the luxurious and affluent circles to which she is accustomed. Lily is charming and strikingly beautiful but her father lost his entire fortune when she was 19 and Lily has had to rely on the charity of a wealthy aunt ever since. As Lily is no longer a débutante she's now feeling under great pressure to marry. Lily's one and only true friend is a middle-class lawyer called Mr Selden but although Lily has romantic feelings for him she's decided that Selden isn't rich enough for her liking. Instead she's set her sights on a millionaire called Percy Gryce. However, Lily then manages to sabotage her own plans. Lily then becomes even more desperate to marry when she finds herself falsely accused of adultery by a malicious socialite in order to cover up her own affair. With her reputation in ruins, Lily is abandoned by her relatives and friends and falls into unemployment, grinding poverty and a drug addiction.

The House of Mirth is the third Edith Wharton book that I've read this year and I had fairly high expectations for it, because when I happened to speak to a couple of fellow bloggers about this book they then told me that it was their favourite of Wharton's novels. Well, maybe it was because I wasn't in quite the right mood for it but I didn't find The House of Mirth anywhere near as intriguing and emotionally engaging as The Age of Innocence and Summer because I just couldn't connect with Lily Bart at all. The characters in the other Edith Wharton books that I've read were flawed of course but for me they were... more engagingly flawed I suppose.

I certainly don't think that Lily deserved everything that happened to her but I found her character very difficult to like and hard to understand. She made so many frustrating decisions in this book that I simply couldn't bring myself to feel very much sympathy for her until right near the very end. Lily rejects all of her suitors because she thinks she can do better, engages in some ridiculous activities without thinking of any of the potential consequences (i.e. her gambling), and refuses to accept any real help or assistance towards the end because she thinks it would be compromising her dignity for some reason. I couldn't see the need for all of the sacrifices that Lily made in this book either. Why does she think that a marriage to Mr Rosedale would be so much worse than extreme poverty? Why does she refuse to blackmail Bertha even though Bertha is a terrible woman who's trying to ruin her life? Hmm...

I can understand why some readers would like this book because it has the beautiful writing and the sharp social commentary that I've come to expect from Wharton but I just didn't care for it. I think the fact that I couldn't connect with Lily prevented me from becoming invested in the story. Objectively I wouldn't say that this book is bad by any means but personally I found it highly frustrating.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, 25 July 2015

'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury (1953)

Synopsis: Fahrenheit 451 is a work of dystopian fiction and is set somewhere in America (probably in the Midwest). Guy Montag is a 30 year old fireman who starts fires rather than putting them out, as books are banned and anyone found to have them in their possession will have their home and belongings destroyed by firemen. Montag enjoys his job but then on an Autumn night whilst returning home from work he happens to meet his new neighbour: an exceptionally talkative and inquisitive teenage girl called Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is unlike anyone that Montag has ever met before and he's fascinated by her. The more he talks with Clarisse the more he begins to see his anti-intellectual, conformist society for what it really is. Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with his life, Montag begins to wonder why certain people find books so precious. He then begins to rebel by secretly rescuing and reading several books which causes deep tension in his already strained relationship with his wife Mildred. Meanwhile, Clarisse disappears and Montag's boss Captain Beatty becomes increasingly suspicious about his behaviour.

Erm... wow! This book blew me away and I could barely put it down! The story is highly suspenseful and thrilling and I completely connected with its writing and themes. Bradbury's prose is absolutely wonderful and full of beautiful metaphors and phrases. At times the writing goes into stream-of-consciousness (which isn't something that I usually like at all) but Bradbury manages to write it very, very well and is one of the few authors that I've come across who's been able to make it work for me.

After reading a few articles about this book I've learnt that the majority of its readers have interpreted the story as an attack on the evils of government censorship whereas Bradbury insisted that it was more of a warning about the possibility of television destroying an interest in reading. However, even though Bradbury might not have consciously intended for censorship to be the main theme of his book I think that it's a completely valid message to take from the story. In his afterword for the book's 50th anniversary Bradbury mentions his main inspirations for the story and almost all of these things happen to be examples of censorship. His main inspirations were the Nazi book burnings, the Stalinist "Great Purge", the ruined library of Alexandria and the Salem Witch Trials. Curiously the Salem Witch Trials were also the major source of inspiration for Arthur Miller's The Crucible which is one of my absolute favourite plays. The fact that Miller wrote The Crucible at roughly the same time that Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 is something that I find extremely interesting!

Not only does Bradbury manage to predict earphones, reality television, giant flat-screen TVs, 24 hour cash machines and biometrics in Fahrenheit 451 but for me the most eerie and chilling thing about the entire book was how its dystopia managed to come about. I'm still quite new to the dystopian genre but I do know that the majority of dystopian societies are the result of evil, totalitarian governments or powerful private corporations. But in Fahrenheit 451 it's society itself that's to blame for the dystopia! One of the reasons why books were eventually banned was because people gradually began to find offensive things in them. How incredibly scary and relevant is that in our age of social media outrage?! It seems to me that far too people in our society will respond to things that they find offensive by either hurling personal abuse (which is incredibly unkind and unhelpful) or calling for them to be banned or boycotted, when they could simply choose to ignore the offensive things or argue against them with logic and discussion. I don't believe that we'll ever see books being destroyed by firemen in our society but the ideas in Fahrenheit 451 still hit very close to home for me.

Fahrenheit 451 is a brilliant book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves sci-fi or dystopias or classic literature in general. It's a very short book that could be easily finished in just a couple of hours but it's still a hugely thought-provoking and powerful read. Although the story is at times extremely bleak the ending is surprisingly optimistic and hopeful. The only thing that I'd really criticise about this book would be (SPOILER ALERT!).... Bradbury's casual killing off of Clarisse which even Bradbury himself later regretted, so much so that when he later adapted his own book into a play he changed the ending so that Clarisse was one of the scholars that Montag later meets in the wilderness. I really liked Clarisse and I'd have loved for her and Montag to have interacted more. It's a small complaint though!

Rating: 5/5

P.S. The only screen adaptation of this book is the 1966 film by François Truffaut. I haven't got any real interest in seeing it though as the film looks extremely dated. They also left out Professor Faber and the Mechanical Hound and I find it rather bizarre that Clarisse and Mildred (called Linda in the film) were both played by the same actress. I'd love to see a new adaptation of the book though!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

'The Return of Sherlock Holmes' by Arthur Conan Doyle (1905)

Synopsis: The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the sixth book in the Sherlock Holmes series and is a collection of thirteen short stories that were serialised from September 1903 to December 1904. The stories were then put together into a book in February 1905. The first story in this collection is called The Adventure of the Empty House and is set three years after the death of Sherlock Holmes. John Watson has now settled into a regular routine as a doctor but he then becomes interested in the murder of a man called Ronald Adair who was killed in a locked-room. Then one day a strange old man walks into Watson's office and reveals himself to be none other than Sherlock Holmes. Watson then faints from the shock. When he wakes up, Holmes reveals that he has spent the past few years travelling around the world and having various adventures in order to avoid Moriarty's criminal associates. Before Holmes can return to Baker Street and resume his old life the two of them must catch the last of these men - who may be responsible for Adair's death. The other stories in this book are The Adventure of the Norwood Builder, The Adventure of the Dancing Men, The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist, The Adventure of the Priory School, The Adventure of Black Peter, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton, The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, The Adventure of the Three Students, The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez, The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange and The Adventure of the Second Stain.

In 1893 Arthur Conan Doyle famously attempted to kill off his beloved detective Sherlock Holmes by having the character plunge to his death from the top of the Reichenbach Falls in the story The Final Problem. Doyle had grown rather resentful of the Sherlock Holmes stories because he felt that they were taking up far too much of his time and were distracting him from writing his more serious, self-consciously literary novels. He felt that killing off Holmes was the only way of getting his career back on track. However the Victorian public were outraged. Doyle received many angry letters, thousands cancelled their subscriptions to The Strand and there are accounts of people walking the streets of London wearing black armbands to express their mourning for Holmes. Doyle resisted the pressure from his fans and publishers to write more Sherlock Holmes stories for quite a few years until he finally decided to write a kind of prequel story called The Hound of the Baskervilles which was set before Holmes' death. Two years later Doyle would then bring Holmes back for good.

via my Pinterest board

I know many fans think that the Sherlock Holmes stories that were published post-Reichenbach Falls are nowhere near as good as the stories that came before them though and I'm inclined to agree with them to a certain extent. Most of the short stories in this particular book simply aren't as gripping and engaging as the stories that you'll find in the Adventures and Memoirs collections. The plots are weaker and there's some obvious story recycling going on. In The Norwood Builder Holmes catches the criminal by re-using a trick from A Scandal in Bohemia, The Six Napoleons is similar to The Blue CarbuncleThe Second Stain is very reminiscent of The Naval Treaty and The Solitary Cyclist is very reminiscent of The Copper Beeches (it's even got a character called Violet in it!) In fact the only story in this book that I feel truly confident about putting in "My Top 10 Sherlock Holmes Stories" list would be The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton. But having said that the stories in this book are still well-written, charming and enjoyable to read. The mysteries in this book might not be as good as the mysteries in the previous collections but it's always a pleasure to read about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson's friendship and in one of the stories - I can't remember which one sadly - it's even revealed that Watson eventually managed to get Holmes to stop taking drugs.

I certainly didn't enjoy The Return of Sherlock Holmes as much as the earlier short story collections or The Hound of the Baskervilles but I still liked it a lot more than the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. And now I'm going to pick my top three favourites from this book:

The Adventure of the Empty House - The one where Sherlock Holmes comes back! The plot itself might not be particularly gripping or even very logical (a noiseless gun?) but I love the touching scenes between Holmes and Watson in this one. I find Holmes' slight bemusement at Watson and Mrs Hudson's emotional reactions to his return pretty funny too. Somehow I don't think Holmes had quite grasped the fact that they thought he was DEAD! Speaking of Mrs Hudson this is the first story in the canon that I've come across where she actually gets a very important role in the story and I thought that was quite lovely. And another reason why I really enjoy this story is because of its very interesting villain Sebastian Moran. He seems to be an evil version of John Watson in the same way that Moriarty is an evil version of Sherlock Holmes.

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton - I love this one! It makes for a very refreshing change of pace from the typical Sherlock Holmes story. Its villain is a despicable blackmailer who Doyle actually based on someone from real-life: a man called Charles Augustus Howell who once preyed on Dante Gabriel Rossetti and was eventually found in the gutter with his throat slit and a coin in his mouth. Another very interesting thing about this story of course is that Holmes is morally questionable in it. Since he has a client who can't afford to meet Charles Augustus Milverton's ransom, Holmes decides that he'll have to break into Milverton's house and steal the letter back. To find out how to do this he then emotionally manipulates one of Milverton's maids by first wooing her and then becoming engaged to her! Holmes insists to Watson that it's no big deal since the maid has an adoring suitor who'll make a move as soon as the engagement is called off but it's still pretty iffy. Holmes' announcement of his engagement and Watson's reaction to it is really funny though! After that we then get the part where Holmes and Watson break into Milverton's house, which is really suspenseful, and then a shocking scene (even more shocking for the time) where Milverton is gunned down by one of his previous female blackmail victims. Then we get another really suspenseful scene where Holmes and Watson have to make a run for it and then a really funny scene with Holmes, Watson and Lestrade :D

The Adventure of the Abbey Grange - I'm not sure if I like this story enough for it to be in my Sherlock Holmes top 10 but it's certainly a very interesting one. Eustace Brackenstell is one of my most hated fictional characters ever! He's so much worse than Moriarty and Milverton! He repeatedly punched his wife in the face and stabbed her with hatpins! And just to provide some historical context: hatpins were almost a foot long and could be used to kill people. And Brackenstall even set his wife's dog on fire after dousing it with petroleum! What a sick evil b******! I guess the only reason why I like this story is because of Lady Brackenstall. Considering the horrific abuse that she's had to endure from her husband she's still managed to get through it with her spirits and her sanity intact. She's a victim who triumphs over her abuser and she's a badass - another woman in the canon who I'd class as more awesome than Irene Adler. In my head canon she totally married that "fine specimen of manhood" Captain Crocker (Watson's words not mine!) Then they sailed off into the sunset and had epic adventures on the high seas!

Rating: 4/5

Friday, 17 July 2015

The Answer Post!

The above is a completely random picture. I found it online and I thought it was pretty :) And now I'll get right down to answering the questions that I was asked!

Miss Evelyn of The Wonder of History and Letters from Avonlea asked:

What is the most unusual thing you have ever heard about Australia?
I was really struggling to think of an answer for this question but then just a few days ago I found out that an episode of Peppa Pig was banned in your country. I thought that was sufficiently unusual! It was banned for a very good reason actually. The moral of the episode was that kids shouldn't be afraid of spiders but since Australia has some of the deadliest spiders in the world the network decided that showing the episode might not be such a very good idea!

Would you consider travelling to our country?
YES! I'd love to do a big trip to Australia and New Zealand some day! Some places that I want to see in Australia are...


Cape Tribulation near Cairns

The Whitsunday Islands

Ever been to any of those places, Evie? :)

If the Doctor came up to you and said "I'm looking for an assistant" which doctor would it be, would you say yes, and where do you want to go first?
Well first of all I have to say that I love every single incarnation of the Doctor that I've seen and that I would gladly travel with whichever Doctor asked me but if I really had to choose then I'd go with Eleven because even though I was initially sceptical about him he did eventually become the Doctor of my heart :) And if I travelled with him then there would potentially be the massive added bonus of getting to meet Amy, Rory and River! :) So that's the first part of the question out the way. Secondly, yes, I would became an assistant because I know I'd always regret it if I didn't.

On a more serious note I'd want to make Victorian Haworth my first destination so that the Doctor and I could try to save the Bronte siblings. Their deaths are almost unbelievably tragic. Anne Bronte was only 29 when she died and she'd just spent two months watching her sister Emily die and refuse all medical help until it was too late. And her sister Charlotte was against the subject matter of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall as were much of the Victorian public. Then Anne found out that she was terminally ill and died and Charlotte (who loved Anne and meant well but had always under-estimated her talent) later tried to lessen the impact of her work. And then you have Emily dying in horrible pain at the age of 30 and Charlotte dying in childbirth when she'd only been married for a few months. Her poor husband! And Patrick Bronte as well! Living to see his wife, his six children and his unborn grandchild all die before him! :'(

As a Christian I obviously believe that the Brontes went to a better place and I do believe that everything happens for a reason but if I met the Doctor then that would be for a reason too :)

The Bronte Parsonage Museum

Hamlette of Hamlette's Soliloquy, The Edge of The Precipice and We Cook Too Much asked:

Which Jane Austen character do you wish you were more like?
As much as I love Elizabeth Bennet and Henry Tilney I'm going to have to go with Anne Elliot from Persuasion for this one because I'd love to be as patient and practical as she is! Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice are my joint favourite Austen books and there's so much that I love about Anne. In my opinion she's every bit as romantic and sensitive as Marianne Dashwood but she has none of that character's silliness. She has a wry sense of humour. She's quiet and reserved but she can definitely speak her mind and fight her corner. She's intelligent, mature and thoughtful. She's an excellent judge of character. And she knows her Romantic poetry and Italian - yet another reason why I'd like to be more like Anne!

Anne Elliot and Wentworth by Madmonalisa

What are some shows/movies you would like to see crossovers of (imagining that you had the power to make this possible)?
It's funny you should ask this because it was announced this very day that there's going to be a couple of crossovers between Bones and Sleepy Hollow! Why they're doing it I really can't fathom because Sleepy Hollow is an urban fantasy show and Bones is a more realistic police procedural. It will be interesting to say the least!

I can't really think of any crossovers that I'd want and would actually make sense I'm afraid, but I used to really wish that The Simpsons would do a crossover with Buffy the Vampire SlayerThe Simpsons' crossover with The X-Files is HILARIOUS but then that was back when The Simpsons was still funny.

The whale's noises make me giggle every single time!

Have you got any good ideas for some fun crossovers, Hamlette?

If they made a new (actually good) adaptation of Mansfield Park, who do you think they should cast in it?
I don't think I could give you a full cast but if a new period drama of the book ever got made I'd love to see Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner play Fanny and for Judi Dench to play Mrs Norris. I'd also want Hayley Atwell to reprise her role as Mary Crawford because even though I'm not a fan of the ITV 2007 version by any means I loved her performance as Mary. But that probably wouldn't happen though so I think I'd like either Alicia Vikander or Gemma Arterton to play Mary.

This seems like a good time to mention that I'm watching a new modern-day web series adaptation of Mansfield Park called From Mansfield with Love which has been brilliant so far and infinitely better than the 1999 and 2007 adaptations! In this version Fanny (Frankie in the web series) is a "glorified maid" and Mansfield Park is a family-run country hotel. I've been really loving this web series so far! It's made me appreciate the book so much more and I think I might actually prefer it to the book to be honest! Heresy, I know. I find the web series a lot funnier than the book though and I like the fact that the Bertrams aren't as annoying in it. They're still fairly dismissive of Fanny/Frankie at times but they aren't as downright cruel to her in this version and Mr Rushworth (Rory) in particular is really quite hilarious :D Frankie is very likeable and funny but is still recognisable as the Fanny of the book and the writers have made some superb modernisations to the story e.g. The Lover's Vow play is turned into a slightly raunchy amateur film and the trip to Sotherton is turned into a trip to Brighton. The acting has been terrific too. I would highly recommend this adaptation and the full playlist is here for anyone who wants to watch it.

Are there any musicals you greatly dislike? If so, what are they?
Oh gosh, yes! Mamma Mia, the High School Musical films, Hair, Chicago, Nine, Love Never Dies and Grease (the ending's awful!) There might be a few others that I can't stand but if so I've managed to repress them.

And that's the end of the post! Thank you Evelyn and Hamlette!

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

(c) Lianne @ EclecticTales
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week, etc)

1. Hello again! I'm planning to do an Ask Me Anything event next Friday in case you weren't aware or needed a reminder. If you haven't asked me any questions yet then please feel free to leave me some questions before then, either on this post or on the original request post.

2. I can't believe that we're more than halfway through 2015 and almost halfway through July! So far I've read just over 20 books and my favourite books of the year have been (in roughly the order I read them):
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (re-read)
  • The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle (re-reads)
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
  • The Age of Innocence and Summer by Edith Wharton
  • The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss 
  • The Talisman Ring and Sylvester (abridged audiobook) by Georgette Heyer

3. I'm re-reading another Sherlock Holmes book at the moment - The Return of Sherlock Holmes. This will be my last re-read in the canon as all of the remaining books will be new reads for me.

4. I beamed with joy when I watched this teaser of the Sherlock Christmas Special! And Mrs Hudson's indignation at being treated as a plot device cracked me up! :D

5. The BBC's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell has ended now and I'm really, really missing it. My Sunday nights seem awfully empty now! The miniseries didn't match the sheer richness and awesomeness of the book and of course I wish they'd done certain things differently but the adaptation was still much better than I was expecting it to be. It was extremely well-made and directed and I thought most of the actors were wonderful and brilliantly cast. My top three favourites were Bertie Carvel, Enzo Cilenti and Charlotte Riley. Carvel is now my favourite to play the Doctor when Peter Capaldi eventually stops playing the character. He'd be amazing in the role!

6. Speaking of Doctor Who here's the trailer for Series Nine :) I'm excited that Maisie Williams will be guest-starring this series as she was one of the best child actresses that I've ever seen (I say "was" because she's 18 now). On another Doctor Who-related note I'm thrilled that Alex Kingston's River Song will be featuring in some of the upcoming Big Finish stories!

7. I've recently finished watching the 2008 BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit for the first time after hearing some brilliant things about it for ages. I wouldn't call Little Dorrit my favourite Dickens story as Arthur Clennam and Amy Dorrit's joint backstory was extremely convoluted and confusing and a couple of the subplots just sort of... fizzled out and didn't really lead to anything. But overall I still really enjoyed this miniseries. It had plenty of mystery and atmosphere, some really engaging and likeable characters and a lovely, heart-warming romance. Claire Foy and Matthew MacFadyen's acting in the miniseries was every bit as great as I'd heard although I have to say that the standout performance for me came from Russell Tovey who gave an absolutely stunning performance as John Chivery! I'm now planning on watching the BBC's Bleak House later on in the year.

8.  I've been attempting to cook and bake more recently. Last week or the week before I managed to bake a lovely Victoria Sponge Cake (if I do say so myself!) and this week I had a go at a Spaghetti Carbonara. Now that one wasn't as good as I'd hoped. It still tasted nice but the egg yolks ended up scrambling a bit so the look and texture was off. I might start to put up pictures of some of my baking/cooking experiments on these posts every now and again.

9. I was thrilled by the BBC's announcement that they're going to be making a new adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None this week! It's to commemorate Agatha Christie's 125th birthday and it will be starring, amongst others, Charles Dance, Aidan Turner, Anna Maxwell Martin and Miranda Richardson! :) And Then There Were None is my favourite of Christie's books although that isn't really much to boast about in my case since I've only managed to read about five of her books! I'm now hoping to re-read ATTWN a bit closer to the airdate and I'm planning to start reading more of Christie's works when I eventually finish off the Sherlock Holmes books.

10. I've saved the thing that I'm most excited about for last... I'm planning to meet up with one of my blogger friends soon! :D It's my friend Samara who's coming over to England to see Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet this summer - I know right?! - and we're trying to arrange a meet-up while she's here. YAY!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Ask Me Anything!

My memory must be better than I think! I was literally just having a look at some posts in my draft box when I thought "Hey, didn't I do an "Ask Me Anything" event around this time last year? So I had a look through my posts and - much to my surprise! - discovered that on this very same day in 2014 I made my "Ask Me Anything" request post

I had so much fun answering the questions that I received last year that I'd love to do it again this year :) So, yes, feel free to ask me things! The questions don't have to be related to anything that I usually blog about and I'm willing to answer pretty much anything, just as long as they aren't really personal things like "What's your phone number?" Not that I'm actually expecting anyone to ask me things like that! Leave me some questions in the comment box below and I'll do my best to answer them all. I'm aiming to put up my answer post in a fortnight.