Save The Words Saturday – Xenization

Xenization

Noun.
Definition: Fact of travelling as a stranger.
Example: "After finishing school, Duncan will be
 off on his Xenization year."
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A Mythic connection

While I mentioned way back at the inception of this blog that on occasion the books I’m reading have eerie cross-overs, I realised that none of them have been significant enough for me to actually write a post – until now.

The connection I found was between three books I am currently reading/just finished reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder, and are references to Norse God Odin’s twin ravens, Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory).

Odin with Huginn and Muninn

I’m aware that Norse Mythology isn’t always widely known, so if you’ve never heard of Huginn and Muninn or Odin in general this site is a pretty good one for all things Norse and Mythic 😉

The first reference was in The Night Circus. One of the main characters Celia Bowen, the illusionist at the circus has a raven which she uses in her act called Huginn and in one scene her father says that she should get another one – “a Muninn to complete the set” to which she replied “I prefer thought to memory, Papa.” This gave me a bit of a giggle, as I enjoy Mythological references slipped into books, it was an insightful sentiment and it made me think of a game I sometimes play on Facebook (Ravenwood fair) which also has a Huginn and a Muninn, but I didn’t give it much more thought until they popped up in another book – American Gods.

 

The reference in American Gods came about because one of the main characters was revealed as being Odin (this isn’t really a spoiler as it happens fairly early on, and with a title like American Gods it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that Gods will feature). I thought it was pretty neat that two books I was reading at the same time referenced the same thing, but not too odd because after all they are both Fantasy novels so it’s not a huge stretch of the imagination that they would both include Mythology in some form, and in my reading adventures I have found that when reading so many books at once, similarities can, and do pop up.

 

When I read the third reference in The Raven’s Heart, I laughed out loud. In hindsight it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering the book’s title, but it did take me by surprise when in this Historical novel, Mary Queen of Scots started to tell the book’s protagonist, Alison/Robert the story of Odin and his ravens to illustrate that she wanted her to be her spy in the kingdom.

I doubt that Huginn and Muninn will make an appearance in any of my other current books, but if they do I’ll make sure to share the weird coincidence 🙂

 

Also, this post is a bit of a milestone – it is Book Polygamist’s 100th post! *cheers and applause ensue!* 😀

Thank you to those of you that have been reading from the beginning, and also thank you to readers that have only just started to read – without you all I doubt I would have had the effort to last 100 posts 🙂

Another milestone is coming up very soon – the first anniversary of Book Polygamist, which is on the 5th of March – so perhaps I will do a special post on that day to celebrate.

For now ‘tho, thank you for reading and as always:

Happy Reading!

The third Free Pick – Raisins and Almonds to celebrate a premiere :)

On Tuesday, while I was wiling away the time between the end of my class and starting work I finished Code Noir by Marianne De Pierres (review to follow after I’ve finished the one for The Night Circus), and even before I was done I knew what  my next free pick would be: Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood.

Raisins and Almonds is the 9th book in the Phryne Fisher Mysteries (out of 18 so far) and I was excited to read it for a couple of reasons:

  1. Its been a while since I’ve read a Phryne book (I read the 8th book, Urn Burial February last year so its been a year! O.O) so I’ve been missing her detective antics and fabulous outfits 🙂 and;
  2. I’ve been in a Phryne mood because the premiere of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (which I talked about in my Top 10 Books I Would Like To See Adapted For The Screen post) has been approaching, and is tonight at 8.30 (eeeee! :D)!!

Even though I chose the book Tuesday night I haven’t started it yet, being so caught up in the other books I’m reading, so I’m looking forward to starting it tonight after the premiere, and then it will most likely accompany me on the bus next week 🙂

The end of February is fast approaching  so this will probably be my last Free Pick February book as I am not near the end of any of my current reads, and I will revert back to my usual eeny meeny miny moe process of elimination for March.

Also I will be closing my latest poll early next week so I can begin work on the Top 10 lists, and with one theme currently on 2 votes and the other on nil, it looks like the chosen theme will be Top 10 Heroes and Top 10 Villains.

Hope you all have a relaxing weekend and Happy Reading!

 

Save The Words Saturday – Speustic

Speustic

Adjective.
Definition: Made or baked in haste.
Example: "Eric has a perchant for doing things in a speustic fashion, 
which explains his half-baked ideas and his half-cooked turkey."
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Notable Quotable # 4

“We are fish in a bowl, dear,” Tsukiko tells her, cigarette holder dangling precariously from her lips “very carefully monitored fish. Watched from all angles. If one of us floats to the top, it was not accidental. And if it was an accident, I worry that the watchers are not as careful as they should be.”

The second Free Pick – top of the list Classic

This afternoon I finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (let me just say – AMAZING! I was so into the ending that I got off the bus and sat on the bus stop bench to finish 🙂 I will write a review soon, but as I loved this book so much I don’t want to rush it).

As it is Free Pick February, and The Night Circus is one of my books, I was pyched to choose a new read from the Books-I-Own-But-Have-Yet-To-Read pile since it it the largest (at 18 strong) and there is a bunch i’m dying to read.

While I was walking home from the bus stop with The Night Circus tucked lovingly under my arm one book popped into my head, maybe because I posted my Top 10 Classics I Want to Read so recently, but as soon as I got home I decided that I will finally read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 😀

Happy Reading!