The evening sun had rolled down and blown out in a bloody wad and the white, full moon had rolled up like an enormous ball of tightly wrapped twine.
- “Deadman’s Road” by Joe R. Lansdale (opening sentence), The Living Dead by Various, pg. 299
The evening sun had rolled down and blown out in a bloody wad and the white, full moon had rolled up like an enormous ball of tightly wrapped twine.
Zombies pretend to be about how there are worse things than death. It isn’t true. Being one is an in-between state, and the way out is pretty much what you’d expect. Zombies are about how there are worse things than life.
Welcome to the really belated 11th (and probably final) update of Short and Sweet and 1000+ Pages of Epic Fantasy, in which I tell you the outrageous amount of stuff that has happened since my last update just before semester break that I have been itching to tell you!
I am determined to finally fill you in on the challenges, since in essence I have now polished them both off, however, I don’t want to bore my beloved Bookbaggers, old and new (I was flabbergasted that I gained a few new followers while I have been virtually silent, so thanks and welcome to the Bookbagger newbies 🙂 ) so I will keep it as short as my rambling mind and wandering fingers can manage, utilising the Mighty Numbered List and keeping to challenge-based stuff…mostly 😛
Ok, lets kick off the epic, shall we?
The MNL (Mighty Numbered List) will be getting a workout with this update, as in the
four six weeks since my last update (jeez I had to check to confirm it had been that long!) I have finished all the remaining books in the challenge, a few of the short stories from my zombie anthology, and have tweaked something related to the challenge:
Now onto the other challenge which also had major action:
Pages remaining: 0
Pages remaining: 0! 😀
Pages remaining: 0
I now know why my bro was so insistent I read this book as Paolini’s skill as a writer has improved immensely from the first book – and even from the second – and I found myself hunched in my seat gripping the book, eyes wide, while gasps and yes, even tears burst forth from me inexplicably at various points. I know that if I hadn’t done this challenge I likely would’ve been even slower with this huge fantasy epic (as it was I still had it on the go for over 8 months!) so I am very happy I challenged myself.
I was then finally able to pick a new book from the Borrowed-From-Others pile and I picked one that I borrowed from Sarah a while back and have been wanting to read ever since she told me about it – Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey. I started it around the same time as Un Lun Dun and I have been loving it just as much. In fact it also got pre-emptively added to the Top 10 Books of 2014 list before I was even half-way, so I really have some great books on the go at the moment 😀
I think I’ll leave it there Bookbaggers so I can finally post this really belated update! I also read a few comics, but I’ll save that for another post and leave you with a few words.
Like many of you, this week I have been trying to come to terms with the shocking death of Robin Williams. As I’m 27, Robin was a pivotal figure in memorable films from my childhood, such as Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, Hook, Patch Adams, and Aladdin and it has been hard even fathoming that he is no longer in this world. I have tried to stay positive (as I usually try to do in most situations anyway) and think that at least where ever he may be he is no longer suffering and perhaps his death helped others contemplating suicide or suffering silently from depression.
This is not a cheery way to end the long-awaited update, but I couldn’t put something up this week without saying something and sharing with you a video which not only shows Robin’s talent, but pays tribute to him in a positive way:
Robin – we never have had a friend like you before and probably never will again. You will be truly missed by a big percentage of the world, and I hope that you are at peace.
On that note its goodbye for now Bookbaggers – until next time:
Welcome to the 7th update of my Short and Sweet and 1000+ Pages of Epic Fantasy challenges, where once again I have nothing exciting besides to tell you about, so I’ll probably end this post with some frivolous videos and GIFs ^_^
Since the last update I have started two new books in this challenge, so a Mighty Numbered List is fitting more than ever:
The contenders list remains the same as last week (for now!):
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
Horn by Peter M Ball
Deadly Beloved by Max Allan Collins
Now onto my other exciting challenge:
Pages remaining: 125
Pages remaining: 338
Pages remaining: 463
The Sending is getting so exciting that if I manage to get enough time on Sunday (I am throwing a birthday party for one of my close friends, Nay, on Saturday so may be recuperating Sunday) I could just read to the end, but if not this challenge will be down one book in a couple of weeks, and considering what’s happening in Brisingr I doubt it’ll be far behind!
Since last time I also read my two other randomly picked Free Comic Book Day comics – Courtney Crumrin was a rare first issue where most of the free comics are zero issues/teasers and introduced me to an interesting YA supernatural story which I want to continue with more than any of the others I’ve read so far. At the back was a promotion of the half-dozen hard cover volumes which already exist, so I’ll have to see if the first one is in one of my friendly neighborhood comic stores 🙂
The other one – Spongebob Freestyle Funnies – was pretty much what the name suggests, a collection of short comics starring the lovable underwater-pineapple-dwelling sponge and his friends, drawn by different artists and it was a nice way to spend a few minutes one afternoon before Sarah came to visit.
Well, that’s it for now Bookbaggers 🙂 If you haven’t already check out my newest regular feature posts Collective Nounitude: Zombies and Adventures in Etymology: Syncopation, and I’ll be back next week with a new update.
Until then here’s the random frivolity I promised 😀
Firstly a bunny who looks inadvertently sinister munching on some raspberries:
Then this adorable Bull Terrier trying to figure out what this crab is about:
And lastly this video, which actually isn’t frivolous but a genius idea which addresses multiple problems we’re now facing as a society:
I’m planning on supporting the project next pay-day, and if any of my lovely Bookbaggers want to do the same they can here.
Ok see ya!
A Horde of Zombies
(this wasn’t the most common in my searches, but from my experience “zombie horde” is commonly used in books/movies/TV so is the one most people would use/think of and since this isn’t a very official collective noun and a couple of people in forums also agree with horde, I’m sticking with it :P)
A Stagger of Zombies
A Moan of Zombies
A Shamble of Zombies
A Thriller of Zombies
A Shuffle of Zombies
An Apocalypse of Zombies
A Plague of Zombies
A Splatter of Zombies
A Shudder of Zombies
A Hunger of Zombies
A Reek of Zombies
A Shaun of Zombies (Ha!)
A Lurch of Zombies
A Fondness of Zombies
A Zeppelin of Zombies
(well, that’s a terrifying thought!)
A Rotting of Zombies
A Copse of Zombies
A Morgue of Zombies
A Scourge of Zombies
A Death of Zombies
A Sizwe Dhlomo of Zombies
(I had to look this guy up to see why this makes sense/is funny. Apparently he’s a radio/TV presenter and businessman in Africa but I have no idea why someone thought his name would be a good collective noun for zombies O.O)
A Graveyard of Zombies
A Scathe of Zombies
A Stumble of Zombies
A Munch of Zombies
A Chuckle of Zombies
A Bloodthirst of Zombies
An Implacable of Zombies
A Scrum of Zombies
A Decomposition of Zombies
A Shawn of Zombies
(someone already beat you to it guy – and with the right spelling :P)
A Simonpegg of Zombies
(lots of Shaun of the Dead love in the world of collective nouns for zombies!)
A Romero of Zombies
A Swoon of Zombies
A Stench of Zombies
A Brains Trust of Zombies
A Fester of Zombies
A Daze of Zombies
A Shaaamo of Zombies
(I also had to look this one up and I still have no idea what it’s meant to mean…)
A Vexation of Zombies
(I love this one because it sounds like what proper Victorian ladies/gentlemen would pick for a collective noun – “Oh my, these undead are rather vexing aren’t they? Not at all seemly and they do ruin ones tea break most awfully” – plus it comes from this fantastic poster of Supernatural Collective Nouns which has so many rippers!)
Man, there are so many good suggestions I don’t know if I can come up with any more!
Here goes nothing:
A Herd of Zombies
A Nom of Zombies
A Knash of Zombies
A Void of Zombies
(this may be my fave suggestion because it makes me think of creepy empty eyes, with matching empty brains, plus I know if zombies were a reality I would certainly be avoiding them :P)
(home of the Supernatural Collective Nouns poster 🙂 )
(stumble of zombies, but also has some other great suggestions for horror creatures)
The aide felt like he was in a preschool in hell, or possibly in a dovecote of extremely deformed and demented pigeons.
Some things that you could try with zombies, but which won’t work:
Don’t panic. Remain calm.
Call the police.
Take them out to dinner. Get them drunk.
Ask them to come back later.
Take them home.
Tell them jokes. Play board games with them.
Tell them you love them.
Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to the 1st Annual Book Polygamist Awards! (insert applause and cheering here)
Every year I look back at the books I have read and assign awards to those that have stood out in some way. Before now that acknowledgement has been for my eyes only in my treasured reading journals so I am happy to make them public for the first time!
The awards will be in two parts: the Annual Awards which are ones that I have given to books every year and will likely continue to do so; and the Special Awards which are awards that I have created especially for this years contenders.
I hope you enjoy 🙂
Coraline by Neil Gaiman, at 1 day
Eddie Dickens Trilogy (Awful End; Dreadful Acts and Terrible Times) at 2 days for all three.
Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker, at 25 weeks, 3 days!
The Books of Blood: vol 1-3 by Clive Barker at 30 weeks and counting!!
4 by Kerry Greenwood (Urn Burial; Heavenly Pleasures; Devil’s Food; Trick or Treat)
3 by Charlaine Harris (Definitely Dead; All Together Dead; From Dead to Worse)
3 by Philip Ardagh (Awful End; Dreadful Acts;Terrible Times)
Every year I make a list of authors I have discovered and who I want to read more of, so this year I thought I’d give an award to the author that I was the most impressed with and have since researched several other books of theirs that I’m interested in as well as a few other authors that get honorable mentions.
Marianne de Pierres (Nylon Angel – Book 1 Parrish Plessis series)
Andrew Nicoll (The Good Mayor)
Kathryn Lasky (Guardians of Ga’Hoole: The Capture)
Muriel Barbery (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)
Catherine Webb (The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle)
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials) by Philip Pullman
The Capture (Guardians of Ga’Hoole series) by Kathryn Lasky
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
This is the first year I have read Graphic Novels and actually treated them like real books (i.e. included them in my book journal; wrote reviews etc.) so I thought the two fabulous Graphic Novels deserve their very own award 🙂
This year has included a few short-story anthologies, a format I don’t generally read a lot so I have chosen the best short-story collection as well as the best individual stories.
Best stories: Family Business by Jonathan Maberry; The Zombie Who Fell from the Sky by M. B. Homler; The Storm Door by Tad Williams; Second Wind by Mike Carey; Weaponized by David Wellington.
This year stood out as the year I started to love zombie stories! It wasn’t the first time I read anything with zombies (in 2010 I read Nekropolis by Tim Waggoner which is about a zombie detective; the first Anita Blake book by Laurell K Hamilton, Guilty Pleasures, which involves zombie raising, and right before the dawn of 2011 I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan which is set in a zombie-apocalyptic world) but after Zombie: an Anthology of the Undead I was hooked so the BRAAIINNS Award goes to:
with an honorable mention to Alice in Zombieland by Lewis Carrol and Nickolas Cook 😛
This is a new award I came up with, given to a book I re-read and still loved in 2011:
This award goes to a book that I had been meaning to read for a long time:
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
(to find out why this cover is misleading see my review)
This is another new one that I created purely to highlight two of my favourite authors whose newest releases I read this year and loved just as much (if not more) than previous favourites:
2011 has been a fabulous year for me, not just for reading but in many aspects of my life, and I hope for even more great reads and wonderful events now that its 2012!
I hope you all also read some novels in 2011 that deserve awards and you have an amazing 2012 🙂
Things have been pretty exciting in my life since my last post, mainly because my birthday was on Saturday and I’ve pretty much been celebrating and getting spoilt by friends and family for the past week. Since this celebrating and spoilitude involved getting some new books (of course) I thought why not share my goodies with you, my loyal Bookbaggers, as well as update you on my recent reading exploits 🙂
Ok, so firstly, on Thursday the 20th, after going out to a lovely birthday dinner with my family (yes, I did say my birthday was Saturday, but my grandparents have a weird thing about only going out to dinner on Thursdays – don’t ask me!) I FINALLY finished Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker, which I have been reading for a really long time. It was a pretty crazy book (I’ll post a review soonish) so it was a bit strange finally getting to the end of it, especially as It was the only book I had been reading for a few days, but it also meant that I could now pick a new book from the scary towering library book pile next to my bed. Now, I was determined to use my usual process to pick a book instead of just picking one of the newer more exciting ones, but the towering pile of certain death consisted of 11 books, when my eeny meeny miny moe…ing only works for 7, so it took a bit longer and was more complicated. However, eventually I did have a winner – Trick or Treat by Kerry Greenwood (the 4th Corinna Chapman book).
Now onto the much more exciting topic of my book haul this birthday 😛 I received a total of 6 books for or around my birthday this year, 1 with money my nana gave me (as well as too very pretty bookmarks), 1 from my friend Sarah, 2 from my mum (as well as new sheets, a pillow and some clothes – score!), and 2 which I had ordered from my bookclub but just happened to arrive near my birthday, which was pretty sweet timing.
The brand-spankin’-new books are (in order of when I got them):
So, pretty spoilt this year huh? And this is only the book-based prezzies! I also got new bedding/pillow and clothes (which I already mentioned); a gorgeous owl statuette (I collect owls :)); an owl Skelanimal; a Sanity gift-card which I used to get the third season of True Blood and the first season of How I Met Your Mother; the new Gotye album and other awesome bits and pieces.
Now that my birthday week seems to be meandering to an end, expect reviews for the Eddie Dickens Trilogy and Coldheart Canyon as well as the next Top 10 (on the theme of book to screen adaptations) at the end of the month.
Alice in Zombieland pretty much explains itself – in essence it is the full text of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (which is why he shares authorship) but altered so that Wonderland is actually Zombieland and is infested by flesh-eating Zombies. The other changes include:
I was really impressed with how Cook integrated the horror element of zombies into this classic tale, and was a bit unnerved by how well it fit. Cook changes enough to make it a new story but not enough to drastically alter the feel of the original tale, which in my opinion was pretty freaky already! Another nice touch was the illustrations at the beginning of each chapter – they’re the original drawings by Sir John Tenniel artfully changed by comic artist Brent Cardillo into grotesque etchings.
This newfound genre of horror/classics mash-ups is huge at the moment what with the highly popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith being released in 2009, which was quickly followed by Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters by Ben H. Winters and an avalanche of others since. I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters because I’m not really a Jane Austen fan, but I am intrigued by the concept of these mash-ups and I certainly enjoyed Alice in Zombieland, so much so that I finished it within a week of borrowing it from the library. A fun, gross read but not one to give to your kid because they like the original!
I give Alice in Zombieland by Lewis Carroll and Nickolas Cook:
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