Random Chatter

What Trainspotting means to me…

Just a random post, as I caught the trailer of Trainspotting floating about the interweb today, saying it was released in cinemas 22 years ago. If someone asked me to pinpoint a movie that feels important to me personally, it would be that Danny Boyle masterpiece. It always brings back a lot of memories.

I was almost seventeen in when it came out and I had never seen anything like it. Culturally and sonically it fitted in with my ideas of what was cool at the time. It had a fantastic plot, great (mainly unknown) British actors, it was funny and dark and gritty and not to mention had a fantastic soundtrack. I just fell in love with Trainspotting as soon as I saw it. In fact, me and my friends were a bit obsessed with it for a while! We played the soundtrack all the time, we had the posters, we tried out the Scottish accent (with varying success) and of course we were all in love with Ewan McGregor (Renton) and Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy). Despite my love for Ewan, my favourite character was Spud, the adorable goof.

At the time there was a lot of hooha about it glamourizing heroin. Did those people actually see the movie? There was clearly nothing glamorous about taking heroin. Instead it is the best anti-drugs campaign ever made in my opinion. But it was never about the heroin for me, it was about friendship most of all. Trainspotting just came out at the right time and managed to to be an instant classic. It fitted in with cultural changes at the time, especially in Britain, but this was the movie that spoke to me like no other movie had ever managed to. I understood it and it understood me, a big thing for a teenager trying to find her own way in the world.

No movie will ever have the same impact on me and it will always have a very special place in my heart. I just cannot believe I first saw this movie twenty two years ago. And yet, the mid nineties were an amazing time to grow up. I guess a small part of me remains the quirky teenager I was back then.

If you have not seen it yet, please do so! Just be aware that there are graphic scenes of sex and drug taking, not to mention a shedload of swearing!

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Books · Reviews · Children's Books

Children’s Book Review: The Worst Princess (Anna Kemp/Sara Ogilvie)

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★★★★★★☆

Title: The Worst Princess
Author:  Anna Kemp    Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
Genre: Children’s Book / Picture Book
First published: 2012
Edition: Paperback, published by Simon and Schuster Childrens Books

I was reading this feminist twist on classic fairytales to my daughter today and realised how much I love this book. It gives exactly the message that I want to impart on my five-year-old.

At the start we meet Princess Sue, who is waiting in a tower for her prince. She knows how fairytales work! When he finally shows up Sue is glad to finally get out of the tower, but her joy is short lived when he puts her in another tower. When she sees a dragon approach, she takes destiny in her own hands.

As an adult I love the obvious satire in this tale and my daughter just loves seeing this balsy princess flying away on a dragon. She has never been the fairytale princess kind of girl anyway. The only Disney princess movie she likes is Vaiana (Moana), so I guess she likes a strong independent girl! Fine by me!

I love the illustrations by Sara Ogilvie as well. Nothing is too polished, exactly like Princess Sue and I love that. A great match.

This definitely is one of my favourite picture books on my daughter’s shelf and I would recommend it to any parent of young children. Teach them that they are in charge of their own story!

6 out of 7 stars

 

Books · Down The TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #5

I thought I would do another Down the TBR Hole, a very useful meme created by Lost In A Story.

Most of us bookish folk will end up with way too many books we have added as to-read on Goodreads. Try this for a solution!

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It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if feeling adventurous!) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: Keep or Go?

So, let’s have a look what we have…

The Books:

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)1. The Wrath and the Dawn (Renee Ahdieh)

I already have this one on my Kindle, but it has been for a while. I still plan on reading it though. I think this is one of those books I will enjoy,

Verdict: KEEP

Eerie2. Eerie (C M McCoy)

Described as a paranormal teen romance, I read the synopsis for this one and I don’t think this one is for me at all.

Verdict: GO

I Wish for You3. I Wish For You (Camilla Isley)

Hmm, this looks like chick-lit with a bit of magic thrown in. The story sounds kind of cute and I don’t have (m)any pink books…. Hmmm, is that reason enough? No… I don’t think I would be reaching for this anyt time soon.

Verdict: GO

The Color of Our Sky4. The Color of Our Sky (Amita Trasi)

This sounds like a heartbreaking story. I am not sure whether I will be quite in the mood for this any time soon. I will take it off my TBR for now. I can always put it back.

Verdict: GO

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #1)5. Red Sister (Mark Lawrence)

Murderous nuns? Yes please. I think I will give this one a shot at some point. But then I do want this cover, cause I don’t like the other one. I’m superficial lilke that!

Verdict: KEEP

That’s another three gone! Wahey!

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday: 21 February 2018

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That time of the week again! Time for WWW Wednesday, hosted by Sam at Taking on A World of Words.

So you just have to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you will read next?

So, this is my lot this week:

Marillier, Juliet - Blackthorn and Grim #1 Dreamer's PoolWhat am I currently reading?

I  started Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier. I have never read anything by her before, but two chapters in I am liking it. I meant to read a chunk of it yesterday, but my day was so full and hectic that I only managed to read 10 pages! I will be reading on today and I am looking forward to it, as I enjoyed those two chapters!

Beagle, Peter S - The Last UnicornWhat did I recently finish reading?

I finished reading The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle a couple of days ago. It was such a treat. If you like whimsical fantasy, you will love The Last Unicorn.

What do I think I will read next?

Sarvas, Mark - Memento ParkI have an e-ARC for Memento Park by Mark Sarvas that I really want to get to, as it sounds like a really good story. Something about a looted painting, family relations and secrets – it sounds good! Spring’s coming, so I feel like jumping into one of my non-fiction natural world books. I have one about foxes, one about otters, one about bird song…. They are all appealing to me, so I may pick one to read soon!

Which non-fiction book do you think I should read next? Foxes, otters or bird song?

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Please link me your WWW Wednesday!

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)

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★★★★★☆☆

Title: The Last Unicorn
Author:  Peter S Beagle
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
First published: 1968
Edition: Paperback, published in 2008 by Penguin

All I can think after closing this book is how wonderfully crafted this story was. It is whimsical, but wise, beautiful and kind of dark. This is a classic fantasy tale for a reason.

The Last Unicorn has elements of myth, fairytale and folklore and the tone of the writing is spot on. It never digs too deep. It always feels like a tale and I like that. I guess that is the reason I never felt like I quite knew the characters, neither Molly, Schmendrick or the unicorn, and yet I cared for them even if I did not quite know what exactly I cared for. This is one of those books that pulls you in anyway. Though it did not have me in its thrall from beginning to end it left me satisfied and happy.

I had been meaning to read The Last Unicorn for years and I am so glad I finally did so. This book is going back on my shelf and I know it will always make me smile when I see it.

5 out of 7 stars 

Music · Music Monday

Music Monday: The Killing Moon (Echo and the Bunnymen)

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A weekly music meme by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. Thought I would share one of my favourite songs of all time today. God, I love this song… It gives me so many feels.

Join in and show off some of your favourite tunes!

Lyrics:

Under a blue moon I saw you 
So soon you’ll take me 
Up in your arms 
Too late to beg you or cancel it 
Though I know it must be the killing time 
Unwillingly mine
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him
In starlit nights I saw you 
So cruelly you kissed me 
Your lips a magic world 
Your sky all hung with jewels 
The killing moon 
Will come too soon
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him
Under a blue moon I saw you 
So soon you’ll take me 
Up in your arms 
Too late to beg you or cancel it 
Though I know it must be the killing time 
Unwillingly mine
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him 
You give yourself to him
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him 
You give yourself to him
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him
Fate 
Up against your will 
Through the thick and thin 
He will wait until 
You give yourself to him
La la la la la
(Songwriters: Ian Stephen Mcculloch / Leslie Thomas Pattinson / Peter Louis Vincent De Freitas / William Alfred Sergeant)