World Book Day

Just a quick note celebrating World Book Day. Firstly celebrating it by getting back to work. Cat’s anaesthetic and Tramadol have worn off and she’s now compus mentis again. Was she ever in the first place? Thought we’d tell you about the books we’re reading. We’ve just finished Stuart MacBride’s ‘Blind Eye’ and Mike Shevdon’s ‘Sixty One Nails.’ Both were brilliant. We love Stuart MacBride’s work. His characters and ways of describing people are just fantastic and DI Steel has us laughing ourselves to a heart attack. He is fast becoming one of our favourite authors. We’re currently reading Kelley Armstrong’s ‘Stolen’ and Richelle Mead’s ‘Storm Born.’ We have Kelley’s ‘Bitten’ and Richelle’s ‘Succubus Heat’ and thoroughly enjoyed those so thought we’d try more of their work and we’re not disappointed. Both use strong heroines who don’t shy away from a fight and can hold their own in a man’s world, without being the stereotypical ‘ball breaker’ most strong women comes across as. Other writers we’ve recently discovered who we love are Jack Kerley, James McGee and Cheslea Cain, whose female serial killer Gretchen is a truly fascinating character. We also recently read Marie Phillips’ ‘Gods Behaving Badly’ which was hilarious and refreshingly different.

Children today are dressing up as book characters in schools. Our favourite author as kids was Roald Dahl as he appealed to our gory natures like no other author could. We read The Twits so much it’s fallen apart and his Cinderella poem in Revolting Rhymes still has us in stitches, especially when the Prince chops off the ugly sisters heads.  Our favourite story when we were really young was Burglar Bill by Allan and Janet Alberg and we plan to buy a new version for our baby niece to enjoy as she seems to share our sense of humour. Poor kid. Another of our favourites was I Should Have Stayed in Bed by Joan Lexau. Does anyone have any favourite children’s books or characters that they still love today? We’d love to hear about them. Maybe we can get a list going.

As for favourite characters we’ve created, one of our favourites has to be The Collector from our novel Majesty of Darkness (unpublished of course). He’s the grim reaper, but has all the latest gadgets, he’s rude, mischevious, rebellious, hilarious, has an unhealthy obsession with celebrities and he loves a good chase. He is unlike any other character we’ve given life to. Not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Guess we’ll know when Tim Burton agrees to turn the book into an animation and convinces James Earl Jones to voice The Collector. We’ve even got the collectible figures planned, complete with accessories. Maybe even doing MOD: The Musical. But first, publication.

We once decided to read the classics to see what all the fuss was about, so here’s a quick review. Our opinions might not make us popular, but if we wanted to win a popularity contest, we’d get blonde hair extentions, fake boobs and strut around in skimpy bikinis bleating about world peace. Oh wait, that’s beauty contests. George Orwell’s ‘1984’ – scary because even today you could the sense his vision of the future is still possible, yet in our opinion, it could’ve been written better. Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ – bloody brilliant and the only book to ever have icy spiders using our spines as spiral staircases, despite the amount of horror books we’ve read. We’ve never seen a horror film that scares us, but this book lingers like an unexorcised ghost. Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ – again another good book, you can really empathise with the monster and understand his rage and love for his ‘Father’. Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ – so BORING! Thank god it was a short story. As for the other stories in that collection – barely understood a single word of them as they were written in dialect. Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ – had no idea what this book was about before reading it and was plesantly surprised. It’s an interesting concept – our actions and sins are hidden from the outside world, you cannot tell by looking at a person what they have done, but what if our wrong doings were shown physically on a portrait? Would we be able to look at ourselves? Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ – are there more vile and despicable characters than Heathcliff and Catherine? Spent the whole book hoping they’d meet brutal and bloody ends. They didn’t deserve love, they deserved to be decapitated. Catherine’s daughter Cathy was a spoilt little madam who needed a good slap and definitely didn’t deserve the love of Hareton, who grew up tormented by Heathcliff just for his twisted sadistic desires. Hareton’s the only decent character in the book, despite Heathcliff’s determination to ruin him. As for Heathcliff being a romantic hero? We’d rather have dinner with Hannibal Lecter.

So celebrate World Book Day by reading your favourite book or discovering new ones, maybe trying authors you wouldn’t normally read and prove the doom mongorers wrong by keeping the book trade alive.

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