Friday Favourites: Easter Edition
By The Hodderscape Team
Posted on April 18, 2014 in Books, Friday Favourites, Fun Stuff, Television with tags Easter, Laini Taylor, Reading for Pleasure, Saga
The Hodderscape team talks about what they’ll be reading over the long weekend.
Hodderscape HQ is closed for Easter, so right now we’re probably positioned somewhere between a book and a chocolate egg. But, here’s a little look at what we’re reading and recommending this Easter:
In my daily life I read at a frantic pace, both for work and for pleasure. Work because I receive submissions all week and need to respond to agents as efficiently as I can, and pleasure because that’s the only way I can squeeze some pleasure-reading in! So when I’m faced with a few days off, I tend to gravitate towards the classics – both old favorites and those I’ve never read – because I’ll finally have the time to read in long blocks and to linger over the text itself. I like to read critical analyses of the books I’ve read after I’ve finished them, and go back and forth between the source and the articles, which also requires more time than I have during a regular week. It may seem like a bit of a busman’s holiday, but reading in this fashion is a rare pleasure for me these days, so a holiday it remains!
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (2014) by Laini Taylor
I know we’ve been going on and one about Laini Taylor and her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, but I cannot resist giving it one more mention here, being as the final volume in the trilogy – Dreams of Gods and Monsters – published yesterday and I cannot think of any better way to spend your Easter weekend than with your head buried in it. Dreams has everything: multiple worlds, epic battle sequences, a breathtaking love story, an angel invasion and incredible characters old and new, not to mention Laini’s stunning prose. I finished it with tears in my eyes and my heart in my throat, and a strong urge to shout ‘YES!’ while punching the air.
Seriously. Cancel all your plans and READ IT!
(Although if you haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy, definitely start at the beginning with Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You will get mighty confused otherwise!)
Saga (2012 – present) by Brian K. Vaughan Fiona Staples
Like many others in the Hodderscape offices, I’ll be going off piste this weekend and taking a break from Hodder books. I’ll be catching up with the latest volume in the Saga series which, for the uninitiated, is a fantastical space epic following two lovers from opposed alien races as they flee assassins and scary government officials with TVs for head. Sounds like fun? It is! Saga is full of weird and wonderful characters from all-manner of bizarre alien races. At times it can be deliciously (and hilariously) vulgar, but it’s also a rather tender ode to dysfunctional families and friendships – something else a few of us may be celebrating this Easter!
Across the Nightingale Floor (2002) by Lian Hearn
I’m going to go for one my teenage favourites for this week’s favourites, Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn. It is the first book in her trilogy Tales of the Otori, set in a fictional feudal Japan filled with warring Lords and gifted assassin’s.
Across the Nightingale Floor is a great read, Hearn manages to creative a narrative voice which has the beauty and elegance of its setting and time, whilst not negating the violence and pain throughout the book. The book opens with the orphaning of a young boy from a mountain village, he returns to his home to find that the entire village has been massacred. When coming face to face with the Lord who has attacked his home, the young Takeo manages to dislodge the Lord from his horse – an insult which automatically sentences him to death. Takeo runs and finds himself taken in by a kindly (but deadly) stranger. The story that unfolds is truly one of my favourites, I have read the book dozens of times and never fail to be as enthralled as I was the first time around.
Definitely give it a go if you haven’t already read it, you’ll find that you want to read the entire trilogy… and then the prequel and sequel!
Under Your Skin (2013) by Sabine Durrant
This bank holiday weekend I am going to read Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant. There has been a lot of buzz about this in the publicity department from the hardback which everyone read and adored. Having watched the trailer for the book on the Mulholland page, I’m even more excited to enjoy my 4 days of lie-ins with Under Your Skin.
I’ve also recently become obsessed with the amazingly tacky and surprisingly scary Netflix series American Horror Story which I’m sure will be seeing me through a few hangovers on this hopefully sunny bank holiday weekend!