Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I’ll admit one thing – Neil Gaiman is on of the writers I trust completely. If he decides to write anything I’ll probably not only read it but buy a copy as soon as it’s translated to my language. It’s not that I love everything that he’s written, no, I was actually left unsatisfied more than once after reading his stories but the truth is – if you’re a fantasy lover, you will have problems with finding someone who writes better than Gaiman.

30831912 There are a couple of reasons why I was a bit unhappy when I heard that he’s writing a retelling of Norse myths.  The first reason is, well, it’s not his original story. Now if you’ve read his The Sleeper and the Spindle you’ll know that he can write an interesting retelling (this one is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White), but I usually like his original stories more (especially The Graveyard Book). The second reason has something to do with recent adaptations of Norse myths (in Marvel movies or in the TV show Vikings). There are actually many stories inspired by Norse myths and while I actually find many other mythologies more fascinating, people keep using the same old stories. The third reason may seem absurd but it is what it is – sometimes it’s really hard to read a long book with many characters if you’re not an English speaker and given that not many people are interested to read these stories in my area it may never be translated or very late this year. This is why I waited for a long time to get this book and finally I got an audiobook! And trust me, you too want Neil Gaiman to read to you.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Edge of the Abyss” by Emily Skrutskie

The Edge of the Abyss (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #2)

A couple of days ago I’ve written a post about “The Abyss Surrounds us” which is the first part of this duology. I’ve also recently read a review by a girl who has never read the first book and still understood everything. I agree with that. You can very well start with this book although you’d probably miss out on a lot of great character development. I still stand by what I’ve written when I finished the first book: this is a great book for lovers of fantasy, lesbians and those who really need some main non-white characters.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Abyss Surrounds Us ” by Emily Skrutskie

24790901Last year this little book cause quite a stir and I was  lucky enough to be there at the right place and time. I actually found it on NetGalley and after reading the description I knew it was the right book for me. Now this story is already known as “the one with the lesbian pirates” and even though that’s an oversimplification, it’s quite catchy and it brings more audience and that’s really important too. Before I start writing about the sequel I feel like I should say something about the first book too. If you haven’t read the book, continue with caution and then…go read the book.

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Rereading “The Raven Cycle” by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

 This is probably the most famous fantasy series among younger readers on Tumblr. I don’t know a person who hasn’t even heard about these books and the hype before the last one, The Raven King, was available for purchase was so big that even if you haven’t read the books before (like me) you…had to…just to see what the fuss was all about.

And I get it. I really get it.

Recently I decided to reread these books (if you’re wondering why, keep reading) and I was happy to see that they are still as good as I thought, even though I’d still give them four out of five stars.

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A story of a trans superhero: Dreadnought by April Daniels

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Metahumans are getting more and more popular. Just start with X-Men movies and comics and the new popular Tv shows like The Flash and Supergirl. Of course, the story about their superpowers and all the fights is exciting but the viewers are even more interested in their human struggles. Metahumans are perceived as monsters, half human, unnatural. They have a hard time fitting into “normal” life and it’s almost impossible for them to find love. But what happens when even in that world there’s someone who is not accepted?

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