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Story: It’s 1808 and that Corsican upstart Napoleon is battering the English army and navy. Enter Mr. Norrell, a fusty but ambitious scholar from the Yorkshire countryside and the first practical magician in hundreds of years. What better way to demonstrate his revival of British magic than to change the course of the Napoleonic wars?

Opinion: I was so excited when I first heard about this book, I was jumping up and down, finally a book about magic had arrived that wasn’t set in a medieval enviroment. The first few chapters I simply wanted to strangle Mr. Norell and it’s actually the first time that I’ve ever had the desire to commit fictional murder. I have never ever encountered a more arrogant and irritating character than Mr. Norell. He wants to have control over who practices magic but at the same time he himself doesn’t practice magic at all. He just reads about it and builds up his knowledge in magic, which doesn’t make sense to me, why should one learn something and then not use that knowledge at all?

I understand that there are risks with everything and that the most harmless thing can turn into the most dangerous thing. But since Mr. Norell is so educated in the field he already knows about the risks and therefor should be able to practice magic within the safety limits.

When it comes to Mr. Strange I was patient at first, thinking that he was going to walk into the story at any given page turn, but nothing happened. Mr. Strange isn’t even introduced for the first two hundred pages. Those were the longest two hundred pages in my life. After that it was a walk in the park, I love him, he learns by practising but he is reckless and doesn’t think about the consequences of his actions. I think that he does what he does just to spite Mr. Norell at first but then he does it for the fame and glory.

He earns the respect of his countrymen by helping them in the war but this leads to the fact that something dangerous sets its eye on him and the further Mr. Strange goes in his magical ways the more he puts himself and his loved ones in harms way.

Will his pride keep him from asking for Mr. Norell’s help and will Mr. Norell come to his aid?

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This is one of my favourite books and I didn’t even want to read it at first. I’m one of those people that actually judge a book by it’s cover and I’ve probably missed out on some pretty amazing books because of my vanity. The first copy that I saw of this book didn’t really draw my attention to it so I just put it back on the shelf. But about two weeks later I was in another shop and I saw this exact copy (look at the above picture) and I fell in love…

The story:

Tomasu, a 16 year old boy lives amongst the Hidden, a religious sect whose customs kind of remind me of Christianity. His village is attacked and the people are slaughtered by warlord Iida Sadamu and his troops because it’s forbidden to practice the Hidden’s religion, but he is rescued by Otori Shigeru and is given the name Takeo.

Shigeru then takes him to Hagi, the Otori stonghold and there they discover Takeo’s real father was a member of the secretive Kikuta Tribe, and that he has many special abilities such as exceptional hearing, invisibility, and the ability to split a second, phantom self from his own.

But what’s the use of having all these abilities if you don’t use them and what way is better than using them for avenging your family’s murder?

Visit the author’s site: Lian Hearn

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There is this Twilight frenzy going around. After the movie came out all the little tween girls (even adult women) started to whisper Edward’s name in their sleep. Just let me say this…Edward is mine! 😛

“About three things I was absolutely positive. First Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him- and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be- that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.”

And I’m sure about three things:

  1. I’m a sucker for romance, even the kind of romance that’s intended for teens.
  2. I will read all three remaining parts.
  3. I’m also unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Edward!

Buy this book at Amazon: Twilight

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