Birthday Book Haul

Friday 20 October 2017

Monday saw me turn 21 so - naturally - there were a few presents. And of course, being a bookworm, there were a few books.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King
In The Gunslinger, King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King
While pursuing his quest for the Dark Tower through a world that is a nightmarishly distorted mirror image of our own, Roland is drawn through a mysterious door that brings him into contemporary America.

Here he links forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, in a savage struggle against underworld evil and otherworldly enemies.

The Waste Lands by Stephen King
Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams and nightmares—as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own. With him are those he has drawn to this world: street-smart Eddie Dean and courageous wheelchair-bound Susannah.

Ahead of him are mind-rending revelations about who and what is driving him. Against him is arrayed a swelling legion of foes—both more and less than human....

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King
Roland of Gilead and his fellow pilgrims determine to reach the Dark Tower, but their quest is rife with confrontation, conflict and sacrifice - from a vast computer system which bargains in riddles to Roland's old enemy Walter and the wizard's glass.

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet—Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.

Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World on their quest for the Dark Tower. Their path takes them to the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis. But beyond the tranquil farm town, the ground rises to the hulking darkness of Thunderclap, the source of a terrible affliction that is stealing the town's soul. The wolves of Thunderclap and their unspeakable depredation are coming. To resist them is to risk all, but these are odds the gunslingers are used to. Their guns, however, will not be enough....

Song of Susannah by Stephen King
Roland Deschain, gunslinger, hero, continues his perilous adventures in search of the key to the quest that will define his life. Roland's loyal followers Jake, Father Callahan and Oy set out to break Susannah's date with destiny in New York.

The Dark Tower by Stephen King
This volume sees gunslinger Roland on a roller-coaster mix of exhilarating triumph and aching loss in his unrelenting quest to reach the Dark Tower. A journey which means he must leave his faithful friends as he closes on the tower. His steps are followed only by Mordred, half-human, half-terrifying creature.

Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chimzar
The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is wildly provocative and gloriously absorbing.

Charlie the Choo Choo by Beryl Evans
Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive … and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan
Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

After the Fire by Will Hill
Father John controls everything inside The Fence. And Father John likes rules. Especially about never talking to Outsiders. Because Father John knows the truth. He knows what is right, and what is wrong. He knows what is coming.

Moonbeam is starting to doubt, though. She’s starting to see the lies behind Father John’s words. She wants him to be found out.

What if the only way out of the darkness is to light a fire?

Monstress vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu
The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past... and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12

Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson
At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together... And they're not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...

Deadly Class vol. 1 by Rick Remender
It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he's failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush has a double-digit body count. Welcome to the most brutal high school on earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At Kings Dominion School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical.

Snotgirl vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Who is Lottie Person?
Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds) and dazzling newcomer Leslie Hung!

A Modern Detective by Edgar Alan Poe
In these two stories gentleman sleuth C. Auguste Dupin, the first fictional detective, investigates the death of a young girl and the grisly murders in the Rue Morgue.


  1. Have fun reading all of that Stephen King! Woah, now I have realized how prolific he actually is lol! Please let me know how the new Magnus Chase is. I’m on the fence on whether or not to continue the series.

    1. Oh I will! :P I think he has over 50 or 60 books out, which is very impressive as he started in the 70s/80s which really wasn't that long ago when you think about it! I thought the Magnus Chase one was okay - standard Rick Riordan tbh but also a bit rushed near the end. Spend a few hundred pages whining about a quest and then in the last 50 or so it's 'oh look we did it hooray bad ending!' Magnus isn't as annoying in books 2 and 3 (Apollo is worse than him, imo, and I don't like either of them).

  2. (Belated) Happy Birthday! XD <3 <3 <3

    My precise thoughts on your post/video #NoFilter:
    - OMG KITTY!!!
    - Wow, your accent is posh (that's a compliment... I think. Dw, you know I love ya!)
    - Stephen King needs to write less stuff so that we can catch the hell up!
    - Book shops are bookworm kryptonite. As are gift cards.
    - You have Monstress Vol 2?! *dies of jealousy*
    - In Wales (if you're playing the drinking game... lol,) a load of people have aunties who aren't related to them. It's a respect title. I have three or four aunties who aren't related to me!

    OK, I'll go be random elsewhere now! *frolics off* XD

    1. Thank you, Cee! And in answer to your thoughts:

      - I'll have to see if I can wrangle the others into any future videos, as she's 1/4
      - I'm actually the 'common' one of the family as everyone else says 'barth' and 'carstle' but I'm hyper aware of enunciation in 'formal' settings, usually I'm dropping letters like no one's business, using the local dialect of 'innit mate see ya Sat'day' much to my mother's chagrin :')
      - But if we were caught up with his books then he wouldn't be Stephen King! The whole point of him is trying to keep up haha
      - Gift cards are both the best and worst gifts to give
      - Yes!! One of the Waterstones in my city had 2 copies of it so it's worth keeping a lookout
      - Ahh that's really interesting to know! Glad it's a thing elsewhere, too, as I've only heard it used like this in my family!

    2. You def. sounded plenty posh to me! But then, I'm used to a variety of S. Wales accents - which are rarely posh! XD

    3. It's just a n East Midlands accent - which is essentially no accent really! My mum is a bit posh though, so maybe bits have rubbed off :P

    4. Ha, that's what it is! It's a non-descript English accent. Basically, if you sound English (and not regional like Yorkshire or Essex or whatever,) here, then you're posh! ;) Unfortunately, when we tell people to sound smarter, we mean 'sound more English, lose your Welsh accent as much as possible.' *sigh* Granted, some accents around here are proper common though XD


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