Thursday Tea (Sept. 29): The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography

The book: I’ve been distracted lately by reading stuff online (and playing video games), so much so that I haven’t really been reading any books for the past week and a half. I’m making my way through Agatha Christie’s autobiography, sure, but not with any sort of speed. I’m trying to be okay with not being in the mood for books right now, but it’s still a little worrying.

To cheer myself up, I’ve decided to read a book that won’t require me to spend a lot of time on it (leaving me more time to browse online, ha): The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography.

I think when October starts I’m going to take a small blogging break, for like a week or so. Hopefully after that I’ll be more in the mood for reading/reviewing/etc.

The tea: I found some chocolate mint oolong tea I forgot I had! It’s…interesting.

Do they go together? I suppose technically I should be drinking Darjeeling tea instead, since the Dalai Lama apparently likes it. Oh well.

Other tea drinkers

SweetSwan is reading The Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle and drinking chamomile tea!

JoAnne is reading Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray and drinking Okinawa milk tea!

Demijel is reading A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and drinking Orange Pekoe!

Angela Renee is reading The Goblin King by Shona Husk and drinking Asian Moonlight tea!

Iris is reading No Surrender by Constance Maud and drinking Paramaribo Peach tea!

(Leave a link to your TT post in the comments and I’ll add you to the tea drinkers list!)

REVIEW: Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly

REVIEW: Mister Creecher by Chris PriestlyMister Creecher by Chris Priestley
Published by Bloomsbury Children's (2011), ARC, 360pg
Filed under: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Sci-fi
Got my copy from: BEA 2011
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Billy is a street urchin, pickpocket and petty thief. Mister Creecher is a monstrous giant of a man who terrifies all he meets. Their relationship begins as pure convenience. But a bond swiftly develops between these two misfits as their bloody journey takes them ever northwards on the trail of their target . . . Victor Frankenstein.Friendship, trust and betrayal combine to form a dangerous liaison in this moving and frightening new book from Chris Priestley.

When I got this at BEA I’m pretty sure someone told me it was a retelling of Frankenstein for young adults. And it is, sort of, but only in the way that a “missing scene” novel is a retelling. Actually, Mister Creecher takes place during a point in Frankenstein where Dr Frank is trying to build his monster a mate1. Which is exciting, really! And then…

MINI-REVIEWS: The Warded Man, iDrakula, A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains

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Book cover of The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett92. The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett
Publication: Del Rey (March 10, 2009), ebook, 432pp / ISBN 0345503805
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy

Read: August 1-2, 2011
Source: Bought


I don’t think I’ve read a proper dystopian fantasy before, though I’ve read a few magical realism-type ones. This one was interesting because there were demons, there was magic, and while it was still obviously a dystopian society it was one that was on the verge of getting back on its feet, so to speak. The majority of the book was a really good read, with lots of action and some great characters, including female ones that weren’t, y’know, useless. The last third of the book, however, took a dive downward. And then…