Vintage Little Golden Book Chicken Little – Richard Scarry

I’ve added a new book to my small collection of Golden Books, stumbling across this one last week, a 1961 first Colourtone printing of Chicken Little. This was always a favourite as a kid, mainly for the illustrations, not so much for the loss of my beloved heroes. It is decorated by the much-loved Golden book illustrator Richard Scarry.

Here our heroine Chicken Little is ambushed by the craven acorn….whereupon she sets off on her perilous quest to warn the King that the sky is falling….

Gathering champions along the way, she is joined by our good-wife Henny Penny…

Anne Boleyn by Norah Lofts – There Be Witches Here…

The Norah Lofts Anne Boleyn book was not even of my to-read pile. I found it when I went hunting through some boxes for a small pile of Tudor books I knew I had somewhere.  I opened it to show Craig some of the colour plates, of which there are many. That is easily the best feature of the book, it contains several of Holbein’s portraits and a few Tudor artifacts thrown in here and there.

I decided to read the first page and this caught my eye

The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

Descended from Melusina, the river goddess, Jacquetta has always had the gift of second sight.  As a child visiting her uncle, she meets his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and sees her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft, before Joan is taken to a horrific death at the hands of the English rulers of France.

Some Quick Thoughts – A Dance with Dragons by George R.R Martin

This is not a formal review and contains no spoilers

I didn’t have much reading time over the last few weeks and it took me two weeks to finish Dance With Dragons. Because I’ve been so distracted I had a really difficult time with it, and I didn’t re-read the Song of Ice and Fire books as I was planning to. Quite frankly i was feeling a bit lost. Luckily Craig had re-read them and finished reading Dance With Dragons before me so I was able to keep badgering him. Mostly “Who is this guy?”

The Chronicles of the Tree: Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria

The World Tree rises up out of the seething clouds like a green mountain. All creation nestles in its green branches. There is no world besides this one … or so the people believe.
Tymon grows up at Argos seminary in the lush heart of the Central Canopy, where science is a heretical pursuit and travel beyond the Tree is banned. But he yearns to break free of these rules and discover new horizons. When he
meets a despised Nurian slave in the city baths, his dreams of freedom take on a completely different meaning.

Tinned Prawns and Pineapple – Malory Towers Marches On

Earlier in the year I read the continuations of St. Clare’s written by Pamela Cox, and I although I enjoyed them I was slightly disappointed. You can read my further ramblings on The Sixth Form at St. Clare’s here.

I ordered the Third Form at St. Clare’s and Kitty at St Clare’s recently. Sixth Form and Third Form were published in 2000, with Kitty at St. Clare’s published in 2008. I noticed Kitty at St. Clare’s seemed to return to a more traditional format rather than being slightly modernized. At the same time I ordered the first two in a six-part continuation of my beloved Malory Towers books. I read the first two in short order, ordered the next four, and have had a delightful week at Malory Towers as they have started arriving.

Cinda Williams Chima – The Exiled Queen

Spoiler Warning – Contains spoilers for Demon King and Exiled Queen


The second book in an epic fantasy series from Cinda Williams Chima. Adventure, magic, war and ambition conspire to throw together an unlikely group of companions in a struggle to save their world.

You can’t always run from danger…

Rowena Cory Daniells – The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin

Only seven minutes younger than Rolencia’s heir, Byren has never hungered for the throne. He laughs when a seer predicts that he will kill his twin. But the royal heir resents Byren’s growing popularity. Across the land the untamed magic of the gods wells up out of the earth’s heart. It sends exotic creatures to stalk the wintry nights and it twists men’s minds, granting them terrible visions. Those so touched are sent to the Abbey to control their gift, or die. At King Rolen’s court enemies plot to take his throne, even as secrets within his own household threaten to tear his family apart.

Robin Hobb at Supanova 2011

Robin Hobb has always been one of my favourite authors, both in her work and as a person.  I have always admired Robin and her writing, as the famous quote from George R.R Martin that is printed on most of her book covers says “stands out like diamonds in a sea of zircons” As a person you can get a glimpse of her in her blogs of course, but I have in my possession a leather bookmark. Quite a while ago Robin’s assistant was on Twitter offering “special bookmarks” I asked for one assuming they were promotional bookmarks for the new series. I forgot about it after a couple of weeks, but several months later I got a small parcel. In it was a hand-tooled leather bookmark signed by Robin accompanied by a letter in which she stated she’d been making the bookmarks for months with the help of her son, niece and assistant. While she said she had a lot of fun on the project I was simply amazed at the many hours they would have spent making them, and the many lucky fans who have a hand-crafted gift from Robin herself. I kept the letter as well, with sits with my collection of first editions.

Cinda Williams Chima – The Demon King

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell. For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off.

The Great Redwall Hunt : Volume VI Martin the Warrior

Martin the Warrior continues the saga with the long-awaited history of Martin, Redwall’s most glorious hero, who rises from slavery to become the greatest warrior the land would ever know.

I know I haven’t been keeping up with these lately when I should have, as I have the entire collection now, but I’ve been a little down since the untimely death of Brian Jacques. I felt like I couldn’t do the books justice, for a time, but as fans, we’re here to keep the books alive and keep spreading the word of the magic of Redwall.

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