Book haul!

Remember that I said that I was going to buy Frostskymning by Anders Björkelid for about a month ago? Well. I didn't. Not because that I didn't want to buy it but because I didn't really have the money. Anyways, I did get Froskymning today and I thought that I might talk about some books that I've bought over the past month.
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore
This is the third novel in the series The Lorien Legacies written by Pittacus Lore (James Frey and Jobie Hughes). The main protagonist in the series is a teenager, John Smith, or Number Four. He is in fact not a human but an alien from the planet Lorien which was invaded by the scary Mogadorians (aliens as well, but evil). All of the inhabitants of Lorien died besides nine children (the Garde) and their Cêpans (/mentors) who managed to get to Earth. The Mogadorians have now, some 10-13 years later come to Earth and all they want is to kill the rest of Garde and the Cêpans before taking over the Earth aswell. I have already read this novel and I got to say that I really enjoyed it. I find it even more intresting than the two previous books in the series which says quite a lot about this book (because I absolutely loved the other two). The first novel was told from John Smith's perspective. The second one was told by both John and Number Seven. The third novel, without spoiling too much, is presented from the POV of three of the members of the Garde which I think contributes to a broader perspective. Anyways, I really recommend this book but if you haven't read any of the Lorien Legacies I would suggest that you would start with I am Number Four, otherwise you won't understand one iota.
Spook's: I am Grimalkin by Joseph Delaney
This book is the ninth in the series The Wardstone Chronicles written by Joseph Delaney. I began reading this series for some five years ago. However, I did not read them in a chronological order which led to some confusion. Now I've done the mistake again. I thought that I had read the eighth novel in the series, The Spook's Desiny, but I had apparently not done that. So I won't be reading this book in a while since I want to read them, this time, chronologically. Anyways, in this world there's witches, boggarts - basically everything you don't want to encounter. Nevertheless, there is a Spook that guards the County and keeps it safe. He is now getting older and although he have had many apprentices none have succeeded, there is only one left - Thomas Ward. He is the seventh son to the seventh son and he is the County's last hope against the evil. This series is good. Like really good. I know that it might be for younger teenagers ~13-14 but I still find it really intresting (and actually scary aswell). If you're planning on reading this series, do start with the first one otherwise you'll end up just like me - really confused.
Geist by Phillipa Ballantine
This book is the first in the series A Book of the Order by Phillipa Ballantine. I can't tell you very much about it, since I basically don't know anything about it. The reason why I bought it was because The English Bookshop had an offer "buy 3, pay for 2". I had already chosen two books that I wanted to buy but didn't know which one I would choose for the third one. I was going to see a musical that day and was running out of time so I sort of picked a book randomly. But at least it looks like it's a good book.
And then there's Frostskymning but since I've already talked about it in a previous post I won't bore you with repeting what I've already said ;)
PS. I will make a promise. As soon as I've finished reading Frostskymning I will post a review. However, it will probably take some time...

My adipose Estrid.

I just had to write a quick post and show you my darling Estrid who I got from my parents as a Christmas present. Isn't she the cutest ever? I am literally obsessed with her (and yes, it's a girl). These adiposes actually feel like some kind of fat, which is at first kind of gross, but shortly afterwards you get used to the feeling and it's actually really anti-stressful (which is the true purpose of this toy although I'm simply going to have it as a cute marshmellowish-toy.)
Another Doctor Who-present I got from my parents was the second season of Doctor Who (with David Tennant as The Doctor) which I'm going to watch during this holiday :D

Some birthday presents

I turned eighteen this Monday. Yup. Eighteen freakin years. I'm not going to ramble about how crazy it is that I'm officially an adult, because that would literally take forever. However, I got two (or actually four) birthday presents that were connected to my favourite fandom which I thought I would share with you!
One of the things I got was The Lord of the Rings translated by Erik Andersson into Swedish. I have actually never read this translation of The Lord of the Rings so I'm really curious how it differs from the translation Åke Ohlmarks did in the 50s/60s. I have read quite a lot on the pros and cons of each of the translations so I'm really looking forward to see whether my prejudices will be fulfilled and which of the translations I'll prefer. Åke Ohlmarks translation was my first encounter with The Lord of the Rings (besides the films) so of course I'm affected by that. To be honest I much rather prefer Åke Ohlmarks choice of names, but I think that's only because I'm accustomed to them. One thing I however don't like about Ohlmarks is his way of interpreting the story. It's quite embarassing but I actually thought that Legolas had children when was knew Tolkien, but I mean, it's wasn't my fault. How could I've known that Ohlmarks had made such a huge mistake? (For all who doesn't know; in Ohlmark's translation Legolas has children...) But that made me quite annoyed after discovering the truth. I know that Andersson has made similar blunders, but I mean Legolas having children, that's just plain ridiculous. Anyways! I can't wait to read Andersson's translation and compare them and see which I like the most. Unfortunately I don't think I'll have time to do that in quite a while. I'm currently reading The Lord of the Rings in English, I tend to do that every year, to freshen my memory, but perhaps during my Christmas Holiday I'll get sufficient time to read Andersson's translation.
The other thing I got was "Tolkien - The Illustrated Encyclopedia" by David Day. I quote: "The first encyclopedic illustrated guide to the world of Middle-earth and the Undying Lands, this book brings together every important aspect of Tolkien's vast cosmology. More than 500 alphabetical entries cover five major ubject area: History, Geography, Sociology, Natural Historiy and Biography." I can't say whether all the things above are true because I've only recently begun reading this book but from what I've read I can say that this book is awesome. I have some troubles with remembering all the characters names and when they lived and how the geography looked like during a certain period but I feel like that when I've finished reading this book I'll know quite a lot more than I do right now. The illustrations are by several different artists and I guess that some people appreciate this kind of art, I however have never really understood it, I'm the person who rather choose Alan Lee, John Howe or Ted Nasmith over Cor Blok and even though the drawings in this book isn't really similar to Cor Blok's it leans towards that kind of art. I know some people like it, others don't, I fall into the category who doesn't like it BUT I didn't really want this book for its drawing but for its informations so it's not such a big deal. I'm not going to say so much more because I'm going to do a full review once I've finished reading this entire book but I can say that if you're considering buying a Tolkien Encyclopedia I would definately recommend this one.

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