I’ve become addicted to these book tags recently, so once I saw this one at Suzy’s Cozy World I decided to try my hand at it: bookish fun is the best kind of fun after all!

Let’s dive in…


PAST VILLAGER: Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

That might very well be the lady Jessica, from Frank Herbert’s DUNE: where I was always captivated by the concept of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, I loved how she would defy her training and the Sisterhood’s goals out of love for her mate and her son. Given the time in which the original Dune was written, Jessica represents a breakthrough in the depiction of female characters.

This art concept of Lady Jessica comes from Mindofka at Deviantart.

BLATHER’S BLATHERINGS: Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read.

For this I will need to go back several decades in my reading history and mention the amazing books from Finnish author Mika Waltari, starting with The Egyptian and moving on to The Etruscan and The Roman: although the details of those stories have become quite blurred by time, I remember them as very engrossing reads and as fascinating windows on the depicted cultures.

CELESTE’S WISH: What is a future book release you wish you could read now?

That would be, without doubt, the ninth and final book of The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey: this book has no title yet, nor a publication date, but I’m beyond curious to see how the authors will wrap up this amazing space opera series, although I will be very, very, very sad to bid my farewells to the characters I have come to appreciate and love.

TIMMY & TOMMY: What is your favorite sibling relationship in a book?

Even though they are not related by blood, Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen, as the only two surviving members of the thieves’ family built by Father Chains, are as close as brothers, not just in spite of their differences but because of them, given that their personalities compensate for each other’s faults. Their ties of brotherhood and the rarely expressed but very strong bond of love between them is one of the best features of their story.

THE EASTER BUNNY: A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of.

I will have to risk the ire of many of my fellow bloggers here but I have to point my finger at Mark Watney from Andy Weir’s The Martian: I found the overall tone in the chronicle of his survival on Mars to be too cheeky and frivolous to really endear the character to me, and while I could understand the need to keep his spirits up in a very dire situation, there was not enough introspection to balance out the flippancy. For once, I found out that the movie was better than the book in this respect…

NOOK’S LOANS: An author you’d give all your money to.

There are several authors on my “automatic buy” list and there are too many of them for me to choose from, so I would find it very difficult to have to play the game of favorites here…

THE SISTERS ABLE: What is your favorite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

This is an easy one: for me THE fictional family is represented by the Fellowship of the Ring – a group of people united by a common goal and becoming closer than family through shared dangers. It’s a theme I encountered often in my reading, but the Fellowship was my very first example and they will always be at the top of my preferences.

IT’S A C+: What is a book trope you don’t like that keeps popping up?

Insta-love and love triangles rate very high in my catalog of tropes that tend to make me run for the hills at high speed, but there is one that annoys me to no end: a main character who looks unassuming and is shortly revealed as gifted with incredible powers, or who transforms from wallflower to hero/heroine practically overnight. What is otherwise labeled as “Mary Sue”…

THE WANDERING CAMEL: What is your favorite book set in a land far away from yours?

I will have to mention Dune again: what could be more fascinating than a world covered in endless deserts and scoured by killer winds, where you have to wear a specially designed suit to reclaim drinking water from your body and where giant worms roam the sands? Dune fired my imagination from the first time I read it, and it still holds a special place in it.

WHAT WOULD DODOS DO?: A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?

Middle Earth, of course! And the beauty of it is that I actually could do that, since we all know that it’s located in New Zealand… 😉


  1. This is a fun tag😁 And I totally get your reaction to Mark Watney. His humor is definitely specific and I know other readers who didn’t like it either.

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  2. I can totally understand your feelings for Watney! Fortunately I listened to the audio version of The Martian, and the narrator was really good so I didn’t find his humor too overbearing or flippant. Talk about drawing ire from readers though, my answer to that question would be Ron Weasley. I know he’s popular, but I just can’t stand that kid, lol.

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    1. Ah, well, Ron – delightful character that he is – does come across as a little whiny, so I can understand perfectly your reaction… And now that you make me think about it, a meme about characters we cannot stand would be fun! 😀


  3. I am so happy you did this tag too! And it was fun reading your answers!
    Now I have to check out the historical books you recommend because they seems interesting. This is not a favorite genre of mine, but going out of my comfort zone is always a welcome opportunity. And on the same note you reminded me that I have yet to read a Corey book!!! Argh!

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  4. Ah, I had the opposite reaction: Matt Damon sucked all the joy out of the story for me. Then again, if I would read The Martian today, I’d probably wouldn’t rate it as high as I did. Rather a 3 than a 4, I guess.

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    1. I must confess that the best part of the movie, for me, was “Mars” itself: those long, desolated vistas gave the perfect impression of the feelings of isolation and loneliness of the protagonist, and they were breath-taking… 🙂

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  5. It’s a fun tag! And I totally agree on Mary Sue, I can’t stand that trope! 🤢 Love triangles and insta-love are not far behind, though 🤣 And Middle Earth! Seeing how it’s always on your mind, I’m hopeful that one day you’ll find your way to NZ! 😄

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    1. That’s what I hope as well! With a couple of friends we have been talking about a tour of Australia for quite some time now and when the topic comes up I always say: “And what about New Zealand?”. Changing their minds one bit at a time… 😉

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  6. I absolutely love that Locke Lamora and Jean Tannen got mentioned here! I read the first book a while back and it remains at the top of my favourite epic fantasy series. I plan on getting to book 2 later this year and am still praying that Scott Lynch releases the next installment before I get to his most recent publication!!! 😦

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    1. Lynch’s Republic of Thieves was published in 2013, which takes the wait for The Thorn or Emberlain up to seven years at present, and makes me wonder if Mr. Lynch is suffering from the same “procrastinating virus” that affects GRR Martin… 😀

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