I hope you all enjoyed Book Month at The Arcade of Arts and Arcana. Just before we step into June and ponder a wealth of quirky Victoriana here is another enchanting glimpse into my album of Fairy images…
Sometimes you aren't after a big fantasy read. Sometimes you just want something gentle, and funny and a bit silly. Soulless was all that for me.
My friend gave me the best selling Soulless last year for my 21st, but my book backlist was so long, I never got around to reading it. I finally got around to it last month, and from the blurb my brother and I were were already laughing hard at;
If our adventures have whetted your appetite for all things Victorian, why not check out the diaries of Queen Victoria herself? They are just becoming available to read online, thanks to the work of the Royal Archives, the Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest. It's not every day you get to sneak a peek at a Queen's diary!
Carr’s self-deprecating camp infuses this autobiography which unfortunately stops short before his fame gets started, suggesting all the good stuff has been saved for later volumes. It’s a shame because despite the good humour there is nothing remarkable here, unless you count the fact that Carr is surprisingly well-adjusted for a comedian.
Alan’s formative years seem no different to those of any ordinary middle-class thirty-something; nice family, depressingly menial part-time jobs, a pointless degree and some fun holidays.
Unfortunately the opportunity to offer advice on the perils of building a stand-up career is overlooked, with Carr being unduly brief and modest about such a difficult profession.
You can link, via the image, to the official website and add the nominees to your “must read” pile.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday 30th May 2012.
If you need something to reignite your love of the Disney-Lucasverse Star Wars: The Complete Vader is an excellent coffee table book from Random House at a bargain price!
There are plenty of glossy images, pullouts and keepsakes with a surprisingly thorough text, so even hardcore Star Wars fans should see or read something new.
A recommended time waster.
The Hay Festival gets bigger and better every year so head to Wales for all things bookish and click the image for the official site.
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This May Day reading, with Patrick Valenza’s Deviant Moon Tarot was insightful as always; a timely reminder to trust one’s instincts and take more care over prioritising.
Turning over this site’s “personal” card (position 10.) The Eight of Cups, shouldn’t be a surprise by now but it is always a pleasant surprise to see “Lily” shunning the negatives, stepping bravely forward on her creative path and chasing the dream!
Please feel free to leave your thoughts on this spread, you don’t need to be an expert, the pictures tell a story, so have a go and leave your comments.
1. Inquirer/The Present ~ The Queen of Cups (centre left then anti-clockwise)
2. Past Influences ~ The Five of Pentacles
3. Subconscious Influences ~The Three of Pentacles
4. Secret Wishes ~ The Six of Pentacles
5. Hidden Forces ~ The Ace of Pentacles
6. To Come ~ The Two of Pentacles
7. Environment ~ The Page of Wands
8. Influence of Others ~ The Knight of Wands
9. Spiritual Forces ~ The Page of Cups
10. Outcome ~ The Eight of Cups
You can read about this site’s approach on interpreting the Tarot by following the link below.
Here as promised.
As with any Supergroup or side project involving big names there is the added pressure to succeed or at least, you'd hope, sound good. Metallica and Lou Reed failed at even this, most pedestrian of accomplishments. Chickenfoot, Black Country Communion and Adrenaline Mob are all concurrent bands among many that have stared down the barrel of Supergroup hype.
Reading and athleticism seldom go hand-in-hand but, believe it or not, there are actually books about sport and a literary awards ceremony devoted to them. Who knew?!
You could however just prepare for The Olympics by dusting off your old copy of The Iliad
I promised you more Scary Fairy images for Book Month. Click the pics to view the album and why not send me a Facebook Friend request while you are there. xx
I actually made the corset a while back, but it was still on my dress form as a convenient place to store it. I didn't have any decent pictures to show of it, so figured I'd combine the two when I finished the skirt!
The Last Days of Glory by Tony Rennell gives us a detailed insight into events around the death of Queen Victoria, from Christmas 1900 until her magnificent funeral six weeks later.
It's a book that's been on my shelves for a long time; I spotted it in a bookshop just after it came out which is why I have this rather handsome little hardback copy.