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5 days until Christmas! I don’t know about you but I am excited. Every year I get a mountain of books as gifts from family and myself. I always get myself a little gift of a dozen books or so every year. Usually I wait to see what books people bought me and then have a little shopping spree to pick up the books I wanted but didn’t get. It is one of the few times of year where I allow myself to buy brand new books. This rest of the time I buy second hand books.
These are some of the books I hope to see under my tree this year. This list probably wont be very festive because…I am me…
Sandman Graphic Novels by Neil Gaiman
I dont know why but I only buy Sandman comics at Christmas. It has become a subconcious tradition that I assocate these with December. They aren’t even festive. But this year, just like every year, I hope to see something Sandman related in my socking.
Summary of Sandman vol.1:
“In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.
This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death.”
A Treasury of Victorian Murder by Rick Geary
Christmas for me is about pretty graphic novels and Victorian literature, this books is the best of both. This is a bind up of several comics documenting real life 19th century murder cases. I spotted it in my local comic book shop and I just new that I had to have it. I would have bought it there and then but it was so close to Christmas I didn’t want to risk buying myself anything in case someone had already picked it up for me. It is so me that someone had to have spotted it.
“This very first volume of Rick Geary’s increasingly successful series is now reissued in the same format as all other titles. Three delectable murders, culled from the pages of Victorian papers of the era, are presented in Geary’s inimitable style, tongue firmly in cheek!”
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
Look how pretty this book is!! I would happily take the pattern off the cover and use it as wallpaper.
This is a book that has been on my radar for a while. I watched the film a very long time ago and rather enjoyed it so I have been tempted to read the book. I plan on finally getting around to it in 2018. Also I used to make perfume as a hobby so the idea of people perfume interests me.
“An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion — his sense of smell — leads to murder.
In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift — an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume” — the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.”
Victorians Undone by Kathryn Hughes
A non fiction book about famous Victorian bodies. I have mentioned a few times on here that I have an interest in medicine and have worked in a morgue so this book combines two of my favourites topics: Medicine and Victorian history. This book has been on my to-read list for a long time because I have never been able to find a copy of it in person. I might just treat myself and order it from Book Depository once Christmas is over, or if I am lucky, Santa will give me it.
“A groundbreaking account of what it was like to live in a Victorian body from one of our best historians.
Why did the great philosophical novelist George Eliot feel so self-conscious that her right hand was larger than her left?Exactly what made Darwin grow that iconic beard in 1862, a good five years after his contemporaries had all retired their razors? Who knew Queen Victoria had a personal hygiene problem as a young woman and the crisis that followed led to a hurried commitment to marry Albert? What did John Sell Cotman, a handsome drawing room operator who painted some of the most exquisite watercolours the world has ever seen, feel about marrying a woman whose big nose made smart people snigger? How did a working-class child called Fanny Adams disintegrate into pieces in 1867 before being reassembled into a popular joke, one we still reference today, but would stop, appalled, if we knew its origins?
Kathryn Hughes follows a thickened index finger or deep baritone voice into the realms of social history, medical discourse, aesthetic practise and religious observance – its language is one of admiring glances, cruel sniggers, an implacably turned back. The result is an eye-opening, deeply intelligent, groundbreaking account that brings the Victorians back to life and helps us understand how they lived their lives.”
Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Dont get me wrong, I have a copy of Lord of the Rings. What bookworm doesn’t? What I want for Christmas is a pretty collection or bind up of the series. The copy I have I bought in the early 2000s when the films came out and it has a horrible film cover. Normally I dont care about how my books look but I think a pretty collection of Tolkien’s work would go perfectly in my library. I recently reread all of this series so I am in the mood to buy pretty copies of it.
I am not going to give a summary of Lord of the Rings because if you need that you have been living under a rock.
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