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Xmas book gift ideas for a geek girl

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Here are some nice book gift ideas for a girl who is into fantasy, science-fiction or just creepy things in general.  Obviously, the best way to think of a gift idea of your own is to know what the geek girl you are buying for likes.  Alternatively,  here are some general ideas.

1. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien.  The second movie in the series comes out in December, so a tie in book would also be an interesting idea such as ‘Chronicles: Art and Design (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)’

2. The Walking Dead.  This show is pretty big at the moment, which is based on a series of graphic novels so it would be the perfect gift this Christmas.  You get her the shows box set, or the first volume in the graphic novel series or, the game.

3. If your geek girl is more into paranormal romance and urban fantasy, then chances are she likes True Blood the TV show.  Obviously, you could get the DVD, but alternatively, you could get the omnibus version of the first three books.  Or another option would be to get the Harper Connelly Omnibus another series by the author of True Blood, Charlaine Harris.

4. On the same note there are lots of other urban fantasy series out there.  A personal favourite of mine is the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, which begins with Bitten.

5. Comic books/ graphic novels are huge now.  There are the Avengers series of films, plus the new Man of Steel which comes out in early December on DVD.   There are lots of comic books available, such as ‘Avengers – Volume One: Avengers World’    

6. In terms of less mainstream comics, the Sandman Library by Neil Gaiman is amazing and is beautifully illustrated by a host of different artists.  It begins with’ Preludes and Nocturnes’ 

30 Day Book Challenge – Day Two: Least Favourite Book

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This is kind of a mean post.  Writers work really hard, so I don’t like being mean, particularly in a public arena. Like I mentioned in the Day One post, I tend to like everything I read.  But I’m human so there are a couple that I don’t like…;)

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I first read the Twilight series (or what was out from it) in 2007.  I was younger, and it was summer so I was bored out of my mind.  I really liked the series for a couple of months.  Then, while I was reading the third book, I just couldn’t keep going.  The’ relationship’ between Edward and Bella was too much for me.  As far as I could see it was just plain crazy.  She threw herself off cliffs for him.  She’d faint in his presence.  And worst of all she never, ever  questioned his controlling behavior, or even really noticed it.  She was pretty unaware.

2 American Gods by Neil Gaiman

American Gods is a very different novel to Twilight.  It contains adult themes and scenes.  The plot is excellent, and the twist at the end really was enjoyable to read.  But the reason why this is on my list is because I had to force myself to get through it.  I hated reading it overall.  I didn’t emotionally connect with any of the characters.  I’ve read several others books by Gaiman and loved them, but this one just did not live up to my expectations.