Top Ten Tuesday: Teammates for the Apocalypse

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Today, we’re making our lists of ten characters who ___ – for example, piss me off, are the popular kids, are bookish, would be my bff, that stole my heart, etc.

So let’s pretend the zombie apocalypse has happened. I need to assemble a team to travel the world, looking for survivors and killing lots and lots of zombies. This is who I bring:

1. Sabriel from the Abhorsen trilogy. Who better for sending the undead back to actual death?

2. Aragorn from LOTR. He’d be a great team leader, giving all those heroic speeches. Plus he’s a great survivalist and can use just about every weapon.

3-4. Hiro Protagonist/Y.T from “Snow Crash.” He has swords and hacking and surveillance skills. She has a physics-defying skateboard and an attitude, plus a spectacular array of self-defense gear. I’m assuming any cures or secret fortresses would require some hacking, so they’d be useful.

5. Lying Cat from “Saga.” He’d be able to tell if other survivors we encountered were being honest or not. Not sure how well he’d get along with #10, though.

6. Kingsley Shacklebolt from Harry Potter. I’d love to bring along someone like Sirius, but Shacklebolt made a career out of fighting evil and he has a proven track record of level-headedness and reliability. Plus he, y’know, survives stuff.

7. Vin from “Mistborn.” She has magical abilities that will work wherever there’s metal – which is to say just about everywhere.

8. Gran’ma Ben from Bone. She looks like a harmless old pie-baking farmer, but she’s fast and strong enough to outrun a stampede and fight bear-sized monsters – and then she’ll come right back and bake you a pie.

9. Shadow from “American Gods.” Every zombie-fighting outfit needs a brawler, and Shadow fits the bill since he doesn’t seem to be fazed by anything. After working for Norse gods and dealing with his own wife coming back from the dead, he’s probably the most psychologically equipped to deal with zombies.

10. Iorek from “His Dark Materials.” He’s a sentient polar bear warrior and an unparalleled blacksmith.  He is definitely coming along.

So who would you bring to help you through the zombie apocalypse?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Today we’re sharing our favorite unique or unusual character names!

1. Sira Quiroga from “The Time In Between.” It’s one of the most beautiful names I’ve come across this year.

2. Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone. Seems like a good name for a slightly magical girl with blue hair, plus it has special meaning in-book.

3. Sabriel. I pronounce it like “saber,” so it helps drive home just how dangerous this character can be.

4. Lyra Belacqua from His Dark Materials. One of my all-time favorite character names.

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Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Favorite Heroines

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week is a free-for all, so I went with one of my favorite things to discuss in any situation: my favorite heroines!  This is gonna be a long list.

1. Eowyn from “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkien.  A repressed upbringing, a secret dream, a crush on a man who loves someone else, a willingness to disregard authority to do the right thing – Eowyn is just a flat-out great character.  How can she be anything else with lines like this: “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”

2. Hermione from “Harry Potter” by JK Rowling.  Hermione is clever, sassy, courageous, and would do anything for her friends.  She’s not a gorgeous Mary Sue – Rowling makes a point of Hermione not being traditionally beautiful – and her smarts and loyalty make her an excellent role model for young readers.  Heck, I still look up to Hermione.

3. Eliza from “Daughter of Fortune” by Isabel Allende.  Eliza makes a major mistake as a lovesick teenager and winds up pregnant by a boy who wasn’t as perfect as she thought he was.  Eliza follows him all the way to California from Chile during the gold rush and her quest to find him turns into an enthralling journey of self-discovery.

4. Esther from “Little Century by Anna Keesey.  When 18-year-old Esther is left orphaned in turn-of-the-20th-century Chicago, she decides to take the reins of her life and goes west to claim a homestead in Oregon.  She gets caught up in the range wars between cattlemen and sheep-herders, makes friends, works for the local newspaper, and gets embroiled in the most gracefully-written and least-obnoxious love triangle I’ve ever read.

5. Tarma and Kethry from “The Oathbound” by Mercedes Lackey.  Tarma is an asexual warrior; Kethry is a far-from-asexual sorceress.  Together they fight bad guys!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 24-Hour Life Swap

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

Which characters would you switch places with for 24 hours?  The thing with good characters is that they don’t often live enviable lives, or if they do, something goes wrong to make their lives a lot less enviable.  Otherwise the book would be boring.  So while it might be cool to be Katniss for a day, you’d most likely spend that day starving and trying to escape hordes of teenagers and government cronies who want you dead.  Not very relaxing.

I bet we can come up with ten, though:

1) Harry Potter, of course, assuming there was a 24-hour span of time in which he wasn’t fighting for his life.

2) Eowyn, and it had better be the 24 hours in which she’s sneaking off to join the army and kill the Witchking, because otherwise that would be boring.

3) Laura Ingalls Wilder managed to have some pretty cool adventures without ever getting in too much danger, except for when she fell in the creek that one time.  Twenty-four hours would be about as long as I could last in a world without plumbing and a nearby grocery store, though.

4) Kethry is a sexy sorceress with a magical sword who roams the land defending women.  Sometimes she’s low on cash, but the rest of the time she’s kicking butt and slaying demons.

5) Speaking of slaying demons, getting to be Sabriel for 24 hours would be pretty awesome.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Places

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week is a freebie, so I’m revisiting my favorite settings!

1. Gatsby’s house, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  It’s the ultimate party pad!  Huge, expensive, tastefully decorated, located on the water, flowing with champagne, packed with beautiful people cutting loose…and all that drama seething under the surface.  Ahhh.

2. MerytonPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Their lives consist of going to balls, going on walks, reading books, and conversing through witty banter.  I could deal.

3. The Capital, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I know you’re not supposed to like the Capital, but who wouldn’t like a place where food popped out of the wall at a push of a button?  And imagine all the outfits you’d see – it would be like walking into a Vogue photo shoot directed by Tyra Banks on LSD.

4. The Abhorsen’s house, Sabriel by Garth Nix. This comfy fortress is perched on the edge of a waterfall and contains a library, a flying machine, and an irritable cat-spirit.

5. The Dreaming Realm, the Sandman graphic novels by Neil Gaiman.  I think this place would only be fun if you were Dream himself, with the ability to manipulate every detail of your reality, but let’s say Dream was just letting you chill with his powers for a while.  You could hop from mind to mind, collecting things from people’s dreams, then return to his realm and do whatever fantastic things struck your fancy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Play Hooky With

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

I can tell I’m getting old because I look forward to vacations specifically for the extra reading time.  I’m going to Hawaii in June and no one can quite grasp that even though I’m a twentysomething, I really do prefer reading and relaxing on the beach to tanning and tropical clubbing.  Okay, maybe that just makes me a nerd, and not old.

Hmm.

Anyway, here are ten books I’d enjoy skipping out on my responsibilities to lounge around with.

1. The Hunger Games trilogy. I could probably read the entire trilogy in one weekend, especially since I’d want to pretty much skip “Mockingjay.”

2. “Oathbound,” “Oathbreakers,” and “Oathblood” by Mercedes Lackey.  Shameless badass girl-power fantasy-warrior stories, giant spirit-wolf included.

3. The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.  I’ve only read the first four or so, and I’d love to sit down and peruse them all.

4. “The Eyre Affair” by Jasper Fforde.  I haven’t read any of these books, but they sound like good vacation reading.  They’ve been recommended to me repeatedly.

5. “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card.  Now that I’ve read Hunger Games, people are jumping down my throat about “Ender’s Game.”  I’ll have to read this pretty quick since a movie is in the works.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Theme Songs For Books

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme is books we’d assign theme songs.  This turned out to be a bit difficult when you rule out the soundtracks from movies based on books.  “Pride and Prejudice!”  “Lord of the Rings!”  “Harry Potter!”  Okay, maybe it’s only a problem for me because I have a thing for soundtracks, but still.  It could have been so easy.

1. “Hymn” by Bond
For: “The Lord of the Rings” by JRR Tolkein.
  This song always makes me think of the farewell scenes in “Return of the King,” especially the Gray Havens.  Sniffle.

2. “Uprising” by Muse
For: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.
  In my mind, this song was the trailer music for “The Hunger Games” movie.

3. “Howl” by Florence + The Machine
For: “Twilight” by Stephenie Meyer.
  I hate myself for this, but the song makes me think of Twilight books.  They’re kind of perfect for each other.

4. “Never Let Me Go” by Florence + The Machine
For: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro.
  The song which is so central to the book’s plot is fictional, but Florence’s haunting melody makes a good substitute.

5. “Crusaders” from the “Kingdom of Heaven” soundtrack
For: “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  The book and the movie share a similar early-medieval setting (give or take 400 years), and the “Kingdom of Heaven” soundtrack offers some beautiful songs that make for good reading music.

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