My Seven Favourite Books

My Seven Favourite books of all time

I’ve failed.

My friend Olivia challenged me to post a book a day on Facebook and what have I done? Posted them on WordPress.

I’ve failed again. She said I had to post one a day. I’ve done them all at once.

She said I had to pick seven. I’ve picked nine.

That’s another failure.

She said books. I’ve mainly picked series.

I am failing badly.

She said books. I chose a comic book (series).

Fails all the way.

I am supposed to nominate one person a day to keep the thing going. I have published them all at once.

Help me I failed.

You will have to nominate yourself. or share it to others. We have to keep this thing going. It is imperative to the continued growth of humanity. Share and nominate.

First off is the big cheat a comic book. Tin Tin, any Tin Tin.

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I think my favourite must be this one; The Clan of the Cave Bear. I must have read the Earth Children’s series several times, so that makes it my favourite I guess.

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The recording below might be considered a chapter spoiler, but it is also a really good bit. I’ve tried to leave it as a cliff hanger.

 

 

The Gap series is intriguing. No one in it is perfect. In fact just about everyone in it is horrid, but there will be a time when each one will have you cheering for them.

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Kevin J Anderson is pretty good too. My son Luke says there are more deaths than in the Game of Thrones.

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7th

Luke tells me there is a follow up trilogy; The Saga of Shadows.

I needn’t write anything about this next one. My recordings tell it all.

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I have written several prose poem blogs as a result of this one…

robert graves

 

 

I could just say read anything by Terry Pratchett. No, read everything by him. I will say that if you haven’t read anything by the late great storyteller, keep at it. People often say they found one hard to get into. I don’t see it myself, but folks say that. Think it’s all the characters in the Disc World books. Here is a real departure in Nation. Totally different to all  his other books. Mind you I will be introducing the Long Earth series a bit later down, and they are totally different to any book ever written, ever.

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It is not sci fi or fantasy but it is set in slightly alternative reality where history happened a bit different.

 

 

Here is my storytellers bible. Well, for Norse stuff anyway. I get all my knowledge of the Norse belief system through this guy.

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The Long Earth.

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What a team.

 

If I was going to read Pratchett, this is where I would start…

tiffany

 

 

Maskerade Art in Memory of the Late Wonderful Terry Pratchett

Maskerade Art in Memory of the Late Wonderful Terry Pratchett

We are in performance of Maskerade at the Black Swan Inn, Peaseholme Green, York, UK the evenings of 26th, 27th, 28th February 2018

For details contact wearetheatre@googlemail.com

Geebo, Mrs Plinge, Man with Specs, Tommy Cripps, Nanny Ogg, Agnes Nitt, Man with a Death Wish, Corporal Nobbs, Kitchen Woman, Mr Seldom Bucket, Coachman, Enrico Basilica, Kevin,  Mr Pounder, Woman with Chocs, Dancer, Dr Underschaft, Thieves, Walter Plinge, Andre, Manager, Christine, Colette, Granny Weatherwax, Sergeant Detritus, Arno, The Grim Squeaker: Got spot who is who…

 

 

me theif

witche k

ratcatcher (2)

possibly michael

specs death wish

phantom (2)

sqeak (2)

thief girl (2)

tommy 01 (2)

perdita 02 (2)

perdita 01 (2)

pal of perdita (2)

mrs plinge 02

him thief

woman off

mop 02

man

long coat man (2)

long coat (2)

cat

junior thief

junior fag (2)

james i think (2)

guards (2)

fat thief

big man

et er (2)

dancers (2)

coachman (2)

chocs (2)

ben (2)

 

See also An Introduction to the Discworld of Terry Pratchett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to the Discworld of Terry Pratchett. What was I doing! My beloved friends ‘We Are Theatre’ invited me to audition and here I am writing Fan Fiction!!!!!!

Introduction to the Discworld of Terry Pratchett. What was I doing! My beloved friends ‘We Are Theatre’ invited me to audition for their forthcoming production of Maskerade (the play of the book by Terry) and here I am writing Fan Fiction!!!!!!

Or possibly summarising the work of a great writer in a few paragraphs is the greater crime of plagor…

Let’s not go there.

I am a big fan though. When I was asked to audition (and quietly knew I would be in there somewhere) I felt a synopsis of the whole world of Terry P would entertain and slightly redirect their approach to his work……

(So I wrote it on the train with all its inaccuracies)

 

Welcome to Budapest, I said walking in the door with a leaflet in my hand, “He’s started!” “Wait hang on, we haven’t sat down yet.”

The great city of Budapest was originally two towns; the two towns of Buda and Pest. budaBuda was very poor and filthy and Pest was filthy rich. Hang on, that’s not right, that’s Ank’Morpork!

Ank was filthy and Morpork was filthy r…, well you’ve got the idea.

Terry stole it off there.

Two towns and they grew and grew till they came towards each other and when they became connected by a bridge they became a huge city.

Long ago that was and new folks come along of all types all the time; if you want to be in the city you build in the city, so folks built on tops of old buildings. There are several layers of buildings sinking away below what you see. Many of those layers far below (shiver) are still lived in.

The city is protected though. It has the Watch. It needs protecting because everything in this world was stolen; stolen by the master storyteller himself. The very Terry who robbed from history, folklore, religion, tourist guides – and they call this comedy.

We are safe though. There is the Watch. The honest one on the Watch is Carrot;carrot the huge strong tall leader of it all these days; he is huge, strong, tall, proper and slowly steady. He could keep the whole city in order on his own.

He is six foot eight and he is a dwarf. They found him when just a babe with just his regal sword by his side and raised him as their own.dwarves When he no longer fitted in the cave without a double stoop they felt he ought to venture into the world of those, er, other, er, folk…..

The Watch, yes that was it, the Watch.

There is a lot to be said for the highly untrustworthy Corporal Nobbs. Nobbs. Nobby Nobbs for short; he is short, and ‘technically’ human. You can trust him to find the thieves though, because he is very interested, in a personal way, in the things which they took – he will find them.

The night shift is also the best place for his boss Captain Fred Colon many decades he has been on nights, his wife is on days, any other arrangement would take the romance right out of it.colon and nobbs

Commander Vimes,vimes who married the lady of the manor, sometimes puts on his old ‘copper’ boots and comes back to help out in a crisis, these old boots have huge holes in the soles which he has lined with cardboard. You can feel the cobbles under your feet and you know just where you are.

He probably got involved when the Kings Head was demolished over night,kings but it was rebuilt in minutes early in the morning. Soon as Tiffany found out.

Yes, you knew it, it was the Nac Mac Feegles; little, blue all over and nothing but a kilt and a very very bad attitude, (and mouth).

They got in a fight with the landlord and demolished the place.kings

Yes, Tiffany the girl witch of merely eight or so, “Hag o all hags yer ken,” she knew.tiffany

“Ok nay., she’s makin of the folding of the arms, she will be doing the tapping of the foot…..”

They ran back down there and rebuilt the Kings Head in minutes, trouble is they built it backwards. Now everyone has to go in through the back way – so, they don’t call it the Kings Head anymore…

You are safe in the city, well unless you buy a sausage.dibbler Cut My Own Throat Dibbler is out there hollering his wares and if you are to buy one of his so-called sausages you will soon begin to understand why the River Ank is almost possible to walk across.

You would be safer doubling up your expenditure and buying his top of the range product, the rat on a stick – at least you would know what it is.

All stolen, even the disc; if you peer over the edge of this round flat world you may see that it rests on the back of four elephants, they in turn stand upon the back of A’Tuin the giant turtle. A’Tuin is on a galactic mission, flying through space to meet another turtle with a disc on its back – to mate.

The worry is, is A’Tuin a male, because we will probably be all alright then. Or, is A’Tuin a female, in which case when they meet up we are all in trouble.turtles

You may wish to be rushing back to the city nearer the centre of the disc, for there behind you is the great mountain. You may need to pray to a god for protection. If you want to please one you will need to eat a lot of broccoli, to please another you will need to eat a lot of chocolate – I cannot influence you too much, it is your choice in the end, broccoli or cho……

If you are wanting to get away with things you may wish to choose Blind Io.

There they all are on the mountain above AnkMorpork which is ruled with an iron fist of subtle manipulation by the Patrician.patrician

Carrot of the Watch should be the ruler, he has the royal sword and the birth mark and actually killed the dragon,drag slay but everyone seemed to forget by morning.

He does his best against the Thieves Guild. But the gentle Patrician, who is only standing in till the real king is found, has the guild organised. If you are robbed they will take eight per cent of your current monthly incomethe theives and they will utilise half of this to employ the Assassins Guildassasin to remove from the city any unregistered thieving types.theif

You are safe here though. Across the gulf of the Ank is the great bridge, and, looking out forever upon the sea, from this bridge are huge great brass hippopotamus’.

If ever there were to come, it is said, foreign enemy fleets from the seas toward AnkMorpork the hippopotamus’ would be the on the bridge looking out, they would see the enemy and they will come alive and promptly run away – this is the nature of this city.hippos

You are safe here, until a dark figure is cast in a role and walks into a dark theatre with a dark mask upon his face and audiences are entranced; when I played him in audition he fell below the casting table and stretched back up with a mask upon his face, “You call this a comedy!”

 

See Maskerade in the Upper Theatre of the ancient Black Swan Inn 26th to 28th February.

 

We Are Theatre

 

Strange, – the things you do when you are in theatre

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Strange, – the things you do when you are in theatre

Yes, strange,

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I have just spent a whole evening making a set of tarot cards

And

They are all the same.mort tarot 02mort tarot 03(You need to get yourself over to York, UK to see this.)Mort picmort tarot 01Next job???

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