Friendship

Neglected and friendless as Harry was at the Dursleys’, it did at least make him resilient. At Hogwarts, Harry finds himself both popular and admired, quickly becoming something of a ringleader within his trio of best friends.

– Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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Chapters 12-15
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Source: Pottermore

So many adventures! I don’t know if I could have survived a first year at school like that. I’d love to go to Hogwarts, but I’d like to go there without being friends with Harry (well, I’m a Ravenclaw so probably wouldn’t have been). The sneaking around during Christmas, Norbert, the Forbidden Forest… And their interest in and conviction no one but them can stop Snape from stealing the stone. These are some strange kids.

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The Mirror of Erised. I wonder what I would see in it. I think we all do. Ron sees himself achieving everything his brothers’ achieved before him, but him being the best. It feels like a naive, child’s wish. Professor Dumbledore sees himself holding a pair of socks… Which most definitely isn’t him telling the truth. And Harry sees his family. That shows maturity and a search that will continue throughout the books. Where is his family? He will find it surrounding him in friends and father figures. It is possible to find your family, if you aren’t lucky enough to have them around you. That is something to remember.

So what would I see in the mirror? I have my family around me. I knit my own socks. I do tend to achieve my goals in school/university. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. But it is difficult, how do you know what you most desire? Hopefully I’d see myself living a happy life. (Or meeting the Queen herself – J.K. Rowling.)


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The Inquisition

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The Inquisition (Summoner #2) by Taran Matharu

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very similar style to the first one. Good story, interesting characters, easy to read, but not a masterpiece. I will however continue this story (it ended on a cliffhanger!).

So this book picks up some time after the first book ended. Not much has happened for our main character, Fletcher, but a lot has happened that he isn’t aware about. Trying to pick up on everything and being thrown into circumstances he cannot control pushed the beginning of this story.

The best thing however is his humanity and empathy. There are quite a few humans in this story with serious lack of those qualities. His trust in everyone, no matter species, is something to learn from.

One of the things that stood out to me was the use of vials (red for health and blue for mana). I just wonder if the author has played a little too many video games while writing this book 😅


“A year has passed since the Tournament.

Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt’s dungeons, but now they must face a trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher’s downfall.

The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher’s origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

With loyal friends Othello and Sylva by his side, Fletcher must battle his way to the heart of Orcdom and save Hominum from destruction…or die trying.”

– Goodreads

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Author Interview: Emanuel Blume

To have a multicultural crew comes quite naturally when it’s an international expedition. I’ve still gotten the a bit bizarre question if it “isn’t a bit too P.C.” to have that many cultures (and women!) represented  in the crew.

Emanuel Blume
Author of Nomadplaneten

Back in May I read a book called Nomadplaneten [eng.: The Nomad Planet], it is now one of the few sci-fi stories I’ve read and I was impressed. It deals with a lot of questions and themes that are relevant today and I wanted to know more. Luckily the author, Emanuel Blume, is such a nice person that he took time to answer the few questions I had. So if you want to know more about the background to a story that deals with the effects of climate change, terrorism, multiculturalism and international cooperation, this might very well interest you.

Note: The interview is translated into English since it was done in Swedish. I am not a professional translator.

Interview with Emanuel Blume
Author of Nomadplaneten

Q: Nomadplaneten discusses very relevant subjects – global warming, terrorism and international cooperation – despite the fact it is set a 100 years into the future. Are these subjects you feel strongly about and what would you do to avoid a scenario like that described in Nomadplaneten?

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A: I’m working in the environmental field and have an education in environmental physics, so it most certainly are subjects close to my heart. But the thought with Nomadplaneten was not that it would be a story saying “we need to save the world”, but how we would react if we actually couldn’t. Would we deny everything? Would we mourn? Blame each other? And what happens then? Exactly like the main character Jonathan has to deal with his loss. I don’t want to tell the reader that this or that is important for the community or planet, there are so many doing that already. People usually know what’s needed, it isn’t that hard really and it’s about each generation living a life that gives the next generation the same opportunities to an equally good life. Details about carbon dioxide, eating meat, natural resources, peace and solidarity etc. can be found to read about in a thousand other places.

Q: Has it required a lot of preparatory work to create the story? What has been most difficult?

A: It required quite a lot of preparatory work, I read a lot about both astronomy and climate change and calculated quite a lot on how fast the spaceship would have to travel, what the gravity would be when Gilead would need to be discovered and so on. The first version of the manuscript was a lot heavier with facts and it was hard to take away that much that had taken time to research, but it would’ve been too heavy otherwise. A lot of it is still there, between the lines.

The most difficult part was to portray the people. I’ve written a lot of scientific reports and similar while studying, so that I was used to, but I was afraid I wouldn’t manage to portray believable human beings. Emotions, wills, personalities and all of those things. I still think that is the most difficult part.

/…/ the thought with Nomadplaneten was not that it would be a story saying “we need to save the world”, but how we would react if we actually couldn’t.

Emanuel Blume
Author of Nomadplaneten

Q: I applaud your decision to have such a multicultural and faceted crew. If you’d had yet another crew member, what kind of person would that be?

A: To have a multicultural crew comes quite naturally when it’s an international expedition. I’ve still gotten the a bit bizarre question if it “isn’t a bit too P.C.” to have that many cultures (and women!) represented  in the crew. I’d rather say it is a consciously made quota to get in more people from the Nordic countries (three of eight crew members are from the Nordic countries), mostly because I myself is from there and wanted to get a bit more of that perspective. If I had put in another crew member (execpt Hernàndez, who were supposed to be) it would probably have been another American, a Japanese or maybe an Icelander. Maybe someone from an Asian highland, like Kazakhstan. It would have needed too be a country that hadn’t been too impacted by the global warming.

Q: Lastly I want to ask what writing plans you have next?

A: I have a new idea for a novel that I plan on starting writing in November, during NaNoWriMo. But it will be a while before it is done, and as a minor project I acutally plan on releasing a series of read short stories on Storytel, with an exciting overarching plot connecting them. Most of the short stories I’ve already written, most of them being something between sci-fi and thriller. Maybe release them once a week for two months, like a series. No dates decided on yet, but it would be fun to release the first around New Year!

BONUS Q: Have you ever visited Finland?

A: Sadly not. I sang together with a guy from Finland a long time ago, and we talked a bit about going to Finland to play, but it never happened. It would have been very fun. I visited the Faroe Islands this summer and would like to experience more of the Nordic countries.


Thank you so much to Emanuel Blume for agreeing to this interview!

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Education

Harry arrives at Hogwarts more than ready to begin his wizarding world education. From strict McGonagall to nervous Quirrell, bullying Snape to cheerful Sprout, there’s lots to learn – inside the classroom and out.

– Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
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Chapters 8-11
Source: Pottermore

QUIDDITCH! How I love that sport! I would definitely play if I was a witch. Now I had to settle for football instead (and some volleyball). But imagine, flying through the air, chasing *insert ball*. I don’t know what player I’d be though. Chaser or beater probably, those seem the most fun. Also, imagine Lee Jordan refereeing the game. Do we know what happened to him? I want to imagine his refereeing professionally.

Bad behaviour

Thinking back to these chapters you can really see bad behaviour from many different people. Snape being a total stupid person treating Harry like he does. Malfoy being even more of a bully than I remembered. Jeez, I didn’t remember him being this much worse of a person than in the movies. Ron not taking Hermione’s feelings into consideration, at all.

These are not that bad, compared to what’s to come, but the behaviours presented here are what kids needs. I think this teaches kids how to be a nice person. With Snape and Malfoy you feel with Harry and in that way learn not to behave like them. You also learn how to deal with people like them. Find your friends and don’t care about the ones talking shit.

Concerning Ron, you learn to think before you talk, and to not judge a person too quickly. You can feel how ashamed he becomes when he realises that he hurt Hermione, and that it is possible to make it right (you just need a mountain troll).

I haven’t thought about this before, but I do think I as a kid learned from this, subconsciously. As many have said, the Harry Potter series have thought people the importance of friendship and not hatred. No one should live in the closet. No one should be unaccepted. The Harry Potter generation has all learned this from an early age.


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Fight Like a YA Girl Book Tag

Be prepared for a lot of tips on strong female leads…

So I was not tagged by The Book Prophet to match YA girls to some descriptions, but I saw her do it and really want to do it. I just really hope I’ve read enough YA to have enough characters… Tend to read everything from children’s fantasy to adult fantasy so it might be a challenge. Let’s see how it goes!

Rules:
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Mention the creator Krysti at YA and Wine
  • Match at least one YA girl with each of the themes below
  • Tag as many people as you’d like!

It is so important for everyone to see examples of strong women in books, television, and movies. There are so many ways in which women exhibit strength, so this tag is meant to be a celebration of some those strengths.

Warrior Girls

Raisa ana’Marianna from The Seven Realms series and Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series are definitely two fighters you cannot not mention.

Girls Who Fight With Their Mind

Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series and Denna (Dianne, Dinnah… Whatever she wants to call herself) from The Name of the Wind. Luna doesn’t care about what others think and uses her peculiar mind to get through basically everything. Denna is using her wits to get what she needs from the world, but it isn’t easy.

Girls Who Fight With Their Heart

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