The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so much better than the first one!

Without spoilers (since this is the second book in The Wheel of Time), everything in this book was better. The characters were more interesting, the plot stronger, the world more layered. So if you are as me and didn’t feel it after the first book, give the second one a chance. Thankfully I have a wonderful boyfriend who told me I had to read this because it is one of the greatest series in the history of fantasy literature.

The story picks up a few weeks after the end of the first book and the characters are well rested after their first-book-journey. It seems like they all will head their separate ways, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills, all is part of the Pattern, especially for ta’veren. Everything is changing.

About the characters; Rand had grown a lot during the few weeks between the books, and I actually found him interesting. This is a relief since he is the main(est) character. Perrin I fell for already in the last book and I want more of him. Mat is still a bit annoying, but that might get fixed in the next book. Nynaeve, badass, love her! Egwene is okay, nothing exceptionally special. Moiraine didn’t play as big a role in this book and the same goes for Lan.

I want to keep this spoiler free, but there is so many spoilers I’d love to talk about! However, pick up this book. I thought I’d die in the end, it became way too good. 12 more books to go until the final battle!


“The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow. For centuries, gleemen have told of The Great Hunt of the Horn. Now the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

And it is stolen.”

– Goodreads

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Merlin Watch Along: S01E01 – The Dragon’s Call

The review of this episode was first posted on Ampersand Princess’ blog, which does not exist anymore. However, here is my part of the review:


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I love the first episode! It is so innocent and the humour exactly what I want it to be. I remember when I saw it for the first time, I didn’t know anything about the Arthurian Legends but I fell, head over heals, for the characters and the humour.

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Merlin arriving in Camelot

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How to tell if you are a Book Junkie

This little test was created by Eve Messenger’s Otherwordly Endeavors but I found it on Drink Coffee and Read Books blog and thought it looked like fun. So I decided to do it!


How it works: Mark an ‘x’ for each statement that applies to you.

[ ] 1. In lines or at doctor’s offices, when everyone else around me is tapping out messages on their cell phones, my face is buried in a book.

[X] 2. If a novel I’m reading has a plot twist I wholeheartedly disagree with, I will complain, out loud, to my book.

[X] 3. When I discover a new book I’d like to read, the first thing I do is to list it as “want to read” on Goodreads. Then I blog about it.🙂

[ ] 4. If I reach for a book, my household pets jump onto my favorite reading chair.

[ ] 5. My favourite historical figure is Booker T. Washington.

[ ] 6. When I meet new people, the first question I ask is, “What kinds of books do you like to read?”

[X] 7. The only thing better than buying new books is when someone reads—and likes—a book I’ve recommended to them.

[ ] 8. The phrase “’book’ an appointment” confuses me.

[X] 9. If I see someone mistreating a book, I will shield it with my body.

[X] 10. I read posts entitled “How to Tell if You’re a Book Junkie.”

If you marked ONE OR MORE of the above boxes, you are a bookie junkie and are hereby awarded this badge. Wear it with pride.

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I got 5/10. The conclusion, I am a book junkie, but it seems like I’m not the most hard core one. But I will wear the badge with pride. What about you?

Doctor Who: The American Adventures

Doctor WhoDoctor Who: The American Adventures by Justin Richards

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Release date: October 25 2016

I received this as an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

All that Glitters – California 1849

The first story in this little collection. I won’t write a longer synopsis since the story only was about 30 pages long (It would be impossible to avoid spoilers). However, if you are familiar with Doctor Who you know quite well what will happen.

I did like this story, even though it could have been longer and had a little more flesh. It is a very classic Doctor Who story, with a plot that was easy to follow and understand. However, as a grown up it almost became boring, but I think a young child would enjoy the story very much.

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Off the Trail – The Oregon Trail 1846

They are travelling through the countryside to their new home. One morning all the other wagons have disappeared without trace.

This story was better than the first one. It had more of the ‘companion’s view’ (without a companion) of the Doctor, which you are used to see in the TV-series. The story also contained a bit more action. Still, it is so straight forward and nothing is complex.

I give this story 2+ stars (it was okay, but better than the first one).

Ghosts of New York – New York City 1902

The stories seem to just get better and better. This third one is definitely my favourite this far. It is set during the building process of the New York subway. But the work is slowing down. Ghosts are taking over the tunnels.

In this story the Doctor started feeling more like the Doctor.Out of all the short stories the main minor character in this one was my favourite. He actually did something instead of standing on the sideline, watching and being amazed by the Doctor. It is the same as with the TV-series, it is the companions who make it what it is. Without a companion, the Doctor is not as good.

I give this story 3 stars (I liked it).

Taking the Plunge – Florida 2017

This was a very short story, following only the Doctor and the villain. It was a perfect read for a late night. The story has a very simple build – finding a mystery in an amusement park and solving it. I could see a fleshed out version of this story as a Doctor Who special episode. Some more dialogue between the Doctor and the villain would have been a lovely addition. I also think this story could have fitted a monologue from the Doctor.

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Spectator Sport – New Orleans 1815

The Doctor lands his TARDIS not knowing where and when he is. Soon he realises he is watching The Battle of New Orleans unfold. Then he meets a woman wearing a perception filter. Something strange is definitely going on and the Doctor is intrigued. So was I.

Sadly the story has such a promising beginning but the then it takes a turn towards a completely different story. The Battle really has nothing to do with the story, nor does the century or place. This story went from a 3+ to a 2 star one in just a few pages. Why change the Battle of New Orleans for a spaceship?

I give this story 2 stars (it was okay).

Base of Operation – USA 1944

 I think this was the strongest story of all of them. The Doctor arriving at a USA military base from which soldiers will be shipped to Europe (D-Day is not far away). But the base has been infiltrated, and not by Nazis. It is a classic “the Doctor saves the day” story and it felt really well put together. The pacing was perfect.

I give this story 3 stars (I liked it).


“Travel through time and space with the Twelfth Doctor in these six brand new adventures, set in a host of locations across the US and eras from throughout US history.

An invisible spacecraft turns up at the Battle of New Orleans, an alien presence is detected at the 1944 D-Day landings, and ghosts take over New York’s subway tunnels as they’re being dug in the early 1900s…

Filled with mystery, excitement and the Doctor’s trademark wit, these timeywimey stories will delight any Doctor Who fan.”

– Goodreads

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread

Four groups. Three books per group. One will be Reread. One will be Rewritten. One will Burn…

(I had the epic action movie trailer voice in my head while writing that.) So, I have not been tagged to do this but hey, it sounds like a fun one so I’ll just go for it! What I did to chose books were that I put my Goodreads Read shelf on random and took the books from the beginning, three at a time.


Burn: City of Bones

Rewrite: Prince Caspian

Reread: The Book of Speculation

This was an easy start. I wasn’t a fan of City of Bones, Prince Caspian wasn’t as good as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Book of Speculation is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Yes, you should read it. And if you don’t have the time, listen to it, the audiobook is so good.


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