Welcome to my Blogger page, thank you for visiting. This is where I will share my reviews of books, movies and other things I enjoy. If you would like to see my ramblings, fanfiction and other general posts, please visit my Livejournal: beren_writes. Visit my pages to learn about me and my books.
Top set of links above are external links, second set are pages local to the blog.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Eurovision!!!!

So, who's looking forward to Eurovision tomorrow?

I AM :)

For those who are unfamiliar with this annual tradition when Europe goes completely mental - this is a music competition when Europe sends "their best talents" to compete and win the honour of hosting the contest the next year.

This year the contest had been running for 60 years!

Okay, so sometimes the performers in the past haven't been the greatest, but they always mean well.

Over the last few years I think the standard has been incredibly high. There were only three songs I simply could not listen to this year :).

Once upon a time there was just the one contest, now there are so many countries entered they have to have semi-finals, so I've already watched those this week. Rob is very sad because his favourite did not make it to the finals - he was rather hypnotised by the young lady in the skimpy cop's outfit dancing for Moldova.

I'm a little disappointed though, there don't seem to be any completely out there acts this year :(. No opera vampire dubstep like 2013 - I love his voice:

Some other highlights over the years: Dita Von Teese on stage for Germany in 2009; Ukraine's Verka Serduchka, drag queen in silver 2007; Lordi winning for Finland in 2006 with Hard Rock Hallelujah and there are so many more ;).

We do have Conchita in the green room though - she's doing all the interviews :). Conchita won last year for Austria singing Rise Like A Pheonix and she is awesome - yes, she does have a beard and an amazing voice:


If you would like to know more about Conchita and why she was created, visit her website and her new album is available from Amazon and iTunes.

Conchita stands for respect for all and diversity and inclusion and dignity and so does Eurovision (well, okay, occasionally not dignity ;)) - Pride is alive and well at Eurovision.

All the acts have videos of their songs up at the Eurovision Youtube channel (linked on the Eurovision site), as well as their performances so far. Looking at the videos my fav was the following one, Unbroken by Maria Olafs from Iceland, but she was a little too nervous at her semi and didn't make the final:

My fav from the semi's is this one from Sweden, Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw, which I found unimpressive recorded, but live he's amazing - I think he's one of the favourites which probably means he'll get nowhere, but he was very impressive:

I even like out song this year :) - that makes a nice change. It's called Still In Love With You by Electro Velvet and it's very bouncy. We haven't got a hope since we're going 5th in the running order and half of Europe hate us, but it's a superb song and I will not have anything said against it.

The Eurovision Youtube Channel has just about everything - so check it out :) I must remember to order my copy of the DVD.

Do you watch Eurovision? Do you even know what I'm talking about? Do you fancy watching Eurovision now I've rambled about it?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Monster Monday #3 - K'Immies (Highlander)


Good morning, I hope everyone is well this grey Monday. Welcome to week 3 of Monster Mondays.
Monster Mondays posts may be fiction, film reviews, book reviews or me waxing lyrical about a particular monster. Monsters can be paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy or even simply human. So basically, anything monster goes. I also invite anyone who would like to, to join in with their own post. (See end for details).
K'Immies

So for today I was hit by nostalgia while watching an episode of Highlander: The Raven so I have gone with monsters who are men and women, but with a little something extra to help on their psychoses. KImmies are evil Immortals, so called because so many of their names have a 'K' or a hard 'C' sound. In the Highlander universe there are beings called Immortals who live, hidden among humans, and play The Game. Their ultimate rule is 'There can be only one' and they kill each other by taking their opponents head, thus gaining their power in the Quickening. The last one left will eventually gain The Prize, but none of them really know what that is. Some Immortals take to The Game much better than others, enjoying the killing, these are the K'Immies.

I assume the tradition started on day one with the original evil Immortal himself, the great Krugan, as portrayed by Clancy Brown.
In the images we have him in his historical getup and then his delightful modern twist. In the film of Highlander he is the big bad, Connor MacLeod's arch Nemesis, an Immortal brought up by the infamous tribe, the Kurgans, to be brutal and to believe only the strong survive and win. He is a man out of time, only adapting to the most brutish of modern ways, killing by whim, taking anything he wants and being generally monstrous.

You could simply argue he is nothing more than a result of his upbringing, but plenty of other immortals overcame their prejudices and beliefs to become perfectly rounded individual. Hence I firmly believe Kurgan counts as a monster.

My second monstrous K'Immie is Kalas (played by David Robb), who, as his name suggests it a heartless individual, wrapped up in seeking his own power.

Now, Kalas really has no excuse at all, brought up in Rome and becoming a respected citizen he had a good life, stable upbringing and a good mentor. He even pretended to help disillusioned Immortals fed up of the Game, setting up a sanctuary on holy ground for them (Immortals cannot kill on Holy ground). However, he then started killing them the moment they stepped off holy ground to gain their power. He's also a slippery bastard, getting away from Duncan MacLeod several times during Highlander: The Series.

Kalas is a monster because he hid behind the hand of friendship for a very long time, killing those who trusted him.

Now to my third and final K'Immie, one of the best: Kronos as played by Valentine Pelka.

With Kronos we have another psycho. He was the leader of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse during the bronze age, riding with three other Immortals, Methos, Silas and Caspian, pillaging and murdering their way across two continents.

Now, unlike the Kurgan, Kronos adapts well to new centuries and new technologies, taking advantage of them and hiding very well in plain sight. He hasn't grown much as a person, still feeling it is his right to take what he wants and taking it when the whim takes him, but he adapts to his times, making him very, very dangerous. He's very clever and can keep the Horsemen in line with his powerful personality.

He's such a bad guy that even after he's dead he gets to be the avatar of a demon, but the less said about that the better, because that's where Highlander: The Series lost the plot.

Valentine was so good as Kronos he also got to play another K'Immie in Highlander: The Raven - Andre Korda, but while he was good, Kronos was definitely better :).

Highlander fandom is where I cut my teeth on internet interaction (we had mailing lists) and it was where I met many, many of my current friends. The trip to Paris with all of us crammed into one car was most memorable :) as were the conventions.

Have you seen any of the incarnations of Highlander (I do feel sorry for you if it was any of the films apart from the first one ;))? Were you ever part of the fandom? Who is your favourite Immortal?


Monster Mondays #3 Links 

If you would like to join in, please feel free to make your Monster Monday post and add it to the list.


If you would like to add a graphic to your post, here are some codes you can just cut and paste.

Button Code



Banner Code (see top of post):

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Why Ignorance Is Not Bliss and Representation is Important (Hop Against Homo-, Bi- and Transphobia)

Hop Against Homophobia, Bi- and Transphobia
Today is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and I am very proud to be a part of this blog hop. Check out below to see all the other wonderful blogs involved and hop around - there are lots of competitions to win free stuff :).

Why Ignorance Is Not Bliss and Representation is Important

So, I am a genre writer and in many of my books some of my characters are gay, bi, asexual or otherwise not what would once have been called "normal". Science is finally proving that "normal" is a myth and so many things are a spectrum, but that is a whole other post. What I would like to talk about today is IGNORANCE and REPRESENTATION.

Today I firmly believe in equality for all in all things and that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia should be something we eradicate from our societies. However, I have to admit, I was not always so open minded. As a teenager I was not on the equality train. And do you know why?

I was ignorant.

I grew up mostly in a time before the internet in small villages. There were no gay characters in the books I read or the TV I watched, unless they were the comic relief. I didn't even know bisexuals or transsexuals existed. I was not one of those people who thought gays should be hurt or killed, but I did think they were not like me, they were other and they should not be allowed to do things like adopt children. Yes, I am ashamed to admit, I was one of the "well it's okay if they keep it behind closed doors brigade".

I was wrong because I had no idea what I was talking about.

I shudder to think of some of the the things I once believed were true. I did not know any better because I had no reference except what I was being told. Do you know what changed that? The internet and fandom. When I went to Uni I began to see things were not as I had always been led to believe, but what really opened my eyes was the internet. I started using the internet properly while I was doing my PhD and I found my way into fandom.

Now this was a time when most fandoms ran via mailing lists and where slash (m/m) fiction often had to have its own list because it might upset people. Some people even argued that it all had to have an adult rating because m/m was an inherently adult concept. However, it was still far more open than I had ever experienced before.

I began reading fiction where my favourite characters were gay. Which led me to accept that being gay was simply an aspect of someone's being. It was not something other, something weird, something a bit wrong, it simply was.

I still didn't fully comprehend many things, but representation in fiction changed my views.

Then came Livejournal and so many wonderful people willing to educate those of us who did not know the realities that gay, lesbian, bi, trans, asexual and queer people face. And do you know what this has allowed me to do? It has allowed me to spread this knowledge, to change the views of people in my family from distant tolerance to acceptance and recognition.

I am a boringly white, straight cis female, I will never be able to completely understand what it is to be in the shoes of a gay person or a trans person or any such minority, but I can empathise and understand that all these phobic attitudes must stop. This came through representation.

Representation in fiction changed my mindset.

Never let is be said that representation is not important. It is important for so many reasons and this is mine.

Thank you very much for reading, please check out the competition below.

Were you born into an environment where you grew up understanding the issues LGBTAQ people face, or did you come to it later? Who is your favourite LGBTAQ character?


Win My Entire Back Catalogue* ** ***

The books highlighted with rainbow are permanently free titles. All of them are free on all sites except Chip, which is not free on Amazon because they have never price matched it, but is free elsewhere.

Find all my books online: 

Wittegen Press | Amazon UK | Amazon US | Smashwords

I was going to select books with only non-straight characters, but then I realised there are gay characters in nearly every book even if they are background characters in some titles, so I figured I'd just go for all of them :).

Leave a comment and then put your details into the Rafflecopter below to enter.

*Sorry you must be over 18 to win the full package because most of the books have adult content, if you are under 18 I can only send you those without explicit content (ringed in green and Myriad Imaginings will be replaced by Bright Young Things).
** the books missing from the list are either giveaways or contain the same content as those above in a different format.
***eBooks

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 11 May 2015

Monster Monday #2 - Talos, the Bronze Giant


Sorry this didn't go up first thing, we had internet issues yesterday thanks to some works going on outside in the street. All is back to normal now, thank heavens :). Welcome to week 2 of Monster Mondays here on Tasha's Thinkings. Hope you all had a good week.
Monster Mondays posts may be fiction, film reviews, book reviews or me waxing lyrical about a particular monster. Monsters can be paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy or even simply human. So basically, anything monster goes. I also invite anyone who would like to, to join in with their own post. (See end for details).
Talos - The Bronze Giant


Now if there is one set of monsters that affected me greatly as a child it is those created by Ray Harryhausen. His films were a source of wonder and excitement before CGI took over, back when stop motion was the most amazing thing ever! I still love his films and today I'm going to talk about one of my favourite monsters: Talos, the bronze giant from Jason and the Argonauts.

This film always makes me think of Easter, because they always used to put it on TV during the Easter weekend when I was younger. It took me years to see it all the way to the end because we were always being dragged off to some service or other :). However, I always managed to see Talos.

In the story Jason and his crew are guided by Hera to the Island of Bronze to find provisions, however, they are warned not to take anything else. Hercules, however, takes a giant broach pin to use as a javelin and wakes the guardian of the island, the giant Talos, who until that point is no more than a statue. Talos, being made of bronze, is invulnerable to the Argonauts weapons and starts killing them and lifting their ship up like a toy as they try to escape.

His only vulnerability is the circular plate on his heel, which, when opened by Jason releases steam and molten bronze, Talos' ichor. He then dies in a very dramatic fashion, which I have linked to below, thank you Youtube.


When I was small Talos terrified me - he was hide behind cushions scary. These days I feel kind of sorry for him, after all, he was only reacting to someone stealing from him.

Thank you for dropping by.

Have you seen Jason and the Argonauts? Did any of the monsters in it used to frighten you? How would you take on a bronze giant like Talos if faced with one these days?


Monster Mondays #2 Links 

If you would like to join in, please feel free to make your Monster Monday post and add it to the list.


If you would like to add a graphic to your post, here are some codes you can just cut and paste.

Button Code



Banner Code (see top of post):

Monday, 4 May 2015

AtoZChallenge 2015 - Reflections

Just before I get to the reflections post, I have started a new weekly tradition on this blog today called Monster Mondays and today's post is over here.


So the AtoZChallenge 2015 is over and what a ride it has been. First of all I would like to thank everyone who organised it and everyone who took part - it has been an awesome year and I thoroughly enjoyed myself the whole month. I hope everyone else did too. I must apologise, I am still behind on answering comments for the last couple of days of the challenge, but I will catch up eventually.
For those who are new to the AtoZ - every year thousands of bloggers get together and post every day in April apart from Sundays using a letter of the alphabet to inspire their post. Many of us also have an overriding theme for the month. Then we try and visit as many blogs as we can during the month.
This is my third year taking part in the challenge and I think I have enjoyed it the most, simply because I found so many wonderful people to interact with. It was great last year too, but this year has been simply excellent.

Lessons Learned

I know some people were pantsing this year and creating their posts one by one, but if there are two things I have learned make the AtoZ easier it is:

Preparation & Organisation

My sister and I had four blogs enrolled in the challenge this year - one personal blog each and two that we shared. There is no way we could have managed without serious preparation. These are the things that made my life a lot easier:

Preparation
  • Choosing a theme made deciding on posts much easier.
  • Choosing a theme allowed me to take part in the theme reveal before the main event and it helped to connect to other themed blogs and choose initial sites to visit on day 1.
  • All blog posts were pre-scheduled before April even began (well almost all - I had three drabbles (100 word stories) left to write :))
  • I created a spreadsheet for the whole AtoZ list to mark down who I visited and who visited me on a certain day.
Example of a small part of my spreadsheet. As you can see I have no idea who visited me on the last 4 days yet because I'm behind on reading comments :)
Organisation

I reserved a certain amount of time every day to visit sites in the list and then used a routine which I stuck to day in and day out. I won't bore you with the details, but it involved noting down everything I did so I did not get lost. This routine fell by the wayside on the last 4 days due to personal matters, which is why I have not dealt with comments yet and helps to underline that it was the routine which kept me on track :).

Things that made me visit/come back to Blogs

So there were some blogs that I went back to time and again and some that I visited, but they didn't necessarily grab me. So I thought I'd share a few thoughts:
  • Blogs with questions at the end of the post were often easier to comments on, but only if the question was not too complicated. Blogs with multiple questions were even better because then I could pick and choose what to answer if all were not relevant to me.
  • Short posts with short paragraphs were definitely the best when trying to visit so many blogs.
  • Comments with blog links or blog titles made it much easier to return visits - there were a couple of comments where I couldn't actually find a blog to go with the person because there were no clues. I tried to return every comment, but sometimes I simply couldn't find where to do it.
  • Pictures are a lot of fun and make a post eye catching and memorable.
  • Mentioning the AtoZ at the top of the post (with one of the graphics was even better) or in the title of the post is a really good idea - I visited a couple of blogs that were a bit confusing.
  • Being creative and cheating a little with X is for etc can sometimes make the posts even more fun ;)
  • Short flash fiction works really well, serialised stories, not so much because if you miss one post or can't make it back for a few days you can't just pick up.
  • People who took the time to return my visits, even if it was just a couple of instances during the month, made me want to engage more.
Blogs I Visited and Enjoyed

So enough about my thoughts. I have decided to share the links to blogs that had me coming back every day or as often as I could after I found them. Be warned there are quite a few. They are in no particular order.
My Post for the AtoZChallenge 2015

And finally, here are links to all my posts for this year from this blog. My theme was Fictional Deities and Demons and I had so much fun. Thank you to everyone who visited.

April
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
//////01 (A)02 (B)03 (C)04 (D)
//
//
//
Aslan, ArBelar, BarbasCthulhuDahak
0506 (E)07 (F)08 (G)09 (H)10 (I)11 (J)
EwyaLord FrithGozer the GozerianHerne the Hunter/ HathorIssa, Blind IoJareth, Jasmine
1213 (K)14 (L)15 (M)16 (N)17 (O)18 (P)
KrollLokiMuad'DibNiennaOnimar SynnPaladine
21920 (Q)21 (R)22 (S)23 (T)24 (U)25 (V)
QRaidenSutekhThorUmberleeVyres/ Vinz Clortho
2627 (W)28 (X)29 (Y)30 (Z)////
WxrtHltl-jwlpklzXoanonYaksha
//
//

Other Sites I contributed to in the AtoZ: Wittegen Press | Fantasy Boys XXX (AC) 
My Sister's Site in the AtoZ: Sophie's Thoughts and Fumbles

Monster Mondays #1 - Wilson Fisk


Today I have decided to start a new tradition on my blog: Monster Mondays. Who doesn't love a good monster?
Monster Mondays posts may be fiction, film reviews, book reviews or me waxing lyrical about a particular monster. Monsters can be paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy or even simply human. So basically, anything monster goes. I also invite anyone who would like to, to join in with their own post. (See end for details).
Wilson Fisk

So today I have chosen a human monster as my subject of choice. Over the last week my husband and I have been ravenously devouring Marvel's new Daredevil series and it is utterly brilliant. I may have to rave about the whole thing in a separate post later on. Be warned, if you watch it, it is basically a 13hr movie split into parts - you will not want to stop.

One of the things that makes it so brilliant is the villain, Mr Wilson Fisk.
Wilson Fisk as portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio
I only ever really remember Vincent D'Onofrio in Law and Order Criminal Intent even though he is a prolific and talented actor. So the two characters I associate him with now are on opposite sides of the law: Wilson Fisk, the villain, and Goren, police detective extraordinaire. What both characters have in common, however, is that D'Onofrio plays both as something a little left of normal. When he is on screen it is impossible to predict what these characters will do next. The look in their eyes says they see the world in a different way than you do.

Fisk is the bad guy who sees himself as the saviour. He loves New York city and, in his eyes, he's just trying to make it a place everyone can love and be safe when a masked nut in black shows up to put a spanner in the works. He orders death like it is nothing and claims it is a necessary evil he does not enjoy. He manipulates and plays with lives like he owns them. He knows he is not good, but he thinks what he is doing is right.

He is scarily calm and focused, on the face of it, unflappable, until that moment when he flips. Then he is violence personified, ready to kill with his own hands in the most brutal and horrific ways.

Fisk is a monster of contrasts and if you get in his way he will cut your down.

Yet, he is also a man of deep feeling. He has one friend, James Wesley, his right hand man and they have a deep connection. He loves completely; there is nothing he would not do for his mother or the woman he falls in love with. He also shows deference to those he respects, believing they deserve honour.

What I love about Marvel is so many of their villains have depth and Fisk has it in spades. At points during the series I hated him, at others I actually felt sorry for him. He is written well and Vincent D'Onofrio plays him with a skill rarely seen in TV villains. He is, undoubtedly a monster, but one with so many layers.

Have you seen Daredevil? Did you like it and Fisk? Who is your favourite villain with depths?


Monster Mondays #1 Links 

If you would like to join in, please feel free to make your Monster Monday post and add it to the list.


If you would like to add a graphic to your post, here are some codes you can just cut and paste.

Button Code



Banner Code (see top of post):

Thursday, 30 April 2015

AtoZChallenge2015 - Z is for Zuul

Fictional Deities and Demons - AtoZ 2015
Hello and welcome to day 26 of the AtoZChallenge 2015.

Here were are on the last day and for once Z wasn't difficult :). We're with Ghostbusters again today because I had the other two and so I have to have Zuul as well.

Zuul, also called The Gatekeeper is a demi-god and one of the minions of Gozer, along with Vinz Clortho, the key master. Both Zuul and Vinz have to come together to bring about the coming of Gozer and help destroy the world.

After having once made and appearance in Dana Barrett's fridge, Zuul possesses her after tying her to a chair, turning her into something of a sexy siren. She then tries to seduce Peter Venkman before finally finding the real key master and consummating their bond to bring about the portal to allow Gozer into New York.

While opening the portal Zuul's true form is revealed:

When Gozer was defeated Zuul turned to stone, leaving Dana Barrett trapped inside what was akin to a statue.

I think Sigourney Weaver's portrayal of Zuul is absolutely brilliant. The scene on the bed where Peter is trying to work out what is going on with Dana is simply fantastic.

Sources: Wikipedia | Ghostbusters Wiki

So, if you have to deal with Zuul or VInz Clortho, which do you think you could handle?


My Other Blogs in the AtoZ: Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)



I publish my books through my own company, Wittegen Press, which I run with my sister Sophie Duncan. For information about our books, sign up for The Wittegen Press Newsletter:

Wittegen PressWe'll send you details of book releases, competitions and other news from our authors, BUT we WON'T spam you, or pass your details on to anyone else.

We will also give you 2 FREE ebooks just for signing up.

* indicates required

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

AtoZChallenge2015 - Y is for Yaksha

Fictional Deities and Demons - AtoZ 2015
Hello and welcome to day 25 of the AtoZChallenge 2015.

Yaksha is a character from The Last Vampire series by Christopher Pike originally published in the 1990s, but recently re-released. He is the first vampire rather than the last, coming from 3000 BC.

Yaksha was created when a travelling priest raised a demon to try and cure a plague, but instead the demon killed he priest and entered the body of a child inside his dead mother's womb. Sita, the heroine of the story is only a child herself at the time witnesses all this and her father saves the child because there is no way to know if he is good or evil. Sita names him "Yaksha" meaning "begot from a Yashini (demon)".

It is not until Sita is grown up and married with a child that all those who witnesses the ceremony start to disappear and Yaksha reveals what he is when he kidnaps her. He then turns her into a vampire as well, making her surrender by threatening her sleeping husband and child.

When humanity realised what they were up against they called on Krishna to help them and Yaksha ended up fighting him, in the end accepting Krishna's grace and then going off to spend the next 5000 years hunting down and killing all those of his own kind.

I've never actually read these books, but I found Yaksha to be an interesting character as I was searching for a Y, and he's a vampire, so how could I resist? The books are controversial since they reference several different sacred beliefs of various religions, but according to Wikipedia there are people interested in the film rights.

Sources: Wikipedia | TVTropes | Fun Trivia

Have you read these books? What did you think of them? If not, would you read them?


My Other Blogs in the AtoZ: Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)



I publish my books through my own company, Wittegen Press, which I run with my sister Sophie Duncan. For information about our books, sign up for The Wittegen Press Newsletter:

Wittegen PressWe'll send you details of book releases, competitions and other news from our authors, BUT we WON'T spam you, or pass your details on to anyone else.

We will also give you 2 FREE ebooks just for signing up.

* indicates required

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

AtoZChallenge2015 - X is for Xoanon

Fictional Deities and Demons - AtoZ 2015
Hello and welcome to day 24 of the AtoZChallenge 2015.

Xoanon is another "god" from Tom Baker era Doctor Who - there were so many good ones I had to do another :).

Xoanon is from the episode "Face of Evil" and is the god of the Tesh and the Sevateem. When the Doctor arrives and meets the Sevateem he is named as "The Evil One" who they believe, along with the Tesh is holding their god prisoner. Since there is a glowing, floating head that looks just like him terrorising the Sevateem and his face has been carved into a mountain, it's not such a jump.

Xoanon is actually an artificial intelligence with multiple personalities. He was the computer of the Mordee expedition, a human exploration team, which landed on the planet. He was  designed to guide them, but he broke down. Generations of teams repaired him, eventually evolving him so far that he became concious and a living creature.

This is where the Doctor came in the first time, arriving and helping with repairs just after the new being's birth trauma. He failed to see what it was and thought the data-core was damaged and helped to repair it by making a direct link to his brain. Then he forgot to wipe his mental print from the core, giving Xoanon multiple personalities. (According to the novelisation of the episode, this actually happened during the episode Robot, while the Doctor was still confused from regenerating, hence his big mistake and his very unstable mental print).

Xoanon then set the Tesh and the Sevateem, actually the Technicians and Survey Team from the ship, against each other to reflect his own warring psyche.

In the end the Doctor manages to wipe his pattern from the data-core, thus restoring the real Xoanon who offers to help the tribes of the Tesh and the Sevateem now that he is sane.


Sources: Tardis Data Core | Wikipedia Villains | Wikipedia Ep | TVTropes

Do you like stories of Artificial Intelligence gone mad? Which is your favourite?



My Other Blogs in the AtoZ: Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)



I publish my books through my own company, Wittegen Press, which I run with my sister Sophie Duncan. For information about our books, sign up for The Wittegen Press Newsletter:

Wittegen PressWe'll send you details of book releases, competitions and other news from our authors, BUT we WON'T spam you, or pass your details on to anyone else.

We will also give you 2 FREE ebooks just for signing up.

* indicates required

Monday, 27 April 2015

AtoZChallenge2015 - W is for WxrtHltl-jwlpklz

Fictional Deities and Demons - AtoZ 2015
Hello and welcome to day 23 of the AtoZChallenge 2015.

Today I am talking about another characters from the books of the awesome and much mourned, Sir Terry Pratchett.

WxrtHltl-jwlpklz (which I have to copy and paste every time because it's a nightmare) is a demon and appears in Wyrd Sisters. Nanny Ogg accused him of being behind the door when the vowels were handed out.

When he manifested he was kind of handsome, but, being a demon, he was 'a little cruel around the eyes and beaky about the nose'. He also declared his name unpronounceable by human tongues, however, Granny Weatherwax soon proved him completely wrong about that.

 He is the one who reveals to the witches that the kingdom itself is unhappy because it is being ruled by a man who hates it after being threatened with boiling. Once he has revealed his knowledge he is banished with the wonderful words:
"Oh yes, run along."
He is not overly pleased.

Sources: Discworld and Terry Pratchett Wiki | Roosterteeth | TVTropes

Who doesn't love Terry Pratchett? Who is your favourite character from the Discworld?


My Other Blogs in the AtoZ: Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)



I publish my books through my own company, Wittegen Press, which I run with my sister Sophie Duncan. For information about our books, sign up for The Wittegen Press Newsletter:

Wittegen PressWe'll send you details of book releases, competitions and other news from our authors, BUT we WON'T spam you, or pass your details on to anyone else.

We will also give you 2 FREE ebooks just for signing up.

* indicates required