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June Wrap Up & July TBR

This month’s wrap up will be pretty short, as I have only just gotten back into blogging, and I have had a busy month. The TBR for next month, however, will be longer than my usual, as I am currently trying to get a lot of reading done.

After the King edited by Martin H. Greenberg
This book is probably my favourite that I have read this month. While it wasn’t the best, it was nice to read so many different, well-renowned authors, and to read short stories for a change. Some of the stories were good, some were bad, some were appalling, and one or two were fantastic. I can’t wait to get around to reading Tolkien again, or anything from that era.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This, I think, is the best book I read in June. It was complex and thrilling from start to finish, and so original and well thought out. Just like with After the King, it was a nice change of pace to read something a little different to what I usually do. I’m quite enticed by the idea of broadening my horizons and am going to continue to read books outside of what I’m accustomed to.

A Series of Unfortunate Events(1) The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
I wouldn’t usually read children’s books, but I’ve owned this book since I was a little kid and had never so much as opened it, so I picked it up and finally read it, lest it is wasted on me.
I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, it being a children’s book and all, and I actually thought it was an amazing written novel. Very out of the ordinary. It really pulled me in. Who knows, if I ever see the others in the series lying around somewhere, maybe I’ll read those, too.

July TBR
As I’ve said, my list will be a little longer this month, and while I may not get through them all, these are the books I am to read in July:
The Last Good Man by A.J. Kazinski
– The English Monster by Lloyd Shepherd
– Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
– A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
– The Sign of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
– Journeys of Frodo by Barbara Strachey

I may read more, I may read less, but these are the ones first on my list. I won’t necessarily read them in the order I’ve given, but I’ll talk about that when I get there. I will be writing a review on each of these, once I’m finished with them, and will have a number of other posts in the month of July. There may also be a few late reviews and others posts leftover from June.

Sir Christopher Lee | A Tribute

Today’s post is not book related. Instead it is a tribute to the great actor, Sir Christopher Lee, who has passed away at the age of 93 in a hospital, after suffering heart and respiratory problems. This has come as a massive shock to me, and I’m sure everyone else. Even though he was at such an age which would have most people in wheelchairs and sitting in their lounge all day, he never exhibited any signs of himself becoming weaker or older, and carried on doing what he loved until the very day he died.
It was only last year that we saw Christopher in The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies, as well as him releasing a heavy metal Christmas song. I tell no word of a lie when I say: I expected him to be around for a lot longer than he was. Nevertheless, 93 is a fantastic age, and those 93 years have been filled with so much knowledge, and experience, and admiration, and love. He lived life to the fullest, and lived that fullest for a very long time.

While I imagine most people will now think back to Christopher’s oldest works and biggest successes, I think back to the character that helped bring my most favourite story to life. His part as Saruman in The Lord of The Rings is and will remain a huge part of my life. Those movies have essentially been my life, for my entire life so far; and every person and piece that is a part of them, holds a place in my heart.
May we also not forget his role of this character in The Hobbit, too. The fact that he managed to play the same character in three different ways, amazes me. However not as much as the skill of said acting. His role as Saruman in The Hobbit was the good side of his character, and we then saw the conflicted Saruman in Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring, and lastly we saw his dark side in Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, and Return of The king.
Hobbit Saruman

Speaking of the dark side, I will also remember Sir Christopher Lee well for his work as Count Dooku in Star Wars: Attack of The Clones, and Revenge of The Sith.
Count Dooku
Yet another character he played so marvelously; Count Dooku was one of the last unique roles he played as an actor, and we all have the privilege of keeping that forever. He seems to have had an act for playing the villain over the years… Count Dracula; Count Dooku; Saruman; heck! even his role as Willy Wonka’s dad wasn’t exactly a good character. Perhaps it is his powerful and distinct voice that suits the evil so well, or perhaps the sinister look he has about him for such roles. Whatever it was, I am thankful for it.

I may not have seen many of his movies, but what I have seen has had such an impact on my life, and so I have no less of right to claim to be a humongous fan of his, and to have had him and his work mean a lot to me. The same goes for any of his fans out there that are like me.

From all us who have enjoyed your work and or admired you for years, and from all of us who are going to miss you and your gifts, thank you for years of amazing work, fantastic roles, and for being a part of our lives. Hopefully your villainous tendencies will be forgiven, and you may RIP. You’ll live on through your work, your friends, your family, and your fans.

Sir Christoper Lee
May 27 1922 – June 7 2015