Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee.
Q: Birthday Wishes -- Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake...who is it and what book are they from?
This one is difficult. If someone jumps out of your cake, does that means he is a present and that I can keep him? Because that would change my answer completely. If however, it was someone I could have a chat with, I would have to choose someone else. But I will just get on with it.
I guess I wouldn't mind Faramir from the Lord of the Rings jumping out of my cake. I had to think about this one long and hard, but I have my reasons. First of all, how funny would it be if he jumped out of a cake in full armour? Secondly, he seems to be genuinely nice and kind and he loved knight tales as a kid. Thirdly, his character makes me cry, both in the books and in the movies, and I would just rush in to give him a massive hug. Finally, he's not that bad looking ;)
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader and Friday 56 by Freda's Voice.
This week I chose 'The Glass Palace' by Amitav Ghosh. I picked this book up in a secondhand store recently because I am going on a holiday on Tuesday and desperately need something to read on the beach. I saw the cover and thought it looked amazing.
'There was only one person in the food-stall who knew exactly what the sound was that was rolling in across the plain, along the silver curve of the Irrawaddy, to the western wall of Mandalay's fort.'The setting is set, suspense is created and I love it. I'm always interested in novels set in the South-Eastern Asia and span generations. So much has happened in that region in the last 100 years and its culture is fascinating.
'For a while Mandalay became a city of ghosts.'I realize this is a really short F56, but I thought it was amazing. I think this is a great way to show that a city is gripped by something. It is a brilliant metaphor that all readers understand.
So, how about you? Who do you want in your birthday cake? (Why does this sound wrong?)