Friday, 10 October 2014

Friday and 'Le Morte Darthur' by Malory

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowYes, it's happening! I'm finally, for my feeling, participating in the Friday memes again! Although they can be stressful in the sense of that I constantly forget to prepare this post and then have to rush to get it up, I enjoy it majorly, so now I'm back in the game! Let's start it off with Follow Friday, hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question was suggested by Becky's Barmy Book Blog and is:


Book Merchandise - show off some of you stuff - posters, t-shirts. Whatever you got!

I actually don't think I have that much book merchandise apart from my actual books. I don't think this actually counts, but I use some of the bookflaps as decoration for my massive (it's genuinely too big, I don't have enough clothes to fill it) wardrobe.
There's also some awkward family pictures so ignore those. And the Minion drawing was done by my sister, who is a genius at many things! I actually can't think of anything else now because I always want to buy merchandise and never do. I've got some Star Wars posters, which doesn't actually count considering it's not a book. There are some Hobbit posters but I haven't put them up, no space!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. And it's the Halloween edition! This week's question is:
Book Blogger Hop
What is the scariest book title you have either read or heard about?

Although perhaps this book isn't the scariest around, it did give me one of my scariest book experiences! I finished reading The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and when I went to bed that night I had the creepiest dream about being in a cave with the bad guy from the book and there was a lot of other creepy things I don't want to say in case I spoil the book. And then I woke up and thought I was still in the dream! I wasn't wearing my glasses, obviously, and all I could feel was the cold wall and somehow, in my mind, this equated to me still being in the cave! I was so scared until I practically fell out of the bed and realized I was in the room. Yes, definitely scary!

Book Beginnings and Friday 56 are hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader and Freda over at Freda's Voice. This week I'm using a book I've been studying for the last two weeks: Le Morte Darthur by Sir Thomas Malory. I'm keeping the Middle English spelling, but it shouldn't be too much of  a challenge. Read it out loud if it is, that really helped me


BB:
'It befel in the dayes of Uther Pendragon, when he was Kynge of all Englond and so regnes, that there was a myghty duke in Cornewaill that helde warre ageynst hym long tyme, and the duke was called the Duke of Tyntagil.' p.1
So, here we have Uther, father of Arthur. In the first chapter Arthur is born and becomes King and it's all very quick yet interesting.

F56:
'So whan Balyn saw the spere, he gate hit in hys honde, and turned to Kynge Pellam and felde hym and smote hym passyngly sore with that spere, that Kynge Pellam felle downe in a sowghe.' p.56
Summary, Balyn just slew King Pellam and it's quite tragic but because Balyn is the protagonist of sorts in this particular tale, we feel more sorry for him. The action is quite detailed and repetitive in Morte Darthur and at times I just have to skip certain passages because I just can't.

So, what about you? Have any cool merchandise? And what's your scariest read ever?

17 comments:

  1. Oh, I haven't read Le Morte in years! Good choice.

    Scariest book, hmm. I think maybe Feed by Mira Grant because it was so damn real and plausible. As for book merchandise, I have book marks, tee shirts, a sweatshirt, and a genuine silver bullet. That's probably my favorite.

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  2. Oh, I haven't read this one...it might be quite a challenge, with the language, but probably worth it. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  3. I admire you for reading this book in Middle English. I'm not sure I could do it! However, I'm sure it's worth the effort.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog. I always appreciate your comments.
    Sandy @Texas Twang

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  4. I couldn't find what book your Friday 56 was from at first and the old English threw me off for a minute! haha
    How cool that you're reading a book written in Middle English! That's such a challenge and sounds really educational.
    Here's my Friday 56 post: http://samannelizabeth.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/friday-56-10-oct-2014/

    Happy reading!

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  5. Hi! Welcome back! How was your trip in Europe? :)

    Woah! Okay, I have to admit that at first, I thought you had a few typo's in your BB & Friday 56 post, but then when I read it aloud, it totally made sense. While the book feels challenging though, it does look like a lot of fun :D Hope you enjoy it! Have a wonderful weekend too :)

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  6. Such a cute idea with the book covers! Love it!! Old follower :)

    Here's my F&F!

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  7. OOh nice! Book cover poster thingys totally count! I have 2 hanging in my room. Would have more, but I somehow ran out of wall space! It's that damn front window that takes up one wall pretty much! ;)

    Here's my Follow Friday

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  8. What a challenging read. Very interesting to note how the English language has altered.

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  9. Don't think I could read this one, but hope you enjoy it!
    Happy weekend!

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  10. I read The Angel's Game too. Didn't like it as much as the first book of his that I read. Loved The Shadow of the Wind.

    ENJOY your weekend, and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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  11. I'm afraid I'd skip passages. Middle English takes time to adjust to, but this sounds intriguing. Scariest book, I've read so many! I'd have to say Stephen King's IT. Just so creepy with Pennywise the clown. And book stuff- I have book marks and plates and cover flaps along with jewelry that I keep on display with the books on my shelves. I love all things books:)
    here is my 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2014/10/10/the-friday-56-40-the-rain/

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  12. That's a great idea to portray your book covers. I am a new Bloglovin Follower. :) Feel free to stop over and see all the stuff I dug up!
    Britt @ Spare Time Book blog
    My FF: http://sparetimebookblog.blogspot.com/2014/10/feature-and-follow_9.html

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  13. I have such a hard time reading books phonetically or whatever it takes to read books like this one. Not sure I would be patient enough to do it.

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  14. Not a genre I read, but it's an interesting 56. Enjoy!

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  15. I don't know how everyone can read so many scary books this time of year ;) Is Le Morte Darthur the basis for the TV series Arthur?

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  16. Hopping through. What a great idea to use bookflaps as decoration!
    My FF

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