5 Fictional Books in the Tardis Library #doctorwho

Nerd AlertDid you know their are multiple definitions for Whovian? They all pertain to fans of Doctor Who, but still… Basically, a Whovian “is one of the types of fans of the long-running tv series Doctor Who. A Whovian is known to love all things Doctor Who related.”

Calling me a Whovian wouldn’t be a mistake, but it would be more apt to refer to me as Whovian Light. I’m NOT into Cosplay, but I’d LOVE to travel in the Tardis. :)

Anyway, as a Doctor Who fan I do own books about the long running series and have discovered some very interesting facts.Tardis As a writer and book lover, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the fictional (not fiction but rather not based in reality) books that reside in the Tardis Library:

  • Bartholomew’s Planetary Gazetteer: A guidebook detailing planets.

    The character Romona read it during the episode The Ribos Operation.

    The classic series – The Ribos Operation: Season 16, episodes 1 through 4. First aired: 2, 9, 16, 23 Sept 1978. Fourth Doctor portrayed by Tom Baker.

  • The Black Orchid by George Cranleigh: Published in 1925, an account of Cranleigh’s travels.

    The Doctor thought it was fascinating. It appeared or was mentioned in the episodes Black Orchid and Earthshock.

    The classic series – Black Orchid: Season 19, episodes 18-19. First aired: 1, 2 Mar. 1982. Fifth Doctor portrayed by Peter Davison.

    The classic series – Earthshock: Season 19, episodes 20-22. First aired 8, 9 & 15, 16 Mar. 1982. Fifth Doctor portrayed by Peter Davison.

  • The Book of Old Time: The official history of the early Time Lords.

    It is mentioned in The Deadly Assassin.

    The classic series – The Deadly Assassin: Season 14, episodes 9-12. First aired: 30 Oct. 1976, 6, 13, 20 Nov. 1976. Fourth Doctor portrayed by Tom Baker.

  • The definite work on the Weeping Angels (actual title unknown): The only book ever written about the Angels.

    According to the Doctor it was “written by a madman, barely readable, bit boring in the middle, no pictures.” It’s featured in the episode The Time of Angels.

  • The Time of the Angels: Season 5, episode 4. First aired: 24 Apr. 2010. Eleventh Doctor portrayed by Matt Smith.

  • Everest in Easy Stages: Tibetan text.

    Read by the Fourth Doctor in the hope of discovering tips on how to climb out of the Chloris Pit in the episode The Creatures from the Pit.

    The classic series – The Creatures from the Pit: Season 17, episodes 9-12. First aired: 27 Oct. 1979, 3, 10, 17 Nov. 1979. Fourth Doctor portrayed by Tom Baker.

There are more fictional (as well as real) books in the Tardis library and I’ll share them with you in future posts.

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A Reader Opines: Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published: October 23rd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Series: Beautiful Creatures #4
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s something about the end of a series that is both fulfilling and sad. You finally have the resolution of the overreaching arc and yet it also marks the end of your time with the characters (unless you re-read the books). I enjoyed Beautiful Redemption, but it didn’t resonate with me as the other books did.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

I tore through the first third of the book, totally engrossed in Ethan’s plight. Each revelation, each obstacle pulled me along. When the pov switched to Lena in the second third, I was a bit disappointed. I understood the reason, but missed Ethan’s voice.

This final book of the series is basically a death and resurrection story, and while it has unique characteristics I couldn’t help thinking about The Deathly Hallows. The handling of good versus evil throughout the series is what intrigued me and I found the finale to be a bit overdone. It does, however, work, and provides a satisfying conclusion.

Book one and three are my favorites – the odd ones, of course. Overall the series was enjoyable.

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Warrior Wednesday: Army Sgt. Ethan C. Hardin

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Army Sgt. Ethan C. Hardin

Oct. 8, 1985 to Jan. 7, 2011

Ethan Hardin joined the U.S. Army in January 2006 and after completing training was stationed at Fort Irwin, California and in Germany before arriving to Fort Polk in March 2010. Hardin previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from November 2008 through October 2009. Hardin’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, ,Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

Hardin was posthumously promoted from the rank of specialist to sergeant after he was killed Jan. 7, 2011 of wounds suffered at Logar Province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.

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The protagonist of my WIP is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is these soldiers don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.

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The Eight Classes of Interjections

On my bookshelf is a fun little book called, Zounds! A Browser’s Dictionary of Interjections. I love this book and have high praise for the patience of its author Mark Dunn. It couldn’t have been easy to compile this dictionary.

My intention was to share some of the interjections and their origins with you, but because interjections are so hard to define I thought a brief overview of where they fit into language should come first. I’ll share some of the actual interjections in later posts.

So, here they are…the eight classes of interjections:

Exclamatory and Other Emotive Responses

According to Dunn, “The words lie somewhere between the voluntary and the involuntary.” Some examples: ow, aha, oh, oops, ouch, oy, wow, yuck.

In context:

Expletives and Their Euphemisms

“[G]rabbing the smuttiest word we can think of to put a fine point (or not so fine point) on our emotional state at a given moment.” Examples (without being extreme): damn, dang, Holy Toledo, jeepers, Jeez Louise, shit, shoot.

In context:

Volitive and Imperative Interjections

Expression of wants and desires or behests and requests. “They pride themselves on their brevity and pithiness.” Examples: ahem, attention, halt, psst, sh, shoo.

In context:

Utilitarian Interjections

In Dunn’s words: “These require specific circumstances for their employment. Very specific. People do not parachute out of planes yelling “Sacajawea.” Examples: banzai, cheers, eureka, fore, Geronimo, gesundheit, peekaboo, present, thanks, timber, upsy daisy.

In context:

Commentarial Interjections

“These words, often steeped with sarcasm and attitude, are among the most enjoyable of the lot, although on occasion you will hear them and just want to slap the impertinent speaker silly.” Examples: as if, boo hoo, whatever.

In context:

Greetings and Farewells

Self-explanatory. Examples: adieu, ahoy, buenas noches, hello, how do you do?, toodle-oo.

In context:

Affirmations and Negations

Again, self-explanatory. Examples: absolutely, not, roger, yessiree.

In context:

Linguistic Mortar

Those fillers for “incomplete, sometimes faltering, un-pre-thought-out sentences” that give the speaker “an extra nanosecond to compose a thought before emission.” Examples: eh, like, okay, ur-uh, well, why.

In context:

I hope this has helped clear up the different ways to use interjections, if not, at least it was entertaining. ;) Look for future posts in which I share specific interjections and their origins.

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Poetry: What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St. Vincent Millay

At this month’s meeting of Poets Northwest, I presented a program about Poetry and Emotion. Millay is my favorite poet and I used her poem Themes and Variations II as an example. Sometimes, when you hear the right person read a poem, it tugs harder at your emotions than merely reading. This video is a perfect example:

Frances Sternhagen recites What Lips My Lips Have Kissed by Edna St. Vincent Millay

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A Reader Opines: Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Published: June 12th 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Paranormal
Series: Beautiful Creatures #3
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Beautiful Darkness, my expectations for Beautiful Chaos were a little low. I feared the magic of the first book, Beautiful Creatures, was lost. Boy, how wrong can a person be? My infatuation with Ethan Wate grew with this book and the secrets it revealed provided a consuming read.

Summary taken from Goodreads:
Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home from the Great Barrier, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected — and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it’s not Lena — and the mysterious figure is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and he’s afraid to ask.

Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

In a world where nothing is as it seems, when things go wonky they go really wonky. We’re talking biblical proportions here. Ethan and Lena have returned from the Great Barrier relatively unscathed, but they have unbalanced both the mortal and caster worlds.

The characters are fully developed now and reading their story is like visiting old friends. Eccentricities are comforting and familiar habits are grounding. However, these characters aren’t satisfied with the ho-hum of ordinary and as they discover new abilities we find ourselves surprised, delighted and sometimes horrified.

The story never for a moment follows a straight path. It infiltrates the reader’s consciousness, allowing us to feel Ethan’s emotions. The plot points arrive precisely as they should, so subtle you don’t realize what’s going on until the characters react. It’s a joy to read from an entertainment standpoint and that of a writer.

I’m very happy that I didn’t start this series before the final book had been published. Beautiful Chaos ends in such a way that it must have been torture for those who had to wait to find out what happens. Luckily, I have Beautiful Redemption and am more than anxious to continue the journey.

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Warrior Wednesday: Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts

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Petty Officer 1st Class Neil Roberts

Aug. 16, 1969 to Mar. 4, 2002

By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

At 4:27 a.m. local time on March 3, 2002, Neil Roberts became the first SEAL to die in the War on Terror during Operation Anaconda. The mountain peak called Takur Ghar is now remembered by the military community as Roberts Ridge. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with a V and a Purple Heart. Neil is now SpecOps folklore and a legend in the Teams for the rest of eternity.

Roberts was killed after U.S. helicopters were hit by enemy fire during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan. He fell approximately 10 feet to the ground as his stricken chopper veered up and away towards safer ground. Roberts survived and put up a valiant fight for over 30 minutes against the enemy until all his ammo was gone. Roberts was seen being dragged off by three suspected members of al-Qaeda. When he was recovered several hours later, it was discovered he had been shot.

For more information on the operation vist Military.com.

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The protagonist of my WIP is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is these soldiers don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.

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