Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith Review

By the same author I have already read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, plus seen the movies for both that and this book. And I loved them! So I was really happy to find this book at a thrift store.

This book is basically the classic that everyone knows - just with a little extra sprinkled though - and that extra being zombies. It's weird, but it's fun and hilarious! The Bennett sisters and other characters are turned into badasses with ninja-like abilities to slay hoardes of the undead. Not the kind of action you'd expect when you think of Pride & Prejudice, but it somehow works!

Here are my favorite quotes from the book:
“Mr. Hurst looked at her with astonishment.
''Do you prefer reading to cards?'' said he; ''that is rather singular.''
''I prefer a great many things to cards, Mr. Hurst,'' said Elisabeth; ''Not the least of which is the sensation of a newly sharpened blade as it punctures the round belly of a man.''
Mr. Hurst was silent for the remainder of the evening.” 

“Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do; for I shall not have my best warrior resigned to the service of a man who is fatter than Buddha and duller than the edge of a learning sword.” 

“Mr. Bingley observed the desserts his poor servants had been attending to at the time of their demise - a delightful array of tarts, exotic fruits and pies, sadly soiled by blood and brains, and thus unusable.” 

You see?! Incredibly funny! There are a few illustrations throughout the book as well.
It stays relatively true to the original, I think (it's been a few years since I read the original though). So if you aren't too fond of romance, but love classics, horror and a healthy dose of black humor, you should definitely check out this book! The language is similar to the original though, so keep that in mind if you have trouble with that. I also recommend Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by the same author, and the movie adaptions!

Get the book here!
Oh, and if anyone can recommend any books similar to these, let me know!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Isadora Moon Goes To School by Harriet Muncaster Review

I already loved this the first time I saw it. It's super cute, and spooky at the same time - just the way I like it! I didn't get it before I saw it on sale though, and I'm really glad I did!
The book looks very tiny, but it's bigger than I expected. It's a nicely sized hardback, with raised glittery parts on the cover.

Since this is the first book, we are introduced to Isadora Moon and her family for the first time. She's half vampire and half fairy - her father is a vampire, and her mother is a fairy. Her baby sister is a halfling too! They live in a half black, half pink house, and she has a stuffed pink rabbit - which her mother put a spell on so it's alive.

I guess Isadora is around 6 years old, since her parents tell her that it's time to start school. But since she's half vampire and half fairy, will she go to vampire school or fairy school? Her parents decide that she attends one day at each school so she can decide.

I'm just gonna give it all away since I already guessed the plot after I read the back of the book, so I assume most adults will too. Just don't tell the children! ;)
Isadora goes to fairy school, which doesn't go too well. Maybe she is a vampire after all?
The next night (after not sleeping all day) she goes to vampire school - and that doesn't go well either.

The next day she sees human children outside. She notices that they are all unique and beautiful. They start talking to her, and get along well. Then Isadora decides that she will go to regular human school! Her parents are appalled at her decision, they think humans are weird. Isadora confronts them with the fact that THEY might be the weird ones. They accept it, aand happy ending.

I wish we could have seen Isadora try normal school too though, but maybe that'll happen in another book. Other than that I loved it! It's an adorable story! And it definitely has a beautiful message, which all children (and even some adults) should learn.
I definitely recommend it to everyone (for their children or themselves, no shame in reading children's books, I love reading them myself)! I will definitely be getting the other books.
I also follow the author on social media, she's as cute as her books!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Music To Die For by Mick Mercer Review

I had no idea that this book was just a massive encyclopedia of band names. So I've only looked at the band names, and not much more than that. They're organized alphabetically, and usually include genre, origin, year formed, members, a short description, discography, and link (usually to Myspace or website that don't even exist anymore). After every letter there are a few pages of black and white photos of random bands mentioned from the previous pages. In the back there are links to magazines, and lots of Cherry Red ads (yeah I think that's where I got the book while CD shopping).

I assumed this would be about goth and similar genres, but it includes lots of other stuff as well. Here's a short list of some bands I don't understand why are in it:
69 Eyes, Abney Park, Alice Cooper, Birthday Massacre, Dresden Dolls, Epica, Evanescence (and a tribute band), HIM (referred to as Goth-Lite LOL), Johnny Cash?!, Lacuna Coil, Leaves' Eyes, Nightwish + tribute bands (I had a feeling they would be in there), Rasputina, Sirenia, Theatre Of Tragedy, Tristania, Voltaire, Wednesday 13, Within Temptation, and probably more.
I do see that the cover states ''ambient, cabaret noir, deathrock, goth, gothic metal, horror punk, melodramatic song, post-punk and psychobilly'' - But I think that's a pretty odd mix.

I did find a bunch of norwegian bands in there, which I'm pretty surprised by. But most of them had broken up by now, so that was disappointing. This probably counts for other bands too.
But I have to say, it's hard to flip through this without stopping to put on a band!

In conclusion: I don't really recommend this. It's just a (600 page!) list of bands you can find anywhere online. (Like Alex Malkavian's ''Every Goth Band Ever'' Part 1 and Part 2 - or my own shorter list here) If you are a music nerd, you WILL do a lot of research anyway - And it's more fun to do it yourself! Plus a lot of the information is outdated, as it was published in 2006. I also don't get why there are links in there, it just doesn't make sense in a printed book. It's a shame, cause I had heard Mick Mercer wrote great books! If anyone has read his other books, please let me know how they are. I don't want to keep this one, so if anyone wants it, hit me up!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

My Living Dead Dolls

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share my Living Dead Dolls with you! They're nicely displayed in our living room, so you probably see them immediately when you enter - I think it's better than our burglar alert! I started collecting them maybe 5 years ago after wanting them for years. But I haven't bought new ones since.. maybe 2015. I do want more (Bride of Valentine plz), but not sure if I have the space! I have the original series 1 and 2, so I'm happy about that, at least! For those who don't know, each series is made once, and then never again. So if you want older series, you need to buy them second hand. I recommend facebook groups for this, as people on Ebay can be selling them for WAY more than they're worth. But sometimes you can find good deals there too! The dolls differ a lot in value, so you'll just have to look around to see what they're going for in different places. Enough rambling from me, let's see them up close!




(Geddit? Hah.)

I lost his cap :(

School Time Sadie
(Discovered now that I lost her little hatchet, noo!)


Deadbra Ann
(Heheh - My humor is awful.)

Lizzie Borden
Love her so much!

Lou Sapphire
(say that fast three times)

Aren't they just adorable?! Ok most people I know disagree - I've even had people tell me they will never visit me after I've shown them pictures of them. Why would I invite you anyway?! They are my adorable little babies, that sometimes are up to mischief when they want mommy's attention. At the last place we lived they're were pretty energetic, I think I remember writing about it here when my blog was pretty new. No matter where I put them in that house, they would fly pretty far from their shelf! Kind of creepy. But all 5(?) other places I've lived with them, nothing. Weird.

Do you collect Living Dead Dolls, just casually have some or are interested in them?
Let me know in the comments! We can gush about them :D

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Black Metal Battle Jacket Update

Hey! This weekend I've just stayed at home, and finally got around to add more stuff to my leather jacket. It fell behind in DIY priorities, but now autumn is here (happy Mabon, btw!), so I've started to wear it more. Click here for pictures of what it looked like around a year ago, the last time I added patches to it. Here's what it looks like now!

Added the Hard Rock Café Prague pin of St. John of Nepomuk
Shoving pins into thick leather is harder than it looks!

First addition to the sleeves; local band Taake!

Enslaved's old logo and Satyricon on the other sleeve.
FYI, I stabbed myself THREE times while applying these!
Leather needles are fucking sharp.
So what do you think of my finished jacket?

Hope you've had a good week!
Have some muffins :D

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Meeting Lise Myhre, creator of Nemi!

Everyone in Norway is familiar with the comic Nemi, which has been around for 21 years now. It has also gotten known internationally, especially in alternative culture! I have been a fan since probably before I could even read, and I didn't even realize she was kind of weird until I was 17, and that I pretty much had become her. So I booked myself a tattoo appointment for my 18th birthday, and got the Nemi dragon, the tattoo Nemi famously has. And today I finally got to show it to Lise Myhre, the creator of Nemi! Before I even said hi she noticed it and loved it. She took a photo of it too!

(Edited and put in monday morning after I saw this on her fb page!)

I loved Qugoria's response to the photo: You're wearing platforms, right?
I was, but Lise Myhre is short too! Shorties unite.

She signed my copy of the first Nemi book!

And sprinkled some confetti in it xD

Afterwards me, Marie and Embla went to the thriftstore nearby, and I found myself some good stuff!
H&R London dress, 9.5$
I already have a similar dress from them, but I just had to!

Another 9.5$ dress, which I'm gonna take in.

And look what I found in the kid's section for 3.5$!
I've been looking for a boy's vest to keep plain.

And it's actually the SAME vest I already have!
Just a size smaller. I've had that vest for over 10 years!

First selfie with my new phone!
Turned out facial recognition fails when I have make-up on LOL

So that was my saturday! Probably just gonna read and listen to music the rest of the evening.
Hope you have a good weekend too! How are you spending your weekend?

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Everyday life is fine too!

Hey! It's been a while since I did a personal update that wasn't about something special. Festival season is over, so it's back to everyday life for us now. And I'm actually not sad about it! I thought for sure that I'd be miserable being back home after our Prague trip. I'm just appreciating the little things. But okay, one big exciting thing; I got a new job! It happened pretty randomly, and I'm loving it so far - even though I have to get up super early. My body is already accustomed to it.
Anyway, this post is just going to be some snippets from everyday life the past week or two.

Felt great in this outfit!

Did a spontaneous DIY though!
The top above had this V-shaped brawire that I just found annoying. The brawire in the bra I had on that day had somehow bent, so I took out the wire from the top and fixed my bra! But the top was now kind of flopping around, so I decided to add lacing to it, even though it's a superhuge trend now. I used two pieces of a 4-piece snap button kit I had lying around, and then poked holes through afterwards (so I got the right size and it wouldn't fray, hopefully). Pulled some satin ribbon through and cut it, tied it and went over the ends with a lighter so they won't fray. And done!
I have to say I'm pretty proud of my spontaneous creativity. It's not really normal for me!

Micro library at a nearby mall - cute! Sucky books though.

Someone needs to buy this mirror!
We sadly don't have room..

Remember this?
Well, at another store in the same chain I now found...

THIS. Holy shit it's huge! 240 cm (7'10'')!
So this was even a lot bigger than Simen!
The one above was 150 cm (4'11''), so only slightly bigger than me.

You know you're an adult when this is an exciting haul.


Bats?! Instant purchase. Super cute!

Hope everyone reading this are doing well. I feel like I'm kind of neglecting my blog (especially in august), but I don't really want to post unless I have something to write about - and usually I just post about my life and shit, as you do. I'm definitely open to requests from you guys! Whether it be reviews, my opinions about something, tutorials.. whatever! Ask and you shall (probably) receive!
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