Books Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Monsters

October 17, 2018
Top 5 Wednesday
Top 5 Wednesday

What is Top 5 Wednesday?

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.

This weeks topic is: Favourite Monsters

1. The Odyssey by Homer

Scylla and Charybdis are such cool monsters. Okay I'm slightly cheating here including two in one but they are wonderful okay! Well, wonderful for monsters. So, Scylla is six headed sea monster, think a water version of a hydra. Charybdis is a whirlpool that would drown a boat and its crew. They're mentioned within Homer's Odyssey and are one of the obstacles Odysseus has to overcome in order to get home. They're a really unique kind of monsters. Oh and fun fact. The phrase stuck between Scylla and Charybdis was the Ancient Greek version of stuck between a rock and a hard place.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Tokyo Ghoul

The Ghouls are, for the most part, I believe unfairly hunted. They didn't ask to be made this way, they didn't want to survive by eating the flesh of humans. The provide a real grey factor to the series. Who is the real monster of this series? The Ghouls or the Ghoul Investigators. Admittedly, there are a handful of awful ghouls like Jason, Rize and to an extent Tsukiyama. But the rest are so sweet, and quite often have human friends. It's such a sad way of life. Particularly for Touka.

I have a review for Volume 11 here.

I have a review for Volume 12 here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Possibly one of my favourite books of all time with one of the most complex characters. Frankenstein's monster has such an incredible growth as a character. He is the epitome of nature vs. nurture. There are so many questions that can be posed regarding his fate and how things may have turned out differently if only he'd ben shown a little bit of love. The cinematic description we are so used to seeing of the Monster is no where near the actual description of him in the text. He is supposed to have "yellow skin that scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath".

You can find the Goodreads page here.

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I loved how both the mermaids and the sirens in this book had been made into monsters for the most part. We usually see mermaids as these goddess like creatures. Well this book they have fish heads. I think it was fantastic how that was subverted. The sirens in general are a fantastic predator. They're designed to perfection, everything from how beautiful they are, to the sharp teeth and nails built for shredding.

I have a review here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

1. Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The witches are wonderful. They are the epitome of the witches I grew up reading about. The gross, haggard, wizened creatures that want to put children in a pot and eat them. They're like the ones we'd read about in fairytales. I've missed that. So very much. It's a form of nostalgia I guess.

I have a review of Wizards of Once here.

I have a review for Twice Magic* here.

You can find the Goodreads page here.

Who are some of your favourite monsters

Thank-you for reading,

Katie x

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