The Iconic Bookscene: American Gods by The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Thanks to my awesome Bestie Zoë for sending this one through! See her discussion and quote below 🙂

So this is a scene that struck me when I was reading American Gods a few months back. I cannot precisely explain why it resonated so much with me, but a part of it is because it speaks of how people can make anything happen, provided they believe in something strongly enough. I just thought I would share it, it is a genuinely beautiful piece

american gods

The Iconic Book Scene – Mailman by the IPC

 

For today’s book scene, please help me welcome my sweet pappy Eric who blogs over at the IPC. If you haven’t ever visited his site, I don’t really know what to even say to you, except that you have been totally missing out. Go say hello over there and see what he is up to. Thanks, dear Pappy! (and his scene and discussion below)

Mailman 2003 J. Robert Lennon

I found an excerpt from this book in some periodical I was reading ten years ago and liked it so much I decided to order it. For those of you that know me, me interests and actions can be a little “off” because I hate mainstream shit – and this book was RIGHT UP MY ALLEY! Mailman is a little off in his world and I absolutely identified with him in almost every way; this is easily one of my favorite books. As we come to the end of the thing, Mailman looks to his travelling companion and says the following – which sums up exactly how I’ve tried to live my entire life:

mailman

 

The Iconic Book Scene: NOS4A2 by the Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Whoop! Another great scene from Zoë! Thanks bestie!

NOS4A2

I have been reading as much of Joe Hill’s work as I am able to lay my hands on as the man is an absolutely amazing writer. I recently started NOS4A2, and I am enjoying it immensely. I stumbled across this paragraph and I just fell in love, the man has such a way with words and these ones, particularly, needed to be shared! 

The Iconic Book Scene: Darkness take my hand by The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

Happy Friday friends!

Today I bring you an installment here on my little blog that Zoe and I run around with sometimes. Today’s post is from her that she read in Darkness Take My Hand. Her discussion is below… Thanks Bestie!!

I have loved Lehane’s work from the first time I clapped eyes on his work, and I have grown nothing but more fond of it as time progresses. The Kenzie and Gennaro series is a real great read and sharply written. Reading Darkness, Take My Hand, I read this and it just resonated with me

Darkness Take My Hand

PS: If you want to take part, drop me a line with your quote and explanation at natashastander@gmail.com.

Enjoy your weekend!

Iconic Book Scene: Dracula – Mina Will Not Go Alone

Guest insert by the Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger

So I am behind on every single thing in my life right now, and that includes blog posts. When Zoë mentioned last night she had a Scene up her sleeve, I was like HELL YEAH. Send this to me! Enjoy! (It goes without saying, but if you are not already following her legendary blog, I strongly recommend you go be awesome and press the follow button on her site)

Dracula

I absolutely love this scene. When I read it I knew that it was perfect for Natasha’s Iconic Book Scene feature, because it is just a stunning piece of prose. In this single piece alone you can tell how much Jonathan loves Mina, and that even though he undeniably despises Count Dracula and all that he is, he can completely understand why the Count does the things that he does, and how such an affliction would spread so rapidly.

If you are interested in taking part in this, send your scene, with or without an explanation as to why you love it so much, to natashastander@gmail.com

Have a good one!

The Iconic Book Scene – Not my daughter, you bitch

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‘NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!’

Mrs Weasley threw off her cloak as she ran, freeing her arms. Bellatrix spun on the spot, roaring with laughter at the sight of her new challenger.

‘OUT OF MY WAY!’shouted Mrs Weasley to the three girls, and with a swipe of her wand she began to duel. Harry watched with terror and elation as Molly Weasley’s wand slashed and twirled, and Bellatrix Lestrange’s smile faltered, and became a snarl. Jets of light flew from both wands, and the floor around the witches’ feet became hot and cracked, both women were fighting to kill.

‘No!’Mrs Weasley cried, as a few students ran forwards, trying to come to her aid. “Get back! Get back! She is mine!’

Hundreds of people now lined the walls, watching the two fights, Voldemort’s and his three opponents, Bellatrix and Molly, and Harry stood, invisible, torn between both, wanting to attack and yet to protect, unable to be sure that he would not hit the innocent.

“What will happen to your children when I’ve killed you?” taunted Bellatrix, as mad as her master, capering as Molly’s curses danced around her. “When Mummy’s gone the same way as Freddie?’

“You-will-never-touch-our –children-again!” screamed Mrs. Weasley.

Bellatrix laughed, the same exhilirated laugh her cousin Sirius had given as he toppled backwards through the veil, and suddenly Harry knew what was going to happen before it did.

Molly’s curse soared beneath Bellatrix’s outstretched arm and hit her squarely in the chest, directly over her heart.

Bellatrix gloating smile froze, her eyes seemed to bulge: for the tiniest space of time she knew what had happened, and then she toppled, and the watching crowd roared, and Voldemort screamed.

Wow.

Just typing this out gave me such goosebumps. I LOVE this part. It is definitely one of the best events across seven excellent books. Firstly, it builds so well. The entire book is so edgy and emotional and by the time you reach the last fight at Hogwarts you are way too involved. I love how Bellatrix dying at Molly’s hand shows Molly Weasley’s true essence. From the Philospher’s Stone, Molly is portrayed as a kindly mother, content staying at home and raising her kids. She is never fully engaged in the battle against Voldemort and seems to be a little on the sidelines. Molly constantly worries about the people she loves – all her children, Harry, Hermoine and her husband. She is everything Bellatrix never could be – kind and loving and a good person. Bellatrix is so abdominable. There is nothing in her except devotion to her cruel master. She is an powerful witch but has no love to balance out that immense power and she is unable to understand everything Molly believes in. She is Voldemort’s most loyal follower, she gleefully tortured Neville’s parents into insanity, killed Sirius and countless others. There is nothing remotely good in her. They are so different and this fight proves that Molly’s version of magic and life is much stronger than Bellatrix, and that choosing love and family over power is stronger than anything in the world. The last few chapters of The Deathly Hallows is so action packed and emotional and this scene just fits perfectly. The first time I read it I was rocking backwards and forwards, horrified but unable to put the book down. Who knew Molly had such power in her?

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