a talking mongoose and death’s apprentice: my current february reads

Hi everyone! I won’t say ‘happy Monday’ because that’s just cruel. 😉

I have neglected my blog for the past couple weeks due to life being particularly busy at the moment and because of a cold that just won’t go away. Today was the first day that I actually felt like this virus (or whatever it is) has started to work its way out of my system. I suppose I’ll find out for sure tomorrow! Wish my poor immune system luck.

In happier news: I received my first paycheque last week from my new job! Naturally, this meant book shopping, so I ordered a couple books from Amazon that I’ve been dying to read for a while: Gef! The Strange Tale of An Extra Special Talking Mongoose by Christopher Josiffe and The Haunted Moustache by David Bramwell. As you might remember, these are two books that I featured in my Top 5 Wednesday post Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get to in 2017, so this was a very important purchase!











Now choosing which book to start with was a bit of a challenge especially since they both dabble in the unexplained and bizarre parts of humanity while also being ‘true’ stories. But in my heart, I had to start with Gef the talking mongoose who caught my attention many years ago on an old paranormal message board that I used to frequent. Gef, a mongoose said to have ‘haunted’ a family on the Isle of Man in the 1930s is one of the strangest cases of cryptozoology I’ve ever encountered. This book is the first thoroughly researched account of the occurrences featuring the family he ‘befriended’, the various individuals who visited and heard (or sometimes saw) Gef for themselves, and the creepy, funny, and somewhat protective creature that went from terrorising the Irving family to sort-of befriending them. It’s simultaneously creepy and mesmerising and I haven’t been able to put it down, even when I probably shouldn’t be reading it before bed. I’m loving this book so far and I’m learning so many bizarre Gef facts that I can’t wait to share with you once I’m done. But for the time being, I’m going to keep reading and try to contain myself from talking about it too much!

The second book I’m reading is Mort by Terry Pratchett and I absolutely LOVE it. I recently finished The Light Fantastic also by Terry Pratchett which I reviewed and I just had to read another Discworld novel right away. Mort was on the top of my list and an obvious choice. I love Death, his strange home between dimensions, his library full of stories of people’s lives, and his silver steed named Binky. The character of Death was my favourite in The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, so this book has been a real treat. I love the idea of Death having an apprentice (Mort) and taking a fishing trip on his day off while his apprentice takes over his Death duties. It’s really clever and wonderful and Terry Pratchett is quickly becoming a new favourite author of mine. If you haven’t read any of the Discworld books before I highly recommend them to anyone that wants a good laugh!

Two books I’m currently ‘reading’ (but not seriously reading) are War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy and The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. It’s a personal goal of mine to read War and Peace by the end of this year but it’s moving slowly. I know there’s a hump I need to get over before it starts getting good, but I’m not currently feeling it. So while it’s still on my ‘currently reading’ shelf on Goodreads, I don’t actually mean right this second. The second book, The Name of the Rose, is a book that I took out of the library and I’m a little over a quarter of the way through. I’m really enjoying it; it’s about a monk solving a series of murders in a monastery in the fourteenth century. After studying medieval art in graduate school, this is right up my alley! I’m just taking a bit of a break from it while I read Gef and Mort. But I’m looking forward to getting back to it soon!

I apologise for being absent. Just because I’m not blogging doesn’t mean I’m not still reading! I hope to do some more updates this week as blogging is so much fun and it’s wonderful to ramble on about books that I love (or hate!). Let me know what you’re reading and if you have recommendations for me based off of the books I’m reading now. I’m always looking for new books to add to Goodreads!

2 thoughts on “a talking mongoose and death’s apprentice: my current february reads

  1. Birgit says:

    I have been away for the most part too which you probably know from your mom. I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I was wondering when War and Peace would be put down for a bit. If it’s like Anna Karenina, you will pick it up and put it down more than once. It’s hard to explain asits an excellent book but aggravating at the same time. I love Death as well but I can’t help but think of movies. Death Takes a Holiday, 1934, it is of its era and a bit theatrical but I have a soft spot for it. It was remade with Brad Pitt and I don’t find it as good and much, much longer. My favourite film is The Seventh Seal directed by Ingmar Bergman…this one I bet you will love.

    • Ashley says:

      Yes War and Peace will definitely be something that catches my attention on occasion before I get distracted by another book I want to read. I feel bad abandoning it on my shelf but I know I’ll get it done by the end of the year. I watched the Seventh Seal on a plane a few years ago! I really enjoyed it. I didn’t the ending at first, but the more I thought about the more I loved it. I really need to watch it again sometime soon! 🙂 Death Takes a Holiday sounds intriguing as well, I’ll add it to my to-watch list!

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