Book 37 ~ Robots of Dawn

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The Robots of Dawn ~ Isaac Asimov

Not my usual genre of choice when it comes to reading material, however my cousin introduced to Asimov a few years ago when he bought me a couple of books as a gift. The Robots of Dawn was one of them, and I have to say I really enjoyed it, and the others in the ‘robot’ series. The Robots of Dawn is the third book in the series, the first two being The Caves of Steel and The Naked Sun.

The Robots of Dawn ~ Isaac Asimov: Plainclothesman Baley must travel from Earth to another planet to investigate the murder of Robot Jander. Jander who was designed after Baley’s robot friend and partner, Daneel Olivaw, has been put in ‘roblock’ and his mind has been erased. The robot’s creator is suspected as the murderer because he has political motives, as well as admitting that he is the only person with the skill to have done it.


Book 36 ~ Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins ~ P L Travers

Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. The Disney film, was shown on tv pretty much every Christmas when I was little, and it wasn’t until several years later that I first read the actual book. Like most books they differ slightly from the film adaptations, with some things omitted and other situations included that didn’t necessarily appear in any of the books. P L Travers wrote eight books based on and around the magical nanny, Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins ~ P L Travers:  The magical English nanny, Mary Poppins is blown by the East wind to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks’s household to care for their children after their old Nanny, Katie Nana, storms out in a huff. Although Mary Poppins seems stern, vain, and usually cross, but the children soon discover that she has a magical touch that makes her wonderful, leading them to all kinds of  encounters with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and  other various adventures. That is until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves when the West wind blows.

Book 35 ~ The Hobbit

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The Hobbit ~ JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit ~ JRR Tolkien: Bilbo is a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton and refuses to have anything to do with adventures.  Gandalf, a wizard proposes an adventure to Bilbo after inviting himself to tea. When he arrives, he comes with a company of dwarves armed with a treasure map. The map piques Bilbo’s curiosity, and he is soon off on an adventure in search of the evil dragon Smaug who has stolen the Dwarves treasure.

At the moment I wish I had my own hobbit hole. Life is just far too busy and taking time away from the things I want to do, like photos, hence the gaps in posting the next installments here. Hopefully soon, like Bilbo I can retreat back to my hobbit hole for a quiet life, but there are a few more adventures I need to take part in first. Sadly none of them seem to involve treasure.

Book 34 ~ The Horse And His Boy

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The Horse and His Boy ~ CS Lewis

The Horse and His Boy was the fifth published of seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, although it appears as the 3rd book in the series, in order of chronology of Narnian history.  I had read the Magician’s Nephew as part of a class topic in Primary School. I still have my work book from the time. Later on I read the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe. Despite having the complete set of Narnia stories, I never got into reading the rest of the books until much later on in life. However once I did, I was drawn back into the magical world, and couldn’t put them down until I had finished them all. I just wish that I had discovered them all sooner.

The Horse and His Boy ~ CS Lewis: On a desperate journey, Shasta and his horse Bree, meet fellow escapee Aravis and her horse Hwin and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

Book 33 ~ Angels and Demons

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Angels & Demons ~ Dan Brown

I know technically it’s only one angel and one demon, but you know what I mean…… Time is very precious at the moment and hardly stopping in the last week or so for anything other than sleep sadly affects my blog updates. Someone else who knows what it is like to have time ticking away ever quicker, when under pressure, is the main character in ‘Angels & Demons’, Robert Langdon. Most people will have heard of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ also written by Dan Brown, and probably think that that was the first book he wrote, but ‘Angels & Demons’ was in fact the first book Dan Brown wrote with Robert Langdon as the central character.

Angels & Demons ~ Dan Brown: When a renowned scientist is found murdered, Robert Langdon is summoned to identify the mysterious symbol that has been seared into the man’s chest.  The conclusion is that it is the work of a secret ‘society’ that hasn’t been heard of for 400 years, who wish to continue their vendetta against their sworn enemy.

Book 32 ~ The Girl on the Train

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The Girl on the Train ~ Paula Hawkins

Another lucky opportunity whilst away to get another book title photographed. This wasn’t the easiest one to try and portray, especially not with the scales involved. However a chance to attempt it occurred, and I’m quite happy with the results.

The Girl on the Train ~ Paula Hawkins: The story begins with 32-year-old Rachel Watson who takes the same commuter train every morning rattling down the track, travelling past a stretch of cozy suburban homes. While on her commutes, Rachel watches outside the window and develops an obsession with the couple who live down the street from Rachel’s previous home. Their life,as she sees it,is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Book 31~ Trainspotting

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Trainspotting ~ Irvine Welsh

Apologies to start with with the long delay on updates. After some much needed time away, it’s been all go since I got back, so much so, I’ve been finding it is increasingly difficult to fit everything in. And that is not the things that I really want to do, the things I enjoy, just for me.  I have had a LEGO set for over a month now, and I’ve still not had the time to look at it, let alone build it!

However I’ve had to take a little break form the main thing I’m meant to be doing right this minute, to get the blog back on track…..which leads me nicely on to the image for this book 🙂

Trainspotting – most likely known by many from the film of the same name produced by Danny Boyle. Like a lot of films, their origins begin within the pages of a book.

I had a huge amount of luck whilst taking this photo, a nice fairly deserted station, with lots of platforms, and I couldn’t have timed it better for the ad hoc location whilst away on holiday, a train arrived just as I was taking photos. Perfect!

Trainspotting ~Irvine Welsh: It is a collection of  stories (some parts using Scottish dialect) narrating scenes in the lives of a group of young adults growing up in Edinburgh in the 1980’s and various people around them – their families, lovers, drug suppliers, partners in crime, or victims. Together they struggle to survive experimenting with heroin and each other. One of them has the vision and the sense to see he must break free from his friends and wasteful life. But what will the outcome be?

Book 30 ~ What do Aliens Love?

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Aliens Love Underpants!~ Claire Freedman

Aliens love Underpants,

honestly it’s true.

They won’t come to Earth to eat us,

it’s pants they want from you!

It doesn’t matter what shape or size

or if they are red or blue

Aliens love Underpants

they really truly do.

Aliens Love Underpants ~ Claire Freedman: Aliens in space don’t have pants, so they whizz down to earth to find underpants of every size shape and colour. With rhyming text that kids love along with great illustrations, you had better check that there are no Aliens lurking in your underwear drawer!

Book 29 ~ The Postman

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The Postman ~ David Brin

I was meaning to do a postman related image before I started the ‘booklego’ series, as I had been asked if I could do an image involving a postman, but it has taken me until now to get my act together. The person who had asked was celebrating a special occasion last week, so that gave me the motivation to get on with it and to stop putting it off. And of course it had to be related to a book, otherwise it would have to wait that little bit longer. Luckily for them it was on my list of possible books to do, so here it is. Everyone deserves to celebrate or receive good news, and there is no better way than the postman delivering it to your door!

The Postman ~ David Brin: The civilized world has been destroyed and remnants of civilization exist in small independent towns. Gordon Krantz, one of the relatively few survivors of the collapse of civilization, looses all his possessions to robbers. He finds an abandoned mail van and puts on the uniform he finds there for warmth. He also takes the bag of mail that was also in the van to help persuade the residents of a community to give him food. They take him to be the ‘real’ postman, the con gets out of hand, and he is forced to continue the masquerade on his wanderings.

Book 28 ~ The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up

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Peter Pan ~ J M Barrie

This is  a slight deviation from my usual style. Although very occasionally I need to use a backdrop that I don’t physically have in front of me, or can’t create from items dotted about the house, I do normally, if I have to create one or use another image I’ve taken previously, get it up on the computer screen then set up my minifigs in front of that before taking the photo. This usually requires the use of a pile of books to get the figs up to the right level, but it does the trick. It is not a trick I employ very often, only when needs must. I much prefer getting out and about with my figs in the big wide world.

This weeks booklego image was one of those that I was not able to really set up in front of a backdrop in real life. This meant having to employ my computer skills in graphic design. I was actually really pleased with my starry sky that I managed to create. This meant I just had to take photos of the minifigs I required at the right angles and then by the power of modern computer magic overlay them onto my generated background. A little bit of final fairy dust, finished it off nicely.

And now onto the magic of the book itself, as that’s really the whole point of this years project, to highlight book titles with Lego Minifigures.

Peter Pan ~ J M Barrie: Is about a boy called Peter Pan who never grows up and can fly. Peter meets the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, in London and brings them to Neverland, a magical island, where they have a series of adventures.