Clock Rewinders #23 – It’s Christmas!

Clock Rewinders is the brain-child of Tara from 25-Hour Books and Amanda from On A Book Bender, showcasing the past week on the blog, in the blogosphere, books, the weird and the wonderful.

There are only a few days left until Christmas and right now I am most likely in a van fighting travel sickness during a 230 mile journey back home to Leicester – but it’s Christmas! So I thought I’d do a little Christmas-themed Clock Rewinders before I go.

The Past Week at Once Upon A Time

And a little note. Apologies for the captcha in the comments but I was getting a ridonkulous amount of spam and it was starting to slip through. Giving a plugin a trial run but I’ve chosen a cute little one rather than the scary “AGH CAN’T READ IT MY EYES” one. Here’s the kind of thing you should see:

If you don’t and it won’t let you post, please please let me know. On Twitter, through the contact form, however you want, but I’d like to keep my blog working.

Link Love

I haven’t had chance to keep up on the blogosphere this week but I have found some great articles and such that I really wanted to share with you guys so ta-da, all combined into one.

  • Bout of Books 6.0 Sign Up!! I still haven’t because I suck but I am joining in, of course, I always join this read-a-thon.
  • The fantabulous Stephen Zimmer (whose Twitter party this past week was epic fun) wrote a guest post entitled Healthy Approaches to Life in Today’s Publishing Climate. I haven’t had chance to read this one yet but I have a lot of interest in the world of publishing and thought it a good idea to share.
  • Terri Rochenski (whose blog tour I am participating in in a few days time) has had her fantasy series contracted with J. Taylor Publishing! I very much can’t wait to see what she has for offer after reading her short story in the Make Believe anthology.
  • I’ve become a lot more active on the Fantasy Faction forums over the past few days and while browsing came across a member sharing her blog with tips on becoming a better writer by recording. This is actually a fantastic idea which I will most definitely try if I can remember to note down well written sentences.
  • Those of you who follow me on Twitter might have noticed me having a big old rant about the misrepresentation of women in fantasy when I was just trying to find a piece of fanart featuring a strong woman who wasn’t skimpily dressed. When that proved next to impossible I went on a rampage and ended up finding an article on the five most influential women in epic fantasy.
  • And a nice story all about bringing the joy of reading to people who previously did not have it. Kindles for children in Africa.

A few Christmassy links.

  • Over at Fantasy Faction there’s an article entitled Fantastic and Forgotten Christmas Stories. It’s a truly great read, I recommend you check it out if you have any interest in the history of Christmas.
  • Erm.. I can’t remember exactly how I came across this one but the 90 year old actor, Sir Christopher Lee, has released a Christmas themed heavy metal album. Win.
  • Seanan McGuire’s guest post at Nocturnal Book Reviews entitled Christmas at the Prices is pretty epic plus there’s a giveaway. Win/win!
Freebie Christmas

Well it’s Christmas and we love reading so hows about some Christmas freebies for some light reading over the next couple of days?

Note: All books listed were free at the time of posting, make sure you check the prices before purchasing!


My Week

We saw The Hobbit! That’s all I feel like saying. It was amazing and I want to see it again. And finally read all the Tolkien.

Search Terms
  • bunny slippers for men
  • muller rice pudding
  • muller rice original review – you guys really like muller rice, eh?
  • good for reading and nothing else
  • noel cat -
What Am I Reading?

Finished: Almost there with The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson!
Started: Make Believe anthology
What Next? Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin


I got a bit of library loot. Fevre Dream for the Fantasy Faction book club, I also reserved Clash of Kings so I can finally read the Song of Ice and Fire series, the other two.. well.. I can’t go into a library without browsing. I’m weak. Hoping to use the library a little more this year.

I’d list everything else, I’ve found a fair few freebies and you guys have spoiled me (love you forever, you know who you are) but I shall tell you about Christmas loot after Christmas.

In the New Year I’ll be looking for a new co-blogger. Naithin is way too busy and I’m really struggling to keep the blog going on my own so I would love a little help. If you’re interested or know anybody who might be, feel free to get in touch. :)


  1. Just catching up on my feed, and came across your Christopher Lee video. OMFG. Firstly, I had no idea he was 90!?! and secondly, that has to be the weirdest thing I’ve heard in a long time! xD
    I hope you had a lovely chrissy <3
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  2. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and got lots of lovely bookish things from Santa!
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  3. Ha. I love your CAPTCHA! (And who thought that would ever be something we’d say and mean it.) Also, your snow made me want to add snow to my blog, so… now I have snow, too.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that you survive your drive. (Car sickness is no fun AT ALL.)
    Amanda @ On a Book Bender’s most recent post ..Clock Rewinders on a Book Binge [82]

  4. WOOHOO! Great haul from the library! I hope you enjoy Rivers of London and Slated! ;) and safe journey home, sweetie! Maybe you need one of those bracelets for travel sickness or some tablets like Kwells?
    Merry Christmas!
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  5. I’ve seen this captcha thing a lot on some WP users’ blogs and funnily enough I love it. :D It’s so cute!

    You’ve travel sickness too? So do I :( It sucks but I hope you have a wonderful holiday back home. <3
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