Thero’s Top Five Books From Her Childhood.

Since I shared, my not-so wonderful, trip down memory lane with the Power Rangers; I thought I’d share some more memories with my top five books from childhood! So without further ado…

 

  1. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

 I remember this book was read to my class when I was about seven years old and it was  probably the first fantasy novel I can remember. It’s about four siblings who discover the magical land of Narnia in the back of a wardrobe and the fight for the world between good and evil. Although I’ve read all seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia in series, this is my favourite because it was the first one I read.

 

 

  1. Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

I’ve read quite a few of Roald Dahl’s books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine but Fantastic Mr. Fox sticks in my mind, probably because it has an animal outwitting some humans (who wouldn’t enjoy that?). Even now, I love Roald Dahl’s way with description and wordplay.

 

 

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

This is another classic I enjoyed reading but one I didn’t really appreciate until I was older   and re-read it. This is one of those novels that has many layers to it and, depending on how much you want to read into it, has some interesting allusions to nineteenth century America. Like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has inspired other fantasy novels. And let’s face it, you can’t go wrong with a book about a girl who goes against a witch with the help of a little dog, a scarecrow, a lion and  a man made of tin.

 

 

  1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

 This was probably not a surprise, especially since my childhood was mostly in the 90s. If I’m being honest, the Harry Potter series (particularly the earlier books) was probably   responsible for revitalising my interest in the fantasy genre as I was entering my teenage   years. In case you haven’t read the books or seen the films (or haven’t been on the Internet   in recent years…); it’s about a young boy who discovers he is a wizard and goes off to a  magical school.

 

 

The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss. 

Let’s finish off this list with a nonsensical book about, well, a cat in a hat. The thing I love   about this book is that it was written because Dr. Seuss didn’t like the books that were used in schools to teach children how to read and wanted to write something that would     entertain children. Well, I can safely say he succeeded.

 

 

So that’s it, my five favourite books from my childhood (that I can remember…). I would like to point out that you don’t have to be a child to read and enjoy these books. So why not pick up your childhood favourite book and lose yourself in some nostalgia…

All book cover images were taken from www.goodreads.com . Thero does not own any of the images used in this post.

So This May Not Have Been One Of My Best Ideas…

My Lootcrate box finally arrived on Saturday (damn you international delivery!). For anyone who doesn’t know, Lootcrate is a monthly subscription box filled with geeky things based around a particular theme. This month’s theme was Unite and in the box was a t-shirt with a Power Rangers design. When I looked at this t-shirt, it sent me on a trip down memory lane; since I actually watched a few of the series of Power Rangers in my childhood (yes, I don’t think my parents were completely aware what Power Rangers was) and I recall, with a nostalgic fogged mind, that I enjoyed watching it. So Thero’s brilliant idea of the day… let’s watch an episode of Power Rangers! (Spoiler alert: this does not go well…)

Rewatching one of my childhood TV shows… what could possibly be wrong with that?

I thought it would be best to go with one of the series that I watched as a child. so I chose Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue. On a whim, I quickly checked Netflix to see if it was available (and not really expecting it to be there…). To my surprise not only was Lightspeed Rescue on there but every single series of Power Rangers. Seriously. Really Netflix, is there that much of a demand for Power Rangers? Anyways, I digress. So I found Lightspeed Rescue and settled down to watch the episode.

And at first I thought I clicked on something completely different by accident or that maybe Netflix had labelled it wrong. It started off with what appeared to a scene from a cheap recreation of The Mummy, complete with opening a sarcophagus and multi coloured smoke escaping . Okaaay. Then the theme tune kicked and my inner eight year old was happy. To be honest, the song really only consisted of the words Lightspeed and rescue, but at least we were introduced to the ethnically diverse cast of characters. For the next eight minutes, we have what I can only describe as an ‘assembling the Avengers’ scene. Yep, we spent just under half the show’s running time, watching men in suits asking some random people (a Sea World trainer, a firefighter, a rock climber and a stunt pilot- since you couldn’t get any more random, I’m calling them the Random Rangers from now on) to ‘come with them’. We are now twelve minutes into a twenty minute show and I haven’t seen any bad guys (except some dubious multi coloured smoke) or any Power Rangers. If it hadn’t been for the theme song, I would be starting to wonder if I was watching Power Rangers…

These are the Power Rangers (not that I saw much of them…)

Did I say I hadn’t seen any bad guys? I take it back, in the next scene, I got some fantastic exposition from the multi coloured smoke; which turned into two rubber suited monsters and a woman, who just stood pouting while the rubber suited things talked. I can’t remember much of what was said, but I think it had something to do with destroying humans. I think. Okay, I was more mesmerised by the fact that the rubber suited things were talking but their lips weren’t moving. Then the Random Rangers arrive at some underwater base thing and I received some more exposition (but no Power Rangers!) about demons (the rubber suit and pouty lady, I think) being locked away by a warlock (who wrote this?!) and who now free, thanks to the guys from the beginning of the episode. Okay. Oh, and the Random Rangers have been chosen to stop them. Because that makes complete sense!

So multi coloured smoke transforms into these three…

The scene changes as the Random Rangers have to save innocent people from getting chased by ‘demons’ (read: men in full bodied lycra) in the city. I’ll be honest with you, I lost myself in a fit of laughter at this point, the choreographed fighting was unbelievable and cringeworthy. I would like to point out at this point the Random Rangers have not yet become Power Rangers. Nope,  they get sufficiently beaten up (a couple of fake hits for each of them) before anyone suggests changing into Power Rangers. So with four minutes of the show left to go, I finally got to see the Power Rangers of my childhood. Was it worth the wait? Errr…no. The Power Rangers were only shown for about a minute and a half and in that time they quickly defeated the villain of the episode (I can’t even recall if he had a name…). And that’s about it, everyone congratulated everyone else and roll credits.

So was Lightspeed Rescue as I remember it? Not exactly. I recall there were giant monsters and robots (and more Power Rangers!). I wasn’t expecting Oscar worthy acting, but this was on a completely different scale. I suppose at the time this was OK acting (or at least as a child, I never noticed how bad it was). Still, I suspect you could make a drinking game out of this and get well and truly drunk. Maybe the plot will then make sense…

Thero, in fear that Power Rangers may eventually show up and beat her up, would like to point out that all images on this page do not belong to her and were sourced from http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/RangerWiki  (yes, there is a wiki site for Power Rangers).