My Favourite Secondary Characters

It’s time to highlight some perhaps often less focused on characters, the supporting cast! Actually, quite often my favourites aren’t the main characters, but the people helping them. While compiling this list, I noticed that the majority of the characters were men, and while I would love to add other characters to the list, these are the ones who have stuck with me. If you have any suggestions of books with great women (and other) characters, let me know in the comments!

This post is linked at “Top Ten Tuesday”, a weekly book list meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish.

Maija’s Top 10 favourite secondary characters

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1. The Fool
From the Farseer and the Tawny Man trilogies (among others), by Robin Hobb

I love the Fool. The Fool is awesome. One of my favourite characters in anything, ever. I can’t describe the Fool properly, so I will not even try. Mysterious, witty, loyal, intelligent.
Image is by John Howe, from the cover of Fool’s Errand.

2. Marquis de Carabas
From Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

Oh, tricksters. How I love thee! The Marquis is, to me, the highlight of the book. He’s always up to something; he is cunning, dangerous & self-serving, but can also be heroic.
Image is from the Neverwhere TV series.

3. Professor Lyall
From the Parasol Protectorate series, by Gail Carriger

My favourite professors tend to be werewolves. Or my favourite werewolves tend to be professors. Either way, the Beta of the Woolsey pack, Randolph Lyall, is my favourite character in the series. I like those reserved, competent types.
Image is from the manga version of the series.

4. Karrin Murphy
From the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

Murphy is a badass. She has Dresden’s back, but also calls him on his bullshit. She is 5’2″, my height, but can hold her own in a fight. She has principles, strong morals, and helps the helpless.

5. Aloysius Crumrin
From the Courtney Crumrin graphic novels, by Ted Naifeh

The main character Courtney’s uncle, Aloysius is a powerful warlock, and another certified badass on this list. I like his relationship with Courtney a lot. While he does at times rush in to save her, I love how adults aren’t pictured as infallible in this series.
Image is from the creator Ted Naifeh’s website.

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6. Lord Akeldama
From the Parasol Protectorate series, by Gail Carriger

Lord Akeldama dresses to kill, uses endearments like “my little sugarplum”, and knows everything that goes on in the city through his spy network of dandies. This also makes him one of my Top 3 Vampires.
Image is from the manga version of the series.

7. Remus Lupin
From the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling

Oh, look, it’s another werewolf professor! Lupin is my favourite character from the Harry Potter series, hands down. I love how his reserved nature serves as a counterpoint to his loss of control as a werewolf. Plus he’s just adorable, and a wonderful person.
Image is Wolfsbane, by Linnpuzzle over at Deviantart.

8. Genevieve LeFoux
From the Parasol Protectorate series, by Gail Carriger

Yes, yes, I realize this is getting ridiculous, but the main reason I like the Parasol Protectorate series is because of its characters. Madame Lefoux dresses like a man, owns a hat shop (and makes the hats), and is an awesome scientist and engineer. She has a hidden chamber for science stuff under her hat shop!
Image is from the manga version of the series.

9. Thomas Raith
From the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher

The second character from the Dresden Files series to make this list. Thomas is a vampire who feeds on human emotions. Whether he is self-assured or full of self-doubt, in full-on vampire mode, or trying to live among the humans, I always find him fascinating.

10. Lucien
From the Sandman graphic novels, by Neil Gaiman

There are a lot of great secondary characters in The Sandman, but Lucien made it to this list. It might have something to do with the fact that he is a librarian…. also his thin, tall frame just pulls me in. I’d love to spend some time with Lucien, going through his library (which contains every book that anyone ever dreamed of writing).
Image is from the Sandman graphic novels.

So, those were my choices. Do we share some favourites? What did you choose as your Top 10 Tuesday topic this week?

Current Reads: Redshirts

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The links in the cover images take you to GoodReads.

I am currently reading

Redshirts
Redshirts
By: John Scalzi
Genre: Science fiction comedy
First published in 2012

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid. It’s a prestige posting, and life couldn’t be better… although there are a few strange things going on…

  • every Away Mission involves lethal confrontation with alien forces
  • the ship’s captain, its chief science officer and the handsome Lieutanant Kerensky always survive those encounters
  • at least one low-ranked member is, sadly, always killed

I’m taking a break from the 1000 page mammoth that is The Wise Man’s Fear, and reading something lighter.

Last year I watched Star Trek: The Original Series for the first time, so when I started seeing this book around, I thought it would be a perfect match for me at this particular time. I’m about halfway through, and have laughed aloud a couple of times, so it’s definitely entertaining! The prologue almost turned me off, since I found the writing to be a bit underlining and simple, but after the prologue I did get more into the book. It’s definitely less character-driven than what I usually read, the main emphasis is on the parody, but it works.

Last week I finished reading

Punainen kuin veri
Punainen kuin veri by Sanna Simukka
(to be published in English as As Red As Blood)

This Finnish YA crime thriller was ok, but a bit too young for me. I also read a couple more volumes of Y: The Last Man, which I’m not loving as much as other people seem to, but am still intrigued enough to read the rest.

Current Reads: Wise Man’s Fear

This post is linked at “It’s Monday, what are you reading?”, a weekly meme that tells us what the blogosphere is currently reading. It is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The links in the cover images take you to GoodReads.

I am currently reading

The Wise Man's Fear Hangsaman Punainen kuin veri
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
Punainen kuin veri by Salla Simukka (“As Red As Blood”)

I’m currently reading a couple of different books since I’m feeling a bit restless. I continued with the high fantasy series The Kingkiller Chronicle right after finishing the first book. That book is huge, though, and I’m also currently reading the modern classic horror Hangsaman, as well as a Finnish YA crime novel. I’m making slow progress with each, and reading graphic novels whenever I pause with these.

Last week I posted

January Book Haul

Last week I finished reading

Chew Vol. 7
Chew Vol.7: Bad Apples by John Layman & Rob Guillory
Last week I only finished one comic trade paperback, the latest volume of Chew. It was ok, but pretty clearly an in-between volume before the plot gets back going again.

January Book Haul (2014)

Last month I bought one book for myself, two for my boyfriend, and one for my sister. I will still end up reading them all, so here they are! All the links take you to GoodReads.

Own Haul

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Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson

I really like Jackson’s writing style, so I bought a novel of hers that our library doesn’t carry. I actually have no idea what this book is about, but I like it that way sometimes. And see how beautifully it matches with the crocheted bookmark that my friend made me for Christmas! (The bookmark has a cute skull on the other end, perhaps I’ll show it one day.)

Gift Books

2014 January Book Haul 2
Steelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast I bought two superhero books for my boyfriend, and since they are in our shelf and I’m intrigued, I will read them some time or another. I happen to like the other cover of Vicious a bit better, but this one was cheaper. I also ended up ordering A Moveable Feast, a memoir about Hemingway’s time in Paris in the 1920s with other famous authors, because my sister loves the movie Midnight in Paris. I already gifted it to her (after reading it).

E-books

2014 January Book Haul 3
Warm Up (a Vicious short story) by V.E. Schwab
The Sign of the Four (Sherlock Holmes #2) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë
The Woman in White and The Haunted Hotel by Wilkie Collins

I downloaded some free Kindle classics, as well as bought a short story taking place in the same world as Vicious for a couple of dollars. I think downloading free classics is a good way to satisfy my book buying urges without spending any money or taking up any shelf space.

This haul is linked at the weekly haul memes Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and Showcase Sunday, hosted by Books, Biscuits, and Tea.

WordPress dropping the blogs I follow?

Does anyone else have this problem? You’re wondering why some blog hasn’t posted in ages, only to realize it has disappeared from the blogs you follow? This has happened to me three times now – on the first and second occasion, WordPress had only dropped one single blog out of my list, but this third time all but two blogs have disappeared! This is annoying, since sometimes I don’t remember what the names of the blogs were, and so I can’t search for them properly. Could this have anything to do with using WordPress via mobile? Is there some sort of easy unfollow button that one could press without even noticing it? It’s a mystery.

I have no idea what’s causing this, but I’m off now to try and find the blogs that I used to follow, and re-follow them! What a drag…