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6/30/20

6/27/20

The Young Merlin Triolgy

Author: Jane Yolen

Genre: Fantasy, Arthurian

Age: Children lit. 

Passager (The Young Merlin Trilogy, #1)Hobby (The Young Merlin Trilogy #2)Merlin: The Young Merlin Trilogy, Book Three

Summary: Left in the woods at the age of eight. Merlin is found and tame by the master Robin Thus begins the journey of a wild boy to a noble wizard. 

6/26/20

The Life Aquatic: movie review

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou PosterGenre: Comedy, Drama

Rated: R - languages 

Year of Release: 2006

Director: Wes Anderson

Summary: When his partner is killed by the mysterious and possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark, Steve Zissou (Bill Murray) and his Team Zissou crew set off for an expedition to hunt down the creature. Along with his estranged wife, a beautiful journalist and a co-pilot who could possibly be Zissou's son, the crew set off for one wild expedition.

6/24/20

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Author:
Jules Verne

Genre: Adventure

POV: 1st person

Narrator: Harlan Ellison

Summary: On this under water voyages join the crew of Aronnax the documenter, Conseil the servant, the Canadian Ned Land the harpooner, and the mysterious Captain Nemo. As they travel around the world in the Nautilus 20,000 leagues under the sea.

6/22/20

Going Postal

Going Postal Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

Author: Terry Pratchett

Series: Discworld #33 (Moist Von Lipwig #1)

Genre: Hight fantasy

POV: 3rd person

Summary: By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position - and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it.

Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. 

6/20/20

Book Blogger Hop #7


Do you visit indie and/or used bookstores? Also, have you ever worked in any?

Answer: There not a lot of used or indie bookstores where I live. There one book store (I think it a indie bookstore) that in walking of my house but, they are shady in how they run their business. My dad almost got rip off. Outside the store they have a table of books that are one dollar each. My dad took one of the books in the store to pay for and they wanted 5 dollars for it. Plus the only reason the store stays in business is they sell cigarettes. 

There another used book store that on the other side of town. I have a ton of store credit and they are not as shady as the first store I mention. Ever now and then I will go there to trade in books. Say for this one there not really any good used books stores where I live. 

I never work in a bookstore. I sell used books online. Never mention it on my blog because one privacy reasons, I don't want anyone connecting the dots to my blog and my book selling business. Two, I trying to sell my inventory and close up shop. I don't have full management while I'm away at collage. 

Try calling your mom on the phone and telling her what books to buy and to sell, all while doing school work at the same time. 

6/19/20

A Ghost Story: movie review

Genre: Drama, Romance 

Rated: R - brief language and a disturbing image

Year of release: 2017

Director: David Lowery

Summary: In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

6/16/20

Fell

Fell Fell by David Clement-Davies

Genre: fantasy, historical-fic

Age: Teen

POV: 3rd person


Summary: In this dark, thrilling fairy tale, it is the wolf who saves the girl. Fell, the dark-furred twin brother of Larka, the heroine of The Sight, must face life without his sister or the rest of his loving pack. He’s a lone wolf now, a “kerl,” an outcast from his kind who shares his sister’s fatal gift for seeing the future and the thoughts of others. This gift leads him to befriend a young girl, also an outcast from her people. They have a shared destiny: to free the land from a tyrannical ruler who would enslave man and animal alike.

6/13/20

Critically Acclaimed

Critically Acclaimed Critically Acclaimed by J. Ryan Stradal

Genre: Non-fiction, film study

Review:  The whole premise of the book is to get an idea of what critics are looking for when reviewing a movie. 

Fake movies are reviewed to remove bias of someone's all-time favorite movie from being bash by critics.

As someone who writes my own movie reviews, I find this helpful in critiquing movies. 

The first fake movie review highlights how an A list cast of actors is used in a movie but, their talents are used for the wrong reasons or not taken full advantages of. 

Another review is on a werewolf movie. It criticizes how the cool special effects hinders the plot and characters. Making a point in how modern movies focused more on special effects then the story or characters. As someone who watch old timey movies this is something, I could rant about but, I'll hold it for now. 

6/11/20

Amulet: Vol 1The Stonekeeper & Vol 2

The Stonekeeperhttp://
  
Genre: action, adventure, fantasy, sci-fic

Age: Teen

Summary: After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

6/10/20

Snow like Ashes

Author: Sara Raasch

Genre: high-fantasy, romance

Age: Teen

POV: 1st person

Summary: Sixteen years ago, the Kingdom of Winter was conquered, and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since. Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. She will do anything to get her kingdom back

6/8/20

Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales anthology

Authors:
Joan Aiken, M.T. Anderson, Neil Gaiman, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Gregory Maguire Garth Nix, Celia Rees, Janni Lee Simner,Vivian Vande Velde, and Barry Yourgrau

Edited by Deborah Noyes

Short stories review:





Lungewater by Joan Aiken 

Score: 4/5 

Relies on a sad tone then being scary otherwise a good start to the anthology. 

6/6/20

Journey through fiction #5 Bildungsroman - coming of age stories

What is Bidungsroman?

A story that follow a character from childhood to adulthood

Ex: Davy Copperfield

There can be a different between coming of age and Bildungsroman stories. 

Common Themes find in come of age:
  • Lost of innocent
  • Adult responsibility
  • Look towards the future
  • Finding love

6/5/20

Snowpiercer: movie review

Snowpiercer Poster
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-fic
Rated: R

Year of Release: 2013

Director:  Bong Joon Ho

Summary: In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.

6/4/20

Number the Stars

Number the Stars Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Author: Lois Lowry

Genre: Historical fic

Age: MG


Summary: Ten year old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think of life before the war. It's now 1943 and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching through town. When the Jews of Denmark are "relocated," Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be one of the family. Soon Annemarie is asked to go on a dangerous mission to save Ellen's life. 

6/1/20

The Night Tourist





Author: Katherine Marsh

Genre: ghost story

Age: MG

POV: 3rd person

Summary: Jack Perdu lives with his father on the Yale University campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But when Jack suffers a near fatal accident, his life is forever changed.

His father sends him to a mysterious doctor in New York City, a place Jack hasn't been since his mother died there eight years ago. While in the city, Jack meets Euri, a young girl who offers to show him the secrets of Grand Central Station. Here, Jack discovers New York's Underworld, a place where those who died in New York reside until they are ready to move on.