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review 2017-12-05 13:00
Soul Surfer by Bethany Hamilton
Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board - Bethany Hamilton,Sheryl Berk,Rick Bundschuh

She is really inspiring. Something major happened to her, but she got back up and continued to do what she loved.

 


I enjoyed the book, but not the writing style as much. I've seen people complain that she did not talk more about the shark and how things were different after, with having one arm, and how she adapted to doing things differently, or how she talked about the making of her movie. But this book isn't meant to dwell just the attack; it's meant to be about her life, and that would include her faith and the movie.

I also want to add, I love sharks. They get a bad rep for this sort of thing. They don't see humans as food, and usually leave after having a nibble (they mistake you as their food.) But that nibble is usually enough to kill or seriously maim someone. They are not evil killing machines or an useless animal as I've seen a lot of people say. It is their world people "invade" for a lack of a better word and they might be curious about you if you are flailing around and seem like a seal in distress.

I can't speak for her personally, but I do feel like she is the type of person who would not blame the shark, and would know it wasn't the sharks fault. I can't remember what she said exactly in the book about this, but I remember in the movie, she was upset when people went after sharks, hunting and killing a bunch. I mean she is a firm believer in God, and sharks are one of his creatures, right?

 

This is a true story, written by someone who is not a professional writer, so I did find some of it choppy and odd. She is amazing and I wish her well. I hope she continues to inspire people.

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review 2017-10-25 22:02
A vampire dragon zombie? Yes! Attack on the Overworld by Danica Davidson
Attack on the Overworld: An Unofficial Overworld Adventure, Book Two - Danica Davidson

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works just fine as a stand alone story. Also, you don’t have to be a Minecraft fan to enjoy this tale.

Maison and Stevie return for another adventure! Though, admittedly, this isn’t one either signed up for. While Maison is visiting Stevie in the Overworld, she realizes her computer was hacked by some cyberbullies and they are most definitely up to no good! Destiny and her cousin wreak zombie havoc in Stevie’s home village.

This was quite a bit of fun and I liked it a little better than Book 1. The stakes were higher as people Stevie knows and cares about are turned into zombies by the bully TheVampireDragon555, who I will just call Vampire Dragon. It was both funny and a little disturbing for Maison and Stevie that Vampire Dragon was turned into a thinking angry zombie. Yep, you got that right – a Vampire Dragon zombie loose in the Overworld! Cue evil laughter!

I liked that the cyberbullying issue wasn’t a simple thing in this tale. Davidson does a great job of showing multiple facets to this real-life problem. Through the characters of Destiny and Vampire Dragon, she shows us a few reasons why bullies do what they do. Then through Maison and Stevie she shows what those targeted by the bullies can do. Sometimes it takes a few choice kind words and sometimes greater actions, perhaps using a sword, are needed.

While there is an obvious underlying message about bullying, the story works really well in the action and plot department. Maison really shines as a character as she feels very responsible for the bullies making their way into the Overworld and yet she doesn’t give up hope in saving the zombified villagers. She also has to make a leap of trust that could turn the tide one way or another.

Over all, it was a fun listen and makes me want to check out Minecraft and see what adventures I could go on.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Dan Woren is the perfect vampire dragon zombie! His voice for that character was excellent – a bit raspy, a bit evil, and a bit wannabe ruler of the world. I loved it! His character voices were all distinct and his female voices were definitely feminine. He sounds totally engaged in the plot as well, easily pulling off all the emotions the characters go through.

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text 2017-10-03 16:30
Who likes FREE comics?
Attack on Titan Anthology - Scott Snyder... Attack on Titan Anthology - Scott Snyder,Gail Simone,Faith Erin Hicks,Tomer Hanuka,Hajime Isayama
Marlowe Kana (Book 1, Volume 1) (Marlowe... Marlowe Kana (Book 1, Volume 1) (Marlowe Kana Book 1) - Joe Peacock,Rowena Yow
Stitched #1: The First Day of the Rest o... Stitched #1: The First Day of the Rest of Her Life - Mariah Huehner,Aaron Alexovich

In honor of New York Comic ConNoiseTrade invited me to curate a list of comics and sci-fi stories guaranteed to keep you in suspense! Featuring selections by Scott SnyderRafael Albuquerque,Samuel SattinMariah McCourtBlack MaskKodansha ComicsMatthew PetzKujaku Joe and more -- you have to check this out!

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review 2017-07-15 04:40
Man-eating Titans...
Attack on Titan, Volume 1 - Hajime Isayama

 

I read this manga for my grad school graphic novel class. This is my second manga (this past spring I read Orange). That was basically a teenage soap opera. This one was a sci-fi post-apocalyptic nightmare. The Titans are giant, man-eating, humanoid creatures who have taken over the world. Humans are forced to live in a walled area, for their own protection. In the first chapter, a Titan breaks through the wall and eats people. The drawings are in black & white, but still incredibly graphic. There are close-ups of the Titans biting people in half.

 

I didn't like this one much. I do enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, but this one was basically devoid of hope. I think this series is quite long, so maybe at one point, something hopeful happens.

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text 2017-04-11 22:27
Attack on Titan choose-your-own-adventure
Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure: Year 850: Last Stand at Wall Rose - Hajime Isayama

If my bookshelves weren't already overflowing with impulse buys, this would probably be in my shopping cart, if only to see how many of the endings involve your own death or the deaths of all or most of your friends and comrades. Even a "good" ending in the Attack on Titan world would still suck to some degree.

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