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review 2017-03-29 21:26
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is the story of the three little pigs seen from the wolf's perspective. I read this about a year ago and I like that there is a different version of a classic story written in a different point of view by having the wolf tell his side of the story.

 

I would use this story in a first or second grade classroom, discussion perspective and points of view. I would have an anchor chart on display and together we would compare and contrast the wolf's perspective and the pigs' perspective.

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text 2015-10-06 15:55
Head to Head Review: Steampunk Nonfiction
Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions - Brian J. Robb
The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature - Bruce Sterling,Jeff VanderMeer,Jake von Slatt,Libby Bulloff,Evelyn Kriete,S.J. Chambers,G.D. Falksen,Desirina Boskovich,J. Daniel Sawyer,Rick Klaw,Jess Nevins,Catherynne M. Valente

The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer and S.J. Chambers: 4 Stars

 

Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film, and Other Victorian Visions by Brian J. Robb: 4.5 Stars

 

A little bit of unnecessary backstory: for Halloween last year, I tackled my first steampunk costume. I’ve always been sort of enamored with the aesthetic, but not very knowledgeable about where it comes from. Since last year’s attempt was only a partial success (my homemade goggles didn’t last more than a few days), I decided to tackle it again this year, with more attention to detail. To get ideas and also just figure out what it is about the look that fascinates me so much, I’ve been grabbing every book in and about the genre I can get my mitts on. I found The Steampunk Bible at my used bookstore, and I know Jeff VanderMeer is sort of a go-to editor for modern steampunk resources. I also located Steampunk: An Illustrated History, etc. at the library. After debating if I just wanted to read one, I decided instead to read both and do a little comparison to see which one is more helpful and/or informative.

 

Steampunk is still a very niche thing, with 30ish years of history under its belt at best, so it should come as no surprise that the titles have a lot of overlap. But they also have their own particular strengths and weaknesses. On the most basic level, one is more subculture-oriented (Bible), while the other has more to do with history and media (History). If you want a very basic overview of the literary and film culture, and a lot of focus on the art, fashion, and other lifestyle-related things, then Steampunk Bible is the way to go. The beginning covers the origins, like the inspiration of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, as well as the boy-genius and expedition tales of the late 19th century, through the coining of the term “steampunk” by K.W. Jeter in the late 1980s, ending with a few modern milestones (Stephenson, Gibson, Boneshaker, etc). It then shifts to other media briefly, but really picks up steam, if you’ll pardon the pun, when it gets to chapters on aesthetics and fashion. There is a lot of interstitial material, like a brief interlude on the influence of Poe, or a breakdown of the four types of steampunk fashion, so reading it straight through doesn’t seem to be the intention, but rather perusing and spot reading. It’s also chock full of illustrations and photos, including pictures of some semi-famous faces in full steampunk regalia.

 

Steampunk: An Illustrated History tells you its intentions right in the title. It has an overview that covers similar ground to Bible, but in much more detail and with a lot more examples. It gives more page space to film and television and much less to art or design on the amateur level. Like Bible, it is constructed as a coffee-table style book, designed for dipping in and out, with lots of smaller essays and photos spread throughout the main text. The author, Brian J. Robb, has also written extensively about Doctor Who, so it’s no surprise that there is a multi-page spread on the steampunk influences that frequently manifest in the show. Robb divides his book into smaller sub-chapters, like an exploration of women in the genre, or a look at the construction of the typical steampunk cityscape and how it manifests across mediums. There are a lot more examples of steampunk across the media spectrum than in Bible, but not much focus on “real life” steampunk.

 

This is getting into nitpicky territory, but physically the books are also similar but different as well. Both are hardcover, about 150-200 pages long, and printed on high-quality glossy paper. Robb’s History is wider and more traditionally like a coffee table book, while Bible is more compact (and has a gorgeous cover), which makes it easier to read since it is easier to carry around, though neither are tiny. These are minor things, but the transportability of a book always wins points in my favor. I do think History has a better layout and more interesting interior design, but both are well put together and aesthetically interesting, as well as just plain fun to read.

 

Bottom line: both are good in different ways. Both offer the same introductory material more or less, and a lot of the same cultural touch-points, so it really comes down to what elements interest you most. In terms of media minutiae and overall look, Robb’s book is superior, but if you are looking for hands-on makers and doers with lots of real people doing real things, VanderMeer and Chambers' Bible is the place.

 

(Robb's History gets an extra .5 stars for the detailed sections on ladies in steampunk and Doctor Who)

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2015-07-22 20:27
Movie/Book Comparison - It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini

My first thought after seeing the movie: It wasn't as different from the book as I thought it would be. It actually was quite similar with some noticeable differences but nothing too big.

 

The movie didn't have President Armelio in it, which kind of bummed me out, only because I was expecting the whole 'I will crush you in spades' thing. Also, they didn't play cards, but table tennis. Which was fine with me because I personally really like table tennis no matter how much I suck at it!

 

In the movie, they ended up sneaking out twice in nurse's uniforms which never happened in the book. I'm not sure if I liked this addition or not. I still can't decide. They also had a pizza party at the end instead of a movie. I think I liked this better in the movie just because they had talked about having a pizza party at the beginning, so it seems fitting to have one at the end as a kind of resolution of sorts. Plus, everyone got to see Muqtada come out of the room finally, which was awesome!

 

The romance between Craig and Noelle was pretty similar to that of the book. There were some minor things, but that's it. I kind of wish they would have put the whole Noelle, emotional scene in the movie, but that's okay.

 

Overall, I really liked the movie and I loved the book!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-02-21 23:38
not like the movie but each was good in their own way
The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend - Kody Keplinger

After watching the movie DUFF. I discovered there was a book! I immediately downloaded and read the entire book in one setting. Sadly, the main aspect I liked from the movie, was not in the book. I liked how in the movie, Bianca and Wesley were in the same social class. They were next door neighbors who used to play together as kids. But now they’d grown up and grown apart. The movie is about them falling back into their friendship and finding out that they mean more to each other than they want to admit. It’s the age old story of falling in love with your best friend.

In the book, not so much. Wesley is an outrageously super rich kid, who fills the void of his absent parents with girls. Super hot, super rich, every girls wants him, it’s a bit too much. In the movie, the kid is made an equal, he even has faults, he’s shown as failing one of his classes. No mention of school troubles are shown in the book. He’s basically perfect in every way, except all the sex he enjoys having. And even that is a plus, cause that is exactly what Bianca, the DUFF, ends up wanting.

In the movie, her parents are already divorced and she has a stable home life. In the book, the break-up is just starting. Her father falls off the wagon and begins drinking. And Bianca has issues with a past boyfriend. All problems she wants to forget about. What better way to do that, than having sex with the hottest boy in school? And it’s what he does, he sleeps with girls to fill his own void. It’s a perfect match up.

In the movie, that is not the theme. There is not nearly as much sex, I mean, this book had more than most eroticas I’ve read. Which shocked me since this is a book targeted at teenagers.

There is a nice moral to it all. In the end, Bianca stops judging people and learns that everyone is a DUFF in some way. No one is good at everything. And she attempts to make her relationship with Wesley more healthy, not sure that will happen, but the reader can make their own conclusions.

See my full movie review at my blog: https://mizner13.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/duff-movie-review/

Source: mizner13.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/duff-movie-review
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url SPOILER ALERT! 2014-02-19 17:18
Is The Fault in Our Stars sadder than Titanic?
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

As I said in my post, a reader came to my blog asking this question: Is The Fault in Our Stars Sadder than Titanic?

 

Check out my answer on my blog.

 

I'd love to know YOUR answer to the question!

 

What do you think? Which one is sadder?

 

Let the battle begin!

TFiOS versus Titanic

Source: bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/you-ask-is-the-fault-in-our-stars-sadder-than-titanic
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