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review 2018-10-19 13:52
Lucy: "On The Shoulders Of Giants - The Great Works Of Physics And Astronomy" by Stephen Hawking
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics And Astronomy - Stephen Hawking


(Original Review, 2002)




Back in the day, Einstein opened up my head to what I thought of as the architecture of the way things are, that level of intelligence/information where I clearly understood what reality was and wasn’t despite the limitations of my senses. I'd try to hold onto it but it ultimately faded. I'd feel myself coming closer and closer back to dull reality, each and every time. There's a scene in the film “Lucy” where she's looking at a tree which seems alive, pulsing w/movement and brilliantly coloured light. Ages ago, my friends and I called them jizzles and we'd see them anywhere anything grew (resulting in multiple trips in the woods, old cemeteries, anywhere there was foliage and we couldn't see buildings).

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-10 03:47
The BFG - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

What will happen to Sophie now that she is stuck with the BFG? They will work together to stop the other giants, of course! One night the BFG snatches Sophie in the middle of the night to save her from being eaten by the other giants and takes her to his home. There, Sophie learns a lot about the BFG and how he is not like the other giants at all! They decide to create a plan to capture the other giants so that they will not eat anymore children! They even get some help from the Queen of England! I would use this book to work on comprehension and beginning, middle and end. The students could even create their own dreams or combine dreams from the story.

Lexile: 720L

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review 2018-09-08 15:28
I Kill Giants - Joe Kelly,J.M. Ken Niimura
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now, but hadn't gotten around to it. Then I found a copy of the DVD at the library so of course I had to read the graphic novel first. And here we are.

When I read books, especially graphic novels, I like to not really know much about the story and what happens in it. I really think the experience is better when you aren't expecting certain things to happen. Leave it to say, I was not prepared in the least for this amazing storyline.

I was a little hesitant to read the book because of the title. Poor giants. What did they do wrong? But I was glad to see how the story actually played out. 

I also think there is a right way and a wrong way to do black and white comics. This is a perfect example of the right way. It really adds to the creepiness and chaos of the world in the story. 

I don't really want to say anything about the plot because this is one of those stories that is best read without expectations. But I will say it is a story about friendship, family, and of course, giants.

Downside to the book was that there were some not-okay things such as the use of lesbian slurs as insults and of course the whole bullying storyline. The message is that to deal with a bully you should physically fight back. This makes sense for Barbara's character, but probably isn't the best for certain audiences. Decent amount of violence, as should be expected from the title alone.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were a few downsides to it, but I loved Barbara's character (in a despicable kind of way) and enjoyed seeing the progression of the story.
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text 2018-09-08 14:17


 

Aaaaaand the weekend is upon us, just one more early start and come 1 o'clock I get to veg out, any weekend plans??

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Day 7:

▪️Chapter headings #iamsweetseptember

▪️Book & coffee (in my case tea) #fangirlinginseptember

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Hands down this is my favourite cuppa!! Whilst away in the Cotswolds I may or may not have insisted we take a trip out to Bath just so I could get my hands on this amazing Juicy raspberry blend.

 

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review 2018-08-23 04:42
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (audiobook) - DNF
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

DNF @  5 % (23 out of 509 minutes)

 

So I'm less than 5% in and already I don't want to listen to this scientist character. Seriously, you skip your own father's funeral and just expect your mother to put you up? That's not grieving differently, that's being a self-centred ass.

 

Besides, this interview format doesn't hold water. This isn't an interview; it's a weak contrivance to pour out personal information that wouldn't be coming out in an interview. I also have issues with how dull the narrator made the prologue sound.

 

Someone told me that the audiobook was a good way to make the chosen format more interesting but I don't agree. Already I've tried to listen to it twice and stopped it because I just can't take it any more. The problem with audio is that you can't skip over the boring bits, and yes, I'm barely 20 minutes into it.

 

Also, what are they carbon dating? They've just talked about metals so far and you need carbon to do any carbon dating. It's literally measuring the concentration of one carbon isotope compared to another one.

 

I'm probably going to drop this one. I'm not even sure I care enough to flip through a paper copy to try to find any interesting bits. And yes, I'm biased against the format.

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