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review 2019-01-09 02:33
A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne - My Thoughts
A Plague of Giants - Kevin Hearne

The second read of my Christmas presents, this was a brick, but a fascinating one indeed. I'd read Kevin Hearne before, the first of his Iron Druid books, and quite enjoyed it. (I intend to continue on in that series when the budget allows it.)  This book is the first of an entirely new trilogy, set in a new world.  And I was fascinated.

The world-building is terrific.  Magic or kenning that actually takes a toll on the human body even to the point of death.  The majority of the peoples are shades of brown with the pale-skinned folk being the minority of civilizations and I think there's only one king among the bunch.  Hearne does a masterful job of getting across the atmosphere and the feel of the different 'countries' and while they mostly have a familiar feel, I never felt they were copies of other creations.

It's the characters that really sold the book for me.  The story is told almost in serial form by a bard by the name of Fintan, who takes on the appearances of different folk within the story as he tells the story, a little bit every day.  Usually two characters, maybe three.  In between these story-tellings, we get the POV of Dervan, the scribe who has been tasked with recording all the stories Fintan tells, as well as keeping an eye on him for his friend, the leader of the Brynt people.

We meet two handfuls of characters who tell the story of the initial invasions of the giants and through their telling of the story we're given the base of the bigger story to come, I'm guessing.  Lots and lots of set-up happening, but because the characters were so engaging - even the baddies - it was a pleasure to read. 

So, I really, really enjoyed it and am looking forward to Book 2 - especially the further adventures of Abhi and his bloodcat, Murr and his stalk hawk, Eep. 

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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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