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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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text 2018-08-23 04:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 23 out of 509 minutes.
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel

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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review 2018-05-14 18:41
A Plague of Giants / Kevin Hearne
A Plague of Giants - Kevin Hearne

In the city of Pelemyn, Fintan the bard takes to the stage to tell what really happened the night the giants came . . .

From the east came the Bone Giants, from the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim - an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. The kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic that calls the world's wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind.

 

Quite a change from Hearne’s Iron Druid series! This is still fantasy, but in a world of his own creation, not just an altered present. A world of giants, special magical talents, and storytelling.

This is a complicated world, with several nations, each of which has its own special talent or Kenning. There are masters of water or air or fire for example. Using that talent past a certain level, however, drastically ages the person wielding it.

The tale is told by a bard, who has the technology to change his appearance and tell the tale from the point of view of each character in his story. Through this means, Hearne manages to introduce us to the complexities of his new world quite painlessly and entertainingly.

There is, of course, a war because a good conflict is necessary to a good story. The major characters are facing an invasion of Bone Giants, from an unknown source, for an unknown reason. This major mystery does not get fully addressed in this volume, leaving the way open for future installments. I, for one, will be looking forward to the next book!

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