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review 2018-06-17 10:43
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré

Synopsis: I'm not sure its even worth bothering with a synopsis for this one, its freaking Harry Potter after all, but here goes anyway. A young boy who lives with his atrocious Aunt and Uncle and their hambeast troll child, is invited to attend a mysterious school for wizards he never even knew existed.


Review: Its been years since I've read this and I'm really looking forward to getting up to where I left off reading it (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; I just never got around to it), I can honestly say I loved this book. Its got the great feel of a mystery that you don't even realize is unfolding, highschool heroics, villians of a variety, and enough fun stuff crammed into every page to make reading it an absolute joy. I loved reading about Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Quidditch, the sorting hat and everything else.

While we're at it Rowling has an amazing knack for foreshadowing with her writing. She knows exactly how to drop little details that will be important not just in the book your reading, but 2, 3, however many books ahead. Its refreshing to read an author who has a clear idea where her story is going and how its going to get there.

I can't 5 star this enough.

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review 2018-06-13 01:23
Harry Potter - A Journey Through A Histo... Harry Potter - A Journey Through A History of Magic - LIBRARY BRITISH
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This is a gorgeous book!

I am always hesitant about buying Harry Potter books outside of the ones J.K.Rowling actually wrote. When I was a kid, I collected everything HP, but as an adult, I've become more picky (probably because I have to spend my own money now). There are just too many Harry Potter-related books to possibly have all of them.

I saw this at my local library and was interested. After reading three pages, I immediately ordered my own copy. 

It is a beautiful book. The book shows various items featured in the British Library exhibition, "Harry Potter: A History of Magic". While I wish I could visit the actual exhibition, this is the next best thing.

The book includes artwork from the new illustrated editions of the first three books by Jim Kay, various historical items related to witchcraft on display, original drafts of part of the HP books handwritten or typed by J.K.Rowling, and much much more.

This is a great edition to any HP fans library.

While there are tons of amazing pictures in this book, I wouldn't recommend it for kids because it is so long and text-heavy. I think it is more appropriate for pre-teens and beyond. There are a few fun experiments and activities included, which may appeal to children, but I think it is a bit lengthy for them to enjoy as a whole.  

Amazing book. It is so fascinating and beautiful and splendid. Truly spell-binding. I loved it. 
 
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review 2018-06-09 06:53
Fun non-Western fantasy . . . but with too many spiders TT_TT
Akata Warrior - Nnedi Okorafor

Entertaining fantasy adventure read, but WAY too many spiders for me, lol. The initial jolt of awe for the world building from the first book has worn off a bit, but it's enjoyable and seamless to settle back into. I recommended Akata Witch as a potential MG crossover, but the characters and their relationships have aged up in this sequel, so parental guidance is recommended. Nothing too explicit or anything, it's just that the discussion of adult relationships might not appeal to younger kids. Excited for book three!

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text 2018-05-29 15:32
Harry Potter-themed meme

Shocking as it may seem to most people, I haven't read more than the first book in the series, but I thought this Harry Potter-rellated themed meme was good and I thought I'd do it. If I've made any mistakes, since I don't know the fandom too well, I hope you'll let me know so I can correct them.

Harry Potter: Tell us about a scar on your body.

I have lots of scars, mainly from beloved cats, but I also have a scar from a vaccination that didn't go quite as it should have. The spot where they injected me, swelled up, or rather my whole back, and I can still remember how much it hurt and how much I cried and how as I grew it moved across my body. I also have a barely visible scar from the C-section.

Hermione Granger: What is your favorite book, how many times have you read it, and why do you love it?

Please, Hermione, you of all people should know that it's impossible to pick just one book. But I do have several that I have read and re-read over the years, among them LOTR.

Ron Weasley: Something you’re afraid of?

Many things, but mostly the situation in the world today.

Luna Lovegood: One thing that makes you different from everyone else.

If I knew that maybe more people would like me.

Fred Weasley: Can you do any magic tricks? What is the best one you can do? If you can’t do any, what’s the best one you’ve seen?

Unfortunately, I haven't seen any good magic tricks that I can remember.

George Weasley: What is the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?

I once tricked a not very nice temp that I disliked into letting me go get Camilla's (my name) French books in her locker. He said I could go but when I returned a friend of mine had told him what I'd really told him. It was really my sister's books I was going to get.

Neville Longbottom: Tell us an embarrassing story.

I'm not sure I want to do that. Embarrassing is embarrassing and it's not something I'd like to share with anyone. I just want to forget.

Narcissa Malfoy: Do you have a good relationship with your family? Who are you closest to?

Yes. I'm closest to my sister and my daughter.

Voldemort: If you were to create a Horcrux(s), what would it be and why?

I don't even know what that is, but I know I should.

Bellatrix Lestrange: Have you ever loved someone who could never love you back?

Yes, all the time.

Ginny Weasley: Have you ever been in love with an unexpected person?

Yes.

Hedwig: If you went to Hogwarts, what kind of pet would you bring? (ex: cat, owl, rat, frog)

What? I can take only one? Cats and dogs would be my answer, and if I could maybe some rabbits, guinea pigs, cockatiels and maybe bantams as well.

Draco Malfoy: Is it better to be feared or to be loved?

To be loved.

Rubeus Hagrid: What is your favorite mystical creature?

Unicorn, I think.

Dolores Umbridge: Make a list of rules that your family (or whoever you choose) would have to follow if you made the rules.

If I could make rules for the rest of the world, I'd make sure we were all safe.

Lucius Malfoy: What is your most prized possession?

It's hard to pick just one, but I do love my boots a lot. Yes, boots, but I do love my books as well and my old toys.

Molly Weasley: What is the proudest moment of your life?

When I had my children.

Dobby: Who are you most loyal to?

My family.

Sirius Black: Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do?

Yes.

Argus Filch: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

In the kitchen of a mental hospital.

Dudley Dursley: How many presents do you usually receive on your birthday?

Five - ten books.

Peter Pettigrew: Are you a leader or a follower?

Neither. I walk by myself. LOL.

Cedric Diggory: Have you ever had a near death experience?

Not really.

Albus Dumbledore: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome in your life?

Being able to have children despite many difficulties and setbacks.

Minerva McGonagall: What is your favorite spell?

A protective spell (if I had one).

Severus Snape: Are you a trustworthy person?


Yes.

Remus Lupin: If you transform into any one animal or creature, which one would it be?

A dragon, maybe.

Uncle Vernon: What is your favorite day of the week?

Friday.

Mad Eye Moody: Who is the bravest person you know?

I'm not sure I know any really brave people.

Arthur Weasley: What do you think is the best “muggle” invention?

Self-driving cars, maybe. 3D printers are pretty cool too and so are androids and robots.

Professor Sprout: What is your favourite class that is offered at Hogwarts?

Something to do with history.

Nymphadora Tonks: If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?

I'd be a lot thinner.

Moaning Myrtle: What is something that always makes you cry?

Lots of things make me cry.

James Potter: Would you risk your life to save someone you truly love?

Yes.

Lily Potter: What color eyes do you have?

Greyish blue.

Professor Trelawney: Have you ever dreamt something was going to happen and then it happened?

Yes, weirdly enough.

Mr. Ollivander: What would your wand look like?

I'm not sure. Not brown anyway.

Lavender Brown: Who is the last person who texted and have you ever had a crush on them?

No. I only text my family as a rule, but I have texted a few guys. Not really ones I've had a crush on, sadly enough.

Cho Chang: If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?

I hate sports.

Aunt Petunia: What is your favorite flower?

Either forgetmenots, geraniums or apple blossoms (if those count).

Source: crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/187838.html
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-14 19:04
April 2018 — A Wrap Up

 

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Out for Blood by Kristen Painter

 

This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching plot in these books. However, I couldn't find one.

 

Another thing that bugs the heck out of me is the so-called protagonist. She is bitchy, whiny, and TSTL. She acts without thinking of the consequences. The guy in love with her keeps jumping in to rescue her and ends up facing those consequences. Also, I have NO idea why guys keep falling for her left and right even with all the bitchiness.

 

The ending was another letdown. It seemed as if the author wanted to ensure that the readers would read the next book. After all the torture that the hero suffered for the girl, he was mind raped by a supernatural being. The outcome was that he forgot he ever had feelings for her. I am guessing the next one is going to be about the girl trying to undo that. Fortunately, that book is the last in this series. So yaay!

 

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Jessica Jones, Vol. 1: Uncaged by Brian Michael Bendis

 

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The same sense of loneliness pervades the comics that you'd find on the show. We catch a glimpse of Kamala doing her thing.

 

Below, you can see a huge twist that had me shocked:

 

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Destroyer #5 and #6 by Victor LaValle

Two good issues. My fave scene was the kid who could physically snap his parents' necks -- the mother is an evil scientist out for revenge while the father isn't a lightweight either with his body fused to a suit of armour -- being told off by them for being mouthy:

 

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Oh and the poor Frankenstein's Monster finally gets some well-deserved rest:

 

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I liked how the kid is able to relate to the monster and even tries to connect with him. Who knows he might have succeeded if his bloodthirsty mom hadn't butted in.

 

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John Carpenter's Tales of Science Fiction: Vault #1 by James Ninness

 

Another one that failed to leave an impression. I don't think I will be continuing with this one.

 

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Xena: Warrior Princess Vol. 4 (1&2) by Meredith Finch

 

So far, so good. I will be reading the next one.

 

 

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Downward to the Earth Vol. 1 & 2 by Philippe Thirault

 

This is one freaky graphic novel. I dunno why it feels so visceral and just yucky yet I finished the whole thing. I was on the lookout for the White Man's Burden trope while reading it. But, I think the "white" people (Humans) are even more screwed up than the ones colonized (Aliens). Let's see, some of them are junkies, others are murderers, not to forget the ones who are cheating while in a relationship. The only thing that stank was the violent belief of the natives of the planet: In order to be reborn, they must get high and slaughter innocent animals. Take a look at the carnage:

 

I don't think this could be the end though. Do you?

 

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Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Volume 7 - Death Beneath the Waves by George Mann & Vol 8: Time Trials: The Wolves of Winter

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The art resembles Peter Capaldi so closely...I mean look at those brows!!

 

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The alternate covers are amazing!

 

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The same creepy stories make you feel right at home i.e. in the TARDIS lol

 

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The Doctor is usual unrepentant and spoiler-throwing self:

 

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There were pop-culture references to enjoy when Bill Potts arrived on the scene:

 

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Sleepy Hollow, Vol. 1 by Marguerite Bennett

 

Almost as good and fun as the show used to be:

 

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Come Into Me #1 by Zac Thompson

 

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Just freaky and sad. I don't think I'll be following this one.

 

 

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

 

One of the best things about an Ilona Andrews book is how family-centric they are. It is refreshing to see a character derive her strength from her family. The humor in these books is just my kind of humor too. I also like the time they dedicate to developing the relationship between the protags. This installment was fun to read!

 

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Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J K Rowling

 

Now this one was a pleasant surprise! If nothing else, the humor was very HP-ish. Look for yourself:

 

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I found all the things that turned off other readers worked for me. For one, how can we expect the kid who grew up with a part of Voldemort inside him to be a functional adult? Why would he think he'd make a good parent? Then there is Ron who has spent his life being overshadowed by his siblings. He made a best friend who eclipsed even his brothers and married someone like Hermione. He wasn't a good student or ambitious while his wife worked her way up to the Minister for Magic's post. In what world would there not be a strained relationship between such individuals? Draco had been a Death Eater. In an ideal world, people would forgive him for erring but this play wasn't set in the perfect world that we are used to.

 

And these people just went ahead and had kids of their own. Try to think about how hard life must be for Draco's kid or even Harry's!

 

As I said, I liked it!

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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish by Douglas Adams

 

If I remember correctly, according to the readers, this is the book in the series where it all started going downhill. It is true that these books have always been completely random. When I pick up a THGTTG book, I don't expect anything from it but that it will be a fun read. This time though, the randomness was a bit much. There was no Marvin to keep things morbidly funny and the humor seemed forced. Moreover, after the previous books made such a big deal out of Earth's destruction, the planet suddenly bounced back into existence. Why?! The good thing is there is just one more book for me to suffer through.

 

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Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #1-6 by Louise Simonson

 

Fun and silly just like the cartoons themselves! Here are some scenes from the comics, including Dexter's really bad puns:

 

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This time though, the bad guys did come up with a great plan. They made evil clones of the good guys to fight them! Of course, they didn't count on the three Eds ruining their plans. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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