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review 2016-09-21 11:44
Victoria Junior LIttle Prometheus
Victoria Jr. Little Prometheus - Manny Trembley

 

4.5 Stars, Buy it



This was a kickstarter purchase. Paperback.  The book is nicely made and I like the feel of the paper (Yes, book nerd here)

 

The main story: Victoria is the human daughter of Frankenstein and his bride.  Victoria decides to skip school to look for the spark of the sun. Victoria feels her family deserves to feel the warmth that she feels. They don’t because they are monsters and are undead. She finds the spark which is this little adorable flame and they go back to Victoria’s home. But I’ll leave it at that. It was juicy and sweet and loveable. The same feeling I got from reading the Owly series. I highly recommend this if you ever see it anywhwere. I’m glad I supported this second book and I really hope there are more.  The first added story Victoria goes under the sea with the spark. It’s cute and sweet and rhymes but not as good as the main story. But the art is nice. There are a few other short stories but nothing spectacular

 

I love how sweet Victoria is and her love for her family. I love her kind of steampunky glasses. I love the artwork. Anyway I think I’ll give this 4.5 stars because it wasn’t quite 5 but it was still really good and juicy and lots of fun. Crossing my fingers there will be another one.

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text 2015-12-30 14:00
Sock Poppet Read-by-the-Month Challenge ~ December Prompts
False Future - Dan Krokos
False Sight (A False Memory Novel) - Dan Krokos
The Prometheus Project (Book 3): Stranded - Douglas E. Richards

Is It Really the End?

 

This month I read a book for prompts 1, 2 and 3.

 

1 ~ where the world seems to be coming to an end.

 

False Future by Dan Krokos

 

2 ~ about the end of something (i.e. relationship, job).

 

False Sight by Dan Krokos

 

3 ~ that is the end of a series.

 

Prometheus Project: Stranded by Douglas E. Richards

 

4 ~ that was the last one written by the author.

 

I didn't read a book that was the last written by an author, but the first book in the False Memory series by Dan Krokos should have been the last he wrote in that series (though he'd have to have figured out a way to end it there). 

 

I rated that series:

 

Book 1 ~ 4*

Book 2 ~ 3*

Book 3 ~ 2*

 

Not the way I want a series to go, for sure!

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review 2015-12-28 13:44
Dracula: The Modern Prometheus by Rafael Chandler (Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker)
Dracula: The Modern Prometheus - Rafael Chandler,Mary Shelley,Bram Stoker

Mina Harker, newly qualified solicitor, was just going to Transylvania to aid in the transfer of property – the Countess is certainly a little unusual but she is also educated and worldly and she certainly appreciates that

 

Until it becomes clear she’s stumbled onto something very unworldly, one she barely escapes – but when that threat follows her to London she gathers her fellows and is determined to fight

 

Even while the Countess’s grizzly experiments rise from the grave with her own desperate purpose.

 

 

 

This book has that very elaborate writing that is quite common with a lot of books set in the Victorian era. This does a lot to convey a greater sense of time and place – which did work very well to create that sense of place that these books needed. But it does make for a book that is quite long winded – it does slow the plot down.

 

This slow speed is a particular problem because, certainly in the beginning, we kind of know what the story is going to be like. Yes, bits have been changed and the book combines both Dracula and Frankenstein. We all know when Mina Harker arrives at Countess Dracula’s castle roughly how this plot is going to play out. Elaborate and beautiful language may be good for the setting – but we know this setting – and it may set the tone but it makes the book very slow to start and get past the basic plot lines we don’t already recognise.

 

Once we do get past that beginning it develops excellently, weaving the two stories together into a coherent whole. The Countess and her drive to bring back her beloved sister resorts to any means she can – both mystical and “scientific” – regardless of the cost and with her obsessive focus and brilliant intellect, leading to both vampirism and the monster being created.

 

 

How the heroes came together to oppose her was decently done, though I do think it was convenient that the poor, discarded Lucy had 3 separate fiances ready to recruit for the cause and that two of them were so well placed to be useful.

 

Still the group worked really well together – extremely well. And they fought the Countess with dual not so much of might and magic but cunning and traps and resources trying to push each other into a trap without facing the strengths either had (the Countess’s mystical might and all the religious defences the Van Helsing’s group could bring together in response).

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2015/11/dracula-modern-prometheus-by-rafael.html
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review 2015-11-30 19:54
Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone
Prometheus: The Complete Fire and Stone - Paul Tobin,Kelly Sue DeConnick

I've put off reviewing this graphic novel because I honestly didn't know how to sum up this almost 500 pages volume of pure Alien extravaganza. For any Alien fan is this a must to read! 

 

In this tome you get: Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Aliens: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Predator: Fire and Stone #1-#4, Prometheus: Fire and Stone–Omega one shot

 

 

The stories are great and adventurers. I came to enjoy the art in all the different stories though it took some time to get used to the new art when one storyline was finished and the next started.

 

 

 

There was a drawback with the volume; there were a lot of people in the beginning and it was hard to keep track of who was who, it got much easier when people started to die. Which sounds crazy I know, but that's just the way it was for me when I read it. Also, because there were so many people in the beginning was it hard to feel sorry for them getting killed because you didn't get to know them that well. 

 

 

 

I enjoyed reading it, it wasn't scary in any way, but I didn't expect it to be scary. The Aliens are just not as scary when they are drawn as they are on the telly when you are watching the movies alone in a dark apartment with only your cat as company...

 

 

Thanks to Dark Horse Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-10-31 12:29
The War between Faith and Reason
Prometheus Unbound - Percy Bysshe Shelley

This is probably what you would consider to be Shelley's Magnus Opus. This would be his most ambitious work and also what he is probably most famous for (though at least one lecturer has suggested that as a poet Shelley is somewhat dwarfed by his wife Mary Shelley, who is also the author of Frankenstein). This is sort of a sequel to the Aeschylan play Prometheus Bound and I say sort of a sequel because we have fragments of the original sequel, but the play itself is lost.

 

Prometheus Unbound is what you call a lyrical drama, which is in a similar vein to Milton's Samson Agonistes. The idea of a lyrical drama is that it is not written to be performed but rather to be read (and as I have indicated reading a drama without watching it being performed can be a difficult task), the performance, as some have suggested, goes on in the imagination.

 

The scope of this work is immense and Shelley explores some of the themes that have come out of the original play, and then brings them through to his own conclusion. While Shelley was an atheist, he uses the mythological as a method of criticising his own society, and the conflict that had arose between faith and science. Shelley's Jupiter is representative of God, which, to Shelley, is representative of the church who seeks to hold society in chains and prevent them from being able to examine and question the world in which he lives. His Prometheus is representative of the rational human, the one who questions and explores, but is attacked by the church because of that desire. Demogorgon could be seen as social change, which frees the rational mind from those chains, and pushes blind faith into the background.

 

The idea behind the original play is that humanity had fallen from grace and was living in a world of suffering, so Prometheus, against the decree of Zeus, teaches them the art of making fire and for doing so he is punished by being chained to a rock and having his liver ripped out on a daily basis by a vulture. The play ends with Prometheus being cast down into the netherworld. The idea that I see in this play is the concept of humanity being given the gift of technology (which is representative of fire) and by having this ability it strengthens them against the power of the deity. In Shelley's mind this is the idea of science, and we see in the past when people began to explore the nature of the world the church would respond in an aggressive manner, for fear that in doing so God would be unseated from his throne. This war continues to this day, with fundamentalist preachers (and I am only speaking of Christianity here) claiming that science unseated God from his throne, and evolution unseated humanity from the pinnacle of creation. In the end though, no matter how much faith we have, the Earth is not the centre of the universe.

 

Notice though that the original play ends with Prometheus being cast into hell, and that the second play, where Zeus and Promentheus are reconciled, no longer exists. It may be just coincidence, but the play ends with the triumph of faith over reason, and the play in which faith and reason come together in mutual agreement no longer exists. In a way this is very Hegalian in that we have opposites, with the thesis being faith and the anti-thesis being reason (or is it the other way around?), but the reconciling (or the synthesis) of faith and reason never comes about. Even today many a church baulks at the concept of a synthesis between faith and reason, and forces reason, and with it humanism, out of the door. My position is that since God gave us the gift of reason, the ability to be able to think and question, then to deny that gift, and to deny everything that comes from that gift, is to do a disservice to God. However that does not mean that we do not question what comes out of humanism, for to blindly accept what is said without questioning is to once again do a disservice to God.

 

As for Prometheus Unbound, there is no synthesis of faith and reason. In fact faith comes out as the loser in the struggle, with reason being freed by Demogorgon (and being an atheist we cannot consider that Shelley would necessarily believe in Satan), with represents the complete destruction of faith. In the end reason triumphs, and faith, and the church, are left being in the dark annals of history. Notice though, that it is Demogorgon and not Satan. Shelley is purposeful in this in that he indicates that the character of Satan, as painted by Milton, is a rather poor character in his opinion. Granted, Shelley could have created his own Satan, however he seems to feel bound to Milton's interpretation, and a creature that is fuelled and dominated by revenge would not serve the purposes of his poem. Shelley did not want a character with a chip on his shoulder, but rather a character that frees reason from his chains to allow him to prosper and flourish.

 

I have also written a blog post on the original play, however I do touch on this poem as well.

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/586559936
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