Monday, November 29, 2010

When Blog and Book Collide: Book Review: Tersias the Oracle by G.P. taylor

When Blog and Book Collide: Book Review: Tersias the Oracle by G.P. taylor

Book Review: Tersias the Oracle by G.P. taylor

Tersias the Oracle by G.P. Taylor

DESCRIPTION:
London is picking up the pieces after a near-Apocalypse—a comet has just missed the Earth, leaving the city in chaos.The streets have taken on a frenzied air, and swindlers and circus performers have come to town to take advantage of the confusion.




In this time of uncertainty, only the blind boy oracle,Tersias, can see what the future holds. But awareness of his power is growing, and he is captured by Solomon, a false prophet whose purple-robed minions swarm London, looking for disciples. Tersias is just what Solomon needs, and with Tersias under his control, Solomon believes he’s finally in a position to complete his master plan.





Tersias is not without friends—an unlikely alliance of teenage highwaymen and a charlatan magician swear to break down Solomon’s Citadel and rescue Tersias from his clutches. They wonder if Tersias’s power can save them all—but they haven’t realized the source of his second sight, and they aren’t aware of a much darker force that torments his soul . . .




REVIEW:

From our shelf, this title exists. Bought and read by my cousin, forewarned me by its simplicity and dullness that could be a total boredom for me. A lithe for other’s choice and words, I ignored this book.

Thanks to Kwesi, who has posted his review before me, for reading this book as well that urged me to try reading this as well.
Who could have thought that I would like this book? A single line flaunted on my mind: 
Their tastes are just for them.


Tersias the Oracle


After reading the book, I found out that the main protagonist of the book isn’t actually Tersias but Jonah—and it really bothered me. After picking the book because of the beautiful title, so does its cover, I was hoping that story will center on Tersias. Yes, he’s one of the major characters but him as the main protagonist? I doubt it. The title is not different form Grover the Underworld and the Lighting Thief, Hermione Granger and Sorcerer’s stone, etc. But of course the authors of these said books didn’t follow the above title. Why? Obviously, a question will arise if they did.



The plots of the book are totally messed up. G.P. Taylor as if held them in his hands and jaculated them at random, resulting a book like this. Apparently, it’s a pejorative in regards with the total package of the book.



Well, I wasn’t bored reading this book as what my cousin expected me to be. And I guess it’s for a one and only reason: I was ready to be bored because I was actually expecting it and luckily, it didn’t happen.



I like this book because:



Why would care?


As what they say this is a Christian-based book.


There are at least some twists that popped my eyes.


This book is about amendments and love.


Yeah. Most of the book that I’ve read lately focuses on love. And this is totally different. 


This book show how love can heal any wounds; how can it change a man’s perspective and how can it overcome things beyond death.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger


DESCRIPTION:

When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler's Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.

REVIEW:

I liked this book actually. I was looking for a cheaper copy of this since this is a costly if to be bought as a new piece and I wasn’t even sure if I would have liked this. I’ve seen this book in surveys: top 10 book of the year, best book of all time, etc. I even consulted my friends if this was good (not to mention that most of them are youngsters), and they said this is great. So when I found a copy of this in BookSale, I immediately grabbed this and ran for the counter.

The Man Out of Time:

This part tells how they both meet each other: Clare met Henry when she was six years old and Henry’s thirty-six years old; Henry met Clare when he was twenty-eight while Clare’s twenty years old. Henry traveled to his past—and to Clare’s past. At present, he was swallowing slowly the fact of his future that Clare would be his wife.

A Drop of Blood in a Bowl of Milk:

The story runs in their after-wedding lives: their married lives. Clare wanted to have a child but ended up six miscarriages, and brought Henry to decide to have his vasectomy—afraid that he might not just loss time-travelling embryos but also a wife. But a visit from Henry’s past made Clare pregnant for the seventh time. Fortunately, she bore her—their only living child—Alba.

They say: it will be a hard-hearted reader who won’t be moved into tears with this book.

And I say: ouch.

Am I hard-hearted, because apparently I didn’t cry when I read this book?

I think not.

Contrary to what they say, it doesn’t mean I’m a hard-hearted, stone-hearted, dumb, emotionless, etc. just because this didn’t make me to squeeze my eyes. Honestly, I became really sad when I finished the book that it made me flashback their story from the beginning.

This book is written lightly. It’s really confusing at first that I kept turning back the pages to recall the last date. This story will lead you to the depth of their love for each other, and will hang you at the time you already fall in love with the characters. You will fall with a wheeze of sympathy, and drop you into the sea of sadness and tears.

A story of love, perseverance, sacrifice and trust. A travel of time for a beloved person who is worth visiting. A love story that meant to happen and will re-happen endlessly.

Flesh dies. Love is eternal. And for Clare: his odd appearance is worth waiting.



Sunday, November 21, 2010

Must Be Watched Pictures/Videos

These are the pictures that really bother me most. If you really want to be sucked, get annoyed or be stumbled laughing, Here are the few "palpak" images I could share with you:




         1. I don't understand what happened here. Just kidding. This is an accident that we shouldn't laugh of. But looking them freeze in motion, to laugh is all what I could do.




       2. This second one only indicates that there are other flavors of saging or banana. I would like to buy a santol flavor of saging. I hope there is one, though.


swimming pool

         3. Is this really possible?


      4. Mighty Morphine Power Dangers.



      5. Apparently, the cat hunts the wrong kind of fish. It turned out that the fish catches the cat instead.



      6. Are they even friends?




        7. I'm really disappointed that this movie didn't come out in our theater. Hmmmn.. Really love the stars: Money Bilyar and Jumpy Maangal.



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        8. Our new hero. I'm a fan of him nevertheless.



      9. 2 dollars nalang ang padalang pera mo sa Pinas, eh yung iba?








    10. Finally, the best of all. 

     ENJOY!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Film Events: Harry Potter 7 part 1 and Death Notes Films


I have watched this movie in the first day of showing. (Philippines November 18, 2010). The movie is actually good. I mean great. Compare to Half-blood prince-which apparently I could say they had ruined the story. In this movie, they cut the scenes that would just make the movie long and boring. I wouldn't say something more about this as I don't want you to be spoiled. But honestly, the latter part of the movie really evoked my emotion. :)















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You might say I'm kinda of late (actually really late) movie watcher. Outdated. Yeah, I'll admit that. I've watched this movie last night with my cousins. I first heard about this title with my friends. I'm kinda OP (out of place) when they were chatting about this movie. Curiosity kills. Well, if I get curious about this,would I get killed? I doubt, unless you have the death note. 
Anyway, when I got curious about this movie, I got killed. Kidding. I asked my cousin to look for it, but since we attempted watching this movie through online, we haven't finished it because of some loading problems. 
At last, at this week, my cousin bought a DVD copy of the movie and yes, we watched it!

This movie will make you laugh, admire, think, think again, think better and pee? I guess because this won't let you off from your seats. This movie is really great. I could say that the story was something about battle of the intelligence. 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Book Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


five-star rating

Rick Riordan:
From his famous Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Riordan created new series that would sustain the thirst of the readers.

His writing is an apparent clue of the real Rick Riordan behind his intelligent writings. His works often point out the relationship between parents and children. Despite the complications of the world he began to enhance, he manages to avert a straight system into his plan without ravaging the original story.

The nature of the gods is to claim their children. Beyond that, chaos would occur. But Riordan changed it without the readers' notice. In just a single oath, everything changes.

The Lost Hero:
Percy Jackson series dwell in the hearts and memory of its avid readers—adults, teens, children. From the unsatisfying conclusion of Percy Jackson’s last installment,Heroes of Olympus arises to answer the hidden secrets and lies behind the Last Olympian book.

Cover to cover; chapter by chapter; page by page; good to better; better to best. That’s what I describe this book. This book consists of open/new problem and old cruxes that had just been neglected. This is a well plotted and breath-taking first installment of Heroes of Olympus. This shows plain clues without thinking of its importance in the latter part. 

Since this is a sequel series, comparison between this and the previous series is quite inevitable. Which is better: The Lightning Thief or The Lost Hero? Which is which? 
Readers should bear in mind that it is like answering a question of, which is more important: right hand or left hand? Over viewing the differences, Riordan made this book perfectly the same as the Lightning Thief. Comparison between the two books iswrong.

The flaw:
Riordan forgot to include some defeats. Well, other might not want it. But a great book needs to have defeats and lessons so that later on, when lessons have been learned, victory will prevail. Nevertheless, this book is still considered as Rick Riordan’s masterpiece.

Readers explore the life of the new three demigods: Jason Grace, Piper McLean and Leo Valdez.




Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Book Review: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (Hunger Games, #3)

DESCRIPTION:
Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.

The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost. 

REVIEW:
From the cliffhanger catching fire, I immediately grabbed the book to read. The first few pages were so boring that it made me pause and sleep instead (favorite pastime: sleeping). But there were some scenes that motivated me to continue reading.

I admire how Suzanne Collins made her readers badly breathe for air at the very end of each chapter. Reader usually pauses when he/she needed rest. But Collins knew this habit, and tried to break it by dragging the reader at the peak of the story, then suddenly—Bang!—end of chapter and crave for more.

Disappointments

*The pacing is really confusing.

*Unreasonable killings. I don’t really understand why Katniss killed Coin instead of Snow. Maybe because she knew that Coin was behind the falling of the parachutes that killed Prim. But there were no justification of her reasons. How about the involvement of Gale on the incident? Katniss didn’t even try to blame or hate Gale even she heard no sorry from him. Horrible, isn't? I really can’t think of strong reasons to justify what she did, really.

* She agreed on having the last Hunger Games for some of the capitol citizens. She said “for Prim”, but I doubt Prim would agree with her, if she was only living. The purpose of the rebel is to cease the Capitol’s brutality murder of some innocent citizens. In this case, she wasn’t different from the Capitol anyway. Whether she did it for revenge on what happened to Prim or anything, I don’t think any reason will suit to be accepted. It really doesn’t make any kind of sense. What was they were fighting for from the beginning?

*She kept passing out. I really don’t get it. Every time something terrible happened on her, she would collapse and tadaah—unconscious!

* disregarding mother. I really hate this book really pictures such kind of mother. How could a mother afford to let her daughter go insane without giving any comfort? Okay, Prim was her favorite daughter, but would it be a reason why Katniss deserve to be left alone?

* I have misjudged Katniss. I thought she was an image of a girl who's strong, not just physically but mentally, as well. I don’t know, but this book really ruined what image or personality I’ve seen her on the first-two books.

Mockingjay. This book is really not into emotions, I know that since from the Hunger Games. Author isn’t the problem or the book. The wrong is on Katniss; she doesn’t know who she really loves and what really love means. When she said she cared about her family, she acted it. I have to defend this book. There are people who barely talk about the feelings, and I guess Collins considers this as one of Katniss’ personlity. People from districts said she loved Peeta, but she didn’t know. I didn’t know, too, until I read this book.

Is it hard to be forgotten or to be loathed? How difficult would it be if you’re not just forgotten, but loathed to death, as well? But what if you did nothing to deserve it?

In that case, I have proven that Katniss really loved Peeta. To forget about his condition, she made herself busy by going onto wars.

I thought I was going to dislike the ending as my friends said so. But I liked how it ended: from the ranting and throwing of pillows on Buttercup, to the acceptance of his medication. I like the epilogue, having Katniss her own family. Somehow, she has broken what she promised to herself during the hunger games: she wouldn’t want to marry anyone and have kids. So, the epilogue of this book indicates:

No Snow

No Coin

She has recovered from the trauma

No threat to be crept up

No more Hunger Games!


Real or not real?


You might wonder why I’ve given this book a 5-star rating. Drop it! I don’t know, either. But I think because I just pretty enjoyed reading this book that I even brought this to school to resume reading it there, and even took some picture of myself along with this book. Real or not real?
It’s real.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins



DESCRIPTION:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge

REVIEW:
To be honest, I didn't give any interest in reading this book, at first. Looking back to the previous book, The Hunger Games, I wondered what would happen to katniss and Peeta now that the've survived the game. I was very excited at the second intallment, thinking this could be a lot better. But one of the disadvantages of reading first the book reviews--in goodreads/shelfari--is your often being spoiled without warnings.

See? I'm spoiled of the story. I knew that Katniss and Peeta were going to the arena again--not to become mentors like I/they expected, but to become players of the game again. AGAIN! Isn't that a sucking revelation? Does Collins know how boring it was for me to read the The Hunger Games Part 2(arena part)??? That scene really bored me to death that I even wished her death. Run, escape, hide, run, escape, hide--was all she did, until she met Rue. Thanks God, by that time I became alert and excited. And now: they're going back to the arena again? Would it mean, going back to the boringness again? I better sleep.
I read other books instead--though I already had the copy of this at that time. When my cousin bought the copy of Mockingjay and told me how great the story and how much better the Catching Fire than the Hunger Games was. Should I still wait for her to reveal anything on me? Of course not! I didn't want to be spoiled again. So I started turning the pages of this book again.

As I started reading this book again, i got every excited. Collins knows how to get the attention of a reader and how to hold his/her excitement without any cue of declining. I didn't put down the book. I kept reading and anticipating reading the part in the arena. And by that time I'd be in that scene, I would throw this away from my sight. But WAIT!! Did I give this a five-star rating? You're blind if you say i didn't. Yes I did--which means: I didn't throw this away.

The Quarter Quell failed me. Failed my first impression. Because when I was hooked into it, I kept reading without even thinking that "oh! It's lunchtime!"... Who would think that the arena was designed based on a clock? Who could have thought that the bread they were eating means something? Who would think that the reason why they were being protected by other tributes, not because they thought she was pregnant, but because they kept saving them for they signified something? Who could have guessed that Plutarch was their ally? And who could think that Katniss symbolizes a mockingjay?

I did!

Usual way of reading books is having some opinions and guesses of what would happen next, right? Since i was spoiled already, i didn't bother conjuring any theories that would ruin my taste on this book. So, I forced myself to be a narrow-minded reader.  Goodness! It worked! When Katniss became innocent, I did , too. And guess what? I was shocked when the revelation came that she was the mockingjay of the rebels.

Now, what happenend to district 12?