Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year(2011)!

Happy New Year Everyone! Spend 2011 doing good deeds and reading fantastic books!

Below are some great books you may want to check out this year: 

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)--The extraordinary, phenomenal, you-have-not-lived-till-you've-read-it, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Fairest-Fairest, another wonderful story by Gail Carson Levine, author of Ella Enchanted, both of which I highly recommend

Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)--A fascinating read with it's sequel, Sapphique by Catherine Fisher, now available in the US 

Respond with recommendations or anything else you'd like! Make 2011 a Great New Year! :)

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Manga and Anime

Fans of a certain manga? Anime? Comment! :)

(Yes, this is my very clever way of receiving anime recommendations :D)

-Please comment w/ appropriate, clean animes(and manga)!

-Sorry, I'm not really into manga, but still--feel free to comment. 

For those unfamiliar with what manga/anime is, it's basically graphic novels(manga) and "cartoons" made in Japan. 


Saturday, December 25, 2010

3 Days Until Sapphique is Out!

3 More Days Until Sapphique by Catherine Fisher is released in the US!


For those of you who are not familiar with Sapphique, it is the sequel to Catherine Fisher's novel, Incarceron. Great book. I did publish a post on it but it isn't in-depth at all--as a matter of fact, I published it a few days before I read the book. However, it does include a synopsis. If you are interested:

First 10 Chapters of The Lost Hero

Finally. Finally. Finally. At long last, Marvel and I have begun our journey in The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, the first book of the series, The Heroes of Olympus, which follows the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
I felt that this book was a let-down. A disappointment. I was expecting something with, if not equal, but more genuine writing and excellence. The synopsis for the book, I admit, did captivate me, and during the period where I had not yet obtained the book I would muse over how extraordinary this book would, had to be, for this was another of Riordan's work! I had loved the first series immensely; it was one of the best series/books I have ever read concerning Greek mythology, and was thus convinced that anything Riordan produced would be the same in terms of excellence. It would be unjust to say the story is going terribly thus far(I just finished chapter 10) but it is far from extraordinary. If you would like specifics, comment and I'll do a post(of course, with a SPOILER warning).

Parting Words: Although I am not thrilled with The Lost Hero thus far, who knows? This story could take an turn and become one of the best books I've ever read! I'll see---and let you know! :)


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Friday, December 10, 2010

Harry Potter Cast

HARRY POTTER 5 POSTER - DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY - NEW 24X36Do you have any disagreements with some of the cast choices in the Harry Potter movies?
I really didn't have any until Part 1 of the seventh movie came out.... Rufus Scrimgeour. Don't know the name of the particular actor who plays him, but honestly-terrible choice, in my opinion. Agree, disagree? Anything and everything having to do with the Harry Potter cast welcome in Comments!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1(Evaluating the Movie)

For those of you who have read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, watched the part 1 movie release, and are interested in reading an extensive comparison between the book and movie:
Now for my own, wonderful original thoughts: (SPOILER WARNING FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVEN'T READ AND/OR WATCHED HP 7)

Once again, the background and scenery was amazing. My breath caught as I watched the trio set up their temporary base near a shining lake, as they walked along next to a never-ending expanse of green field. Perhaps I haven't gotten the scenes exactly right as I watched the movie some time ago, but you get the idea.

Great portrayal, as usual, of the main characters. Scrimgeour's rep was a bit rough but it was all right. One thing that infuriated me was the exclusion of the intense dispute between Harry and Remus in Grimauld Place. I thought it was a very important scene so was disappointed :(

In addition, they left Grimmauld Place a bit too quickly; they didn't include the part where Harry finds a portion of a letter from Lily, his mother, to Sirius, which was somewhat of a climax point as Harry realizes the Invisibility Cloak he inherited from his father had been given to Albus Dumbledore at some point for certain reasons.
This may seem a bit minor, but what happened to Kreacher's acquisition of respect towards the trio(Ron, Her, Har)? I have to say, it was hilarious when Dobby shoved Kreacher to the side while talking over him, trying to tell Harry what he had found before Kreacher in an effort to please Harry. Gotta love Dobby! :) Now that I recall Dobby's death, what happened to his dying at Shell Cottage(Bill and Fleur's home)? They were supposed to apparate to Shell Cottage(I think I MAY have the name wrong) that I think about it, maybe that house was Shell Cottage...
In addition, the wedding scene was too short, and excluded Viktor Krum and Hermione and Ron's dance. Harry wasn't disguised as one of Ron's relatives, and Ron's aunt wasn't defined although those who have read the books would know who she was(the older woman who was sitting near Elphias Doge).

I could go on and on and on, but as I don't wish to bore you, I will sum everything up:
Wasn't bad, wasn't great. Felt it lacked a certain something that the other six movies had. 3/5 stars. I recommend you watch it especially if you have read the book(how could you not watch it then?).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1-The DVD cover isn't out yet, or at least I can't find it. I may just buy the video game :)


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List of Books(Compiled by BBC)

Hey All,
Medallion here(no surprise there, with Marvel being such a busy celebrity and all :D)
Well, I was reading a post from A Book Lover's Diary, and the blogger had re-posted a list of books

for which there are certain instructions...
The instructions:
•Copy this list.
•Bold those books you’ve read in their entirety.
•Italicise the ones you started but didn’t finish or read only an excerpt.
•Tag other book nerds.
•Highlight the ones that you own, but haven't read.(I'm going to highlight the books that I own, regardless of whether I read them or not)
I'm going to post comments next to some of the titles even if I haven't read them, in bold.

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien(really want to read this trilogy...i have watched the movies which were fantastic, and therefore the books must be twice as amazing)

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
Harry Potter series – JK Rowling(that reminds me...I need to post my reflections on the movie...)
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
The King James Bible
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
Nineteen Eighty Four (1984) – George Orwell
His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman(I have read and own the first book)

Great Expectations – Charles Dickens(not the original)

Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hard
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Complete Works of Shakespeare(I've read precisely half of it...I read V. 1 out of 2)

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien(I have the video game! :)

Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis(the first two...never could get past the first few books)

Emma -Jane Austen

Persuasion – Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis

The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne (not sure if I read this one, but I did read some book concerning that honey-loving bear...I definitely watched it when I was younger, quite a bit...)

Animal Farm – George Orwell

The DaVinci Code – Dan Brown(I am interested in Dan Brown's work...I have heard he's a reasonably good writer...)

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins(this title reminds me of the White Women in the Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke)

Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery(I used to watch a show based on the book when I was younger...)
Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
Atonement – Ian McEwan
Life of Pi – Yann Martel
Dune – Frank Herbert
Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens(haven't read the original, just the adapted version some years ago)
Dracula – Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
Ulysses – James Joyce
The Inferno – Dante
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
Germinal – Emile Zola
Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
Possession – AS Byatt
Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Watership Down – Richard Adams
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet – William Shakespeare
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Thanks again to Jessica, blogger of A Book Lover's Diary, for sharing the list!


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