Friday, December 15, 2017
As Mae's status grows in the company and she rises in popularity on social media, she abandons her old life and her humanity.
While I enjoyed the story and seeing how far the CEOs of The Circle were willing to go to complete their vision, I found Mae to be an extremely bland character. With the novel being written in third person limited there should have been more internal conflict and personal revelation in the narrative.
The Circle illustrates how some people may be easily led, while others will resist until the end. Worth reading for political and social commentary, but not for character development.
Friday, December 8, 2017
During the first portion of the book the reader is treated to amazing synaesthetic prose, where Rilan changes the colors of the symphony to suit her needs. It reminded me of my own experiences with music->color synaesthesia. The story moves quickly on to Rilan and Origon's relationship and then on to traumatic experiences as they search to discover what happened to Origon's brother. This short but intense piece was a delight to read and even contains illustrations of the various species for the reader to better visualize the interaction between species. I look forward to reading more offerings from this author, especially if they are set in the same universe.
Books in the Series:
Merchants and Maji: Two Tales of the Dissolutionverse
Singers of Nevya - Louise Marley
Singer From the Sea - Sherri S. Tepper
Singer of All Songs - Kate Constable
Friday, December 1, 2017
The hit 90s TV series by the same name was campy and filled with the typical moral lessons expected of the time. This movie novelization is a far-cry from the original. Where in the original the teens were good role models for the target audience of kids, this new version shows troubled kids who must each overcome their own issues: performance pressure, peer pressure, belonging, carelessness, and familial obligation. Although much grittier in nature, the book still has moments of corny humor hearkening back to its predecessor.
I found myself rolling my eyes at many moments, but also smiling in fond memory. This novelization is nothing special, but it is fun to read.
Saban's Power Rangers 2017
Might Morphin' Power Rangers - The Complete Series
Friday, November 24, 2017
This addition to the Thundercats franchise is much darker than the original children's television series. Torture, slavery, and rape all make an appearance as the reader learns the fate of each Thundercat. As a long-time fan I struggled as I read how deeply these experiences had effected each of the characters. The illustrations are full of expression during emotional scenes and the action is visualized beautifully.
For those who would rather leave Thundera as a happy memory this is better left alone, but for those who want to read a dark what-if this is a fantastic read.
Books in the Series:
Return to Thundera
Dogs of War
Friday, November 17, 2017
With the advances in technology and a better understanding of archaeology, many of von Daniken's theories have been disproven. Many more will certainly fall out of favor as we learn more. Even so, it's fun to read the theories of such a creative mind.
More by the Author:
Return to the Stars
Gold of the Gods
In Search of Ancient Gods
Forbidden Archaeology - Michael Cremo
Technology of the Gods - David Hatcher Childress
Fingerprints of the Gods - Graham Hancock
Related Television Series:
Ancient Aliens - Season 1
Ancient Aliens - Season 2
Ancient Aliens - Season 3
Friday, November 10, 2017
Gaiman's dry wit adds a perfect amount of humor to these stories and his nonchalant storytelling voice in the audiobook version has fantastic flow. Those already familiar with these stories will be satisfied with his accuracy in adapting these stories while adding his own voice. Those who may be new to Norse mythos may find certain parts uncomfortable, particularly some of the stories involving Loki.
Prose Edda (modern translation) - Jesse Byock
Friday, November 3, 2017
Concealing Your Intention, Makeing Other People Come To You, and Never Appearing Too Perfect are certainly not new ideas. Many of these Laws are found in other texts, such as the Art of War or The Prince, but the concrete examples and explanations of those situations makes the material much easier to grasp and understand.
Like many books of this manner, it is best taken in sections to absorb the lessons and feel confident in applying them to situations. Anybody who wants to learn self-mastery, how to relate to the world, and how to turn the world around them to their favor will benefit from reading this work.
More by the Author:
The 33 Strategies of War
The Art of Seduction
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
The Book of Five Rings - Miyamoto Musashi