Monday, January 26, 2015
Morgaine, her daughter, is called to join Vivienne on the isle of Avalon to train as a priestess. While her training and vows follow that of the majority of the other women, she is set apart by one simple thing: a vow of chastity. Growing up around the the Beltane fires, where women frolic with men and become pregnant puts strain on Morgaine's resolve, but she manages to keep her vow until she is ordered to participate in The Great Marriage. It is here that she experiences both her greatest pleasure and her greatest regret.
The tale of King Arthur, his court, and the rise and fall of his kingdom has been retold countless times, but rarely from the point of view of the women so highly involved in its making.
The main characters are alive and their points of view relatable. The creative mysticism Bradley created for Avalon is believable and fascinating. Although the first few chapters dragged a bit for me, I was quickly engrossed in both the characters and the plot as the novel continued. I'm happy I decided to read this a second time and I'm excitedly listening to the following parts.
Full Novel in Print:
The Mists of Avalon
Audiobooks in the series:
The High Queen
The King Stag
The Prisoner of the Oak
The Mists of Avalan
Friday, January 23, 2015
After rescuing a magic frog, Sonic is gifted with three magic stones with unknown properties. He ends up Rockin' the Bot with these unknown powers when Robotnik comes to attack his friends. Rotor's full of great inventions both successful and failed, and the Freedom Fighters wonder What's the Big Idea? with his newest secret project. Bunnie's half-roboticized body normally gives her an advantage in a fight, but she finds herself at Robotnik's mercy in Animal Magnetism.
After Robotnik's disappearance, Sonic and Sally finally tie the knot, but they suddenly find themselves Under Glass when he reappears bigger than ever. In the final story The Man from H.E.D.G.E.H.O.G., Robotnik suspects a traitor in his midst and uses the Wheel of Misfortune to randomize his plans and hopefully catch the Freedom Fighters once and for all.
Fans of the newest Sonic show Sonic Boom will likely find the corny humor of the earlier comics a great addition to their Sonic experience.
Books in the Series:
Sonic the Hedgehog Archives 1
Sonic the Hedgehog Archives 2
Sonic the Hedgehog Archives 3
Monday, January 19, 2015
Realistic and emotional, this novel held me fast. Even knowing how it all ends, I couldn't wait to get back in my car every day to listen to how Ōishi and the rest of the ronin were getting by and continuing their plot for revenge. Tragic, heroic, and inspiring, I'd recommend this novelization to anybody who is interested in Japan.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Monday, January 12, 2015
For me, one of the more interesting features of the book is the pictures interviewees drew of their homes. These illustrations are included in full color and show the variety of ways people view their living space. Some separated it by "ownership" (who spent the most time in various areas), how areas made them feel, or their usage.
The desire for new or old, dull or bright, and any number of features are a reflection of each individual, though the meaning is not always obvious until the interviewees were asked the right questions. The environment we surround ourselves can lead to fascinating insights about ourselves if we take the time to think on it.
Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You - Sam Gosling
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things - Randy Frost, Gail Steketee
SoulSpace - Xorin Balbes
Friday, January 9, 2015
The Dragon and the Griffin - Aidan Meehan
Monday, January 5, 2015
Antoine puts on a brave face and becomes a VolAnteer by invading Robotropolis on a secret mission. Luckily he has a friend who can save him.
When Sonic and the gang start attacking the citizens of Knothole, they turn on their heroes. But maybe things aren't what they seem. Find out what happens When Hedgehogs Collide as Sonic, Sally, and friends take on their evil doubles.
This collection is a bit odd, due to the fact that Phases of E.V.E. and The Return are two of the earliest stories in the series to take on a serious tone with the surrounding stories being humorous. Fans of the newest Sonic cartoon "Sonic Boom" will probably enjoy the antics of the humorous stories, while fans of Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) will find more enjoyment in the two serious stories. New fans will find a satisfying variety.
Books in the series:
Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 4
Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 5
Sonic the Hedgehog Volume 7
Friday, January 2, 2015
Mead decides to take on decidedly adult themes in this particular book. Arcadia is a government is so intertwined with religions that laws are established by morals. Arcadia includes domestic abuse, human trafficking, and many more abhorrent activities that are a fact of daily life in many areas of the real world. While she stays away from describing these events in detail, readers would do well to be prepared. Near the end of the novel there is an instance of sexual assault on one of the main characters that includes a trip to the hospital in the aftermath.
The novel still maintains strong themes of romance between the main characters and continues exploration and discovery of the supernatural, which all tie in to the political intrigue plot line. It felt slow at the beginning, but quickly picked up as more became revealed. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
Books in the Series:
Gameboard of the Gods
Norse Code - Greg Van Eekhout
Valkyrie Rising - Ingrid Paulson