Friday, May 29, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Sally's is probably the least changed showing her childhood as Princess, her escape from Mobotropolis, and her consequent rise to leadership in Knothole village. Antoine's story reveals how he became fostered at the palace, how his relationships developed, and finally his development into the soldier his father always wanted him to be. Multiple origin stories for Bunnie's half-robot body have run throughout the various Sonic series, one reveals Bunnie to have been captured by Robotnik, while another shows it to be an accident. This version reveals a doctor making a last ditch effort to save her life through the robotification process. Rotor's origin has always remained a mystery, so the addition of his family background and his early tinkering is a welcome addition to his character.
This reboot continues to be enjoyable as it ties in the video game elements along with the comic series own elements. I look forward to each addition when I pick up this series.
Books in the Series:
Sonic the Hedgehog: Countdown to Chaos
Sonic the Hedgehog: Waves of Change
Sonic the Hedgehog: Control
Friday, May 15, 2015
If the intention of the author was to leave the reader feeling like Dane, completely lost, he achieved his goal. Because it contains the first 12 issues, I figured some of the plots might be wrapped up, but even the ones that were didn't feel resolved. I felt no particular pull toward any of the main characters. The art was decent and expressive when necessary. Although I've had it recommended to me by many people, I don't feel compelled to finish the series with what I've read so far.
Books in the Series:
The Invisibles: Book Two
The Invisibles: Book Three
The Invisibles: Book Four
Friday, May 8, 2015
As with any system, many people object to various techniques or suggestions found in this book. One of the more common criticisms I've seen for this book has been the idea of leaving the baby alone for an extended period of time, when it actually recommends leaving the child to his own devices while merely keeping an eye on him. It also suggests moving from a bassinet straight to a mattress on the floor, instead of a crib. The authors argue that a bed on the floor poses less danger of falling than a crib does and also point out that a plain mattress allows the child more freedom of visual entertainment, as well as movement as she gets older. Another common criticism is the suggestion to wean at the age of 9 months, while the average age to wean around the world ranges from two to four years old. While I myself was surprised to find the suggestion of beginning toilet training at 12 months, a little research revealed that not beginning toilet training before 18 to 25 months is actually a fairly new idea.
Even with these criticism, I found the book had a variety of fantastic ideas. Limiting the amount and types of toys to prevent overstimulation in such an infant seems sound. Giving a toddler a small pitcher and cup to practice pouring while at the table at such an early age just makes sense as it allows him to learn better motor skills. And starting evening walks with a child even at a toddling stage allows her to explore the outside world and exercise her skills. For me this was a worthwhile read, so I could understand the technique and goals my friend has in mind for his child. With this new knowledge, I'm hoping to become an active part in his child's activities and education.
Simplicity Parenting - Kim John Payne, Lisa M. Ross
Friday, May 1, 2015
This second addition to the series is a worthy successor to its predecessor. Darrow continues to grow as a character, as do his relationships with all of the characters around him, including Mustang, the Jackal, and Mars. Violence, anger, and sorrow continue to haunt Darrow as he tries to bring equality to the colors, castes. I excitedly await the next and final installment to this series.
Books in the Series:
The Giver - Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card