Friday, December 25, 2015
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....
back in 1977, George Lucas released a film that changed sci-fi genre and pop culture forever. Rich with allegory and old-time tropes, many which could be traced back to Shakespeare's works, Lucas's Star Wars films quickly became a classic loved the world over.
Doescher seemlessly transforms the work into iambic pentameter and adds more Shakespearian influence by adding the omniscient narrator through R2D2. The addition of new songs and minstrel renditions of the existing songs, made me smile. The play between Han and Leia is overly dramatic in the fashion of Shakespeare. I was happy to have listened to the audiobook version instead of reading the written version. With the different voices and sound effects it was like listening to an old radio show.
If you are a fan of both Star Wars and Shakespeare, this is the book for you.
Star Wars Trilogy Novels
Star Wars Trilogy Movies
Friday, December 18, 2015
The back of the book includes an index with illustrations of with more details of how the tilt of the planet causes seasons, activities to demonstrate the tilt of earth, and even a few ideas on how to celebrate solstice.
Children will enjoy learning about natural events and how people around the world celebrate them when reading this book.
More by the author:
The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
A New Beginning: Celebrating the Spring Equinox
We Gather Together: Celebrating the Harvest Season
Friday, December 11, 2015
Seeking closure, Jacob convinces his parents to take him to the island his grandfather grew up on to seek out the truth of his childhood. What he finds is beyond his wildest dreams and nightmares. Like his grandfather before him, Jacob becomes the center of a war he doesn't want to be part of, but has no choice but to endure.
The beginning of the book was so normal, starting with Jacob trying to get out of his family job and dealing with his mentally ailing grandfather. As a reader, I was just as confused and horrified about the first unusual incident as Jacob was. And when he got to the island, the first few peculiar incidents I shared his disbelief. I loved following along with Jacob as he learned about the strange world Miss Peregrine and her charges occupied.
While this novel is the beginning of a series, I wasn't satisfied with the conclusion of this first book. It did leave me curious for what awaits Jacob and his friends in the future, though, so I guess the author did a great job.
Books in the Series:
Library of Souls
Friday, December 4, 2015
There hasn't been much development in Samantha's character in the previous two books, but she seems to be realizing that she's not as slick as she previously thought. And after seeing Henry having to pay for the consequences of her actions out of the goodness of his heart, she's realizing maybe her way of life isn't best for her. Henry, meanwhile, is learning the necessity of being a hard man out in the lawless west. As with the previous books in the series, there was nothing particularly special in this novel but it kept me entertained during my commute.
I'm disappointed that the audio book I borrowed advertises a fourth book in the series that hasn't seem to have come out yet. While I'm not heartbroken over it, I have found this light series a nice way to unwind.
Books in the Series:
The Medicine Wagon