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Friday, November 25, 2016

Sonic the Hedgehog: Waves of Change

Sonic the Hedgehog and company make the First Ripples as they dive under the sea to meet the guardians of the temple. They then catch up with the Current Events when Coral the Beta Fish is called before the King and accused of treason for not being able to hatch the sacred Chao under her care. The night monsters that had previously been attacking above ground strike Terror in the Deep as the underwater temple's shield begins breaking down. At the last moment two special guardians appear to bless the city with Sacred Waters. In the final chapter of this collection Sally leads her group to find The Light in the Dark while Eggman is away from one of his bases, but their adventure may lead to unintended Consquences.

I'm continuing to enjoy how the authors are combining new adventures with already established story lines in the recent Sonic the Hedgehog games. Working in things like the Mystic Melody from Sonic Adventure and bringing in
the monsters and the werehog features from Sonic Unleashed. The art is dynamic during action scenes and fun during retreats. I hope for the same quality as the series continues.

Books in the Series:
Countdown to Chaos (1)
The Chase (2)
Control (4)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography - Laura Ingalls Wilder

In 1932 Americans were first introduced to the autobiographical adventures of the Pioneer Girl Laura Ingalls Wilder with the first book: Little House in the Big Woods. The continuing series served as a reminder of the joy and hardship of simpler times with less technology.

Although well-known and loved around the world now, many are unaware of the original intent of the beloved children's series. Originally Wilder wrote it to be published as one large volume and also included personal notes for her daughter, Rose, to keep for their family history. Before finally being published as a series the novel went through many transformation when it was being shopped to various publishing houses.

The introduction of this edition includes explanations on the conversations and stress that was going on between the two families as they attempted to get the work published. The citations are weighty and long, which can make reading a bit tedious if the reader wants to learn all of the information. Perhaps the most interesting part for me was learning how Wilder shifted experiences from when they took place in her life to different parts of her novels to create a more satisfying rhythm for storytelling.

For anybody who enjoys the "Little House" series, I would highly recommend reading this annotated autobiography to learn more about the real life story of the Pioneer Girl Laura Ingalls Wilder.

More by the Author:
The Little House Series

Friday, November 11, 2016

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America - Nancy Isenberg

White Trash, Waste People, Hillbillies, Rednecks, Crackers are but a few slurs used to describe poor Europeans in America.

In this piece Isenberg explores the history of poor whites when they reached American soil and follows them to the current day. While many came as free people, some came as indentured servants, and some even as slaves. Each class of people given limitations and expectations, which make it difficult and sometimes nearly impossible to advance particularly during certain socio-political climates. A combination of land, shelter, food, materials, and monetary means are but a few of the items that have kept many people from advancing to their desired state in life.

Although much of the material Isenberg covers are pieces of history I recall in school, there are many more pieces of insight that we did not explore in my early schooling. The in-depth look at how the Founding Fathers looked upon the average citizen still influences our own way of thinking in a disturbing manner even today. This book serves as a good reminder of how we should all remain aware of our own economic status and how it effects not only our lives, but our views on others and how we may treat them.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Sonic Boom: The Big Boom - Archie

The fastest thing alive comes to audiences in comic format with The Big Boom. Sonic the Hedgehog and his team of friends seek to keep the island safe from Dr Robotnik and his kooky mechanical cohorts.

When Miles "Tails" Prower's house gets stolen the team gets A Little Boulder as they chase down the Golem with the help of Sticks the Badger's tracking skills.

In Knuckle Duster, Knuckles the Echidna joins Dr. Robotnik to put his buddies behind bars. What is Knuckles' cunning plan to come out on top?

When Amy-Rose loses her choice weapon in a fight, she becomes Hammer Spaced. While Sonic and Tails go out in search of her beloved Hammer, Knuckles and Sticks try to find her a new specialty.

In the final chapter Sticks and Stones prove to be the most powerful weapon of all, despite all the talents in the gang.

The corny humor of the television show translates well into comic format. Those who enjoy the show will love reading further adventures of Sonic and his gang.

Books in the Series:
Boom Shaka-Laka

Original TV Series:
Sonic Boom