Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Battle of Hackham Heath. Review



"An ordinary archer practices until he gets it right. But a ranger practices it until he never gets it wrong"  

(It seems like that quote was direct inspiration for John A Flanagan's writing as he seems to have practiced writing until he never gets it wrong)

The book picks up with the kingdom making all preparations to meet Morgorath in battle. Despite the fact that Morgorath is currently holed up in the mountains of three step pass, he has always had his eyes set on stealing the throne and has shown no motives to ever stop. 
  
But lucky for everyone he has a major handicap in his plans. He has no army, and there's no way that he can get one up in the mountains right? Nope. Wrong.
 Lately there have been rumors that Morgorath has had dealings with natives of three step pass called Wargals and that he plans to assemble an army with them. So King Duncan sends none other than the ranger Halt to go spy on the dark lord and see if there's any truth to the rumor. 

While Halt is busy with spying on the dark lord, Crowley has a mission of his own as well. The Queen of Araulen is very sick with her baby, and all that's been going on with the war preparations hasn't exactly helped her health. So Crowley is recruited to escort the queen to a safe, peaceful place where she can rest, get better and deliver her child.

and both of his apprentices I might add:



THIS BOOK WAS GREAT.

I was a little worried that after not writing about the rangers for a few years he would forget what his character personalities were (like a certain author named J.K. Rowling did) but needless to say my fears were short-lived.
In addition to the old cast of characters from the previous book, There were some from the original series that came into the story as well. There was one in particular I was very happy about.
And yet another high point of the book was the big battle. I've always loved  Flanagan's way of writing battles. He tends to focus more on the strategy part of battle than the fighting itself. Which I like.

The only complaints I had about this book was that I thought the prologue should have been a little more detailed for those who hadn't read the original books. And I also would have liked the rangers from the previous book to have been a little more involved in this book, then they were.


While I'm sad that this series is ending so soon, I thought that the author did a great job of wrapping things up and not leaving any loose ends.


Well what did you think of the book? Did you like/not like it? What were your favorite parts? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and we shall nerd out together!

































Sunday, November 27, 2016

Airman book review


It looks like Hiccups gliding suit! doesn't it?

WOW....... just wow. That's what my first thought was when I finished one of my new favorite books, Airman. It had it all. Heart, a ingenious plot, gray characters, and sad moments. Then again, the author is Eoin Colfer so I can't really say I expected any less from the book. But still.........

The thing that really made this book interesting though, is the protagonist is a bit of a gray character. He becomes quite "interesting" when he is kidnapped and provided with two choices keep all your morals and get killed or abandon your moral and become a killer yourself in the hopes of surviving. I thought that added a very interesting aspect to the book.

Another thing I loved about the book is the intelligent plot. I've gotta tell you, I was not expecting such an ingenious plot from this book. When I first started reading the book, the plot didn't look like it would be anything special. A few chapters and plot twists later the book took a completely unexpected turn. However....... I at least figured out who the villain would be from the beginning, so I should at least get credit for that.

Don't think that this book is without lighthearted moments though. The heart in this story is yet another thing that made this story great. After all, a story without heart is like a killer with no knife. So in other words if you're writing a story make it heartfelt. Or in the case of the murderer if you're going to kill make it bloody.

And the final thing that I loved about this novel, is that Eoin Colfer didn't kill characters unnecessarily or just kill a bunch of characters I didn't care about. If/when he killed characters in the
book it had an actual purpose

  

As far as negatives go I don't really have anything negative to say about the book. Which is something I've said only once before this ( The only other time is when I read Rangers Apprentice)

Well, what did you think of the book? Did you have anything negative to say about it? Did you enjoy other things about it that I missed? Let me know in the comments below. Seriously, I would like nothing better than to geek out with you guys (No, that wasn't sarcasm)






Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The top Geek jokes I've heard

I don't know about you, but I love nerdy jokes. And no, I'm not talking about smart science and math jokes. Nope, I'm talking about jokes about movies/books. So yeah....... since I'm running out of thing to say I'll just get right to them.




Why did Anakin cross the road?

Answer: to get too the dark side






Why was Thor a brat in his first movie?

Answer: he wasn't down too earth






Why didn't Steve and Peggy get married?

Answer: Steve got cold feet






What is an Avengers favorite type of humor?

Answer: Starkasm






How does Kronos like his coffee?

Answer: Lukewarm






Why don't Wookies like caramel?

Answer: It's too chewy






Why can't you email a Jedi a photo?

Answer: Because attachments are forbidden






Where is Finnick? Odair he is






What is Walt stones favorite sweetener?

Answer: Kane sugar






What do you call a Jedi who cries?

Answer: Force sensitive






I know, I know. All of the jokes are terrible. But don't you think that they're at least a little funny?
 
*Cricket noises* Wow, Ok then. I guess I need to work more on my jokeonomy. Or else I could just pretend to be British. Everything is funny when you say it in a British accent. XD
 
Until next time............







































Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review of The Trials of Apollo book 1: the Hidden Oracle.





Look I didn't want to be a hater. (Sorry couldn't help myself) seriously though. When I first heard about this book coming out I was like "Yes! at last! We finally get to return to the Greeks!" but then I read it, and I have to say, I was a little disappointed.


The book starts out with the honorable, dignified Apollo being banished from Olympus and landing in, you guessed it. A Trash can. And what's worse is he's a smelly teenager with acne, yes Acne! After Apollo is done having, the first of many parts of a temper tantrum, he does something stupid again, and as a result is in some deep trouble with a few punks. Nope, just kidding. He gets saved at the last second by a "random" girl off the street who can move fruit. And that's how he met his master Meg. Apollo and Meg eventually learn that the only way for Apollo to regain his godly form is to recapture the five altars that have been taken.


That's pretty much the plot summary. I am not gonna mention certain things, like who the bad guy is for instance. Why? well, I don't know about you, but I hate spoilers. So I'm trying to make this as spoiler free as possible. Needless to say though, there are a lot of cool plot twists


What I liked: One of the things I really liked about the book is Meg. She was the exact sidekick that Apollo needed (Although it felt more like he was her sidekick) it was quite funny seeing the two constantly bickering. If you want a comparison to their friendship, think along the lines of princess Vanellope and Ralph's friendship.


Another thing that was great was the character development of Apollo. He actually went from thinking that demigods were made to die on quests for them gods to actually and sincerely feeling bad about sending all of them to their deaths. It was great to see Apollo brought so down to earth (Pun intended)


And also, am I the only one who loved the way Apollo's children took him in, and protected him? I thought that was amazing.


But now that I've covered most of the things that I liked about the books, I now need to talk about what I didn't like.


The first and most obvious thing that I hated is the gayness! seriously, he had to make Nico and Will get together? He really had to? Rick ruined what could have been a really cool book friendship and instead decided to make them a couple! why? and lets not forget all the references that Apollo made about his former lover hyacinthe (Yes he's a boy) was it seriously necessary? I don't think so.


I also felt like this and the writing style in Heroes of Olympus just weren't on the same level as his other works. To his credit he still kept some of the lighthearted humor and friendship moments. But this book just felt watered down from the others, and it had a sort of flowery feel to it.


Overall, this was an OK book. I will likely read the rest of the series. But only because I'm curious about what will happen, and because of what happens/who shows up in the end. All in all though, I would have to say this was my least favorite of his books, but I've still read worse books.


What did you guy think? Did you like it/not like it. Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

My personal Rey theory (Mostly spoiler free)

Let's face it, the Rey Skywalker theory is pretty lame. Sure, it's pretty much the only theory backed up with facts, but that doesn't make it any less lame. I mean, come on. Do we really want yet another trilogy centering around the whiny bunch? I sure don't. And so because I'm in denial I have decided to make my own theory. So here is: My personal Rey theory




 
Most of you are probably expecting something totally dumb like. "Rey is a young Padawan that was injected with a super Jedi serum, and that's why her powers developed so quickly". Or "Rey is really Palpatine with a makeover" But actually, my theory is a moderately well-known one. My theory is *Drum roll* Rey is a Kenobi. Why you ask? Well, here are the "facts"


#1. The battle between Rey and Kylo was a reenactment of the fight between their grandfathers. Star Wars is full of parallels. Luke and Anakin both lost their arms in the 2nd movie of their trilogy, both trilogy's end with a funeral (Aka Padme and Darth Vader) and lets not forget Qui Gon Jin was killed in front of Obi-Wan in the first movie of the prequels, while Obi-Wan was killed in front of Luke in the first movie of the originals. So my point is: there are so many parallels in these movies that it seems very likely that the battle between Kylo and Rey was also a parallel to Obi-Wan vs Anakin.


#2. Rey was sneaking around star killer base is just like the time when Obi-Wan was sneaking around the death star. Once again we have a scene with a lot of parallels to the other movies. In this scene, Rey is sneaking around star killer base. Just like Obi-Wan was sneaking around the death star. Ugh! these movies have way too many parallels


#3. Luke's lighsaber calls to Rey. Most people (Fans of the Skywalkers) think that this points to Rey being Luke's daughter. However, that may not be true. Let's look at this from a different angle. It is true that the lightsaber was given too Anakin, who passed it down too Luke, and now it calls too Rey. But tell me, who was it that actually gave the lightsaber too Luke? Yup, old Ben Kenobi.



#4. The internet is trying to make us think that Rey is Luke's daughter. Seriously though, I can't tell you how many Rey Skywalker pins I get on my pinterest feed every day. It gets rather annoying. And I bet you if we did some research we would find that Disney is behind those memes. And did you know that Disney also hired a painter to paint a portrait of Rey titled Rey Skywalker? it sounds almost as if they're trying to convince us that Rey is a Skywalker. Doesn't it?


#5. Rey has a British accent. Other than C-3PO, Rey and Obi-Wan are the only two characters in star wars to have a British accent. And while this doesn't seem like much evidence, let me point out that John Boyega (Finn) has a natural British accent but he didn't get to use it.



#6. Bo Katan will be in Rebels season 3. Bo Katan (Dutchess satine's sister) will be in Rebels season 3. Why is this important? Well, Dutchess Satine was sort of Obi-Wan Kenobi's girlfriend in clone wars, but was killed off in season 4. After hearing this, I gave up on the Obi-Wan theory. That is until I learned that Dutchess Satine's sister was going to be in rebels season 3. So who knows, maybe Obi-Wan will pull a Steve Rogers and get together with his old girlfriends relative.





So there is my theory. I realize that most of the evidence I laid out is wishful thinking, and that frankly, my theory is probably wrong. But that's the fun of theories right? It's never fun if I have real evidence to support my theory.




Who do you think Rey is? Could she be a Skywalker, or a Kenobi, or maybe even a binks? Let me know your personal theory in the comments below. Don't worry, I won't go Kylo Ren on you and throw a temper tantrum if your theory is different than mine.





























Thursday, November 3, 2016

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor. Review

 


The dry humored dead warrior Magnus, and his obnoxious, but Loyal sword Jack; return in book 2 to go on a quest to retrieve and bring back the hammer of Thor. Before the giants find out Thor is hammerless and try to invade.


Along with the main characters in the first book, (Magnus, Sam, Jack, Hearthstone, Blitz.) we get introduced to another character. Alex Fierro, a gender fluid daughter/son of Loki. It was also nice to see more depth to Sam's "Betrothed" Amir Fadlan. He's pretty much going to end up being the Magnus Chase equivalent of Paul Blofis (Or Blowfish)


And my goodness! Can we all just give Hearthstone a hug! Seriously, the poor guy has a horrible back story. Which I won't tell you about, because I want to make this spoiler free.


Another thing that really stood out about the book is the new character Alex. Somehow he/she just added something to the series. I really liked how he/she and Sam finally found each other as sort of allies when it came to teasing Magnus, and how Sam and Alex somehow just related to each other somehow. I know that Alex is going to have her/his fair share of haters because of the fact that she/he is gender fluid, and frankly, kind of a butt in the beginning. But Alex grew on me, and I actually think in this case it was OK for there to be a gender fluid character; just because of the fact that there are gender fluid characters in mythology and so he had to make it reflect somewhat on what the myths say. The one concern that I have about Alex is that I'm afraid she/he and Magnus are going to get together. Which would be really weird in my opinion.


And  the final point of emphasis I'm going to make is the wedding scene. After all, it's never a Rick Riordan book without a wedding scene. Right? I'm not going to say who it was, or why they're in this mix up. But there is a wedding situation similar to the one in the sea of monsters.


All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it for anyone who likes Mythology with a twist and amazing friendships Although I do have to warn you. If you read the first two books, then you will have to read the last one (Rick Riordan has a knack for ending his books on Tartarus hangers)



Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars



 
Well what did you think of the book? Did you like it/hate it? Let me know your thoughts. And may the force be with you.




 























Thursday, October 6, 2016

5 Types of Characters in Every Story.


 Stories come in all different combinations.


Some are centered around comedy, others have more of a dark plot, and then some have a little bit of both; like Merlin, or The West Wing.

 But even though there's a vast difference between some stories, you'll find that most of them have at least one big similarity: the characters.


 Now, I don't mean to say that all characters are the same in every story. No- what I mean is that there are similar roles that are played by characters in most stories.


 So, without further adieu, I bring you 5 types of characters in every story.


#1: The Chosen One.
Imagine the most loyal, selfless, strong willed character you can think of, and multiply it...... BY 6!!!!!!! Does this character sound familiar? Good, then you're thinking of the same character type that I am: The Chosen one. Often times these characters are portrayed in our minds as the perfect flawless hero that you would find in a fairytale or a cheesy old Disney movie. Well, let me say now that these characters are not perfect. I mean, can you really imagine Percy Jackson running into battle, slaying the villain, and saving the world while not doing anything stupid? Yeah, I didn't think so. But I, for one, like it when they have flaws. It makes them seem much more human, and easier to relate to. I actually want to puke whenever I read about a perfect character. Which is probably why I wasn't crazy over Peeta.




Sorry guys, this was the best fan art I could find.


#2: The Comic Relief Duo.
These are the characters that keep the story light hearted. Their pranks, rude puns, and overall mischievousness is what stops everyone from turning into a clone of  Nico Di'angelo. These characters are especially important in dark stories, like The Maze Runner, or The Hunger Games.








#3: The Loyal Sidekick.
These characters are often the favorites of fangirls. This particular character type is the equivalent of a puppy dog. They're loyal individuals who will never leave their friends' side, and will always be with them 'till the end of the line. I mean sure, they have a tendency to get jealous or feel left out, but that's just natural. Hmmm.... let's see, who should I use as an example? How about Much from BBC's Robin Hood. Much is the one who does all of the jobs that no one else wants to. Like staying behind to guard the camp while the rest of the gang go to rob a castle. Or staying behind to tend to the wounded. I mean sure- it's boring work, but someone has to do it. Did he complain? Sometimes, but the fact of the matter is he was always whenever they needed him.




Yep, always doing the dirty work


 #4: The Mentor.
These characters tend to nurture others in a tough love type of way, but you can still see that they care. Often times they start out really grumpy, but then they soften up as the series progresses. Personally, I love it when they do this- as long as they let it progress slowly rather than have it happen in the last 20 pages. Take Haymitch, for instance. Haymitch is gruff, and has been
scarred for life because of what he went through in the games. But as the story progresses, you can see that he cares a lot for Katniss, and not just because it's his job to- but because he sees himself in her. Haymitch is an example of a mentor character done right.



  



#5 The Sassy Heroine.
If you want a character whose hobby is disobeying orders, then this is the Droid you're looking for. Usually they tend to be all tough when it's needed, but they also know how to be really nice, and compassionate as well (unless that character
is Hope Pym. Then they're just plain mean). Take Annabeth Chase, for instance. I don't know how Rick Riordan did it, but he somehow managed to make Annabeth extremely fierce, while still making her one of the nicest people in the series. That is an example of an amazing character. If you can mix two unlikely character traits together, and somehow make them work, then you, my friend, are
a genius.







So yeah, that's all I've got. Please comment and tell me what you liked/didn't like about this post. I would love any feedback you guys might have.


 And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to playing Murder City Mayhem. After all; those baby Seals aren't going to kill themselves.    






























































                                                                























































 
























Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nerd list

Hello all. Guess what? I actually decided to get off my butt and write a review. I guess miracles do happen huh? I'm going to make a list of my favorite books, movies, and T.V shows. If you guys have any recommendations for books, T.V shows, or movies I might like than leave it in the comments please. So lets get started!





MOVIES.


Marvel movies (Especially Captain America)


National Treasure 1-2


Star Wars 4-7 (The prequel trilogy is terrible)


How to train your Dragon


Monsters Inc


Despicable me


To save a life




BOOKS.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians


Rangers Apprentice


Harry Potter


The Chronicles of Prydain


Artemis Fowl


Fablehaven


The Hunger Games


The Maze Runner


The Robe


Louis La'more books


Kane Chronicles








T.V shows


Merlin


BBC Robin hood


The West Wing


Veggie Tales (I know you probably all hate me)




So yeah that's it for now. Expect some future posts about some of the books/movies I listed.

Se y'all next time.

                                                                  







Saturday, September 10, 2016

I have no idea.

Ok everyone. I know I haven't written in a while, and I'm sorry about that. But I'm not writing to make a bunch of excuses for being lazy. Nah, instead  I'm going to update you guys yet again on some more changes that I'm making (Yes, I know y'all probably hate me by now for making so many changes to my blog. But it's my blog so I'll do what I want haha)

Normally I will give you guys a long and boring numbered list about what changes I will be making, and how I promise to keep certain deadlines,  and all that blah nonsense.

Nah. Instead I've just decided that I will write what the heck I want, when I want. As I'm writing this I honestly have no idea when my next blog post will be, or what it will be for that matter (It mostly depends when I decide to get off my butt and write)  It might be a sports post, a book review, a nerd rant, or maybe it will just be some kind of gibberish that I decide to write. Anyway, that's all my chit chat for today,  Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments. So yeah, that's it. See ya next time I decide to blog.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Plans

Okay everyone, I know I haven't written in awhile and I'm sorry about that, but don't worry I intend to start it back up again.

To start out with this blog post I'm going to say that I will not make any promises as to when my posts will be. It may be a week, a month, maybe even a year (Lol)

So with that cleared up, I also wanted to say I'm making changes to this blog.
From now on it will strictly be a sports blog revolving mostly around my favorite football team the New York Jets (although once in awhile when something big happens to another team I'll write about that)

So here is the break down of what I will be writing about the Jets:

1. I will be making my own Jets mailbag. I like to look at what the Jets might be doing  in an outsiders perspective, so I thought this would be a good way to do it. While I know I'm no expert I'm still going to give it a go. If you guys have mailbag questions please leave it in the comments and I will try to answer them as best I can. If I don't receive any questions, I'll just use some of the common questions going around the media at the moment concerning the Jets.
 Oh, and by the way I do intend to keep a schedule to this (I will be posting the mailbag every Thursday)

2. I will try to do scouting reports on some of the Jets rookies. While I'm still getting the hang of studying player's film, I think I know enough to make a try at it.

3. I will write about some fantasy football sleepers.

4. And last but not least: I intend to write predictions on the Jets such as win/loss predictions, free agency, etc............

So yeah, that's about it. Look for my next post for whenever I feel like writing another.