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 23, 2016

The 4 types of mad haters

Don't you hate it when something that you love and enjoy is constantly being criticized? I know I do. Or even worse when they even try to talk you out of liking it. I can't tell you how many times I've said that I'm a fan of the Hunger Games or Harry Potter only to see the people listening cringe their nose and try to argue with me about it. But the worst part about it is, were all guilty of being a hater even me, and there is a reason why people are haters. In fact, let me tell you about 4 reasons why haters hate



#1. Jealousy. This is the reason I was a hater. I used to absolutely hate the Hunger Games. Why? you ask. Because I was jealous. Until a little while ago I wasn't allowed to read/watch the Hunger Games, so I thought "If I can't read them than I might as well hate them" I know, I know. It was a selfish thought.




#2. They want to have an opinion on something. We all want to have an opinion on something. I know I do at least. The problem is sometimes people want to have an opinion so bad that they decide to just yell trash at whatever the latest hater trend is. It sounds kind of like politics doesn't it?




#3. They believe that it will interfere with their faith. This one is a tough one, because I can understand where the people are coming from. I was actually on the fence about reading Harry Potter because I heard rumors that there were satanic elements in it. And because I am a Christ follower this was something I was very worried about. But I finally just decided to pray about it and ask God if it was ok if I read them. Fast forward two weeks and I had my answer. What happened is I was at my weekly youth group when my youth pastor decided to do a lesson on, what, is considered worldly. He said, "What makes something worldly or not depends on whether or not it distracts you from God" And just like that I had my answer. Pretty cool huh?




#4. They simply hate it. There isn't any real reason why they hate it. They simply just don't like it. Which I'm fine with, I too am a hater of some things just because I didn't like it (*Cough* The Maze Runner *Cough* *Cough*) The fact of the matter is. It's Ok to hate things, but try to keep your opinion respectful.




What do you think? Am I being too critical? What type of haters do you know? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.






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.