Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Episode 68- August 24, 2017

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Segments in this episode are:
What I've been up to?
Books mentioned:
Pretties, Specials, and Extras by Scott Westerfeld
Peter Pan by J M Barrie
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Crafty Stuff:
You can find more information on my project page about the projects I talked about.
Added to the Pile
TV Time
Gamer's Corner

Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this. It was the next best thing to watching the movie. Also, the illustrations are beautiful. I'm hoping that they release the next ones in this way.

Here is a quote that stood out to me:
Newt: "He'll be fine. Murtlap bites aren't serious."
-...Jacob retches into the corner,...
Newt: "I admit that is a slightly more severe reaction that I've seen, but if it was really serious- he'd have..."
Tina: "What?"
Newt: "Well, the first symptom would be flames out of his anus-"
-Terrified, Jacob feels the seat of his pants.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Review: After Alice

After Alice After Alice by Gregory Maguire
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had really enjoyed reading this book. The writing had reminded me of his Wicked series, just the tone he had used was like them. The only complaint I have with the book is, the ending just drops off and ends in a really strange way. It didn't make much sense to me.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: Peter Pan

Peter Pan Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After finally getting a beautiful copy, I read this classic fairy-tale. It was a good read, there were a few points where the writing threw me off a bit, but that tends to happen with classics for me. Peter is definitely not the sweet boy that Disney shows him in their movie. He and Wendy both were a tab bit annoying to me but all in all, not terrible. This story is one that I will read to my future kids, I think it important to have them hear the stories behind the Disney movies.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Extras

Extras Extras by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. The book was...ok, but compared to the others it was a bit disappointing.

The book is set three years from where Specials ends and in a different city, that is not said where but you later found out the main character speak Japanese when they meet Tally about more than halfway through the book. Which is another thing, you are introduced to brand new main characters who are obsessed with fame or in the author's words, "face rank", though fame is also used as well. After a while, this plot line got annoying for me. The action scenes were great to read and kept the book interesting for me and kept the plot moving but then it got a little hard to keep that interest when the characters started talking about "face rank" again. I could have done with out that.

All and all, I enjoyed the series as a whole but the series probably would have been ok with out this book ending it. Although, I think that this would have been a great start to a spin off series.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Specials

Specials Specials by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel like Tally had really grown up a lot in this book than the first two. This book sets around a year after everything started happening to her and you can really look back and see her progression. This book didn't feel clunky like the last two, but I feel like that has to do with the characters are older and making adult decisions, unlike the teenage angst that was the other books. I had found myself being drawn into the story and I would lose track of time, finding myself so far into the book and almost finished with it. I would say this (at the moment) is probably my favorite book in the series. But we will see how the last book competes with it.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Episode 67: "Power Through"

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You can find me on Ravelry as Samashwilliams94, Twitter as Sam__williams94, and Goodreads, Pinterest and Youtube as Samantha Williams.

You can watch the podcast here on the blog, Youtube, and in the Ravelry group (The Yarn Reader Blog and Podcast).

Segments are:
What I've Been Up To?
Books: books mentioned are Just Listen by Sarah Dessen and Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras by Scott Westerfeld.
Crafty Stuff: FOs, WIPs, and Spinning. (Check out my project page for more details about those projects that are mentioned.)  
TV Time

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Review: Pretties

Pretties Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another book where I had enjoyed it more the first read through, but I did enjoy it. These books seem like they would do well as a stand alone book, for those who might stumble upon them and picked one up at random. (Although, I'm not sure how book three and four will fall into that category.) They lead perfectly into each other, they end in a small cliffhanger that ties everything together in the following book.

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