new years

31 December 2011

This new years, my resolution for reading is to read more classics, and to be more active in the blogging community (rather than to super long absences I've logged in this year) more interviews, giveaways, etc...

I hope that you've got awesome reading resolutions (unless you don't believe in resolutions)! can't wait to see what a great year it'll be!

creatures of harry potter part 2: comparisons

29 December 2011

As you've enjoyed the last segment, I'm pleased to welcome you to: creatures of harry potter part 2: comparisons. Please! Hold the applause, I know I'm awesome. Haha.

Here comes the fun part!

1. The Werewolves

Do you see the difference? Up top you've got a Harry Potter and the bottom you've got Twilight. I'm just comparing these two. See, other movies do werewolves properly as well, but they're always buff and ripped. Poor Lupin werewolf is bare and skeletal, and really makes you want to pity him. There's chubby Jacob wolf you looks like you want to cuddle and pet him. Seriously. 

2. The Centaurs

Centaur on the right looks hotter and more dreamy and lovable, but centaur on the left looks real. Centaur on the left, let's call him Firenze, is a beast. Literally too, haha! But I'm trying to say that creatures in Harry Potter and meant to portray the story properly, have a strange feel to them. Firenze is strong and magestic and very in touch with his beast. Whoever this guy on the right is, he just doesn't look right.

3. The mermaids
Typical mermaid vs. Harry Potter mermaid
I love how the HP one is more creature like, more muscles like a swimmer and has a nose that are like African Americans, our ancestral root. It's stunning. You've got the normal mermaids you have super model upper bodies and flimsy fish tails. They're not real mermaids, because you can't have that short tail and a long body, it's not dynamic. 

4. The Inferi (concept)
On the left, we have a dead corpse in The Dead Marshes from Lord of the Rings. On the right we have Harry Potter inferi. I just notice a similarity. 

Gollum vs. Dobby
See! They look alike! Of course, Gollum came first and looks a whole lot better than Dobby. No offense to you Dobby lovers.

Well that's it. Hope you enjoyed this week's special. ^_^

creatures of harry potter part 1: favourites

We interrupt this blog fest of end of the year celebrations, holiday giveaways and the usual book reviews to present: creatures of harry potter part 1: favourites. Enjoy. don't get toooo excited.

(nothing like a good harry potter post to liven up this dead-looking blog)

warning: graphic images!

I was watching this programme on this channel (bio something I think) and it was explaining in brief the creations of the creatures in Harry Potter. I'll be using a lot of what they said to describe why. I picked some favourites.
1. Thestrals
The most brilliant creature ever done on film. J.K. Rowling's original creation.
You'll know that only people who have seen death can see these thestrals. So these beasts are like an interpretation of Death. They've got to be deathly and grotesque, but also sad and heart-wrenching.
They
are
beautiful!
Look at the adorable baby one. Admit that when you saw it, you fell a bit in love with them. You didn't fear thestrals but grew fond instead.



2. The Inferi (Living Dead)




These are amazing. Dead skeletons reanimated by a dark wizard (these are by Voldemort created during The First Wizarding War) They're animated against their will, of course.
Why?

  • They are tragic, in a sense
  • They're eerily beautiful. No, I'm not a creep like that! They're sketched in a haunting way, and how can something so grotesque inspire pity? That's why.

  • They way the film has down it, so they're crawling and groping about, climbing on top of each other in such a manner. It's brilliant
3. Werewolf 
You'll see that Lupin, in my opinion, is a true werewolf. He's got the long spine and human qualities that as J.K. Rowling said, was what made his scarier, more than a monster. 

It's amazing:

You'll see that Rowling's werewolf is much more scary than just a giant angry dog. I love how the artists didn't just use the typical werewolf, but created a much more well done one.

4. Mermaids

Again, not the typical mermaid like Ariel, but something more believable and haunting. Just amazing.
5. Centaurs
Unlike being perfectly half human and half horse, the movie adaptation of Harry Potter made the centaurs human half obtain more horse-ish qualities. It's perfect.

6. Hippogriff
F*cking brilliant. Need I say more?

I'm afraid to actually list all my favourite creatures because there are so many. I hope these will do. 
In Part 2, I will discuss comparisons with the "Accepted" and the "Harry Potter" versions of creatures. It'll be a bit more entertaining hopefully.

Until next time!

memorable books I've read in 2011

In no particular order:

Eden by Keary Taylor
Why I loved it: Amazing writing and brilliant story. Well written and addictive: loved it until the very end and lingered in my head long afterwards.
published: June 6th 2011
note: it's being made into a movie!
summary:
Eve knew the stories of the Fall, of a time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. She's seen the aftermath of the technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter, able to grow new organs and limbs, how it evolved out of control. The machine took over and the soul vanished. A world quickly losing its humanity isn't just a story to her though. At eighteen, this world is Eve's reality.

In their Fallen world, love feels like a selfish luxury, but not understanding what it is makes it difficult to choose between West, who makes her feel alive but keeps too many secrets, and Avian, who has always been there for her, but is seven years her senior.

The technology wants to spread and it won't stop until there is no new flesh to assimilate. With only two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction. While fighting to keep Eden alive, Eve will discover that being human is about what you will do for those you love, not what your insides may be made of. And even if it gets you killed, love is always what separates them from the Fallen.
 Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Why I loved it: The incest topic was brilliantly written. It was just as emotional as it should've been and the characters and the whole story was heart-wrenching and emotional and touching. It's unforgettable and one of my favourite books of all time. I still go back and flip through the beautiful words. Mind blowing.

published: June 28th 2011 Simon Pulse
summary:
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

 Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Why I loved it: Intriguing. One has to read in between the lines, discover double meanings and think a whole lot while reading this book. It was disturbing but memorable and well thought out and written.

first published: September 17th 1954

summary (not really a summary because the true summary gave away everything)
William Golding's classic tale about a group of English schoolboys who are plane-wrecked on a deserted island is just as chilling and relevant today as when it was first published in 1954



The Count on Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
why I loved it: What I call a "perfect story" The tragic romance, the betrayal, the twists and turns and surprises and heart tugging adventure all adds up to The Count of Monte Cristo. If Alexandre were alive, I'd congratulate him.

first published: 1844

summary:
Falsely accused of treason, the young sailor Edmond Dantes is arrested on his wedding day and imprisoned in the island fortress of the Ch√Ęteau d'If. Having endured years of incarceration, he stages a daring and dramatic escape and sets out to discover the fabulous treasure of Monte Cristo, and to catch up with his enemies.

Why only four? This year, I didn't really read as much as I did, therefore, less books. I hope I can get back on track this new year and make it up!

I know many of you are posting similar posts, and you're welcome to link in the comments. I'd love to visit your blogs and hear about the great books you've read ^_^

review: cinder

22 December 2011

book info:
ages: 13 and up
grades: 7 and up
on sale: January 3rd 2012
copy from: Feiwal and Friends
pages: 387

title: Cinder
author: Marissa Meyers
stars: 3.999


{Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. }


my thoughts:
Wow, I was really interested that the main character would be half robotic. Now that's something you don't see often. It reminded me of one of my favourite books, Eden by Keary Taylor, where the main character Eve is mechanical as well. Contrary to the allusion I just made, Cinder is different in aspects. It takes place in China and the people are Chinese (not Caucasian!) and Cinder isn't a perfect girl with a perfect life. She grows in the "slums" working as a freaking mechanic. Her foot is taken from her! I mean, this is a great start to the Lunar Chronicles!

characters: Cinder is amazing. I can relate to her, and she makes sense. Unlike lots of teen fiction where the females are all confused and everything. Similar characters to Cinder are Eve from Eden and Lena from Delirium: female heroines whom I loved.

plot: It takes a while for one to get to the actual meaning of the book, but once the plot kicks off, it goes great. I was patient enough to understand who the heck Lunars were and what situation they were in with "Earthlings" And once I got that, I learned that the plot was pretty good.

style: I love the simplistic, but still detailed enough style of writing Meyer writes in. It's not gushy like, his dark set eyes were deep and beautiful, so much that she lost herself in them. Her heart was beating like a hummingbird's wings, and she was so nervous....yeah, not like that. It's concise and to the point, like the character Cinder. Great style ^_^

overall: Wonderful! I de-rated it due to the fact that near the ending, it clipped off into the second book. It would've done great as a stand-alone. Also, the story seemed a little strange and far-off, not what I'm used to. Too much techy stuff as well. Other than that, it's recommended! 

review: if i tell

book info:
ages: 13 and up
grades: 7 and up
on sale: NOW
copy from: Sourcebooks
pages: 244

title: If I Tell
author: Janet Gurtler
stars: 5

"Instead, I ran. Again" (Gurtler)


Jasmine Evans knows one thing for sure... people make mistakes. After all, she is one. Jaz is the result of a onenight stand between a black football player and a blonde princess. Having a young mother who didn't raise her, a father who wants nothing to do with her and living in a small-minded town where she's never fit in hasn't been easy. But she's been surviving. Until she sees her mom's new boyfriend making out with her own best friend. When do you forgive people for being human or give up on them forever?

my thoughts:
After reading I'm Not Her, I had high expectations for this book. AND IT WAS MET! I was so thrilled to read yet another amazing Janet Gurtler list, however it felt like she (Janet) was trying to tackle too many problems, very real problems, and smash it together. BUT, it was subtle. I liked it.

Because I'm too lazy to write exactly how much I liked this, i'll just tell you to read it. read it!



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03 December 2011

Right, well this as happened quite often on this blog in the recent past. I suddenly disappear for months and then come back and then leave again. I am bipolar when it comes to blogging. As I've said before, it's my first semester as a freshman in high school and I've been with that. I've got finals in two weeks, so now is the PERFECT time to blog, huh?

You might find it surprising BUT I have my first laptop! It was from the Black Friday sales and it's a Lenovo. I've never heard of it, but my Dad insisted it was a good brand. At least I've got a laptop. I've also had a room makeover, a much larger and roomier desk and freshly painted walls. I'm kind of a loser because I painted my walls the same colour as before: it just looks newer now.
above you'll see my entire bedroom. Isn't it so cute and lovely and warm?























above is my night stand. I have a cold so you'll see the Vicks Vapour Rub and the cold medicine. There's my thyroid pills too. I'm having terrible hair-loss because of my thyriod and I'm depressed because of it. Loss of hair is the worst symptom. My hair gave me confidence. It used to be thick and heavy and envy-inspiring. Now it's thin and delicate and I'm always afraid when I take a shower to look at the hair clumping in the drainage. ANYWAYS! There's my Harry Potter bed-time book (and The Secret Garden)

Above is my quartet music for the quartet I'm in called Nimakisea. This is the song we played at the Winter Chamber Music Concert. It was a VERY difficult song to play, but I had a super skilled All-state 1st  violinist, another All-state second violinist and a Sinfonia orchestra cellist. I'm in freshman orchestra, but many of the other orchestra members agree that I should've ranked higher. Mwhaha, 'cause I'm a freaking amazing violist.
This is my brand new laptop. I've named him Voldemort. Honestly, it asked for my computer name and I made it Voldemort. I'll prove it to you with a picture later, but haha, isn't it a beauty? Black glory!

BOOK RELATED

I've been reading this physics book. It's very organised and makes the content easier to understand, however purely because of the subject, I would not recommend this one.

Above is the two books I'm reading for class. Cyrano de Bergerac, as many of you are familiar with, and Why Geography Matters. The second one is the parallel reading I have to do for my AP Human Geography class that we have to read over the course of the entire school year. Oh, I've just reminded myself that I have a chapter reading to do. GREAT! >_<

Speaking of Human Geography: here's my textbook lying on the ground. It's the prettiest textbook I've ever seen.

Of course you have to see my  bookshelf! Due to my painting of the room, I had to take down the bookshelf temporarily and re-organise it. It looks slightly different, but not that much.

This is the classically messy top of my bookshelf. It makes me so much more a book nerd. Gorgeous isn't it?

Last but not least is me, taking a picture in my bedroom window. You'll see the whole bedroom is flipped over. My desk is supposed to be on the left, and my night table is supposed to be on the right. ^_^

I hoped you enjoyed the tour of my bedroom and current book-life! I'll be posting more often! Come back again!

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