‘Books’: Robin McKinley in Rose Daughter

With Disney’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast hitting theaters, I thought I’d revisit my favourite version of the story.

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Robin McKinley in Rose Daughter, 1997Rose Daughter

“It is the heart of this place, and it is dying, says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast’s palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken.

Twenty years ago, Robin McKinley dazzled readers with the power of her novel Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist returns to the story of Beauty and the Beast with a fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight. With Rose Daughter, she presents her finest and most deeply felt work–a compelling, richly imagined, and haunting exploration of the transformative power of love.”

I adore Robin McKinley books.  Her stories are so captivating and magical while maintaining realism with her down to earth heroines.  Rose Daughter is McKinley’s second re-telling of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, following Beauty and her two older sisters Lionheart and Jeweltongue as they adjust to their new life without wealth.  One of the things I love about this story is the depth of character that all three girls are given.  Despite their background roles in the over all story, Lionheart and Jeweltongue are interesting characters in their own right, not simply existing to further Beauty’s growth.  I would love to read about what Lionheart and Jeweltongue did while Beauty was tending roses in the Beast’s glasshouse.

Rose Daughter is probably my favourite version of Beauty and the Beast (yup, I like  it better than Disney.  Come. At. Me.), which is par for the course because I love McKinley versions.  Everything about the story flows naturally, the strength of our characters to step up to their circumstances is shown through their actions, and the theme of love in all its forms (romantic, familial, platonic) are expertly woven through the story.  Our leading ladies are clever, witty, engaging, and their growth is a joy a witness.

Can you tell I love this book?  Just wait until I do a write up on Spindle’s End.

Be sure to check out SurLaLune Fairy Tales, it is an incredible website with annotated fairy tales and includes versions of the tales from different cultures (I linked to their Beauty and the Beast page above).

This has been according to Hatchet, thanks for being here! ❤

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3.18.17 Book Haul and Other Stuff!

Spring break is almost over, I’ve accomplished nothing, and books are the reason why I will never have enough money for a tattoo.

Barnes and Noble is one of my happy places, a relaxing journey through endless rows of possibilities (provided I stay away from the Teen Fiction section).  Today I was lucky enough to be serenaded by Tina Guo’s cello re-imagining of all your favourite themes while I browsed.

Patrick Rothfus in The Name of the Wind, 2007

The Name of the Wind

“Told in Kvothe’s own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet’s hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.”

This book came recommended by a B&N employee listing that our hero uses ‘music, magic, and muscle’.  I’ve read Song of the Beast by Carol Berg which uses music as a vehicle for the story (which is fantastic btw), and I’m a bit of a musician myself so it immediately caught my eye.

Nagabe in The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, 2016the girl from hte other side

“In a world split between the Inside and the Outside, those living in both realms are told never to cross over to the other side, lest they be cursed. A young girl named Shiva lives on the other side, in a vacant village with a demonic guardian known only as “Teacher.” Although the two are forbidden to touch, they seem to share a bond that transcends their disparate appearances. But when Shiva leaves Teacher’s care to seek out her grandmother, the secret behind her mysterious living arrangement comes to light.”

What immediately struck me about this book was how gorgeous the art is.  It reminds me of Mateusz Skutnik’s Morfołaki, featuring beautifully atmospheric black and white art.  I am definitely looking forward to digging into this little beauty.  The subtitle Siúil, a Rún comes from an Irish folk song, and translates roughly to ‘Go, my love’.

Stephen King in The Gunslinger, 1982               The Gunslinger

“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).”

I’ve never read a Stephen King book, and while I know he has written things other than horror, I didn’t realize that Stephen King writes books other than horror.  Unless of course this turns out to be a western-horror, which I would be okay with.  My only real exposure to SK is the film The Shinning which I watched recently while suffering from a head cold.  I grabbed this based on the title, which made me think of Trigun and everyone’s favourite pacifist.

Michael I. Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett in F*ck Love, 2017F.ck Love

“From the brilliant New York Times bestselling authors of the “refreshingly blunt” (Harper’s Bazaar) F*ck Feelings—this seriously irreverent roadmap reveals the essentials to look for when you’re done being suckered by the promise of true love and want help seeking a real, lasting relationship.

Many people have opinions on the subject of romantic relationships—why they’re so hard to find, so difficult to maintain, so easily analogized to planets and pets—but the real source of trouble isn’t too complicated: it’s that we are choosing our partners based on love, excitement, lust, attraction, neediness…on feelings.

Instead of helping readers find true love (also known as “total bullshit”), Dr. Michael Bennett and his comedy-writing daughter Sarah reveal the practical, commonsense criteria for good partnerships that will allow real love to develop, even after the romance has died down or been buried completely. Finding a good partner involves losing preconceived notions about who your dream date might be, so the Bennetts helpfully appraise the pros and cons of eight traits people most commonly seek: charisma, beauty, chemistry, communication, sense of humor, family stability, intelligence, and wealth. They suggest you’ll have better luck finding a partner in a bar, online, or on a date arranged by your chiropractor if you focus on ideas like mutual attraction and respect and common interests and common goals. With helpful quizzes, case studies inspired by Dr. Bennett’s practice, and unscientific flow charts, F*ck Love is packed with enough advice and wisdom to help you avoid the relationship nightmares that led you to this book in the first place.”

Yes, yes, this title is (as admitted by the book its self)  catchy and profane, but it caught my attention as it was intended to do and whether or not you agree with it’s language, it is a good marketing ploy.  This book just seems like a fun, satirical take on romance, while still being helpful.  It was just so eye catching I couldn’t not pick it up.

Other stuff that has happened includes these journals I made from old notebooks.  I used yarn to hold them together , but turns out my mom has nice hemp cord, so I’m re-tying them.  Not quite sure what I’ll use these for, but they are so pretty now x33.20170317_163956 (1)

Also, my dad looked like Tom Hanks 23 years ago (what both of them looked like 23 years ago).

Whelp, I will eventually have some more posts, I’ve been listening to exorbitant amounts of music thanks to Spotify Premium for students (#notsponsored) and I have an exorbitant amount of books I haven’t read yet.  Sooooo yah.

Thanks for being here! ❤

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 3 Ch. 3-4 FINAL

If you’re new to the book club, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE.

Guys.

Shit.

Goes.

Down.

It’s been a month since I’ve read this…so let’s see how this goes!

HORUS is pretty annoyed that they haven’t been able to come to terms with the interex.  HORUS is intent on peacefully winning them over, but he’s about the only one.  However a meeting is arranged and he optimistically hopes for peace.  Both HORUS and Jeptha Naud (do they mean Judd Nelson?) have their warriors walk simultaneous patrols around the building.

While wandering the house Loken comes across an old book titled A Marvelous Historie of Eevil subtitle Being a warninge to Man Kind on the Abuses of Sorcerie and the Seduction of the Daemon.  WHY, Abnett.  Why must you spell this way.  Regardless of spelling, Mithras Tull sees Loken looking at the book and they strike up a conversation about deamons and magic and such.  Loken of course holds staunchly to his view of “supernatural things do not exist”, while Tull takes the whole matter very seriously.  The subject of Chaos (or Kaos) comes up and Tull is shocked at Loken’s lack of knowldege, interest, concern, fear of Chaos.  He explains that the interex understands Chaos to be an evil force that makes men turn on each other and manifests as “brutal, rapacious, warlike”, and the fact that the Astartes are led by a Warmaster scares the interex.  Loken somehow believes his people to be none of those things.  Even more surprising is that Tull agrees.

For all of two seconds.

Tull receives some message that turns him against Loken.  Loken refuses to surrender and a fight ensues.  Loken is unwilling to kill Tull, so he merely chops his arm off.  The resulting battle between interex and Astartes produces heavy casualties on both sides.  Loken runs into two Astartes in the hall and one is quickly felled by arrows.  The bows that the soldiers had laughed at previously prove to be deadly, shearing through the Astarte’s plate as if it were butter. Loken then runs into Tarik and his men, retreating with HORUS.

We find that someone has gone and murdered some guards and stolen something from the museum holding all the ‘dwarf’ artifacts and then set the place on fire.  Well that wasn’t very nice.

Tarik and Loken try to convince HORUS that they have to leave now, but HORUS commands them to take him to the Hall of Devices to see what is going on.  Nothing useful happens and HORUS and his entourage are surrounded by interex fighters.  In a last attempt at peace, HORUS asks to see Judd Nelson but is answered with arrows.  So they fight.  HORUS and his men drive the interex back to the street and are promptly surrounded.  This is the last stand.  There is no hope…

Chapter 4 starts with an exchange between Sadie and Loken after the battle.  So I guess they made it.

Lowercase Horus arrived to rescue HORUS and all Imperial soldiers.  They kill a lot of interex dudes.  Like, it’s terrible.

HORUS changes the name of the Luna Wolves to the Sons of Horus.  Everyone approves.  Ig drinks his approval and Keeler worships her shrine to the Emperor of Mankind.

And then we find out that Erebus THAT BLEEP BLEEP EREBUS STOLE THE THING FROM THE THING!  You butt-face!  Wait.  Who is Erebus?  Seriously.  Who is he?  The Dramatis Personae at the beginning of the book says he is the Chaplain, but has he been mentioned before?  I don’t think so?  I don’t know?  ARGH I’M SO CONFUSED.

Well that was Horus Rising.  I can’t say I liked it, but I didn’t hate all of it.  I liked the second half of Part 1, but the rest was…eh.  I don’t know if it was the writing, the story, the characters, or the crushing obligation to blog the whole book.  But we’ve finished!  It’s finally over!  Hopefully all my bad jokes paid off and you look forward to next summer’s book club (which will hopefully only last a summer) despite the deterioration of professionalism as the posts went on.  I am planning on reading False Gods, the sequal to Horus Rising written by Graham McNeill to give the series a fair chance, with the goal of writing a single review of that book whenever the time comes.

This has been the first iteration of Hatchet’s Summer Book Club.

Thanks for being here! ❤

I, Frankenstein: A Stream of conciousness Review

Once upon a time at the conception of this blog, I thought I would do movie reviews.  I found one.  It’s bizarre.  Consider this a review of a review of a weird movie that makes no sense.

“I’m about to watch I, Frankenstein, but I have to write everything instead of…” (instead of typing I’m assuming?  For some reason?)

“Voice over!  Honest trailers would hate this x3” (Ah, my days of obsession with Honest Trailers.  They still haven’t made one for this movie btw)

“This was definitely made by the people who made Underworld” (I mean, it was so obvious.  The title, the leather, the actors…)

“What have you done to Harvey-face and Scary-face?!” (I used to think College Humor was funny.  Bad Man was pretty funny though.  And I love those Drawfee guys)

“It’s Ghost rider!” (I have no idea what this means.  I haven’t watched this movie in at least 4 years)

“I knew Gargoyles were real!! (creatures I mean, as in they’re alive)”

“Not that kind of alive xp” (I guess because they’re humans kind of?)

“Their accents aren’t right for that area…and I know my Frankenstein” (I’m assuming they have British Accents which seems to be the default accent for fantasy.  Also, considering that the Underworld guys have British accents despite the films being set in some Eastern European country.  Further, I very much enjoy Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the titular character spends most of his time not in London)

“OMG EOWYN! (I knew that)” (I take it this is where I recognized the actress)

“Dude!  It’s that guy from Jack Reacher!” (Meaning Jai Courtney, an actor I found quite attractive four years ago)

“They’re sleeping together” (???????)

“Holy Medieval castle Batman!” (Castle must have been impressive)

“She’s kind of hot…” (Was I talking about Eowyn?  Somebody else?  There is no context for this)

“That guy is definitely hot” (Again, who am I even referring too?)

“At least they don’t call him Frankenstein” (Meaning the monster, which is quite irritating when that happens.  So +1 for the movie)

“By the power of Sprite I compel you!” (This is the End reference.  Probably the best part of that movie honestly)

“Descended?  We k-worded them dude!” (This is a Deadpool reference?  I guess when someone ‘dies’ they powers that be say they were descended…)

“Victor, is that you?” (Of course it is)

“Ooh!  I know her!” (Do I?)

“Is that that werewolf? – IT IS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (A werewolf I mean Lycan, obviously, from Underworld)

“It k-worded some of us”

“You needed to say his name or otherwise I would have never known” (This could be sincere or sarcasm, I really have no idea)

“That guys voice is epic!” (That giant Lycan dude with that sick, gnarly bass voice)

“Slow motion jump attack!” (Literal trailer reference here, specifically Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood)

“Ooh, fireworks!” (Fireworks give me migraines now xp)

“It’s the wrapture!  This is the end!” (This is the End reference again, I don’t recall liking the movie that much, but whatever.  Also not sure why I miss-spelled rapture)

“I’m not sure I understand.  It looks super easy to kill demons” (I guess someone is having trouble killing demons despite the movie making it look super easy to kill demons.  Movie logic)

“So gargoyles really are supposed to scare demons” (I mean, obviously)

“Is that the Lycan doctor?  I guess we’ll never know” (I want to say that I’ve been spelling Lycan as ‘lichen’ this whole time)

“Victor is always an idealist.  Also a crackpot” (what does crackpot even mean?)

“What a jaunty camera angle” (I now know those are called ‘Dutch angles’)

“Possibilities for the blonde chick: Abigail Chase” (From National Treasure obviously.  Upon further research however, she is Sarah from Chuck)

“How convenient, Subways” (Subway or subway?  I mean, if I was hungry a subway would be next to useless, but if I wanted to travel across a city…)

“I bet she’s wondering if his, uh, you-know-what works” (Well then)

“‘Examine’ he means sexy-times” (I’m extremely embarrassed here)

“You are a strange patchwork man.  I will trust you completely” (With really bad guy-liner)

“This is Canada Nell.  Things are real here.” (Obviously, the best Brendan Fraser movie ever made)

“This is my Batman voice” (Is this that Lycan guy again?)

“He has a skull full of steel” (Is Wolverine in this movie too?  I forgot a lot of plot points)

“Human plinko!” (Titanic reference I guess?  I’m a terrible human)

“So why don’t they possess him?” (Who is they?  Who is him?  WHY WAS I SO VAGUE!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!)

“I’m good at negotiating, I’m a doctor.  Also I don’t close my door” (Movie people being stupid for plot reasons)

“I will become a shadow.  A dark knight” (Another Batman reference)

“Hasn’t he seen Young Frankenstein?”

“She lives in a really terrible apartment”

“That guy’s voice is so awesome”

“OMG.  Even though we tried to k-word you before, we’re besties for life, right?”

“Can gargoyles teleport?” (Yes.  This makes sense)

“OMG, Batman and Rachel” (?)

“Guy’s he’s right there.  He’s pretending to be an extra” (movie villains being stupid because our hero can’t die)

“Never say ‘I’d rather die'” (seriously.  It’s the worst thing you could do to yourself)

“Aww, her boyfriend is dead” (Wait, whose?  It’s either Abigail Sarah or Eowyn.  They are the only two women in this movie)

“Woah!  Arc reactor!”

“You guys are so inconspicuous” (I take it the gargoyles were being SUPER sneaky)

“This music is EPIC” (I must have liked the music)

“Dude you are so less cool as a demon” (wHOOOOOOOOOO)

“When they zoom in on a gargoyle, am I supposed to know who it is?” (My favourite part about movies with faceless masses.  They show people in the battle scenes as if we care about someone who isn’t the main character)

“Well the credit music is good”

Well that was that.  I am obviously a natural at reviews.  Aren’t you glad I don’t do this?

‘New Music’: ONE OK ROCK in Ambitions

We are back!

Moving right along with January releases we see ONE OK ROCK grace the front page of iTunes.

Ambitions is ONE OK ROCK’s 8th Japanese release, or their second American release, depending on which version you have.  Their previous album 35xxxv was released in the same way.  This review will be on the American version and I will write up a separate review for the JP exclusives (sometime in the near distant future)

I highly recommend going to their Japanese site, allowing Google to translate the page for you, and compare that to their English site.  The translation differences are quite entertaining.

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ONE OK ROCK formed in 2005 when Toru Yamashita asked his high school friends to start a band.  ONE OK ROCK is comprised of Taka (vocals), Toru (guitars), Ryota (bass), and Tomoya (drums).  They released their first album Zeitakubyo in 2007.  Since then they’ve released Beam of Light (2008), Kanjo Effect (2008), Niche Syndrome (2010), Zankyo Reference (2011), JinseixBoku= (2013), 35xxxv (2015), and finally Ambitions (2017).

The only real stylistic difference this album has compared to their others is the lack of Japanese vocals on the international version.  The track “Jaded” features Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, and “Take What You Want” features 5 Seconds of Summer.  I’ve never been a fan of ATL (and I honestly can’t find Alex in that song), or 5SOS (but the vocals all mesh well, it’s a great addition to the song).  That sentence was never a complete thought…

Ambitions is an anthem from beginning to end.  The songs are catchy, bouncy, and engaging.  I imagine this album is what their concerts are like, lots of people jumping and having a good time, not minding that you spilled your beverage on them.  Anybody want to take me to Japan in May to see them?  No?  Shoot.

Favourite songs include “Bombs Away”, “Taking Off”, “American Girls”,0 “Start Again”, and “Take What You Want”

I’d give this album a 3.5 out of 5 for now (I’ll combine the scores when I listen to the Japanese version).  While it is a great album, it doesn’t get me in the same way that JinsexBoku= did.

This post will be updated (and probably combined) when I get around to the the other version but for now

this has been According to Hatchet.

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‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Part 3 Ch. 1-2: Space Australia, Museum of Death

Welcome back to Hatchet’s Summer Book Club!  If you’re new, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.

You can find the previous post HERE and the next post HERE (whenever that happens).

Part 3 Chapter 1 introduces us to the interex, a human collection(?).  The Imperium peacefully become the interex’s guests…FOR NOW (duh duh duuuuuuuuuhhhhhhh). I’m beginning to see how the series got it’s title.

Most people, including Eidolon, Maloghurst, Sedirae, Targost, and Goshen and Raldoron (those last two are Blood Angels) want to destroy the interex because they don’t want the Imperium to co-exist the with anything, and the interex is too compassionate.  According to them, the differences between the Imperium and the interex are so irreconcilable that war is the only possible course of action.  Good guy HORUS would prefer peace.

HORUS and the Mournival meet to discuss the situation.  Abaddon is quite belligerent, unable to understand how his Warmaster could desire peace with and almost admire the interex.  The argument gets so heated, HORUS kicks him out of the meeting.  Tarik follows him to diffuse the situation.  HORUS then tells lowercase Horus and Loken about his father-son relationship with the Emperor, using the zodiac to explain his desire for peace.

The Emperor had given HORUS an astrology book.  HORUS memorized the 20 zodiacs and when asked, said his favourites were Leos, Skorpos, Tauromach, and Arbitos (Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, and Virgo?).  The Emperor was impressed but dissapointed that HORUS had not chosen Sagittary, as he was to become the Emperor’s Warmaster.  However, HORUS admires the interex for their compassion and capacity to integrate other species into their society.  Lowercase Horus is having none of it.  HORUS also said the Emperor told him ‘Make no mistakes, and the stars will be ours” (or thereabouts).  He thinks he as made two mistakes (only tow?!?!  Wow, HORUS is a saint), and does not want to rush into things with the interex.

The interex have developed a musical way to communicate with other species called the aria.  It is very much like music, but so complexly mathematical that only a plebeian would mistake it for music.

Music is math people.

We then get a description of the interex envoy sent to meet HORUS.  Despite being human, these people sound much more elf like or some other humanoid alien (although we do have women with helmet shaped heads so….).  They are tall, about the same height as the Astartes, but very slender with bat ears…  I’m not kidding.  It is literally printed on the page that humans evolved (and surgically created) bat ears.  There are men who play the aria dressed in robes, and the soldiers are dressed in form fitting armour, so light you could jump on a horse!  (Please don’t jump on horses, they are extremely fragile).  With these hooman things, come what could only be described as space dwarves.  Short, broad, and stony features.  These dwarf guys are an alien species the interex have absorbed into their culture (lowercase Horus is not impressed).

Daith Shehn, envoy for the interex, and HORUS meet to discuss stuff.  They start with formalities and Daith is excited to learn that the interex has found lost cousins.  HORUS is equally excited.  They compare military forces, with Daith showing concern for how prepared and eager the Imperium is for war.  The interex has no love of war and would rather co-exist with the aliens they come across.  The spider-mechs are an exception, as the interex found no way to communicate with them, even using the aria.  They defeated the spider-mechs in war and placed the remaining creatures onto Murder, or Urisarach as they call it, where they could live in peace with no way to bother anyone else.  HORUS apologizes for ruining their penal colony.

Chapter 2 sees a rather shouty discussion between the Mournival about the interex, and more specifically about HORUS’ apology.  Abaddon is the only one who is truly upset, the others having full trust in HORUS no matter what he says.  There has also been a heavy demand on the Warmaster’s time as he’s been gone for seven months now.  The envoys continue until it is decided that HORUS and an entourage will be received at an outpost for more negotiations.

Erebus is introduced, so I can only assume this character will be somewhat important.  He selflessly puts off his own interests to help relieve some of HORUS’s stress, also intentionally strengthening relationships with the Mournival.  They also have sparring matches against each other, with Tarik’s new best friends Saul and also Lucius is there.  Lucius insists on sparring against everyone, including Loken.  Loken does not want to hurt Lucius’ ego, which is probably impossible.  So Loken punches him in the face.  It is quite glorious.

HORUS and his Imperial party are received at the interex homeworld.  Accompanying the terrifying horse-faced Astartes are the Remembrancers, which HORUS hopes will prove to the interex that the Imperium of Man is not obsessed with war (even though they totes are).  The Imperial party is shown around the city, and one of the most interesting things that they see is a museum full of alien weapons and technology.  Lowercase Horus and Abbadon think they are being mocked by this show of weapons. It is explained that these weapons are held in a museum because the technology is so advanced and they are incredibly dangerous.  Sindermann (remember that guy?) asks what could be so dangerous about a knife.  The tiny alien dwarves have a way of creating sentient weapons.  Sindermann jokingly suggests that a curse is placed on the weapon, and the interex, very seriously, agrees.

This is telling of things to come.

This has been Hatchet’s Summer Book Club, thanks for being here! x33

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