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.

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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! ❤

[Synopses and book covers from Goodreads.com | Featured Image from Pexels.com]

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?