Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Don’t tell me my heroes are flawed. There’s already so much wrong with the world—I don’t want to look for shadows under the streetlight. I want to believe the best of people—is that so wrong? I know they’re not perfect, but I don’t want to say it aloud. Or if it they are flawed, let it be a flaw that makes their achievements more remarkable, because they overcame it. Let Batman be proud, that he may humbly take the fall for Harvey Dent. Let the Doctor be angry, because he cares for his friends. Let Boromir be greedy, because he defended Frodo from the Orcs. But don’t tell me that Superman never picks up his dirty socks, that Harry Potter has messy handwriting, because then they wouldn’t be heroes.
They’d be people:
just like me.
Monday, July 16, 2012
So, the clips that were shown at Comic Con are not getting put online. Drats. Double drats. And the discussion on one of my favorite fan sites generally boils down to one point, a subpoint, and counter-points of the sub-point.
- THAT'S NOT FAIR!
- The program's made with British licensing fee--the British should get to see it too, because they paid for it.
- Non-British counterpoints--It wasn't all the Americans who got to see it. Comic Con is international. A lot of Americans don't have BBC America anyway--can you blame them for wanting to see it.
Point 1, I agree with whole-heartedly. Point 2--I suppose. Counterpoint--Yes. British fans, you all have access to the series automatically--by TV or iPlayer. We don't.
One of my Doctor Who DVDs says "You can watch BBC America for the low, low price--of absolutely no additional money whatsoever." Pfft! Only if you already have satellite or cable TV. Yes, there's iTunes, but you know how much one season costs--$80! Eighty dollars through BBC America. Good luck being a poor American Whovian. Especially a legal one.
But I still want a trailer.
Four stars Elizabeth Hayden is a wonderful combination of fantasy and the early modern genre of "traveler's tales," such as Gulliver's Travels. When the young Nain shipwright Ven encounters Fire Pirates while testing a new vessel, he ends up leaving his home and setting off an adventure. The first in a series, this book has a wonderful, exuberant imagination, with several humanoid species in a world with humans, each with their own traditions and habits. The first-person narrative has an in-story justification, and the plot has several twists and possible interpretations that could be chosen.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
So, as of Tuesday morning this week, I had seen three episodes of Avatar: the Last Airbender. Now I have seen through Book 2’s “The Swamp,” and wish admittance to the fandom. The ending of “The Blue Spirit” almost knocked me backwards, but the real clincher was “The Siege of the North.”
First thing that pops into my head.
Gondor. It’s Gondor, made of snow. It’s a beautiful, old civilization, and even if it survives, the scars of war will last for generations.
This is not just a kid’s show.
And then I went on to season two—I’m not sure which episode it was—but when Zuko is talking with the girl, and she says “The Fire Nation has hurt you—-” the irony of it all is that she’s right. Fire devours itself and consumes everything in it’s path, when there are no foundries. Iroh is wonderful, yes, one of my favorite characters, but…Zuko.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Apart from peculiar temporal origins, uncertain aging, psychotic depression, malnutrition, and dissociative fugue state, I’m perfectly healthy.”
“If that’s healthy, what’s sick?”
--The Subtle Thief of YouthMy current fanfiction in progress, "The Subtle Thief of Youth" is already five thousand words long, with at least another k to go. The title comes from Milton's Sonnet VII, and should serve as a hint to the general theme of the story. It's unusually dark for me, stemming from a dream I once had.
- I got my driver's license less than a month before my brother got his permit.
- I am making a cloak to wear to the Hobbit premier.
- My hair looks like River Song's from Doctor Who.
- I originally met one of my roommates for next year on a book forum.
- I have three blogs (This one, I Firnie Elenion and Notes from Naveyl)
- I used the TARDIS as the setting of my essay final for Classic Lit.
- Doctor Who is my favorite TV show.
- I have traveled overseas.
- I have completed four NaNoWriMos, one JulNoWriMo, and two Script Frenzies.
- I write Doctor Who fanfiction.
- Eleven is my favorite Doctor, and Sarah Jane Smith my favorite companion (Doctor Who again)
Amy Pond: I thought...well, I started to think you were just a mad man with a box. The Doctor: Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me 'cause it's important and one day your life may depend on it...I am definitely a mad man with a box.
- If you could date any fictional person, who would it be?
- What book would you like to have adapted into a movie, and by whom?
- What's your favorite thing to eat when it's over a hundred degrees outside?
- What is your favorite number and why?
- What is the last thing you ate?
- If you could have anything as a pet--real or imaginary--what would you have?
- If you could join a movie/TV show/band as an extra/backup singer (Regardless of ability) which would it be?
- What blog do you read most?
- Do you play video/online games; if so, which ones?
- Do you like spoilers for things or not?
- When was the last time you went to the theater?
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Over a hundred years in the future, the moon has been colonized as the human race takes its first step into the stars.
Except not really. In many sci-fi novels, moon colonies are the basis of future scientific explorations and discoveries. Crater, by Homer Hickam, focuses on a different scenario. Miners process Helium-3, formed by solar winds, for nuclear fuel to power Earth. The author’s research helps ground the novel in real science and gives it a gritty, realistic feel. The colonies are described as “more Wild West than the Wild West,” populated by criminals and exiles. The worldbuilding is well done, described so that it fits with the story instead of interrupting it. The only area I find disappoint is the lack of description for the gillie.
The plot, on the other hand, lags a bit. While the tension is strong at points, the ending doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the story, and I became confused about location after the drive ends. Some of the characters are interesting, but others are clichés—such as the ex-Prince of Wales, and the terms can be a bit confusing at points. Three Stars
One group I would heartily recommend this novel to is fans of space Western, such as Firefly. It has that stars-and-cowboy feeling.
I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze but was not required to write a positive review.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I haven't finished reading this book yet, but there's an excellent reason for that--the book has so many intriguing questions and helpful points that I don't want to rush through. As someone who typically speeds through books, that is high praise indeed.
Stress Point’s ten chapters focus on issues like career, self-image, independent living, spiritual maturity, and financial responsibility. The self-contained chapters make it easy to focus on the areas that challenge you.
Each chapter has multiple journaling sections to let you focus your thoughts and challenge you to take on a Biblical perspective. While the title focuses on stress, the book itself challenges you to focus your attention on God’s plan for your life, instead of your difficulties.
As a college student, I have already faced some of these struggles, while others still lie ahead. Some of these areas—such as self-image and dating, could be applied to those still in high school, while the career and spiritual maturity chapters are applicable for 20-somethings and beyond. I highly recommend this book for young women struggling to find God in their chaotic lives, especially because the author focuses intently on God’s word and the impact on your life. Four Stars.
I received a free copy of this ebook from BookSneeze but was not required to write a positive review.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Brother: So, does Scottish mean stupid? Me: No, just stubborn. Brother: Oh, so Braveheart is about a lot of stubborn people?
Monday, July 2, 2012
(No, I have not yet seen enough Avatar: The Last Airbender to pick a ship. I just like the image)
I was considering writing a nice, leisurely post on Ian and Barbara, the first humans ever to travel the TARDIS--even if they were kidnapped--when I came across this image:
Well, I was planning a post on shipping at some point anyway--now's as good a time as any.