"But if there is one thing missing from this age... it's magic. The world has changed so much that we started creating our own magic."
The story cente"But if there is one thing missing from this age... it's magic. The world has changed so much that we started creating our own magic."
The story centers on UP anthropology student Nicole Lacson, a girl who holds a passionate love for Filipino myths passed down from her grandfather. Together with a motley assortment of companions, she meets the mysterious Mrs. Enkanta and races to recapture the escaped enkantos (or supernatural creatures) in the human world. The story also invokes historical and mythological Filipino heroes like Kubin, Sulayman and Lam-ang.
Kudos to Arre, who instead of alluding to overused characters of Western lore, he draws from the deep wells of our very own Philippine mythology and has come up with the utterly fantastical "The Mythology Class". It is a local contribution to the local comic book world not to be missed. It has sought to combine Filipino myths and legends with modern humor, action and sensibility and indeed, it has suceeded in more ways than one.
Title The Mythology Class Author Arnold Arre Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
At the outset of this fast-paced tale by Riordan it would seem that Percy Jackson is just another New York kid diagnosed with ADHD, who has good intenAt the outset of this fast-paced tale by Riordan it would seem that Percy Jackson is just another New York kid diagnosed with ADHD, who has good intentions, a nasty stepfather, and a long line of schools that have rejected him. The revelation of his status as half-blood offspring of one of the Greek gods is nicely packaged, and it's easy to believe that Mount Olympus, in modern times, has migrated to the 600th floor of the Empire State Building (the center of Western civilization) while the door to Hades can be found at DOA Recording Studio, somewhere in LA.
With his new friends, a disguised satyr, and the half-blood daughter of Athena, Percy sets out across the country to rectify a feud between Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Poseidon has been accused of stealing Zeus' lightning bolt, and unless Percy can return the bolt, humankind is doomed. Along the way they must cope with the Furies, Medusa, motorcycle thug Ares, and various other immortals.
The parallels to Harry Potter are frequent and obvious. Even on the basis of this short blurb you can see there are a lot of superficial similarities to the Potter books--an orphan, with supernatural powers, who has two friends (one brainy girl and one geeky sidekick), several envious rival students. He goes to a special school and learns he is highly skilled at the school's favorite sport. He is personally charged with a quest that, should he fail, will result in the ruin of the world. But because Riordan is faithful to the original Greek myths, it gives him credit for originality. Add to that that I'm someone who grew up reading Hamilton's and Bulfinch's Greek Mythology books.
Title The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) Author Rick Riordan Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Forget heaven and hell, the Greek underworld isn't a myth! When it's time to leave the corporeal world, everyone makes the journey to Hades' realm, whForget heaven and hell, the Greek underworld isn't a myth! When it's time to leave the corporeal world, everyone makes the journey to Hades' realm, where they spend eternity as a Shade, first waiting in line to cross the river Styx, and thereafter roaming aimlessly. All is status quo until power-hungry Philonecron resolves to reanimate the dead with blood from the living, create an army from the shadows of living children, and usurp Hades' throne.
Enter Charlotte Mielswetzski, unwitting accomplice; her cousin Zee, a boy with an unusual bloodline and an unusual shadow; and a kitten named Mew. The cousins come to understand they are at the center of a nefarious under-worldly plot, and must protect themselves, foil Philonecron, and reunite the children with their shadows. This story is charmingly silly, but has enough serious moments to carry the plot forward.
With that said, I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars due to the plot and general theme of the story. As someone who was fascinated with Greek mythology in high school, I had high hopes for what lay before me. However, I found myself sorely disappointed with the events. First of all, even for fiction, it wasn't very believable. At times, it was almost painful to read. I think the use of shadows as a means of stealing the life from children seemed a bit hokey and the reader was had to endure several very over-done "believe in yourself" messages.
I think more could have been done with Hades and Persephone, as well as with the kitten and Mr. Metos and was sorely disappointed with the general outcome. I will say, however, that the Epilogue was perfectly executed and a happy surprise. But as I said, more could have been done with those characters (that's the most I can say without spoiling it).
Originally published in 1903, Yei Theodora Ozaki's translation of Sadanami Sanjin's collection of Japanese fairy tales has been the introduction of maOriginally published in 1903, Yei Theodora Ozaki's translation of Sadanami Sanjin's collection of Japanese fairy tales has been the introduction of many a young child into the legends and fables of old Japan across the years.
Many of the stories here are familiar with anyone even slightly interested in Japanese folklore. "Momotaro, or the Story of the Son of a Peach, "The Story of Urashima Taro, the Fisher Lad", "Kintaro the Golden Boy" and "The Ogre of Rashomon". Along with these, there are rarer tales that one doesn't usually see in other Japanese fairy tale collection, such as: "The Stones of Five Colors and the Empress Jokwa", "The Sagacious Monkey and the Boar" and "How and Old Man Lost his Wren".
As I understand it, this is a somewhat liberal translation; accuracy to the source material has obviously been sacrificed to a certain extent for the sake of accessibility. Interestingly, words that would not be translated today are translated here for the sake of the Western audience ("samurai," for example, is translated "knight"). Many of these stories are not concise--they tend to meander--and some end rather abruptly. Without substantial familiarity with the original material, it's difficult to determine how much of this is the stories themselves and how much is Ozaki's doing, but I suspect the latter is more responsible.
These stories are, nevertheless, mostly quite enjoyable, and the differences and similarities with Western fairy tales are particularly interesting. (Wicked stepmothers, apparently, are a source of plot conflict the world over.)
Title Japanese Fairy Tales Author Yei Theodora Ozaki Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Suffering from a bit of deja vu after reading your umpteenth fantasy trilogy? Seen too many magic swords, musical elves and warring wizards? ExhaustedSuffering from a bit of deja vu after reading your umpteenth fantasy trilogy? Seen too many magic swords, musical elves and warring wizards? Exhausted and sick of barbarian heroes in invincible loin clothes? Ever wondered why the hero and heroine have a thing with *baths*? Wonder no longer! You're ready for the funniest and most complete "tourist's" guide to Fantasyland's standard character types, plot elements, and settings ever devised.
Written as an amusing travel guide, the book assumes that you are a "tourist" in a fantasy world. You are, of course, going on a quest, and you will meet all sorts of strange people, visit strange places, eat lots of stew (and probably save the world as well) before the tour is over.
This book is full of wicked humor and a skewering look at fantasy not to be missed. True fans of any genre are the ones that can laugh at it. This book is great because it tells writers exactly what cliches to avoid and points out funny facts.
All the standard schticks are exposed, maliciously and hysterically, from Stew and Tavern Brawls to Magic and Swords. You will never need to read another fantasy novel--everything is already here!
I would not recommend reading this book straight through, which can get a little tedious. Instead, flip through it and read when something catches your interest. Pretty soon, you will have read all the entries. I love the entries on Swords, Talented Girls, Color Coding, Gnomic Utterances...it's all so true.
Title The Tough Guide to Fantasyland Author Diana Wynne Jones Reviewed By Purplycookie...more