2.5 STARS This book was assigned for English in Grade 7.
Oh my, so not a book I should have read.
I can understand why this book was chosen for discuss2.5 STARS This book was assigned for English in Grade 7.
Oh my, so not a book I should have read.
I can understand why this book was chosen for discussion. The writing was great and the plot was very emotional and engaging. I especially remember the boys in my reading group loving it. However, when I read I get very emotionally attached to what is going on in the story, which is why as a rule try no to read "dog" books or "horse" books, ever.
Where the Red Fern Grows, although an interesting story, was not ideal for a deeply depressed teenage girl with a love of animals. This was just the wrong book at the wrong time.
However, someday I do believe I'll come back to this and read it again without the filter of assignments and graded reports....more
Fairest attempts to bring song to print and lost me in the translation.
This is one of those books that I wanted to like but was unable to involve myFairest attempts to bring song to print and lost me in the translation.
This is one of those books that I wanted to like but was unable to involve myself in the story because of the entanglement of songs written into the plot. Trying to imagine the songs being sung and creating a melody from nothing brought me out of the story and into my head. This bothered me especially because song is such a major element of the world that Levine is trying to build that this disturbance is ever present throughout the book.
In the moments I was truly involved in the story I found the plot, the characters and the message being told to be intriguing and well written. It was these sections that made me read on to finish the entire book, but my problems with the incorporated music is what stayed with me in the end.
Overall I do want to return to Fairest at some point and give it a second chance, only this time it will have to be an audio book instead. ...more
When people ask me what my favourite book is my default answer is The Blue Girl. One of my first experiences with urban fantasy I found The Blue GirlWhen people ask me what my favourite book is my default answer is The Blue Girl. One of my first experiences with urban fantasy I found The Blue Girl to be the perfect combination of weird and wonderful. I'm sure that in the coming years I will re-read this book to see if it holds up to my previous experience and when that happens I'll be sure to give it a proper review. In the meantime, I highly recommend you check out Charles de Lint. His Newford series is really interesting and worth it for anyone who loves world building and companion series. ...more
I need to re-read this book. It's been a couple of years since I read this and I just can't shake the feeling like I didn't give this the attempt thatI need to re-read this book. It's been a couple of years since I read this and I just can't shake the feeling like I didn't give this the attempt that it deserved....more
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind holds a very special place in my heart. I feel in love with the story and Nausicaä herself from watching the film wNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind holds a very special place in my heart. I feel in love with the story and Nausicaä herself from watching the film when I was thirteen and my grandmother gave me the DVD as a present. Since then I've watched the film more times than I could ever keep track of. Until 2012 I had no idea that this story was also in graphic novel form and written by Miyazaki himself! I always considered him to be a director and screenplay writer so seeing that he has also worked in print was a pleasant surprise.
When I started reading I encountered another pleasant surprise. I've always known how dear to me this story was, but when I started reading I was almost overwhelmed with emotion. I know it sounds cheesy as hell, but I was shocked by how excited I got just reading the first volume. When it comes to the story itself, because I was introduced to this at a relatively early age, Nausicaä was pretty much my first example of a feminist heroine and large scale environmentalism.
Nausicaä is the Princess of the Valley of the Wind and she is everything you would expect a Princess to be. She is kind, intelligent, rebellious, curious, strong, brave, and has an unspoken connection to nature. At her core it is her ability to use empathy to communicate with the natural world around her, even when the natural world around her is slowly destroying humankind, that makes her stand out. I imagine Nausicaä as almost a darker version of a Disney Princess and a lot of that has to do with the amazing fantasy world that she lives in. Nausicaä's world is war stricken as she is forced to fight both for and against people and nature to try and ensure the survival of the Valley of the Wind.
The graphic novel is beat for beat the same as the film from what I've seen in this first volume. The art style is also the same style as the film. From my experience this repetition does not detract from either formatt. The film and the manga still come across as very unique because of the things that makes them different. Part of what makes the film so beautiful is the colouring and the movement of the environment. In the manga the basic line art gives more focus to the characters and the expressive nature of the artwork. Either way it's enjoyable.
When it comes to the look of the manga the size and format of the book is a lot more like an American comic book than what I associate with manga. Logically, I believe any graphic novel from Japan should be called manga because of the cultural association, but it was still surprising to see the book in this format. The unorthodox large pages actually really work to the book's benefit because it gives it more space to play. This is undoubtedly important when it comes to the scope of the more vast flying scenes. I can't imagine it would be as visually appealing if the planes had to be squished into smaller panels. Seeing this makes me wonder why more manga isn't formatted this way. So many fantasy and science fiction manga spring to mind that would also benefit from having a larger form. In the manga section of my library Nausicaä stands out among all the other perfectly uniform books and I'm really curious to find out why. It's something I'll have to look into.
Right now I have the next two volumes from the library and I can't wait to continue reading. This is my first manga I've read in months due to my reading hiatus and I could not think of a better way to start again then to read something that I know I'll love....more
Catherine, Called Birdy was an assigned novel for one of my English courses along with The Midwife's Apprentice. Unfortunately for Birdy, I ended up eCatherine, Called Birdy was an assigned novel for one of my English courses along with The Midwife's Apprentice. Unfortunately for Birdy, I ended up enjoying the later much more and that played a part in my views of it.
I wish I could have been more charmed by this. I can only say that I enjoyed it well enough. Birdy is captivating in the best ways, but the way the time period is described didn't interest me in the least. However, to give the book credit it did capture my attention during my reluctant reader phase, which is a feat in itself. The circumstances of it being assigned also definitely coloured my prescription of it. ...more
The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes is the series that inspired me to love writing. It was incredibly influential in my early youth and I still own some coThe Amazing Days of Abby Hayes is the series that inspired me to love writing. It was incredibly influential in my early youth and I still own some copies of my favourite books in the series, including this one. I would love it if this series was popular enough that I could mention it and actually have people know what I'm talking about!...more
When I was in Elementary school there was an annual story telling competition that every grade took part in. Anyone who wanted to participate would piWhen I was in Elementary school there was an annual story telling competition that every grade took part in. Anyone who wanted to participate would pick a short story and read that story a-loud to your class using whatever costumes or props you wanted. Your classmates would then vote on the best storyteller. One person from each class would tell their story in front of the whole school. Now what does this have to do with The Giving Tree?
In first grade, my classmate and future friend Stephanie choose the book The Giving Tree and she told it with such confidence that she really did sound like a storyteller. A little first grade girl, without even looking at the book, performed in front of the whole school. To my knowledge she was the first first grader to ever win the competition. Actually, the younger grades rarely ever even took part because of their obvious lack of volunteers.
I had never read the giving tree before that day and it took a while before I did, but when I read The Giving Tree I heard Stephanie's voice telling me her story.
The best sort of stories are the ones that have memories attached to them....more