"Where the dynamic of good and evil is a complex dance and the interconnectedness of all things has consequences of choice and action." - Brian Froud,"Where the dynamic of good and evil is a complex dance and the interconnectedness of all things has consequences of choice and action." - Brian Froud, legendary conceptual designer; tribute to the creative genius of Jim Henson's original film. Beautiful artwork and stories!...more
"A superbly original and intriguing book ... unique, yet so simple, it leaves you wondering why it hasn't been thought of before." - Neil deGrasse Tys"A superbly original and intriguing book ... unique, yet so simple, it leaves you wondering why it hasn't been thought of before." - Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History. This book covers a lot of different areas: Native American Astronomy, Optical Telescopes, Radio Telescopes, Planetaria - Theaters of the Sky, NASA and Space Exploration, Space Museums, Astronomers, Astronauts, and Einstein, Aliens, Space Rocks and the Top Ten Out-of-this-World Experiences. Like the following quotes: "Space, the final frontier..." - Captain James T. Kirk, Starship Enterprise
"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night" - From the Old Astronomer to his Pupil by Sarah Williams
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet" - Jack London
Great travel guide for someone who likes the science of science fiction genre, or someone who casually gazes at the stars from the backyard!...more
"On a drizzly, gray day, a young blind girl sets off on a journey down into the tunnels of the subway. The trains transport her to impossibly wonderfu"On a drizzly, gray day, a young blind girl sets off on a journey down into the tunnels of the subway. The trains transport her to impossibly wonderful places she can see only in her mind. She swims with dolphons, sunbathes on a whale's back, flies through the air between skyscrapers, and travels to the end of the world. Spectacularly illustrated by internationally bestselling author Jimmy Liao , this beautiful, evocative book celebrates the power of imagination,. This is a moving, magical journey readers won't soon forget."...more
Why would someone leave a secret pie crust recipe to a cat???? Sweet little mystery that includes real recipes! Fun, quick read that will have you gueWhy would someone leave a secret pie crust recipe to a cat???? Sweet little mystery that includes real recipes! Fun, quick read that will have you guessing until the end!!...more
Basically a timeline history of female characters in comics and graphic novels. Everything from the Amazon Princess to Jungle Queens and femme fatalesBasically a timeline history of female characters in comics and graphic novels. Everything from the Amazon Princess to Jungle Queens and femme fatales to the girl next door. Superheroines have changed a lot over the years: going from the hero's girl-friend or token female on the teams to team leaders and independent heroes with their own adventures. And how some women who grew up on comics are now artists and writers for female characters today, giving female characters more depth, complexity and individuality. There's even a mention of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit from May 2008 "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy" which featured superhero costumes including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! A few interesting notes that I learned while reading this book: Wonder Woman was not the first major female superhero; Batgirl was orignally created for the TV show not in the comics; Shadow Lass was proposed as the first black Legionaire (the coloring was wrong when it went to press and she was colored blue instead); and a female fighting team was created for the war effort - the Victory Girls. Interesting & quick read, will make you take a more in depth look at female characters past and present! ...more
This story seems like an outer space opera version of Moby Dick. The captain Lorq Van Ray is obsessed with his quest to capture a star as it goes novaThis story seems like an outer space opera version of Moby Dick. The captain Lorq Van Ray is obsessed with his quest to capture a star as it goes nova in order to possess the valuable material Illyrion that makes space travel possible. If he captures the star and gains the rare material it could possibly upset the balance of power in the universe/galaxy. In this scenario, there is Draco (Earth solar system - representative of the Old World), Pleiades Federation (representative of the New World), and the Outer Colonies (representative of Third World Countries). If the Outer Colonies gain the rare material then power (political and economic) could shift from the Draco system to the Pleiades Federation or even the Outer Colonies. "Often the governmental and diplomatic matrix cannot handle the pressures of the worlds they govern." - Kaitin, Captain Lorq von Ray's crew member. Along the way, Captain Lorq von Ray is in a feud with Prince Red and his sister Ruby of the Red-shift limited corporation which made the drive systems for interplanetary/interstellar travel possible. The Red family has a lot to lose if the nova is captured and mined for Illyrion. The biggest factor in the cost of transportation was Illyrion which is the rarest susbstance in the universe. In this future universe everyone has sockets implanted in themselves so they can interphase with machinery. Without sockets, no work. In this society, Gypsies are considered outcasts because they do not have sockets -"whole group of grown men and women, with children, wandering around from town to town...without sockets there's not much in the line of work you can do." In this society some follow the philosophy of Ashton Clark who was a philosopher cum psychologist "self-control; self-responsibility - seriously threatened... no direct relation between a man's work and his modus vivendi other than money." "Gawdy, meretricious interplanetary society which has no real living tradition behind it." - sounds like own society today. Great read, some of the phrasing takes some getting used to, like aobut the sockets and Ashton Clark, etc.. but well worth the read. Another quote that I liked by Kaitin "Intelligence creates alienation and unhappiness..." - Interesting....more
The adventure of Milo and Tock, who is a watchdog - literally! Great play on words, makes you think about the word you use and how they're used. LovedThe adventure of Milo and Tock, who is a watchdog - literally! Great play on words, makes you think about the word you use and how they're used. Loved the drawings by Jules Feiffer, too!
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where yoy're going" - Whether Man
"The Doldrums are where nothing ever happens and nothing ever changes." - the Lethargarians
"You weren't thinking and you weren't paying attention either. People who don't pay attention often get stuck in the Doldrums." - the Lethargarians
"Killing Time!" roared the dog, so furiously that his alarm went off. "It's bad enough wasting time without killing it."
"Help you! You must help yourself." the dog replied.
"History is full of humbugs." - Humbug
"A slavish concern for the compostion of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect," roared the Humbug, waving his cane furiously.
"Brevity Is the Soul of Wit" - Official Which "An Ill-chosen Word Is the Fool's Messenger" "Silence is Golden"
"Things which are equally bad are also equally good. Try to look at the bright side of things." - Humbug
"I didn't know that I was going to have to eat my words" objected Milo. "Of course, of course, everyone here does," the king AZAZ the unabridges grunted. "You should have made a tastier speech."
"There's nothing to it," said the Mathemagician "if you have a magic staff." "But it's only a big pencil," the Humbug objected, tapping at it with his cane. "True enough," agreed the Mathemagician,"but once you learn to use it, there's no end to what you can do."
"But why do only unimportant things?" asked Milo, who suddenly remembered how much time he spent each day doing them. "Think of all the trouble it saves," the man explained, and his face looked as if he'd be grinning an evil grin - if he could grin at all, "If you only do the easy and useless jobs, you'll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult. You just won't have the time. For there's always something to do to keep you from what you really should be doing, and if it weren't for that dreadful magic staff, you'd never know how much time you were wasting." - Terrible Trivium, demon of petty tasks and worthless jobs, ogre of wasted effort, and monster of habit.
Very imagnative read! The book felt like it was Dr. Seuss for tweens, young adult or just the young at heart! ...more
**spoiler alert** This is about a ballet by Donald Byrd based on Duke Ellington's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Byrd wanted to bring a s**spoiler alert** This is about a ballet by Donald Byrd based on Duke Ellington's interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. Byrd wanted to bring a sense of inclusion to African Americans. "I wanted this Nutcracker to invite black people to the theater. That does not mean people of other ethnic groups cannot enjoy the ballet. If you can ask black people to relate to white people on the stage, I see no reason why white people should not relate to black people on the stage. It's reallly about inclusion."
The main character is Clara, the grandmother of the family, who is awaiting the arrival of her family on Christmas Eve. Grandmothers are very important in the African American community because they represent an ancestral link to Africa. They are a symbol of respect for one's elders and the honor for one's ancestors. The grandparents carry forward the traditions of the church. The church in the black community is not just about religion. It represents community, morals, and ethics.
Back to Clara, she misses her husband, Gus who passed away the year before. After the family gathers, celebrates and goes off the bed, Clara is alone and is visited by Death. The Nutcracker fights Death to save Clara and Clara rescues the Nutcracker (who turns out to be her beloved prince, Gus) from Death. They spend the night traveling through the heydays of Harlem and visit Club Sweets - with the hottest jazz and so elegant cool crowd. After the club, Clara revisits the eras of her life: 30's - Depression; 40's - Gus's proposal and WWII; 50's - Civil Rights Movement; 60's - turbulent changes and great sorrow; 70's - son rebelled against parents' belief in nonviolent changes; 80's - era of greed and the decline of her beloved neighborhoos; 90's - Gus's death.
On Christmas morning, Clara is found by her family. She tells not to worry about her and passes on the present of the Nutcracker to her youngest grandchild (symbolizing the bond between seniors and children/past and present/Africa and America). She is finally ready to climb the stairway to eternity. Clara took one last look at her family, then continued her journey with her beloved prince, Gus. Very touching ending! ...more
The artwork is amazing! The story is heartwrenching! Incredible Journey meets Max the Bionic Dog - for those of you who remember Max from the Six MillThe artwork is amazing! The story is heartwrenching! Incredible Journey meets Max the Bionic Dog - for those of you who remember Max from the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman series. Definitely a tearjerker - We3...HOME!!!...more
I loved the artwork by artists Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Bernard Chang and colorists Brad Anderson and Alex Sinclair. The writing by Gail Simone didI loved the artwork by artists Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Bernard Chang and colorists Brad Anderson and Alex Sinclair. The writing by Gail Simone did give everyone, even minor characters, their own personalities. I really liked the argument between Diana and Donna - the expression on Donna's face really fitted the character and her mood in that moment. I loved the scene between Genocide (main enemy in this story) and Etta Candy-Trevor - after seeing Wonder Woman defeated by this abomination, and kidnapped by Genocide, she (Etta) still back-talks to Genocide! Awesome!!! Go Etta!!! Love the splash page artwork the featured the Wonder trio in battle armor - Wonder Woman in gold, Troia (original Wonder Girl) in Silver with starfield overlay - nice touch, and Wonder Girl in Bronze. ...more
Liked the E. Aster Bunnymund character, just wish he wasn't the last of the Pookas (Human-sized Rabbits). Would be interesting to learn more about theLiked the E. Aster Bunnymund character, just wish he wasn't the last of the Pookas (Human-sized Rabbits). Would be interesting to learn more about the Pooka culture and history. Hope they find a lost tribe of Pookas somewhere in this series!...more