The book describes itself as a guide to hidden Walt Disney World treasures, no matter if you’re just going to the parks for your first time or if you’The book describes itself as a guide to hidden Walt Disney World treasures, no matter if you’re just going to the parks for your first time or if you’re a well-seasoned WDW fan like me.
If you’re a first time visitor to Walt Disney World, then it’s a good guide to inform of all the extra things that Disney does to help make their parks so magical.
Unfortunately, I was more than a little disappointed by this book. Many of the hidden secrets in the book are things that you don’t really have to go out of your way to notice – nor are they meant to be secrets at all. For example, when you’re in the Upsidedown Open House scene in Journey to Imagination, the book tells you to look at the paint pots – they’re Figment Pigments. This isn’t really something that is secretive or hidden.
I also felt that the author didn’t put in much effort in researching the book, as there are a fair number of errors. The book mentions that in the Vins de France shop in the France Pavilion there is a little rat character tucked away. The book incorrectly names this character as Ratatouille. The rat is actually named Remy, from the film Ratatouille. In another section the book mentions that there is a hidden suite in Cinderella Castle that is only being used for storage. The book was published in 2009, but Disney officially announced that this space would be refurbished into an actual suite for guests in 2006. It was then offered up as a prize in the Year of a Million Dreams contest in 2007.
The book also contains a lot of the author’s own commentary, which normally would be alright, with one exception. When the author speaks about Off Kilter, a Celtic rock band inspired from Canada’s own musical traditions, she insinuates that this is a stretch on Canadian culture and that it’s not appropriate for the pavilion. As a Canadian this was a slap in the face. Celtic roots play a huge part in Canadian heritage, making up a good portion of Canadian folk music – particularly on the East coast. It’s to the point that it influences much of our popular music. The most well known of which are Spirit of the West, the Rankin Family, or Great Big Sea. And while I can’t fault the author for not being an expert in Canadian culture, I think if I were writing a book I might do a bit more research before making remarks like that.
A fair amount of the book is dedicated to the history of the parks. Had I known that, I probably would not have gotten this book. The book might be suitable for first timers to the parks, who wouldn’t necessarily realise that if they slowed down for a few minutes and took the time to look around they would discover a whole realm of detail.
My final rating of this book is 1/5 stars, because personally I didn’t like it. But if you’re a first timer to WDW you might enjoy it.
Unravelled by Robyn Harding centers around a young woman, Beth, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend of four years because he has commitmentUnravelled by Robyn Harding centers around a young woman, Beth, who has recently broken up with her boyfriend of four years because he has commitment issues. Her zany friend decides to start up a stitch-n-bitch group, partially to get Beth out of the house, but mostly because it’s the trendy thing to do.
The story centers on Beth’s attempts to get over her ex and find a guy she can settle with. Her flaws tend to manifest themselves in how she reacts to the happiness of her friends, whether it’s her inability to get along with her roommate or her jealousy towards the people in the group. So caught up in the life she thinks she should have, Beth has a hard time seeing how other people can be happy in their own lives.
You definitely don’t need to be a knitter to enjoy this type of book. It actually left me wondering if starting my own stitch-n-bitch would be a good idea. But like I said above, I’m no knitter!
It was also nice to read a story in setting I can relate to. So often chick lit novels take place in New York or Los Angeles, it was a refreshing change of pace to have one set in Seattle.
The ending took me by surprise, which was nice. It wasn’t the ending I wanted to see happen, but ultimately I enjoyed the book. ...more
**spoiler alert** Sometimes we all just need an escape, some time to ourselves to get away from everything and think about life, the universe and ever**spoiler alert** Sometimes we all just need an escape, some time to ourselves to get away from everything and think about life, the universe and everything. What starts as a birthday adventure for the author, turns into a trip of self-reflection for Lucy Knisley in French Milk.
French Milk is a travel journal based around Knisley’s trip with her mother to the City of Lights, Paris. There they spend six weeks exploring the city, visiting the tourist sights, enjoying the cuisine, and soaking up the culture. Oh, and of course, drinking a tonne of French milk!
While a lot of the book is a reflection of the relationship between mother and daughter, there was another theme that seemed to hit home for me. Taken away from the typical and routine of her home, Knisley manages to do a double-take on her life back at home. She starts to wonder where things are going for her; will she end up at her goals, or get derailed as a failure? I can relate to that because I feel as though I’m starting to doubt myself in similar ways, wondering if I’ve chosen the right path to follow. In just speaking with my friends I know that I’m not the only one who goes through those kinds of self doubts.
Throughout her time in Paris though, and when she finally returns to her home in Chicago, Knisley manages to put the pieces together. Ultimately she discovers that you can be happy with the changes of life, and the fact that sometimes our goals are tough to reach, as long as we’re happy with the person we’re becoming.
My only negative towards this was I was surprised how many photos were in the book. While it was nice to see some of the photos of her trip, I found it got to the point I felt like I was being fed some filler instead of pages that could have been devoted to the story.
This is definitely going into my graphic novel collection as one of my favourites!...more
Last summer I had been watching the BBC versions of Jane Austen’s books. Then I realized… I’ve only ever read Pride & Prejudice! That was kind ofLast summer I had been watching the BBC versions of Jane Austen’s books. Then I realized… I’ve only ever read Pride & Prejudice! That was kind of a huge bummer, especially since I call myself a book worm. So I decided I should fix that…
So I picked up Emma by Jane Austen and jumped right in.
Except it wasn’t so much as jumping in; it was more of a trudging through incredibly heavy, sticky mud. While language doesn’t typically bother me, the mood I was in at the time made it so I just couldn’t face the English. I got maybe 40 pages in before I was starting to force myself to read two pages a night. Eventually I just gave up on trying. I wanted to read “candy books”, which are books you could read in a day or two, but don’t really take much effort on the reader’s part to finish.
And that surprised me a little, because out of the film and BBC versions of Austen’s books, Emma is my favourite!! So why wouldn’t I want to read something that I already knew I would like?
With the start of the new year, I was filled with renewed determination. I would finish Emma!
I managed to fly through it this time. It’s something we talk about at work a fair amount, is that you definitely need to be in the mood for certain books. And if you’re not in the mood to read it, you’re best to put it down and try something else.
Emma turned out to be better than I had been expecting!
The problem with film versions is that so many of the nuances and character development need to be cut out to keep the films to a reasonable length. Reading Emma gives you much more development between Emma and Mr. Knightley that it surprised me. There are nuances in the story that simply get lost when it’s put on the screen, but that are definitely needed to help give the story that added kick in the bum!
I will say, though, that the latest BBC version does a fabulous job translating the book to the screen. Much better than the film version.
Emma gets three and a half stars, and only loses half a star because I couldn’t get into it the first time. But since there are no half stars here, it gets four!
I don’t think I’ve yet read a Star Trek book quite so addicting. Or I guess I should say books, because it’s a series!
Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls bI don’t think I’ve yet read a Star Trek book quite so addicting. Or I guess I should say books, because it’s a series!
Star Trek: Destiny: Lost Souls by David Mack is the third and final book in the Destiny series. And oh my gosh its just as good as the first two. All the events of the previous books come to a climax and resolution in the book, and it’s definitely worth getting through all three books to the end. This series is one that I could read again and again.
Things played out in a way I could see them happening. Mack has a really good understanding about how the characters would think and act.
I have to give this book five stars. It was a great way to top of the series, and I loved the fact that we got to see all the crews we love working together in more than a “here is a fan-service cameo” kind of way.
If you're a Trek fan you definitely need to read this series! I've already gotten four other people hooked on it. :-) ...more
**spoiler alert** Don’t you always hate it when you find an author you think you’re going to really love, read a few books and know it’s great, and th**spoiler alert** Don’t you always hate it when you find an author you think you’re going to really love, read a few books and know it’s great, and then get one rotten apple of a book that just turns you off? That’s what happened to me last year while reading Jennifer Weiner. I thought I’d found an author that was in the running for one of my favourite authors. In Her Shoes, The Guy Not Taken: fabulous reads that I really enjoyed.
Then I got to Weiner’s first book: Good in Bed. It was admittedly a struggle for me to get through this. I wasn’t entirely certain why though.
I decided this year to try reading her again. I ended up picking up Certain Girls, which is the sequel to Good in Bed. Probably not the smartest move on my part because if I didn’t care for the first, why would I torture myself with the second one?
It actually turned out to be an incredible read. The book felt nothing like the first book despite centering around the same character. The plot was gripping (edge of my seat, especially near the end… I was like… WHAT THE HECK!?… in a good way though), and the characters were intriguing.
I think the main reason I enjoyed this more because it was lighter than the first. Candice spends the majority of the first book in utter depression, which can be a downer for anybody, not to mention if you’re feeling bummed to begin with. Whereas with the second book she’s much more accepting of herself for who she is.
Ultimately I really enjoyed this book, and am actually looking forward to picking up another one!
**spoiler alert** I've read all of the Weather Warden series, so was very happy when Outcast season continued on in that universe.
I have to say I was**spoiler alert** I've read all of the Weather Warden series, so was very happy when Outcast season continued on in that universe.
I have to say I was kind of disappointed by Unknown. Each Weather Warden book packed a pretty good punch, but I was a bit let down with this book.
There was a fair amount of character interaction that took place in this book that left me confused and wondering when exactly all the development for it had happened. References to how close Cassiel had become to Manny (the warden she’s partnered with) and his family litter this book. And while I can see how that’s the basis of this series, the first book left me feeling like Cassiel was more a stranger trying to make up for a mistake than somebody who really cared for this family.
Several months have passed between this book and the first one, yet the reader doesn’t really get a sense of what took place between then and now. After how many people tried to kill Cassiel and Luis (Manny’s brother and another warden), I found it hard that nothing occurred in those months, and then all of a sudden it starts happening again.
Despite those faults I still enjoyed reading it. It takes place in a universe that I’m familiar with. I’m rather enjoying seeing how things play out for Cassiel as she tries to deal with her new humanity and the consequences of it. I’ll admit I would have expected more awkwardness on her part, but perhaps being a former Djinn she’s already ahead of the learning curve.
My only hope is that the next book picks up a little bit more and fills in some of the gaps I mentioned above. ...more