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Monday, August 12, 2013
Game of Thrones is the story of seven noble families that fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Fans of the HBO television series, Game of Thrones, and fans of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy books series will be sure to love this graphic novel. If you have read George R.R. Martin’s series you’ll appreciate the way that Daniel Abraham (the adapter) and Tommy Patterson (the artist) have kept to the authenticity of the book.
Some of the things that were written out of the movie adaptation are carefully depicted in the graphic novel. One example is that the Dothraki wear their hair in long braids and when they are defeated they must shave their heads. Khal Drogo has long braids because he has never been defeated in combat and in the book he wears bells in his braids so that his enemies can hear him coming. The television series didn’t include the bells because they caused too much of a distraction during the performances.
I admit that I fell in love with the movie first but I’m ready to tackle the science fiction novels now. There are so many characters and storylines that it is hard to keep them all straight but having the graphic novel actually helped me put names to faces and to become more attached to the characters. If you like science fiction and medieval times, this is the story for you.
Warning: This is an adult graphic novel and does contain some scenes of nudity not intended for children.
Monday, June 17, 2013
You can’t stop the future,
you can’t rewind the past
the only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.
Clay Jensen returns home from high school and finds a mysterious package waiting for him. Inside there are thirteen cassette tapes made by Hannah Baker, his high school crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier. The package was sent with the tapes and a highlighted map of the town so the people on the tapes can relive her last days. Those that have been chosen to receive a copy of the tapes are warned that they must pass it on to the next otherwise a second copy of the tapes would be leaked to the entire school. If that happens some of the students could face ridicule or even jail time. Clay’s journey to understand the whole story of Hannah’s death is a psychological ride that leaves you thinking about all the “what ifs” that happen in life.
This story has an interesting dual narrative that moves back and forth between what Hannah and Clay are doing and thinking at the same time. It can be a bit confusing but that is what makes this book so interesting. The story is a little dark but it is a fascinating journey that proves how everything that you do or don't do has a consequence.
Universal Films has bought the rights to the movie and is currently in the planning stages. Selena Gomez has been cast to play the lead role of Hannah Baker.
Monday, April 22, 2013
I love being outside; hearing, smelling, and feeling nature. As a kid, I spent many afternoons just sitting up in “my tree.” I would read or write little stories about the things I saw in the clouds. I would actually get excited when it rained in the spring so I could go searching for worms that had been flushed from their homes.
Now, I'm a mom with three kids that sit in the house on the computer or on one of the (I counted) nine different computerized devices that we own. They don't have a tree spot picked out in the yard or get excited when it rains. I'm not sure they even notice it's raining.
I am on a mission to get outside! I know there are other mothers out there dealing with the same problem. This book may be our solution.
I LOVE DIRT! by Jennifer Ward
Ward has 52 activities to help you and your kids discover the wonders of nature in all four seasons. Some ideas are puddle jumping in the spring, arranging a backyard camp-out in the summer, finding a thinking spot in the yard in the fall, and studying the constellations in the winter. All of her examples are simple and sweet but would make a huge impact on any child that may be experiencing them for the very first time.
I chose this book because the Forward was written by Richard Louv, the 2013 Fox Cities Reads author. If you are interested in more outdoors reading, Louv’s books are Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle.
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