I’ve been gaming since I was little and I hadn’t realized how “easy” I had it with gaming and being a nerd, compared to earlier years, until recently.
It’s a crazy book to be sure, and crazy people love to beat non-religious people over the head with it, despite the fact that Jesus (in the Bible) told His followers not to do that. It’s an ancient book too. Our modern Bibles are copies of copies of copies – spanning thousands of years. The…
Have you ever gone into a room, looked around and wondered why you were in there? I mean, you had to have been looking for something, right? And yet, you have no idea what you were looking for.
This same concept can be added to why I haven’t made a post since November when I wrote about the Skyrim: Special Edition. I have meant to write a post here and there, maybe something goofy or silly or serious, but I never made it to the laptop to start writing. On the other hand, the husband, Falcon Reviews, has been doing a fabulous job of writing and keeping his blog up-to-date, and I’m the writer.
Unfortunately, the last time I made a post was about a week or two before finals began. I had two term papers to write, two normal-ish tests, and two ginormous tests that sucked out my brains and possibly my soul. I became nothing. So it should come to no surprise that I did not have it in me to write during Christmas break, or even last week when I had to spread my wings and crawl out of my introverted shell, again. Le sigh.
I have some posts that I am eagerly working on, and by working on I mean they’re in my head. I want to have a post a week at least if not more than that from here on out. I can’t really call myself a writer or a communications degree major if I’m not communicating with the world around me.
So please, take this an my apology for allowing my recluse side to take over and vanquish any sort of normalism I may have from time to time.
What I am planning to write
- I got the husband ReCore for Christmas but somehow he ended up dragging me into it and now I have to write a review. Well, I don’t have to, but I’m gonna!
- I plan to write a post about how women think they should look after they give birth vs. how society makes them feel how they should look
- My 2017 in the making!
- A review on Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring vs. the movie adaptation
- Probably something about books or a book
- IDK I’ll think of something though
This is tentative and will not be in order.
This play released on July 31st. The announcement of the book sent a wave of excitement through the world and, obviously, through the Harry Potter fan club.
The wave was felt for a long time before the play’s release. The community gathered for midnight release games and fun to enjoy the release of the book/play.
And then the community read the play. And fans were sad. Fans became disappointed. Fans got on the internet and to show their exasperation through reviews and disappointed posts on social media.
My first realization let down of the play was when I realized though her name is printed on the book that J.K. Rowling didn’t actually write The Cursed Child. Dun dun dunnn. Ouch.
The second let down I had was when I realized that the play wasn’t actually going to give me a story I hadn’t yet read. Second ouch.
So I have gathered not only my thoughts and a list of pros and cons but also the same from someone not me that has read the play. This way you don’t just get my sour thoughts but also someone else’s as well.
Since it seems like a big deal to everyone that people didn’t realize it has been written in script/play form. So as you continue on please keep in mind that yes I realized this before I purchased it. And no it makes no difference to me. And yes I realize that it doesn’t allow for more storytelling. However, have you ever read Midsummer Night’s Dream? It was written in script form and yet you get a full story. Even Metamorphosis is a play and you get a full story. There are ways around this and you can still put a whole story together. Maybe have it be a little longer or release and extended version.
I received my copy in the late afternoon on August 1st.
I started reading my copy once I had finished the third installment of the Pendragon series. And writing an extra 2,000 words in my novel (wee!).
August 5th noonish
I finished my copy full of disappointment and wondering what I just read.
And I am, fortunately, not alone. If you care to click here to read the numerous reviews on Amazon.com of fans who are just as let down as I am.
I was stoked to have received my copy and to say that I wanted to not go back to work in order to start my book would be absolutely 100% true. I mean, I would skip work every day if that meant I could stay home to read a book, but that’s just me.
Alas, I digress (or is it earwax?).
Here is where the spoilers begin. If you haven’t read the book/play then go do that before continuing on. I am not one to make a review minus spoilers. Ain’t happenin. Go read it. Or don’t and continue on.
- Not written by Rowling (didn’t realize this until after I got the book/play)
- Unfortunately for the actual authors, you can tell… Bad
- Fanfiction… DING DING DING. Not good fanfiction either
- Characters are not believable (you can’t tell me that they would say what is written in this book. Really?)
- Not convincing enough to make me believe it would actually be what happened after the seventh book. Not even a little bit.
- No new material (unless you count the “plot twist” which is full of loopholes, so no)
- Not an original idea. Because it just takes off from the excerpt the real author gave us at the end of Deathly Hallows
- The characters feel awkward and not true to themselves (also where is Tonks and Lupin’s kid?)
- Delphi… The whole character shouldn’t exist
- WTF????!!!! <—— my thought throughout the entire book/play
Now you may think that some of my points are a little harsh since Rowling didn’t write it but wait and I will explain myself.
My friend’s pro/con list
- A different perspective to the magical world than Rowling’s
- Getting to read about our favorite characters
- Seeing how the romantic relationships are 20 years later
- The children-seeing their personalities and getting to know them as characters
- Bellatrix being the person Voldemort would choose to, uh, create an evil child with
- The connections of friendship-Harry with Hermione and Ron/Albus with Scorpius
- Characters are not true to themselves and are not believable
- The various future outcomes of “what if” are not necessary
- Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry attitudes- I am not convinced that Harry would ever speak to Ginny like that
- Rose’s personality-how could Ron and Hermione raise a kid to be that big of a prat?
- Title did not reflect the books content
- You can tell that Rowling didn’t write it
I have to agree with her list. Number 5 of the pros list is a big one for me too. If any of the Death Eaters were going to be the baby momma to the Dark Lord then it would be Bellatrix. BUT if she had been pregnant at any point during the books (and that is how Rowling saw it) then wouldn’t we have read about it? And just to add a sour note, you’re gonna tell me that she birthed a baby and then died mere days afterward? Cuz, you know, that isn’t depressing or anything.
I think that her pro and con list is self explanatory but if you have questions regarding them then hit me up in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.
As for my list, well keep reading.
Number 1– J.K. Rowling didn’t write it… And then she allowed her name to be attached to it as though she did. FALSE! Why would you let something that doesn’t even read like your stuff be published? Anyone who loves Harry Potter will forever be fans regardless of whether you continue writing or not. We have closure. For those who don’t have closure then you can write your own fanfiction, just make sure it is better than this.
Number 2– You can tell she didn’t write it… This is bad, bad, bad because not only does it keep in the forefront of my mind that it isn’t her work, but I also can’t believe what I am reading. The characters presented in this book/play may have the names of the characters from Harry Potter but they do not behave like those characters did. Even forty years later, these people are not who we are meant to believe they are. #sorrynotsorry
Number 3– It is fanfiction… It really is. Two guys published what they believe happened after the seventh book. If it isn’t written by the OA, and uses the characters/theme/setting/plot of the original book(s). Make you think of anything?
Number 4– Characters are not believable… Uhh, I cannot believe that 20 years would cause Harry to ever tell his son, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, that sometimes he wishes he weren’t his son…. That is just one of the examples but the biggest one that sticks in my head.
Number 5– Not convincing enough… I don’t believe the story. Harry and his middle son have trouble because the son is full of poor me? Not happening. Voldemort impregnating Bellatrix and the books never mentioned it? I realize that there are times when we don’t see her but not almost ten months worth, definitely not long enough for her to be pregnant and have a child (remember when she tortured Hermione?).
Number 6– Nothing new was added to the story. Sure we got to see the kids older and more grown up but it was a pity party the entire time. There wasn’t much in character growth and I didn’t feel like I really got to know the new characters very well. I understand it is a play but I have read plays with character growth.
Number 7– Not an original idea. Like I mentioned before the play only takes off with the excerpt from the seventh book and took off with the idea in their own way.
Number 8– The characters are not true to themselves. Like I said up above, the characters act in a way that is not believable or true to who they were in the original books. I know it has been 19-20 years but people don’t become assholes after working with each other to save the world.
Number 9– Delphi.. This character should never have been born. Not only did she immediately stand out to me as a potential antagonist but her title as cousin to Cedric and the daughter of Voldemort… Just, why?
Number 10– This isn’t really a problem but more of an overall disappointment number. I didn’t enjoy the book. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who won’t enjoy it because there will be plenty who do. I didn’t. These are my top nine reasons why I didn’t like it. I should also point out that I felt like there were far too many loopholes with the characters, going back in time, and Delphi. I don’t think it was a well thought out story. It felt more like a quick short story that they wanted to get out there so that they could start cashing in. I understand that it was written as a play but I don’t think that knowledge makes it any better. Regardless of what form you take the story in it still falls flat.
So there you have it, my rant review on the new Harry Potter book/play. I hope it gives you the information you have been looking for. If you have any questions or whatever go ahead and leave a comment. I make a point of getting back to all those who comment on my posts.
Thanks so much for reading this! Have a great day.
I was going to bore you with a topic on politics and how much I hate the planet we live on (let’s go to another planet already, k?), but then I read a post about playing video games with your children and thought about my husband (and everyone says, “AWE!”).
Except we don’t have kids, so that isn’t the kind of post you get today. Sorry, pal.
I know I have mentioned my childhood a teeny tiny bit but I haven’t gone into the fullness of my nerdom.
I am the youngest of six children (you can read about that on my about page) with three older brothers and two older sisters. My sisters are not nerds or geeks or anything of the sort. Well, my oldest sister is a bit of a book nerd but she has four children soooo (and she is a wicked artist). But they’re not the type of nerd I am talking about today.
I am a video game nerd.
I will admit that I do not play as often or for as long as I did when I was in my teens but I have my moments.
When I was in High School I played the shit out of Halo 3… I was good too. Better than the middle-aged dudes who came home after work every day, drank beer, and played Halo. I really played only after I finished my homework and on the weekends (before I got a job).
My teens were not when my nerdom began though. No, no, no my brothers convinced my parents (somehow) to let them get a Super Nintendo. I have no idea how old I was but I remember playing it. The tiny controller was just fine because it fit in my tiny child hands, though sometimes I couldn’t get to the buttons fast enough.
My husband wrote about finding his long lost love of Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader the other day after thinking he was going to have to buy it for almost $100 on Amazon.
I remember playing games like Super Mario World (Yoshi will forever be one of my fav characters in a game), Paper Boy, Star Wars games (Return of the Jedi was pretty epic), and Mortal Kombat. Wow talk about a blast from the past. One of my brothers was super obsessed with Mortal Kombat. Remember the cheat code books you could buy? Well if he couldn’t find those he would spend hours finding out the codes on his own and filled notebooks with cheats. Of course, I never used them because he wouldn’t let us touch those notebooks. What a meany.
Alas, I digress.
So the Super Nintendo was like WHOA, I mean you could play little animated dudes with a controller and ten inch TV (not kidding). It was a different kind of world.
Then a few years or so later we got the Nintendo 64. Say, what??? I was looking at the games I used to play on that console and was getting all kinds of excited as I took a walk down memory lane. There were some seriously epic games on the 64.
My absolute fave games from that console were Goldeneye, Diddy Kong Racing (I need this in my life), Perfect Dark (the new version on the 360 was a disappointment), and Mario Kart 64. Now I am not trying to say that since the 64 that games haven’t had the same effect as OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE I FORGOT ABOUT THAT, it is just that I am older now and it has been far longer since the Super Nintendo and 64 were around in my life.
There have been plenty of games since then that have caught my attention and that I will forever go back to. Halo: Combat Evolved, Mass Effect, Oblivion, Skyrim, Witcher, KOTOR, and Republic Commando. Those rank pretty high on the list.
Much like my reading my nerdiness for video games is a love for fiction and science fiction. I love space games far too much and I love fantasy. The fantasy has to be done right though. It has to be an RPG. I have strayed away from multiplayer games. My social bar has become slim to nothing, especially after working nine hours a day around people and having someone in my ear talking the entire time… Seriously, I get too worn out by customers. True story.
So playing an RPG is like playing my favorite book on the screen with a controller in my hand. The only thing better is watching a movie but they have to be really good if they’re going to match up to the book. I wonder how well I could create book characters in Dungeons and Dragons… Food for thought.
So if you were wondering why I called this post The Fat Nerd Inside of Me, well I feel like you guys only get to see the book nerd side of me and not what is really lying dormant underneath all of this black and white text.
I am planning on writing about my favorite bands, music, and the songs that really tap into my creativity. Beside booze, music gets me writing faster than anything else.
I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down memory lane! Thank you for reading!
I know I have some pretty sporadic posts from time to time; I don’t keep to a specific trend with my blog. So I have a question, what would you like to see me write about more? Random thoughts I have (ranting or raving), social media, book/movie/video game stuff, my marriage or relationship stuff, opinion pieces,or something else entirely?
I would love some feedback and any advice that you could give me. I am all ears!
So I may have a little bit of time on my hands but I want to start a new award. Recently my husband bestowed the Liebster Award to myself and my mother-in-law. I have seen many other bloggers participating in other various awards and having fun with it. Which brings me to my point, I want to start a blog award of my own!
Thus I have made The Awesome Sauce Award!
This award should be given to the bloggers that you think qualify to be Awesome Sauce! If you have never heard the term awesome sauce then you need to research or go hang out with a fifteen-year old girl- or me :).
- Thank the person who has awarded you this awesome award, or don’t and be a jerk.
- Explain what the awesome sauce award IS (use my description or make your own!).
- Answer the questions.
- Copy and Paste the rules
- Tag the bloggers you think qualify for this award!
- Have fun with it!
What IS the Awesome Sauce Award?
Well, this award goes out to all you peeps who write really well, have awesome pictures, or are just plain awesome! You can also award someone whose blog brings you peace or enjoyment. Maybe you giggle when you read a sentence they wrote, or you find the information they provided to be interesting/helpful. This award is meant to encourage and boost happiness levels as well as confidence in each other as bloggers. We are a community of nerds, writers, and newbies!
Recently our Nation, and the world, seem to be in a state of despair and tragic circumstances. It is our job as writers and entertainers to provide some positivity to the world. So make sure when you are sharing your post that you also share it on all of your social media outlets. Let’s make the world positive for at least ONE day. Bring some happiness and awesomeness to your friends, family, and the world!
- If you could buy ONE item RIGHT now, what would it be?
- If you were to write a book what would you write about?
- Would you recover a friendship with someone that you have lost contact with?
- What are you currently listening to that you’re slightly embarrassed about?
- What life goal have you recently accomplished?
- If you could provide a piece of advice to give to the world, what would it be?
- What are your dreams usually about (your literal dreams or your life dreams)?
- What could the world really take advantage of when it comes to media, life, the world in general?
- When you get home in the evening from work or school, what helps you relax? (Beside booze, we all know that helps).
- You just discovered you can teleport on will, where do you go?
Now nominate some people that you think would love to get this award! There is no minimum or maximum number of people required for you to nominate but be genuine!
(I gotta be honest about the word nominations… It has NOM in the word which makes me giggle every time I read it. Nom nom nom.).
Jouska @thejouskablog (go check out her stuff! She’s funny!)
The Struggling Librarian (if you wanna read about books!)
Karla @lovepineapples (because you are awesome in so many ways!)
Shelby @falconreviews (he’s my hubby so of course he is awesome!)
The Nerd Girl @wanderingnerdgirl (two words: elephant rocks)
The End is Near!
You have reached it to the end of this ridiculous post/award. I hope that you have found enjoyment in reading this and enjoy passing it on! Even if you have not been nominated and you read this, please accept this as me nominating you and pass it on! Have fun and enjoy life!
I need to apologize. I had promised you all a little something everyday. The only problem is, I’ve had a perpetual brain fart in the last two days. So for that, I am sorry. I have also been quite busy. My fiancé and I went for a little viewing with our photography to see the […]
I promised last week that I would provide a book review on a new series I started a couple weeks ago called Pendragon by D.J. Machale. The first book was published in 2002, but for some reason has not received as much credit as Harry Potter did (the first one published in 1997). Perhaps the idea of Harry Potter being British was something that we turned toward, who knows? But I am here today to give you a little insight to the Pendragon series and hopefully pique your interest enough to get you to read it as well.
The story takes place in a small town/city/suburb in the United States. It starts with following the Main Character, Bobby Pendragon, a 14-year old high school basketball player who has no cares in the world. Bobby is a popular boy in school but his best friend, Mark, is nerdy and different. Bobby is getting ready to go to a very important basketball game and just as he is about to leave the house a girl, Courtney, shows up at his doorstep. This is what the readers are introduced to, not a whole lot happens because Machale is setting the character stage.
Machale does a fantastic job of not providing too much about the characters to where we end up getting bored of them too quickly. This is especially interesting to me because I find too many books that the first 100 pages are a complete bore because the author has decided to tell me too much of the past without revealing enough of the present or future.
The story takes off pretty quickly after Courtney shows up. Bobby’s Uncle Press shows up and takes him off on his motorcycle to an abandoned subway station. The story continues with Bobby using a type of portal called a flume to travel to another territory (a type of world). Soon after arriving, and commence drama, Bobby finds out he is a traveler, which is not fully explained but he is basically someone who is destined to travel between territories and assist the territories during dark times.
Now this is all special and whatnot but what makes this book stand out over all the other books about young teenagers, is that it is written from the POV of Bobby to his friends Mark and Courtney. Bobby writes to them in journals throughout his adventures, recapping what he has done since he has written or seen them last. Machale actually numbers the journals so that the readers don’t get lost and can understand how many he has written to his friends. This way of writing is not a common form of separating out a novel but I like it.
So anyway, loads of weird stuff happens that I can’t go into full detail on or else I would be giving too much away. Bobby finds himself in a village of people called the Milago, they are basically slaves of the people called the Bedoowan (big bad dudes). Bobby is expected to assist the Milago in getting out from their enslavement and overcome their struggles but he must accept his new life in order to help them.
The story has its own ups and downs where the MC makes stupid mistakes, assumes too much, but eventually redeems himself. Machale introduces many new creatures to the world of stories. I think a lot more will be explained as the books go on but the first one definitely captured my attention. I want to know what happens to Bobby, to Uncle Press, to Courtney, and to Mark. Why is he a traveler? I have so many questions and I am sure this review did you no justice because you’ve never read it before, but I implore you to do so.
Bobby Pendragon- is the main character. The story, mostly, takes place from his point of view through journals that he writes to his two best friends, Mark and Courtney.
Mark- is a side character that gets his own POV from time to time and only then has to share with Courtney. He doesn’t add much to the story but gives the readers a character who helps tidy up the story.
Courtney- is the other side character that shares POV moments with Mark intermittently. She has less to give to the story but that may change as I get further into the books.
Everyone else- there is the comic relief that is Uncle Press, the hard-ass that is Loor, and the goofy side-kick that is Alder. They are Bobby’s peeps when he is not on Earth. They move the plot along and provide any new information that Bobby, and subsequently the readers, need.
The originality score for the Pendragon series ranks pretty high or well for me it does. There aren’t many books or series that can be published without being compared to a book or series that already exists (Twilight will be forever compared to everything for some reason). Machale has done an excellent job of taking his readers into a different set of story all together. We haven’t ever been to the different territories before or anything similar to them but now we get to explore them. I look forward to reading his other books and letting you all know how they turn out. 🙂
Machale wrote ten books in the Pendragon series, each taking place in a new territory with a new problem. I don’t plan on writing a review for each book that I read, though I might, but I will write a final review going over the entire series. I don’t want to spoil too much of the series for anyone who plans on reading it or who might read it in the future.
For the past couple years I have learned to ignore the idiotic and biased “critiques” that come from the well-known Rotten Tomatoes website. The critics that end up with their reviews on the site seem to have specific taste in movies and if a certain film does not match that taste then, by their specifications, the movie is garbage.
This has fully prompted me into writing my Book vs. Movie Review for Me Before You. I went to see this film, after having read the book in May, with my lovely husband, three of my good friends, and one of my friends’ mom and sister. Two of my friends had a difficult time not shedding tears or blubbering throughout points in the film. But Rotten Tomatoes wants to say it was a blubbering mess. Well, yeah that’s the point.
SPOILERS!!! Do not read this if you have not read the book or watched the film. If you have done neither then go to Amazon and get the book. Do it. Right now.
If you want to read their “reviews” of the movie then click the link here, if you dare.
Anyway, I could rant about those people for days so we must move on.
I don’t normally go see movies like this (romantic or little action) in theaters because I feel like they are best for sitting at home and enjoying with made-at-home popcorn and snuggles :). But I had to go see it because I couldn’t wait.
The movie follows the book timeline well. There are bits throughout the movie that are sped up or shortened, in a sense, to make up for movie time but I think that is something that we will just have to expect when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. However, I didn’t feel like I lost anything from the bits that were shortened or sped up. The story still held itself together and the audience gets to feel and see everything (mostly) that was included in the book. I know that they did this well enough because the people who failed to read the book beforehand wanted to desperately after watching the movie. Kudos movie people, you have potentially turned your audience into book readers (maybe).
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. No, honestly I really wasn’t sure. I had read reviews and had seen the trailer and I knew I had to see the mushiness of it but wasn’t sure if the book would be as sappy as what I was hoping it would be. It was better. I got to know Lou on a level that some authors don’t establish between reader and character. I fell in love with her personality, her silliness, and her absolute unique personality. I would want her to be my friend if she were real. Oh and let’s not even go down the Will Traynor road. Okay, I have to! For a man who is handicapped, Moyes was able to create a hell of a character. Remember how all crazed the teenagers got over Edward in Twilight (I know more Twilight references)? Okay, Will Traynor is about on the same level of jerk-hawt-guy, but he is HANDICAPPED. Handicapped, people, and Moyes was still able to make him be sexy. Okay I gotta stop or my husband will get jealous over a handicapped fictional dude.
The movie missed a great opportunity to show us more of Treena (Lou’s sister played by Jenna Coleman), Lou’s parents (Samantha Spiro and Brendan Coyle), and Patrick (Lou’s boyfriend who is played by Matthew Lewis). I think that they spent a lot more time on the Main Character’s (rightly so) than showing us the side characters. I personally would have liked to see the established Treena that we meet in the book (and to see more of Jenna Coleman) as well as seeing more of Patrick (Matthew Lewis is so grown up now!!). They missed some drama points by having those two characters’ stories not be as much of a focal point for Lou as it is in the book. I mean she makes some of her decisions around those people because of what they’ve done or said to her. Overall, the two MCs were fantastic and beautifully cast. Props to the movie genies for making those decisions. The cast in general was spot on.
What was added/taken out?
There were several so I think bullet points are necessary here.
- Patrick and Lou moving in together
- Lou’s small bedroom
- Lou moving into the big bedroom when Treena moves out
- The severity of Lou’s parents lack of money
- Lou’s grandfather
- More reasons why the cafe job was such a loss for her (customers, atmosphere, etc.)
- Patrick and Lou’s relationship overall seemed to be undermined to give her the full justification for leaving him
- The happenings in the maze
- Their first kiss didn’t happen in the book like they presented it in the film
- The cover is a lie. She wore a blue dress when she sat on his lap at the wedding, although in the book she wore the red one. Lies.
I think that is pretty much all of them. I would have to re-watch the film in order to catch all the little details missed between movie and book. I mentioned these specifically because I think that they would have added more depth to the characters and given the audience more insight into who Lou is and why she made the decisions she made. Also, the relationships between her sister and Patrick were severely underdeveloped. The audience does not get the full picture or all of the answers and that makes me sad.
Did the Book to Movie adaptation do the book justice? Yes, I believe they did a good job with the movie. As mentioned above I would have liked to see more development and explanations but it is okay, I understand that films can’t all be five hours long to give me the full picture that the book gave me. I also know that the book will always be vastly superior than any film could ever be. I enjoy watching the movies, though, because my imagination can only go so far.
If you have made it this far then I applause you. I MUST add this! The moment where they are celebrating her birthday and Patrick’s gift is so un-Lou like and then she opens Will’s gift. Oh. Em. Gee. Most perfect moment ever! She reacted brilliantly at that point. It gave me the feels and everyone in the theater laughed and probably cried a little too. Wow. What a great moment to capture on screen.
So long and thanks for all the fish!
So that is all I have for you today! I plan on writing more of these and have a couple that won’t be as congratulatory! Hope you enjoyed it!