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Ok so I bought two books this week same type of book, HOLY CRAP are they vastly different, and I'll be reviewing them both ^^
Ok The first book is The novelization of the main plot of a new Online show called 'Ever After High' it's from the makers of the monster high series and naturally there are dolls and lots of awesome stylized art all framed around the teenage children of fairy tail characters. The main plot revolves around Apple White and Raven Queen the daughters of snow white and the evil queen respectively, and their upcoming 'legacy day' there they sign 'the story book of legends' and swear to fulfill the destinies and stories of their parents. Raven has a lot of reservations because frankly she dosen't want to be evil and she certainly dosen't want to have to poison and try to kill her friend Apple. So she begins to look into weather it is possible not to sign the story book.
Over all I enjoyed the story it flowed really well narrative and it wasn't difficult to understand what was going on. it's clear that the creators had a very heavy hand in the writers process of writing the book. My only complaint would be that the ending is very open ended and I'm really hoping for a sequel especially as the official webpage dosen't seem to be working so I can't get any more info about the story. Theres a lot to like about the story the plot is fairly indepth and still simple not alot of complicated side plots but a lot of character information is given quickly and easily, I also particularly like these ocassional little 'mini' chapters where maddie hatter (daughter of the mad hatter of wonder land) breaks the forth wall and starts chatting with the narrator, it's just so... dead pool, and then I start thinking her dead pool and pinkie pie should have like a triad of forth wall breaking LOL
The cover is very nice with art featuring portraits of Raven and Apple framed around a guilt Key hole where they can be seen walking towards a castle (which I am assuming is the highschool) hand in hand. with the rest of the cover being a printed shade of pink that graduates to purple as it goes down. Most pleasing is the that authors name is at the bottom in smaller simpler letters then the title. I get so annoyed when the author name is bigger then the title of a book.
Over all I'd rate 'Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends' a 4 out of five I really enjoyed it but it is for ideally a younger reading audience so people in my age group might not enjoy it as much as I did I do recommend it but be warned it's not going to be very 'complex'
The next book is an independent novel written by an indie film maker called 'The School for Good and Evil' I point this out because OMG this book was really frustrating. all through the story he takes a lot of care to reiterate the 'laws' of this magical world and then just ignores them pulls out some weird quasi law at the end, skips over bits that aren't convenient to how he wanted the plot to go GAR!! *coughs* Ok let me start again.
The School for Good and Evil is about two girls, Sophie and Agatha who are kidnapped and taken to said schools. the kidnappings are nothing new, they occur every fours years and then magically story books appear with new fairy tales and the main villein and the main heroes of these stories are the children who have been kidnapped one good child one evil child every time. Sophie is eager to be kidnapped because she wants to be a princess have a prince and live out her happily ever after. but to her and Agathas shock she is dumped with the school of evil and Agatha is dropped in the school for good. Everyone, everyone in the book comments that this is wrong. One things I really really don't like about this book is it's obsession with good can only be beautiful and bad is always really ugly not just hooked nose but like gross matted extra hair, puss filled boils, and black or missing teeth with crooked spines and bald spotty head it's just really graphic in trying to horrify the reader. It bugs the hell out of me because at first you think "Oh no these girls will prove that beauty dosen't matter this girl will learn to stop being selfish and this girl will learn that her natural goodness makes her worthy of being a princess not how she looks.
Oh man this book it, I get the feeling he wanted to write more then one, because there are so many little plots jammed in this books, there is one likable character and even then you only really like her because you feel sorry for her and part of me wonder if she has something like Aspergers like I do because of the way she acts some times. this book is supposed to be a shared story but a lot of time is spent with the miserable Sophie as she alternates between going batshit insane and then teary and apologetic, and using and abusing Agatha (and later the friend she makes in the school of evil) for her own gain. the big mystery was really obvious really early on because of the way the opening kidnapping is staged it's just GRA! This was a fantastic idea full of a lot of potential that's what makes it so frustrating because it's a great idea I loved the premise that's why I bought it, but the execution is just so frustratingly bad. Theres information on the web site that the book will be made into a film, I'd be interested to see it for two reasons, I still really like the premise, and two I'd like to see if a screenwriter could smooth out the problems and fix some of the glaring plot holes to make the story work better.
The ending is disappointing, I won't tell you what happens but the book is is full of story right up to the last physical page and we are left with a feeling of WTF (well I was) you get a couple throw away lines resolving some of the issues and then others are just never given any closer so your sitting there trying to figure out what the heck happened I read the last three pages a few times trying to see if I missed something, and nope it just Ugg this book hurt my braine.
the cover design is nice. the art of Agatha and Sophie on the cover are what caught my eye along with beautiful renditions of the good and evil school buildings, Agatha and Sophie are both drawn very pretty so when you read Agatha's physical description at the beginning of the book it really clashes with the illustrations of her especially as even though Sophies physical looks change a lot (Like alot a lot) and those are given a lot of attention Agatha appearance is given very little attention it's never mentioned if she fills out at all because she's eating healthier food at the school or if regular bathing has helped her skin or hair at all. Early on she's caught stealing candy from the candy class rooms and eating it and everyone says it will make her fat and pimply and temptation will ruin her but, it's never mentioned again, what the what?
The beginning of the book has a lovely illustration of the two schools and some banners notes important locations that are mentioned a lot in the story. and each chapter opens with a beautiful illustration. but we are given no name for who did them, in very very small print at the bottom of the back of the book you get the name of the man who illustrated the cover, but nothing about the chapter illustrations, who did those?
Over all I can only recommend 'The School for Good and Evil' a 2 out of five, it's just frustrating to work through when you have such horrible main characters, weird aimless plot points, randomly added rules or rules that are just ignored and just this diabolical fixation on beauty being the only 'good' thing and if your evil then your ugly theres no middle ground. I honestly don't think I can recommend it because it's just such a frustrating read, but if you think you can work your way through it, do give it a try because it does have a great premise.
Written in the era of Roman Emperor Nero, some say by Petronius, Gaius or Titus.
Bits are missing, but that doesn't really matter too much.
The basic story has no real plot, it's just the adventures of three homosexuals in Rome, and on a boat. Sort of like "Will and Grace," but without that annoying Grace, but with those two other annoying guys....
Marco gets caught up in the self-help industry, UPN and Hanson. I don't know, it probably made sense at the time.
Published in 1914, this contains 9 short stories, thereof only one has Dracula mentioned in it.
No, Dracula isn't actually in the title story.
The title story is the best of the lot, building actual wonder and awe, while "the burial of rats" coming in second, although that one is more action-oriented....
Hello ladies and gentlemen and to all ships at sea, welcome to the very first book review of Classics of Pop Culture,…yes you read right, an actual book with pages and no illustrations and big words. If this is your first time being exposed to my website and you decided to click on this review then congratulations, you’re braver than you thought. Stranger in a Strange Land is by Robert A. Heinlein and if you don’t know who Heinlein is then don’t worry, you’ve seen his work.
Whether it’s The Puppet Masters which was adapted into the classic sci-fi movie The Invasion of the Body Snatchers to Starship Troopers, Heinlein can be placed on the same level as other sci-fi luminaries as Issac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, and Ray Bradbury.
Stranger in a Strange land was released in 1961 to a reception that was the literary equivalent to tear someone’s heart out, throwing it in the trash and then lighting it on fire. One critic went so far as to call the book:”…..an affront to the patience and intelligence of the reader.”
Since then however it has gained status as a classic of the sci-fi genre and is considered a huge influence on the counterculture of the 1960s with its discussions of examining traditional concepts of religion, monogamy, money, and death and experimenting with a course of life that would work for them as opposed to shoehorning themselves into traditional mores. The only negative aspect I can find in this is that it stills holds onto the idea of males being dominant over females, which is fairly prevalent throughout the novel. However its popularity did grow to the point that fans of the book were known to visit Heinlein at his house and discuss the philosophies presented in the story.