October & November Wrap Up

Ah yes, as is becoming the norm, I’ve been awfully slow at getting up these posts, so I thought I would just go ahead and combine them.

I was busy through most of October with my Doctor Strange cosplay, which you can see in the Memorable Moments category, and November I was busy preparing for the end of my first semester of College, getting ready for an Ice Show, and working at my job.

Book Haul

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Books Read

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Comics

One of the biggest reasons I’ve not been doing as much reading as usual, is because I’ve been too busy reading comics, which is both good and bad. Good because I love comics, bad because I also love books. But comics – at least the digital ones I get on my phone – are much easier to read between classes, or while standing in line at the cafeteria.

Youtube

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been super busy recently and haven’t had time to film and stuff, but if you’d like to see my unboxing of my Marvel Collector Corps: Doctor Strange Box feel free to click the link and bounce over to my channel!

Memorable Moments

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I Messed Up

NaBloPoMo 2016 #10
This Tag Thursday is by ReadLikeWildFire on Youtube
Pretending ItsABookishThing tagged me

A Character Appearance You Misread and Imagined Differently

I’m not sure about this one.

A Character Name You’ve Been Pronouncing Wrong

Probably a lot. I wasn’t one of the ones who messed up Hermione, because my mom knew some people with that name when she was a kid, but I’m sure there are a ton I’ve messed up.

Like the main character of Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I knew I was messing it up so I just called her Aggie.

Overused Trope that is Your Guilty Pleasure

I also like “fight to the death” / “only one can live” but not in the traditional, Hunger Games sense.

  • Harry Potter
    • “Only one can live while the other survives.”
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
    • Three princesses are born each generation and one must defeat the other two to claim the crown.
  • Dualed by Elsie Chapman
    • Everyone has a twin who was raised by a different family and you have to either kill them or be killed.

I love the “lost princess” trope more than I should say. Its really, really good, and even better when theres politics involved (I love Politics in my High Fantasy!).

A Cliche Character that You Like Better on Screen than in Books

“Obnoxious Leader is Actually Funny”

I feel like this is a trope that works better on screen than in any other medium, so long as the actor knows what they’re doing. Because then they can use their face (which, yes facial expressions can be described in books, but its easier in movies).

A Word/Phrase that You Learned Because of its Use in a Book

A lot. I can’t even being to say how many words and phrases I’ve learned from books, but the problem with that is, that I don’t pronounce most of them “correctly.” Listening to me speak is pretty interesting, because I’m a very phonetic person and pronounce words exactly how they’re written.

My mom tried to get me speech therapy at one point (because even before the phonetical problems kicked in I had a mild speech impediment), but the school said “Don’t worry, the other kids will pick on her and she’ll self correct.” They did pick on me, and I learned not to trust people.

Have You Ever Not Read or Not Completed a Required Book for School?

Feed by MT Anderson

I had to say any book was bad….. but it was.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I like Shakespeare plays, but I detest reading them. I do have a book at home that I use for some school stuff,

Frankenstien by Mary Shelly

I tried to read this, I really did, but I could not for the life of me get into it.

Have You Ever (or Wanted to) Skipped a Chapter from a Certain Character’s POV?

The main reason I stopped reading A Song of Ice and Fire (other than the rampant rape) after the second book was because I only really liked a few of the characters. I only really liked Dany and Tyrion, and could only stand the chapters by them, occasionally Cersi, and Arya. Everyone else’s chapters I just wanted to skip, especially John Snow’s.

Have You Ever Canceled Social Plans to Read a Book?

No, not really. Not anymore. I don’t make a lot of social plans, but when I do I almost always go. I used to, all the time, to get out of having to be with my then best friend (pro tip: if you fake illness or injury to get out of seeing your ‘friend’ you shouldn’t be friends with them).

Collector Corps November 2016 Unboxing

**** Don’t watch the video if you don’t want the contents spoiled!!!!!

I ordered a Marvel Collector Corps box for the first time so I thought I would film an unboxing video for the occasion!!!

This month’s theme was Doctor Strange in celebration of the upcoming film. I won’t go into specifics here on what was included, but I will say I loved all of it.

Did you order the box and did you like it as much as I did?

Ocarina of Time 3D

Media Monday
Game Review

I cannot express my love for this game enough, its simply phenomenal. I can’t get over the characters, the story, the graphics…. any of it! Its certainly one of my favorite – if not my absolute favorite – Zelda game of all time (and I’ve played quite a few).

The Story

Fun Fact: Shortly before the game starts, there was a massive civil war in Hyrule that is what caused Link to be orphaned, and its when Gannondorf swore allegiance to the king (which, as we all know, lasted no time at all).

Then the game as we know it starts with Link growing up in the village as the boy without a fairy. Princess Zelda grows up in the castle, keeping a sharp eye on Gannondorf who she doesn’t trust (rightly so).

A fun fact: In one of the earlier games, the king of Hyrule was tricked into putting his sister, Princess Zelda, into a permanent sleep. After realizing he had royally screwed up he made a royal decree that all girls born into their family would be named after her. Although this is complicated by the timeline splits I talk about later, its still interesting.

Thats when Link goes to Zelda, and Gannondorf attacks. Thats when the game gets complicated, with Link jumping back and forth between his youngerself and his older self in order to save Hyrule.

Fun Fact: Link’s time hopping actually causes the timeline to spit into three more timelines. If he is successful he creates two timelines: the child era becomes the timeline where Majora’s Mask, Twilight Princess, and the Four Swords take place; the adult era creates the timeline of the Wind Waker, the Phantom Hourglass, and Spirit Tracks. If he is defeated he creates the timeline of Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages/Seasons, Link’s Awakening, The Legend of Zelda, and Adventure of Link. You can see a cool graph that shows this here.

The Gameplay

This was the first time I ever played a handheld Zelda game that wasn’t the childish, cartoony style of Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks and I love it. It really brings Hyrule to life in a way that the childish ones weren’t ever able to do for me (even though I didn’t realize it at the time). At the time I loved those two games more than anything, but after having played this and Majora’s Mask I realized how simple they really were in comparison to the rest of the Zelda Franchise.

Fun Fact: After defeating Gannon, Link wakes up as a child and runs and warns Zelda. He then goes wandering aimlessly and that’s when he stumbles upon the Skull Kid and Majora’s Mask starts.

The controls are intuitive and easy to get the hang of, and the few masks you can pick up and play with are really great teasers for the sequel Majora’s Mask. I love running around Hyrule, but my only complaint is the sheer amount of time that it takes to run across Hyrule field. Yes I know that, at the time the game was first produced, such a large world was a huge deal, but did the field have to be that big?

Overall

This is one of my favorite Zelda games (and I’ve played quite a few) and really got me hooked on the more detailed style of Majora’s Mask, Skyward Sword, and Twilight Princess.

Now, speaking of large worlds, who’s ready for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild?

Alphabet Books Goal: Update 1

1 month update

In May I posted an Alphabet Book Goal. It was a two part goal: by the end of Summer Vacation I wanted to have reviewed one book for every letter of the alphabet and by the end of the year I wanted to have reviewed two books for every letter.

One downfall of the post, was that I made a nice, long list of all the books that might work for the goal and then I changed how I set up my Book Review Page. A lot of the books I had planned to use – the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (non-fiction), Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (comic novelization), and Red Madness (non-fiction) to name a few – no longer worked with the new set up that divided books by genre: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Comics. So I had to rethink some of the books I had planned to use, but thankfully I had listed more than I needed in most cases, so I had some to spare (most of the damage was done where two books were needed, so I’ll be struggling more for the second half of my goal).

I’m glad I did it though, it’s making my page look a lot nicer and much more full, and it got me to read things that I might not otherwise!

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Iron Man

Media Monday:
Movie Review
Contains Spoilers

You may have noticed, that I tend to be a little slow when it comes to watching ‘popular’ movies. I’m so far behind that my friends made me a list of movies to watch, including: The Great Escape, Mean Girls, Guardians of the Galaxy, Footloose, and all three Iron Man movies.

One of the first things I watched was Iron Man, because, since several of the movies (six or eight of the almost seventy total) were Marvel it seemed like a good place to start. After all, we wouldn’t have the Marvel Cinematic Universe if this hadn’t worked out so well.

I liked it, more than expected. It was funny and original and very upbeat, while at the same time introducing the set up for the other movies. It didn’t have as much set up as some of the newer ones have (with the exception of Coulson), because they weren’t sure if they would be making more movies.

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Your NaNo Guide: Note Taking

Published for my Clearing Out Drafts Goal.

This was supposed to be published a long time ago – for NaNoWriMo 2015 – and for a while I thought about keeping it in my drafts until NaNo 2016, but ultimately I decided to go ahead and publish it. Otherwise I might not ever.

I prefer taking notes – for class and for writing – by hand rather than on my computer. It’s been proven to improve your memory (and goodness knows I need help with that) and its just more fun! But if taking notes on your computer or phone or tablet works for you then keep doing it. This is just how I do it.

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