Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,

Actor, Writer, Jedi, Singer,
You were my brother, Anakin. I loved you

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Patron Saint of Butterflies

The Patron Saint of Butterflies might not sound like a very exciting story, but I'll tell you, it is amazing. In this debut novel by Cecilia Galante, we as readers are swept to the state of Connecticut to Mount Blessing, a religious commune with a dark secret.
The focus of the novel revolves around two fourteen girls - Agnes and Honey- who have been best friends since they were infants, when they'd had cribs right next to each other. While Agnes struggles to be a perfect Saint like the ones she reads about in the book she received titled "The Saint's Way," and in repentance for her sins, will fast, where a tight rope around her middle and sleep on rocks.
Honey, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to get out of the commune, where red and orange food are banned because they are of the devil. T.V is also outlawed as well non-religious music. Mount Blessing is run by Emmanuel, the leader and preacher who dictates how everyone must behave, as well as dishing out punishments.
Shortly after the story begins, Agnes's grandmother, called Nana-Pete, comes for an early visit, and soon finds out the commune's dark secret: The fact that is you misbehave, whether you are grown or just a child, Emmanuel and his right hand woman Veronica will beat you, and if you cry or shout it will only get worse.
Horrified by this revelation, Nana-Pete decides to take Agnes, Honey, and Agnes's little brother Benny, away from the Commune where they will be safe. But their departure is sped up when Benny's hand is critically injured and Emmanuel refuses to let him go to a hospital. Nana-Pete then leaves, with the children in tow, which includes a not so very happy Agnes. what happens next is a roller coaster ride of emotion and tension between the longtime best friends, one who is happy to be gone, while the other clings to the world she left behind.
The characters are riveting, three dimensional, and totally believable. The internal struggles both girls face was amazing and intense and I felt for each character. One thing I appreciated was how the author wrote the girl's friendship, their emotion and their thoughts. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that the dialogue was realistic and emotional without being dry or overly ridiculous.
The other characters, like Benny, Nana-Pete, and Lillian are also well drawn, three-dimensional, and interesting. Filled with the meaning of Christianity, family, friendship, and love, this is a book that will be enjoyed by anyone.
Go and read it, I promise you won't be sorry.

Star Wars: Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme "Anthem of the Angels"

Awesome and beautiful video. You should all watch it. :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

Anakin Skywalker - For You Only

Wow, this is kriffing AMAZING! (the song is For You Only by Trading Yesterday)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Writing Tips: Part 1: Section C

Writing Tips
Part one: Genres
Section C: Fantasy
Fantasy is my second favorite genre, and one I read, watch, and write.
Fantasy, typically, is filled with magic, the supernatural, and unscientific things that really couldn't happen.
Fantasy, like Science Fiction, can be split up into many sub-genres, such as- Dark Fantasy, Epic/High Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Mythic, and Sword and Sorcery.
Dark Fantasy is a sub-genre of Fantasy that has elements of horror in it.
Dark Fantasy stories tend to have darker, grittier, themes and will sometimes include monsters like vampires, werewolves, or mummies. Dark Fantasy authors include- Neil Gaiman, Charles L. Grant, Gertrude Barrows Bennett, H.P. Lovecraft, and A. Merritt
Epic or High Fantasy is one of the more popular sub-genres of Fantasy and contains a lot of the most famous fantasy works. Epic of High Fantasy is a story that takes place in a separate or different world, whether its entirely separate, someone goes through a portal to get to it, or its within our world. The stories told are often serious and deal with an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil and revolves around one hero who must save the world. The characters in these stories are typically reluctant to do their duty but do it because they feel they must.
Many famous stories in these genre include - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Harry Potter series, The Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials trilogy, Guardians of Ga'Hoole series, The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and Alice in Wonderland.
Low Fantasy, is when the story takes place predominately in our world where impossible things happen instead of a secondary world that doesn't exist.
Some Low Fantasy stories consist of - The Dark is Rising, The Borrowers, Pippi Longstocking, The Snow Spider, The Indian in the Cupboard, and Tuck Everlasting.
Mythic is actually another word for mythology, which is a story created by different cultures all over the world, such as Greek and Egyptian Mythology. In recent times there have been books published that tie into mythology such as the Percy Jackson series, The Red Pyramid, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, and The Lost Olympian.
Sword and Sorcery Fantasy is a genre, which typically is about an adventure seeking hero who engages in dangerous and exciting conflicts. Unlike High Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery Fantasy focuses more on personal matters than worldly conflicts.
Writers of this genre are - Clark Ashton Smith, C.L. Moore, Fritz Leiber, and Charles Saunders.
Fantasy is definitely a favorite genre of mine and I hope that this short introduction to Fantasy helps you if this is a genre you wish to pursue.
Until next time!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Books of 2010

How many books read in 2010
Over two hundred

How many fiction and non fiction?
The majority of it was fiction though I did read non fiction for school.

Male/Female author ratio?
I read books by both. I don't really care what the gender of the author is, just that they can tell a good story with well developed characters.

Favourite book of 2010?
Hmmmm...That's a tough one since I've read a lot of amazing books this year.
Well, I have to say Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover completely blew me away, talk about a powerful story, filled with gripping characterazation and action. I also really enjoyed reading all most all of the prequel era and Old Republic era Star Wars books this year, like: Jedi Quest series, the adult and junior novelizations, books taking place before and during the Clone Wars and books about the New Sith Wars and Great Hyperspace war. I also loved reading Catching Fire, Mockingjay, The Uglies series, Sisters of the Sword, The Power of five series, Speaker for the Dead, Maximum Ride, Everlost, The Islands of the Blessed, and many others.

Least favourite?
Well that would have to be a toss up between Thirteen Reasons Why and any of the Karen Traviss Star Wars books. I disliked Thirteen Reasons Why because I hated all most every single character except the main boy one and...I don't know, the level of innaproriateness got to me. The reason I disliked the books m=by Karen Traviss is because she HATES Jedi and LOVES Clones and Mandolorians. Her hatred of the jedi comes through strongly in each book I've read by her, especially Triple Zero and No Prisoners and it just infuriated me to the point of putting the book off.

In when it came out wise it would either be Mockingjay or The Lost Olympian. In when I got it the Jedi Apprentice and Jedi Quest books I got for Christmas.

Longest and shortest book titles?
Graceling and Mockingjay for shortest. Any book with a series title and book title for the longest.

Longest and shortest books?
The Shortest would probably be one of the Magic Tree House books or one of the books for school. The longest would probably be Any of the adult ones I read.

How many books from the library?
Most were from the library

Any translated books?
The Diary of a Napoleonic foot soldier.

Most read author of the year, and how many books by that author?
Jude Watson(Her Jedi Quest series) or Kathryn Lasky (Her Guardians of Ga'Hoole series)

Any re-reads?
I re-read Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series

Favourite character of the year?
My favorite character is probably Obi-Wan. I've been reading so many books about him and watching him grow from a young, headstrong Padawan who just wanted to please his Master and be the best Jedi he could be to a powerful Jedi Master capable of beating the Chosen One is astounding. His love for his friends is beautiful and tragic. I also really liked Siri Tachi, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Tally, Kimi, Maximum Ride, The five Gatekeepers(Matt, Pedro, Jamie, Scott, and Scarlet), and Anakin Skywalker.

Which countries did you go to through the page in your year of reading?
England, Japan, Egypt, France, countries through out Africa, and countless of fictional worlds.

Which book wouldn’t you have read without someone’s specific recommendation?
The Uglies series, Maximum Ride, and Everlost.

Which author was new to you in 2010 that you now want to read the entire works of?
Matthew Stover, Orson Scott Card, and James Patterson.

Which books are you annoyed you didn’t read?
I want to read The Necromancer and The Lost Olympian.

Did you read any books you have always been meaning to read?
The last of the Keys to the Kingdom, a lot of the Star Wars books, The Silmarillion, and others

What books are you planning to read in 2011?
Any book that sounds good. I want to read the Gone series, the rest of the Star Wars books, and some of the classics.