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Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes

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Since my last post was about the best selling single volume book, I decided to do some research and find a book that is known for having low ratings. After looking through many books with low reviews, I came across a book called, Antigua: The Land of Fairies Wizards and Heroes, by Larry Ellis and Denise Brown Ellis.

Reading through the reviews on Amazon was pretty entertaining, and when I read some that took actual quotes from the book, I couldn’t believe this book was allowed to be published. Their spelling and grammar is embarrassing, and apparently they state a character takes a train from Britain to England. I’m hoping this book is a joke, and I would not recommend it!

 

Sources:

http://www.amazon.ca/Antigua-Land-Fairies-Wizards-Heroes/dp/1425997821

http://www.homeshop18.com/antigua-land-fairies-wizards-heroes-part-1/author:larry-ellis-denise-brown-ellis/isbn:9781425997823/books/miscellaneous/product:21101089/cid:14567/

The best selling single volume book

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Everybody has their favourite book. Even if this book is not a part of a series, there is always one book people can’t help but read over and over again. I thought it would be interesting to go on Wikipedia, and see what was the best selling single volume book. The top book that sold approximately 200 million copies, published in 1859, was A Tale of Two Cities,  by Charles Dickens. I haven’t read this novel yet, but I am planning to read it over the summer. This book is followed by The Lord of the Rings, which is technically one book, but it sometimes considered a series.

Let me know if you have read this book, and if it’s worth being one of the most popular books ever!

 

Sources:  

Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1989. Print

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books

http://www.factofun.com/top-10-best-selling-novels-time/

 

 

 

City of Bones

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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, is a novel targeted towards a young-adult audience. The story is based around main character, Clary Fray and her family secrets. At the beginning of the book, Clary is doodling a strange symbol everywhere, that only her mother, and her mother’s boyfriend seem to recognize. When Clary and her friend Simon decide to sneak into a strange bar, Clary watches somebody being killed. When Clary reacts to this, nobody else but the people involved with the killing know what is going on. This leads into Clary going on many adventures to discover what her mother has been hiding from her.

This book was also made into a movie, which turned out pretty good. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a easy read filled with vampires, werewolves, and other fantasy creatures!

 

Sources:

Clare, Cassandra, and Mike Rosamilia. City of Bones. New York: M.K. McElderry, 2007. Print.

http://www.literaryfeline.com/2013/10/bookish-thoughts-city-of-bones-by.html

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1

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I have started reading the first comic book of the series, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. So far, I love it! It starts out with the Watcher talking directly to the reader about how he has seen worlds with good in it, and some with evil. That’s all I’m going to say for now, since I don’t want to spoil what happens later on.

For anyone who has never checked out comic books, I would highly recommend giving it a try. They are super interesting, and it gives you a new type of reading, which is super refreshing.

 

Sources:

Bunn, Cullen, Dalibor Talajic, and Lee Loughridge. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. New York, NY: Marvel Enterprises, 2012. Print.

http://www.destructoid.com/review-deadpool-257138.phtml

Is Twilight really that bad?

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Some would argue that despite the poor grammar, and the weak storyline, Twilight is meant to be escapism for young adults into a majestic vampire fantasy. I don’t buy this reasoning at all, and these are my top 3 reasons of why Twilight is indeed, that bad:

 

1) It’s poorly written:

This is probably the main reason these books are difficult to get through. It felt like Meyer lost her dictionary while writing this book, making the storyline fall short. It was like she discovered a thesaurus for the first time, and couldn’t control herself. Using a thesaurus can be extremely beneficial, but Meyer found a way to abuse it.  

2) Bella, or who should we just call her Mary-Sue?:

One of the main thing that bothers me about this book series, is the main character. I understand some stories have the main female character as a normal Mary-Sue, but the character Bella takes it to a whole new level, it’s embarrassing. She has no backbone, and if you look at the relationship between Edward and Bella, it is actually quite abusive. Along with Bella’s low self esteem, she seems to be attracted to guys that are aggressive, dangerous, and who she would have to give up most her life to be with, while still having her eye on a werewolf.

3) It lead to 50 Shades of Grey:

Need I say more?

 

Sources:

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. New York: Little, Brown and, 2005. Print.

http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/have-you-read-twilight-liked-it-but-are-you-tired-of-all-the-sudden-vampire-wannabes/question-299312/

Your Grammar Sucks

Throughout my university experience, we have been taught the importance of grammar in our writing. I have came across a series of youtube videos that combines grammar and people who do not really know how to use it on the internet. The series is called “Your Grammar Sucks”, by the youtube channel JacksFilms. Jack Douglass is a youtuber and comedian, who has over 1.3 million subscribers on his youtube channel. On “Your Grammar Sucks” he gets his viewers to send in grammar mistakes, or people who post content on the internet with poor grammar, that comes out funny and entertaining. Although the entries he receives makes me lose faith in humanity at times, it is worth checking out, and it will definitely make you facepalm and laugh at the same time.

This show is extremely entertaining, and he hopes to make people more aware of what they post, and to spread the message that you should have decent grammar skills before you post something on the internet.

Below I linked a video of one of his videos, in this one he gets other youtubers to read some of the bad grammar entries. I would highly recommend checking him out, he also makes funny parody videos!

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe

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I decided to change up my blog once again! I am starting a series of comic books called “Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe.” There is only 4 books in this series since it got discontinued after the fourth one. I read a review of the series by Noel Thorne on whatculture.com and he mentions that deadpool is self aware that he is a character in the comic book, which I find absolutely fascinating. Deadpool has been known for his morbid wit and humour in comics, and I‘m hoping to experience that in this series.

I haven’t read many comics, but I really want to get into this type of reading. I have been interested in comics for quite sometime, but have been too occupied with other books to really get into them. I decided that this year is the year I was going to start reading into the Marvel world, and I have joined a comic book club where I plan to ask lots of questions and learn more about this genre of books.

Leave a comment if you have any recommendations of comics I should take a look at! Also leave a comment if you prefer Marvel, or DC comics. If you answer DC, you’re wrong (;

Sources:

http://whatculture.com/comics/deadpool-kills-the-marvel-universe-review.php

http://marvel.com/comics/issue/41553/deadpool_kills_the_marvel_universe_2011_1

The Hunger Games: Books vs Movies?

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A popular question for any book series that has been recreated into a movie, is whether it’s worth reading the book, when you could watch the movie in a shorter amount of time.

Personally, I have only once seen a movie that has been better than the book, which was a very rare occurrence. I would always recommend to read the book and watch the movie, because it is two similar, yet different experience’s. When looking at the hunger game series, there are many differences between the book and movie, which in my eyes make the book better. The main difference is that in the book the point of view is from Katniss, and in the movie the point of view jumps from person to person. Having the point of view from one main character makes the story much more focused, and detailed. There are many other details throughout the book that are different from the movie. I really did love the movie as well, but I think it would be worth it to read both!  

I also do recognize that everyone is different in how they use media. Some people are visual learners, and enjoy the experience of watching a movie over reading the book. Others are read-write learners and get a better experience reading the book.

I would recommend to do both, if you think you would enjoy both ways like myself.

Let me know in the comments if you prefer books over movies!

Sources:

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

http://www.secretlivesofobjects.com/lost-in-translation/

The Lord of the Rings Vs. The Hobbit

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There has been debates over whether J. R. R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings, books were “better.” Personally, I think they are both brilliant books, and it really all depends what type of books you like to read.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy are very detailed, and long books. They focus a lot of the books on small details, and it can get a bit repetitive. It has a well thought out storyline, but it takes a while to get through the details to finish it. The Hobbit is much more focused on the story, and does not repeat itself as much. It also has a variety of characters including many dwarves, and a dragon. It is more fast paced then The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and also has a good storyline.

I prefer The Hobbit book over The Lord of the Rings, because it was more to the point, and exciting. I also enjoyed the trilogy, it’s a refreshing book to read while travelling. I would highly recommend to give both a read! If you have not read either, I would suggest to read The Hobbit first, since it was written before The Lord of the Rings.

 

What book do you prefer? Leave a comment explaining why!

Sources:

Tolkein, J.R.R. The Hobbit. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1973. Print.

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1967. Print.

http://www.tolkienlibrary.com/tolkien-book-store/000628.htm

 

18 Books!

I realize this is the third time I’ve made a blog post about John Green, but I think what he talks about fits well with my interests! He recently posted a video on a YouTube channel he shares with his brother Hank Green, called vlogbrothers. The video is named, “18 Great Books You Probably Haven’t Read.” In the video he names of 18 books that aren’t famous or best sellers, but he thinks deserve more attention. John finds books from many different genres including fiction, sports, and comedy.

I think more people should make blog posts or videos also sharing their favourite books. I want to encourage everyone reading this to do this themselves, so we can spread books that we might not think of reading otherwise. Next week I am going to get a list together to share on this blog!

If you’d like make a blog post, or comment some of your favourite books that you think everyone should read!