How High…(First Men in the Moon – A Book Review)

First Men in the Moon
Author: H. G. Wells
Published: 1901

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Rated C for crazy ideas that are illogical and come from the minds of two people that are probably really high.

 

Up, Up, And Away!

Mr. Bedford confronts a man about his very strange habits that occurs right outside his apartment and the adventure begins there. Mr. Cavor enlists his help after inventing a that can hold two travelers, food, and whatever other necessities required. Slingshotting to the moon, they underestimate what they discover on their trip and this journey becomes a harrowing adventure of survival.

 

This was a strange, yet comical book. Yes, I know, this is a classic that came before spacewalking. We’ve been to the moon already and sent probes to many other moons and planets, but I still expected something a little more philosophical then two men creating a strange substance that provided an opportunity to go to the moon. Personally, I think that this substance actually got these two men high and they never really went to the moon. They hallucinated it. But, that’s just me. The mention of From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon by Jules Verne was pretty nifty.

Cavor and Bedford came across like excitable children. I couldn’t take them seriously and I felt the same about the story. It was good, but not realistic, not even for the genre.  It took away from it though. The imagery was pretty vivid, albeit a little scatter-brained like the characters. LOL.

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The setting was wild and a bit stretching. From the moon having oxygen to Selenites (moon inhabitants) that are watery squishies, it’s pretty farfetched. And I can’t forget the mooncalves aka moon cows. My favorite thing. Mom and I laughed so hard about them. However, the gravity on the moon was epic. Being able to make leaping bounds? That’d be pretty cool.

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Overall

This book is pretty entertaining, but it wasn’t as good as The Time Machine. I just couldn’t fully get my head around this one because it was incredibly outrageous, in a fun way of course. I found myself laughing so much. It just came off as silly, which isn’t typical of a classic.

 

Quotables:

“I was like a child in wonderland all that night.” (p. 45)

“It was not like the beginning of a journey; it was like the beginning of a dream.” (p.56)

“Over me, about me, closing in on me, embracing me ever nearer, was the Eternal that which was before the beginning and that which triumphs over the end; that enormous void in which all light and life being I but the thin and vanishing splendor of a falling star, the cold, the stillness, the silence—the infinite and final Night of space.” (p. 197)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Fires Everywhere (The Outsiders – A Book Review)

The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
Published: 1997

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Rated

 

A heroic story of friendship and belonging.

Ponyboy has been struggling of late between understanding right and wrong in a society that automatically decides it for him, his brothers, and friends: greasers. His thoughts pull him in one direction and his brothers and friends pull him in other directions. After Johnny saves him from being drowned by a soc, the result something dreadful. Murder. The two go on the lamb. Even doing the wrong thing for the right reason can have consequences, and they’ll stay with you for a very long time.

Ponyboy’s world crumbles around him and this not only affected him but everyone around him, and he soon learns that it doesn’t matter if you’re a greaser or a soc, pain hurts all the same.

 

This is a classic I’ve wanted to read for years. I don’t care that people usually read it back in middle school. For me, The Giver and The Cure were what was read. Classics are ageless and this a classic. It’s a dark and tragic story that proves that it doesn’t matter what social class you are put into, everyone bleeds the same and hurts the same.

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Actually, experiencing life from such an unexpected perspective is incredible and fresh. Greasers, like everyone else at the time, worked hard, fell in love, and felt heartbreak like everyone else, but because of where they live and what they look like they still get hassled horrendously. It made me fill pity, to be honest. Nobody understands what it’s like to struggle at the bottom unless they’ve been there and to have people that don’t understand or care add on to it is heavy. This book really gives readers a chance to experience that some. You fight for all that you have. In this case, it was for family, respect, and dignity.

The family dynamic is heart-wrenching. Sure, the decisions the boys make more often than not made me frown because they were quite the troublemakers but the way they supported each other was the true spirit of family. This book also reiterates that blood isn’t all that makes a family.

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The setting of the book really gives way to a time when society really was a bastard. Today, it’s still pretty bad and disturbing. What is so wrong with the human race that we beat each other because of status?

 

Overall

I’m really glad I read this. It really got me to think. No matter how old you are, a book doesn’t tell you that you can’t read it because you’re too old. They all have interesting lessons, stories, and/or emotions to give you, and for a reason. Now, I can’t wait to watch the movie to this and compare thoughts. This really is a valuable read.

 

Quotables:

“Suddenly, in the red glow and haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it’s a red hell. Why aren’t I scared?” (Ponyboy, p. 92)

“I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city. I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!” (Sodapop, p. 136)

“We’re greasers, but not hoods, and we don’t belong with this bunch of future convicts.” (Ponyboy, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

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Purple Haze – A Book List

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Heya Bookworms!

How is everyone doing? I hope you’re all well. I have here the book list of the month for you here. I love doing these because it not only opens me up to new reading material/ideas, but also you!

This book list is inspired by the month of April. The fresh spring we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Can’t express enough how happy I am about that. The color purple always makes me think of April, too.

So here we go!

 

Wicked
Author: Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
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Moonglass
Author: Jesse Kirby
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96 Words For Love
Author: Rachel Roy & Ava Dash
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Slayer
Author: Kiersten White
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Stained
Author: Cheryl Rainfield
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Arclight
Author: Josin L. McQuein
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The Hollow
Author: Jessica Verday
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Lucid
Author: Adrienne Stoltz & Ron Bass
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The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove
Author: Lauren Kate
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The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
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I hope you find one you possibly add to your TBR list and if you’ve already read one, some, or all of these, did you enjoy it/them?

P. S. Who’s excited about Avengers: endgame!!?? I am! afviejan’dkjfa’djhgroi! I also seriously love these Antman memes. Never getting old. Everyone’s logical idea to beat Thanos is to have Antman go up his butt. LOL. Like what!? Too funny.

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The CHIVE

And 3 hours long?

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Good VS Wicked (The Wicked Will Rise – A Book Review)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2015

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Rated B for unexpected backstabbing and getting blindsides with loss of precious things you didn’t realize were precious.

 

My name is Amy Gumm and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

The moment Amy entered Oz she was put on a mission. To kill Dorothy. Turned out not to be as easy as she thought. While she now knows some wicked magic and is getting a handle on it, the Order of the Wicked has been scattered after a large battle in the Emerald City.

Now, Amy will have to devise a different way to defeat Dorothy and the Wizard may have just helped her out with that, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? Wickedness changes like the wind changes direction when it blows. For now, she’ll focus on her mission. She’ll need the Tin Man’s heart, the Lion’s courage, and the Scarecrow’s brain. Only then does she stand a chance against Dorothy…maybe.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 2 of 4.

 

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Not long at all after the events of the first book, Dorothy gets lucky and survives the assassination attempt and Amy is saved by Ollie, the wingless monkey. Yep, the one from the beginning of the first book! Given the temporary responsibility of taking care of the rightful ruler of Oz: Ozma, and going for round two against Dorothy, while also wondering what happened to the Order (but mostly Nox), Amy’s got her hands full. Ozma’s got a bit of a cracked gourd, but that doesn’t matter…right? And Dorothy’s got a lot more powerful than originally thought. Nox. Just thinking about him ties up Amy’s insides, but for good or bad?

Amy’s struggles only get more complex with this book.

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The boundaries of Oz continue to be endless and surprising. The wingless ones and Polychrome, and her rainbow citadel come in on this part of the journey. It’s quite beautiful too. Very colorful and magical, especially, Polychrome’s “unicorn”. Beautiful scenery. I’m continuously swept away by it in this series. Brava.

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Also, Nox and Amy are getting some serious chemistry! In the first book, it was just a simmer, but it really puts its foot on the gas pedal this time. I did admire that it wasn’t the main plot point. It was on the side, but still really cool. Nox and Amy have a unique relationship. While their chemistry is fiery, they have a great partnership. Friends to lovers and all that. Always a BIG plus for me.

Magic became a villain that Amy officially struggles with. Turns out that being Wicked isn’t always good and neither is having magic powers. I never thought I witness magic being so evil no matter how good you are with it. For Amy, that’s what seems to be the case. Her struggle with magic is something that really grabbed my attention. The side effects and the study of it from Oz-ian POV is impressive. Also, it’s pretty creepy.

 

Overall

I’m still entertained and intrigued by this series. This installment was fresh and just action-packed. Amy is getting in deeper and deeper with Oz. It seems like Oz is becoming a home away from home and doing battle is the new normal, but is this really what she wants? So many questions. Like, what happens when Amy uses too much magic. It gets ugly. And, is the Wizard trustworthy? Is anybody? More so, I really enjoyed that this book took the time to give the characters even more depth and backstory. Big props for that.

 

Quotables:

“Remember—don’t be wicked. Unless you really have to!” (Queen Lulu of the Monkeys to Amy, p. 128)

“Faith: everybody knows it’s something you’re supposed to have, but it’s harder to put that into practice when your senses are telling you all hope is lost.” (Amy, p. 160)

“Amy gets a gold star. Dorothy wears the dunce cap for spinning foolish taradiddles.” (the Wizard, p. 284)

“I knew what would happen if I killed her. I would be accepting the mantle I’d been promised. Finally, I would be Wicked. Really Wicked. And there would be no going back.” (Amy, p. 289)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Can I Take Care of the Rabbits? (Of Mice and Men – A Book Review)

Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Published: 1937

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They are and unlikely pair…

George is small and quick and smart. Lennie is big and strong. Together they go from place to place looking for work. Settling on a ranch in Salinas Valley for their next job, George tells Lenny that he must keep to himself. No trouble, like with the last job. George convinces Lenny that if he can stay away from both of them, they’ll go build a farm of their own with all kinds of animals that Lenny can help take care of.

With Curly, the son of the ranch owner, making moves to start a fight and his wife hanging around, making a nuisance of herself, there’s trouble abound. George can’t always be around to protect Lenny from them and can’t even fathom the consequences should Lenny stray away from what George has taught him.

 

This book marks 16 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. This was a book that many read in high school, except me. I read The Picture of Dorian Gray, so I was excited to finally get a taste of Steinbeck.

 

There’s a sophistication and a simplicity to Steinbeck’s way of writing. This story was short, so it was quick to read. In such a short span, he explored the lives of two different men and how the world views them and how they view each other. George works twice as hard to take care of himself and his cousin, Lenny. Lenny is like a child and has little understanding of gentleness and adult situations. With Lenny being mentally challenged and during a time period when people didn’t have a full understanding of what that meant, it was truly tragic. Lenny didn’t have a strong measurement of right and wrong, nor the memory to conceive it all that well. Right from the get-go, you know there’s no real future or happy ending for Lenny. That George is only humoring him.

The characters weren’t complex at all, which I liked. Each were very upfront with no hidden secrets to be discovered later. Everything was on the surface, and you knew instantly what was going to happen. Sometimes that kind of anticipation is one I like. I get to hope it won’t happen and then it does anyway. It’s a strange feeling but a refreshing one

The imagery was so powerful. I was blown by how vivid it was. The lush description was just leaving me in awe. So beautiful, adding to the story. From the setting to the way the time period was captured through how the character’s spoke really put me in the story.

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Notes were all along the margins in this book. Reading them as I read the book brought up a question. Many people can’t stand writing in their books. Its sacrilege! Yet, there are those who do it because a passage stuck with them or to gain a deeper understanding of what they’re reading. I really like them if they’re going along with the book. It’s like reading along with somebody else and getting their input. It’s the shadow they left on the pages. I liked it. How you do you feel about writing in the margins of your books?

 

Overall

While this book was tragic, I found it oddly beautiful. Some of the world’s most beautiful things are tragic, though. So well-structured and written. Steinbeck writes in a way that is both gripping and touching. My heart pounded and I got sappy.

 

Quotables:

“I seen guys nearly cray with loneliness for land…” (Crook, p. 76)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Deep and Dark and Filled with Unknown (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – A Book Review)

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1870

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Their ship sunk, Professor Aronnax, his servant Conseil, and Canadian harpooner Ned Land are captured by the terrifying yet enigmatic Captain Nemo and held captive on his submarine, the Nautilus. During the harrowing journey across seas and oceans, the professor witnesses and partakes in many dangerous missions. Large creatures never before seen. Shipwrecks with stranded people. Gold littering the sandy shores. Lost cities. Cold icebergs that threaten to crush them. The struggle for survival.

The group must play along with Captain Nemo if they have any hope of getting free of this prison.

 

First things first, I didn’t realize that this story was more scary than it was adventure. This was nothing like Journey to the Center of the Earth. The tone is so much graver in this book, since the character are a part of this journey against their will. Each new adventure that the Nautilus happened upon had a great build-up! Really got that feeling of uneasiness, like the music from JAWS right before the big ass shark bites the ass of a boat. I loved that feeling. It was eye-widening and sometimes

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Following from Aronnax’s POV, each character was very well distinguished. The characters were all cramped together, but had their own independence from each other. Ned Land was going crazy in this submarine and wanted to escape even though that seemed like that opposite of what you think he’d want. Conseil’s greatest pleasure was helping his master, but he had his own opinions and thoughts along with doing his service to Aronnax. Aronnax is utterly mystified and swept up in all of this. He never expected that the creature taking down ships was this submarine.

The antagonist, Captain Nemo, was nothing like I originally thought. He was so intelligent and persuasive. So much so that sometimes I forgot that he was holding this group hostage, though he made them feel like they were a part of his crew. His lack of concern for the dangers

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The scenery was amazeballs. So vivid and beautiful. The imagery is so powerful and moving. Verne has a way with words! It’s menacing, yet not. The ocean is a vast space filled with all kinds of wonders, but Verne doesn’t leave out there are a lot of dangers there as well. The balance is incredible.

 

This book was great. The was so much depth, both dark and bright with life and heavy feelings in regard to this journey. It worked my nerves a little here and there. I’m not going to say it’s my ultimate favorite though. It felt dragged out in some spots. And speaking of spots, if they would’ve gotten stuck in the Bermuda Triangle for a spell that would’ve been interesting, too. Do I recommend giving this a read? YES! Though, if you have a fear of the ocean then this may make a great horror story. LOL.

Read on precious bookworms!

 

Quotables:

“It is the end of the end!” (Ned Land, p. 59)

“A coral tomb makes a quiet grave; and I trust that I and my comrades will find no other.” (Captain Nemo, 85)

“We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.” (Captain Nemo, p. 200)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

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There’s a Hole at the Bottom of a Volcano at the Center of the Earth…You Know the Song (Journey to the Centre of the Earth – A Book Review)

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne
Published: 1864

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6/25

 

What is darkness to you is light to me.

Go on a journey to the center of the earth where the crystals formed are beyond beauty’s imagination and the creatures there were thought to be extinct thousands of years ago. Professor Liedenbroek, his nephew, Axel, and their guide and hunter, Hans journey down a dormant volcano tube and find adventure, danger and wondrous things that you could only believe it you saw it for yourself.

 

This book marks 6 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I was glad to put this one on the list. I’ve been meaning to read more books that change my point of view.

 

At the beginning of science fiction there was Jules Verne. And this is sheer science fiction, down to the very measurements. Reading this book gave me a look at how the genre truly began. It wasn’t’ about flying spaceships and mega-aliens and mutating.

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It was about true science and the magical places it could take me. And while reading this, I felt like all of this was possible.

The imagery and specifics were on point! There wasn’t an unanswered moment. Every part of this journey was so well-informed. Well-informed is the only word I can think of because this is mostly fact-based. Nothing matters but the intense adventure. It was all incredibly vivid and truly a wonder.

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So many dangers! If it’s not the scary creatures that are pretty cool to see because they don’t exist on the surface, then it’s the possibility of starving to death. There’s no harrowing adventure without the life-threatening parts, right? It makes for a great story.

And this was a great story. I enjoyed it immensely. It’s nothing like the movie. NOTHING. There’s not a single woman on this trip, though Axel tried. And the book really put me on edge here and there.

But both of them are pretty great. I will say this; the writing isn’t your typical. There’s a lot of facts. It’s basically how book the is written and it’s why I struggled a little. I alos looked up a lot of the terms Verne used so that I could better understand the characters. It’s straight up a journey. There’s no romance or drama mixed into it. So, you’ll be there for the adventure and nothing else. And you know what? We all deserve a little adventure.

 

Quotables:

“I spent the whole night in one nightmare; in the heart of a volcano, and from the deepest depths of the earth I saw myself tossed up amongst the interplanetary spaces under the form of an eruptive rock.” (Liedenbroek to Axel, p. 63)

“The farther I go the more confidence I feel…” (Liedenbroek,, p. 74)

“Will there be an end? Is the atmospheric condition, having once reached this density, to become final?” (Axel, p. 142)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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