06.30.09

Flashpoint: Second Post (Jedi Rescue)

Posted in Fiction at 12:46 am by Rosepixie

For some reason Zayne’s rescue of the jedi just seemed too easy. I mean, I know that he had a Mandalorean working with him and a ship and all, but it still seems like one of the masters should have been able to do it before. It was intriguing, though, the Mandaloreans trying to figure out the jedi. Why don’t they have their own jedi? Doesn’t the force work for them too?

06.29.09

Rest in Peace: More Thoughts

Posted in History, Sociology at 12:02 am by Rosepixie

This is an absolutely fascinating book. It gives such an interesting view of American history and how the prevailing culture changed and evolved over the years. There’s a bunch of places listed in here that I would love to go visit. This book also got me thinking about what kind of burial and funeral I want when I die. Where do I want to be buried?

In my father’s hometown there is a cemetery built like an amphitheater, in a semicircle and sloping up all around. Greene didn’t describe anything like this and I’ve never really seen any other cemeteries at all like it in this country. It also doesn’t seem to have much in the way of rules. I now really want to know its history! When was it built and why was it designed like that? Were there ever rules? Are there now? What are/were they?

06.28.09

Spider 16/1: Thoughts

Posted in Magazines at 3:36 am by Rosepixie

Spider 16/1I bought this issue of Spider primarily because of the absolutely fantastic cover by David Hohn. I really enjoyed it, though. In some ways it reminded me of classic Crickets because they used to have more content like this and the Spider bugs still define a lot of words, whereas the Cricket gang has cut way back. I loved “I Won’t Sneeze” and “The Magic Pot”, but I’m always a fan of folk-tale-type stories. I also enjoyed “Doodlebug and Dandelion: The Snow Maze” a great deal because it was cute and funny. Overall I was quite pleased with this issue and am almost tempted to pick up another issue of Spider!

Flashpoint: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Fiction at 2:53 am by Rosepixie

Well, it was looking like they had been doing a good job of laying low. Somehow nothing seems to work out right for this group. I’ll be really interested to see where this story goes now. The characters are great and hopefully they will get more development as this story progresses as well!

Confessions of a Blabbermouth: Fourth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 1:33 am by Rosepixie

This ended great. It was realistic, but also satisfying and encouraging. Chloe stood up for herself and it was clear that she had learned the importance of doing so and would do it again in the future whenever she needed to. Not all the problems were magically solved, but things got better and, as I said, it was satisfying.

Rest in Peace: Thoughts

Posted in History, Sociology at 12:50 am by Rosepixie

This book is really interesting. It’s well-written and nicely organized, moving smoothly forward through time. It’s full of absolutely fascinating facts. I found the information about how those who died from suicide were buried in the 17th and 18th centuries particularly interesting. They were apparently often buried at a crossroads so that if they rose, they wouldn’t know where to go and the bodies were sometimes driven through with a wooden stake to prevent them from rising at all. It made me wonder if that superstition could have gotten wrapped up in vampire mythology and been part of why vampire lore is what it is today.

06.27.09

The Time Travel Trap: Eighth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Childrens, Choose-Your-Path, Fiction at 6:44 am by Rosepixie

Endings Found – 32
Got Home – 12
Died – 12
Stranded – 9

I finished the book with a painful death bringing my total number of deaths up to match the number of times that I made it home. I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a fun adventure and went to some cool time periods. I found myself wishing that the protagonist (me) in some of these books was female, but none of them have been so far. It’s a little disappointing.

Confessions of a Blabbermouth: Third Post (Repercussions)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 5:01 am by Rosepixie

All of my suspicions about Jed and Chloe were confirmed. I’m so glad that Tasha is helping Chloe sort of escape from under his thumb. I’m sure there will be repercussions, but I’m glad Chloe is at least standing up for herself. I’m fairly pleased with how dyslexia is handled in this story, Jed notwithstanding. It’s clear that it has nothing to do with how smart Chloe is, but that it is something she struggles with in many ways. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

The Time Travel Trap: Seventh Post (Stranded Time Travelers)

Posted in Childrens, Choose-Your-Path, Fiction at 4:49 am by Rosepixie

Endings Found – 31
Got Home – 12
Died – 11
Stranded – 9

I found three more ways to get home, but I also got eaten by mutant plants and thrown off a cliff to my death by a caveman. I found the group of stranded time travelers to be really interesting. A whole section of the book could have just been about them!

Vogue 199/2: Thoughts

Posted in Magazines at 3:34 am by Rosepixie

Ok, I am seriously sick of Vogue. It has gone beyond my threshold for stupidity. They had a piece about Blake Lively and Gossip Girl. It showed more than anything how completely clueless and out of touch Vogue is. They actually said that the Gossip Girl characters are like those found in Tolstoy, Waugh, Nabokov or Thackeray. But they aren’t because those amazing authors all wrote about how high society is petty and worthless – there’s a reason Waugh called them “vile bodies”. Gossip Girl, on the other hand, glorifies these “bright young things” and their extremely spoiled, consumerist, elitist behavior. There is no satire in Gossip Girl (unsurprisingly, since the author totally buys into this behavior). Seriously, are the people behind Vogue so clueless that they don’t understand this? I can tell you that I want no part of the society that they value. I’ll stay in the world where it is understood that Thackeray’s story satirizes high society and Tolstoy shows us that society is so cold and cruel and self-centered that it can kill for no real reason that should matter!

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