12.30.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Ninth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:51 am by Rosepixie

This ended nicely, with everyone making up, but the girls didn’t exactly deal with their issues either. I can’t help feeling like some of the problems, like Rachel thinking that the other two are immature, will continue to be problems. I also felt like there wasn’t really any resolution for Steph’s family plotline. Her parents didn’t really deal with how badly they handled their separation as it relates to their kids and that was frustrating.

12.16.11

A King’s Ransom: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:59 am by Rosepixie

More historical mysteries helped lead to more information (and more questions) about the Cahills and the Vespers and whatever it is they’re embroiled in. There is so much going on in this series (and so much that might be going on) that it’s hard not to be totally engrossed! I look forward to the next book!

The Medusa Plot: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:16 am by Rosepixie

This book gave us our first half-glimpse of the modern Vespers. It’s intriguing to see what the Cahills know and don’t know and to try to piece together the story from that and what clues we have that they don’t. I’m incredibly intrigued and very much looking forward to reading more!

12.14.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Eighth Post (Families)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:43 am by Rosepixie

I really hate Stephanie’s parents. On the other hand, Alison’s parents seem fantastic. This is an interesting book. Parts of it are still very relevant and I’m really enjoying reading it for those, but other parts are oddly outdated or strange. I can see why I liked this book when I was around the age of the characters, however now I really don’t enjoy it because of the parents and such driving me crazy!

12.07.11

Vespers Rising: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:06 am by Rosepixie

This was a fantastic book! I loved that it gave us glimpses into Cahills past to show us what they were like and why they did things the way they did. It tied up loose ends from the previous series and led into the next one! Most interesting about these stories was how they showed family history passing into legend and the details being changed or forgotten over time and retellings of the stories. I have a feeling that’s important.

11.28.11

Just as Long as We’re Together: Seventh Post (Needing to Talk)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:55 am by Rosepixie

Steph really needs to talk to somebody about what’s going on. The paper was a good start, but I don’t think that it was enough. Her parents really need to clue in, though, because they are not giving their children enough credit or enough information. They’ve completely failed to realize that what’s happening between them affects their children’s lives just as much as it affects their lives. That’s completely shortsighted and terrible parenting.

11.20.11

Into the Gauntlet: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:41 am by Rosepixie

This was a fascinating book. It was great to finally see kids from the different branches (and a few of the adults as well) come together. It will be especially interesting to see how that works out as things move forward. I’ll be very interested to learn more about the Vespers!

11.15.11

“Thumbelina” (1993): Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Movie at 12:34 am by Rosepixie

This movie stuck surprisingly close to the original story given that it began with Thumbelina as a young woman living in a community of tiny people. She spent the movie trying to carry out a mission that she was constantly derailed from by being kidnapped for various purposes. I was pleased that she actually had a mission and that the prince married her for her bravery and heroic acts, not because she was beautiful. In fact, beauty really didn’t factor in heavily to most of the situations she ended up in. It was a refreshing change to the story!

11.14.11

“The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina” (2002): Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Movie at 12:53 am by Rosepixie

This was an interesting movie. It largely focused on Thumbelina’s story with the mouse who helped her and the mole who wanted to marry her against her will. But thrown into the middle of it was Tom Thumb. He really bore almost no resemblance to his actual fairy tale. As far as I could tell, he was basically there to give Thumbelina a legitimate love interest. I wasn’t especially impressed with this one.

11.11.11

“A Wrinkle in Time” (2003): Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Movie at 2:44 am by Rosepixie

This was actually a pretty good movie version of a somewhat complex book. Some of the more interesting layers to the story didn’t translate to film very well, but the core plot and the sense of science, mystery and math behind it all was there. Charles Wallis was marvelous and I was quite pleased by his performance. I was even impressed that, like the book, the end had a sense of there being more to the story, of life and all the complexities unveiled in this tale moving on, moving forward, after we stop watching.

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