With more books being written in this series, I felt that it was time to get back into the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown. I started to adventure with the first book Angels and Demons. Yes, this is the first book and not The Da Vinci Code like so many people think. To start, I would like to say that I will be using the word mythos when describing aspects of this series. The word “mythos,” according to Merriam-Webster, is a pattern of beliefs expressing often symbolically the characteristic or prevalent attitudes in a group or culture. By using this word, I am not trying to express my own opinions of the religions and cultures expressed in these novels. If there is a better word that could be used, feel free to say so. I will take it into consideration. But, on with the review…
The first thing I have to say is how well researched this series is. I had the privilege to read the illustrated edition. It was amazing to see pictures of all of the places explored in the novel. This novel explores the “battle” between science and religion. It is well done in a way that doesn’t choose a side. Every character has different opinions regarding the matter, and everyone respects the other’s opinions. The dialogue in this way is well written and not really a fluff piece. I also enjoyed how points of view shifted. It is not often that changes in point of view are done so seamlessly, but it was well done here. All the characters are believable and intriguing. I loved everything about this book. I personally don’t really know much about the Catholic church. After asking my best friend about it as they are Catholic, I realized that it was much more accurate than I thought. They told me that the mythos of the church as it related to the book and different things. They also explained some things that I didn’t quite get, so that was also amazing. Also, from reading the acknowledgments at the end, I realized that the author actually went to the places described in the book. If that doesn’t add to it, I don’t know what does.
Just out of college, that last thing you expect is that your new roommate kills people for a living, but that is what you get out of Assassin Roommate by Monica Gallagher. The characters balance each other well. There is not an overabundance of unnecessary characters. Everyone serves a purpose. The relationships are also written very well. There are hints of a love triangle, but it isn’t annoying as some love triangles can be. Everyone involved are adults. Yes, they do have outbursts of emotion, but it is all understandable. Also, the conflict between the different assassin networks is also interesting as you are trying to figure out what everyone wants and what their true motives are. The second season of this webcomic just wrapped up, so it is the perfect time to catch up on this amazing series. I can’t wait to find out what the author has in store next.
Let me begin this post by saying that I have been waiting for this movie for fourteen years. I wasn’t very hype for it from the trailers, but the Incredibles 2 movie was exactly what I wanted. It fits in perfectly from the end of the last movie, and it was very seemless. The character’s hadn’t changed too much but there was still area’s of growth. I just absolutely loved Bob’s (the dad’s) internal conflict. It was so well done. Also, the villian made slightly more sense than the original did, but the justaposition was intriguing. I also got a very X-men vibe from the movie. If you replace “supers” with “mutants,” the message of the movies are very similar, but you just can’t hate a family superhero movie. If they were to make another movie, not saying they should, but I would like to see older Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack taking on a world that is more accepting of “supers” to see what new problems emerge in their society. I just personally think that that would be really interesting to see.
Reading Part 3 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or Stardust Crusaders was an event. Not only was this part the longest of the three, it introduced a totally new concept, and it did so super well. It was such an amazing thing to see how they mixed the concept of Hamon that was prevalent in the pervious parts and mixed it together to introduce the concept of stands. Stands , put simpily, are a manifestation of your soul. Each one, at least in this part, were expressed as tarot cards. It was just really cool to see a mixture of traditional and new creativity. So far, this is my favorite part, followed by Battle Tendency and Panthom Blood. Honestly, each part just gets better and better.
Standard Disclaimer: Do not read this review unless you have read this book or read the last review. There are spoilers. You have been warmed.
As I am writing this, I finished reading Vampire Knight not even ten minutes ago. I’m still trying to figure out the world’s structures because it was strange. I enjoyed the story, don’t get me wrong, even though somethings were spoiled for me ahead of time (I promise not to spoil anything here, guys.) It’s just a weird story, and I completely understand why I was told to read and not to read it at the same time. I had mixed reviews while reading it. Half-way through, I put it down, because it made my head hurt. It took me a couple of months to pick back up. At the very end, when the action started to really kick in, I couldn’t put it down. In my personal opinion, there was way too much filler in the middle trying to transition from one arc to another. It was just really awkwardly executed. Maybe the anime executed this differently and better. I’d heard better views from the anime, even though the story is weird.
After watching the amazing three-episode saga that was Gunsmith Cats, I just had to read it. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original manga, but I was able to read the sequel. I still found it fantastic. All of the characters were well written and had such different personalities. There is an overarching storyline that flows so well together. I did find it a bit slow towards the middle, but it picked back up at just the right moments. This manga is a bit on the mature side, but it’s not too bad in my opinion. Considering the fact that this manga takes place in America – Chicago, in fact – you don’t need to have intimate knowledge of the area like I was expecting. It just happens to take place in America. There was just a diversity of characters, but I do feel like I was missing some background on the characters and some of their motivations. I do wish that at some point I can find the original manga so that I can get the information that I think I missed by only reading the sequel. If anyone knows where I can find it, please please please tell me. It would be very much appreciated.