I am back after reading the second book in the Oz series. The author decided to forget about Dorothy for a while and give the Tin Man a name and pretend that he had a name the entire time. His name’s Nick Chopper, but the way. This time, we follow a boy named Tip as he runs away from the witch who’s been raising him all his life for a chance of adventure followed by a walking, talking Jack-o-Lantern and a horse made from wood. It’s Oz, so are we expecting anything else. A man accidentally cutting all his limbs off didn’t get us to question anything.
In this book, the craziness continues with more fun, lovable characters being some we’ve met before, with just a dash of sexism. The world is saved when the women go back to the kitchen because the men find the work way too hard and are not good at it. I wish I was kidding. Considering the ending, it’s bizarre and out of place, but we will have to leave it at that, so I don’t spoil it for you.
I will be back with the next book, eventually… I just need to get rid of the image of a talking bug who won’t stop with the puns.
I am usually not a big fan of disjointed narratives. I want my story to be laid out to not jump around because it doesn’t keep me engaged all that much, especially when narrators go on unnecessary tangents. In this book, I didn’t mind at all. The narrator goes on a tangent about Sherlock Holmes, but I was completely there for it. It was so in character that I found it adorable instead of annoying like I usually would. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon was just too adorable of a book not to want to recommend.
This story follows Christopher, an autistic young boy, as he goes on an adventure to figure out who killed his neighbor’s dog. Considering the author’s background and comments from other people with children on the spectrum, I would say that this is an accurate portrayal of a child on the spectrum that felt completely human instead of alien, like some writers fail to do. I was cheering along with the kid and didn’t mind his tangents because they built him more as a real person instead of a caricature. Do note that the chapters are not in standard numerical order. The book starts on chapter two, as Christopher loves prime numbers, and since this was written like a journal, it was very fitting. I would definitely pick this book up and give it a try.
I decided that I needed a break from all of the heavy reading. I decided to go with a classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Like most movie remakes of books, the book had a lot more going on that could not fit into a feature length film. The movie also wholly misunderstands Oz as a country, and the book has a lot more blood in it.
Let me begin by saying that Oz isn’t a dream world. It’s a real place where multiple types of these supernatural creatures reside. Also, Dorothy is not a grown woman. In fact, I would say that she is no more than ten. For the most part, forget everything you know about the land of Oz from the movie because it’s completely wrong. The ruby slippers aren’t even ruby; they’re silver.
Now, there are 15 books in the Wizard of Oz series. I counted. I plan on going through every book in giving my thoughts on it and see how the world revolves as it goes on. I know that there a couple more movies out there that take place and Oz, and I want to see how those fit into the storyline. I have watched a Disney version based on the fourth book, and so far, that seems to be the most accurate to the series. I can’t wait to see what I’ve been missing by only watching one movie.
This is a continuation of my reading of The Fallen series. Part 1 can be found here. There will be spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
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I completed my second play through the amazing game known as Undertale. This time around, I was playing the genocide run, and let’s just say, it hurt so freaking much. I feel in love with these characters, and having to kill them all was truely heartbreaking. After getting towards the end, I realized that I didn’t do the true genocide. I was contemplating redoing the genocide run to do the true one, but I can’t do it. Litterally after the first fight, I had to put the game down for a day or two. In other words, I will not be going back and doing the run. Instead, I will be moving on to doing another pacifist route. This time, I’ll be doing the true pacifist route, so I’ll be wondering what new changes there are now that I’ve killed everyone that I loved and cared about. I’m sure that some of them will remember. If I ever get the urge to see the genocide run, I’ll just watch one of the many videos on YouTube. Degrees of separation from the actual violence and everything.
I have finally gotten around to playing Undertale. In true fashion, I started by playing the pacifist route. I didn’t do the true pacifist route because I had played the majority of the true pacifist route and a previous play through, and I kinda just wanted to get through to see one the of the endings. Even though I didn’t go through all of the flavor text, it was still beautiful and got to my heart. I was trembling at the very last boss. If you have already played or watched someone play this game, you know why the last real battle is heartbreaking. What is making it worse is that I know that I’m going to be doing the genocide run next. I honestly don’t want to do it, but I must to get the full experience. Wish me luck. I might be racing my way through so I can just be done with it so I can get to the third playthrough you have to do. I honestly do not want to do it.
In the amazing work that comes from the Dan Brown, I have finished rereading the second book in the Robert Langdon series, The Da Vinci Code. As much as I loved this book, it was somewhat awkward to read again. For whatever reason, this book was still so deeply ingrained in my head, all of the twists in turns that were involved didn’t really get to me. Somethings did because I totally forgot that it was a thing. I was also trying to find proof that would somehow prove what I thought was true really wasn’t. Either way, I still loved this book. I still picture Robert Langdon as Tom Hanks and I don’t think anything will change that. Once again, I’m not too well versed in Catholicism or any of the secret society’s that were mentioned. What I loved the most was that it was still very much rooted in the first book. The main source of this book happening was because of the events of the first one. I do kinda wish the Langdon could have a more platonic partner instead of people that could be potential love interests. He has a thing for women who just had a family member die it seems.
In a stream-line of games that I probably finished faster than the game developers think it should have been, I played Ori and the Blind Forest. Throughout the game, I had to prevent myself from crying. The beginning was emotional. The few lines of dialogue were emotional. The cut scenes were emotional. The ending was emotional. I honestly do not want to spoil any part of the game because it is an emotional rollercoaster. I feel like the most I can tell you is that you are a magical being tasked with saving the forest from the darkness. The story is moving, the art is some of the most beautiful that I have seen in a game. The only thing I didn’t like was the really picky platforming. It did get pretty frustrating when you had to have your jumps precise in pixels because of how tiny the landing place was, but again, that’s just me being really picky. I would suggest that anyone plays this game and keep a tissue box handy.
As a lover of Disney-Pixar, I am honestly horrified that it took me this long to get around to watching Coco. I just thank Netflix for having this movie on their streaming service. This movie was just so cute. I loved the inclusion of the Latinx culture (I want to say this movie takes place in Mexico since one of the songs in from the Mexican Institute of Sound, but I’m not sure). It was just very well integrated. Yes, the movie was kinda predictable, but I’m just saying that as someone who watched too many children’s movies while not being a child. I was still crying towards the end. All of the main characters are enjoyable and you just want to hug them…well most of them. The character development was substantially by not even just the main character. The music was beautiful and catchy. I will definitely watch this movie again when I have the itch for a Disney-Pixar night.
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.