My friend’s blog :)

Hi everyone, I’m really sorry for not posting anything in like five billion years. I have my exams and my parents will have a fit if they know I’m blogging instead of cramming and I really don’t want that. However, you can go check out my friend’s blog Here. (you can go ahead and click it, it will open in a new tab so you can continue reading this) It’s called thelightpurplesky. I think because she’s an insomniac and usually blogs randomly in the middle of the night cos she can’t sleep.

It’s pretty funny- well, she’s pretty funny (hey, that’s why we’re friends) and um Yeah so, in the meantime, you can go checkout thelightpurplesky.wordpress.com and hopefully you’ll like it 😀 We’re both new to blogging, and you know how blog newbies/noobs must stick together through thick and thin (!) so yeah. Anyway, it’s sort of a ‘substitute’ blog while I am busy studying.

(how we became friends is pretty complicated, will maybe one day explain it all to you…

okay I’ll just explain it. Ok, so, Taya’s mom is a half Japanese half Chinese. She met my mom in University and they’ve been friends ever since. And as a side note, her father’s American and she lives there. So anyway, one day, they came to visit Singapore and we brought them around. sadly to this horrible place called Haw Par Villa which didn’t impress anyone, including me. And I’m staunchly patriotic. Since then, we’ve sort of started an email correspondence thing, and we’re sort of friends.)

p.s. i’ll try to post soon. i promise. by hook or by crook. probably by crook. stealthily in the dead of the night. like Taya.

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Ranger’s Apprentice Movie

Yup, what happened to it?

As of 7 January 2008, United Artists has optioned the film rights for The Ruins of Gorlan and is in talks with Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis to adapt and direct the movie. (He directed million-dollar-baby and Crash) This is what John Flanagan first heard the news he said:

It’s just so overwhelming to see that the Ranger’s series is set to head off in yet another exciting direction. When I think how this all started as a series of twenty short stories written for my son Michael, it sets my head spinning to think there’s the distinct possibility that it will now be translated into movies and seen by millions of people around the world.

Apparently the film has been delayed due to funding issues. It’s been four years, dudes, still no movie. Meanwhile, we’ll have to make do with fantasizing about the actors. Will- Logan Lerman. Cassandra- Emma Watson. (I hate Alyss. Here are some reasons why, if you’re interested.)

Reasons why Will should’ve married Cassandra/Evanlyn in the Ranger’s Apprentice Series

I love the series. Pity it went downhill from the fourth book. It did pick up again after the sixth book, but the damage was already done by the fifth and sixth books. I have a vague suspicion that some imposter kidnapped John Flanagan and wrote the books for him.

Firstly, the writing standard sort of dropped and secondly (and more importantly) Will, for absolutely no reason at all, starts liking Alyss. The first four books into the series, it was all “Will and Cassandra go on an epic adventure to save the world!” Then suddenly, in the fifth book, Will falls in love with Alyss. Oh, and that’s after Cassandra announces that she’s a princess. That totally makes sense.

There is absolutely zero reason for anyone to choose Alyss over Cassandra.

Cassandra is cool. She saved Will’s life. If not for her, he’d still be a vacant-eyed,  drooling yard-slave in Skandia, addicted to drugs and doomed to a life of back-breaking labour in the freezing cold. Come on, Will, the least you could do for your saviour is return her love!

And think about all the adventures they went on together! They burned the bridge down together, fought Morgareth together, got captured by Skandians together… And where was Alyss when all this happened? That’s the thing- no one knew she even existed! Well, we did, but only in an extremely minor role.

Plus, Alyss strikes me as a very annoying person. She’s overly jealous and possessive, she flares up whenever Evanjalin goes within a one-metre radius of Will- I mean come on, they were friends long before you came into the picture, and you expect them to stop talking to each other because you are now in love with him? And who exactly does she think she is?

Moreover, she’s the proverbial ‘pretty face’. And even then, Cassandra is prettier, in my opinion. She is completely hopeless at fighting or basically being useful. In the Siege of Macindaw, she went and got captured in a tower and Will had to come and save her. On the other hand, Cassandra is funny, feisty, brave, courageous, and she can hold her own in a fight. She doesn’t need anyone to save her. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, would you rather marry a princess who is cool and funny, who also happens to be the person who saved your life, or a boring, jealous, possessive, insecure courier/orphan? Like, duh, right?

Will is supposed to be smart.

Obviously not.

Never mind. If he doesn’t want Cassandra, I seriously think Gilan should have her. Gilan is cooler than Will. But Gilan marries Jenny. The cook. I seriously hate John Flanagan. He really needs to get some matchmaking tips. Before he makes Hal fall in love with like, a barnacle or something. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, John Flanagan has released  a new book series called the Brotherband chronicles. I’ve done a review on the first book (The Outcasts), which you can check out here)

*disclaimer: extremely biased opinion, do not take as gospel truth/come at me with pitchforks.*

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Joseph Delaney is so feminist!

Joseph Delaney, author of the Last Apprentice series, is the most feminist person I have ever known. And he’s a guy. Joseph isn’t like a pseudo name for an old woman who lives by herself in a quaint little house with forty-seven cats. At least I think not.

I mean, his series is completely devoid of any strong male characters, and every female character happens to be (on average) a billion times more powerful/cool than the male ones. The series is supposed to be about a spook and his apprentice, Tom, and how they kill witches and boggarts and things, but the witches just totally steal the show. Especially Tom’s love interest, Alice.

Yes, I am not at all impressed by the Spooks. The only semi-cool male in this book series happens to be a goat. (Pan, if you’re wondering.)

Tom Ward is an utter disaster of a Spook. He is extremely dumb and gullible and gets tricked by just about everyone who wants to. This is what happens to him in the eighth book (Rage of the Fallen):

The Evil Witch beckons to him with a crooked finger, smiling evilly. “Come boy, I know I look like an evil witch, (and I am), but don’t worry, just come into my dark creepy house that’s infested with blood-sucking babies and eat some of my poison so I can kill you.” Says the evil witch. “Oh, and please leave your weapons and anything you can use to defend yourself against me and my monster outside, far away where you can’t use it, thanks.”

What does Tom do? Does he smash the staff over that old poser’s head? Does he karate-kick the witch to death? Does he burn the house down and save the world? Nope. He says “Ok”.  Enthusiastically.

 

And whenever he gets captured (which happens about twice in every book), he just lies there, feeling very sorry for himself, until someone comes along to save him. Most of the time, that someone is Alice. And she risks her own life in order to do so, time and again.

Honestly, I think the only thing he’s good at doing is being a Disney princess. When Alice finally needs rescuing, Tom is able to do nothing but mope around sadly. In the end, (spoiler alert) it isn’t even him who saves Alice, it’s Pan. And Grimalkin does most of the work binding the fiend. Tom just gets in a lucky strike with his awesome sword.

I have no idea what Alice sees in him. It’s the movie She’s so out of my league all over again. Well, except Tom’s got a billion chances to get things right and he fails every single time. Alice: smart, pretty, powerful, daughter of the Fiend, the supremely powerful Lord of the Dark. Tom: stupid, useless, son of a pig farmer. Honestly, if I were Alice, I’d rather marry Pan, the goat, than Tom. Even though my offspring would probably be a little weird.

The Spook used to be pretty interesting at least, a sarcastic, mysterious man with a scandalous love affair, but now he’s just an idiot who’s missing-in-action most of the time and about as flexible as his Rowan wood staff- Not flexible at all.

On the other hand, all the female characters in the series are so flippin’ awesome. Grimalkin, Alice, hell, even that Celtic witch is cool enough to capture Tom twice. Oh, and Tom’s mom, the Lamia witch- she’s pretty cool too.  I’d be really disappointed if I were the first Lamia witch, and I had a son like Tom. She probably has recessive genes or something.

It’s great that there are awesome female characters in the Last Apprentice series, but it really pains my heart that the males are so completely annoying. I need at least someone to crush on, and it can’t bloody well be a goat. But ah well, here you go, the Last Apprentice Series is femininity at it’s finest.

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The Seventh Son (2012)

Yup, the Last Apprentice series is going on widescreen!

If you haven’t read the Last Apprentice series, I suggest you a) read the books, then come back to check out my review on the eight book, Rage of the Fallen. Here.

So, Ben Barnes is going to play Tom Ward, which is pretty cool. My friend goes on and on about how he should have played Sirius Black in Harry Potter because he’s so awesome and blah. I really like his hair in this picture.

In case you don’t know him, he’s the dude who played Prince Caspian in Narnia, and he’s pretty hot, but even then, I was like, yeah, he’s handsome, but he’s old. And he hasn’t got any younger since that movie- he is now 30 and Tom Ward’s supposed to be 13 in the first book. But honestly, I don’t care. They could give a chicken a twig and cast it as Tom Ward for all I care (that would actually be quite accurate, come to think of it) Also, not only is Ben Barnes too old for Tom Ward, he is too hot. Honestly. Tom Ward is not hot.

He doesn’t usually have such funky hair though, but it still looks pretty good.

At first the dude who was supposed to play Tom Ward was the priesty, religious, muscular guy who falls in love with a mermaid in Pirates of the Carribean, On Stranger Tides, a.k.a. Sam Claflin, but it isn’t him anymore. He’s slightly younger than Ben Barnes (he’s 24, I think) but making him act as Tom Ward is probably a little cruel- he’ll then have had way too many semi-human love interests. First a mermaid and now a witch. So unless he’s casted in some Twilight-flick where he’s the male version of Bella who falls in love with both a vampire and a werewolf at the same time, I think he’d be better off taking some other role somewhere else where he gets to marry a normal person, or else with all the odd children he’ll have, he’ll be able to open his house up as a zoo or something. Ok, maybe not a zoo. More like a haunted house.

But I do care about who plays Alice, and it’s this random person called Alicia Vikander that I’ve never heard of in my entire life. Which is not very long, but still. She looks quite pretty in a witch-like way (not an insult) so I think the directors have at least one member of the cast nailed. This is a picture of her: You can see for yourself.

The Spook is played by Jeff Bridges, and Mother Malkin by Julliane Moore. No problems there. In fact, I give my whole-hearted support.

The movie is coming out in 2013, which is absolutely ridiculous, because they announced the start of the project at the beginning of 2011. What, are they filming a 800 episode drama or something? (Believe me, it has been done, and I think in less time, too)

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Last Apprentice Series: Rage of the Fallen

 
Author: Joseph Delaney

Plot:

This is book eight of the Last Apprentice series (but it’s also known as the Spook’s Destiny, 8th book of the Wardstone Chronicles in Britain) I’ve got to say though, the American version sounds way cooler than the British version. I mean, what the heck is a wardstone supposed to be? A gem stone you put on ladies’ jewelry?

Anyway, if you haven’t heard of the book series, it’s about a guy called Tom Ward who’s a Spook’s Apprentice, which means he goes around with John, a Spook, fighting dark, evil things like boggarts, witches, shamans, and ancient Gods from exotic religions. In this book, though, he fights a goat. What? Goats are dangerous. They can…um…squirt milk on you.

Only joking. This particular goat happens to be a God, the Greek god of nature Pan (no, not the things you cook eggs with), to be exact. He might or might not have looked like the guy below. I’m really not sure about the red hair. Whoever’s heard of a goat having red hair, God or not?

Anyway, in between all the fighting, Tom Ward somehow finds time to fall in love. Unfortunately, it’s a tragic love story, because the girl Tom Ward falls in love with is a witch. That’s not really a problem if you’re Harry Potter, but Spooks are supposed to killwitches, not marry them. The Spook does not approve of this at all, because he is an old prude doesn’t trust witches (though that didn’t stop him at the time-yes, he had a scandalous little affair in his youth. Check out the third book in the series) But anyway, it doesn’t matter whether Spook approves or not anymore, because Tom and Alice have to stay together or they die. Literally.
The Fiend will kill Tom immediately if he has a chance, because apparently there is a prophecy that he will one day triumph over the Fiend (yes, pathetic dumbo that he is. I have a vague suspicion that professor Trelawney made this prophecy, because it is soimprobable).In comes Alice, who happens to be the Fiend’s daughter (and mega-ly powerful). She, for some weird reason unknown to man, she falls in love with him and, fearing for his life, makes him a blood jar that will protect him from the fiend. This greatly compromises her safety from the fiend, so now they both have to stay close to the blood jar, because once they stray from its protection, the Fiend will whisk them away to torture for eternity.
In this book, that’s exactly what happens.
Tom gets captured by this celtic witch who holds a grudge on him, and thus Alice is separated from the blood jar and is captured by the Fiend. Unfortunately, other than having to battle the Fiend to save Alice, Tom also has to contend with the annoying Celtic Witch, Pan, and the Evil Pan Worshippers, some shamans who are determined to get rid of Tom and Spook. Luckily, Tom somehow picks up a legendary sword known as Destiny’s Blade and has got himself a powerful witch ally Grimalkin, who’s bent on getting her own revenge on the Fiend.The showdown between the Fiend and Tom Ward that the previous books have been building up to takes place in this book. The battle is not going to be the last between them, not even the most important, but it is still a battle against the Lord of the Dark, so it’s definitely legendary.
Review:
As you all know, some book series die off at the third or fourth book, becoming really repetitive and sort of lame after awhile (Maximum ride, Ranger’s Apprentice-although the last few books were getting better) But this series seems to be steadily improving. In fact, it’s one of those series you want to go on forever, like Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl, although I’d pity Tom Ward. Can you imagine an eternity of fighting evil? You can’t even retire, because once you do, the Fiend will whisk you away into the dark. No, not to sleep. To torture.
Seriously though, one thing I feel pretty annoyed about is that there is a complete lack of strong and un-annoying male characters. Check out my post about why Joseph Delaney is definitely and most undoubtedly a feminist. But other than having to read about male-losers all the time, this book series is actually pretty entertaining to read.
It doesn’t really have a very complex plot, doesn’t explore deep ideas, isn’t touching or thought-provoking, but it is entertaining. An absolute witch-burning, monster-thumping, goat-milking, boggart-enslaving, Fiend-binding galore. It’s the perfect thing to take to class with you as an antidote to your teacher’s droning voice, a revival potion if you have to do a piece of abysmally boring homework but can’t seem to keep awake. All in all, pretty useful.
Score:
7.8/10 Not bad at all, unlike the Fiend, who’s completely, unabashedly bad.
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The Enemy Series: The Dead

Author:

Charlie Higson

Plot:

The events in The Dead take place a year before those in Book 1, The Enemy, just after the Disaster.

So, the book starts off in a boarding school a few miles from London, where some fourteen year old boys are trapped in a room surrounded with zombie teachers. After breaking out of the school compound, they manage to rescue another group of boys trapped in a church who almost died of Carbon Monoxide poisoning and a French girl, who falls in love with Jack, the guy who happened to have just killed her zombie father minutes before.

So the motley group now includes football jocks (good at bashing zombies), nerds (good at being smart and geeky), the pretty French girl (good at looking cute and helpless), a fashion-obsessed African guy named Kwanele (good at keeping zombie snot and blood off his clothes) and the group of religious zealots led by a disillusioned (and extremely annoying) boy Matt, whom, since being rescued in the church, had never stopped going on about his vision of the Lamb God and a boy with light hair and a boy with dark hair. They’re good at practically nothing. I guess the Carbon Monoxide really got to his brain.

They soon meet with a huge congregation of adults, but are fortunately rescued by Greg, a strangely un-affected adult driving a bus. However, even without being diseased, Greg the adult is really annoying. (You really wouldn’t want to see him in zombie form.) He is way too protective of his son, Liam, and doesn’t give a heck about anyone else.

But, life on board the bus is still pretty much a party, especially with the addition of three pretty girls, Brooke, Courtney and Aleisha who’d been rescued by Greg earlier. Flirting is an unbelievably good mood-lifter. Yup, life is good. Well, at least until Greg turned into a zombie overnight and strangled his own son.

Everyone escapes the bus, only to meet up with an ever bigger group of adults. Talk about jumping from the pan into the fire. They manage to make their way to the Imperial War Museum, but are nearly chased out by the leader, Jordan, because he does not want the extra burden. In the end, though, he relents and lets them stay, as long as they get their own food. They manage to, after hijacking a Tesco delivery truck stockpiled with food.

Then Jack decides to return home one last time (I have no freaking idea why, it’s just completely brainless) and his good friends Bam and Ed accompany him. They are ambushed by adults (Greg among them) and both Bam and Jack die. I told you it was brainless.

On his way back, Ed meets David King and his gang (yup, it’s him, but without his palace) and return to the Museum where he finds out Frederique has turned into a zombie and a fire is about to ravage the museum.

Half of them go flee the museum in the Tesco truck with David, (bad idea, if you ask me) and the other half hijacks a cruise boat and set sail for the Tower of London. The Truckers get stuck on the overcrowded bridge swarmed by panicked children and are about to get burnt to a crisp until David gets out of the truck and screams at everyone to move. It doesn’t work, so he shoots someone dead with his rifle.

Meanwhile, the guys on the boat were rowing their boat merrily down the stream, but then Matt the idiot suddenly gets it into his head that they’ve got to go to St. James Cathedral (because his Lamb God told him so) and while wrangling for control over the boat, crashes it into a bridge.

Once again, the children find themselves in hot soup, thanks to their own demonic kind. I swear, David and Matt ought to be fed to the zombies. Well, at least Matt was right about one thing- one year later, the prophesied ”Light and Dark” boys emerge at the Tower of London. If you’ve read the first book, you’ll know that they also happen to be Small Sam and The Kid, back from their terrifying escape from the children-eating freak couple Nick and Rachel.


Review:

There are lots of book series that start off with a brilliant first book and fizzles out in the second only to disappear into oblivion, but rest assured, this is not such a book series. The Dead is every bit as exciting as The Enemy, if not more so.

The book has its own fair share of gory moments and disgusting adults- the scene where Greg strangles his own son and wears his spectacles sent shivers down my spine the same way Nick and Rachel did in the first book.

In my opinion, the characters in this book were way more fun to read about than in the first book, because they were far more diverse compared to the relatively similar personalities in the Waitrose and Morrison gang. It was interesting to see how everyone, nerd, jock, cheerleader (well, I’m guessing that’s what Brooke, Aleisha and Courtney were before the world collapsed) had their own unique strength that helped them survive, against all odds.

And the best part about the book is that it keeps you on your toes all the time. When you’re pretty sure nothing more could possibly happen, Charlie Higson unleashes a mega twist to the story and you’re left hanging off the edge of a cliff, hyperventilating.

I still have the same quarrel I had with the first book, which is that important characters die in the stupidest, most unglamorous ways imaginable. One of my favorite characters in the book was Jack, the seemingly moody, tough guy with no qualms (even at the beginning) about knocking dents into what used to be Mothers and Fathers in order to survive, but inwardly he was kind-hearted and gentle. Yeah well, he died. But I guess you can’t name your book The Dead and not be prepared to kill off about half your characters.

Score: 

9.0/10 Because it is so fantastic, I’m willing to ignore all the dead bodies of what used to be my favorite characters lying strewn on the zombie infested streets.

Click here to read the review on the first book.

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The Enemy Series: The Enemy

Author:

Charlie Higson

Plot:

Set in a post-apocalypse world where everyone over the age of 16 has either died, or turned into zombie-like things, the book follows a group of children who call themselves the Waitrose Crew, (who’ve holed up in yes, the Waitrose supermarket) as they struggle to survive against diseased zombie adults, diseased zombie apes, starvation, and fellow children who’ve gone quite, mad. Naturally, the world is in quite a mess.

So, one day they save an unknown boy from a group of adults outside their supermarket fortress, and he tells them about the Buckingham Palace, where there is (according to him) an abundance of food, shelter, and relatively few adults. A.k.a the Mecca of the post-apopcalypse world- or so he tells them.

They figure half-dead-men can’t lie about such things, though, so they team up with another gang of kids (who, incidentally, have holed up in the Morrison supermarket) and make their way across London to the Buckingham palace. I’ve got to say, though, battling diseased monkey escapees from the London Zoo and fending off boil-infested zombies doesn’t sound like a very fun way to tour London.

So anyway, monkey business aside, when they finally arrive at the Palace, they’re treated to a feast (or at least relatively so) and it really seems like they’ve made it to safety at last. Ha, ha. What a joke.

In actual fact, there is far less food than they’d been led to believe, zombies in the basement, and worse of all, a crazy dude, David, who runs the place in a dictatorship. He’s got it into his head to rule over London (even though there’s probably no one left to rule, since most are dead) but evil as he is, he doesn’t know squat about fighting, which, I’m guessing, is probably rather problematic. That’s why David decided to lure the Waitrose crew (who’s reputation in fighting precedes them) to the Palace and get them to do his dirty work for him.

The first thing he has them do is get rid of the ‘squatter kids’ in the area, which they agree to do, although Maxie, the Waitrose crew leader wasn’t happy about it. Achilleus, the Waitrose crew’s best fighter, almost dies in the attempt. Not like David cares, though. When Maxie finally voices her suspicion of David’s true nature to the rest of her crew, David throws her in the dungeons. Worse still, her mates, Achilleus, Blue, (the Morrison leader) and Ollie (the brains of her gang) seem to have deserted her for David.

Review:

Funny how it seems like although the adults are disgusting and pretty dangerous, you get a depressing feeling that the children themselves are their own worst Enemies. It’s sort of like the novel The Lord of the Flies, which, in case you’ve never read it (I wouldn’t have, if it hadn’t been my Literature text for the year), is basically this dark, depressing book written by a World War II survivor about how being evil is in our nature and how we keep thinking there’s a monster or demon waiting to get us, but we don’t realize that we are the monsters. Yup, pretty cheery stuff, if you ask me.

It’s a pretty disturbing, (not to mention gory) book series, (read: snot-dripping zombies who strangle their own children to death), but I absolutely love it. Yeah, I’m nuts. (Hopefully the Macadamia kind. I love macadamias.) Or maybe it’s because I’m already secretly a zombie. Whatever the reason, though, I am completely addicted to this book series.First of all, its plot is superb. It’s action-packed, gripping and full of edge-of-the-seat moments. Throw in some world-class writing, well-developed characters, and a few zombies, and you’ve got yourself a smash hit. Which is, of course, what The Enemy is.

There’s plenty of action and honestly, maybe a little too much of it. I might’ve gotten a heart attack one or two times through the book and had to be carried off in an ambulance. Just joking. They’re some books where you pinch yourself after every few pages because you feel like you’re about to doze off just trying to get through it, but this isn’t one of those books for sure. I had to take regular calm-down sessions before my heart rate got up too high and the sentence above turns into something more than a lame joke. Even though the whack-a-zombie sequences in the book could’ve gotten slightly stale if the book had been written by any other author, but with Charlie Higson, there isn’t a chance of that happening. After all, he isn’t just any other author, he’s the author of the Young Bond series, which you should check out if you’re into stylish, good-looking guys who happen to be really good at saving the world.

The characters are very powerful, real, and likeable in their own ways (well, other than David and the zombie adults, of course) although sometimes (in my opinion) unnecessarily killed off. Charlie Higson makes it very clear that no one in the book is spared the axe just because he’s spent a few dozen chapters developing him/her. I guess he got fed up of all his readers knowing that the main character (a.k.a. James Bond) wasn’t going to die because he grows up to become the 007 spy we’re all familiar with. Still, he didn’t have to go around murdering every half-decent character he has.

For example Arran, the golden haired, gorgeous-looking leader of the Waitrose kids (yes, Maxie started off as a mere sidekick) and main character of the first few chapters, dies after a kid shoots him in the shoulder by accident. Talk about cruel! I was already starting to fall desperately in love with him, and then this stupid girl with horrible aim comes in and kills him. Great. Just great.

My favorite characters are, by far, hands-down, Small Sam and his buddy The Kid (no kidding, that’s his name), two plucky little kids who’ve got in and out of more trouble than you can possibly imagine. Small Sam, a nine-year old boy had gotten separated from the Waitrose Crew, and captured by an adult couple, Nick and Rachel, who rear children like chickens to eat. (This is where we discover the horrifying truth that eating children helps slow the disease)

His buddy The Kid saves him and they find themselves in other pretty sticky situations. They even get mistaken as deities by a bunch of (spoiler alert) religious zealot weirdos who’ve started their own new religion that involves some lambs, and a load of lousy spelling. But that’s another story. Literally.

All in all, this book series is a must read, especially if you like post-apopcalypse fiction, or any book that’s got a great plot, great characters, and well, is just great in general. Check back for the next two book reviews soon- I’ve got to go wrap some Christmas presents now, sadly.

Score: 

9/10 stars- Pretty dang good. You’d be a brainless zombie not to read this.

Click here to read the review of the second book, the Dead!

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The Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts

Author:

John Flanagan

Plot:

This series follows Hal, a half Skandian, half Araluen boy, whom, if you’ve been paying attention in the last Ranger’s Apprentice book, is the guy who revolutionized the Heron sail pattern. He’s skinny and smart- about as un-Skandian as you can get, which probably explains the name of this book.

The Skandians have this school (brother band training) where they learn how to sail, fight, and be cool (not like Hal needs help, though). They are split up into three teams, the Sharks, Wolves, and Herons, and Hal is made the reluctant Skirl of the Herons. Honestly though, his teammates are even more reluctant about it than he is. I mean, you don’t usually pit a skinny, wimpy Araluen boy against burly, mountain-sized Skandians and expect to win. But since they’re mostly outcasts themselves, they haven’t got much complaining-power. Luckily for them, though, choosing Hal as their skirl may be the best decision they’ve ever made in their lives. Well, maybe.

With his trusty sidekick Stig (no, not stick) at his side, Hal tries his best to make the Herons the champion brother band of the year and prove himself…without being pulverized by Tursgud (Who seems to have something against Hal since the day he was born) in the process.

Review: 

Ok, first off, this book was a lot of fun to read. Even in the slow-going parts. Despite the occasional parts of the book where the plot progressed at the speed of a Skandian ship on land, the book was a pretty entertaining first book. It was chock-filled with a cast of lovable characters, a promising plot delivered with wit and sophistication from a brilliant author. Come on, the ending was crazy. If you can read the book, and honestly say you’re not really excited for the second book to come out, you’re probably not human. Or maybe, you’re Tursgud, the big hairy brute everyone wants to dunk in a bucket of rotten ale.

I have high hopes for you, The Invaders! (That’s an understatement. I’m practically drooling. Shivering with mad anticipation.)

However, although I really liked the first book, I can’t help comparing this book to the Ranger’s Apprentice series, and sadly, I think the Ranger’s Apprentice series is slightly more interesting. So far. Well, at least the first four and last four books were. (The fifth and sixth books were more horrible than Tursgud and a bucket of rotten ale put together.)

I really like Hal, but he really has to stop his split personality thing. Sometimes he’s all bluster and pride, like, listen to me! i’m the boss, my boat is the coolest! And sometimes he’s oozing with self doubt and self pity, like, eh, don’t choose me as skirl, I suck. Oh and, I like him, but I’m finding it a little difficult having a crush on him. He just doesn’t seem very hot.

Score: All in all, I’d give this book a 7.2/10.

The Invaders: Here’s a little teaser I got off the net– Hal and the other outcasts meet an atractive girl that uses a curious weapon and has them tongue tied over each other. Nice. I haven’t met any girls (other than Hal’s mom) yet, so it’s about time, John no-girl Flanagan. But I really hope Hal falls in love with the right person, because John Flanagan already broke my heart once, marrying Will off to Alyss instead of Casasndra/Evanjalin. I mean, seriously?! Cassandra and Will were so good together, they practically spent two books being cool together, kicking Skandian butts together, saving each other’s lives, and then suddenly poof, Will gets married to Alyss. What. The. Hell. (If you haven’t read the Ranger’s Apprentice, you should really go read it, and sorry about announcing the horrible marriage to you)

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Hello world!

Saying Hello World makes me sound like some kind of Alien or something. I’m not, by the way, though I do have superhuman intelligence and out-worldly beauty… *flutters eyelashes* I’m actually making myself puke. Amazing. The next time I need to pretend to be sick so I don’t need to go to school, I’ll just read this. Just joking.

There is actually this band called Lady Antebellum (incidentally, there are two males in this group. I wonder how the girl got them to agree to the name) who sang a song called “Hello world”. See, I have alien buddies 🙂 They’re actually quite good. Lady Gaga has rivals… And they don’t go around falling down in airports because they wore a bajillion-inch shoe (even though I probably should- suffice to say, I’m not the tallest of people.)

Read my about me page, and I hope you enjoy my blog 🙂

Oh, and if you’re Chinese, Happy Chinese New Year!

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