Sunday, July 15, 2018

#SBPT Review of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and Robert Hack

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells the tale of Sabrina Spellman who is half-witch,half human. I only recently discovered this comic after it was announced that Netflix is creating a show based around it. After reading the description I knew it was something that I would enjoy reading and I was right. It is much different than the previous television show based on the comic. The comic book is much darker and it toes the line into horror. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and I read the book cover to cover in one sitting.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

#bookeveryweek Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor



Onyesonwu is young woman who has spent her life as an outcast, for the crime of her birth, but was destined to save her world. In a far-future post-apocalyptic Africa, the pale-skinned Nuru and dark-skinned Okeke are at war, and Onyesonwu as an Ewu (child of the rape of an Okeke by a Nuru) is reviled and feared by nearly all. This world has magic and sorcerers, pulling from a variety of African traditions, but also deals with gender politics and power struggles on a more political level. It's a rich and complicated world well-described.

The story itself is a pretty traditional quest tale, with Onyesonwu finding herself and her power and her supporters and setting out to defeat the bad guy and change the world. Along the way, there's a lot of body horror and violence (rape, genocide, female circumcision) that can make it hard to read.

While there were many moments that amazed and thrilled me as I read, some parts of the book seemed to drag. Onyesonwu's waffling in self-confidence might be realistic, but it was frustrating and sometimes she seemed to waffle just to artificially create an obstacle in the plot and not from any impetus to make her doubt herself.

For every animal transformation, growth of power, and exploration of The Wilderness that moved the story and Onyesonwu's quest forward, there were two or three ridiculous arguments and small betrayals among the central group of friends. I expected more to come of the core group of female friends who went through the 11th year rite together than ever actually came about. While some of it was good and let the story explore issues of race and difference, a lot of it was just bickering among friends, which I found myself wanting to skim.

Still, I found the world fascinating, and Onyesonwu interesting and complicated. Despite the pacing issues, I never considered putting the book down. It's a compelling read, with echoes of Octavia Butler.
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Post by Samantha Bryant, another bookish fangirl. You can learn more about her and her work at http://samanthabryant.com

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday Guest Post - Angel @ Avid Reader

Waiting on Wednesday Guest Post - Angel @ Avid Reader
*this post includes affiliate links I have with Amazon*

Hello lovely people of the world! My name is Angel K and I am the blogger behind Avid Reader! I’m here today because I get to take over Tanya’s blog to bring you a Summer Blogger Promo Tour (SBPT) post. If you’re unfamiliar with what SBPT is, it is a two month long post tour created by The Book Bratz, where Tanya and I partner up and bring fun content to you guys! Today’s fun content is a bookish meme post like Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday, and I picked Waiting on Wednesday and I’ll be sharing 3 books I can’t wait (get it? 😂) to read!!!! Hope you enjoy:

  1. Muse of Nightmares* by Laini Taylor - OMGGGGG I am beyond excited for this one!!! It is the second book to the amazing fantasy read that is Strange The Dreamer which happened to be one of (if not my #1) favourite book of 2017! It is quite dreamy (ahahah) and I absolutely loved it so I cannot wait to see what happens next!!!
  2. Wildcard* by Marie Lu - ok so this is the second book to Warcross which is a pretty awesome sci-fi/dystopia gaming book that, honestly, I didn’t know if I’d like! In the end, I so adore it and am sooooo excited to see what happens to Emika and the Warcross world!!
  3. Times Convert* by Deborah E Harkness - this is a spin-off of sorts for a character (Marcus MacNeil) from Deborah’s All Souls trilogy aka one of my favourite series of all time!!!! I reread the books at least once every year; I just love it so much!!! So I can’t wait to read more about and get to know Marcus more because we barely got a glimpse of him in the books it felt.

And that’s all for today! What book(s) are you excited to read in the coming months? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out Tanya’s guest post on my blog! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

Angel



*this post includes affiliate links I have with Amazon 😀


Sunday, July 1, 2018

#SBPT blog tour

Hi!

I signed up to be a part of The Book Bratz's #SBPT blog tour. My partner is Angel from Avid Reader. I'm excited to see what kind of posts she comes up with and I'm looking forward to returning to blogging after a long break. So stay tuned for lots of fun posts in the coming weeks.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Review: Bladerunner 2049

Finally made it out to see Bladerunner 2049 last night. Everything I'd heard about the movie had given me mixed feelings, so I didn't hurry to spend my theater dollars. All the same, I *did* want to see it on the big screen, so hurray for second-run theaters!

If you want the TL; DR, I think I agree with everyone else: it's neither as bad as I feared it would be, nor as good as I hoped it would be.

I'm a big fan of the first movie, Director's Cut (the one without the voiceover and with the lovely ambiguous ending). I hesitated to even see this one because if Deckard was still alive, that meant he wasn't a replicant, spoiling that lovely ambiguity. But in the end, I wanted to see what they did with it.

The second movie is definitely proof that more isn't necessarily better.

Both movies are gorgeous to look at, but the new one is just too slow. I never saw cinematography so in love with itself outside of an art house. Every second was lovingly filmed . . . which meant that it felt static. I can't stay interested in watching someone walk up stairs for more than a second or two, no matter how artsy and weird the lighting is. And why would anyone (even Jared Leto with creepy cyber-eyes) choose to light their space like that?

In the original film, there are images that have stayed with me, like the blood floating in Deckard's whisky glass lit from behind. That image is one of my favorite in all of film, and it stays with me because it said so much about the character and the moment and the world all at once, yet was so brief. It also wasn't one of seven "wow" images in a row, each lessening the impact of the others.

The ending image in 2049, by contrast was so overdone! We saw K looking down at snow on his hand (an image we'd already used repeatedly earlier in the film) in an obvious echo of Roy's death at the end of film one. Then we watch him lay down in the snow, at peace. Then, we switch to an above view to watch him lie in the snow. Then, we switch to the side. So, I get that Ryan Gosling is pretty from many angles, but for goodness sake, choose an angle, decide what you want to try to make us feel and stay there.

Nearly every moment in the movie could have been cut by 30 seconds without anything important getting lost, and the pace of the whole thing would have picked up considerably.

I give the writers cred for the main twist in the story. It surprised me and had good emotional impact. I won't spoil it for you here, in case you want to see it, too. But that was some good storytelling with a long build that really paid off.

Our villainess, Luv, fell into two tropes that I am completely bored by: androids go mad when confronted with emotions AND the woman scorned gets violent. Bleah. Joi, K's cyber-girlfriend was an interesting idea, but felt tacked on and didn't impact the story as much as she might have.

The big bad boss, Wallace, is a weak substitute for Tyrell (the man behind the curtain in the first film). While Tyrell felt complex and interesting, a man with many motivations for his work, Wallace was just a one-note creepy dude out to grab power through slavery.

Most disappointing were the attempts to bring back things from the first movie. Edward James Olmos's cameo didn't add a thing to the film. Revisiting dialogue in playback felt tacked on. Worse yet, the new version of Rachel to manipulate Deckard with. Not worth the screen time. Come to think of it, neither was Deckard really. The whole movie could have left him out of it and we'd have lost little.

I think I'll stick with the first film. Thanks.

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Post by Samantha Bryant, another bookish fangirl. You can learn more about her and her work at http://samanthabryant.com