Who’s with me?
If it's in the library, I'll find it!
So I went to see Romeo and Juliet on Broadway yesterday and BOY WAS IT AMAZING!
Like, Orlando Bloom was Romeo and I think I died. I even got an autograph and to see him up close (he was literally an inch in front of me!)
If you happen to be in the NYC area and can find time to go and see this play, please do! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!
(yes Orlando gets shirtless for a few minutes <3)
I will try to get some pictures up soon, if WordPress decides to be nice and let me
I will also do a review of the play as well but I just have to let you know about it as it does finish December 8th, so if there are still tickets available, you should definitely go and see it!
Click here to see the website.
Oh. My. Gawd.
Doctor Who is my life and so this is actually perfect.
Someone want to make me one (or all)…..or I guess I can start working on them on my own
Anyone going to join in with me?
As we are moving rapidly towards the creepy season of Halloween, All Hallows Eve, El Día de los Muertos, The Day of the Day and other spooky related things here are some interesting suggestions to get your reading appropriately themed.
Flavorwire has a list of 50 of the scariest books of all time. HERE. Interesting. How many have you read? (8) and what do you think is missing and should be added? (some more Stephen King, and what about Clive Barker?) Comments please.
And finally BuzzFeed ponders the question, What if RL Stine’s books were tailed to adults? HERE. REALLY???? This is the best you can do?
Hopefully, there is something here to help you find your fright filled reading!
Captain Underpants – Dav Pilney
What can you say about a book that young boys love, teachers and school librarians hate (generally ~ or at least disapprove of) and have characters such as Captain Underpants (the superhero), Dr. Diaper (the evil villain, also known as the school principal) and make use of rubber doggy doo-doo and Wedgie Power? Well, apparently you can say a lot. While reading this book in a public place, not one adult was able to pass by without exclaiming ““Captain Underpants” I know this book”! And several complete strangers felt compelled to tell me their stories about the love their son has/had of it, while also expressing a slight distaste for it. The words “potty humor” kept appearing.
Well, this little book has this effect on adults. Much like RL Stine. Academics, teachers and many parents love to hate these books. However, some young readers love them. Especially young male readers. And if this love with potty humor gets them reading, and keeps them reading then Dav Pilney is doing his job. Captain Underpants is the creation of 2 pranksters George and Harold. Troublemakers, these practical jokers manage to get into numerous scrapes and pranks. They are the boys in class that often made teachers and classmates groan.
Of course, it is possible to discuss in great detail the pros and cons of reading fine writing, great literature, creative storytelling versus what might be called trashy books. But with reading experiencing an alarming decline in the US and young male readers often leading this trend it is much better to keep them to reading so they feel comfortable, enjoy it, and do it with greater ease. This might just help them to stay on the reading path.
However, maybe getting young people to read, and love to read isn’t really what it should be about. Despite Captain Underpants offering to keep young readers glued to the page apparently it tops the list(s) for being the most challenged book, especially in 2012. HERE, HERE, and HERE. It actually is on the Banned Book list. It makes you wonder why? With television full of so much material that isn’t appropriate, video games that have little or no merit beyond hand /eye coordination in the application of weapon use how harmful and damaging is a book with potty humor?
Maybe some of the people wanting to ban the book should actually read it.
The Royal Baby as been born!
IT’S A BOY!!!!!!!
This is extremely exciting for us Brit’s!
It is a huge historical moment for us.
Now all we have to do is wait for the name of the baby.
The suspense is killing me!!!!!
Congratulations to William and Kate once again!
Today, July 12 is the birthday of the poet Pablo Neruda. Possibly a name you don’t know really well. If at all. But you should. He was awarded the Noble Prize for his poems, had a command of language that made him able to paint pictures without a brush and paint and was taken from the world far too soon.
But for today in honor of Pablo Neruda’s birthday is a special poem, that speaks of summer.
Out of lemon flowers
on the moonlight, love’s
lashed and insatiable
sodden with fragrance,
the lemon tree’s yellow
from the tree’s planetarium
The harbors are big with it-
for the light and the
of a miracle,
and a clotting of acids
into the starry
so the freshness lives on
in a lemon,
in the sweet-smelling house of the rind,
the proportions, arcane and acerb.
Cutting the lemon
leaves a little cathedral:
alcoves unguessed by the eye
that open acidulous glass
to the light; topazes
riding the droplets,
So, while the hand
holds the cut of the lemon,
half a world
on a trencher,
the gold of the universe
to your touch:
a cup yellow
a breast and a nipple
perfuming the earth;
a flashing made fruitage,
the diminutive fire of a planet.
(A Katana Novel)
“Rileigh Martin would love to believe that adrenaline gave her the uncanny courage and strength to fend off three muggers. But it doesn’t explain her dreams of fifteenth century Japan, the incredible fighting skills she suddenly possesses, or the strange voice giving her battle tips and danger warnings. While worrying that she’s going crazy (always a reputation ruiner), Rileigh gets a visit from Kim, a handsome martial arts instructor, who tells Rileigh she’s harboring the spirit of a five-hundred-year-old samurai warrior.
Relentlessly attacked by ninjas, Rileigh has no choice but to master the katana–a deadly Japanese sword that’s also the key to her past. As the spirit grows stronger and her feelings for Kim intensify, Rileigh is torn between continuing as the girl she’s always been and embracing the warrior inside her.”
Okay. I know for a fact now that I read this book as when I was reading it I remembered it all. I wanted to do a quick review of it as I reviewed the second book, Senshi, here.
This book sets up the story of how Rileigh becomes this awesomely cool Samurai and the story of how she gets there. It has a small amount of romance as the story of Rileigh, and her past self, develops. Her past self, her Samauri self was with Kim’s past self (Kim, being the one who finds her and starts her down this whole road) and there is a bond which starts to form.
Since I read this book, all of the questions that I had in the second book have now been answered as it was all set up here. So yes, you really need to read this book first. THIS IS THE FIRST BOOK OF THE SERIES! Remember that, because clearly I didn’t.
As I said in the last review, I love these type of ninja books because they always are so interesting to read. Not many authors write these types of books as the big thing right now is dystopian, horror, romance, and zombie type of books. There are not many good ninja books out there and I personally think that this one was really good and a nice change from everything else.
I also really love the cover. It is extremely simple but shows just a little bit about what it is about with the girl holding the katanas, and the simple cherry blossoms. It also has a very pleasing color theme with the pink-ish/red color and the black contrast.
Personally, I love this book and the series and you definitely should check it out! So go to your local library and PLEASE check this one out first.
Let me know what you think of this book. Also if any of my readers know any good ninja books, like this one, please recommend them because I can never find any good ones.