Auntie’s Place

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Hello everyone! I am coming at you with another English piece written by yours truly. I truly can’t wait for this semester to be over so I can pleasure read again. I have been so busy with class! I know that it’s no excuse but I would not be able to focus on my book if I’m worried about class and studying and planning future courses….ugh! But I digress. So this poem is basically describing a place from my childhood where I feel completely safe; my aunt’s house. As A kid my cousin and I would spent the weekend at her place and it was so fun. We would bake cookies, make doughnuts, paint our nails and watched Looney Tunes. It. Was. Wonderful! So without further ado here is my poem Auntie’s place.

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Poems, poems, poems

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It has been a while since I blogged. I started school at the end of August and I knew that I would not have time to pleasure read, therefore, no new book reviews from me 😦 However, I still have a few pieces written that have not been posted yet. These poems that I am going to post are pantoum poems. A pantoum poem is similar to a villanelle poem where the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first in the next one. So without further ado here are the two poems. I hope you enjoy them.

The Art of Money-Pantoum poem

Lit. Journal pantoum poem

Until next time!

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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It’s that time of year again, you guys. Back to school! For me personally I go back to school in two days. Which means, unfortunately, pleasure reading will be on hold for a few months 😦 I have been so busy doing laundry and packing for school that I almost forgot to do a review on the latest book that I have read.

This book is written by the queen of mystery herself Agatha Christie, whom I love. Roger Ackroyd has been murdered and his niece engages the help of famed detective Hercule Poroit to solve the case.

Like most of Christie’s novels there is not a lot of action, blood or gore but it’s fun trying to solve the mystery using the clues that are given. One of the things I’ve noticed in Christie’s novels is that the killer’s motive is rarely straightforward. However, this killer’s motive was straightforward. And you won’t believe who the hell the killer was! Like Murder on the Orient Express it threw me off! Because of the time period of Christie’s novel majority of the time the women are hysterical and fragile and always in need of a man. It gets annoying a lot but as I said before, in that time period…I won’t say this was the best Poroit novel I have read but regardless I enjoyed it.

Overall, I give it 1 2-3/5!

Until next time!

Dave vs The Monsters: Resistance

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So I will be reviewing another book from Dave vs the Monsters. This time Resistance.

Dave Hooper is stuck in Las Vegas (due to another demon sighting) and he is loving it. However, the good times don’t last very long when Dave is informed that a rival group of the Hunn Horde is planning more viscous attacks on the humans.

As usual Dave is up to his usual asshole, macho nonsense. Right off the bat the author starts the book off with an episode of Dave’s escapades. It is so ridiculous and over-the-top it would anybody feel a tad uncomfortable….. OK, maybe more than a tad. To be honest, it’s hard to imagine anyone being so stupid, prejudice, and chauvinistic and yet….I honestly want to know who/what was Birmingham’s inspiration for Dave Hooper. There is a conflict between Dave and a member of the military where he stands up for himself and I had to agree with him (as crazy as that might sound). Anyway, in my last review I mentioned that the chapters from the point of view of the demons were a little challenging to understand. It was challenging in this read as well but not as much. It was more interesting because the demons have started to catch up with the modern conveniences of the human world. Actually, those chapters were amusing now that I think about it. Despite Dave being….Dave it was an enjoyable read.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Until next time!

Spider

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It has been one hell of a week. Mostly work and the fact that I owe a lot of money for this next year of college despite my financial aid package. It has been pretty stressful. But let’s get on with my book review of Spider by Patrick McGrath.

Spider AKA Dennis Cleg has returned to his home of London after being in Canada for twenty years. Throughout the novel he depicts his life and events leading up to how he came to live in Canada in the first place.

I wanted to read this book because the synopsis stated this it was going to take the audience inside the mind of a psychotic individual. It did not disappoint. Spider’s bouts of hallucinations weren’t as gory as I thought they were going to be. They were actually pretty tame considering. The synopsis critiqued the novel on being beautifully written and I have to agree. For being inside the mind of someone who has a mental illness his thoughts and explanations were pretty cohesive and sane really. I was a little confused because the whole story surrounds an incident with his mother and I wasn’t entirely sure if Spider was directly involved or not. In this book you have to read between the lines in order to interpret what exactly was unfolding.  With the story taking place in London there was some terminology that threw me off but not much. This was a very captivating read honestly.

Overall, 5/5.

Until next time!

Dave vs. The Monsters: Emergence

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I am coming at you with another book review and this was a pretty interesting read.

Dave Hooper can’t believe his eyes when he shows up on his oil rig and sees otherwordly monsters killing his coworkers left and right. After successfully killing one of them, and inhabiting its powers, Dave is willing to work with the government in order to figure out what these beings are and where they came from.

From reading the synopsis I thought this was going to be a monster-apocalypse type situation but it wasn’t. Dave is on his way to the rig in a helicopter like any other day when suddenly there is a call coming in that the monsters have attacked it. So pretty much the book didn’t give much buildup to the emergence (haha) of these monsters. The parts that really confused me were the chapters from the POV of the monsters. They are unaware of the progress of human civilization so everything in the human world is a huge culture shock to them. Their wording of everyday objects were a little hard to decipher at times. The entire time that Dave is in military custody (for lack of a better word) just seemed to drag on and was slow. Dave as a person was your typical macho, pigheaded, (dare I say redneck?) male. He kept constantly pointing out the fact that he had sex with two “high class hookers” the night before in almost every chapter, he’s has no shame as indicative of the fact that he thinks about the multiple women he’s cheated on his wife with, he curses a lot which wasn’t surprising but annoying at times and he considers himself a bad husband as well as a bad father. He’s an all around a**hole. But working for the government and fighting off these monsters displays the characters typical need for redemption. Because of Dave’s misogynistic and brash personality it was challenging to identify with him. But despite that I couldn’t put the book down. It was very raw and gritty but also humorous.

Overall, I give the book a 4/5.

The Dead Zone

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So today I will be reviewing my first Stephen King novel, The Dead Zone.

After being in a coma for almost five years, John Smith has developed a gift, or perhaps a curse, of clairvoyance.

When I first read the title of the book I thought it would be a ghost story but it wasn’t until I read the synopsis on Wikipedia that I realized it was more of a sci-fi type. The book did get off to slow start. Mainly because the author put a lot of background into the parts leading up to John’s accident which caused him to be in a coma. It wasn’t until he came out of it and started using his new-found powers that the book started to pick up. But not by much. In my opinion I thought the explanations were a little too much which made the novel somewhat boring at times. The ending was a little…..anticlimactic. Even though this book wasn’t necessarily horror based I was looking for a little more thrills. This book was mostly eerie but interesting nonetheless. This won’t deter me however from reading more Stephen King novels.

Overall, I give it 3/5.

Until next time!

The Death Cure review

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Here, guys! Welcome back to my blog. Today I will doing a review on the movie The Death Cure which is the third installment in The Maze Runner franchise (read review for the first installment here). I did realize, however, that I have not done a book review on the Death Cure. At least I don’t think I did. It has been at least 3 years since I’ve read The Maze Runner Series so I had to reacquaint myself with the plot by going to Wikipedia. Honestly, as I was reading the plot I barely had any memory of that stuff really happening. So before watching the movie I knew that there was going to be trouble differentiating between what was in the book and what wasn’t. But……well…..let’s go down the list of differences.

*SPOILERS AHEAD**

1) Pretty much the entire movie was a rescue mission of everybody trying to save Minho from WICKED. Which I damn sure know didn’t happen in the book.

2) Apparently Brenda and Jorge we were working for WICKED the entire time but that didn’t happened in the movie and I’m glad for that.

3) Newt does die by Thomas’ hand  because he was infected with the virus. But in the movie he was stabbed in a fight between the two not deliberately shot because Newt asked Thomas to.

4) Teresa dies as well but not by falling rocks from running though the maze but by the collasping WICKED building that the resistance had bombed. Honestly, I accepted her death better in the movie than the book because her death to me was a little too, for lack of a better word, comical. Or juvenile. I mean the whole collapsing building thing was cliche but it worked.

5) In the book the Gladers have to return to the maze to evacuate all the Immunes (people who are immune to the virus) as well as others before the bomb the resistance has planted detonates. This is also when Teresa dies. I thought this was really good turning point in the book but they changed it in the movie. The Immunes still needed to be saved but they were saved by Gally leading them from their cells in the WICKED complex to a bus where Brenda led them to safety.

The ending was pretty much the same with the Immunes retreating to an island called the Safe Haven to start rebuilding. Towards the end of the movie Teresa fashioned a serum out of Thomas’ blood claiming it to be the legitimate cure. Thomas holds the serum in his hand as he looks out over the horizon which gave me a sense of foreboding. I really, really, REALLY, hope they are not planning to make another movie. Just like the Scorch Trials film majority of the movie did not correspond with the book. It was entertaining to watch I’ll give it that.

Overall, 3/5.

The Release (The Prey #3)

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So I have finished the third and final book to Tom Isbell’s series The Prey, The Release. Read review of book #1 here and #2 here.

After successful surviving another terrible ordeal the Less Thans and Sisters must battle more Brown Shirts, wolves and stop Chancellor Maddox from completely destroying the world.

In my other reviews I said the books had an adolescent feel to it and this last book was no different. It was also pretty straightforward but I will say that unlike the first book this one was evenly paced. Once again, however, Book and Hope’s relationship continued to annoy me. Especially considering a certain deformity Hope endured in book number 2. Overall the book was pretty mediocre. Nothing really exciting. I will say it’s amazing how much physical pain these kids have endured and didn’t have any broken bones and still have the drive to keep moving.

Overall, 3/5

Until next time!