Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Why did I buy this? Seriously, why?

So I was watching a documentary about the FLDS church and its so-called "prophet" Warren Jeffs. But I wanted to know more about him and what his problem is, why he is the way he is. And the unfortunate thing is, the book had me until it started talking about Joseph and where the FLDS supposedly came from. The only thing I really learned was the angle with Elizabeth Smart, and that at least was interesting, albeit terrible. 
The rest was all drivel about the Mormon faith and the abuse the FLDS authorities allow. Nothing I didn't know before.

On the bright side, this sick "prophet" is right where he belongs. I hope he never gets out.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


The sky is bleeding rose petals and the sun is crying golden tears. I am beside you in the moon that is resting in the arms of the sun. They have become one, but not I; I am shattered beside you, and only you can make me whole. But you are leaving as the clock tolls twelve and I kiss your forgotten lips. Hold me, dear sun, and help me to say goodbye to dreams that were once forgotten. You hold me and I trace stars across your cheeks. There is a fallen angel beside us and there is an arrow in his heart. But yet that we were once children! I kneel down and embrace the angel. You kiss me goodbye as the angel wakes and passes peacefully in my arms. I kiss you both goodbye and join the appearing stars.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review: Frankenstein

Frankenstein Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Beware; for I am fearless and therefore powerful."

Wow... just wow.
Let me start off by saying that I am reading this in my senior English class. My teacher knows how much I enjoy reading and, shortly after we began reading a modernized version of this book, she asked me if I wanted to read the classic version on my own. Enticed by the romantic writing I'd read in the class copy, I immediately accepted and took the paperback version she had. Now, I love my class and I've enjoyed the works we've read, but there was something missing, something that really nagged at me. Up until reading this book I hadn't fully realized what it was. Now I know: it was a novel-length story, a story in which we could become invested situations in ways that only novels can present. It was time to completely, totally, be immersed in another world and remain there for an amount of time that is necessary for the story to have its intended impact on the reader.
That said, this novel impacted me in the exact way I wanted it to. I was fully invested, totally immersed, I loved and hated every second of it as I saw the novel's tragic ending unfold. A tragic, yet totally satisfying ending. And in between is an amazing conflict between scientist and daemon, between good and evil. But one thing that I really appreciate about this book is that the evil is not just black-and-white and there is a reason for this evil. A reason that, when I came across it, left me feeling the same sympathy toward the monster that I had felt toward his creator.
And it went full circle, something I almost feared wouldn't happen as I neared the end. As a result of everything coming together so nicely, and the story reaching the conclusion it reached, I can say this: it was an amazing ride and I really need to thank my teacher as soon as possible. Maybe I'll buy my own copy of the book so I can revisit the story sometime....

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Project Watership Down

I'm so excited for my project. No, not Project Sherlock. As fun as that has been, I'm working on something completely different right now. Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite book of all time is Watership Down by Richard Adams. You know, the book that inspired that movie about rabbits at war? Great film, at least in my opinion. You know, the circumstances under which I read the book are quite interesting. Allow me to explain.
To start, let me say that freshman year of high school sucked so bad for me. As someone who doesn't adapt well to change, I spent 90% of the year worrying over the smallest things and I couldn't stop. I'd lost control of my life. One day in May, though, helped me calm my anxiety a little and learn to take a breath of fresh air. That was the day I began reading Watership Down. The romantic writing calmed my nerves enough so that I could enjoy something, a feeling I thought I'd lost with the development of anxiety. I didn't know it at the time, but I was slowly falling in love with what would become my favorite book of all time.
It is with this declaration of love that I bring to you some amazing news. I am currently in the process of creating my own audiobook version of Watership Down! Just yesterday, I posted in the Watership fan group I'm a part of that I would do this. I like to think of it as a love note to the book.
With that, I'll leave you with some quotes from my all-time favorite book.

“All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed.”

“Many human beings say that they enjoy the winter, but what they really enjoy is feeling proof against it.”

“My Chief Rabbit has told me to stay and defend this run, and until he says otherwise, I shall stay here."

“Like the pain of a bad wound, the effect of a deep shock takes some while to be felt. When a child is told, for the first time in his life, that a person he has known is dead, although he does not disbelieve it, he may well fail to comprehend it and later ask--perhaps more than once--where the dead person is and when he is coming back.”   

“We all have to meet our match sometime or other.”

“That wasn't why they destroyed the warren. It was just because we were in their way. They killed us to suit themselves.”