Book Review: The Maze Runner

August 31, 2012

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
One of my sister’s bridesmaids mentioned The Maze Runner to me while we were prepping for her wedding back in June. I mentioned wanting to read it last month, but it wasn’t available at the library at the time. Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long for it to be returned and I was able to read it this month.

SUMMARY
This story follows Thomas, who wakes up in a dark lift unable to remember anything other than his name. When the doors open, Thomas is greeted by a group of boys who all live in the Glade, a large area surrounded by stone walls that lead to a gigantic labyrinth. None of the other boys can remember their lives before being put in the lift either and have no clue who put them in the Glade or how to solve the Maze – which they’re convinced is the way to escape. The only things they do know are that the stone walls leading to the maze open each morning and close each night protecting them from dangerous creatures called Greivers, and every 30 days a new boy is brought in the lift. But, only one day after Thomas arrives a girl is sent up in the lift – the first girl to ever be delivered into the Glade – and she brings a haunting message. Now it’s more important that ever that the boys solve the maze and Thomas may be their only hope.

WHAT I LIKEDThe action picked up right away and the adventure continued throughout the whole book, making it a fun read and very hard to put down. The mystery of the maze was very intriguing and kept me interested throughout the story and anxious to find out what was going to happen. I also really liked the main character, Thomas. I don’t know what it was exactly, but I just really enjoyed reading from his perspective.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKEThe ending. It ended on a cliff hanger of sorts, with no real closure, and left a lot of questions still unanswered. Since this is the first book in a set I understand why it needed to set up for another story, but still, I always get a little miffed with these sort of endings. I’ve already started reading the sequel, The Scorch Trials, so hopefully I’ll get some answers soon.

OVERALLI liked it a lot and would recommend it, as long as you don’t mind having to read the whole series. It looks like it’s going to be made into a movie next year too, so that’s always fun. I’ll be back next month with reviews of the other books in the series.


More Evidence in the “Rory May Be The Master” Case

August 30, 2012

I shared some reasons why I think that Rory Williams might be The Master last week. Now I have a few other things to add to this theory. Again, if you don’t watch Doctor Who or aren’t up to date with the episodes, just ignore this post. Wouldn’t want to spoil anything for you. Otherwise, click the “Read More” link.




Is Rory Williams The Master?

August 26, 2012

WARNING:Please do not read this post if you are not a Doctor Who fan or if you haven't seen all of the episodes yet. This post does contain many spoilers and I would really hate to ruin anything for you.

If you are a fellow Whovian and are interested in my theory click the "Read More" link under the picture.

Rory is the Master




Friday Favorites: Doctor Who

August 24, 2012

The first episode of Doctor Who Series 7 will be screening tomorrow in NYC. I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to go to the premiere, but I’m still pretty pumped and really excited for those who do get to go. In honor of the occasion I’m dedicating this Friday Favorite’s post to all things Doctor Who.


Let’s start with some awesome artwork.

Are You My Mummy by theabsurdsmallwonderDon't Blink by theabsurdsmallwonderSilence Will Fall by theabsurdsmallwonder

by theabsurdsmallwonder

The Doctor Lies by Travis English via bear jedi

by Travis English

 

Here are a few Whovian t-shirts I’d love to add to my closet.

Bad Exterminator Unit Shirt via TeeFury
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Grammar Dalek T-Shirt via blindferret
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Doctor Hoo Shirt by Mallory Dyer on threadless
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Some Doctor honoring tattoos that I won’t be getting, but certainly don't mind admiring.

Dalek Tattoo via fyeahtattoos
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TARDIS Tattoo via geekytattoos
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Gotta share a few crafts.

Doctor Who Finger Puppets via nicketynacketynoo
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Make Your Own Dalek by cartiledgeworld
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Last, but not least, this adorable picture of Alex Kingston and David Tennant.

River and The Doctor via kingstonhawes
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And, just in case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the trailer for the new series.

 

I really wish I got BBC America… Anyone know of another place I can watch the new episodes once they start?






Things I Find Out of Place

August 16, 2012

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Sure, he looks cute, but Hugo’s a little thief.

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And he doesn’t just steal food. Here a few things I’ve found… out of place lately.

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Oh, the joys of pet ownership.  :3






Friday Favorites: Green

August 11, 2012

Life’s been a little hectic here since I’ve been on vacation, so I had to do the Friday Favorites post on a Saturday again. I promise this won’t become a regular thing!


Eat Your Greens Tea Towel by showpony on Etsy

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This “Eat Your Greens” tea towel from ShowPony is pretty fantastic.


Prepared for Precipitation Umbrella via ModCloth -

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It would be tough to stay grumpy on a gloomy day with this gorgeous umbrella from ModCloth over your head.


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You can have the feeling of sitting in a grassy meadow without the bugs or prickly weeds with this unique chair from Chair Couture.


Flourishing Fantasy Green Rose Clip via Ruche -

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I love the soft, minty color of this flower clip from Ruche.


Frog Salt and Pepper Shakers via UO -

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My grandmother used to collect frogs. These salt and pepper shakers from Urban Outfitters remind me of her. :)




Trips to the Quarry

August 06, 2012

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A few weeks ago Andrew discovered a quarry park near our place. We’ve been taking little trips up there whenever we have some free time together, which, unfortunately, hasn’t been too often lately. The area used to be a rock quarry, and there are two preserved coral reefs, glacial grooves, and tons of fossils all around. It’s really a gorgeous park, but I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. :)

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I’m visiting my family and some friends this week up in Elyria – Andrew still has classes and tons of works to do so he’s still back home. Even though we dated long distance for over two years, this is the longest we’ve been apart since we got married. Looking through all these pictures is making me miss him even more…

 

Any places you like to visit with your significant other or friends?






Book Review: Worldshaker

August 05, 2012

Worldshaker Book Review | allonsykimberly.com
I had originally wanted to read Maze Runner by James Dashner last month, but all the copies at my library were checked out and on hold for the next few months. So, I started browsing the YA Sci-Fi section and spotted Worldshaker by Richard Harland. I had never read a steampunk novel before, but the cover art caught my eye and the story sounded interesting so I gave it a shot.

SUMMARY:The story is set in an alternate reality about 150 years after the reign of Queen Victoria. The major superpower countries of the Victorian Era have fled the ground and taken to the sky in gigantic airships called juggernauts. The story follows Col, a 16 year old boy who is set to inherited control of Great Britain's juggernaut, Worldshaker. He lives a cushy life on the Upper Decks, never questioning the things he’s been taught about the caste system on board Worldshaker, until he finds a Filthy girl, named Riff, hiding out in his bedroom. Riff is nothing like the Filithies Col had always learned about – the slow, stupid creatures that work below the ship. She is clever, quick, and cunning and as Col secretly spends time with her, he begins to question and reevaluate everything the people of Upper Deck have been taught. Col finally sees the truth that the elites have been hiding and joins Riff’s plans for a revolution, risking both his life and his position on board Worldshaker.

WHAT I LIKED:Once the story picked up, it was very adventurous, with lots of action and dialog that kept me turning the page to find out more. Col is a well-rounded main character who actually learns, changes, and develops into an even more dynamic character as the story goes on. There is a bit of a love story, but it’s not the main focus and it doesn’t happen abruptly. Col gradually develops feelings for Riff as the story progresses, but it’s always in the background not distracting from the main story too much.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:
It took me a while to really get into the story. It started out kind of abruptly, with Riff hiding in his room in the first chapter, and I felt rushed into the story- like I didn’t really get to know the surroundings or the characters before the story started unfolding. This was quickly remedied a few chapters later, but what I was learning about the settings and characters seemed so ridiculous that I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like the story at all. I kept going though, and found that as Col matured so did the story. So, even though it started out on the silly and slightly unbelievable side, the mood became much more serious and darker as the story progressed.

OVERALL:
I ended up really liking Worldshaker and I plan on reading the sequel, Liberator, soon. It was a fun adventure set in the steampunk universe. I would recommend it to those who like that genre and I think it would especially appeal to younger boys.





Friday Favorites: Geek Art

August 03, 2012

Revel in this glorious geek art gallery!


First up is the amazing Star Wars splatter art of Arian Noveir (found via Nerd Approved)
Arian Noveir - Star Wars Splatterart-Boba Fett via Nerd Approved
Arian Noveir - Star Wars Splatterart-Darth Vader via Nerd Approved
Arian Noveir - Star Wars Splatterart-Yoda via Nerd Approved

I really think I might need to buy that Boba Fett print – It’s so pretty! And Andrew did once agree to let me have a giant mural of Boba Fett in our bedroom. Sometimes I wonder why he married me…


Dalek Exfoliate via Autogeography on Etsy

I’ve been eyeing this adorable Dalek from autogeography for quite some time now. EXFOLIATE!


Portal 2-I'm Different via K4llO on deviantart

I’m Different... by K4ll0.
It’s hard to hate those little turrets when they’re so stinkin’ cute…
and pleading for their lives. :)


SPEW Propaganda Poster via Entropy Trading Co on Etsy

How freakin’ adorable is this Harry Potter S.P.E.W. propaganda art from EntropyTradingCo?
I guess I really like this Etsy shop – this is the third time I’ve featured one of their prints.
(see here and here for the other two)


The Tale of the Three Brothers painting via NerdArtforNers on Etsy

This Tale of the Three Brothers painting by NerdArtforNerds is absolutely stunning.


Ïve Bastrash aka inkjava makes some seriously amazing alternative movie posters
(found via The Mary Sue)
Ive Bastrash Movie Poster-Beetlejuice
Ive Bastrash Movie Poster-Hellboy via The Mary Sue
Ive Bastrash Movie Poster-Raiders via The Mary Sue

I really love that Hellboy poster. You can see more of Ïve Bastrash’s work on her personal website, but be forewarned – it’s all in French.


I couldn’t leave out some of the awesome nerd art I've shared in the past.
(Click each photo to see the full sized picture and the post where it was featured.)
Buttercup & Wesley via sarahmensinga.blogspot.com[3] doctorwho[5] dr horrible[5]
Fly Casual via starwarsfreak[5] HP travel psoter 2 by caroline hadilaksono[3] yub nub[5]


Now it’s your turn! Any amazing geek artwork or artists I should know about?
Tell me in the comments.