Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Update on 2112 Review

I am currently still working on my alternate text review. I just got back from vacation, and am very busy. Here is the original song:
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Peer Book Review: The Hobbit

Original Paul’s Review:
Bilbo Baggins lives a nice life in his hobbit-hole in the bag end of the town of Shire. His idea of an adventure was going to his pantry or into town. That is, until a company of 13 dwarves and a wizard show up at his door at tea time one day. They have come looking for a 14th member for their quest to rescue their treasure from a dragon lost over half a century ago. Along the way they find an adventure in an adventure. They encounter creatures that you could never imagine, though some you may have heard of but you chose not to believe their existence. 

I suggest this book to read because it is a very good entrance to the Lord of the Rings saga because it explains how Bilbo got the ring and how the adventure started. I give this book an 8/10. While it was very fun and exiting to read it was somewhat difficult to read to at the same time. J.R.R. Tolkien was very descriptive and in depth about how Bilbo’s life had turned around in just a couple of months. The author also went in depth in how all the creatures that he met on his journey. They went in depth how they looked and how they spoke. Although I rated the book 8/10 it is very descriptive, adventures, action, and fantasy all rolled into 1 amazing book that I say is a must read if you want to read the Lord of the Rings books.

I thought that this review was pretty good, but I do have lots of disagreements. First off, what happened to everyone else? All I know is that there are 13 dwarves, a wizard, and Bilbo Baggins. Last time I checked there were 12 dwarves and a wizard, 13. That is the whole reason that they recruited Bilbo; they thought 13 was an unlucky number and they wanted 14. Also, I would probably name at least some of the dwarves (Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori. The two youngest are Fili and Kili). Also, I don’t really understand the phrase “an adventure in an adventure.” They go on one adventure and try to find the treasure of Smaug… There is no second adventure (what is this, Inception?) I do like Paul’s description of Bilbo Baggins, how an adventure means going to the pantry, and this remains true for the entire story. I also don’t understand how it is “fun and exiting to read” and “difficult to read?” I don’t know… I thought that it was easy to read, and enjoyed the occasional illustration. I didn’t really see a theme… but a theme that I would give this story is “adventure is waiting, you just have to find it.” This is because Bilbo was really quiet and would never go on an adventure. He found adventure by joining Thorin and Company. Anyway, I thought Paul’s review was pretty good, and I was pleased to re-review it.

Bilbo Baggins was just an ordinary hobbit. Nothing special. He lived in a nice, cozy hobbit-hole, and his greatest daily achievement would be making a tea. He never imagined that he would embark on an epic adventure. But, when the wizard Gandalf the Grey, and 12 other dwarves led by the famous Thorin Oakenshield show up on his doorstep, his dreams become reality. Bilbo embarks on a great adventure to defeat the wicked dragon, Smaug, the antagonist of the story, as well as Thorin’s greatest rival. Poor Bilbo Baggins and his friends encounter many challenges on the way such as goblins, giants, and more to make this the adventure of a lifetime.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2112 Litspiration Challenge: Sketch

My non-text review of the song (a work in progress, I just got back from vacation and am very busy), 2112 by Rush, I got litspired to make a sketch. Now, I know I am no artist, but this is the best I could do. The top left shows the wheat field in the story, and top right shows the waterfall in the story. The bottom left shows the guitar, and the bottom center shows the symbol of the Solar Federation, the dictators at this time. I chose to make this in pen, and very messy and scribbly, because the story seems kind of dark and evil, and how the Priests crush everyone's hopes and dreams. Each of the scenes from the story were significant, and I did not include the Temples of Syrinx because I had trouble visualizing. Anyway, here it is, my (poorly drawn) litspiration challenge!

Keroppi Walking Sanrio Frog

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Peer Book Review: The Spiderwick Choronicles Book 1: The Field Guide

Peer Book Review
Original Reviewer: Arya
Book: Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1: The Field Guide

I am re-reviewing the book the Spiderwick Chronicles 1: the Field Guide. This is the original review by Arya:
The Field Guide or book one of the Spiderwick Chronicles is the adventurous story of three siblings as they discover the magical world of Spiderwick. Jared the brains, Mallory the fearless fighter and Simon the kind creature lover. These three go on an amazing adventure once they find their great Uncle’s lost book or “The Field Guide” 

Book 1 “the Field Guide is an adventurous beginning to the amazing world of Spiderwick and is a good book for anyone who enjoys a little adventure. Diterlizzi’s illustrations really bring the setting and the book together and really go “hand in hand” with Black’s writing. This is a great “series starter” you will want to read the other four books. Overall this is a great book and an adventure for all ages. I think that this series is a great adventure and fantasy and this book really "opens your eyes up" and you really want to keep reading

I have some disagreements with this. First off, Arya said, “Overall this is a great book and adventure for all ages.” Sure this is an ok book, but it is not for all ages. It includes lots of pictures, and is very light reading. Most people my age and older will get bored of it, I know I was. This book is meant for a younger audience, about age 9, as that was the age of the protagonist. I do agree with Arya when he said this was a “great “series starter” and you will want to read the four other books.” I really agree with this statement. This book is strong and imaginative, with a surprise ending to ensure that YOU WILL READ THE NEXT BOOK. Quote Arya, “Jared the brains, Mallory the fearless fighter and Simon the kind creature lover.” I don’t think that this is an accurate representation at all. I disagree. Jared is not that ‘brainy’ at all. He gets into fights at school. He is not very good at figuring hard problems out. Simon is the smart one. I think a better description would be “Jared, the adventurous, Mallory, the brave, and Simon, the brains.”

The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1: The Field Guide was an interesting series starter and introduction to the series. It takes you into the magical world of Spiderwick. There are creative illustrations, and surprisingly descriptive writing. I think this book is for a younger audience though, as it features younger characters. It is a creative introduction book with a surprising ending. I think the theme is “If you open your eyes to the world, the world will show you anything.” I think this because Jared, creative and imaginative, finds the ‘field guide’ written by his uncle. He believes it, and so do Mallory and Simon, and suddenly they start to see more. Strange creatures begin to appear when they opened their eyes. A land of magic and mystery awaits you in the epic first book of the Spiderwick Chronicles.