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Thor Ragnarok Review-SPOILER FREE

hehe riley its still today 11:59 the post is out on time thank you very much happy thanksgiving eve.

 

Hey everyone! Remember me? I wouldn’t blame you since my last post was *audible gasp* 40 days ago?! That’s 57,600 minutes! Or 3,456,000 seconds. Or-

I’ll stop here because this kind of stuff was a major contributor to me not posting. I guess when I think of something that one thing consumes my brain and I don’t do anything else whether that’s playing watching YouTube, reading, music, and even blog posting and podcasting. I guess school has been what consumed my focus recently but I will try to amend. When I have said this kind of thing in the past I have created this huge schedule that I follow for like 2 weeks then just stop again. So I hope you enjoy this post because it may be a while until the next one.

Now onto the review.

 

Ah, Thor. His movies never really spoke to me and I probably wouldn’t watch them if they didn’t have MCU lore intermingled. But with Thor Ragnarok all this has changed.

I want to make this review spoiler free so I’ll just say this much to start: it’s good. It has a totally different tone (more comedy to be precise) and when I saw this in the trailers I was a bit hesitant. Still REALLY excited for the movie because of the killer theme (Immigrant Song) and my favorite Hulk, but still worried. I have a worry with every MCU movie that they can’t keep up with the stellar previous movies in the universe (yes I still call the Thor movies stellar). I do the same thing with Star Wars, video games, books, and sports. I like picking a team and getting attached to it so I always fear the worst when a new installment comes out. But Thor Ragnarok met and exceeded my expectations.

As I said this movie was funny, but it did a good job balancing funny with plot and depth. Loki as a character has always been interesting to me (a rank-S villain in Avengers who is a sorta-ally now) and this really shows a lot about him. We also get to meet Bruce Banner again after the events of Age of Ultron and that is all fascinating because a lot of time has passed for us that hasn’t for him. Also Mark Ruffalo is the best avenger and I will fight you on that point.

But this movie isn’t without it’s faults. I like a lot of the character decisions but a lot of character interactions I think should have been rethought (if you watched the movie you may know what I mean here). The new characters add a very team like quality to this movie, but I feel like in an already crowded MCU there may not be good space for them. They were like Thor’s own Avengers (there may or may not be a joke about that in the movie).

All in all the characters are good, the plot is funny and well written, and the MCUs future looks way more interesting.

This movie gets 9/10 JPs (jamie points).

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Tuck Everlasting Book Review – Top Shelf Book Reviews #7

Hello there you PermaBound books! It’s time for another book review! This week, I’ll be reviewing Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

I first found this book in 4th Grade, when my teacher read it to the class over the course of a couple weeks. I remember being fascinated by the idea of immortality and wondering whether or not it was worth it. One day, after we read the book, during class, my teacher asked everyone if they would rather live forever or die right there and then. Everyone in class except one person said they would rather die right now. If I was going to have to be immortal, I would want to be in my twenties. I still don’t want to be immortal though.

Enough rambling, on to the review part of the review. Lately, i’ve been reading a lot of books for this series, and by far, this one does the best with creative imagery. While it does get a tad excessive at times, it’s better to have too much description than not enough. For example, read the first paragraph…

The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat
of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy
spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot.
It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much
color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These
are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for
after.

Babbitt certainly has a way with words.

I can’t complain about the characters, as they all work well for the story regardless of being archetypes. The characters certainly work well with the story, with all the Tucks having their own distinct take on the immortality, which makes their actions interesting.

I would also like to bring up that this book was set in 1880 and still appeals to readers in 2017. That’s quite an impressive feat. I didn’t even know it was set in the 1800’s until the very end of the book, I thought maybe it was early to mid-1900’s.

That’s about all I have to say on the subject of Tuck Everlasting, but before you click away, let me ask you one question. Would you rather live forever or die right now?

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post, I hope you liked it!

Hint for Next Review: A group of kids living in a movie theater.

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Brave Story Review – Top Shelf Book Reviews #1

Hello there you rainbow yo-yos! This is the first episode of a series called Top Shelf Reviews (see NOTE), which you can find out more about here. I’m really excited for this project, and I hope you are too!

NOTE: I decided to change the name of this series to Top Shelf reviews, as RAREBOTS sounds like some kind of bionacles thing. Sorry if you liked that name.

Book Title: Brave Story

Author: Miyuki Miyabe

Genre: Fantasy

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I’ve most likely mentioned before on here that this is my favorite book, so this is probably a little bit biased. Just warning you.

I found this book at McKays, which if you didn’t know is like a huge thrift store, but fancier and you can bring your stuff in to trade in for cash or in-store credit. The location closest to us is HUGE, and I was just wandering around being kind of overwhelmed by everything, so I wasn’t actually picking anything. We were getting close to leaving when my mom noticed that I hadn’t picked anything out to read/listen to/watch, so she picked up a book from a shelf based purely on the cover picture. I was slightly interested by the wavy writing on the back, so I thought I would try it.

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*Sorry that the two pictures are drastically different sizes, I couldn’t find some that matched*

I read the book in about a week and a half, quickly digesting all of it in wonder. I realized when I finished that this was my favorite book, even surpassing Twerp.

What keeps this book interesting (even through 800 pages), was the world-building and character arcs through everyone. This was also one of the first impressions on me from Japanese culture, and I was reeled in even by the regular for them things, like cram school. Aside from that, the fantasy elements of the book are well-implemented and the themes and conflicts that arise throughout the book are intriguing and keep the characters fresh, along with mixing in plenty of allusions to past real-world events. The rivalry between two of the main characters didn’t feel forced, and the build-up and conclusion of this subplot were well-timed and well-written. The overall ending of the book felt like it was in the right place, and while some parts dragged a little bit throughout the middle, I think it finished strong.

However, some problems with this book are the aforementioned plot dragging on, and a little bit too much crammed into the story. On the first point, sometimes things got a bit slow, or things happened that didn’t seem to really but that linked to the main plot. That brings me to my second problem with the book, too many details crammed into the book. Even though it all wraps up well, my brain is usually a little bit clogged at that point, because it’s hard to comprehend every detail in the book while you aren’t focusing completely on it the whole time you are reading it.

Aside from these few complications, Brave Story is still my favorite book. Perhaps one day another book will take the crown from Brave Story, but that day isn’t today.

I rate it 9/10.

And now a poll, for the next book reviewed in this series.

Thanks for reading this post, I really appreciate it 😀

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Top Shelf Book Reviews Announcement (previously known as RAREBOTS)

Hello there you partially eclipsed penguins. I am here with you today to announce a new series!

What if one person, took on a task so monumental that he couldn’t even conceive finishing it? His plan wasn’t rock solid either, what if he grew bored of the task and gave up? What if he couldn’t handle the responsibility, or the power that comes with the completion of this impossible quest? 

Luckily, he can. (probably)

You may be wondering what i’m talking about, whether or not i’m ever going to get to the point, etc.

I will review every book on the top shelf of my bookcase!

I think I may have thought of this in the past, but didn’t want to actually put in the effort and do it. Well now I do want to put in the effort and do this!

Here’s a picture of my top shelf:

That’s 26 books, but i’m going to be adding a 27th surprise one at the end!

A review will come out every Saturday until the series finishes. One book a week isn’t too bad. The only book that I would think might take more than that is Brave Story, but luckily i’m already halfway through it right now.

I hope you guys will enjoy this 😀

*Also, as an update for GoFundMe donators, the letters are written, and should be shipped by Friday.*

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this announcement post!

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How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky – Review

Hello there you tusks. Today, as you probably deduced by reading the title, I will be giving a short review of George Watsky’s How to Ruin Everything, which is a collection of essays. If you don’t know, i’m a pretty big fan of Watsky (if you read this Dade tell Max thanks again), so I decided to get this book because I have typically liked his work in the past.

Genre: Essays

Even though the essays were not connected, aside from the odd reference shared between them every once and a while, I found them entertaining. I think that Watsky’s lyrical abilities transfer well into normal writing. The essay form gives him a way to tell the stories that would be too long for a song (ignoring Exquisite Corpse here). My favorite stories overall were probably Down to the Filter, Crying & Baseball, and The White Whale. I think that if you can handle Watsky’s music and poetry, then the book should be appropriate. I recommend it to any fans of Watsky or essays!

I think without thinking too hard, I would rate this book 8.5/10, with the point and a half off being only for the book feeling a little bit too short for 12$. But I suppose that’s an unfair criticism, so i’ll round it up to 9/10!

To determine what book I should read and review next, vote on the poll here! If you leave an other answer that’s a book I don’t have, then it will probably be a really long time until I can find it and review it for you, so keep that in mind.

Thanks for reading all the way down to the bottom of this post :9876543

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Plant Vs. Zombies Game review

Plants Vs. Zombies is a strategy defense game where you start with pea-shooters and work your way up to Marigolds.

I obviously can’t put down every plant and give a description to every one like I named everything in the Minecraft review but I can give you the first few important ones.

1.Pea-shooter You start the game with a pea-shooter but don’t think they can’t do anything since they are cheap easy-get plants.They can save you from most zombies in the game. They are really strong in numbers but then again everything is.They cost 100 sun.

2.Sun-flower You get sun-flowers on the 2nd level of the game. They cost 50 sun and also produce sun and might just be the most important plant in the game. It is advised to have at least 1 row of sun-flowers if you want to survive a normal level.

3.Walnut Walnuts can hold of many zombies and are useful if the zombies are about to get to your house. They cost 50 sun.

4. Cherry-bomb Cherry-bombs and Doom-shrooms both explode. The cherry-bomb is really useful in the early levels because you don’t have that many plants. They cost 150 sun.

5.Potato-mine They go great with a side of walnuts! The potato-mine takes a minute to arm itself but once its ready any zombie that steps on it will be exploded.It is a one time use plant so one zombie per mine. It costs 25 sun.

Those are the first most important plants I can think of. Now for the review part of the review…

The game is awesome and fun. There really isn’t anything I can complain about for Plants Vs. Zombies. I recommend it to all ages and I give it a four and a half stars out of five. Try it!

Tips:

  1. Save up your money and don’t blow it off on plants for your Zen Garden.
  2. Get at least 1 row of sun-flowers in each level.
  3. Do you hate diving zombies? Of course you do! Walnuts on Lily-pads. Thats the answer.
  4. Walnut bowling is a great way to get some quick cash.
  5. Don’t take Bucket-heads for granted.

I’m sorry if this was a short review but I don’t have much time.

Thats the end of the review and all the other stuff.