Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Republic/Imperial Commando Series by Karen Traviss REVIEW

Okay, so I've finally finished every novel in the Star Wars prequels! Yay! I'm going to review the last series I read here, and now I'm moving on to reading Lord of the Rings for the second time. Hopefully this one will be more successful than the last time- since the last time I didn't understand anything much. I was younger then, but so far I've made great progress.

Back to the point. I'll review this as the whole series.

The good: There was great use of language. The book features a new set of characters, not just the old Jedi style. They are like real people, not heroes in movies/holovids that take handsome people and they end up with a few scratches, but victorious. Etain's troubles were written very well. The clones are written even better- they were similar yet different. They have different personalities- and I want to applaud Darman's most, who seemed balanced between a soft child and a touch warrior. The cast was small enough to remember in the first book. It also shows Mandalorian culture, which hardly has been revealed before. It does not show too much or too little, and it allows us time to grow on the characters a bit. The action was Star Wars style typically, which is awesome. I also love the fact that she slipped the titles into the books, which is hard to be done sometimes. Everything overall gives me a message of how messy life is, and there's always two sides.
The bad: When I read the books, I wasn't in much of a mood for reading so it did not appeal to me that much. Traviss ponders to much on the humanity of the clones. I agree with her but she does not need to rant on and on about it. Like the anti-jedi stuff. Some of it is sensible, most not. I felt like slamming the books down sometimes. Some characters are minor and makes in hard to remember in the second book onward. Etain was really annoying. There seems to be a need for romance between clones and other people everywhere. Characters that would have interesting feelings are ignored sometimes. Some things left me really off, and I need explaining. "Let's get everyone a girlfriend and married" is really bothering me. Some too much yelling and emotions, especially from Skirata.  Things are repeated many times.
Blah, Blah, Blah. Really. Some books are better than others, but some stuff are really bad. But as I mentioned, I wasn't in much of a mood for reading then.

Overall, on a normal book scale, I'd give it five stars for having Star Wars on the cover. But on a Star Wars scale, it would be three.

That's it... May the Force be with you!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Which house am I in?


Hey guys! I got this one from HERE and I thought it would be pretty cool to do it. As most of you know, I want to be in Ravenclaw but here we go anyway. You can do this on your blog if you want! Remember: It's not mines!

Gryffindor:

[] You are loud

[x] You like going to school to see your friends

[] You’ve had more than a couple dententions

[] You have lots of friends

[x] You always have something to do on the weekends

[] You like to be the center of attention

[x] You get average to above average grades in school

[x] You’ve been called bossy before

[x] You’re a bit of a daredevil / you like an adrenaline rush

[] You are athletic

[] You are one of the best players on your team

[x] You would do anything for your loved ones

[] You like the color red

[] Your favorite class is Transfiguration or DADA

[] You would never break a promise

TOTAL: 7/15

 

 

Hufflepuff:

[x] You have many acquaintances, but only a handful of good friends

[] You get average grades in school

[] You’ve been called boring before

[] You don’t like to brag about your achievements

[x] You value honesty

[x] You don’t mind working hard to get what you want

[x] You like the color yellow

[x] You have a job

[] You are athletic

[] You are a team player

[] You are in the middle of the social totem pole

[x] You are easily amused

[x] You like helping others

[] Your favorite class is Herbology or Divination

[] You like the music played on the radio best

TOTAL: 7/15

 

Ravenclaw:

[x] You get good grades in school

[x] You like to read

[x] Dumb people annoy you

[x] You are creative

[x] You’ve been called a know-it-all before

[] You would say your intelligence level is higher than most

[x] You hate cheating

[x] People often want you to help them with homework or projects

[x] You are more into the creative arts : theatre, dancing, drawing, etc.

[x] You are extremely logical in your way of thinking

[x] You are considered shy or quiet by people you don’t know

[x] You like the color blue

[] Your favorite class is A History of Magic, Charms, or Care of Magical Creatures

[x] You tend to over analyze things

[x] You can focus and pay attention well

TOTAL: 13/16

 

Slytherin:

[x] You are very competitive

[x] You like the finer things in life

[] You think welfare is a waste

[] You’ve made fun of someone in the past week

[] You’ve been called a snob before

[] You think the end justifies the mean

[] You’re not afraid to say something to someone else’s face

[] You tend to think people are a bit jealous of you

[] You’ve made someone cry by just saying something to them

[] You tend to root for the villains in movies, books, etc

[x] You are very good with words

[x] Above all, you want to be successful in life

[x] You like the color green

[x] You love to win

[] Your favorite class is Potions or DADA

TOTAL:6/15

Keep in mind, these are my scores, I filled it out myself, and I think this proves the fact that I'm a Ravenclaw. That's it for now! Go Potterheads! 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pirates of the Caribbean review SPOILER FREE


Wow... just wow.

I said there will be a review coming up, and now here it is. I'll be reviewing all of the movies in a summary first then I'll break off into different sections.

Now that being said, I now feel like freaking out and thanking every holy thing for bringing me this movie. My mouth will just be blabbing out stuff so I'm trying to write all this in a civilized way- which is so unlike me right now. The movie was just EPIC.

What I liked: Hats off to all the amazing actors! Johnny Depp, playing CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow, was totally hilarious and awesome. All the movies I watched which he played in was really great. He's like, born to be a pirate. Orlando Bloom, playing the handsome Will Turner, was so brave, so determined, and so easy to fall for. I would have been squealing over him like I do over Legolas *cough*Voronda*cough* if he haven't already had a love... Elizabeth Swann. Keira Knightley, who played her, was really awesome... and may I add, she played as Sabe in Star Wars TPM. Oh, and she's so lucky for being able to kiss Orlando Bloom. He's pretty much the reason I wanted to watch this movie in the first place. Penelope Cruz, playing Angelica the last one, had a really cool accent and she was a complete badass like I love.

The story line was one of the best I've ever seen. It was completely easy to understand, unlike some movies where it just got me confused. Action, adventure, and romance is all combined in this one epic tale. I was never really a great fan of romance, but this really got me falling for it like Han and Leia's or something like that. There were really clever ideas in there- amazing entrances, exits, and battles. The sense of humor is one of the best ever. The plot has a sense of thrill in it that made me feel as if this isn't one ordinary story, but something more realistic. I always wanted to know what happened next, and it's somehow feels as if, in the end, anything is possible. True stories don't always have a happy ending, and this one feels that way.

Apart from all that, the incredible graphics just made me stare in wonder. The moving skeletons, whirlpool, and destruction brought the movie to life. It completes the touch of the movie, which is pretty much the only thing on my mind for a few days apart from Star Wars. It's now pretty much my new fandom! Fandoms fade in time, except for Star Wars of course, but I think this one will stay for awhile. I can't wait for Pirates 6!

What I didn't like: Er... nothing. There's the fact that there was hardly any blood, since it's a disney film. Kinda weird, but otherwise, all in all, no bad things for the whole series.

Now for the really short reviews of each one.
Curse of the Black Pearl- This one was totally suited for the opening. It's a complex picture that was painted and ended as a master piece- but it could still be expanded. This one is probably my favorite in them all.
Dead man's chest- Things got complicated in this movie and it was awesome to watch. Loose ends from the last movie started a whole new story here. Not all loose ends are tied up, and there were many scenes that left me gasping- especially the ones (you guessed right) that has to do with Will Turner.

At world's end- the story seemed to have ended, but then no, hope for the good guys is still there, and the bad guys aren't dead yet. This really left me screaming and crashing for Will Turner- after all, he's Orlando Bloom, and Bloom is Legolas. The ending was touching.

On stranger tides- this one isn't the same as the other ones. I can't really say I enjoyed it less, but Elizabeth and Will are absent. One good thing though, this really puts the spotlight on Captain Jack Sparrow and everything was hilarious. I loved it all. The ending opened up a new story...

Okay, that's it. For those who watched it already and don't know this, there's a scene at the end of the credits every time. For At World's End and On Stranger Tides I find it pretty important, while the others are funny. You can find it on YouTube.

Until next time, see you later. Savvy?