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Books

It’s Not Over …

After reading the last chapter of The Serpent’s Shadow, I have a feeling Rick Riordan is going to combine the Egyptians and the Greeks. Take a look at this:

In the meantime, there are still hotspots of evil magic and demon activity all over the world that we have to take care of. We’ve even got reports of unexplainable magic as close as Long Island. Probably have to check that out.

Camp Half-Blood is on Long Island …

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Books

The Kane Chronicles

When teenage siblings Carter and Sadie Kane learn that their family is descended from Egyptian Pharaohs and they can channel the magic of the gods, the information is anything but easy to grasp. They barely have time to master their powers before they find themselves in the middle of an all-out war against Apophis, the Serpent of Chaos. They have some other magicians and gods on their side, but will it be enough to restore Ma’at – order – to the world and prevent Chaos from destroying the world?

Rick Riordan just hit three more home runs. Percy Jackson never let up on the fast-paced adventure, and The Kane Chronicles don’t either. I also liked learning about the Egyptian gods and culture. Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping adventure with just right amount of well-timed humor.

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Movies

So You Like Books?: My Thoughts on The Book Thief

Another tear-jerker. I finally got the chance to watch The Book Thief, based on the novel by Markus Zusack. Set in Hitler’s Germany during World War II, the main character, a young girl named Liesel Meminger finds herself adjusting to her adoptive family. She finds comfort in reading books and sharing them with others.

First of all let me just say that the actress who played Liesel and the actor who played her best friend, Rudy Stiener, were really cute. The movie deviated from the book a bit, but that’s to be expected. No movie based on a book is going to be perfect. And the things that they changed were minor. Nothing to have a fit over. But there’s no way they filmed this movie on a soundstage. It looked too much like Germany to be fake.

Overall, I felt they captured the major points in the book and executed them beautifully. I felt the same way I did when reading the book: sad because of the war going on and all of the death it entails, but happy for Liesel at the same time because she has a loving family, even if her adoptive mother can be a bit stern sometimes.

I think the scene that had the most impact on me was the Hitler Youth Group. The kinds were at school, and they were singing, while they showed lots of men fighting and dying in the middle of war. The juxtaposition of battle with pro-Germany music in the background seemed ironic.

I really liked this movie, but I recommend reading the book first. You’ll have a better sense of what’s going on.