Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Prompt of the week!

Hi everyone!:)
Hope you all are having a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Recently Mockingjay came out, and I know a lot of you guys went to see it.  :)
So, the prompt for this week is to write a review about Mockingjay (the movie).  How was it? What did you like about it? Hate about it? How did it compare to the book?

It doesn't have to be long, and I would love for you guys to answer this before next Thursday, so we could discuss it at our first meeting in December! :)

Thank you so much!
Happy early Thanksgiving! ;)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Best Character Death EVER

Here lies Brom
Who was
A Rider bonded to the dragon Saphira
Son of Holcomb and Nelda
Beloved of Selena
Father of Eragon Shadeslayer
Founder of the Varden
And Bane of the Forsworn.
May his name live on in glory.
Stydja unin mor'ranr.


This was what was written on Brom's tombstone made out of diamond because Saphira, Eragon's DRAGON, made it out of her fire and Eragon, his magic. What made this death so amazing was that Eragon got to learn the significance of who Brom was years later. Brom....SPOILER!!!!!!!!...was Eragon's father.
A time came when Eragon found out that Brom was his Father. This part was gut-renching to read and made me cry...it took me a while to get through to reading the while section. I didn't cry for Brom's death...I cried when Eragon found out who Brom was and what his life was like. When I realized who BROM really was...I finally understood the meaning of his death and how much it would effect the main character and me later on. This book character death...other than Snape in Harry Potter, was truly was the mark or line where I set all my standards to. If I ever read a death in a book...it has to move me like Brom's death...or it won't really effect me and truly, I wont look at it with another glance. 

-ZAHRA BANGASH

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Mighty Pen's Take: Best/Worst Character Death

[SPOILERS]

My favorite character death is from The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. The third book ended with the first fictional character's demise that made me cry.

One of the main reasons I love The Bartimaeus Trilogy (besides the semi-informal writing style, inexcusably large vocabulary, and snark) is the character growth. All three of the main characters - Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty - start out with major character flaws. Nathaniel himself even becomes more detestable. A lot. But in the end, all three of the characters grow into admirable people (or djinn, in Bartimaeus's case), and their character arcs end on a very satisfying note because they all reach a place where they are better than they used to be.

That doesn't mean that when Nathaniel died, it wasn't fricking heartbreaking. Even more so because it made sense for his character. Nathaniel started the book as the villain both in Kitty and Bartimaeus's eyes, but he starts to realize his mistakes. By the end of the book he changes into a hero, and Stroud makes it clear by showing us: Nathaniel gives his life to save the city from the evil djinn, and he values Bartimaeus's life enough to save it, too. The character who was self-centered and who hated all djinn now commits an entirely selfless act, and considers Bartimaeus a friend.

It makes me feel physically ill when I think about it. Nathaniel isn't even my favorite character, not even close. Point to Jonathan Stroud.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SleepingKitty's Take: Best Character Death Scene

LARGE SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!

Original Post

Character: literally everyone from The Book Thief. If I'm going by whose death made me cry the most, Rudy.

Okay I seriously don't even want to talk about The Book Thief. If I even tried to remember how I felt reading it (which I don't want to remember to be honest; it was too sad), I wouldn't be able to write a comprehensible sentence about it, let alone a long answer. My answer would be composed of a series of over-the-top sad faces that wouldn't even begin to encompass how emotionally jarring the book was. Especially the ending. Like I understand why they had to die, but why did they have to die???

Oh no I'm in the process of remembering.
:((((((((((((
:,,,,(((((
D,:
-crying-

-fade to black-

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kyendwarrior's take: Best character death scene

Original post

SPOILERS READ AT OWN RISK!
 
LUKE!!!!

Luke from the Percy Jackson series!

  It was emotionally jarring (I was sobbing by the end and almost couldn't enjoy Percabeth's kiss!), and the twist was so unexpected. I loved how Luke was so human. Usually villains are very cardboard.  They are told to us as evil, and that's how they act: evil.   But Luke was different.  Even before his ultimate sacrifice, he was constantly going back and forth between evil and good.  He wasn't purely evil or purely good, and I loved how that complexity gave depth to his character.








The scene itself was so good! Because he had constantly been conflicted about the whole affair, until he made the choice to be the hero, I honestly thought he was going to be the first person in the history of the world to go against the prophecy of the fates (and that NEVER happens).  But in the end, he did the right thing (and tore my heart right out, but ya know, saving the world is more important than my bleeding heart D:) .  What really got me was that it was ultimately Annabeth's promise that brought him back.  The love he had for her (brotherly- I think) was enough for him to pick a sure side and stick with it- even if it meant his own death.  You can't get more heroic than that.

*goes off into a corner to sob D:*

Monday, April 7, 2014

Topic of the Week: Favorite/Best Character death scene

There were so many pictures I could have used for this post, but at the risk of spoilers I shall refrain...

So this week's topic is, you guessed it, your favorite character death.  A bit morbid, I know, but nonetheless interesting right? It'll make you dig down deep into your innermost soul and cause you to remember those painful, painful memories again...

But have fun with it! xD

Prompt:
Describe your favorite book character death scene (book to movie/ TV show counts too!). Why is it your favorite?  Was it a villain or a hero?

I know these posts will include spoilers, so read at your own risk!

And make sure you mention to highlight the text and also to link back to this post!

:)

Deadline: This Sunday! (subject to changing)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Break Announcements

Hi guys! Hope you all are having a wonderful Spring Break so far!:)
Just a reminder to finish Unwind by the time of our next meeting (which is TBA: officers I shall text you !).

Since this is spring break, no topics this week, but anticipate one for next week.

Also, the Google Followers gadget is up on the right side of the blog, so members please follow!:)

And send your little biography blurbs and a pic to the LOHS email please. :) Thanks!

See you guys all next week:)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Showdown Week 1: The Mighty Pen

original post

My choice: Print books

The only reason that I prefer print books over ebooks is that I'm less likely to get distracted while reading a print book. I use ebooks a lot recently, when I can't find a book at the library, and it's hard to concentrate since there is so much else to do when I'm on my laptop. A lot of the time I end up procrastinating on the reading. It's gotten so bad that sometimes when I'm reading a print book I get impatient and glance to the bottom corner of the page to check the time.

However! One isn't inherently better than the other when it comes to reading. I could just as easily have picked ebooks since they're more easily available and portable than print books. (Technology is awesome! And not causing the collapse of society as we know it! We can enjoy used book sales and online books simultaneously!) Both are great, and as long as I have a book to read SOMEWHERE, I'm happy.

Showdown Week 1: SleepingKitty's take

Original post here

My choice: WHO CARES AS LONG AS PEOPLE READ

I feel like less people are reading at all, and even people who like to read can't find time to do it anymore (talking about myself hahaha). So why argue over how books are read? Instead of debating whether paper books are better than kindles (or whatever other e-readers there are, honestly I'm really bad with Technology), we should focus our attention on getting others to read. "United we stand, divided we fall." I don't know who that quote is from but it fits.

So basically everyone read. :)) )

Showdown Wk 1: Kyendwarrior's take

The Original post here

So I guess I'm up first to bat eh? ;)

My choice: PRINT books

There are pros and cons of both, but nothing beats the smell of ink and paper and the feel of that solid book in your hands.  And is it just me or does that world inside your head when you're reading feel different when you read an e-book?  The world seems more... techno (LOL) regardless of the type of fiction it is.

Might just be a "me" thing though xD.

E-books may be instant, but not everything that's instant is good for you (instant ramen, anyone?).  I think it's totally worth the wait for the book to come in the mail or hand pick it directly from the library or the book store.  There's something about that first meeting where you know from the feel of the book (soft, bumpy, shiny, thick) that it's just going to click with you.  Reading on a Kindle or a Nook... eh not so much.  It's also harder to gauge how much the longer there is to the book until it ends (esp when you're really into the book  and don't want to take that loooong second to tap the screen).  I like knowing how many pages I have till it ends because it tells me a lot about the direction the book's going to take.   A girl likes to have some warning (even if it's just a vague feeling!) before a Rickhanger cliffhanger wrenches your heart and stomps on it with high heels. ;)

So there you have it! Not exactly a "fight to the death" argument because I am guilty of reading e-books myself. xD  But in the grand scheme of things, nothing replaces good ole' paperbacks!

:)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Showdown: Ebook vs Print

Showdown (the beta title until we think of something with more pizazz) is a weekly book meme/ activity for our LOHS book club members (and anyone else who wants to join in!).

All you have to do is pick a side (no halfsies! Be confident in your position! :)), and defend it to the death- or pretty darn near to it.  ;)  Talk about why you chose it, what makes it so special to you, or anything else that's relevant to the term "defend." (It can mean different things to different people!)  Maybe you want to just post a picture and end with a smirk knowing that you totally blew people's mind.  Be creative!!

There are a few guidelines:

1.  If you do want to use only a picture for your post this time (meaning the picture is the only thing on the post, and any text- if there is any- is just a small caption) , you can't use this tactic for another month.  I want you guys to write! It's fine to use it every once in a while, but not every week! So save it for when you really need it. :)

2. Keep it PG (no cursing, vulgarities, swearing, or anything that can be stretched to PG-13).  This rule applies to any pictures or gifs you might want to use.

3. You have a week to decide your position and to defend it.  We will post the official deadlines on the post containing the topic of the week.

4.  There are no set number of words or lines.  Write as much or as little as you want.

5.  Make sure to link back to the post with the prompt somewhere on your personal post.

Have fun!:)

This week's topic:


           Ebook                                                                             



Print

vs     


Which one will you choose?
:)

Last day to post will be on March 12th *EDIT: I've decided to extend the deadline until Thursday night March 13th! Please have it in by then! :)* 




Showdown of the week: Intro

Hi guys!

So, we've decided to start a little book meme/ activity where every week, there will be a showdown between two book related topics.  All you have to do is pick a side (no halfsies! Be confident in your position! :)), and defend it to the death- or pretty darn near to it.  ;)  Talk about why you chose it, what makes it so special to you, or anything else that's relevant to the term "defend." (It can mean different things to different people!)  Maybe you want to just post a picture and end with a smirk knowing that you totally blew people's mind.  Be creative!!

There are a few guidelines:

1.  If you do want to use only a picture for your post this time (meaning the picture is the only thing on the post, and any text- if there is any- is just a small caption) , you can't use this tactic for another month.  I want you guys to write! It's fine to use it every once in a while, but not every week! So save it for when you really need it. :)

2. Keep it PG (no cursing, vulgarities, swearing, or anything that can be stretched to PG-13).  This rule applies to any pictures or gifs you might want to use.

3. You have a week to decide your position and to defend it.  We will post the official deadlines on the post containing the topic of the week.

4.  There are no set number of words or lines.  Write as much or as little as you want.

5.  Make sure to link back to the post with the prompt somewhere on your personal post.

Have fun!:)