Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Bluest Eye by: Toni Morrison


Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife.


I picked The Bluest Eye and Beloved by Toni Morrison up a while ago, not only because I'd heard she's an amazing writer, but because the synopsis of each story really drew me in.

I decided to read The Bluest Eye first, and I'm glad I did. Morrison's writing isn't just prose, it's a poetic sort of prose that leaves you breathless with some of the descriptions. But, at the same time, it isn't just the dreamy sort of poetic prose, it's the sort that makes everyday things sound beautiful but realistic. Morrison has a way of drawing the reader in, not with her characters, but with her beautiful writing style. That can be detrimental to the characters, though, because while they sound good they can seem a bit two-dimensional. I think that may be because she jumps from character to character without really finishing up the life she's giving each individual character.

My favorite character was probably Piccola. But that could be because I just felt so bad for her. She was the sort of character the reader roots for, and hopes that something good will happen.

The story is real, though, and very heartwrenching. It's definitely not a happy story, but it is a real story. Something that many others may have gone through.

In the end, I think this is a very good novel and one that should be read by anyone who enjoys a story about real people.

My rating: 8/10

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Avatar--Film Review

Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Joel Moore

Let me start off by saying I'm going to sound like a complete fangirl. I loved this movie. Adored every minute of it, even the sort of tedious beginning. The moment Sully became his Avatar, I was completely enthralled.
I saw it in 3D, which I highly recommend. It definitely added to the experience. But without it, the movie still would've been great.

The graphics in Avatar are gorgeous. Seriously. They're like another character. Beautiful imagery, I loved the different sort of creatures there were, I loved how at night everything was amazing. The graphics in this film are probably the reason to see it.

The acting was really well done. Sam Worthington (aside from being gorgeous) was spot on. I loved his portrayal of the character and feel he did a great job. Sigourney was awesome, I liked his character. I loved Neytiri, I think Zoë did a wonderful job with the mannerisms and such of the character. And Stephen Lang played a great asshole. I really wanted to shoot him by the end of the film. So, kudos, Lang (:

Another thing I liked about the movie was the different layers it had. There's, of course, a religious layer and a layer that focuses on how humans tend to just take whatever they want with not thought to who they may be hurting. I've heard people call it "Anti-War" and I think even "Anti-American", but I don't think that's what Cameron was trying to portray.

Now, the storyline wasn't some complex entanglement. It was simple. But that's okay, because I think it had enough to carry it throughout the whole movie. I thought it was a well written script, and while cliché at times, a great plot. I really felt for the characters and the Na'vi (who else adored their language, by the way?). Ugh, the scenes near the end, like the one with Neytiri and her father...amazingly well done.

There are some things left to be desired, such as why this rock the Americans want is so sought after (aside from it making them lots of money). Although, I have seen some people question why Sully could walk in his Avatar state, when I think the answer is pretty obvious. First of all, it's not his body. It's a clone, basically, of his brother as a Na'vi. And all they did was connect the brains, which wouldn't affect the Avatar's legs. Sully's paralysis was on his body, not the Avatar's, in other words. Hope that makes sense XD

All in all, amazing movie. One I'm definitely going to buy and watch over and over again (:

My rating: 9/10

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Soulless by: Gail Carriger


Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.


This review is way behind, I just now finished the novel because of schoolwork and such. It was intended for review at
Blog With Bite. Obviously that didn't happen. Now, onto the novel.

I really enjoyed this book. At first, the way it was written kind of annoyed me, but I came to love it by the end of the novel. It was hilarious, the tone of voice that Carriger gave Alexia was, in my opinion, great. It really worked for her character, and made me laugh.

The supporting characters I really enjoyed were Lord Akledama and Lord Maccon. Both were equally interesting. I liked the flamboyantness of Akeldama's character and I liked how Maccon was basically an ass, but a Mr. Darcy sort of ass. In other words, oh so attractive. I haven't come to a decision about Ivy Hisselpenny yet, so hopefully she's in the second book.

I really liked the relationship between Maccon and Alexia. It was pretty realistic, and they complimented each other in ways that worked for the novel.

The action in the novel was interesting, the vampires and werewolves had their own little twist. I probably enjoyed it as much as I did because of the historical backdrop.

Cover: I don't really like the cover. And the cover for the one coming out in March probably won't tickle my fancy. They don't, however, take away from the story.

My rating: 9/10