Friday, August 26, 2016

Let's Discuss...(8)

Let's Discuss...
Let's Discuss...is a new feature here on Lunar Rainbows Reviews, inspired by many of my fellow bloggers and their discussion posts.  For my posts, I'll be discussing random bookish and fandom topics.


Happy Friday all! I realized recently that it's been awhile since I did a discussion post so instead of a review for you today, I thought we'd have a chat.  Today I'm wondering:

Do you lend out books?

I used to lend out books all the time back when I was in school - I wanted to pass along the love I had for beloved books and at that age, some of my friends couldn't always afford to buy the books I raved about so lending seemed like an automatic to my younger, innocent self.

*take your pick of my glorious collection friends*

There's something you should know about me before we go on though. See, even as a kid I was very careful of my books. I wasn't careful with much - in fact, my room frequently looked like a tornado had hit it - but my books were always sorted properly and well taken care of. Even then, they were little treasures to me and anything that I value that much gets proper treatment.



As you've all probably guessed, eventually some issues arose with me lending out books. At that age, you don't realize that other people aren't all careful with their belongings - let alone other people's belongings. You would think that someone would take greater care when they have something that isn't theirs...but, you'd be wrong.  Oh so wrong. I got books back that with bent covers, stains and other signs of abuse marking them. *shudders*


A few friends even went so far as to never returned my beloved babies (the HORROR!) They then proceeded to make things worse by claiming that they had returned them...but where were the books then? WHERE?! Not on my meticulously organized shelves, that's for sure!


It was at that point that I made a new ruling to never, ever lend out my books again. Period. (With the exception of my mom who totally gets my obsessive attitude - and would also totally replace any book she'd damage by accident. Bless her.)  I don't care if you're a bookish friend, I don't care if you really, REALLY want to read one of my books, I don't even care if you promise to guard it with your life: YOU AIN'T GETTING THE PRECIOUS.


It might sound drastic, but us book lovers must sometimes go to extreme lengths to protect the precious.  I make up for it in other ways though, because I can't resist passing on bookish love  Like, say I end up with multiple copies of a book, I will donate to friends or to good will. I'll even gift out books I love to friends but I refuse to lend out my books anymore.



And that's that! So I want to know: do you lend out books?  Are your friends careful with them or do you also have some horror stories to share? Do you have rules in place for lending them out or are you just a generally nice (though possibly misguided) person? Also: were you nodding your head throughout my post or were you shocked at my drastic measures? I want to know!

*This post is linked up to the 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge.*

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #156

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hi everyone! We have a bit of a different topic this week - instead of talking about our favorite characters and moments from the Harry Potter Series, we're speculating:

Which characters outside the Harry Potter world do you think would do well at Hogwarts?


This might be a different kind of topic but I am ALL.OVER.IT, I love it so much! Brace yourselves my friends because we've got A LOT to talk about so we might as well get started right this second:

The Doctor

I think that The Doctor as a teen going to Hogwarts is the best thing I've ever imagined. Generally speaking, I think he'd be a Ravenclaw but I saw one meme online that sorted The Doctor by his incarnation, with Nine being a Gryffindor, Ten being a Ravenclaw, Eleven being a Hufflepuff and Twelve being a Slytherin. I am 100% ok with that^^


Sabriel the Abhorsen (The Old Kingdom)

I would give ANYTHING to read about Sabriel attending Hogwarts. When I saw her attending a boarding school, it's the first thing that crossed my mind!  Instinctively, I'd sort her in Gryffindor for her bravery but I'm not sure that fits. Sure she's brave AF, but she's not showy about it. She's really hard working and caring so I think she's either a HufflePuff or a hybrid GryffinPuff ;) - (Lirael is a total Ravenclaw!)

Ronan Lynch (The Raven Cycle)

My precious little dreamer, I'd love to see him strut around Hogwarts all tough on the outside but a softie on the inside - acting like an ass but secretly defending the weak.  Sigh. In his case, there's no guesswork needed, Maggie Stiefvater herself sorted him into Gryffindor! (In case anyone missed it, she sorted Adam into Slytherin, Gansey into Gryffindor, Noah in Hufflepuff and Blue in Ravenclaw)

Katniss Everdeen

Katniss would have probably still would have been through hell at Hogwarts but the thought of her having magic gives me some relief...compared to her actual reality.  I was pretty sure Katniss would be a Gryffindor initially because she's not showy about her courage (like Harry.) She'd fit in well as a Hufflepuff too because she works hard and she's fair. I read online opinions though and most people put her in Slytherin for putting herself and her family first and for her cunning and scheming in the Games.

Kaladin Stormblessed (Stormlight Archive)

Kaladin's another character whose life would have benefited from a magical school to take him in, the poor dear. He'd have accepted his powers much earlier on too so it probably would have saved him a lot of heartache. Kaladin is a born leader and a rebel to boot, so there's not doubt in my mind he's a Gryffindor.

Aelin Galathynius (Throne of Glass)

Young Fireheart at Hogwarts, is there anything more perfect? I think that when we first meet her as Celaena, she'd be a Slytherin. She's cunning, a badass and lives by her own rules. Now that she's Aelin instead of Celaena, she could be a Gryffindor too but I'd love to see her knock down stereotypes as a Slytherin heroine. Online opinion seems to be the opposite, putting Celaena in Gryffindor and Aelin in Slytherin.

Obi Wan Kenobi

Obi Wan at Hogwarts with a wand instead of a saber. Trippy, but I love it, especially when you consider a teenaged Obi Wan just learning the ways of magic.  I'm pretty sure he'd be a Ravenclaw because he's wise, learned and made a pretty epic mentor for Luke...let's not talk about Anakin.

The GAang (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

Hell yes. The gAang at Hogwarts? GIMME THIS^^ It just fits, you know?  My favorite sorting of the characters into Hogwarts Houses puts Aang in Hufflepuff (as an EPIC Seeker no less), Katara and Sokka in Ravenclaw, Toph in Slytherin and Zuko in Gryffindor and I agree wholeheartedly - though I'm sure some would debate that LOL!

Lyra Belacqua (His Dark Material)

The way Lyra navigates alternate magical worlds is proof that she'd fit right in at Hogwarts. I'm 100% sure that Lyra would be a Slytherin because she.is.CUNNING.AF. Her way with words, her ability to weave stories and her resourcefulness all scream Slytherin to me but more specifically: the best possible version of Slytherin. The one I wish we'd gotten more of in the HP series.

Bilbo Baggins

Tiny Bilbo in Hogwarts. Could there BE anything cuter?  (The answer is no.)  I know Bilbo is beyond brave and I also know that the guy likes his books. BUT. The entrance to the Hufflepuff Common Room is a Hobbit door. Next to the kitchen. Yeah, Bilbo is a Puff and proud of it.

Sherlock Holmes

A teenaged Sherlock Holmes with magic, strutting around Hogwarts with his robe collar flipped up all cool like. YES.  There's no debate here, Sherlock is a Ravenclaw to the core.  Since John's in the picture though, we can sort him too and I think he'd be a Gryffindor!

Vin the Mistborn

With the flashbacks we get of a younger Vin, I think Hogwarts would have done her a world of good. How cute would our little ass-kicker have been in her robes?!  As far as her sorting goes, well her character arc reminds me of Neville's so I'm following suit and putting her in Gryffindor - though because of a certain...*ahem* aspect...the sorting hat might just hesitate like it did with Harry and want to sort her in Slytherin.

The Winchesters (Supernatural)

My two favorite demon hunters might never get to have an easy life, but Hogwarts would have been good for them in the long run.  I think most people would automatically sort Dean in Gryffindor and Sam in Slytherin (especially in this picture^^) but I think they could both be Slytherins OR Gryffindors. Sam would make a solid Ravenclaw though with his brains and love of research and I think Dean shares some traits with Hufflepuffs too LOL!

Batman

Little orphan Bruce Wayne could have befriended The Boy Who Lived and OMG FEELS.  Batman is tricky to sort though. His heroics make him a natural Gryffindor, his brains make him a perfect Ravenclaw but his cunning work for a Slytherin. Considering his history, I think Bruce would pull a Harry and ask not to be in Slytherin though, so he'd likely be a Gryffindor or a GryffinClaw hybrid.

Magneto

I'm really hoping that Hogwarts would have helped Magneto with his childhood issues but somehow I doubt it. I love the guy though so I can't help but hope. His ambitions remind me a little too much of a young Tom Riddle though so I have a feeling he'd be a Slytherin, and that he'd fit right into the overused Slytherin mould.

Which characters do you think would fit right in at Hogwarts?
And what do you think about my Sortings here? Discuss.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday #49

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!

Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet



Angels & Demons by Dan Brown - I really enjoyed the movies so I want to read the books, I just haven't taken the time yet.

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley - A dear friend pushed this on me and I rushed out to buy it...but then I never read it. (it's HUGE)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini - I picked this one up after I started reading fantasy books but made the mistake of watching the movie first *shudder* I opted to wait until I forgot the atrocity but ended up forgetting about the book too!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas - The 2002 film is one of my all-time favorite movies ever (the REAL Dumbledore is in it and everything!!) and despite really wanting to, I haven't read the original yet (again it's a beast of a book!)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - *hides*  Such a sci-fi classic and yet I remain woefully ignorant.  I seriously need to fix this soon, it's embarrassing.


 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - This type of book used to be my bread and butter and I still think I'd appreciate it a great deal. I just need to get moving already!

1984 by George Orwell - A classic dystopian that I really want to read, even though the year 1984 has come and gone. This is one of those books that I feel like I need to read.

The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle - Hello classic fantasy featuring a UNICORN. Obviously, I need this book in my life pronto!

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong - I loved Armstrong's YA trilogy but I still haven't read her adult series, which is 13 books long. Sounds like an ideal binge read to me :)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - And to round things off, another classic sci-fi whose absence in my repertoire makes me cringe. I need to fix that asap!

Have you read any of these^^? I'd love some feedback :)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fandom Mashup #67

Fandom Mashups
Fandom Mashups is an original feature here at Lunar Rainbows Reviews.  Every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then we build our own personal dream team of five fictional characters from five different fandoms to complete the task!  Anyone is welcome to join up - all I ask is that you link back to me somewhere in your post :)

Hello all and happy Sunday! It's a really nice late Summer day around here so I'm heading off to go river-tubing one last time today...although I might be delayed...:


You've stumbled onto THE ONE RING (WHAT THE HELL FRODO?! You had ONE job!) and now you need to take it to Mount Doom to destroy it. Who do you chose as your own Fellowship of the Ring?

Samwise

#1 pick, 100% without a doubt. 'Frodo wouldn't have made it far without Sam' and if Frodo fudged this job, I'm picking Sam as my travelling companion for sure! Samwise is easily the best best-friend of all time AND he gets the job DONE.

Kaladin Stormblessed

The epic high-fantasy world that Kaladin calls home makes me think that he'd feel right at home in Middle-Earth and on an epic quest no less. Kaladin is a BAMF so he'd make sure our task is a success! Plus Kaladin isn't looking for riches or personal gain so he can be trusted.

Aelin

I chose Aelin here solely based on her ability to keep our questers safe.  Aelin could fight off Orcs, Dark Wizards, Gollum and could likely take care of Sauron himself if given the chance. Likewise, Aelin isn't in it to gain riches or more power so the ring would be safe until we reach Mt Doom.

Harry Potter

Homeboy hunted down SEVEN Horcruxes so I feel confident he could handle ONE. He also never gave in to the dark side despite having a front row seat into Voldemort's mind. You can't say any better than that. Oh and if there's ANY character who is 100% not in it for personal gain, it's Harry Potter.

Batman

Batman's moral code would guarantee that he'd never fall for the ring's power. He's also brilliant so he'd map us out the best routes to take to get to Mount Doom in a flash. Travelling at night would be infinitely safer with him around  - and honestly: I just want to see him and Aelin kick ass.



Friday, August 19, 2016

Review: Across the Wall by Garth Nix

Across the Wall by Garth Nix
(A Tale of The Abhorsen and Other Stories)
The Old Kingdom #3.5
Published July 5 2005 by HarperCollins

Nicholas Sayre will do anything to get across the Wall, back to the Old Kingdom.

Thoughts of Lirael and Sam haunt his dreams, and he has come to realize that his destiny lies there, along with all those he cares for. But here in Ancelstierre, far south of the Wall, the Charter is dormant, and among the obstacles Nick faces is one that is not entirely human, and which has a strange power that seems to come from Nicholas himself.

With "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," Garth Nix continues to explore the magical world of The Abhorsen Trilogy. In additional short stories that range from classic fantasy -- two widely different takes on the Merlin myth -- to a gritty urban version of Hansel and Gretel, to an unusual take on the role of nature in matters of love, and to a heartbreaking story of children and war, Garth Nix displays the range and versatility that have made him one of today's leading writers of fantasy for readers of all ages.
Across the Wall is a collection of short stories by author Garth Nix, the first one being a continuation of The Old Kingdom Series, The Creature in the Case, which I reviewed separately here. The rest is an assortment of stories, ranging from two unique takes on the Arthurian legend, one modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, a war story, a contemporary about family ties, a paranormal about the ability to wield lightning and a truly kick-ass western with a female lead. There's magic, romance, history, superpowers, legends and fairytales all rolled into one!

Clearly, I purchased this book to quench my desire to read ALL THE Old Kingdom THINGS.  And yes, that story is my favorite of the bunch.  However, I was surprised by how much I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the stories here.  Truly, they all showcase Nix's incredible gift as a writer, one that I might only have discovered last year, but that I've come to appreciate immensely.  Nix has become one of my all-time favorite authors so clearly, I now NEED to read everything he's ever published.

Transcending all genres, Garth Nix deftly navigates from first person to third person narrative, depending on what suits the story he's telling. Some stories are tragic, or sad, others are funny or exciting.  Nearly all of them have the chilling, ominous tone that Nix seemingly trademarked. Despite the fact that only one story is actually set in The Old Kingdom, there are hints of that world's influence scattered in his other stories, and I enjoyed discovering them as a read.

It's a bit of a challenge to attempt to review a collection of 13 short stories, each one prefaced by an introduction by the author himself.  I can't really go into detail on every single one though, but other than The Creature in the Case, my favorites were The Hill, the aforementioned contemporary about familial bonds (shocking, right?!) Heart's Desire, the second Arthurian tale and the Western, Hope's Chest. There were only a couple of stories that I didn't feel as invested in, but since they're all quick reads, it was never an issue getting through any of them. 

Across the Wall *might* be better suited for hardcore Nix fans, or obsessive types like me.  If you appreciate Nix as an author, you should definitely check this out!  if however, you're merely enjoyed The Old Kingdom books, you may want to seek out The Creature in the Case as a solo read. Personally, I feel like this book made me appreciate Garth Nix's talent on a whole other level.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Harry Potter Moment #155

Harry Potter Moment of the Week 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a  meme created by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts  and hosted here @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!  How to join up &  upcoming topics here.

Hello friends :) I wish you all a lovely Thursday! I hope you have your thinking caps on though, because today we're supposed to recommend books to the man who may very well have read everything:

Which books would you recommend to Dumbledore?



The Stormlight Archive - A massive, epic fantasy sounds right up Dumbledore's alley. I think he'd appreciate Sanderson's brilliance and attention to detail when it comes to world-building, characters and tone. I also think that Dumbledore would quite like Kaladin, who shares certain traits with The Boy Who Lived...

Alcatraz VS the Evil Librarians - In keeping with the Sanderson theme, I think Dumbledore would get a real kick out of the random and offbeat humor in the Alcatraz books work well with a man who thinks choice words are Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

The Old Kingdom - Nix's portrayal of death, darkness, the afterlife fits right into what Dumbledore preached from the very beginning. The inherent darkness of the series would keep him glued to the pages and Sabriel is a female counterpart to Harry Potter - in that she does what needs to be done, not for glory, but because it's the right thing to do.


The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings - HOW could I resist recommending a book with Gandalf to Dumbledore? Answer: I couldn't. Though I have a feeling Dumbledore might already be familiar with the famous Grey Wizard ;)

Chronicles of Narnia - Likewise, I think that Aslan's wisdom would appeal to Dumbledore as well - though I'm sure he'd share my issues with the latter books...

His Dark Materials - Again with the symbolism, morality tale and young heros taking up more than they should. Sounds like a perfect fit for old Albus right? I think he'd get a real kick out of Lyra's sass too!



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday *138*

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight an upcoming book release we're especially looking forward to!

Here's my pick this week: 

Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino
Expected Publication: October 4th 2016 by Roaring Book Press

In twelve-year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. Every artist possesses a Genius, a birdlike creature that is the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face a punished akin to death, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in serious trouble.

Luckily, he finds safety in a secret studio where young artists and their Geniuses train in sacred geometry to channel their creative energies as weapons. But when a murderous artist goes after the three Sacred Tools--objects that would allow him to destroy the world and everyone in his path--Giacomo and his friends must risk their lives to stop him.
Co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender is all I needed to read when the Canadian Publishers, Raincoast Books asked me if there was any upcoming MG titles I was interested in. I enjoy a quality MG read from time to time but I certainly don't read them all. However, a MG coming from half of the genius that thought up Avatar? Must. Read.

Beyond the obvious, Rebel Genius sounds wickedly innovative: A renaissance-inspired world, with art seemingly outlawed and where artists have animal companions of sorts that are direct embodiments of their artistic spirit. Then there's a secret 'studio' a.k.a. Magical School, where Artists learn to hone their skills into weapons.  Eeeep!  My vow to wait to read this one until the release date is closer at hand may very well be broken soon...

What are you waiting on this week?