3 Frustrating Things About No Man’s Sky-Shared

Through countless hours of research, large amounts of 2am caffeine pill dosages, and unfathomable sacrifice, MONG scientist Tyler Fischer has come up with the definitive, scientific, inarguable list of the three most frustrating things about No Man’s Sky.

via The 3 most frustrating things about No Man’s Sky — Middle Of Nowhere Gaming

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child-Book Review

This play released on July 31st. The announcement of the book sent a wave of excitement through the world and, obviously, through the Harry Potter fan club.

The wave was felt for a long time before the play’s release. The community gathered for midnight release games and fun to enjoy the release of the book/play.

And then the community read the play. And fans were sad. Fans became disappointed. Fans got on the internet and to show their exasperation through reviews and disappointed posts on social media.

My first realization let down of the play was when I realized though her name is printed on the book that J.K. Rowling didn’t actually write The Cursed Child. Dun dun dunnn. Ouch.

The second let down I had was when I realized that the play wasn’t actually going to give me a story I hadn’t yet read. Second ouch.

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So I have gathered not only my thoughts and a list of pros and cons but also the same from someone not me that has read the play. This way you don’t just get my sour thoughts but also someone else’s as well.

First off

Since it seems like a big deal to everyone that people didn’t realize it has been written in script/play form. So as you continue on please keep in mind that yes I realized this before I purchased it. And no it makes no difference to me. And yes I realize that it doesn’t allow for more storytelling. However, have you ever read Midsummer Night’s Dream? It was written in script form and yet you get a full story. Even Metamorphosis is a play and you get a full story. There are ways around this and you can still put a whole story together. Maybe have it be a little longer or release and extended version.

August 1st

I received my copy in the late afternoon on August 1st.

August 4th 

I started reading my copy once I had finished the third installment of the Pendragon series. And writing an extra 2,000 words in my novel (wee!).

August 5th noonish

I finished my copy full of disappointment and wondering what I just read.

And I am, fortunately, not alone. If you care to click here to read the numerous reviews on Amazon.com of fans who are just as let down as I am.

I was stoked to have received my copy and to say that I wanted to not go back to work in order to start my book would be absolutely 100% true. I mean, I would skip work every day if that meant I could stay home to read a book, but that’s just me.

Alas, I digress (or is it earwax?).

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Here is where the spoilers begin. If you haven’t read the book/play then go do that before continuing on. I am not one to make a review minus spoilers. Ain’t happenin. Go read it. Or don’t and continue on. 

My list

  1. Not written by Rowling (didn’t realize this until after I got the book/play)
  2. Unfortunately for the actual authors, you can tell… Bad
  3. Fanfiction… DING DING DING. Not good fanfiction either
  4. Characters are not believable (you can’t tell me that they would say what is written in this book. Really?)
  5. Not convincing enough to make me believe it would actually be what happened after the seventh book. Not even a little bit.
  6. No new material (unless you count the “plot twist” which is full of loopholes, so no)
  7. Not an original idea. Because it just takes off from the excerpt the real author gave us at the end of Deathly Hallows 
  8. The characters feel awkward and not true to themselves (also where is Tonks and Lupin’s kid?)
  9. Delphi… The whole character shouldn’t exist
  10. WTF????!!!! <—— my thought throughout the entire book/playsnape-is-disappointed

Now you may think that some of my points are a little harsh since Rowling didn’t write it but wait and I will explain myself.

My friend’s pro/con list

Pros

  1. A different perspective to the magical world than Rowling’s
  2. Getting to read about our favorite characters
  3. Seeing how the romantic relationships are 20 years later
  4. The children-seeing their personalities and getting to know them as characters
  5. Bellatrix being the person Voldemort would choose to, uh, create an evil child with
  6. The connections of friendship-Harry with Hermione and Ron/Albus with Scorpius

Cons

  1. Characters are not true to themselves and are not believable
  2. The various future outcomes of “what if” are not necessary
  3. Ron/Hermione and Ginny/Harry attitudes- I am not convinced that Harry would ever speak to Ginny like that
  4. Rose’s personality-how could Ron and Hermione raise a kid to be that big of a prat?
  5. Title did not reflect the books content
  6. You can tell that Rowling didn’t write it

I have to agree with her list. Number 5 of the pros list is a big one for me too. If any of the Death Eaters were going to be the baby momma to the Dark Lord then it would be Bellatrix. BUT if she had been pregnant at any point during the books (and that is how Rowling saw it) then wouldn’t we have read about it? And just to add a sour note, you’re gonna tell me that she birthed a baby and then died mere days afterward? Cuz, you know, that isn’t depressing or anything.

I think that her pro and con list is self explanatory but if you have questions regarding them then hit me up in the comments and I will do my best to answer them.

As for my list, well keep reading.

Number 1– J.K. Rowling didn’t write it… And then she allowed her name to be attached to it as though she did. FALSE! Why would you let something that doesn’t even read like your stuff be published? Anyone who loves Harry Potter will forever be fans regardless of whether you continue writing or not. We have closure. For those who don’t have closure then you can write your own fanfiction, just make sure it is better than this.

Number 2– You can tell she didn’t write it… This is bad, bad, bad because not only does it keep in the forefront of my mind that it isn’t her work, but I also can’t believe what I am reading. The characters presented in this book/play may have the names of the characters from Harry Potter but they do not behave like those characters did. Even forty years later, these people are not who we are meant to believe they are. #sorrynotsorry

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Number 3– It is fanfiction… It really is. Two guys published what they believe happened after the seventh book. If it isn’t written by the OA, and uses the characters/theme/setting/plot of the original book(s). Make you think of anything?

Number 4– Characters are not believable… Uhh, I cannot believe that 20 years would cause Harry to ever tell his son, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, that sometimes he wishes he weren’t his son…. That is just one of the examples but the biggest one that sticks in my head.

Number 5– Not convincing enough… I don’t believe the story. Harry and his middle son have trouble because the son is full of poor me? Not happening. Voldemort impregnating Bellatrix and the books never  mentioned it? I realize that there are times when we don’t see her but not almost ten months worth, definitely not long enough for her to be pregnant and have a child (remember when she tortured Hermione?).

Number 6– Nothing new was added to the story. Sure we got to see the kids older and more grown up but it was a pity party the entire time. There wasn’t much in character growth and I didn’t feel like I really got to know the new characters very well. I understand it is a play but I have read plays with character growth.

Number 7– Not an original idea. Like I mentioned before the play only takes off with the excerpt from the seventh book and took off with the idea in their own way.

Number 8– The characters are not true to themselves. Like I said up above, the characters act in a way that is not believable or true to who they were in the original books. I know it has been 19-20 years but people don’t become assholes after working with each other to save the world.

Number 9– Delphi.. This character should never have been born. Not only did she immediately stand out to me as a potential antagonist but her title as cousin to Cedric and the daughter of Voldemort… Just, why?

Number 10– This isn’t really a problem but more of an overall disappointment number. I didn’t enjoy the book. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t people out there who won’t enjoy it because there will be plenty who do. I didn’t. These are my top nine reasons why I didn’t like it. I should also point out that I felt like there were far too many loopholes with the characters, going back in time, and Delphi. I don’t think it was a well thought out story. It felt more like a quick short story that they wanted to get out there so that they could start cashing in. I understand that it was written as a play but I don’t think that knowledge makes it any better. Regardless of what form you take the story in it still falls flat.

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So there you have it, my rant review on the new Harry Potter book/play. I hope it gives you the information you have been looking for. If you have any questions or whatever go ahead and leave a comment. I make a point of getting back to all those who comment on my posts.

Thanks so much for reading this! Have a great day.

 

The Divergent Series-Book vs. Movie Review/Rant-Mostly rant

SPOILERS

I am placing a spoiler alert at the beginning of this post because I just can’t help myself.

Divergent

This isn’t going to include characters or anything like that but just give an overall view of the book/movie.

I read all three books before the movie adaptations, and I have read Divergent multiple times (it is my favorite).

The book to movie adaptation was actually really good. Surprisingly so considering the last two adaptations (wtf happened?). We are introduced to Beatrice *Tris* (Shailene Woodley) early on in the movie, her faction, and her family. We see her struggle with trying to understand why she is different and what leads to her ultimate decision to join the Dauntless faction. There we see her change as she grows into the woman she will eventually become and as she falls in love with the delicious Four (Theo James). The movie leaves out some important characters (mainly Uriah) which is frustrating and messes up the rest of the movie adaptations.

Overall the movie does the book justice. There are some changes like when her mom comes to see her at the Dauntless place (it doesn’t happen that way in the book) but that change I can live with. The reason this bit about Divergent is so short is because the other two adaptations have left me with the feeling that I watched a standalone movie and something that wasn’t even based on a book.

Although the credits claim that the movie was based on the book series by Veronica Roth, what it should really say is LOOSELY based on the book series… No kidding.

Onward and upward

Insurgent

Let’s be honest, if you read the book and then watched the movie you had more than one moment where your mouth was gaping wide open in a “whaaaa” look… I left the theater angry, livid is a better word. As a fan I was beyond disappointed to see one of my favorite series changed in a way that didn’t even feel like the same story.

Story line

Um, let’s see. In the book people you care about get shot and killed, people get betrayed even though they’re trying to be nice, and some real shit goes down. Remember the bridge bit? Or what about when Tris and the others climb over the ladder to get to the Erudite building? Remember when that one guy fell off the ladder and got killed? Oh you didn’t read the book? Never mind then.

Some important moments that happened in the book did not take place in the movie and it killed it. And what the hell is that box? What is any of that stuff supposed to be about? Where did that whole idea come from?

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I believe drugs were involved in the making of this film

It is safe to say that the movie is vastly different from the book that it honestly felt like I was watching a movie not from the book.

The characters

Theo James’ acting is far superior to that of Shailene Woodley and it ruins the movie. Her acting is much like Nicholas Cage, same person over and over and over. Though that doesn’t mean that all of her acting skills in other movies (Fault in our Stars) it just isn’t what we needed in this series. She fit well in Divergent but didn’t grow with the character. Tris is a hardened soldier that has some breaks here and there due to all the trauma that has been dealt to her. She is a strong character that has seen some shit but we don’t see that in these last two films. I see a whiny little girl who doesn’t get her way. Instead of pulling strength from her pain like she does in the books, she allows it to cripple her in the movie. And again with the box… Just, why?

Now watch this:

Allegiant

This is what kicked off this whole post because I just got done watching it. I am honest when I say it has been a minute since I have read the book, however that is what the internet is for.

I have a hard time believing a movie is based on a book when, in two hours, it has 26 book to movie changes. Which means that the majority of the movie was changed… Does that give you much hope? IMDB gave the movie a 5.8/10 rating, Rotten Tomatoes (who I hate the majority of the time) gave it a 13%… A 13%.

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Whoever decided this was a good idea needs to lose their job

I honestly feel that Insurgent and Allegiant would be far better if they left out all of the CGI garbage and the techie stuff. It was unnecessary and takes away from the story. It is distracting.

With all of that aside the comparison between book and movie is just… awful. It isn’t even necessary for me to make this connection for you in sections like I usually do. It was all put on display for you in the second paragraph of this section. Literally. If you can’t decide how awful the movie is compared to the book, then you don’t get out much.

Every scene felt made up. I was turning to my husband every inch of the way and saying, “Yeah, that didn’t happen. And that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen.” I mean if you’re gonna take the base of a story and turn it into your own, why even bother naming it after the book? Why waste your time?

Continuing on. A bit of an aside but it has recently come to light that the next installment of the Divergent series won’t even make it to the big screen…. I will let that sink in for a moment. Meanwhile, go read that article here. HAHAHAHA! You plan to take the movie series that isn’t even based on the books anymore and turn it into a TV movie and then make a spinoff?? What spinoff? Who is okay with this?

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I read one where the title says something about Divergent fans aren’t happy about the news. Read that here. I am a huge fan of the books. Huge. Like it is one of my top five favorite series. That’s why I am so mad that they completely dropped the ball on the movie. Do I care if it ends? Not really. I didn’t go see Allegiant on the big screen because I remembered how livid I was after watching Insurgent. I wasn’t going to waste my money on Allegiant much less Ascendant.

Ugh, and they’re wanting to make it into a TV show. Uh, have you seen The Mortal Instruments show? Come on people, let it go (not a reference to Frozen).

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… and into the left field

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Conclusion

A little advice to producers, directors, and whomever else, when you wanna make a movie off of a book make sure that you don’t create something unrecognizable by real fans.

Sincerely,

Pissed off fan.

 

Book Review-Pendragon: The Merchant of Death

I promised last week that I would provide a book review on a new series I started a couple weeks ago called Pendragon by D.J. Machale. The first book was published in 2002, but for some reason has not received as much credit as Harry Potter did (the first one published in 1997). Perhaps the idea of Harry Potter being British was something that we turned toward, who knows? But I am here today to give you a little insight to the Pendragon series and hopefully pique your interest enough to get you to read it as well.

Pendragon

The Story

The story takes place in a small town/city/suburb in the United States. It starts with following the Main Character, Bobby Pendragon, a 14-year old high school basketball player who has no cares in the world. Bobby is a popular boy in school but his best friend, Mark, is nerdy and different. Bobby is getting ready to go to a very important basketball game and just as he is about to leave the house a girl, Courtney, shows up at his doorstep. This is what the readers are introduced to, not a whole lot happens because Machale is setting the character stage.

Machale does a fantastic job of not providing too much about the characters to where we end up getting bored of them too quickly. This is especially interesting to me because I find too many books that the first 100 pages are a complete bore because the author has decided to tell me too much of the past without revealing enough of the present or future.

Moving on.

The story takes off pretty quickly after Courtney shows up. Bobby’s Uncle Press shows up and takes him off on his motorcycle to an abandoned subway station. The story continues with Bobby using a type of portal called a flume to travel to another territory (a type of world). Soon after arriving, and commence drama, Bobby finds out he is a traveler, which is not fully explained but he is basically someone who is destined to travel between territories and assist the territories during dark times.

Now this is all special and whatnot but what makes this book stand out over all the other books about young teenagers, is that it is written from the POV of Bobby to his friends Mark and Courtney. Bobby writes to them in journals throughout his adventures, recapping what he has done since he has written or seen them last. Machale actually numbers the journals so that the readers don’t get lost and can understand how many he has written to his friends. This way of writing is not a common form of separating out a novel but I like it.

So anyway, loads of weird stuff happens that I can’t go into full detail on or else I would be giving too much away. Bobby finds himself in a village of people called the Milago, they are basically slaves of the people called the Bedoowan (big bad dudes). Bobby is expected to assist the Milago in getting out from their enslavement and overcome their struggles but he must accept his new life in order to help them.

The story has its own ups and downs where the MC makes stupid mistakes, assumes too much, but eventually redeems himself. Machale introduces many new creatures to the world of stories. I think a lot more will be explained as the books go on but the first one definitely captured my attention. I want to know what happens to Bobby, to Uncle Press, to Courtney, and to Mark. Why is he a traveler? I have so many questions and I am sure this review did you no justice because you’ve never read it before, but I implore you to do so.

The Characters

Bobby Pendragon- is the main character. The story, mostly, takes place from his point of view through journals that he writes to his two best friends, Mark and Courtney.

Mark- is a side character that gets his own POV from time to time and only then has to share with Courtney. He doesn’t add much to the story but gives the readers a character who helps tidy up the story.

Courtney- is the other side character that shares POV moments with Mark intermittently. She has less to give to the story but that may change as I get further into the books.

Everyone else- there is the comic relief that is Uncle Press, the hard-ass that is Loor, and the goofy side-kick that is Alder. They are Bobby’s peeps when he is not on Earth. They move the plot along and provide any new information that Bobby, and subsequently the readers, need.

Originality

The originality score for the Pendragon series ranks pretty high or well for me it does. There aren’t many books or series that can be published without being compared to a book or series that already exists (Twilight will be forever compared to everything for some reason). Machale has done an excellent job of taking his readers into a different set of story all together. We haven’t ever been to the different territories before or anything similar to them but now we get to explore them. I look forward to reading his other books and letting you all know how they turn out. 🙂

Overall 

Machale wrote ten books in the Pendragon series, each taking place in a new territory with a new problem. I don’t plan on writing a review for each book that I read, though I might, but I will write a final review going over the entire series. I don’t want to spoil too much of the series for anyone who plans on reading it or who might read it in the future.