Friday, November 21, 2014

How to train your dragon 2 Review

Big ideas, Big story, Big plot, Poor execution and or pacing. I
would like to talk about that first. The very very big thing I noticed is the pacing in this movie is very over the place. Unlike HTTYD This movie has subplots and plot plots and "what is this?" plots which I'll make a rundown of 
1. Dragon racing 
2. Fishlegs and snout lout have a crush on ruffnut 
3. Hiccups dad wants him to be chief 
4. Hiccup learns of drago and the dragon trappers
5. Hiccup finds his mom
6. Eirk son of Eriks sub plot
7. Character death and funeral
8. Beating the bad guy 


All of these plots were not given enough room to breath Dragon racing was put in just for some light heartiness against the dark dark backdrop of the movie. Fishlegs and snoutlout have a crush on ruffnut was never explained, her sudden notice and crush on them was also never elaborated upon so it just came out of no where, forced, and awkward humor. Hiccups dad wants him to be chief was good but again it gets glossed over only becoming important after a character death and loss and only coming into full full swing near the end. The impact of Hiccup becoming chief however hasn't quite hit and perhaps its like grief in general were the loss doesn't quite hit you till later on. Hiccup learns of drago and the dragon trappers this also felt out of no where, forced, and isn't given the time it needs perhaps if hiccup mentions how "we've noticed the dragons have been disappearing" or "lately the dragons have been acting a bit strange" or some nudge of the plot that would lead into dragon trappers being a thing. Hiccup finds his mom. This part felt good this part also took up a good chunk of the movie and while it didn't feel forced something felt very lacking about it as if all other plots and sub plots where moved aside for this point, not only that but the breaks in between to show drago the bad guy and our other sub plot made it feel very choppy. Eirk son of Eriks sub plot Again felt very out of no where rushed. The sub plot it's self (him learning to accept dragons) went very well and was paced well as well. The issue is that the character was underdeveloped, we are told he is scared of drago and shown why, we are shown sides of him...but we don't know who he is really and in trying to make a sub plot that is not the way to go.  Character death and funeral The character death and what happens after was done very very well. The funeral felt out of no where however. It was so sudden so right away and the tone of it was very very "End of movie" instead of "dark spot before the hero wins the day". Beating the bad guy Toothless and hiccup teaming up, do you trust me, and all that good stuff. The Boss battle fight was superber action packed and a joy to watch. But due to the lack of development in the other plots it almost felt wasted. 



Despite the weird pacing, lack of explanation or side character development I really enjoyed myself and this movie. This movie reminded me why I love HTTYD so much. Hiccup and toothless's frindship is spot on, it made me cry, and its so deep. they are friends best friends, platonic soul mates,And I love them and this movie it wasn't amazing like the first one and I had more complaints then I did the first one but scene by scene I loved it

I love older hiccup and I love the hiccup toothless friendship and Hicstrid. Watching Hiccup and Astrid interact reminded me of my own relationship with my boyfriend. Hiccup is 3 years younger then me and like me is a premature baby. I Love hiccup for hiccup. Hiccup is a Man he is a boy growing up he is a lovable goof who reminds me so so much of my own boyfriend. 
I love these characters 

My rating: 3 out of 5. I'd watch parts of it again that's for sure

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Then you were gone, why we need more "just okay" books

A short 224 page book with a small history for me behind it.
This book I added to a "highly interested in" list I had made back in 2013, it jumped back and fourth nine times between August 10, 2013-October 24th,2014 when I finally got to reading it.  I originally added it due to loving books about self discovery and suicide. I wavered back and fourth, getting it to own by accident though a library system related thing got an ARC which by that time wasn't a new book. I Finally read it. By page twelve I wanted to laugh and laugh and couldn't wait to continue reading just to be able to blog about how mediocre the writing was. But as I kept reading something happened.  I found I was enjoying it. The cliche characters, the over the top use of the F word, (the fact that I didn't flinch or care about the amount of F word usage), the confusing plot and happenings, the short chapters, the short amount of pages. I really enjoyed myself in a so bad it's good  way with this one. Before I go into how that is so let me explain some points about this book or try and review it first.

The book was about a girl who has a good life but its then turned upside down when her ex BFF calls her out of the blue and then goes missing for four weeks. In that time she falls away from her friends, falls out of love and back into it, and tries to figure out who she is with out losing herself to her BFF. 
The way it was written however the only thing believable is that A. the Protagonist is losing her mind, B. she is a horny little thing who wants to get in Julian pants and C. she is unhealthy obsessed with her ex BFF.  The relationship between the character's was Wish washy, You could tell she was pulling away from her current boyfriend, you could tell she and the girl kate and her boyfriend were good good friends, and you could see the chemistry between her and Julian at times. However when she was with either boy it never struck me as love or a loving relationship. 
With Lee aka boy A, it comes off as a very strong friendship as well as two horny sexual teenagers it didn't come across as a deep loving relationship in the romantic sense just a very strong friendship wich grew apart but that wasn't even focused on in detail, gradually, or primarily. It was just sudden she didn't love him anymore, a birthday, then...nothing. He moved on to another girl with out them even formally breaking up first. 
With Julian aka boy B, it's a mutual feeling of loss. They both are greiveing they both lossed the same girl and in there loss they found each other. However that isn't Love and even at the end of the book the girl admits she knows nothing about him nor he does her. The feeling much like with her first boy is physcial and chapter 39 even says this that her feelings are lust, pure new lust. That feeling of newness that feeling of meeting someone for the first time and getting to know them. But they skip that so she is lusting after a new boy while still supposedly in love with the old 

And that is what this book reads as. This is why its so bad it's good because it doesn't read like what you expect. the characters are flat one or no denominational at best it's similar to the movie "Epic" where you have all the pieces of a good story but not the execution. You can replace any one of these characters and it wouldn't make a diffrence. The writing reflects this and almost doesn't take it's self seriously. Part of what kept me reading was Julian, the goth people, and Dakota and what her music would sound like as well as the mystery of what happend to her. The way it was written was that of Mania or " Feeling depressed on its own is a risk factor, but when coupled with increased energy, agitation, and impulsivity, the patient is more likely to engage in dangerous behaviour" it just reads very speratic and like a high and a low and a low and then high again.
I feel like pushing in drugs (shrooms of all things) was a bit out of place as was the smoking and even drinking and other things. 

My rating is that this is a 2 out of 5 star book, but I didn't hate it and I really did enjoy myself in fact it helped me in a time I needed help and this poorly written flat character book was it. sometimes you don't need a great book or an unputdowanable book, or a book with rich complex characters to bring you down to reality. sometimes it's the smaller more ridiculously done ones. So many people try and stay away from 2 and 3 star books I'm one of them but this one really showed me that maybe I should reconsider what a three or two star can mean.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Not a review but a promise to myself

The short story of this is I've been dealing with two online peoples, both with drama that harkens back to before October 2013 and before May 2014 each. So after much drama I've finally made a promise to myself regarding it all so it doesn't fallow me into 2015

I am not like them

I'm not better or worse then Miss.M and Miss.E

I am forever changing

I do not hold grudges against fictional characters

I do not become so emotionally wrapped up in a concept/headcannon that they over take my life

I do not care who Tops or who bottoms to the point of it ruining enjoyment for me

I do not hate a love intreasty soloy becuse she or he is the love intreast if I dislike or even hate them then I dislike or hate them on there character (Hans or the wicked witch come to mind)

I do not get crushes or "fall in love" with characters as if they were mine or my boyfriend/s

I Do Love characters, relate to characters, and disagree with there actions sometimes

I Do get obsessed over shows, characters, and character relationships

I do not hate a relationship soloy due to "but he should be with a better girl/guy who understands him no matter what" or "but he bottoms! I don't like this ship if he isn't bottom"

I Do dislike or hate a relationship due to chemistry, lack there of, or the character is obviosuly, undesputable evil even for the evil character (wicked witch again)

I do not let that over take my whole person and make it say who I am about me

I Do Enjoy my characters, fandoms, and series that I enjoy

I do not let something like a character relationship, change of looks, looking older, deter me from liking a thing

I am not them


I am not worse or better then them
I am living my life based on LOGIC, LOVE, REALITY, AND COMMON SENSE, AND THE SITUATIONS BEFORE ME.


I will not stoop down to my 10,12,15 year old self of fictional obsession, "so and so is my boyfriend" "I hate her due to her being the love intreast" 
"but I hate his character now what he loves her"


I am not them


I will not go back to spending energy, time, hate on there actions, or anger on them
Miss.M and Miss E will burn and burn and eventually one day burn out
what they have left in the ashes of there fads, and likes now will depend on them


I will not allow them to take me with them


I will not burn with them


They are shameful part of my past but they will not burn my present change or my future 


I am forever changing

 I will not let there stuck in time lives knock me down


I will change


As long as this is it was worth it to write. this is a promise to my friends
That I'll stop assuming they the two above will change, stop getting cought up in drama that really is there problom and stop getting cought up in there hate over a fantasy.
That I'll move on, focus, and to the best of my abilty in the mind set I am now Make something, do something, and NEVER be like them or stoop to thier level of hating something with out the enjoyment of the thing behind it.
I AM DONE WITH MISS. M AND MISS.E

Saturday, November 1, 2014

To My Dear Pet shop of horrors (a month late ^^; )


I actually did not come across you in china town but rather while viewing “Long box of the Damned”

The stories and art made me intreasted so I decided to step into the shop. I was not disappointed unlike the manga I had read before this the mysterious here kept me guessing even the one with in the one story that I knew who “done it” still had enough mystery twist to keep me entertained. The art was very 90's manga, not perfect or slick like some of the more modern shojo looking manga this one is classic. That is another thing that makes this manga entertaining is it is a horror manga in shojo style not shonen. The characters, pets, and myserty is so well done and balanced this is a good spooky read for halloween

My rating: 4 of 5
There isn't much to say that isn't already said in the longbox so if you want more then what I said here check out the link

-ghost

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Cain you are no Godchild (manga review)

I expected Gothic mystery and beautiful art in fact it was only after seeing a persons art at the library that made me want to pick you up dear Godchild. In that I wasn't disappointed the artwork is stunning, the characters were fun, the plot and mysteries left to much to be desired however and afterword just left me very lost.

Imagine dear cain (or dear readers) that I were to hand you a manuscript and this manuscript was chapters three, four, and five, of a story but you didn't know that, you are given heavy plot dumping and are confused about the background workings of the characters. This is what Godchild feels like. Godchild gives you the characters and a page of paragraph to read about the backstory. By the time it comes into play you forget its even a thing in the story so by the end of it it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It has elements of being good but throwning in things that never happen on page makes for a mess. The mysteries while at times good were far to obvious or left much to be desired


My rating: 3 of 5
Godchild could have done better, I was looking for dark and I got dark but I just couldn't make sense of the characters relationships nor forgive the blanet obviousness of one mystery.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fighting with everything I have right now. Sorry for lack of reviews

Screen cap heavy 

I actually did finish a spooky read I plan on reviewing. However recently there has been quite a number of mishaps over the last four days which is holding me back from doing other things. Let me explain 

1. Cray cray girl 




Since August 2013 I've been in this back and fourth drama pit fight with this girl whom I and others are sure is formidably delusional. It started off as drama with in a long dead fandom of Danny phantom. A girl was going around publicly hating on the cannon couple. it spiraled from there from June 2013 and is still as those comments are to be assumed going on now October 2014. This girl has massive issues. That is only a bit of what happend to me on Sunday, I had asked this girl saterday night to block me on facebook, I reminded her who I was, and that -points up- was the result. She is very very closed minded and homophobic, to the point she said she was "luckily" not a lesbian, She thinks getting homo and bi sexual people and fan related things off the internet would make everything absolutly alright. 
While she herself is no longer an issue this has mentally been tormenting me since sunday, to the point I drew a halloween picture based around her as she is the scariest thing I can think of. Her journals, and comments read very much like a horror story. a very badly but scary horror story. 


2. Denied access/ Annoying yellow bar





Gmail gives me the yellow bar message above this started tuesday, thing is firefox is updated (thought it also says updates won't work on my five year old system). This isn't an issue as much as a annoyance.
Tumblr however is an issue that also started tuesday, and annoyance, and makes it hard for me to go about my day when half my day is missing. The first three images show my Dashboard, liked pages, and my own blog in dahsboard form. Recently as of Tuesday it decided to just..end. just like that it won't load the rest of the pages, it won't scroll past the first couple pages on my dashboard it just stops and won't load anything. I also can not reblog works. That is what the last two pictures are of. When I go to reblog a second tab opens and that blue shadowed screen appears but not the thing to reblog, this also happens if I post. I can't look though tumblr, can't reblog, can't post, and I can't even email the support to see what is going on. Everyone else seems to be updating and posting and looking at there accounts fine it seems to only be me and my system. 


3. Art crash




And finally, I downloaded this art program on tuesday, I love how it makes art but now as of Thursday all of a sudden it crashes when I try to open my picture to work on, it opens everything else just fine but it will not open the picture I want to work on. 



So the art program I downloaded won't open the artwork I want to work on (if this countiues I plan on scrapping this program and downloading this one: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/  to replace it though that one takes up more memory space) 
I can't go on tumblr, ask for help on tumblr, or reblog (I also can't even log in on my safairi browser)
Gmail gives me an obnoixus messege every time I log in now. 
And lastly there is an 18 year old homophobic, bigot, fangirl out there who thinks she is in a fantasy world and won't listen to reason or reality. 


A five year old out dated computer that won't update any of the broweser's

With websites that won't work, and art programs that end up dying on me. I'll get a review out as soon as I get the rest of the settled 

- Ghost

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Send to PO box – xLondon belowx- Neverwhere review

Gritty, bloody, gory, detailed. Violent and brutal, yet above all. Absolutely stunning. Neverwhere is the cusp of urban fantasy that all books should strive to be to some compacity. I'm unsure which person who fell though the cracks will be reading this so I'l address who I can.

Richard Mayhew, Whilst annoying at times I think you were the perfect “alice” for this rabbit hole adventure. Sadly you were a bit bland the typical straight man character to fill the shoes of anyone reading or listening to the story so there isn't much to say about you or to you as the case may be

Door, You are a very intreasting and charming young lady the way you are discribed is breath taking and your ablitys very very imaginative and could be looked into more. Your cleaver and child like and smart and strong. Your brave and very great to read about. I hope you and Richard do get togther again some times as best friend's should and please remember you owe a “very big favor to the Marquis de Carabas. If there were ever a squeal I'd hope it takes the time to bring that to light as well as everything you learned from the ending of this story

The Marquis de Carabas, The way Neil gaiman did your voice will forever be integrated into my dreams. You are highly like Rumpelstiltskin with a high level of sarcasm and self preservation, you were my favorite character from the start for the rumple like quality's but then you made it even better. You were smart, clever, funny, just over all a great enjoyable voice to listen too.

I only mentioned three characters but there were plenty more. The plot was a basic but brilliant urban fantasy mushed with alice in wonderland/though the looking glass with just a dash of mystery and angels and demons and the like. Never knowing which way to turn or who to trust this book will keep you guessing. I only give it the stars I do, due to the violence, blood, gore, and disgusting dirty details primly the ones that show up whenever Mr. Croup and Vandemar chapters are. At many points they are very hard to sit and listen too thus a star is taken off. This book however should be four to five stars always its rich and different and makes you want to explore this world and most impotently want more of it. This is the mark of a amazing, great, and stunning book, when at the end of it you want to either watch all the media you can of it, read whatever else is out their about this world and even listen to it all over again, just because it is that stunning

My rating: 4 of 5, one star deducted for reasons mentioned above and I am fully on the “The Marquis de Carabas” fangirl bandwagon and want more of this world and the ravens coart and whatever else world this is

Forever yours
Ghost