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September 3, 2019

What I did on my summer vacation

'Thumbelina Napping'
So I don't actually take summer vacations but I seemed to have taken one from my blog. Here's a list of media that I have consumed in July and August:

Books Read 
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01/ Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell > link
It started kind of slow but then it became really good. Just one thing though: I disliked the way they kept interchanging Henry with Harry which is sometimes confusing because I don't think these two names are interchangeable - perhaps this is an error that isn't corrected. My edition is the UK Vintage edition with the red spine which probably uses the original text though there is no note on this. I have noticed most classic books are published by various companies and sometimes they make corrections and sometimes they don't so I don't know.

02/ Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell > link
I read this at the same time as Mary Barton so I did think both story started out in a similar way but only at the beginning. Ruth is a bit too preachy for me and I was kind of bored with the story.


03/ Bone's Gift by by Angie Smibert > link
The idea of a girl being able to receive memories from objects that she touches is unique and that is what makes me want to read the book. Since this is a first in a three-book series, I didn't expect much but it is still a good read but I found it a little bland at times. I'll probably read the other two books in the series.

04/ Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly – a sequel to Shadow Weaver > link
Shadow Weaver was okay and this sequel is about the same, not great but it's still a good read for lazy summer days.

05/ Realm Walk: A sleeping beauty retelling by Rebecca Reddell > link
I really wanted to write all over this book as I think the writing needs more editing, more polish. But I'm not likely to write in the book because I'm a nut who doesn't like to ruin books even badly written ones. I can only recommend this book if you don't mind how it is written and can focus on the story and not the writing. Here's a list of the good and the bad and some things just seems unclear to me so yes spoilers ahead.

The good:
- The cover is nicely designed although there is no text on the spine
- The story - Sleeping beauty isn't lying around waiting to be rescued — she actually did things
- A strong female lead named Maezy (didn't like the name) who likes to say she would chop people's head off with her sword but seems to be constantly without her sword or rather she keeps mentioning how she misses her sword
- A tall man lead named Brandalfr that seems almost interesting though he sometimes seem like a secondary character

The bad
- The way the female lead swoon and gush over the male lead's changeable eye color that makes me want to roll my eyes at her.
- The way the characters spoke using words such as 'okay' and 'ASAP' hardly feels like you're in a magical realm. I mean, there are sword fighting and castles, how can they be speaking that way? Plus, if the female lead have no clue what air conditioners are and have hardly been in the earth realm, where the hell did she learn to speak in this modern way?
- Cannibal mermaids? Seriously?

The things that just seem unclear to me:
- The villain, Maezy's father (can't remember his name) - I really don't quite understand him because he's like the most patient villain there is considering he does a lot of waiting even when he clearly have the power and the upper hand
- Maleficent, Maezy's mother - she should have been the villain with the way she behaves, I guess I kind of wish her motivation is a little clearer
- They don't say how Maezy's father is going to get her power, honestly, I don't even understand how putting Maezy's to sleep is suppose to stop her father from taking her power
- Realm walking is where Maezy is able to travel like a spirit to wherever while her body is elsewhere but they don't explain how she can touch things and be solid to other people. And it seems like a lame power to covet considering anyone can just kill your helpless, unconscious body while you're somewhere else but I guess power is power?


Music Listened 
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06/ The Lost Mile – Vertical Horizon > link
These days, there are hardly any albums that I love but I almost love The Lost Mile. My favorite songs are 'I'm gonna save you', 'Written in the stars', 'Lighthouse,' 'One day,' 'Now'

07/ World Be Gone – Erasure > link
An enjoyable listen. My favorite songs are 'World be gone', 'Take me out of myself',  'Love you to the sky'



08/ Collecting Bullets - EP – Rosi Golan > link
This is a delightful collection of songs though I wouldn't say they are happy songs but I really like listening to them.

09/ Postcards (from Chicago)  - EP – Matt Nathanson > link
The Richard Marx remake 'Hold on to the nights' sounds really good. The other songs are just as good after a few more listens.


Movies Seen
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10/ The Quake aka Skjelvet > link
If you watch the trailer, there's really no surprise at all and it's pretty much the movie. It's quite short and it sorts of makes me wonder where the other half is, like at the end, it seems like they just ended with no explanation of how they survived. Also, I kind of think this should be like a PSA, telling kids to listen to their parents or else end up in some really bad situation. I really want to yell at that kid. Still, it's a decent disaster movie though a little too short.

11/ Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella > link
It's a musical which I don't generally like watching but I wanted to see how it is compared with other Cinderella movies plus it's free to watch on youtube with ads. I like that this Cinderella have black hair because Cinderella is usually a blond. Aside from the singing which I think it's okay, it's a bit cheesy and comical but somewhat enjoyable to watch.


Shows Watched 
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12/ Children of Nobody > link
This whole show revolves around abused children and the mystery of the little girl in the green dress. This is a really good mystery show but it's dark and a bit disturbing at times but it certainly makes you think.

13/ Queen of Mystery 2 (aka Mystery Queen 2) > link
Almost the same as the first season - crimes gets solved and we learned a little more about the past. It's an entertaining show but nothing particularly special although one of the case involving a boy and arson does get my attention and makes one think hard of what it means for children to commit crimes. And the ending is kind of the same as season 1 because we don't truly get the answers to the one (or is it two) mystery from the past?

One of the reason I like Korean shows is because they have an end and they don't drag out the story in numerous seasons. But now that seems to be changing and I really hate that. For this show, (is it a spoiler if I say the main villain is not captured?), it seems likely there would be a season 3. I really wish they had resolved the whole thing already but at least, season 2 ended well.

14/ Strong Woman Do Bong Soon > link
It's a fun, entertaining show if you ignore the murder, kidnapping, stalking and all the violence which can be unintentionally funny sometimes. Or did they intentionally make violence funny? What I really hate is all those music video moments, like when two characters seems to have a moment, a pop song comes on and it's very annoying, other than that, it's an enjoyable show.



15/ Two Cops > link
I'm really annoyed by the spirit guy aka the conman whenever his spirit takes over the cop, I find him very annoying and would wish his character would leave quickly so we can get back to the cop character. The actor did a great job of playing two roles. The murder mysteries seems a bit too tangled up and it seems like they dragged it out so it took too long to get answers. The ending is frustrating because they just stop in the middle - I really hate that. Couldn't they just finished the scene instead of dissolving into nothing and forcing us to make up our own version of what happened next? But it has a happy ending so I guess that sort of makes up for the annoying mid-ending.

16/ The Ghost Detective > link
The show is a bit dark and kind of scary - the first scene alone with the hand sticking out of the wet earth would have make me not continue but I decided to give it a chance because I wanted to see a little something different than I usually watched. It turned out to be a good show though it's a little bit scary and violent because ghosts and murders aren't exactly sunshine and flowers. David Choi as the male lead is actually more likable then I expected though I have seen him only a few times in small roles. I did wish there have been more humor to balance out the dark more but at least they are not completely deadly serious all the time. The ending is really good and kind of sad but I think it's one of the better ending I have seen and I have seen plenty of terrible ones.

17/ Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa > link
Himura dresses like Columbo with his large trench coat and messy hair that covers his eyes. Writer Arisugawa also as hair covering his eyes - I really want to tell these two to get a haircut or move their hair away from their eyes. How can they see through their hair? Himura is amusing to watch and seems to enjoy his work. Arisugawa is a sidekick that provides the humor. The mysterious are solved rather quickly but they are interesting enough to watch. The ending is a bit ambiguous but I like to think on the happier side. With only 10 episodes, it's pretty short and it seems there might be a season 2.

What have you been consuming this July and August?

22 comments:

  1. You have been very, very busy. I hope you enjoyed yourself in your blog break. You were missed.

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    1. I wouldn't say I have been busy, more like lazy.

      Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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    1. Busy maybe but actually I had been lazy instead.

      Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  3. I dislike books where the writing doesn't match the era or realm and books where I want to get out my red pen and edit every page, I just give those away, don't even finish reading them. Henry and Harry are two different names in my opinion, but boys who are christened Henry will often be called Harry, like Prince Harry who is Henry on his birth certificate, boys named John will sometimes get call Jack, but when writing the name needs to be consistent.

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    1. I don't mind reading that needs a little polish since there are many self-published writers about but yes, consistently in writing is something readers like, I certainly do.

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  4. I love Thumbelina taking a nap in a strawberry patch with her shoes tied to stem.
    You have been reading lots and lots, but not always very thrilling stories. I like a book to be very well written, but also to have a captivating story. I also like books to be clever! Do you know the author Tracy Chevalier? I like her books.

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    1. I have not heard of Tracy Chevalier but I'll check her out.

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    1. It was! I just kind of wish I had read more. I used to read a lot.

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  6. Ruth is one of those books I've got sitting on my TBR shelf; I've owned it for years, but haven't been able to make myself read it. Sigh. Maybe someday.

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    1. I didn't really want to read Ruth but I wanted to read Elizabeth Gaskell's books so I make myself read it but I guess I like reading for homework as I was also reluctant to read it but I glad I did.

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  7. You've certainly done a lot of reading :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. This not a lot of reading when you counted 5 books in two months but I have had those books on my shelf for months.

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  8. I love the look of some of those shows. I've been slacking on my watching lately and I feel like I'm behind the times on all the good shows out there!

    Bone's Gift sounds interesting!

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    1. I think I've been watching far too many shows and not read enough books.

      Bone's Gift is interesting, I think book 2 and 3 would be worth reading.

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  9. Quote: "- A strong female lead named Maezy (didn't like the name) who likes to say she would chop people's head off with her sword but seems to be constantly without her sword or rather she keeps mentioning how she misses her sword".
    😂
    You should write reviews more often - they are funny!

    I've spent the summer trying to survive the heat, blogging and rereading (I've only read two new books lately). And I've been watching Angel for the first time (late to the party, I know), after watching Buffy (same).

    I hear you about characters using slang that doesn't match the (supposed) era, or the book's overall tone.

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    1. Actually, that bit about her sword is not makeup by me, it really is in the book although I don't why I remember that so well.

      I've also re-read a lot of books, for some reason, the new books I have, I don't seem to want to read. I've seen most of Buffy but not Angel, though I'm still not a fan of vampires, although Buffy is pretty fun.

      I don't really notice the tone of books but when something sounds off, it just does.

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  10. Your Thumbelina piece is beautiful and alluring. I love the detail of her shoes hanging.
    Thanks for the links to the music. I think I will have a listen.

    lovely end of summer to you Lissa.

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    1. That 'Thumbelina' piece is one of my favorite, although I seem to have a few pieces where people are napping.

      I hope you enjoy some of the music.

      Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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  11. Lissa,

    We don't do 'vacations', either. Just too expensive. We are planning to take some time together next month to do things in our area which is always refreshing. I'm eagerly looking forward to our upcoming staycation. Thanks for the mewsic links. I'm definitely going to sample your ear candy. ;) Have a good weekend, my friend.

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    1. I think any time doing the things you love or simply having fun is a kind of vacation. I hope you enjoy your staycation.

      Thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

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