Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Will The World End In 2012?

In this book the author researches 10 different possible end of the world scenarios. They are: The Mayan Factor, Solar Storms, CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, The Predictions of Nostradamus, The Coming Reversal of the North and South Magnetic Poles, Collision with "Planet X", Earth's Alignment with the Galactic Plane, Eruption of the Super Volcano, The Web Bot Project, and last but not least Religious Predictions of the end of the world.

Now it never really answers the question Will The World End In 2012? but I think that this book was very well thought out and researched. Glad to have read it. There was very good points to each scenario that would point one way or another. I never knew there was more than the Mayan calender ending, so that was surprising to learn about. I read this book all in one day, so was a pretty quick read.

I overall was disappointed in the book. I was expecting to see proof that each scenario was untrue, but some he actually supports more. So without it answering the question specifically it is kind of misleading in it's title.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Violet Eyes

I have just started to read it. I think so far it is showing some good interesting parts.

The girl "Angel Eastland" has moved a lot and every where she moves she tried to do one great thing but finds that the guy "Michael Vallent" has already done it before her. This latest move was different though, she searched through the trophies and found nothing with his name on it so she figures she is safe to try and get the top of something. She find out that Michael has moved there now too, and is making friends with her friends.
(This is all in the first chapter)

Both Angel and Michael have violet eyes. Michael is one grade ahead of Angel. They are both very good in any kind of sports (like badminton) and great with school work, though Angel keeps her grades low on purpose. They are matched in every way. They both started out in an orphanage which caught on fire at some point, they were always being tested, like in math, never got to play as they were encouraged to make it into a competition. The Better you did on the tests, the more tests you had to take.

Micheal says in the book "I'd forgotten we all had the same color eyes." The world seems to change every two years, meaning people move all the time during the two years. They were able to choose their own parents.

Angel and Michael are training for the 1992 badminton Olympics, but find out that mixed doubles isn't supposed to be in the Olympics till 1996. They find out the year they thought it was and have been living in (1987) isn't the correct but instead over 110-120 years later. They found this out cause Angel found their couch's Olympic medal for badminton in 2089.

At a tournament (more training for the Olympics) they meet another mixed badminton match. They are brother and sister, and both have violet eyes; Leona and Vincent. Angel and Michael are now thinking that Leona and Vincent stand for "Leonardo da Vinci" and that Angel and Michael stand for "Michelangelo". Both these names are well-know Renaissance figures (Renaissance means "rebirth").

Michael is now gone, supposedly to an early acceptance to college. Angel finds out the towns she has been living in are "Historical Immersion class"es. You don't just study the past you have to live it as well. The year is really 2098.

Angel is part of a new race (new human sub-species and not new species) which is called "Homo sapiens renascentia" (renascentia was Latin for renaissance which means "rebirth" and "renewal"). The current race is "Homo sapiens sapiens"

This is all I will say as I do not want to give the whole book away.

All in all, great book, didn't want to put it down and didn't, finished in one day!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Stephan King's IT

I found when I read the book it was very good I couldn't put it down, when I first read it, but when I watched the movie I was very disappointed in it, there was a lot of vital things that should have been in the movie that wasn't. I know the movie was very long as it was but I was still upset that certain parts weren't shown in it.

The book is definitely for adults only. Which you will know why when you read it (won't say as it is too close to the ending to give away). There is also some words that may offend some people in it, (prejudice kind of words, so Beware)

There is; a boy who stutters (Bill Denbrough), a boy who is "fat" (Ben Hanscom), a boy who does many different voices (Richie "Rich" Tozier), there is a boy who is always neat and clean (Stanley "Stan" Uris), a girl (Beverly "Bev" Marsh), a colored boy (Mike Hanlon), a boy who has asthma (Eddie Kaspbrak) They all add up to what they call themselves "The Loser's Club"

"The Loser Club" is formed to eventually fight off Pennywise who is a Clown that is killing off the kids in Derry. One of the kids was Bill Denbrough's (Stuttering Bill, Big Bill) kid brother Georgie Denbrough.

I haven't read a lot of Stephan King books, just this one and Firestarter but i seen the movies of Firestarter first before finding out about the book.