Sunday, December 21, 2008

Follow Up on Asia

I am so happy that you are not mad at me! I am about to get ready for meeting so I will right more later. Hope to hear from you soon! Your ever Faithful ,

p.s. Shoud I call you Bostan Natsuko?
p.p.s. how did you come up with the name for your blog?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Hey Asia, I dearly hope that you are not mad at me. I just got your package in the mail the day after I sent your letter. Thank you so much for the friendship bracelet. I love it and have been waring it nearly every day. Please leave a comment on some or all of my book reviews. As I said I am horribly behind on them so if you check this site about one a week there will be more. Again I am so sorry for the lateness of my letter. I can't wait to here from you. I was thinking that we could use this to communicate if something important comes up. Of coarse our main communication would still be letters. Your ever faithful pen pall


p.s. if you would like to call me the name that is above for short, I wouldn't mind. I think it would be cool, since no one else calls me that, neither would I let them call me that. You don't have to, but if you would like, then you can (I would like it).

p.p.s. I LOVE your new hair cut!

p.p.p.s. the picture is of my dog Olive.

Monday, October 20, 2008


First of all I must state that the Redwall series is by far one of my favorite series that I have read. That being said I must admit this is not one of my favorites out of the series. I did like this book don't get me wrong, but it was not the best of the series. Most of the time I am so amazed at how Jacques can incorporate so many different plots into one story and some how they all come together at the end. This happened in the story but I think that there was to many different plots that you really did not have highly defined main characters, and I felt kind of cheated by not getting to know all of the main characters more fully. Again I did still think it was a great book, but it lacked something for me.
There are many plots to this book as I said before, so it might get a little confusing. To reduce that almost certain confusion I am going to put the many meanwhiles in bold. Let's begin, to start off with, in Mossflower Woods the creatures of Redwall Abbey are all getting ready for the Nameday Feast. Meanwhile at Salamandastron a young badger by the name of Mara is not happy there. There are to many rules for her which are made by her adoptive father Urthstripe the Strong. So she sets off with her friend Pikkle Ffolger (a rather glutinous hare) on a journey, along with their new found friend, Klitch the blue eyed weasel. Little did they know that he was the only son of the horrible Ferahgo the Assassin, and that they where being led right into a trap layed by the weasel's very father. Meanwhile back in Mossflower Woods, two vermin that deserted Ferahgo's hoard of corps makers, by the names of Dingeye and Thura find themselves at Redwall Abby's gates just in time for the Nameday feast. They beg to be let in and are eventually on one condition, they take a much needed bath. Meanwhile back near Salamandastron, Mara and Pikkle get away only to be misled by a begrudging lizard, into a band of cannibal toads. Meanwhile back at Salamandston Ferahgo and his army attack the mountain, but it holds strong, by Lord Urthstripe and his faithful hares. Meanwhile back at Redwall Abbey, during a storm the young squirrel Samkim and the young mole maid Arula happen upon the sword of Martin the Warrior. Meanwhile later that night the two vermin Dingeye and Thura are messing with a bow and arrow and accidentally shoot and kill Brother Hal. they seeing he is dead flee the Abbey but not without first taking the newly found sword of Martin the Warrior. When brother Hal is found, Samkim and Arula go out into Mossflower Wood to find the vermin, avenge Brother Hal, and return Martin's sword to its rightful home, Redwall Abbbey. Meanwhile back at Redwall Abbey most of its inhabitants have come down with Dryditch fever, and the only cure being the Flowers of Icetor from the Mountains of the North, a brave otter by the name of Thrugg and a baby doormouse by the name of Dumble set out to find them.
I forewarned you there was a lot of plots and it was going to be VERY confusing. I did like this book it was just not my favorite. If you are already a Redwall fan and want to read the whole series be my guest and read this one also. But if you are looking to start the Redwall series please do not start with this one, chose another, and once you are hooked you can read this one.
Your confused critic,

Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Redwall Series

The Redwall series is by far my one of my favorite series. I have already read them all, some of them I have read more than that but I like to read them in the order that Jacques writes them, so I have all ready recently read: Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, and Mariel of Redwall. All of these which I highly recomend, but I am not going to review because I do not think I could give an accurate enough description of them since I have read books after them. The following two reviews are the Next two in the Redwall series, Salamandastron and Martin the Warrior. Just in case you would like to know what the order of the Redwall books are in from when Jacques wrote them it goes like this, Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, The Legend of Luke, Lord Brock tree, The Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, High Rhulain, and Eulalia.

Your devoted critic,


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Watership Down

I hold this book in high respects, it is a wonderful tale of courage, adventure, survival, and loyalty. I myself did not have high hopes for this book, being a Redwall fan, but I was pleasantly surprised on how much I liked it. It amazed me how realistic it was in the sense of what rabbits do every day and how they interact with one another. In a sense it was like the Redwall books I like so much but yet it was completely different. It did have animals that spoke but there was also humans, in which Redwall there is not. Also in Watership down they (the animals) are more well, animalistic ( and yes I know that that is not a word but it sounds nice). Even so I did really enjoy this book but I do not recommend it to people that are looking for an action packed book. This book does have action but it also has some slower parts, Which I do not mind, but others might.


This story is mainly about a group of rabbits that have to leave there old warren in search of a new one. Through out the story they face many hardships and problems, such as a warren of highly strange rabbits that get skittish any time the word "where" is uttered, and once they find a place for a new warren they also face the problem of getting does to mate with so they don't go extinct. These and many other trials along they way create a wonderful story. I highly recommend this book to those out there that don't mind spending some time learning about nature and those who enjoy a heartwarming tale of doing what ever it takes to stay alive and protect those that are closest to them.

Your humble critic,

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Catherine, Called Birdy

I have always had a soft spot for this book. My friend recommended it to me some years ago and I just recently reread it. It is a nice book and an easy read. I of coarse could not pass it up on account of it being placed in the medieval time period. And also the fact that it is in Journal format.


This story takes place in a manner of a not so wealthy knight. His daughter, Catherine is a fun loving, mischievous, and witty girl of 14, who absolutely despises embroidery and anything to do with becoming a fair, well mannered young woman. Her father is not exactly a knight in shining armor. She through out the story gets read of suitor after suitor that her horrible father is trying to sell her to. She was doing so well until a man, nick named Lord Shaggy Beard, will not be shook of by her attempts. He by far is the worst of the worst. Catherine is determined not to be sold like one of her father's horses.

I personally give this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to all who love quick witted and funny heroins who will let nothing stop them from achieving their goals.

Your loyal critic,

Thursday, September 25, 2008


This book is not the kind of book I would normally put on my must read list. I am normally more prone to read books that take place in an earlier time period or are of the fantasy group. I have to make an exception for this book. It is every thing an action packed novel should be. It has a great story line, enough action and suspense for anyone to be pleased, and is totally unpredictable. I my self found that I was surprised at the ending. All in all it was a definite must read for anyone who has James Bond as their hero.


This book is about a 14 year old boy (Alex Rider) who's uncle is suddenly killed in a car accident, or so he is told. He could have survived, the police had said if he had only worn his seat belt. His uncle being a Bank employee always was away on business and was an all together cautions man. Alex knows his uncle always wore his seat belt so is suspicious. He checks the local car junk yard to only see that in fact his uncles car had many bullet holes in it side. It is obvious that his uncle had not been killed by any oncoming vehicle. Later on he is not at all surprised to find that his uncles bank that he worked for never existed, and that his uncle had been a spy. What he is surprised about is that they want him to work for them. They say that there is something suspicious about a man named Herod Sayle and his new computer called the stormbreaker. They want to send him to Cornwall on the same mission that his uncle had been killed on.

This book is a truly amazing tale of courage and is filled with many action packed pages. It is a definite page turner. I highly recommend it and hope you like it. If not you can throwyourbookthatIsaidwasgoodbutyoudidnotlikeit right out the window. If in fact you do like it, I am glad I gave you the heads up about it,

Your humble critic,


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Princess Bride

It is quite fitting that the Princess Bride is the first book I am going to review. It is by far one of my favorite book I have read. It is exactly what the full name implies (the full name being The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale Of True Love And High Adventure) It is highly debatable whether S. Morgenstern every really existed. I my self believe he did. And yes I know that some may be probably are thinking howstupidcanshereallybeitisalljustatrick. Well my question for those few of you who think so is simply this, why would he put himself threw all the trouble? Especially with the Morgenstern estate and the law suites he claims to have had to go threw. If in fact this is all a big hoax, he covered his tracks quite well. Who knows.. The only true one being William Goldman. Any way back to my review, if you are the kind of person who loves a good action packed book with the theme being based on the story of two people truly in love that this is for you. I think that Goldman really did a wonderful job abridging the book.

The Theme

The theme of this books is that Life is not fare and it is not about to become so. Threw out the book things go wrong. The wrong people die, the bad sometimes win. It does not even have a entirely happy ending (and for those of you who think it does because you have seen the movie so it really does have happy ending will have to find out what I am talking about by reading the book.) I do think that the book is better in some ways than the movie and it is a definite must read in my opinion, especially if you love the movie and just found out it was a book.


Before I tell you about the plot I feel compelled to tell you about the characters first.
Westly, the handsome farm boy who risks death (and much more) for the woman he loves; Inigo, the Spanish swordsman who lives only to avenge his father’s death; Fezzik, the gentlest giant ever to have uprooted a tree with his bare hands; Vizzini, the evil Sicilian, with a mind so keen he’s foiled by his own perfect logic; Prince Humperdinck, the eviler ruler of Florin, who has an equally insatiable thirst for war and the beauteous Buttercup; Count Rugen, the evilest man off all , who thrives on excruciating pain of others; Miracle Max, the kings ex-Miracle Man, who can raise the dead (sort of); and , of course, Buttercup… the princess bride, the most perfect, beautiful woman in the history of the world.

For those of you who have not seen the movie or read the book the plot is simply this, Basically the whole story is about a farm boy and a milkmaid who fall in love. Westly (the farm boy) takes a voyage to seek his fortune to make money for marriage but his ship is attacked by pirates and he is killed. When Buttercup finds out that Westly, her true love is dead she promises to never love again. The Count Rugen sees of her exceptional beauty and tells the prince who is looking for a bride. The prince than commands buttercup to marry him or die. She says she will not love him and he does not ask for her love. All the while he is plotting he death but fails in every way, because of Westly, who in fact is alive and then gets killed and brought back to life (sort of) by Miracle Max.

I am afraid I have already told you entirely to much but if I have not wet your appetite yet I am not sure that any thing else I can say will. I dearly hope my review had helped you figure out if you will be reading it or if you will return it or throw it out the window, I highly advise the first,

Your humble critic,


This site is here for many reasons. One of the main reasons is to give my opinion about books and what in the world I think about them. I am right from the beginning say sorry to the people who's favorite books I might bash. So hear it is, Sorry for bashing your ohmygoodnessIlovethatbookIcan'tbelieveyoudon'tlikeit book. For that I am eternally sorry. And for just in case somebody actually likes this site (or even reads it) your welcome for recommending your Ican'tbeliveIdidnotknowaboutthisamazingbookbefore book. Well I think that about covers it. I do truly hope you like my humble suggestions on whether you read that book you've been meaning to get at the library for the last 6 years, or you throw the book (you found on your shelf that you did not even know it existed) out the window. Your forever faithful book critic