Sunday, August 11, 2013

God/Goddess Poems

A lot of my posts that I will be writing soon will be writing pieces from my school year. This one is three poems that I wrote about Greek myths. In ELA class this was assigned because we were reading The Odyssey, and my teacher assigned me extra work, because I'm awesome like that.

Bellerphon was just a boy
And the King of Lycia he had mocked
The King wanted him dead
Though the law had that blocked.

'Oh', thought the King
'If only I could trick him
Into deaths open hand!'
So the King sent him off for a little swim.

A swim across the sea to kill the Chimera
Half dragon, half ram
Could spew fire
Who was taking all the town's ham.

He prayed to Athena
And help him she did
She sent him a dream
And a bridle that was hid.

Bellephron captured Pegasus
And used the bridle to tame
He was so inspired by Athena
That a plan to him came.

He flew towards the Chimera
Which blew fire at him
And with a single spear
Killed the Chimera, though very grim.

He went to brag to all the villages
Of this great deed
He thought the gods should know
So he went to them on his mighty steed.

The gods did not like
His untamed Pride
So they sent a bee to sting Pegasus
And Bellerphon dropped down and died.

Grotesque, damned
Slithering, petrifying, hissing
Ugly snakes for hair

Everlasting, forever
Following, Waiting, Believing
Loving, loyal, Forgetful, careless
Procrastinating, evading, uncaring
Botched, nevermore

Goddess of the Hearth,
Queen of the Homestead,
Patroness of Marriage,
Instigator of Domestic Joy.

Guardian of all lost children and orphans,
But no husband or children of her own.

She was the eldest child,
Born of Chronos and Rhea,
One of six- like the opening act,
Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter, and Hestia.

She just wants peace- like a dog wants a bone,
And to touch and tend to the tedious fire.
Hestia was was never one to choose a side in war,
She even gave up her seat on Olympus to prevent one.

In her honour I hope your hearth is always hot.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fruits Basket By Natsuki Tayaka

The manga Fruits Basket by Natsuki Tayaka is a very good book. It's about a young girl named Tohru-Honda, who I might refer to as Onigiri, who was living with her mother, until her mother died. After that she briefly lived in a tent until a boy named Yuki led her into the Sohma family house hold, to live in with him. Little did Onigiri know, that 'he' was a 'them' and that 'them' consists of the cat spirit Kyo, the spirit of the dog Shigure, and the one you already know Yuki the rat spirit. When she meets them she figures out that each of the Sohma's are possessed by an animal of the Chinese Zodiac, when ever the become weak or are hugged by the opposite gender, they turn into their Zodiac animal.

My favorite character would probably be Momiji, he's the rabbit spirit. He's very playful and energetic, like on the first day of school he came in wearing the girls uniform because he thought it looked better on him. All in all this is a very good, cute, and funny story that I think many people will like!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Sorry for the lateness, though I do have an excuse, I had MCAS (Massachusetts Child Abuse System, well that's what the kids call it) and it turned my brain to mush. Also, right now I'm working on a project in history and we have to make a board game. So, with out further ado, here's the actual post!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is an extremely good book. It is about a teenager named Clary Fray, who lives with her mom and Uncle-Who's-Not-Really-an-Uncle Luke. Clary and her friend Simon go to an "all ages allowed club", Clary notices a group of three teens that seem to stick out from the crowd. In all the movies when the main character is faced with a situation like that they do the least logical thing, follow them, so that's exactly what Clary does. When she follows them into an "Employees Only" room and sees the murder a child, only then did she step out of the shadows and say something. When she threatened to call the police the main teen, and handsome young boy named Jace, comes out and makes the point that the body disappeared, Clary backs down and goes out to tell Simon what happened. Only, Simon says he couldn't see them at all.

My favorite character is probably Magnus Bane, a warlock that comes to Clary and Jace's more than once. He seems to be more concerned with his hair though, than helping anyone else. As you progress into the series you notice him becoming a more important character, than in the begining of the series where he seems to be the "comic relief" character. Though in later books he serves a legitimate purpose.
I found this book very interesting, and I hope you do, too!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Black Cat By Kentaro Yabuki

Before the actual post I will apologize for the lateness, so sorry.

Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki is a very good book. It is about a man named Train Heartnet, who used to be a "eraser" (assassin), for a company called Cronos which secretly controls 2/3 of the government. After a mysterious girl named Saya Minitsuka entered Trains life, he gave up being a eraser and became a "sweeper" (bounty hunter). Now it's a few years later and Train is working with his new partner Sven Vollfied on a mission to stop a man named Torneo Rudman from creating an all powerful bio-weapon. It/Her name is Eve, a 10-ish year old girl with a organ in her body that creates "nano-machines", little devices that able her to transform into most anything she wants to, with enough concentration. When Train and Sven are going to break into Torneo's mansion they run into a "self- employed thief for hire", named Rinslet Walker. They start working with her and that leads to an unexpected friendship with Rinslet and Eve.

I think one part in this book that I found a little creepy is the first few times you meet Eve. Since Torneo raised her to be a killing-machine, whenever she's going to kill someone she goes up to them and asks them if they want to play tag. She'll say that, then she'll proceed to kill them shortly after. That always freaked my friends and I out, even enough that one of my friends said that she "Will never, ever, ever, ever, ever play tag ever again." (well, you know something like that).
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan is an extremely good book. It is about three boys from the town Two Rivers, named Rand, Perrin, and Mat. It all starts one day when the three of them are just doing all their farming duties, and they all see this mysterious black almost ghost like figure, called a Fade. Then half human-half animal creatures, called trollocs, started attacking their village, Emonds Field, one of the Two Rivers villages. After those attacks two strangers, named Moraine and Lan who happen to be an Aes Sedai (a woman who can touch the "woman half of the True Source") and her Warder (man who protects their Aes Sedai), come and tell Rand, Mat, and Perrin that they were being pursued by the Dark One. Joined by Egwene, an adventures village girl, and Nynaeve, their village "wisdom", they set off on an adventure to "The Eye of the World".

My favorite character is probably Perrin. I guess I like him because I think that Rand is to Main-Character-y and that Mat is just plain boring. Actually he's  my favorite main character, my real favorite character is Nynaeve. I like her because she's so to-the-point about stuff and she is about the only person who Rand, Mat, or Perrin will always listen to. My mom says that she's "strong willed" and that some people like that in a character, and some don't.
I hope you love this book as much as I did!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games by Susane Collins is a very good book. It is about a 16 year old girl named Katniss Everdeen, who was chosen (or was she?) to go into the annual Hunger Games. The back story of Panem (where Katniss lives) is that the people of north America got into a huge war, and one group won. They turned North America into a shining Capitol with 12 towns circling it (13 "districts" in all).  The Capitol is called District 1 and the inner most ring is District 2, and they go in numerical order 1-13. The lower number district you are, the poorer you are. When the districts tried to rebel against the Capitol, they destroyed the 13th district and started hosting these games called the Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games one boy and one girl from each district must go into the "arena" and fight each other to the death. When the 74 Hunger Games starts, you can be sure that her life was never the same again.

My favorite character is Gale. He's Katniss' friend from district 12. I think I mostly like him because all my friends will at some point in time come up to me and ask me "Gale or Peeta?" (comparison: "Edward or Jacob?" I personally think Peeta is a jerk. I think that I don't like him because of all the kissy-uppy things he does during the book. Like, confessing his love to Katniss at the most inappropriate times. Also a thing to note is that my mom didn't want me to read this book. So if you think a parent would have a problem with it, CHECK WITH THEM FIRST. This book is very violent and some stuff happens in the 2nd and 3rd books that caused my mom to say no.
I hope you like this book as much as I did!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fullmetal Alchemist By Hiromu Arakawa

This post might be on more material than the first book contains.

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa is a manga with highly addictive qualities. It is about two brothers, Edward (Ed) and Alphonse (Al) Elric who live in a different world where alchemy exists, and the technology isn't as advanced as ours. It starts with Ed and Al walking through a desert and finally finding a thriving desert city (in the middle of nowhere), called Liore. The people told them that the city was a dump until Father Cornello came and got them on "The Sun God, Lito's" good site, thus him being able to preform "miracles". Ed and Al's back story is that they grew up in a little town in the suburbs. Their dad left when the were young, and they spent most of their time at their dad's friends house with a childhood friend, Winry. When their mom died they tried to bring her back to life, costing Ed an arm and a leg (literally). It took Al's body resulting in him turning into an empty suit of armor.

My favorite character is probably Al. I like him because he's a cute little kid, when he has his body. When he's a suit of armor, he keeps his brother from doing anything too stupid. I also like Winry, who supplies Ed with regular "auto-mail (artificial limb)" check ups and comes on a few of their adventures to assist them. Her parents were both doctors in "The Ishvalan War" and they got killed, causing great grief for Winry. My favorite part of the physical books is the extras. They're normally about some part of the book that could be made fun of or misunderstood, causing the ability to be made fun of. My favorite one is when they make fun of Ed for being short, so what happens is Ed finds a genie and he wishes to be taller. When it refuses to do that Ed gets very mad and tries to combine all his wishes to make him at least "a few centimeters taller".

Just a thing to note, if you want to watch the anime, there are two series. The first one is the english one, which only goes up to a certain point (no, I'm not telling you when) then takes a very sharp turn, and ends. The second one, which is titled Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, seems (I haven't seen it) to stick to the manga more than the other one does. Seeing as the manga is still going on, I don't know if the second series is still going or if it stopped. So, what I find interesting is that I think this is the first book that I know of that has two T.V. series, two movies about what happens after the first T.V. series, a game, an app, and a series of written books based on it.
I hope you like this book as much as I did!
This series is still coming out and I think they are up to book #27.
Keep an eye out for the others!