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I Read – Lorien Legacies

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This isn’t just going to be about one book, oh no, it’s a series! The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore are probably my favourite Alien / Otherworld / Supernatural books ever. I read the first book when the film came out, and the second book shortly after it’s release a year later. They are lost in the background of my mind for their exact content, I just remember really liking the way that the legacies appeared uncontrolably and when the kids needed them the most.

This series starts with I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four

You may remember that this one was made into a film, I really enjoyed it. The general population, did not. So plans to continue the series in a film format got put on hold. I don’t think this is fair… not everything can be as successful as Harry Potter.

Some background for you now, in this setting there were 9 children sent to Earth from the planet Lorien. These children were sent with protectors to hide out on Earth whilst a massive battle raged on and destroyed their homeworld. This is a pretty terrible thing to have to face as a child.

They are protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in their numbered order… this book starts with the death of Number 3. And John Smith, or Four wakes up in pain as a new scar sears into his ankle. This means they have to go on the run again. Very challenging for a surly teenager that just wants to be normal.

As this series progresses we meet more of the Loric children as they develop their legacies [super powers essentially]. Bad things happen as is custom and handy for plot development. The aim is to gather the remaining numbers together so they can face the Big Bad Evil Man Setrakus Ra and then head home on their space ship to bring new life to the planet.

We first meet Number Six at the end of the first book, but we see a lot more of her in The Power of Six. She is a bad ass and a trained fighter who has had to rely on herself since her guardian wasn’t there to do it for her. She adds a much needed strong heroine to plot.

power of 6

I had left off reading these books at this point, so their details are a bit fuzzy. I wanted there to be a whole chunk of this series for me to read in one go so I could fully engage with the universe and finish it. Not the case, as I picked the 3rd and 4th book up from the library recently, and they follow:

The next book The Rise of Nine gives us more time to play with the ever so cheeky Nine [what, more out of order numbers, what could this mean!?] We also spend a lot of time with Marina [Seven, but she prefers Marina] who was emancipated from an orphange by Six when the Evil Men [Mogadorians] attack. This one is split into several different characters telling the story, so we get a lot of different perspectives. It is a good way to keep track of many different people and the two groups as they are split in this book. This one we hunt for Eight, and find him. He’s cool, and living in the mountains pretending to be Vishnu… which is a little bit naughty, but it does mean that people will do anything they can to protect him.

rise of 9

Finally having so many of these characters together really makes me want to carry on reading, they all have different strengths and are very distinct characters [which has been one of my complaints before, that identical main characters are no fun to read].

Nine has a super cool bachelor pad in Chicago that is hella cool, and I kinda wish that I had a penthouse floor apartment [apart from the fact I like my little end-terrace by the seaside. Stop looking at me like that]. It shows a big difference in how the pairs of Loric were living, with so many of them being constantly afraid and on the run. And Nine and his guardian were living it up with all mod-cons in the middle of a massive city and they were never detected. Having all the tech around helps to advance the plot whilst they go and find things and people and train in the super training centre.

Book number four in this series, The Fall of Five, is currently the most recently published of this sequence [barring the bonus novellas obviously]. This title should have been a massive hammer to the head, and I was very surprised with the sequence of events here.

fall of 5

Hurrah this novel brings together Numbers Four, Five, Six, Marina, Eight and Nine, and a bonus in Ella, the 10th but not really 10th. And a happy return of the humans that we loved from book one aswell. Happy occasions.

Five is portrayed as a very weird kid, who doesn’t interact very well with others. This is explained away by him having been on his own and living on tiny islands since they arrived on Earth. Everyone involved believes him, and why not. He’s been through traumatic things too. His character is very jarring, he always seems to play the devil’s advocate, and puts people on edge a lot. He also shows some reckless behaviours that should also have been a massive give away, but I still didn’t see it coming until Sam suspected his father was the traitor.

What! Holy guacamole Batman. Five was picked up by Mogs and [essentially] brainwashed into believing that the Mogs were the true heirs to their planet. It literally took a giant 3 headed winged alligator for this to sink into my brain. How evil!

I am super looking forward to the next book, Revenge of Seven to be printed. She deserves to get her revenge after what happened to Eight. [Spoilers – scars]. And her ice legacy was scary and beautiful.

I really want to see the development in Marina, she was the unsure one before this… she didn’t know how she fit in and her other legacy was a healing one so she felt helpless in fights. Now there are no guardians left, I wonder how they will figure it all out and make sense of the items they have from their home planet.

I really think you need to read this to get the full feel of the struggles of extra-terrestrials stuck on earth and the trials they have to go through to restore order and life to Lorien. Want to go to the perfect place.

I want to talk more about Legacies, but I will roll that over to another post as this one is getting kind of long. Look forward to that.

– girlinthenerdshop

Adventures in Afternoon Tea

Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I like cake. I don’t need an excuse to go and find some. There are an abundance of cafes and eateries in the town I live in, and I like to try new places to see how good the cake is.

A few weeks ago we went to a tearoom called Badger’s Tearoom. It is a lovely place, all the staff decked out in Victorian serving garb. We’ve been here before for lunch and it was really tasty, so I allowed the second trip.

The menu seemed smaller, but there was still an afternoon tea option. The Welsh afternoon tea came with a scone and some bara brith, how could you turn that down.

Scone and Bara Brith

Scone and Bara Brith

I really wish I knew what blend of tea they use, it was one of the nicest pots of tea I’ve had in a long while. The pot was  so cute and small, and the tea came served with lemon, none of the yucky milk stuff!

Day 75 - Tea with lemon

I only wish that we had been able to take some of their tea home with us, I find it very difficult to find tea that I like.

I really enjoyed this adventure, and I’m looking forward to the next afternoon tea place we get to visit. For the next couple of weeks we have a lot of events on, so it looks like lunch out will be put on hold. However, I will soon return with more tiny cakes.

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Captain America and the Nike Shoe Showdown

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I saw Captain America: Winter Soldier last week. I really enjoyed it as a whole, what’s not to love about a hero of the people with some super whizzy technology and a spy lady that is so bad ass you know you want to be her secretly.

It was highly noticable that the Winter Soldier was not the main plot point, so the name was wrong for me… he was good. It was an intriguing story and I imagine it is a big part in the Cap background from the comics. It was well acted, and the twist! Oh my, I wasn’t expecting to see that face behind his mask. I renamed the film accordingly, as there was painfully heavy amounts of Nike product placement going on. How many close up shots did we need of Captain America and Black Widow’s feet? Yes… trainers are super good for super sneaky sneaking around. I noticed mainly because I distracted by the tiny human whispering constantly for the duration of the film a couple of rows behind me, they took my mind off the movie and then I noticed things. It happens… tiny humans are banned!

Nick Fury’s car was super cool, it was like the Swiss Army Knife of vehicles, it knew everything… I like that. And it managed to drive itself for a time to. That’s the kind of car I need in my life. Or a chauffeur, yeah, one of those.

Cap is an excellent hero, although I’m not sure how likeable he is. Very rigid, and there’s something off about him. Falcon on the other hand is super! I want a solo film of him please, kthxbai. His exo-suit wing set up is wicked cool, and I want one, even though I might be terrified of heights. He’s a normal guy, who is just good at what he does. And has wings. More of that please!

Stan Lee’s walk on role was the best part of this film for me. I love the moments when he walks onto the screen and I turn to look at Alex smiling back at me. Movie magic.

The twins in the after credits cut scene intrigue me, I didn’t know who they were, but I probably should have been able to put two and two together after all the internetting that goes on in my brain. Will be interesting to see how they depart from mutants… and if there is ever a cross over with the X-men… same universe after all.

Go see it, Chris Evans is a beautiful man, and Scarlett Johansson is bamf.

I Watched: City of Ember

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Whilst watching this film I was pleasantly surprised, after not expecting much from a Sunday evening slot on TV. It was released in 2008, I was 19 years old. I had an unlimited cinema pass, so I could go to the cinema as much as I wanted, and see all the films I could possibly dream of. So how on earth did I miss this one? It ticks all my boxes, dystopian setting, sci-fi / fantasy, based on a book I could read, strong characters… I could go on.

I love the premise of this story universe, that a council of some sort built an underground city to save mankind so they could have some sort of a future after the world was healed.

The mayor of Ember was given a box to hand down to the next mayor, and after a period of 200 years, the box would open and give the townsfolk instructions on how to exit the underground city and start on the journey above the ground. Unfortunately the box is lost, and it passes the countdown lost in a cupboard. It opens unseen with nobody to notice. The city was not designed to last forever, and the strain the population put on it makes it a tougher struggle each year. The fate of the City of Ember is left in the hands of two teenagers who must unravel the mystery left to them by the builders so that they can save the people.

I loved the set pieces, the underground city was fascinating to see. At the time the film is set, raw materials are running scarce so everything is being re-purposed until it can’t go any further. Instead of sending each other letters after the phone system breaks, they have people employed as messengers to physically visit the person and tell them of events and pass on news and such. The basic science and technology mixed with steampunk really well to make a believable future from this tiny community with no way of discovering new technologies in their enclosed city.

After a variety of mild perils and naughty mayors and people being blind in the face of their troubles there was a hopeful end and an escape from the looming forever darkness. Which is especially good for Lina who is scared of the dark.The film left you with a blank canvas for a new beginning, very sweet and a nice way to wrap things up.

I think I may have to read the book series next, just to see the differences.

I’d say a 5 stars for this one. I could be convinced to watch it again!

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Thoughts on The Lego Movie

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Wow… The Lego Movie. I didn’t know how to feel after that one. It had been so hyped up all over the internet. In general I enjoyed it, but there was something about the end bit where they bring in humans and ruin it all. I didn’t like that all that much… we don’t need meta. We need more cute Lego people running around.

Here were some thoughts I had during and after the movie:

  • Batman was not cool
  • Lego games have better animation
  • What is wrong with a double decker sofa?
  • I want a Unikitty
  • Unikitty is cute
  • Unikitty is a tiny bit terrifying
  • Do I still want a Unikitty? Maybe.
  • Everyone is soooo super special and great apart from you. You can shush
  • Poor 1980’s space dude just wanted to make a spaceship!
  • “Everything is awesome” is quite possibly the best and most catchy tune in the universe.
  • I HATE Will Ferrell.
  • Unikitty.

The song “Everything is awesome” was my mantra for last week. There is nothing worse than having a busy week, and just having to keep going – this song whilst making me sound crazy whilst I was singing it kept me amused for long enough to forget that I wanted to take a nap under the counter. Now… everything will be fine as long as we don’t make a dance routine to go with it!

I’ll go with 2 stars for this one, I’ve seen it once, which is all I wanted to do. Not sure I could be coerced into seeing it again.

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