Gibberish #17

 

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Hey everyone!

As my nightmare called life continues, yet another professor pissed me off. He declined my term paper about Malta, because he wanted me to add more cartographical display to it. This may not seem like an issue, but it is actually a pretty big one. There are basically zero to none displays about Malta. He even searched them up himself, and had the guts to tell me that if I do not find any, I will have to redo my term paper. So you give me an option to choose this country, and after I write 40 pages about it, you tell me that YOU KNOW that the displays are not available? But you know, I said fuck it, if nothing else, I will make them myself. I have then spent hours upon hours to research and find what I believe to be, the correct material. So, I have put it into the paper and handed it in last week, thinking that he will take 5 minutes of his time, to check them out. WRONG! He simply said that he will not have the time to check my paper until Monday (today), which is the day of the exam. He offered no explanation as to why not. So I basically cannot take the exam until august, because his fat ass does not want to take his precious little time to check out what I have sent him. Now I know for a fact that he did this on purpose. He is the type of person that does not like himself nor does he like anybody around him. He is just pure evil. And he is a prime example of why karma does not exist. If karma did exist, he would already be dead for the past 20 years.

In other news, make sure to follow my Instagram and Twitter accounts. Tomorrow, there is a charity concert that I organized and I will probably annoy the hell out of you with pictures from it. So yeah, if you want to see months of hard work in a few pictures, make sure to stick around. I will also include them in next week’s Gibberish, so those of you who do not have Instagram or Twitter will not be missing out on anything.

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Dreams of Heaven by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera

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Publication date: August 5, 2017
Kindle: $1.21
Paperback: $10.95

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Savannah Watkins awakens to a horrific dream of losing her family in a tragic car accident, which causes her to vacillate between two lives…before and after the car accident. As she struggles between realities, Jesus Christ suddenly appears to offer her unorthodox guidance. He accompanies her to the grocery store and for walks on the beach while answering some of life’s toughest questions. His answers challenge her traditional beliefs and repeatedly emphasize there is no death.

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I want to start off by saying that I do not really consider myself as the most religious person out there, and I have told that to the author as well, when I was offered the book for review. The author’s response surprised me, because she told me that she is not religious either and that the story came to her in a dream. I found that quite interesting, so of course, I have signed up for the journey.

As it is stated in the description, we follow Savannah, who believes she is having a dream about a horrific car accident. Now this right here is quite interesting, because it divides us. She actually lives in two different realities. The reality in which she had a car crash is what we would call our reality, this is what really happened (or did it?). The reality in which she meets Jesus Christ, is the reality that SHE believes is the real one. She passes through these worlds with dreams, so when she falls asleep in the world where she had an accident, the world with Jesus Christ is her world of dreams. But when she falls asleep in that world, she awakes in the other world, in which she had the accident. I know it may sound complicated, but it is not.

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Here is a small design of how this goes down, for those of you who did not quite understand that. 

Now, while reading the book, this transition between the worlds was quite unnerving for me, because I knew that she lived in the world where the accident took place. But after I finished the book and went through it a few times in my mind, like I always do before I write a review, I now see that I might have made a mistake to assume that. Before I tell you why, I want to tackle the elephant in the room.

To be perfectly honest, I smiled to myself when Jesus Christ was first introduced to me as a reader. It was just so simple and so plain, and everyone just instantly believed it was him without any serious doubt (there was some, but not too serious). It sounded a bit childish. He hangs out with our protagonist, and is there to answer any of her questions. More than once, her question gets a question in response, questions that require some thought. Even from you, the reader. You stop yourself to think about how you would answer the question. They are not about religion or stuff like that, they are about living in the world, being happy and most of all, feeling loved and giving love. I believe this right here is a fair assessment on why this book is not only for the religious people, but for others as well. Not to mention the metaphors behind the conversations, but I will let you all see those for yourselves.

Now to return to my previous thought. After thinking about it, I can see just why Savannah would claim that she lives in the world with Jesus. The reason is, because the author did an absolutely beautiful job in separating us. What do I mean? If you look at this book from a religious standpoint, the world with Jesus will be the world you believe she is actually alive in. If you look at this book from a non-religious standpoint you will, like I did, believe that she is alive in the world without him, the materialistic, harsh world that we all know. The story is left open to interpret it as how you want. If any of you have read The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, you will know exactly what I mean. Those of you who have not read it, The Turn of the Screw is a story that is also left up for interpretation. You can read it 5 different times, and you will understand it differently 5 different times. Same with this book. This also brings me to the ending of the book, which also gives you just enough information, but leaves it up for interpretation. You can only speculate about what happened, there is no definitive answer. Or rather, there is an answer, but it depends on what approach you take.

As the last point, I would just like to mention the cover, as it is absolutely beautiful, one of the best I have seen in a while.

All of this considered, the only thing that did bother me, was the appearance of Jesus for the first time, as I have mentioned before. Maybe a bit too direct, too naive. But then again, it is only my opinion. For someone religious it might be just the way he or she sees it happen in his own mind. I will, however, consider it from my point of view, so…

Book recommendation: 9/10

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Differences between the book and the movie (Part 1)

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If you have not yet, please check out parts 1, 2, 345, and 6. For the last part, I have separated it, just like the movies did.

When the Order arrives to Harry’s house with the intent to get him out of there alive, they use Polyjuice potion to disguise themselves as him. In the book, Harry gives his hair for the potion willingly, while in the movie, Hermione plucks it from his head when he is not paying attention.

When they fly off with their brooms, they get attacked by Death Eaters and Voldemort. In the book, Hedwig is with Harry from the beginning and is killed by a stray curse. In the movie, however, she is freely flying around and sacrifices herself to block the curse that was heading in Harry’s direction.

When our trio arrives to the Ministry in order to steal the locket from Delores Umbridge, they see that she has Mad Eye Moody’s magical eye in her door. It was taken after he died in the initial attack. In the book, Harry steals the eye back, but in the movie this does not happen.

They share the locket they stole, because it makes the person wearing it evil. When it is Harry’s time to wear it one night, he notices a deer patronus in the woods, who shows him where the sword of Gryffindor lies. Because it was in the water, under the ice, Harry had to jump in to grab it, but forgot to take off the locket. In the book, it strangles him into unconsciousness and when he wakes up, Ron is standing there with the sword. In the movie, Harry does not pass out and he sees Ron grab the sword.

Voldemort was on the hunt for the Elder Wand, the most powerful wand in existence. In the book, he tortured Grindelwald for information about it and killed him after he was done. In the movie, Grindelwald is not murdered, he just tells Voldemort that the wand lies with Dumbledore and Voldemort disappears right after.

In the book, it is said that there is a Taboo charm, that will let Death Eaters know when the word “Voldemort” is used and where. This information was not given in the movie. When the snatchers catch our heroes it is Fenrir Greyback that leads them and they arrive there because of the Taboo. In the movie, where we do not know about the Taboo, Scabior is in charge of the snatchers and they catch them by mistake, as they apparate to their location by accident.

After they are caught, in the book, Hermione is taken for interrogation and is tortured with the Cruciatus curse. In the movie, she is also tortured, but is also whipped and they carve the word Mudblood in her arm.

In the book, when they are trying to escape, Wormtail is trying to kill Harry. Harry reminds him how he once saved his life. Wormtail hesitates and the silver hand that Voldemort gave him, turns on him and strangles him to death. In the movie, Dobby casts a spell that hits him. We do not know if it did in fact kill him, but we never see him again.

At the end of the movie, our free and beloved elf Dobby, is killed. Before he dies, he has a short conversation with Harry and thanks him for being his friend. In the book, Dobby was only able to say Harry’s name, before closing his eyes forever.

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Hey everyone!

The blog is expanding! Not really though, but I do have a Twitter account from now on, so that has to count for something, right? You can find me @vikingreviewswp.

I will use it as it is supposed to be used – for different thoughts and whatnot throughout the day. You will probably get a few laughs out of it.

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Gibberish #16

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First of all, I want to start with something great that happened during the weekend. One year ago, I got two books for review: Aquarius Rising: In the Tears of God (Paperback: US$18.19 + free shipping, Buy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide ) and Blood Tide (Paperback: US$19.19 + free shipping, Buy The Book Now at The Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide ), both of them written by Brian Burt. This was basically at the start of my “career. Apart from the two great looking books with bookmarks there was a short message included. It said that the third, and the last part of the series will be out in about a year and that the author will check back with me when it is released. And he did. As someone who loved both parts you can imagine how happy I was that the author kept me in his mind. It is an amazing feeling and it is what I have been saying since the beginning of this blog. I do not care about the money or how many likes I will have on my posts. There is no better feeling than to get mutual respect from not only the authors, but also from you, my readers and fellow bloggers. What I want is for you guys and girls to remember what you read and to show support to the authors by buying their books if they appeal to you. We need to help each other out, however we can. Be the light in this dark world.

Now, from something great to something shitty. My scholarship just got recalculated and it got cut down for 60€! That is a huge amount of money. Now, I will receive even less money each month, which means that I can afford even less books now (probably one per two months). I do not even want to think about any holidays for this year (not that I have been on any for the past few years). If I decide to work during the summer tho, they will cut my scholarship completely for the next year. So that means that all the money I would be able to save up (no more than 500€) would have to be enough for the whole next year. And those of you who follow me from the beginning know that I have spent between 400-500€ on mandatory school trips alone. Just an awful feeling to be honest.

Do not worry, there will still be a giveaway when I hit 1000 followers. I have planned ahead for that and I have enough money on the side for it. But, due to all this, I can say for sure that the blog will not go on a paid plan, so it will stay as it is. Which means that you will still get bombarded by the ads from WordPress.

When life gives you lemons, riot and establish communism.

– Viking

Tombs: A Chronicle of Latter-Day Times of Earth by James Dorr

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It had been a time when the world needed legends, those years so long past now. Because there was something else legends could offer, or so the Poet believed. He didn’t know quite what—ghouls were not skilled at imagination. Their world was a concrete one, one of stone and flesh. Struggle and survival. Survival predicated on others’ deaths. Far in the future, when our sun grows ever larger, scorching the earth. When seas become poisonous and men are needed to guard the crypts from the scavengers of the dead. A ghoul-poet will share stories of love and loss, death and resurrection. Tombs is a beautifully written examination of the human condition of life, love, and death, through the prism of a dystopian apocalypse.

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The book is compiled of what we could say are short stories, which are divided into chapter like form. The stories are set in a postapocalyptic time where humanity as we know it does not exist anymore and the few humans that did manage to get this far are either ill or mutated.

The beginning of the book did not do a good job of describing of what we are heading into. Yes, we learn about how this all started in as few details as possible, but then at the start of the first story, we, again, receive little details on the scenery. We do not get long descriptive paragraphs of where the story is unfolding and we do not get any descriptions of how the creatures that now roam the Earth actually look like. This is an important thing that we should know, especially in a postapocalyptic dystopian universe. And we need to know it right off the bat. Not to mention that it is supposed to be a horror story too. If we are to fear the creatures we need a reason to fear them, not because the book tells us so.

Some of the characters are too plain. We do not learn any solid background about them and, for example, while we do get a sneak peek in Towli’s head (I am using him as an example, there are many more other characters, not just him), there is basically no real thought processes going on. He does not have any capacity of real thoughts and whether or not it was meant to be this way, it does not appeal to me as a reader, to be excluded from that also, apart from the descriptions I have already mentioned.

The stories are okay, but then again, some are just very plain. There is just no depth to some of them, no bigger meaning. One could argue that they have questionable content or are rather graphic, but that does not cut it for me. I believe that is what is expected in horror genre. And some do not even have that. Reading through some of them just made me regret it as I felt like I am wasting my time. Some characters come and go, some of them die, and even though I have read a 50 page long story with that character included, I do not feel any grief regarding their death.

What I consider the best thing about the book is the structure. We get a certain view in one of the stories and then in the next one it switches the view, in order for us to view it from the other perspective. I believe that is done really well and at the end, makes us think about how it the world looks like from the eyes of another.

I believe these stories need to be featured in a bigger world that is greatly described. So that it actually makes us think about this kind of future, if it were to happen. And makes us fear it. A dystopian fiction should also offer a fresh perspective on the issue at hand (in this case, the sun expanding), but apart from the aftermath, I was not offered any of that.

Book recommendation: 6/10

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Differences between the book and the movie

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If you have not yet, please check out parts 1, 2, 34, and 5. As always, I have included the most interesting differences.

In the book, we learn that Harry still lives with the Dursleys and has, as always, spent his summer with them. In the movie, we do not get this information. It starts in a restaurant at the train station where Harry gets lucky and arranges himself a date only to be denied by Dumbledore, who comes to pick him up. Poor Harry.

In the private meeting between the Death Eaters, Narcissa Malfoy asks Snape to swear that he will protect her son, Draco. Snape instantly agrees to do it, using the Unbreakable vow. In the movie, it is not Narcissa that suggest doing it, it is Belatrix. Snape also does not agree immediately, but takes a few moments to think about it.

When they are on the train and on their way to Hogwarts, Harry decides it would be a great idea to spy on Draco. He makes a wrong move, unknowingly revealing himself to Draco. When the train stops, Draco petrifies him and covers him back up with the invisibility cloak in hopes that nobody will find him. This is then where the story is different. In the book, Harry is found by Nymphadora Tonks who rescues him and walks him to the gate from where he is then escorted by Snape. In the movie, he is rescued by Luna Lovegood and he walks with her to the gates, from where they use the Thestral pulled carriages to reach the school.

Here is one that did not happen in the book, but is one of the best fear inducing scenes in the movie (in my opinion, of course). When everyone is home over the Christmas break, Harry spends the break with the Weasley family at their home. Just before he gets his first kiss from Ginny they get attacked by the Death Eaters. He follows them out in the field, Ginny behind him and is later joined by others. The Death Eaters used this tactic to draw him out, have some fun with him and as the grand finale, they destroy the Weasley’s home.

Later in the story, Harry once again decides to follow and confront Draco, this time to the bathroom. When he arrives there in the book, he finds Draco talking to the Moaning Myrtle. She also remains there during their fight and lets out a scream, when the fight is over, believing that Draco just died. The Moaning Myrtle, however, does not appear in the movie. It is just the two of them.

After Snape kills Dumbledore and Harry chases him, in the book, there is a battle going on between the Death Eaters and the students and professors at Hogwarts. This does not happen in the movie and the few Death Eaters that were with Snape, run away with him.

Just before Snape makes his escape, he reveals himself as the Half Blood prince. In the book, he explains that he came up with this name, because his mother was a muggle (this means he is only half wizard) and her maiden name was Prince, thus The Half Blood Prince. In the movie, he says that he is the Half Blood Prince, but offers no explanation as to why he calls himself that.

And this is it. I hope you enjoyed it! Remember to like and share as it helps me reach more people. Also remember to click that follow button, if you like my content.