Gibberish #13

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Before I start… I am thinking of opening up a donation tab on the page in case any of you feel generous enough to send a dollar or two my way. Please, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Hey everyone!

First of all, thank you for showing support on my last reblog post. It is great to know that I have a community, who is willing to go ahead and show support and help a fellow blogger out. I feel blessed and thank you immensely for that.

The second thing I wanted to talk about are subscription boxes. I remember when there were not that many around as there are today, but if you are from Europe, like I am, you are basically destined to empty out your wallet if you want one.

Most of the subscription boxes have a price range from 20-30$, so that right there is quite a lot of money already. Especially if you come from a “poor” European country like I do, and do not really have that much money to spend. Just imagine the situation, if I would buy a box, and I was to get a mid-range one, so around 25$. And the shipping cost is usually 9.99$ to Europe. So if we round it all up, we get a nice 35$ for a box with a book and a few goodies. Now that right there is a lot of money for someone like myself, when I only get a little more than 100€ per month to spend. And do not forget, I still have to feed myself till the end of the month. Surely, I am going to cash out on one in the future, but that does not make it affordable for each month.

Now, do not take this as a rant on how the boxes are too expensive or something. I am just pointing this out, so that maybe, just maybe, somebody with the means to do it, will end up making a new, european subscription box, that will not be overpriced and will not financially kill us with high shipping costs. I think that this is something that is missing in this part of the world, or rather, nobody has taken advantage of it yet properly. I believe that I am not the only one that would love something like that. If I am then I excuse myself and I will bury this post six feet under with pleasure.

In other news, has anyone noticed the cancer in the tags recently? I am not talking about Millionaire’s Digest bullshit (I might do a part two on them, since they managed to get even worse. How that is possible is beyond me, but somehow they still managed to do it. Part 1 is here, for those of you who are unfamiliar with it). I am, however, talking about this:

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Now like any good Samartian I have reported several of these, but they just keep appearing. And nobody seems to give a damn. I mean, you do not have to have IQ above 30, to notice that it is an obvious scam. It just floods the goddamn tags and makes it frustrating for those of us, who try to find good posts from other bloggers. So if you see one (or more) of these, please do us all a favour and report it. Thank you.

As I said last week, Wednesdays are reserved for Harry Potter. For the next few weeks only, of course. This week it is time for the fourth installment – The Goblet of Fire. Make sure to check back in on Wednesday.

– Viking

500 FOLLOWERS!

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You guys are crazy! You broke the previous record. It took us all just 4 days, to get from 400 to 500. Absolutely amazing.

I was, of course, planning something for 500 followers. That something is *drum roll* bookmarks! Custom Viking bookmarks have already been made, but because you guys keep breaking records, I could not even finish talks with the printing companies. So sadly, I am left bare handed, but at the same time I believe it will take me a week at most to push them out. On the other hand, if it does not work out, I will share a .pdf copy with you guys, so you can print them out yourselves.

I keep saying thank you and it may seem like it is losing its meaning, but believe me that every single one of them is honest. So in closure – THANK YOU!

Free on Kindle: The Man Behind The Bar by Chris Sarantopoulos

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Hey guys, just wanted to let you all know that the short story that I will be reviewing on friday is available for free today on Kindle. You can click on the image, it will take you straight to the Amazon page.

No, I am not getting paid to post this, nor am I advertising it. I am just putting it out there, since this is the first short story that received a 5/5 (a new short story rating system that I will cover on Friday) from me, and I thought you guys might enjoy it. Grab it while it is hot!

Talk to you all tomorrow in our weekly Gibberish!

– Viking

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith by Shaun Hume


Before I go any further… The author allowed me to share some exclusive content and you, the readers, are now the first ones to know – a NEW COVER is coming out in a week or so. More than deserved for a book as great as this one, if I may add. 

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Kindle: $4.26
Paperback: $11.95

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Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal.

Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of people who can alone see the real Creatures that inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like him, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.

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“The surroundings may be new to you, my boy, but walking I’m sure is not – don’t let what your eyes tell you disrupt what your heart already knows.” – Master Grimoire

Okay, before I grabbed this book from the author, I looked it up on Amazon. There was this certain quote in the description:

“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer

To be perfectly honest, I thought it was a load of crap, and it seemed childish to me that someone would compare a rather unknown book to Harry Potter. But then again, the description seemed interesting enough, so I grabbed it. And boy am I glad I did.

We follow the story of Evan, who has been an outcast since his young age, due to his ability to see Creatures. He has moved through many foster homes before eventually finding a home at Lyceum. I am not going to summarize it and spoil it for you guys, I am just giving you some detail, so I can proceed to my next point, which is…

It is nothing like Harry Potter, but it is right there next to it. The story is a totally different thing, and we cannot draw any comparisons whatsoever. The points that do connect the two, however, are in friendship, loyalty, mystery and home. Just like Evan, you will find a home at Lyceum. I think the latter is very important. It sucks you up into the story and makes you feel like you are right there, walking the same corridors as every other student. Make this book into a movie and it WILL BE Harry Potter of the new, younger generations. I am sure of that.

Let us touch friendship and loyalty first. When Evan arrives at Lyceum, he meets a girl named Mathilde, who offers to help him and show him around the Lyceum, as he was brought there a month late. Evan then proceeds to meet a whole bunch of other people and makes friends, who do not let him down, and are always there for him whenever he needs them. And they do come in handy throughout the book. As you would imagine, Evan is the one that does not seek trouble, but trouble always seems to find him.

What about mystery? One of the most amazing segments of the book. The book itself splits into more stories. The one where you follow Evan is the central story. But behind it (as you read about it at the very beginning) is another story that up until the end, does not influence the flow of the central story, even though the events of that story make their way into the central story. This is an absolutely beautiful execution by the author. And this is not all. We also have the story of the White Wrath that, again, catches the flow of the central story, and unleashes when the time is right. But not only that, we also have the starts of the stories about Creatures, Evan’s parents, dreams and so on and so forth (I do not want to say too much because I do not want to spoil it). The book is absolutely filled with secrets and mystery and you will not uncover all of them. Some of them just wave their hand at you and disappear, probably waiting for us in the second book.

The character development is great. We get to know Evan as a boy, who doesn’t really exceed in anything in particular. By the end of the book, he grows out of that and becomes as skilled as the rest of the first grade students. At the end of the book, he is much more mature and ready to face what the second year will bring. But again, it is not only about Evan, even the other characters that surround him, get their fair share of development. For example Mathilde. She manages to break free of the shell that surrounded her, finally lets down her guard and talks to Evan honestly, sharing her own darkest secrets.

The book is also filled with humourous moments and characters. The Pyro professor and his poor chemical mixing skills will give you an absolute blast (see what I did there?). I always think that humour is important. It supplies the necessary comical relief at the right time, so it does not ruin the momentum of the story.

I did my best to not spoil anything for you guys. On another note, even though the author sent me a free copy, I will also buy the paperback one (as soon as the new cover is released). I loved the book and I could not put it down for days, as soon as I had some free time, I went back to reading. I sincerely hope, the author can make enough money, to release the second part. And that right there is up to us, readers. If you can afford it, buy it.

I just cannot seem to find anything wrong or bad about this book, so…

Book recommendation: 10/10, OUR FIRST ONE!

The Monsters.

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This right here is the best gift I can ever receive. There is not enough money in the world that could outweigh the feeling of helping someone and making someone happy. I want to continue that and share her blog with you guys. Go there and show her some love! We have been talking for the past few days and she is for sure one of the most down to earth people you will ever have a chance to meet/read.

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Monsters are real…

The scariest monsters that exist are the ones that lurk within our souls. They live inside all of us, and sometimes- they win. The strongest of people are the ones that have a command over their monsters.

I put this topic off a really long time and felt like there is no reason to blog about it. But the ”behind” story of this kept lingering around my brain and I had to get it out somehow. Because, all it gave me was many sleepless nights.

The truth is, I have seen this ”monster”. I have felt its presence. I have been touched by it. And eventually, it killed me. Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are. The world is full of monsters with friendly faces.

Every monster you have met or will ever meet was once a…

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Differences between the book and the movie

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Hey all! Judging from the feedback I received, you really seem to enjoy these. Because of that, I decided to make one for all the movies. This means that we will have a Harry Potter marathon on Wednesdays for the next few weeks. This week it is about the third and my favorite part. Enjoy!

Let us start from the beginning. Aunt Merge brought her dog Ripper to their dinner. She offers him some tea and this is where the first difference happens. In the book, Ripper drinks the tea from a saucer, but in the movie, Aunt Merge allows him to drink the tea straight out of her glass.

As we are used, Peeves does not appear in any of the movies, although he always had some kind of a role in the books. Here we, yet again, stumble upon just that. In the book Peeves is the one who tells those gathered about Sirius attacking the portrait of the fat lady. In the movie, we get that information from the fat lady herself, as she is hiding in one of the other frames.

During the stormy Quidditch match, Harry sees the Grim watching him from the stands. In the movie, however, he sees clouds that take shape of a Grim while he is flying towards them. After that, the book says that Harry fell off his broom, leaving Cedric to capture the snitch. In the movie, Harry is actually struck by lightning and Cedric does not capture the snitch.

The book has Harry go to Hogsmeade on two separate occasions, in the movie he only goes there once. The book says that on one of those two trips, he threw mud balls at Draco and his companions. Due to the fact that in the movie, he goes there only once (during winter), he throws snowballs instead. During his visit to Hogsmeade, he overhears a conversation and goes inside Three Broomsticks Inn. He then proceeds to eavesdrop on Fudge’s conversation while hiding under his invisibility cloak. In the book, Harry, Ron and Hermione all listen to the conversation and Harry is hiding under the table.

When our trio have a confrontation with Malfoy, Hermione pulls out her wand and then punches him on his nose. In the book, Hermione does not pull out her wand and only slaps Malfoy. It just sucks to be the movie version of Malfoy. 

During the climax of the movie, when our trio meets Sirius and Lupin, Harry jinxed Snape. In the book it was Harry, Hermione and Ron who all jinxed him at the same time. Snape is then unconscious when Lupin turns into a wolf, but the movie had other, more heroic plans for Snape, as he woke up and protected the trio.

When they go to the tower to save Sirius, Hermione uses Bombarda to unlock the door. In the book, she uses the simple Alohomora. This is also due to the fact that in the book, Sirius is not actually locked up in the tower but in Flitwick’s office.

This is all for this one. As always, I have included the ones I find the most interesting, but there are many more. If you feel like you want to share another one, feel free to post it in the comments below.

Remember to check back in on Friday, for the weekly review.

400!

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I do not even know what to write anymore. My expectations were already exceeded at 100, but you guys keep going strong. Not that I am complaining.

Amazing. Thank you!