In the Serpent’s Wake

I finished reading In The Serpent’s Wake by Rachel Hartman. It is the sequel to Tess of the Road.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence and a cliffhanger ending.

In this book, Tess is on the boat with her sidekicks for her mission to take one of her sidekicks to the south pole so he can dream with the serpent. But her journey has a few snags. One the Countess keeps talking about her lover Lord Morney and that he would be traveling with them. Tess finally meets Lord Morney, only to discover that he is Will. Will is the one who raped her and left her when she was pregnant. Lord Morney though gets pushed overboard by one of Tess’ sidekicks and he gets attacked by sea creatures. The Countess kept saying he was a good man and Tess couldn’t stand it. She finally tells the Countess who Will really was and Countess doesn’t believe her until she reads Will’s journals. Another snag was the Countess’ other lover Giles. He was also to come on the journey to the south pole. But he refused and the Countess binds him and forces him on board with a sea creature. Giles wanted to record his history with the sea creature and Tess does set him free to do that and later she frees him and the sea creature. Another snag was that Tess almost starts a war between nations. In the end, she doesn’t get to go to the south pole. Her sidekicks do go to the south pole. The sea creatures tell Tess to go home and make peace there.

I loved this book. I hope there is another book because it was a cliffhanger ending. Now I’m going to read A Door into Evermoor by Kent Wayne.

Firestarter (1984)

I watched Firestarter (1984). I had seen it before many years ago, but I couldn’t remember how it ends and I wanted to compare the newest version with the old one. I watched it on Peacock. It is based on the book by Stephen King which I read many years ago too. It has Drew Barrymore (love her), David Keith, Heather Locklear, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Art Carney, Moses Gunn, and
Freddie Jones in it.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence.

In short summary, a man named Andrew McGee and a woman named Vicky join a clinical trial of a drug so they get paid for it. The drug ends up making them have special powers like Andrew can make people believe anything and Vicky can move objects with her mind. They get married and have a girl named Charlie. Charlie can make fires with her mind. The government wants Charlie so they can make her into a weapon.

Differences between the old and new:

  1. In the old movie, they do go into detail about the clinical trial.
  2. Rainbird kidnaps both Charlie and Andrew in the old one. In the new one, they kidnap Andrew and use Rainbird to get Charlie to the agency.
  3. Rainbird pretends to be a housekeeper to gain Charlie’s trust in the old one.
  4. The old man who picks them up has a wife that is alive in the old one. In the new version, the old man has a wife in a coma.
  5. Charlie does burn down the agency in both. But in the old version, she kills Rainbird. In the new version, Rainbird leads her away. I think this is because of the new show in which Rainbird teaches her.
  6. At the very end of the old version, Charlie goes to leave with the old man and his wife.

I liked the old version better than the new version. It does cover the book better. This week’s movie was Parasite.

Firestarter (2022)

I watched Firestarter (2022). It is supposedly based on the book by Stephen King. Yes I have read the book a long time ago and I have seen the old movie. This movie can be found on Peacock. It has Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben, Kurtwood Smith, and John Beasley.

Big Warning: there is some violence.

In case some haven’t read the book or seen the old movie, here’s a summary of all three. A guy named Andrew (Andy in this movie) and a woman named Vicky decide to do a clinical trial of a drug while they were college. The drug though makes them have special powers. Andrew has powers of making people believe anything and Vicky can move stuff with her mind. They fall in love and have a daughter named Charlie. Charlie has powers too. She can start fires with her mind. The government agency that did the clinical trial want Charlie to run tests on her. In the end, Charlie fights back.

I sorta liked this movie. I am watching the old movie next week so I can compare. But I do agree with some people on IMDB this movie shouldn’t have been rebooted and they should have put in movie about the clinical trials like the book and the old movie had. Also there is a tv show called Firestarter 2: Rekindled. It is supposedly a sequel to the movie. It’s on Peacock too. And I will be watching this show too soon.

The End of Forever

I finished listening to The End of Forever by Steve Berry and M.J. Rose. It is a novella of Cassiopeia Vitt, the girlfriend of Cotton Malone. There are sixteen books in the Cotton Malone book series. Yes, I have read them all. No, I don’t have a favorite. I love them all. Steve Berry’s newest book coming out wouldn’t be about Cotton. I’m still going to read it.

Big Warning: There is one sad part and some violence.

In this book, Cassiopeia finds out that a family friend was murdered. She was wanting to investigate who did the murder but had no real leads. Then the castle she is building gets damaged a little bit. She thinks it was a warning of some kind and she thinks maybe the murder of a friend is connected. She goes to see a friend about some maps and then she gets kidnapped. She finds out that she was right the murder and the damage was connected and the man behind it all was a man on a revenge kick. She had put him in hot water with the police and lawsuits. So he wanted to ruin her life. She does kill him and saves Cotton and her friend from getting killed.

I loved this book. Now I’m reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. She wrote the Tess of the Road which I read earlier.

The House of Long Ago

I finished listening to The House of Long Ago by Steve Berry. This is one of his novellas about Cassiopeia Vitt, the girlfriend of Cotton Malone. There are sixteen books in the Cotton Malone book series. Yes, I have read them all. No I don’t have a favorite. I love them all. Steve Berry’s newest book coming out wouldn’t be about Cotton. I’m still going to read it.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence and some sad parts.

In this book, Cassiopeia visits her family’s villa in order to sell the painting in the house and the house itself. Her museum friend tells her that the paintings are copies. She finds out that her father had the originals hidden in a secret vault (This reminds of a The Blacklist episode where Red had gotten into a secret vault of a private detective.). Cassiopeia goes to the secret vault and finds the paintings that were missing. She seeks to find out who stole the paintings. In doing so, she gets almost killed and her friend almost gets killed.  In the end, she learns that her father was a great man who restored happiness to a lot of people.

I loved this book. Now I’m going to listen to The End of Forever by Steve Berry. It is another Cassiopeia Vitt book.

The Silmarillion

I finally finished reading The Silmarillion by J. R. Tolkien. It is the prequel to  The Lord of the Rings book series.  Yes, I did read The Lord of the Rings book series. One of the reasons why it took a long time to read was because I was getting confused between The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia book series, and The Silmarillion is hard to read. I had read an article about the hardest books to read and this is one of them.

Big Warning: there is lots of violence and some sad parts.

In this book, there are several tales that intertwine together. It starts out where Middle Earth is formed from a void and songs make up the land, trees, and flowers (similar to the Narnia book series). Then an elf gets jealous of the beautiful things and he splits up the other elves with a song of his own. He does some evil things. One of the tales was of some jewels that were very special. The evil elf does take them and he ends up getting put in a cage for a little while. The jewels do get lost forever. Later on, the evil elf’s second in command takes over and he makes rings to give the men, elves, and dwarfs. He also makes The One which the hobbits find.

I really did like this book. Now I’m reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. There is a movie based on The Case for Christ and I am watching it this weekend. 

Defy Me

I finished reading Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi. It is the fifth book of the Shatter Me book series. Yes, I have read the other books in the book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Everyone saw Juliette kill thousands of people because of her powers after she announce she was the supreme commander of America. Kenji was right there as it happened and saw Juliette fall, but then he was suddenly not beside her, and Juliette is gone. She was kidnapped and her killing people was an illusion. Meanwhile, Juliette and Warner are having painful memories of being together and apart. Juliette learns from her memories of her parents and her real name which is Ella. She remembers her sister too. Her parents are the ones who kidnap her and Warner. They are trying to release Ella’s memories again, but it does no good. She remembers everything anyway. She hears a faint voice telling her to escape and the word dying. She does escape and finds her sister and learns that her sister was giving everyone their memories back and the real reason their parents want to keep them alive. Ella kills her mother. Meanwhile, at the base, everyone learns about Ella through Nazeera. They hitch a plan to help Ella and Warner to escape. They do and Ella tells them that they need to kill her sister because her sister is barely alive anyway.

Here is a song that fits the book series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tpIMDy9BE

I loved this book. I plan on reading the rest of the books in this book series soon.  Now I’m read The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The Last Battle

I finished reading The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. It is the last book of the Narnia books series. There are seven books of the Narnia book series. I have seen the movies that were based on some of the books.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, a monkey tricks a donkey to wear a dead lion’s skin. He wanted to trick the other animals so he can get some more food and other things. He also can make them do some very bad things. The animals would think the donkey was Aslan, the Lion King of Narnia. All the animals believed. Then some of the humans that followed the Tash religion started believing that Aslan and Tash were one being (this is not true). The last king of Narnia didn’t believe it so he yelled for the children and Aslan to save him from getting killed by the ape. Jill and Eustace came to rescue him. They also rescued the king’s unicorn (yay unicorn!) and the donkey. The king didn’t want the children to be involved in the battle against all the animals, but Jill and Eustace wanted to be in the fight. Tash was a real thing and it did take away the leader of the Tash believers. Then the king went into the stable where he found all the children together and changed. They thought Narnia was all lost, but Aslan had built a new Narnia that was better. The children got to see their old friends that died before them and got to be with their parents again.

At first, I didn’t like the book, I love the end of it. Now I’m listening to Finding God in the Land of Narnia by Kurt Bruner and Jim Wise.

Ready Player Two

I finished listening to Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. It is the sequel to Ready Player One. I had read that they are making a second movie. I also read that Ernest Cline is writing a third book which is supposed to be a prequel of the life of the founders of Oasis.

Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Wade and the others do take over the Oasis business. While being CEO he discover new writing on the Easter egg that he won. The new writing leads him to a secret room with another Easter egg which has a secret headset which Holliday made and says his heir has the choice to reveal to the world or not. The new headset connects to your brain and makes you have new experiences within the Oasis program. The problem is that if you go beyond 12 hours you will have severe brain damage and die. Wade tells the others about it. Samantha is not thrilled with the new headset. (I agreed with her, but when I got to the end of the book I did change my mind like she does. ) But she is outnumbered and the new headsets go on the market. Also with the new headset is another contest for Halliday’s heir. It is the find seven shards to make the siren whole. The siren is Mr. Morrow’s wife. Wade gets stuck on the first clue. Then a girl helps with the clue. Then suddenly someone appears. It’s Halliday’s avatar which is an AI. He is crazy and threatens Wade to complete the contest because he has everyone hostage.  Wade does find all seven shards, but he has a plan to kill Halliday’s AI. But Mr. Morrow dies in the process. Wade decides to make the siren whole and brings back Mr. Morrow’s wife and Mr. Morrow. He also makes copies of people too. He sends the copies into space to find a new planet.

I liked this book. Now back to Narnia with The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis.

Ready Player One (book)

I finished listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Yes, there is a movie based on the book and I did watch the movie.

Big Warning: there is some violence and some sad parts.

Note: I had decided to watch and listen to the book because I had read Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook and Meta) had given his employees the book and that the book had inspired him to create Meta. After listening to the book, I can see how it inspired him. OASIS does sound cool with everything stored in the program. I think some people are missing the point that the movie and book are trying to get across about how everyone is living their life inside a virtual world and not in reality. Just like everyone misses the point of the movie Wall-E. Everyone thinks it’s about an annoying robot who finds love. It shows at the end where everyone is stuck to the screens and not living in reality. 

In this book, a guy named James Halliday creates a program named OASIS which is a virtual universe where everything is stored. It is different for everyone school, gaming, or hanging out with friends. Before Halliday dies, he makes a contest where someone would win the keys (Willy Wonda) to the OASIS program and his fortune. In the contest, there are three keys and three gates (the gates weren’t in the movie). A guy named Wade finds the first key in a D&D tunnel (in the movie it’s a race). He meets a girl named Samantha who discovered the tunnel first but couldn’t get past the monster. Wade clears the first gate by being in a movie. Samantha follows after him and a “guy” named H follows after. Wade and H are best friends. Two Japanese guys follow after. The five meet in a virtual chat room, but the two Japanese guys don’t want to join as a group to win the prize.  Then Wade and Samantha date for awhile. But Samantha tells him that they live in a virtual world so he can’t really be in love with her. Then Samantha finds the second key and clears the second gate. The internet group IOI uses cheating to get the second key and clear the second gate. They also kill Daito in the virtual world and the real world (this doesn’t happen in the movie).  They also kill Wade’s aunt. The second key challenge was part of a video game (in the movie it was the movie/book The Shinning).  The second gate is being part of an arcade game. Then IOI gets the three key, but they can’t clear the final gate. Wade finds out about Daito’s death and also figures out where the third key is and has a clue to the last gate. He gets a plan to get into IOI (in the movie Samantha does) and gets information to take down IOI. The third key challenge was to find a guitar (in the movie it is  actually the final gate Castle Anorak). Wade does get the Gunters together to fight IOI. Wade kills Sorrento’s avatar in the huge battle. H, Samantha, and Wade go to the final gate and open the gate, but then suddenly a bomb goes off in the OASIS program. But Wade is still alive in the program because he had an extra life. He ends up doing the last challenge and gets the Easter Egg. He becomes Halliday’s avatar. Sorrento is arrested for murder. Wade finally meets Samantha in person.

I liked this book. I liked the book and the movie equally. I’m listening to next Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.