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:

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.

The Silver Chair

I finished reading The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis. It is the sixth book of the Narnia book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, Eustace (the cousin of the four children in the other books) and Jill (a girl who is bullied in school) ask Aslan to bring them to Narnia. They do escape from the school, but they land on a cliff outside of Narnia. Jill accidentally throws Eustace over a cliff and Aslan brings him back to life. He gives Jill and Eustace (mostly Jill) a task to find the prince of Narnia who had been missing for many years. Jill messes up the instructions and they go wild adventures until they make things right. They do find the prince who was enchanted by a witch. The witch had killed the queen (the prince’s mother) and the prince had gone looking for the serpent (the witch) who killed his mother. (I was wondering why this book was called the silver chair.) The silver chair enchanted the prince every night. The enchantment made him believe that he would turn into a serpent and that’s why he was restrained in the chair, but actually, it was so he wouldn’t escape. Eustace and Jill freed the prince. The prince got to see his father one last time before he died. King Caspian got finally to see Aslan’s country like he wanted to in the previous book.

I had looked upon IMDB about if they were making this book into a movie. I saw they were in development, but I don’t know if it will happen.

I loved this book even though it did have a sad ending. I’m taking a small break from Narnia to listen to Ready Player One and Ready Player Two which are both by Ernest Cline.

The Kaiser’s Web

I finished listening to The Kaiser’s Web by Steve Berry. It is the sixteenth book of the Cotton Malone book series.

Big Warning: There is some violence.

In this book. Cotton finds himself in the middle of German politics. A woman who gives someone information to one of the German candidates for Chancellor is poisoned. The person who is responsible for the death is the other candidate. That candidate wants to bait the other to find documents that would make the other one look bad and he would win. Only he didn’t count on an old woman to keep her word and Cotton finds out the truth and the truth actually makes both candidates look bad. In the end, the race for chancellor is put on hold after the truth comes to light. It was a sad ending, but a good ending.

I loved this book. Back to Narnia, I’m reading next The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis.

Prince Caspian

I finished reading Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis. It is the fourth (second) book in the Narnia book series. Yes there was a movie based on the book. I had seen it and re-watched it.

Warning: there is some violence.

In this book, The children (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) are waiting on the train to go to school. They are wondering when they are sent back to Narnia, then suddenly they are no longer waiting in the train station. They are back in Narnia. But it is much different than what they knew. The creatures were in hiding because of a terrible king. The king had took in his nephew who is supposed to be next in line to the throne. The nephew really doesn’t want to be king, but he wants the old stories of Narnia. His tutor tells him the stories. Then the king has a son. The king then wants his nephew killed. The tutor tells him to run and he meets some of the talking creatures of Narnia. Susan’s horn is found and Prince Caspian has blown which brings the children to Narnia. Aslan and the children take down the king and his followers. The children go back home.

There were a few differences between the book and the movie:

  1. The White Witch doesn’t have a hold on the boys in the book. She doesn’t show up in the book. The woman who was going bring her back is killed.
  2. Susan and Prince Caspian don’t fall in love in the book.
  3. Susan and Lucy go off with Aslan (in the movie it is just Lucy). The book tells what they do.

I loved this book. Now I’m going to read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. It is the fifth (third) book of the Narnia book series.

Tess on the Road

I finished read Tess on the Road by Rachel Hartman. She has written other books about Tess’ half sister which I do want to read.

Big Warning: there is some sad parts.

In this book, a girl named Tess goes on a road journey. Lol She was supposed to be first to get married since she is the oldest twin. But she “disgraces” her family so her twin sister gets married instead. Tess is very outspoken and is unlike other girls. Her parents decide that she would be better in convent. But she runs away. On the way, she finds a childhood friend that she lost touch with for a few years. This childhood friend is a small dragon. They are on a mission to find the World Serpents that the small dragon told her about. Also on her journey she decides it is best for her to dress a man. She finds work easily and builds up muscle which helps her free a woman from a terrible priest. She also falls in love with a disabled man. Her twin sister wants her home, but she decides to set sail to find the World Serpents instead.

I loved this book. Back to my journey in Narnia, Prince Caspian is next.

The Horse and His Boy

I finished reading The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis. It is the third (according to some it is the fifth book) book of the Narnia book series.

Big Warning: there is a little bit of violence.

In this book, a boy named Shasta learns is to be sold off to another man. He would be treated badly as slave so he decides to run away. He steals a horse which is actually a talking horse from Narnia. The horse trains the boy how to ride a horse properly and set to go to Narnia. On the way, they meet a girl who is running away too. She also has a talking horse from Narnia. She was running away because she was been forced to marry an older man. So the four head to Narnia. On the way, they get separated. Shasta mistaken to be a prince. The real prince looks like him. Shasta escapes and meets up with the girl and the two horses. The girl finds out a plot to kill everyone in Narnia. So they decided to stop the plot from happening. And they do. Shasta learns he and the prince he met is actually his twin brother. The horses do make it to Narnia.

I loved this book. I’m taking a little intermission to read Tess on the Road by Rachel Hartman. It is YA fantasy book. I will be reading Prince Caspian after it.