Book Review: The Incredible Journey

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Way back when, when I was a kid, I vaguely remember reading this book. I’m sure I would have stumbled upon it during a Scholastic Book Fair and bought it. The problem is, that was many, many years ago, and I honestly couldn’t remember the story. I know this story has also been turned into several different variations of movies, some of which I have seen more recently, but I wanted to read the original source. So as it would happen, this book was available to order through the Scholastic book order from my sons school, and thus I took the opportunity to get it so that him and I could read it.

Having remembered many of the details of the movie Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, I was expecting the story to be similar to that and it was, in a couple of ways. The essense of the story is still there, three beloved pets trying to make their way home, crossing vast wilderness and encountering various humans and wild creadures along the way, but that’s about where the similarities ended.

One thing I found pleasantly surprising was that the book is set in Northern Ontario, near Thunder Bay to be specific. Well that’s only a few hours away from where I live, so seeing those local areas mentioned, along with the description of those areas was a nice little bonus to this book. Getting to see the pets traverse these lands, but also struggle and triumph with the various obstacles in their way was really great. It’s also nice to see a book where the focus is on animals, and humans are merely an addition to the story.

Overall, I thought this was a good little book. I’m glad I revisited the story and got to see the original content. I have since passed the book on to my son and he really enjoyed it.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read.

  1. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke. I got this book way back when as an ARC before it came out, and it seemed like everyone and their uncle got it, read it and loved it – except me. I just thought this book was so bad that I honestly couldn’t figure out what people liked about it. Funny thing is, I was also given the second book in the series, despite my overly long and negative review of this one, but I didn’t read the second one because I just couldn’t deal with the story any more.
  2. Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I don’t entirely remember how this book came to my attention, but I decided I wanted to read it even though it wasn’t something I typically read. The good news is I loved it and it prompted me to read all of her other books over the next couple of years, which I also really enjoyed.
  3. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. I had pretty much no interest in this book. I had watched a couple of the movies but also didn’t care. But I felt like I was being judged by so many other bloggers because I hadn’t read it, so I bought the bullet and gave it a try. I still don’t get how people are so obsessed with this series, I just couldn’t care and all I wanted was for Harry to die – which obviously wasn’t going to happen.
  4. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. This was another ARC that I got that was all over the blogging sphere. I liked it to start but the further I got into it the less I cared about the characters and story. I actually ended up DNFing this one at about 92% because I just couldn’t bother with the last few chapters.
  5. Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder. I don’t remember the reason for reading this one, probably another ‘this book is everywhere so I better read it’ moment, but I did enjoy this trilogy when I read it. Though admittedly I felt that the third book was a bit of a letdown. Now I look back and my opinion of the book has waned a bit.
  6. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. For about a year everyone was reading this one and raving about it. I had no idea what it was about but I finally broke down and gave it a try. I was so convinced that I would love it that I ordered the first seven volumes in one go. Luck was on my side and I fell in love with this series.
  7. Erased by Kei Sanbe. This one a random find at Chapter a couple months ago, and I am so glad I picked it up. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect of it, and the only reason I even picked up the first volume is because the white cover stood out among the colorful volumes they had on display. I can’t believe how lucky I got stumbling upon this series and I cannot wait for it to continue.
  8. Death Note by Tsugumi Oba. This was a manga series I wanted to read for a while and managed to pick up the entire thing for a steal last year. I read it, and while I enjoyed it, I feel like it wasn’t as good as I hoped for. My opinion of it has also diminished since I read it.
  9. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This was another ‘Everyone is reading it and loving it so I better do that too!’ series. I loved the idea behind the series and I really enjoyed the first book, but with each of the next books I liked them less and less until I didn’t even want to read the last one, but I forced myself to just so I could be done with the series.
  10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I honestly hadn’t planned on reading this book or series. I had saw all the hype around it, and learned my lesson from reading and not liking so many of the books listed above that I just wrote it off. But then I found a copy at Chapters for $5 and decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did because I have really been loving this series and can’t wait to finally finish it this year.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Warcraft Legends Volume 3 by Various Authors

What I did Last Week

Read

It was another week where I did very little reading. I did manage to squeeze in one quick book, which was actually a reread. I read Lenore: Swirlies. This is a book I read about five years ago, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep it or not, so figured I’d give it a quick reread to find out. I’m not sure if I will review this one or not. I probably will, but it will be a very short review.

 

Watched

I watched quite a few things over the course of the week. On the PVR I watched Homestead Rescue, My 600LB Life, Family By The Ton, and The Incredible Dr. Pol. Then I started working through a stack off DVDs that we either haven’t previously watched, or have watched but are thinking of getting rid of but want to watch again before deciding. From that pile I watched the original 1957 3:10 To Yuma, Last Stand At Saber River, Open Range, You Know My Name, The Desert Trail, and The Proud And The Damned. As you can tell, I was in a western mood last week, so all the movies I watched were from that genre.

Life

It was another busy week here. It started off with me getting hit my another round of cold that left me struggling to get anything in the first couple of days. I soldiered through it and still managed to get things done around the house, but at a much slower pace than before. I spend two days giving our one bathroom a thorough cleaning and went through everything in it as well. I ended up getting rid of quite a bit of stuff during this process – because we seriously don’t need 20+ towels in this house when there are only three of us. Then in the second half of the week I started to go through our kitchen. I purged about half of the cupboards, getting rid of some things we don’t need like teacups, extra mugs and serving platters we haven’t ever used in the last eleven years. Though I didn’t get the whole thing done, I’m happy with my progress. I also spent a day baking and getting things ready for the boys birthday party which we had on Saturday. I ended up making a bunch of cupcakes and decorated them to look like dinosaur nests, since the party had a dinosaur theme. The party was a big success and the kids had a great time at the bowling alley and they all loved the cupcakes. Sunday I took it a bit easy again, feeling the effects of the busy week and still not being completely over my cold, so I just chopped up a bunch of vegetables for easy snacking over the next week and played a bunch of World of Warcraft throughout the day. We did play some ping pong over the course of the week as well, but not as much as we normally do because of the cold symptoms and also that the boy was using the table as a base for a major lego set-up.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

My plan is to read something this week. I don’t know what yet, but I’m going to likely pick something short so I can guarantee that I can actually finish it over the week.

Watching

I will be watching my usual shows on the PVR over the course of the week and also working on more movies from that DVD pile that we have.

Life

It’s likely to be another busy week. I’ve gotten into the groove of cleaning and purging things each day, even if it’s just a small area, so I want to keep that going until the house is 100% done again.

Book Review: Warcraft Legends Volume 3

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Much like the first two volumes, this one has four stories within.

One of those stories is a continuation of Trag Highmountain, which started in the first volume. I will admit, I haven’t been much of a fan of Trag’s story. I think my biggest problem is that the font used for this story is so awkward that it makes reading it next to impossible. It’s hard to really get into a story when it’s difficult to read what is being said. Sometimes, with graphic novels, you can figure out a good chunk of what is going on based upon the images, but that little bit of dialogue and descriptive text is also very important to the story. If I have to hold the book an inch from my face and squint in order to read the text, then it’s hard to get into, let along enjoy, the story.

The second story, Crusader’s Blood, was pretty enjoyable. I’m a big fan of the Undead race in the game, so any story that involves them tends to grab my attention. Throw in some Blood Elves and it’s even better. This story has quite a good arc to it, bringing things full circle and had very good art to go along with it.

The third story was I Got What Yule Need. Let’s just pretend this one didn’t happen. Goblins are just wrong. Moving on.

The final story, The Thrill Of The Hunt, was my probably my favorite, along with the second story. This is the story of Hemet Nesingwary. Anyone who has played World of Warcraft knows who this character is and the annoyance of his quests. However, this story goes beyond his love of the hunt and shows a different side of Nesingwary. Honestly, I never thought I would want to know more about Nesingwary until I started this story, and now I wish there was more.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book. Some stories I liked more than others, but that is to be expected when several authors and artists are involved. It was a quick read and definitely something many World of Warcraft fans are bound to enjoy. I will be continuing on with this series to see what other stories happen in future volumes.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About.

I feel like…this is nearly every book I have read. Honestly, I can’t remember the details of all those books I read in the past that I loved. Heck, some times I can’t even remember what happened in a book I read only a few days ago, even though I enjoyed the story. Memory is a funny thing. So, I’ll just randomly pick books that I remember little to nothing about because otherwise, I might as well just link my entire Read shelf from Goodreads.

  1. The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton. This was the first Star Wars books I read, and it was 15 or so years ago. I really enjoyed this book, but the details are extremely vague. I know there were Dathomir witches and Nightsisters and umm…other things. Yeah, I’m going to need to reread this one at some point.
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have read this book a number of times over the years, but it never really sticks with me fully. I guess that’s good in a way, since it means I get to enjoy rereading it.
  3. The Mountains Call by Caitlin Brennan. Another book I read years ago and loved, but I can’t remember a darn thing about it outside of magic and horses. I actually plan to reread this trilogy soon.
  4. The Wayfarer Redemption by Sara Douglass. I absolutely loved this trilogy when I read it several years ago, but now I can’t remember a single thing about. I am hoping that I have a chance to reread it this year.
  5. Guardian of Honor by Robin D. Owens. This was the first book that I bought when I got my Kindle several years ago, and outside of it containing some magic or something, I honestly can’t remember a darn thing. I would like to reread this one and possibly continue on with the series at some point.
  6. Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor. This is a more recent read from a few months ago, but be damned if I can remember much about it.
  7. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. I adored this entire series as a kid, in fact I read it so much I wore out two different sets of these books, but I can’t remember much from them sadly.
  8. Watership Down by Richard Adams. I first read this one fifteen or so years ago, loved it and even reread it once or twice after that. But ask me what it’s about? Well..there are bunnies in it. That’s about all I remember.
  9. Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War by Christie Golden. It’s been about five years since I read this one and I don’t remember much. I do remember enjoying it quite a bit. One of these days I will reread it and all the other World of Warcraft books.
  10. Under The Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig. I think there were mutant crops in this one? I really should reread this book, since I never did finish the trilogy but wanted to.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Night of Cake & Puppets by Laini Taylor
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

What I did Last Week

Read

I didn’t have too much reading time last week, though admittedly, it was more a lack of desire to read. I did manage to read Saga Volume 8. I liked it, but not as much as the previous novels. I’ll be posting a review of this series up to volume 8 in a few weeks.

 

 

Watched

I watched quite a bit of things last week. On TV I watched Homestead Rescue, My 600LB Life, The Incredible Dr. Pol, and Family By The Ton. I also managed to watch the entire first season of Hercules The Legendary Journeys.

Life

It was a fairly busy week, yet I feel I did very little. I did get the laundry room 90% cleaned out and organized, though the rest will have to wait until spring so I can get the spare fridge and a couple of other big items out. On the weekend I did some baking, making some homemade buns and dog treats. I had planned to make more things, but I got hit with a cold and had no energy to do the rest. I played a bunch of World of Warcraft as well. Mostly though, I played ping pong, especially on Tuesday when Warcraft was down for 8 hours. The weather was quite nice over the week, which allowed us to take the dog for a walk each day, at least up until the weekend, when freezing rain turned everything into an ice rink.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t really know what I’ll be reading this week, but hopefully I will get through a book or two.

Watching

I have a couple of things on the PVR I want to watch as well as getting through more of the movie/series stack that I have picked out for this month, so I will likely be focusing on those this week.

Life

I don’t have any solid plans this week per say. I do need to get some things ready for the boys birthday party, which is happening this weekend, but that shouldn’t take more than a day to do. I think I will probably take it easy, since I’m still feeling the effects of that cold that hit me over the weekend.

Book Review: Nimona

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Nimona is one of those books that I knew nothing about, but kept seeing it on so many blogs. It seemed like everyone loved this book and couldn’t stop recommending it. I’m normally leery of books that get too many recommendations, but I was also curious. So after months and months of debating on whether or not I should read this one, I decided to give it a chance.

I feel like I missed something. I liked the book, I really did. I just didn’t feel that love that everyone else seemed to feel when reading this book.

It was a quick read, and the characters were enjoyable enough. The story was…I don’t know, maybe this is where I only liked it and didn’t love it. This is really one of those ones that I can’t explain myself. Perhaps someone who did read this and love it can help me out here. Why did you love the book?

I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who haven’t read this book yet and will enjoyed it. Others may be like me and simply like it. I’m not sure if I would recommend it or not, but hey if you want to read it, do so, since you will never know if you will like, love or hate a book until you give it a try.