Book Review – Eldest, By Christopher Paolini

Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance saga and is written by Christopher Paolini. I would like to say that I think I liked the first book better than the second installment. Because I think nothing really happens in this second installment. I mean like literally nothing happens! The author has Eregon spend a lot of time with the Varden, then he gets shipped off to the Elves where he spends half the book training as a Rider. Yeah we sometimes cut to Roran and I actually felt relieved when it was his time in the spotlight. I was bored to tears and figured out the plot twist in the end of this book around the tenth chapter. It is painfully obvious of the allusions to other films and literary works. I felt like Christopher Paolini used them as cookie cutters, but jazzed the cookies up and made them his own. The allegory in this novel is painfully simple that a monkey could point it out. If I had started reading this series when I was younger I would still find some of these faults, like the allusions, but I would probably be giddy with delight at the connections and write them off as nothing more than a parody. I would probably have liked this book better. I probably would have had the whole series read and done by now.

Now those are my grievances, and now here are the positive criticisms:

The author’s writing is slightly better and more fluid than the first novel of the series, even if at some points the dialogue seems forced, or as if the author tried too hard. Christopher Paolini does have an extraordinary imaginative talent, but his starting point started from a “Heroes Journey” (which George Lucas and many others have used as a reference). But, instead of using it as a road map like other storytellers I think he used it while it was already wrapped around other’s stories and put them together. I did enjoy the ancient language that he came up with using different old mythologies (especially Norse Mythology). I was happily gleeful at the Norse references and allusions. Well, because I love Norse Mythology. I love mythology in general, but you know…

If I had read Lord of the Rings I probably would of stopped after reading the first book, Eregon, but I only watched the long agonizing films. Do not get me wrong, I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films, but man were they really long and hard to keep up with. I endured though and loved the action sequences and….Okay I am getting off topic.

I am writing this review because I only have had four hours of sleep the previous night.

Oh! I did like the subtle jokes that was peppered through out the book. With the other criticisms I do have to say that I have always enjoyed reading the last eight chapters though. Because it seems like Christopher Paolini gets a second wind or something because he knows he’s at the ending for the novel and moves the plot faster. This keeps my interest and I also enjoy the climax and the falling action of the novel. The author also does this tease thing where the plot/story will pick up in the middle or a little after the middle, but then die down again until towards the end. This feels like I have been on this long journey and I am almost out of energy, but then there is a pit stop and then a power up/recharge. Then things slow down again. I love and hate that.

I give Eldest three out of five stars.

I would write even more about it, but I am really tired and I need to at least try and get some sleep. I hope this review is useful to anyone who reads it. I also may revise this once I can actually catch some Z’s….

Captain Marvel Review

I just saw the film Captain Marvel. I thought it was really well done. The technology for today to make an actor look fifty years younger is amazing. There were a few twists in the film, one I already figured out, but the why I was slightly wrong on. I know I am being a bit vague, but I don’t want to accidentally write down a spoiler in this review. I love Goose the cat, but I am also afraid of Goose…you’ll see why when you see the film. If you’ve already seen the film then you know what I am talking about. ^^;

The camera angles for the flying/action scenes were great, they did a good job of Stan Lee’s cameo in the film (I don’t know if this was his last or if his last is suppose to be in Endgame), only the beginning was slow instead of half the film (because you know….set up and all), and the movie was just kick ass. The beginning was a bit confusing, but now that I think about it the filmmakers probably wanted it that way because the main character had some confusion herself.

All I can say is that the movie was so good I didn’t even finish my popcorn and that is saying a lot. So run out there and go see Captain Marvel! I promise I do not work for any film companies or anything. If I did I wouldn’t be living in a desert with two feline fuzzballs. This is not an endorsement. I just love movies. 🙂

2019 here we go again…

I know I have not written in 5 months or so, but I kinda got busy and forgot about this blog. There have been a lot of crazy things happening, and I have been talking to some new doctors. There have been some adjustments to some medications and now my blood sugar is doing better. I lost more weight and last time I checked my weight went down to 281.

There have been a lot of health changes and other life changes. I now have a boyfriend and everything is new…sort of. It’s a long story and I am going to cut this post short, but I will try and blog everyday if not at least every week. I know I’ve written this before, but at least I never really quit. I updated a few of the tabs on this blog, so check them out of you are interested. It’s quick information. I promise.

Like the Turtle in that one race…

Everything has been super busy and I do have good news. I have dropped 23 pounds according to Real Appeal (when I started that), but if you’ve been following my Training tab on this site you’ll notice it’s more than that. I am now at 286 pounds and I really don’t know where it’s going off to…

I did not have weight loss surgery just to let people know because I am a chicken. I don’t like the thought of me being knocked out while doctors cut me open and do stuff. I do know this though, is that especially while I was sick for a week and a half I had to really put my foot down and say NO to dairy temporarily. I was weaning myself off before, but now that included eggs as well. This was because dairy and eggs and certain other foods make phlegm…’nough said about that. -_-;

Maybe my body has a real aversion to it? I mean I can eat eggs and get the same results, but cutting out milk, cheese, and things puts things into perspective. With the weather cooling down and me steadily losing weight I should be able to hasten the process by going on more hikes and doing more activity rather than sitting on my bum eating potato chips.

My blood sugars are starting to drop too. The last time I went to the doctor (don’t know if I’ve blogged about this part yet) my A1C dropped from 8.0 to 7.4 and that was on August 8th when I got my blood drawn by the vampires. ^w^

I am going to hit the gym today for the first time from being sick and see where that goes. Wish me luck. 🙂

 

Midnight Raven – UPATE

This post is only to update my (if I have any left) subscribers to let them know that I have a new very short story. You only have to go to the home page of this site and click on the “Midnight Raven” tab. Since it’s almost October I’ll be probably writing creepy, horror, or dark poems, stories, and art. I want to practice more on my writing and see if I get better. Enjoy!

So here’s the thing…

I know I kind of made this web blog mostly about my health journey with sides of my hobbies. But, that kind of makes it boring and how many times can you write in a blog post, “went to the gym today…”. I do want to write more and I do want to still write about my health journey. I also want to write about opinions of things like reviews basically. I want to review movies, books, games, etc. I am staying away from news, political, or worldly things. It’s not that I don’t have an opinion on these things I just rather keep them to myself, or maybe I just don’t have an opinion at all. A lot of times I am just Switzerland anyways so it doesn’t matter. I hate for my blog to just sit here and I don’t do anything with it. Most of the times though I am so busy so therefore I forget about it. If it’s not on my main radar list of things then it gets pushed aside, but not on purpose and I am trying my best to fix that.

On the upside is it’s now September and so far I am now down to 289.8 pounds. I haven’t been this weight since I was 19 years old. Hopefully I can keep this going. For awhile it was going up and down between 295 and 298. It was weird. So the scale decided to finally move it’s lazy butt in the right direction. My sugar levels are slowly starting to get better.

Gym and Health Update

So it’s summer…

Which means…

I’ve been working real hard at the gym up until my foot biopsy then I had to lay low for two weeks. I’ve lost a bit of weight and I am on some new medication, but not for weight loss and yet it’s affecting my weight loss journey in a way. I am one pound away from my super mini goal if you look in my Training tab on the home page of my website.

I know I should always keep writing, but when it’s summer and I got a million things to do you just forget. I want to make more of this website and do more things, but I am not that talented. We’ll see in the future.

Books and more books…

I decided after finding a quote that I found hilarious that belonged to the book “American Gods”, by Neil Gaiman to actually buy the book that it came from. I have heard over the course of many years that Neil Gaiman is a great author and many people enjoy his written works. I just never thought his writing was for me, but yet I respected him as an author in the book geek community. I did a thing and I ordered American Gods and while I was looking up books written by him I also found a diamond among the other jewels and saw Norse Mythology written by Gaiman as well. I love Norse mythology so I also picked up this book as well. Then I decided to finish my “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas and bought books two and three. The one that was recently released is still in hardcover and I have a thing about my books matching. It still drives me nuts that my Twilight books 1 through 3 are paperback and the last one is in hard cover. Also, don’t get me started that my Harry Potter books one through four are paperback and the rest are in hardcover. That one drives me more crazy.

Anyway, I don’t know if I even will get that fourth court of roses book, but I don’t intend on starting to read that series until I completely finish the Throne of Glass series. The last installment, which has a title now, “The Kingdom of Ash”, will be published at the end of October. I have started collecting the paperback versions of ToG series even though I started reading them on my Kindle. I have it pre-ordered on my Kindle so that I can start reading it the minute it’s released and I absolutely cannot wait. I think I will wait a long while and get it in paperback so it can match it’s sisters…because I am weird. The only hardcover of ToG is the Tower of Dawn and I don’t mind that one being in hardcover because it really isn’t part of the series, but then again it is because it’s only telling a story that has events that are happening at the SAME TIME as Empire of Storms. I like to think of it as a side thing just like the prequel book with the side stories of when Celeana is 16 and still an assassin. And yet…that one I have on my shelf with the other as a paperback…

^^;

It all works out…

With more time on my hands this summer now that I am off from college and on vacation I am determined to get more books read. I should make a summer reading goal. I want to read and finish anywhere from six to ten novels. Is that too much? No, but it can be done. It’s just a matter of organizing my time and testing this new medications limits and what it can really do for my brain. I also am going to get into new better habits and re-arrange my life for the better so I can get stuff done. I also hope to start book reviews as well, but I probably will only have time in the summers to do these. I am very hopeful though. This is going to work and I can’t wait for my book delivery!

I took a step and then another…

I went to the gym on Friday and then skipped Saturday and then went yesterday, Sunday morning and I was going to go today on Memorial Day. There are a couple of reasons holding me back from going.

  1. Memorial Day Drivers (I don’t want to get into an accident)
  2. Women’s issues happened to me yesterday evening, but thankfully I am not in a lot of pain. (knock on wood and hope for the best)
  3. I neglected my laundry with being busy and wanting to rest, but it seems like I keep getting roped into staying busy. This has it’s good and bad points.
  4. I’m not just making excuses to make excuses.

If I were to go to the gym in this state I would need to wear black pants just in case and well, I ran out and therefore that is why I have to stay home and do laundry. But, I am on a mission. It’s 124 days until my brother’s wedding and I am determined to look good in a dress and look good in the videos and photos. I don’t want to look like a cute potato in a dress. Did I mention I hate wearing dresses? It’s the tomboy in me.

I am also on a new medication that hopefully will help me on this journey and focus this summer to finish the goals I set for myself. I want to lose at least a healthy range of 30 pounds this summer. But, since I am so heavy and with this new medication I do not mind losing 40-50 pounds and then stopping for my body to adjust as long as a lot of inches come off with it. I want to get under the 300 pound mark and so far I have lost like 2-3 pounds. I could weight myself more to see if that I lost more, but lady problems with the bloating prevents me from seeing any progress. I also have a bad habit of not drinking enough water. I used to drink a lot of water when I was younger and I don’t know how I got into the habit of not drinking enough water. I am just not thirsty enough I guess? It’s not the taste. I have a great water system in the home and I have had so many friends suggest water flavorings that are either natural fruits to artificial diabetic friendly flavorings. To be honest though, to flavor my water with any of these options would make me want to drink water less. To me water should be just that…water. Any weird flavorings and subconsciously my brain would start thinking I am trying to poison it.

Also, I wanted to mention that I joined a weight loss program called Real Appeal. I found out about it from work and other co-workers have joined. Now I am not a person to jump on band wagons or jump off the bridge with everyone else like a freaking sheep. But, I decided to try anything once especially when you hear good things. There’s a lot of things I don’t like about it and there are a few things that I do like about it. I got a free kit in the mail with a digital scale, exercise equipment thing (I have no idea what they call it), work books, a plate with color coded portions of how you should eat, exercise dvd’s, and stuff. And then there is the live video classes you can do from your computer or smart phone. The class is thirty minutes and you set up what time you want to join. I’ll keep this blog updated with all that stuff.

Wish me luck!

P.S. That one doctor on my last doctor’s visit on May 3rd pissed me off so I am going to prove I don’t need that medication with the two really bad side effects. I’m going to prove her wrong. I can do this without it.

Soon…

Everything has been really hectic, but I will write an update on this blog as soon as I can. A lot of things have happened and are going on. Thank you for your patience! 🙂