Hector Trogg’s Perfect World Review

Stubbornness. Bleh.

A while ago, I was sent a book and Audiobook (I do LOVE audiobooks.) called Hector Trogg’s Perfect World. I started reading it while I was camping, and at first I was a little disappointed- The testimonials at the start of the book had claimed not a boy in the world wouldn’t enjoy it, and one boy even went so far to say it was the best book he’d ever read. I was disappointed because there was no kind of buildup- no insight into the life of the characters, it almost immediately throws you into an Aerial Dogfight with no time for character introduction. And, while some books have a beginning which drags on and ON and ON (some series even have entire books dedicated to this), and this can truly ruin something with potential, the opposite extreme isn’t good either- it confuses you, overwhelms you and puts you off, it makes the characters seem less believable because you don’t know enough about them to make sense of their actions, and it requires one heck of a recovery to be the best book I’ve ever read, especially when I’ve read Ender’s Game. But, fortunately, I hadn’t brought any other books with me, so against my better judgement, I kept reading. And, to my surprise, it got a lot better. It slowed down a bit and showed a bit more of the characters, and once it had deepened the characters a bit, it introduced more, and it kept the speed right, which was a huge relief after the overwhelmingly fast first chapter, which did the introduction in about 10 pages and then DOGFIGHT. It changed the setting to something both funny and interesting, and kept the characters to a set of about five, which is a good number. It still suffered from the quick start though, which is a shame, because it could have been something really incredible. Is it the best book I’ve ever read? No. Is it good, and worth a read? Definitely. 8.5/10.

I do wonder if I’m getting cynical. Everyone else seemed to love it, I mean, just LOOK at all the reviews they have, they all call it brilliant. *Sigh* Well, opinion done. Written. Set in Stone. Bye.

Why I want… Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS

Welcome to a new series, Why I want. In this series, I will talk about Video Games I want and- you guessed it- Why I want them. Today I will cover a new game coming out tomorrow, Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 3DS. (CURSE YOU, MY DREADED ENEMY SPELLCHECK! I ALWAYS KNEW YOU WOULD BE IN CHROME!)

Now, I’ll admit I’ve never really played Fighting Games too much. I’ve always preferred platformers and First Person Shooters, Mario, Sonic, Portal, even Solid FPS Games like Quake. But I’ve tried the demo for Smash on the 3DS (SHUT. UP. SPELLCHECK. HOW DO I TURN THIS DUMB THING OFF ON CHROME?) , and it was… Different from the kind of gameplay (RGH…) you might expect. See, rather than the standard walk-around-and-hit-things from other Fighters, Smash plays rather like its source games- it’s a platformer (SHUT UP SPELLCHECK, PLATFORMER IS A WORD!) kind of game, with jumping and running and platforms. And the different statistics and movesets make it so fans of any of the games featured will feel right at home. For Example, Sonic can run at speeds higher than any other character, and he can use his Spin Dash and Homing Attack, and heck, he can even summon a spring out of nowhere for some reason. I’m just going by what I’ve seen on the Wiki here, but I’ve looked at his moveset. And Mega Man, a newcomer to the series, is playable in the demo, and I can tell you from playing Mega Man 3 on both the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles that you won’t need to adapt to his controls- He plays just like he does in his home games, and it feels GREAT beating Mario to death with the Metal Blade because I’M THE BETTER MASCOT, MARIO. He not only attacks, but also manoeuvres just like he does in his games- If you’re a fan of Mega Man’s precise yet slightly clunky movement and impressive jumping abilities, you’ll like how he moves in these games. And, while they completely demolished how his knockback usually works, it’s all for the best- after all, how would the game be fair if Mega Man, Mario, Sonic and Kirby all got knocked away differently? And that brings me to the damage and knockback system in this game. And, let me tell you, it couldn’t be much more fitting.

You see, rather than a health bar or rings or power-up level, all characters have a damage number. When your damage number is bigger, you’ll get knocked back further; The goal is to knock your opponent off the stage. Additionally, some attacks knock you back further than others, so combining the correct attacks to create powerful strategies is key. For example, in the demo, the Villager can repeatedly use the Lloid Rocket, which deals heavy damage, and then use his Bowling Ball attack (which has ludicrously high knockback) to finish the enemy off.

Whoa. This is a LOT longer than I thought it would be. I’ll just wrap it up here, I need to go stare at a countdown for the next 8 Hours and then complain because I don’t have enough money to buy the game yet.

Charlie Merrick’s Misfits in Fouls, Friends, and Football Review.

So, about [Number] [Unit of time]s ago, I was sent a book about football. Originally I didn’t really want to read it, since I know absolutely nothing about the sport, but once I started it, I actually really liked it. It was quite a good book and wasn’t actually all about Football- it actually deals with some questions about whether people find winning or keeping a friendship more important (Personally I would pick the latter.) and how far people will go to win. Why do people find Football so important they’d rather win than deserve to win?

People care about sports too much, at least in my opinion. Ah well. I suppose I can’t control other people, and hey, I suppose one might be able to see me and video games the same way.

I think it’s a really interesting book, and it’s very well written in my opinion. The characters had a lot of depth, the storyline was interesting enough for me to like it, even though Football really isn’t my thing. I suppose I really can’t give a terribly good review on this book due to my complete ignorance of the subject. Its characters felt very real somehow and I think some real effort and thought was put into this book. Also there’s a really long title. (CMMIFFAF.)

Well, overall, I liked it, so I’ll give it… Umm… 9. Out of 10. To me it just seems like I only ever get stuff that’s either really good or really bad, I can only ever remember one thing that I saw as mediocre.

Monkey & Me Review.

I can’t think of anything funny to put here. Hmm…

Okay, this one isn’t overdue I don’t think, but I probably should have reviewed it a few days ago. But on topic of the book, a while back I got the book in the post (which, for once, I was actually EXPECTING.), and it was really a…

I want to use the term page-turner here, but I’m not sure if it’s accurate. Hold on a sec.

Yeah, it’s a page-turner. It was a really great book, and it was really funny. Until, of course, the kid in it  cut his leg open and ran away from home.

…Yeah. That part was really unexpected. Then again, it’s a cancer book, what DID I expect?

The main character does have leukemia, which is kind of a broad term, since their a loads of types, ut= WHAT JUST HAPPENED TO MY HAND-

Ahem. Mistakes in my typing aside, it was a really great and funny book, and it had a Monkey. I like Monkeys.

I can relate to them. (Okay, he’s technically a Chimpanzee, but come on.) In fact, I like Animals in general, but Monkeys/Chimpanzees and Hedgehogs are some of my favourites. Yeah.

So, in the end I really enjoyed this book, and though it’s darker than you might expect, it all ended well.

Let’s see… 9.85/10. YAY!

Maybe the next post will be about Minecraft? I’m trying to think of an original approach to the subject.

Rivetz Dragon!

It should be an s…

Welcome to another episode of “Deadlines? What are those?” with your host, Simon!

Yeah, so this is probably the most overdue thing I’ve ever done, and for that I sincerely apologize. It’s just I lost the Rivet Gun, then I lost the Rivets themselves, and I only found them a few days ago. So, I apologize for being ridiculously late.

So, a few weeks back, I was sent a Rivetz Dragon, similar to the Fighter Jet I reviewed a while ago. I quite liked the look of it, and I got up to connecting the neck to the body…

And then it got fiddly. VERY fiddly.

I had to Rivet together…

  • The Arm.
  • The Shoulder.
  • The Wing.
  • The Underside of the Wing.
  • And the Body.

I had to get help from my mother to accomplish it at all.

Luckily, I managed to do the Left Arm/Wing more easily, and then I managed to do…

1 Step before I needed help again. Urgh…

It took me a while, but I eventually managed to finish it.

And it looked AWESOME.

If anything, it looks even better than the Jet did right after completion, and even better, it’s made so you can have it crawling up your wall.

Who WOULDN’T want a room decoration like that?

It’s even bigger than the Jet, too, and a lot bigger than I expected. So it looks awesome, even if it is hard to make, and I felt very satisfied after managing it.

So the score of this Dragon… I actually like it more than the Jet, so 9.8/10. Yeah.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Review.

Right. Most people will probably know about Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Wow, that’s a mouthful. (No awful Pun intended.)), but for those who don’t, I’ll give a (very) quick recap of the basic storyline:

Flint Lockwood, young inventor, creates a machine to turn water into food: the FLINSDMFR. FLINT- FLINMRD- FLMD- FISMD- FISBDR- FFLLIINNSSDDMMFFRR… FLINSDMFR. FLINSDMFR. Okay. He accidently sends it into the atmosphere, causing it to rain food, however after time the machine goes haywire, making it create food hurricanes and suchlike. He destroys (hold onto that thought) the machine, saving the world from destruction. …That’s it.

And then in THIS Movie, we find out the machine survived, and is bringing food to life. I’m talking Shrimpanzees and Living Pickles here. And Tacodiles. And Cheese Spiders.

Now, speaking from a neutral standpoint, it probably wasn’t a very good movie and was kind of daft, but I liked it anyway. It was fun, hilarious, and enjoyable to watch, and I think that’s what really counts to me. It was a very interesting Idea, too, and the creativity definitely deserves some mention, and it even had one of those easter egg thingies in it. NOW I’M GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH THE MOVIE AGAIN TO SEE EVERY SHOT WITH THE SASQUASH IN IT-

Ahem. While it might be a rather silly idea, it was a very well executed idea, to the point where I really liked it. It’ll make a nice family film, it’s good for a laugh, and it’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you liked the first one.

So, the overall rating? Well, I kind of have mixed feelings on this one… Eh, 9/10. I really liked it.

Read 26, Post 3.

Woo, Itsbeenthreeweekssinceposttwo!

Let’s do this thing!

Grail of Stars, by Katherine Roberts. Yaay…

So, I got this book. A couple of weeks ago. But I read it, and I enjoyed it. I’ve actually finished the series now, which is good and bad in different ways:

It’s good, because I finished a great book series.

It’s bad, because I really liked them and I’ve run out of book. :(

But still, I really liked the book.

The Sword and The Circle, by Rosemary Sutcliff. Rather than being a very loosely based on legends book (like Pendragon legacy), it’s a rather more firm retelling, with stories of Merlin (Being Merlin) and Arthur (being Arthur).

Actually, mainly just Arthur. Merlin only made it to Chapter 5 out of 13.

After reading Pendragon Legacy and seeing the TV Show Merlin, I’m surprised by how different this was to both of them. Pendragon Legacy had the same kind of base, with King arthur being advised by Merlin and getting killed by Mordred at Camlann. Merlin had…

Virtually.

NO.

Similarities.

Cos’ in the show…

Merlin isn’t an advisor and Magician, he’s a servant who secretly uses magic! Guenevere’s not a QUEEN, she’s another servant who Arthur eventually falls in love with! Arthur isn’t even a king who someone fostered who proved he was King by drawing a Magic Sword out of a Stone, he was Prince from the start!!!

Urgh. Modern Culture feeling the need to take the names of Legends and use them as their own…

Is that all? I thought I’d read more. Heh. Well, 16 more to-

Actually, nah. If I keep the target this low, I’ll smash it before may. Let’s raise it to 52, shall we? Yeah. From now on, it’s Read52.

Roller Skating.

Right, so yesterday, I went Roller Skating for the first time in my life. I enjoyed myself, though I fell down a lot. BUT THE DAY AFTERWARDS…

Okay, I was told I was gonna get stiff. But here is the list of that hurts when I do it:

  • Laughing.
  • Coughing.
  • Bending over.
  • Sitting down.
  • Standing up.
  • Lying on a hard surface.
  • Sneezing.
  • Hiccuping.
  • Taking big steps.
  • Running.
  • Moving my upper right arm more than a few inches at a time.
  • Bending my body.
  • Turning around more than a few inches at a time.
  • Leaning in any direction.
  • Lifting heavy objects.

Yeah, I think you’ll agree (Ow.) that I’m (OW.) not really (OWWWW!) …Okay, maybe I should stop using my right arm to type. Alright, that should be bette(OW.) Wow, my left arm hurts too? This is gonna be hard to wri(OOW!) Note to self: Don’t scratch nose, ESPEC(OW!) Note self: Don’t move hands too quickly. Alright. I’m not doing any exercise today. You got that? Good. Cos’ I’m(OOOOOWW!!!) I should really remember to go slowly. (OW.) And to not bend over. And the fact that my family keeps making me laugh is NOT helping.(OW!) WHY-WON’T-I-STOP-BENDING-OVER?(OW!)OH, COME ON!!!(OW!)STOP MAKING(OW!) MIND THE SHOULDERBLADE!(OW! OW! OW! OW! OW! OW!)

…I’m writing the rest of this later, WHEN EVERYTHIN(OW!)G STOPS HURTING! (OW!)

Okay, I’m back. Things have stopped hurting now, at least.

So, I enjoyed Roller Skating for the first time, even though I got very stiff afterwards. But if I keep going, I’ll get better at it, and I’ll get less stiff afterwards, right? Well, I enjoyed myself, and that’s what counts.

Read26, Post 2.

Okay, so THAT Plan went out of the window.

Anyone who saw the last post will have checked up on Monday and saw there was no post. So, they would have just thought “Oh, it’ll  be up later today.” But, when they checked on Tuesday, they’d have realized that I, as usual, was late.

And here I am, a WEEK later. My apologies.

Anyways, (YES, I checked that was grammatically correct before typing it. It’s defined as an informal or dialectual form of “Anyway”, I’m being informal.) let’s get to the books!

Demon Dentist, by David Walliams. Another wierd (No red line! Woo-hoo!) book, but then it’s David Walliams, so what do you expect? Anyway, it’s also surprisingly creepy, all Gums and Eyeballs and Slugs and Bat Wings under People’s pillows and suchlike. I liked it anyway, though.

The Rithmatist, by Brandon Sanderson. Two things. Despite the name, it is not about maths, it’s about people who can bring chalk drawings to the life. And the Main Character is not a Rithmatist.

Whaaaa?

In a lot of fantasy books, there’s a group of people with powers or abilities, Harry Potter for example. And in almost ALL of these books, the main character will be one of these people. Harry Potter for example.

If this is so much more original (and, in my opinion, better written) than Harry Potter, how come an army of Millions will, after reading those brackets, either hatemail my blog or close the page and never read it again?

Strange minds people have…

But, I must respect their opinions, and back on the subject, I enjoyed this book.

How To Twist a Dragon’s Tale, by Cressida Cowell. This is fifth in the How To Train Your Dragon Series, and I’ve read the first, the fifth, the ninth, and the tenth, and own the fifth, ninth and tenth. And I got all of them for christmas. You don’t really need to read these in order, so you can jump in and out as you wish. You can read this first, or a different one, it doesn’t really matter. I liked it, and I really like this series.

The Remaining ones are Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel, both books which I enjoyed.

18 more to go!

(These are now in a category, Read 26 Updates.)

Read26.

So, since the beginning of last year (Wow, it’s so wierd (I really wish I could figure out how to turn this browser’s spellcheck off.) to think of 2013 as last Year. I am never getting used to this.), my mother at Making It Up has been doing a Read52 Challenge- an attempt to read 52 books in one year. Now, since I’m getting started and I’m not quite as much of a reading fanatic as her, I’m just going to try to read 26 books this year. Just to be clear- I don’t have to stop at 26, it’s just the minimum target. I can read as many as I want, I could actually Read 52 if I wanted to. But out of that, every Monday possible, I’m going to say what books I read last week in one post. I won’t be giving them full-length reviews, but I will be saying a few sentences about each one, like how I got hold of them and how much I liked them and a rough outline of the story. So, without further ado, the first two books of 2014! (Amazon Links coming soon.)

Crown of Dreams by Katherine Roberts, Book 3 in the Pendragon (Oh, come ON, Spellcheck. First Wierd, then Spellcheck, and now Pendragon? Somebody needs to SHUT this THING UP!!!) Legacy. Interesting story behind me obtaining this, actually: A while ago, I got to choose two books from an online store for free. I chose a Hulk Pop-up book and Sword of Light, Book 1. I really enjoyed Sword of Light, and couldn’t wait to  get my hands on Lance of Truth, the next book. Funnily enough, the next book I got hold of was (a signed copy of) Crown of Dreams in March, from a Competition, and I had to wait until Christmas to get Lance of Truth. I read that in the last few hours of 2013, and read the majority of Crown of Dreams in 2014. Anyway, Crown of Dreams was a very good book, it’s about Rhianna Pendragon-

I’ve done it.

I’ve finally done it.

I SHUT UP SPELLCHECK!!!!!! :D :D :D :D YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I read another wierd (There’s not a red line under it. This is so… Refreshing.) book last week called Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. This author has written two other books I’ve read, Billionaire Boy and Ratburger, as well as getting Demon Dentist for Christmas, and I’ve noticed Gangsta Granny is a bit sadder than the others. I’m not gonna spoil it though.

Ok, so they’re the books I read last week. I don’t think it’ll be too much of a stretch to read 24 more this year.

Finally Spellcheck has Shut up…