Monday, April 30, 2012

Contributor's Corner: SciFi for the Fiction Challenged

<Review Edition Part 2>

Star Carrier: Center of Gravity (Book 2) 
So lets start this off by saying I rated Book 1 (Earth Strike) at 3.5 overall. The overall story was VERY interesting when the two books combine (meaning read them both) however there were some major issues I had with it so lets get going.  

Pros: Story - the way he keeps the story moving without you feeling bored or slowed down is very nice. When I was reading the book I found myself not wanting to stop as I loved the space battle combat and the way he described everything. Characters, some may remember that my main issue with the last book was the cardboard cut out characters of his. Well rejoice! In this book we not only get even more in depth look at the mind and emotions of Grey (main character from last book) but he also dives into a little bit of history and emotions of the Rear Admiral. He also does something I had not expected. He brought in a new character, and not only brought in but made you connect with her in the same fashion he did with Grey in the last book (not completely but fairly close). I love how he is foreshadowing the last book and the reveal that any intelligent reader can see coming. He makes it kind of obvious but I still like the way he is revealing it to the characters in the book.  

Cons: Continuity - the way he ignores obvious military options that would have opened up because of certain things happening in the last book boggles my mind. Instead of a military learning from an improvised attack that proved effective they completely ignore it in this universe. Tactics that he used in the first book that would be perfect for some battles in this book are overlooked and not even touched on at times. Granted I understand he had new ideas that he wanted to use but he could have at least explained why he didn't use some of the same tactics he did in the first book. Plus it also felt like the rules of the universe changed slightly around the tech that he used. Over description, the other issue I had with the first book appears to just be this authors writing style it seems. This issue is purely personal, however I felt as though he explained how the FTL drive worked 5 times over the course of the 2 books and truthfully I don't think most people are that forgetful. On a last note I did find 3 Spelling/Grammar errors that should have been corrected...not a huge deal but worth mentioning.  

Overall: Good book with a great continuing of the story from the first book. Slightly over descriptive and has some continuity errors that are easy to see if looking, but over compensates by creating an emotional link between you and a couple characters that his first book lacked. While I can't in good conscious give this book a full 4/5 I can give it a 3.7/5 as it is better then the first and kept my attention longer, but the errors and over description keeps it from a full 4/5  

Star Carrier Book 1 Earth Strike: 3.5/5  
Star Carrier Book 2 Center of Gravity: 3.7/5

-> Hunter

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Went to Ohio...

Visited Franciscan University of Steubenville.
It was awesome. 
Got rained on.
Waited the rain out in a stone chapel. 
Which was awesome.
Met a Franciscan friar. 
He was awesome.
Went to lunch. 
Which was awesome.
Met my roomhosts.
They were awesome.
Watched an extreme frisby game.
Got cold.
Spent a night in the dorms.
Everyone there?
Sat in on classes.
Went to Mass.

Was unbearably shy the whole trip... Erm.

Anyway, still haven't decided on the whole college thing, but Franciscan is decidedly awesome.

Will update with more entertaining posts (as in, more entertaining than this one) as soon as I get my life back in order...

Better yet, I'll do it the next time I feel like procrastinating.
Soon. Very soon.

To wrap up, a couple things I'm excited about.

1) Owl City's new album to be released in August. Just in time for my birthday!

2) This guy.

Octopus made out of a sock? Socktopus! W00T 

Lots o love, 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Why I haven't updated...

You know those days when everything (and I mean everything) works to frustrate you?
And eventually it gets to the point where it's just so ridiculous that it becomes funny?
That was today. 

Go to see orthodontist. Get impressions done. Clay junk gets stuck to my brackets. Can't talk or move for three to five minutes while the doctor viciously tugs at my teeth until it comes off. Funny in retrospect, but gawsh it hurt! Endure sore teeth for the rest of the day.

Get home. Dear little brother has spilled bleach all over the very old, very expensive rug. 
Brother is now locked in a dresser drawer being fed with a tube.
(That last part really isn't true. Really.) 

In my haste to help him clean up the rest of the bleach before it ruins the wood floor, I allow the car door to swing freely. There is now a nice, purdy little scratch on the door. I think it gives it character. Mom does not agree.

Time to milk the goats and take care of the other ol' farm stuff that we do on the farm with the goats. Was that sentence massively redundant? Yes. Do I care? No. 
Take a moment before going outside to put some laundry in the washer. Realize that dear little brother wiped up the bleach with our nice towels. He then put them in the laundry basket... With our other nice towels. Bye bye, nice towels. :)

Storm is coming in. Chores still aren't done. Eight goat kids need their shots. Beehives need tending. Chickens keep trying to sneak into the milking room. Dad drops a ladder on the dog. 
Dad's screen printer derps and prints the wrong logo on a batch of t-shirts we need by tomorrow.Dear little sister is running a 102* fever.

At least we have ice-cream.


Eat ice-cream. World peace.

Much love,

Sunday, April 8, 2012


The most important day in all of history. 
The Eighth Day. 
The New Creation. 
The day when the God-man who walked among us and died at our hands, passes through death itself, and lives again. 
This is the eternal mystery, that even death must die in the end.

One of these days the Heavens will open before us and we will see creation as it really is. Like men and women looking back on our childhood days and seeing how small we once were, we will look upon the expanse of our universe and realize how tiny we were among it all... We will drop the toys of our age. We will forget all of those things we used to call treasures. All that has been will wither in the light of the infinite Now. 

Today is Easter. 
Today isn't about rabbits laying eggs. 
It's about the most epic story ever lived. 
It's about Eternity touching time. 
It's about the Infinite reaching down and embracing the finite. 
It's about the greatest sacrifice the world will ever know. 
Love dies for His beloved. 
 And, defying all of nature, shattering the boundaries of time and space, He rises, and carries her with Him to glory. 

We cannot even begin to imagine what awaits. 

"But soon we shall die and all memory...will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. 
Even memory is not necessary for love. 
There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the only bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."

The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thorton Wilder

Monday, April 2, 2012

April Fools

April Fools has passed, and yet again not a single successful prank on my part. 

That's okay, I have until next year to get my little sister back for that pillowcase full of clothespins...

End of stupid post.
Have a cupcake.