Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park was an incredibly fantastic novel. Just fantastic. Michael Crichton certainly knows how to write a thriller. The novel starts out setting up the issue. You get little snippets of what's happening, but are never told what's actually going on. Then you get to one part where you're given a hint and you think "That's it. That's what is going on here." I've also never seen the movie so I had no real idea about the plot, but apparently the book and the movie differ quite a bit. Anyway, the plot was great. There were no holes that I could find and everything was (spoiler) kind of tied together at the end. There was no real closure which can bother a lot of people, but I found it was great. It finished off what had been happening in the novel but left an opening for the possibilities of what could happen in the future if the dinosaurs were left to their own devices. I thought the way that the dinosaurs and the island were disposed of was rather simple compared to the whole ordeal everyone had went through on the island. It was almost too simple. Characters were also really great. You have adults mixed with two children and an elderly crazy man who thinks nothing will ever go wrong ever. Ian Malcolm was perfect. He was that annoying voice of reason who was constantly saying what will go wrong and when. Hammond totally ignored him and definitely gets his comeuppance at the end. Grant was also a really good choice. You had two palaeontologists and they provided you with the dino facts you were missing out on if you weren't a dino nerd. I especially enjoyed how Crichton included a lot of factual scientific stuff that was going on at the time. He perfectly melds the fact with the fiction. Now I have no idea what was actually real at the time this was written (I was born after the novel was published) but I have a fairly good idea of what aspects are fictional. All in all, this was just amazing. There's really no other word for it. I was constantly on edge wondering what was going to happen next. The beginning was a little slow to pick up, but once it did I didn't want to put it down. This is definitely something I would recommend and I can tell you with confidence that I will be re-reading it in the future.

Quote of the day: "Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves." - Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Sunday, 17 February 2013

New Leaf

I haven't posted anything in a while and I thought today was the perfect day to start up again. These past few months have definitely been full of changes and they've kept me crazy busy. I have a new part-time job, a new hair cut, and I've decided it's high time I revamped my blog. When I started blogging it was definitely much more rounded and lifestyle-like, but as I spent more time online looking at other blogs and connecting with other bloggers, it slowly became a writer blog. I want to switch things up and go back to lifestyle blogging. Writing isn't all I do in life and so it makes sense to incorporate other things I love too. I have a vast mixture of likes and dislikes and so I'd like to incorporate them into this blog. I will blog about foods, books I'm reading, anything to do with writing, beauty, healthy living, and really anything else I feel like. I want to incorporate everything and not just focus on one aspect of my life. I think a great way to start this is to include some random facts. I've decided to do 20. If you'd like to comment with 20 facts about yourself, I'd love to read them.

1. I love quotes for all occasions. There's just something about a quote that goes with a certain situation that really resonates with me.

2. I love to travel. I get very antsy and feel the need to go somewhere if I haven't been travelling in a while.

3. I love cats. I will for sure be a cat lady when I'm elderly.

4. I'm obsessed with the show New Girl. Zooey Deschannel is fantastic and I love her, no matter what people say.

5. I'm a little obsessed with Pinterest at the moment. I definitely need to take a step back and get off it for a while.

6. My room is an absolute mess. I love having a neat and organized room, but it never seems to be that way, no matter how hard I try. I just pray that when I have my own place it'll be neater.

7. My goal is to be in Toronto in 3 years. I don't want to live in my hometown. It's not that it's a bad place, it's just not a place where I want to spend the rest of my life.

8. I've never had a date on Valentine's Day. This may seem a little late in coming since Valentine's was on Thursday, but it is a random fact.

9. I love Zelda. It's fantastic and epic and I love that the franchise is continually being added to.

10. I love anything Middle Earth. Tolkien is one of my favourite authors and anything to do with him I love.

11. I have an orchid. I nearly killed it, but I've managed to revive it by watering it slightly more than I was previously.

12. New York City is one of my favourite places to travel to. I've been twice already and it always has more to offer.

13. I love classical music and movie scores. There's something in the complexity that is so incredible and entrancing.

14. I'm trying to expand my fashion horizons. I've been wearing the same types of clothes all my life and I think it's time I try new things. Cue closet clean out!

15. I love art. I like to think that if I hadn't gone into English I would have gone into art history. Studying art history was one of my favourite things in high school.

16. I'm rubbish at speaking to people I don't know. If I'm at work it's fine because I know I'll probably never see those people again, but if I have to talk to someone in my class, it's not happening.

17. I hate doing in-class presentations. I am the absolute worst at them. I get all panicky and speak either really quickly or really quietly and it gets hard for me to breathe.

18. I hate that people assume I'm going into teaching because I'm an English student. I want to go into publishing. I can't explain anything and I hate presentations, so why would I want a job that combines both of those and includes extremely judgemental students?

19. I have a younger brother. We're best friend. 'Nuff said.

20. I believe in magic. And if you don't, then enjoy a boring unmagical life.

Quote of the day: Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let's not forget this. - Dave Eggers

P.S. Since Emily hasn't responded to accept her prize of The Hobbit I'm going to give it to the first person who comments on this post with their email address. I don't need another copy hanging around when I already have my own.