The Semester Ends(And Other Miracles of the Christmas Season)

And good riddance too.  By far my worst semester, hands down, no ands, ifs, or buts about it.

I will spare you all the pain of hearing my grades but let it be known, from now until evermore, until the end of time, from every mountain top and darkest, deepest dankest depths of the lowest ocean:

I PASSED ORGANIC CHEMISTRY.

Inconceivable-no-text  Inconceivable!

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Did you get all that?  I sure hope so because let me tell you, I didn’t.  Half the stuff in there was counterintuitive to common sense.

For those of you who are not, or did not, major in any science related field then allow me to clarify why this class is so evil:

Inventing Organic Chemistry was the slightly lesser known reason why Lucifer was booted out of Heaven.

So…. pure evil.

But on another note I’m done and now to book reviews from what little reading I’ve been able to get done lately.  Which is to say, almost none at all.

Before I jump in allow me to say that I have not, yet, published anything through a mass market publisher so though I may review some of these books harshly and critic the writing, that does not mean I know any better.  It’s just that, as a reader and somewhat proficient writer, this is what I read and thought about the books.

#1:

Tale of Two Castles: Gail Carson Levine

There’s not much to say about this book.  It is a very delightful read.  I can most accurately compare the style of this book to that of Dianna Wynne Jones.

The basic plot is: a young girl wanting to become an actress falls prey to a web of lies and deceit in the new city she lives in.  There, her acting skills must truly be put to the test as she plays spy for a dragon(ess?), Ogre, and host of other enchanting creatures and people.

A very quick read and a fantastic example of a simple yet engaging story.

#2:  The Fallen: Thomas E. Sniegoski

Mmm….I’m not sure if I can really be a fair judge of this book.  It was the only book I picked up during the last few days of finals week to calm my nerves.

Mmm…I love the idea.  Our main hero, Aaron, discovers that he is a Nephilim, the offspring of angels and mortals.  This is very reminiscent of the Percy Jackson series but you can’t dock an author for using similar, yet completely different, ideas.

I tried to get into it, I really did, but the characters felt sort of fake and one dimensional.  There was the hero who, of course, had a crush on the cutest girl in school who (miraculously!) thought he was the hottest thing since the sun.

Without warning Aaron is afflicted with powers of angels like being able to understand every language and the like.

The idea and story was very good.  I’ve always been a sucker for battles of titanic consequence and angels and mortals is no exception. The writing was a little lacking in my opinion and the character development and interaction and dialogue between the characters left something to be desired.

The idea for The Powers, the angelic assassins of God was good but the bad guy appeared to have no real reason for killing every thing in his path.  He discards all attempts to discover why he’s killing everything.  An example went something like this:

‘The beaten angelic priest wiped the blood from the corner of his mouth and looked up at Verchlel.  “Please!  Before you kill me, you must tell me why you are doing this!”

“Because it is the will of God,” Verchlel replied, stepping closer and raising his flaming sword.

“But we are doing the will of God too!”

“Then it’s because I’m trying to rid the world of evil.”

“But so are we!”

“Then it’s because you are a fallen angel.”

“But we are atoning for our sins!”

Verchlel stopped his advance.  Frustration and confusion played behind his eyes.  “I don’t care!  Hold still!”

Not exactly how it would go, but you get the idea.

All in all not the greatest read but a good way to pass the time.

And I think that’s it.  My brother just got home from school and is threatening to drop a soccer ball on my computer if I don’t pay any attention to him.

Adios.

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