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Book Review: Caldera: The Book of Ixkin BY MATTHEW COUSINEAU

Review by Bec

BOOK SYNOPSIS

The Americas, history’s greatest secret, hidden for thousands of years by the mystical race known as the Delar. Now as their last mother draws her final breath, the secret they have fought and died for has been discovered. The fate of these lands filled with magic and wonder rests in the hands of her twin sons. 

Here in the vast untamed wild filled with supernatural forces and fantastic creatures, each child must survive, separated from his mother and hidden from an ancient evil that waits to be freed from the shadows of the great Caldera. As the twins endeavor to survive through war, love, betrayal, life and death in these magical lands, the fate of their friends—and the world—hangs by a thread. 

Review

I know I use the word potential a lot, but in the case of this book the word potential is true. Caldera has so much potential to be a great fantasy read and despites its shortcomings (which I will go into below) I did find myself several times being sucked into the story and really enjoying what was written. The plot carries this book along and yet this plot is not enough to make up for the problems found within the pages, though perhaps with a good edit it may be. 

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Book Review: The Banned Underground: The Amulet of Kings by WILL MACMILLAN JONES

Review by Bec

The Banned underground is a fantasy story set in modern times, but it’s not a serious one. Rather the whole story is supposed to be amusing and comical, and while some bits were funny, most of the time I was left wondering what I was reading and just feeling overall that this book is trying too hard to be quirky, funny and different. A lot of the jokes fell flat and there were times when it all became a bit too much, especially when trying to keep up with the jokes and the play on words left me confused as to what was actually happening. 

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Book Review: The Punished by Peter Meredith

Review by Bec


On reading the synopsis, I expected this story to be one of abuse and in a way it is. What I did not expect was the chilling supernatural story that is The Punished. I won’t spoil anything, as it takes awhile for the book to get to the true nature of the punishment, beyond saying that the administrator and very nature of the punishments themselves chilled me to the bone. There were several times when I found myself scared reading this book, which is the true mark of any horror story.

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The Crew answers your questions

In response to Iknowalotaboutnothing, asking who our favourite non-english authors were:

Trish: 

Hmm, well I haven’t read many non-english books, so I can’t say much on that topic. But I am starting to read an Indian philosopher named J. Krishnamurti’s book titled: The Book of Life which is a collection of his philosophical notes and speeches and was published after he’d died.

Back in the seventh grade, for a class project in author studies, I also read Before We Were Free, a book by Julia Alvarez who is a Dominican-American writer. I loved the story as it centred on concepts of freedom which she drew from her own life experiences, making the read even the more realistic.

Angel:
I don’t read much foreign translated pieces of literature, though Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World’ (originally in Norwegian) is one of my favourite for, despite its length, it is very philosophical and very informative.
However, as a classics scholar, I think I’m allowed to mention the fair number of pieces I’ve read in Classical Latin and Greek. The thing about classical writers is that they value the placement of words in their sentences, creating a lot for meaning and emphasis.
So, yeah, out of the pieces I have read, I’d have to say that my favourite world be Virgil, especially his descriptive epic, The Aeneid, because, for one thing, I can appreciate that writing an epic in verse must have taken a long time to compose so well!

(Bec: I kind of wish I’d picked Sophie’s World now. We read it for Year 11 Philosophy back when I was in high school, and I loved it so much I bought my own copy. I’ve always loved philosophy and I loved Gaarder’s way of putting it, as part philosophical non-fiction book, giving you information on the philosophers, and part philosophical fiction book)

Nadia: I have read a fair amount of books not written in English, but most of them are translation of English novels. Now I’ve read a book in Vietnamese called Dế Mèn Phiêu Lưu ký by Tô Hoài and did enjoy it a lot. The title means “Adventures of a Cricket” and is a heartwarming children’s tale. I practically grew up with the book :D
Another of my non-English favourites would be the Inkheart trilogy and The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke, a German author. I’ve only read the English translation though, so not sure if that counts :D Inkheart has one of the most wonderful worlds that I’ve encountered in a book, and The Thief Lord is amazing.
DotMy favourite book in a foreign language has got to be ‘The Three Musketeers’ by Alexandre Dumas (obviously I read an English translation - my French is appalling!). I love the time period, the sense of adventure and the conspiracy that goes on, and you can never have enough sword fights!”

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Bec is going away on holiday.

And as I’m the main runner of the tumblr, it means I won’t be around to update it as much. Hopefully our lovely followers (that’s all of you) won’t notice as I have queued up a whole bunch of posts that should see us through. However the posting of reviews and writing tips from the site will be put on hold temporarily and I’ll catch it up when I get back. And it might take a while for me to answer any asks. 

Remember to check out our website for reviews (or to submit a book for us to review yourself). Otherwise I will see you all when I get back :)

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Book Review: Pterripus—The Awakening by Kristl Thompson

Review by Sharon

This magical tale follows the adventures of Lilly, a child born of the Earth, whose destiny lies elsewhere, in a world called Nostobirum. On her fifteenth birthday, she is whisked away to an unfamiliar place to learn who she is, and what she must do to protect not only Buthania, (that world’s biggest land mass) but Earth as well. She must fulfil her destiny according to ancient prophecy. A great deal of responsibility is dumped on her teenage shoulders, and she carries that burden willingly, even though she doesn’t really believe that the prophecy pertains to her. 


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Book Review: Force of Habit by Marian Allen

Review by Bec

Being a bit of a science fiction junkie, I love when stories are set in space, involving aliens. And this one covers those bases, involving a few different species of aliens, a space ship, an alien planet and cultural misunderstandings caused from the relation of the above. It all makes for a very interesting setting overall, and one that serves well to highlight the intricate story and weaving plot that this book contains. 

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Writing Tips—How to Develop Characters (Tips from the Crew Part One)

The perfect character should not be very perfect at all, because when we get down to it, no one wants to read a story filled with Mary-Sues and Gary-Stus. So how do we do it? How do we create the (near) perfect character? The following are the first five general tips offered by the crew. Another set of tips to follow soon. 
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Writing Tips—How to Develop Characters (Tips from the Crew Part One)

The perfect character should not be very perfect at all, because when we get down to it, no one wants to read a story filled with Mary-Sues and Gary-Stus. So how do we do it? How do we create the (near) perfect character? 

The following are the first five general tips offered by the crew. Another set of tips to follow soon. 

To read these tips click here

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Book Review: Zombie Bible: Death has come up into our windows by Stant Litore

Review by Bec

I have to admit. I nearly didn’t finish this book. Around the 20% mark I was becoming very unsure as to whether I wanted to keep reading it, and in fact turned to other reviews to help me decide. Being non religious, I struggle to read books with heavy religious elements, and this book, being based on a bible story, has some religious elements. And yet I did keep reading and boy am I glad that I did. 

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