Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey by Author C. Clarke reviewed by Sergio Ragno



2001: A Space Odyssey was a joint project between Stanley Kubrick and Author C. Clarke, the two hammered out the basic premise together and then split to actualize the story in their respective mediums. As such Clarke’s Space Odyssey should be very familiar and shed light on elements left ambiguous in Kubrick’s vision but is distinct enough that it can be appreciated as its own entity and neither project can accurately be treated as a Rosetta stone for the other.

Movie Review: 2001 A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey reviewed by Sergio Ragno



I don’t believe much needs to be said about the ground breaking masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Director Stanley Kubrick set out to tell the greatest science fiction story in history, deeply insightful and scientifically accurate, a love letter from humanity to the stars that have fascinated us since we first gazed upon the heavens, and it is hard to deny his victory towards that end.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review: The Time Traveling Fashonista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile

The Time-Traveling Fashionista and Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile by Bianca Turetsky reviewed by Sarah Kramer



4 out of 5 stars.

This book, third in the Time-Traveling Fashionista series (see also The Time-Traveling Fashionista on Board the Titanic and The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette) is a pure delight to read. Main character Louise Lambert is obsessed with vintage fashion, and has discovered that certain pieces of vintage clothing take her back in time. This third adventure takes place in the ancient past, where Louise gets to experience life as a servant to Cleopatra, and all of the dangers that come with that position. Author Bianca Turetsky manages to teach you about history in a fun way, without making you feel like you're sitting through a lecture, and also makes you want to learn more about the different time periods in which Louise finds herself.  Speaking of main characters, Louise is quite likable; a 12 year old who is struggling to find the confidence to be herself, no matter how different that might make her from her classmates. The drawings throughout the book only serve to round out the story. It's not often you find illustrations in a book aimed at this age group, but these are a treat.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review: Me Before You

Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes reviewed by Nina



A brief overview, I don’t want to reveal too much!
Louisa “Lou”, a young woman that had never left her small town worked in a local tea shop, and when the tea shop closed she had to look for other employment.  With little experience or training she accepts a position as a caregiver for Will, who was a high flying executive before an accident left him paralyzed. They gradually warm to each other and develop a touching friendship.
It is a beautiful, touching story with endearing characters.

***** Stars


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Book Review: Audrey Bunny

Audrey Bunny by Angie Smith, Illustrated by Breezy Brookshire Reviewed by Sarah Kramer



Audrey Bunny, a picture book by Angie Smith, is a heartwarming standout. It tells the story of a stuffed bunny who's ashamed of a mark on her fur, and afraid that because of it no child will want her. However,when a little girl named Caroline chooses the bunny, names her Audrey, and makes her a treasured part of her life, the newly-named Audrey Bunny discovers the sweetness of loving and being loved. Through it all, though, Audrey Bunny is afraid that when Caroline discovers her mark, she will stop loving her. Thankfully, there's a happy ending, and kids (and grownups) will be encouraged by the message that we are loved, imperfections and all. The cozy illustrations by Breezy Brookshire are an added treat.

5 Stars