Getting to Know You: Favorite Animals

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This week’s topic of Getting to Know You is Favorite Animals. I’m an animal lover. I relate to them almost more than people. I cry every time an animal dies in a book or movie. Their deaths (in stories) usually affect me more than human deaths do. I get sad every time I see an animal dead on the side of the road. Corey always tries to cheer me up by telling me it’s a toupee, hat, or a rug instead. I don’t believe him, of course, but it’s the thought that counts.

Every time I see an animal, I’m instantly in love. If I could properly care for and if I had the room, I’d want a pet of every kind of animal in this world. Narrowing down my list of favorite animals is really hard because I seriously love all animals. I mean I follow more animals on Instagram than people. I was going to share my top ten, but I realized I grabbed 11 pictures and I couldn’t get rid of one. I felt too bad not including one of the pictures. And, I feel bad for not including other animals. *induce panic attack now* Here’s my list:

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*These are images I took. The cat is my Cassinova (Cassie) who passed away three years ago.

What about you? What are your favorite animals? Do we have any in common? Are there any you don’t recognize?

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A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

I posted this video on my blog about six and a half years ago. As I was looking through some of my older posts, I ran across it and thought it’d be a good time to share it again.

I’m not much of an original Star Trek fan. But, I love The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and all the movies, including those with the original cast. Spock was my favorite character from the original series. I also loved seeing Leonard Nimoy in other roles, such as William Bell in Fringe.

I know I’m almost a week late, but I still wanted to pay this small tribute to Mr. Nimoy. LLAP.

Meeting Ransom Riggs

Last Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet Ransom Riggs at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City with Kami, Suey, and Suey’s daughter Tori. He was on tour, although Salt Lake was his only stop, to promote the paperback release of Hollow City. I felt like this event was over in the blink of an eye compared to other bookish events I’ve been to.

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We arrived at The King’s English about 20 minutes before the event took place. While I was buying a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the staff told us Riggs was on a tight schedule and didn’t have a lot of time so we was signing books before and after the signing. There was no line, so we decided to get our books signed first. Because it happened so quickly, I didn’t get a single picture of our signing experience. Fortunately, Kami and Suey were more on the ball.

IMG_4486After our books were signed, we headed over to the art gallery just down the street where The King’s English usually holds events because there’s more room. The actual presentation was very short, but informative. He talked about how the books came to be. He found a lot of old pictures at a swap meet and thought the pictures were really neat. He decided to write a story around them. He said that many times the story in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children cooperated with his pictures, but other times, he had to go on the lookout for more because the ones he had didn’t fit.

Even though the event was short, it was still a lot of fun. I really enjoyed listening to Ransom Riggs speak as he was very nice and funny. I look forward to reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and hopefully the others soon.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupéryTitle: The Little Prince
Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry(Website)
Genres: Children's, Classic
Pages: 98
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Format: eBook
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Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures. Summary from Goodreads

I first read Le Petit Prince in 1997 as part of the curriculum for my college French class. Even though I had previously taken four years of French in high school, I’ll admit I didn’t understand much when I read this story. Many of the French words were ones I had never encountered. And, unfortunately, I had missed the point and charm. For nearly 20 years, I’ve disliked The Little Prince, thinking it was weird and idiotic. I decided I needed to give it a fair chance and read it in my native tongue.

I liked The Little Prince much better in English, only because I understood its nuances more. However, because I’m a very literal person, the symbolism was lost on me.  And, I still don’t appreciate it nearly as much as I probably should.

My favorite character the little prince encountered was the fox. It’s because I love animals and I can relate to their friendship. I understand the meaning and responsibility behind taming as I’ve tamed many animals and almost every animal I’ve ever come in contact with has tamed me, leaving me sad when we part.

I wish I had read this as a child, or at least had it read to me as a child. I think I would’ve appreciated it more then. I wouldn’t be a grownup who only sees a hat instead of a snake who swallowed and elephant. Although, I’ll admit I did know it was a snake from the context but I didn’t know he had eaten an elephant. I thought it was the animal in the previous picture. Does this mean I’m still a grownup but maybe with childlike inclinations or tendencies? Or, would the narrator and little prince still think of me just as a grownup?

I’m glad I gave The Little Prince another go. It was definitely a more pleasant experience and I can now at least appreciate it a little bit and give it more stars.

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Stitching Snow by RC Lewis

Stitching Snow by RC LewisTitle: Stitching Snow
Author: RC Lewis(Blog, Twitter, Facebook)
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 338
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
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Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back--but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future--and her own--in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival. Summary from Dust Jacket

UBThere are minor spoilers in this review, but I don’t think it will ruin the book for you.

I loved Sitching Snow! I had high hopes that the story wouldn’t disappoint and it didn’t. It has definitely become a favorite.

I loved the uniqueness of the retelling–the setting, the characters, and the story itself. I love the sci-fi feel, especially with how Lewis incorporates the old Snow White story with her imagination. It helped breathe new life into this classic fairy tale.

The characters were fantastic. Essie was a heroine I could really get behind. She was stubborn, strong, and vulnerable. I related to her in a lot of ways. I also really liked Dane. I loved all the twists that he played a part in. Some of my favorite characters were the drones (aka dwarfs). I loved their personalities, especially Cusser’s and Dimwit’s. (I may have cried a few times in the story that involved the drones.) Essie’s father and Olivia were fantastic villains.

The romance in this one is very slow-building. The two love interests are immediately attracted to each other, but there’s no instalove. In fact, there were times when I was frustrated because there was no kissing. But, then it dawned on me that their first real kiss had to tie into the kiss in Snow White. And, I loved how Lewis did it. It was unique and unexpected.

I love that this book is a stand-alone. I got an awesome story with awesome characters. And, the ending was great. It left a few things open so that if Lewis wants to revisit this world, she can. But, it ends in such a way that there’s no need. It was very satisfying. I really can’t wait to read more books by RC Lewis.

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