Adventures in Sophie's World : Part 1

It's Sophie's World, we're just living in it.

After years of neglect, I decided to restart this little blog to do more book reviews. And I want to document my process of reading this 'Sophie's World' by Jostein Gaarder. Since I'm reading it for school, I might as well have a running commentary.

A novel on the history of philosophy. How conceptual! For more information, let's take a look at my notes about the first four chapters.
- Does being alive mean the awareness of being alive? If someone thinks they're dead but they're not- are they dead?

- Death and life are the same? But polar opposites.

- Knowing=belief. You know and you believe. You can't know and not believe. You can believe and know. They're different, connected, similar things. What is belief? What is knowing? What is this book?

-Harmless ignorance is not evil.

- Sophie is a little pretentious brat.
Well, the thing about having English in the morning is that your thoughts just flow from your subconscious like streams of wisdom when prompted by wise Dumbledore. Sophie means "wisdom". But this little girl is only beginning to learn about the very concept, let alone applying it to her life.

Dull Boy

(originally published March of 2010. Also known as the dark ages)

Avery is not normal. He can fly and has super strength. He tries to be a hero but his parents think he's irresponsible and ship him to a special school where he meets friends with powers just like him.

Darla: A genius inventor who creates weapons of mass destruction. Sophie: Who can stick to anything.
Catherine: Catwoman.
Nicholas: Who has a vortex inside of him.
And Jacques: The son of a mysterious woman who has the power to freeze things.

This group of misfits try to help people and discover the origins of their powers.

I liked this book.Who doesn't like super powers? The characters were really well developed throughout the story and relateable. I liked all of the characters.

4/5. Would recommend
This is a blog. I'll write some book reviews. If it's written and I've read it, I'll probably talk about it here.

It's pretty simple.

The Garden of Eve

(originally published 3/17/10)

Eleven year old Eve isn't happy when her dad moves them to an old mansion with groups of dead orchids in front. Not after her mother died and she knows that nothing will ever be the same. The townsfolks say that the trees bear a curse and an old woman takes an interest in her family. Soon, Eve meets Alex, a boy who claims to be dead and he tries to help her figure out the mystery of her birthday present, a seed. But in a town surrounded by superstitious people and secrets, what does the seed actually mean?

The whole book was about heaven, the afterlife, human grief and the dynamics of funerals. I liked how K.L. Going portrayed Eve's garden. All the beauty made me wish that it was a movie so that I could see it in front of me.

I wished for a better plot. I wished for more meat on the bones of this story. There were times when the plot was downright disturbing. 3.5/10. Would recommend to read in the afternoon. But never before going to sleep.

The Princess Plot

(originally published March of 2010)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I don't like the frilly princesses. But pink with black= need to read. So I read this The Princess Plot by Kirsten Boie.

Fourteen year old Jenna is shocked when she's chosen to play a princess in a movie. She's hustled off to the country of Scandia and learns that she actually has to play the real princess and not just in front of the camera. Her casting crew tell her she must stand in for the princess because she's not ready for public duty but soon, Jenna is thrust into a world of politics, conspiracies, lies, and more.

I like politics and enjoy listening to outlandish conspiracies. I also enjoy princesses thrust into the world of politics so it's no wonder that with its changing points of view, this book offered an insight on the real princess world. My favorite character in all of this would have to be the real princess, Malena. Strong and quick witted, she definitly realizes something is wrong when someone pretends to be her when after all, Malena has run away to join the rebels of the country.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It surprised me how well it was told and Kirsten Boie had a way of changing points of view that made the story interesting. Intrigue and politics and revolution are always a nice addition to a tea party.

Rapunzel's Revenge

(originally published March of 2010)

Sure we all know that tale of Rapunzel. How the poor little girl was stuck atop a tower and she used her long hair to provide access to her stepmother? Well, think again if you're planning on reading Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrated by Nathan Hale.

This graphic novel is a work of art. It tells the regular story of Rapunzel, you know, locked away in a tower for being naughty, but then, Rapunzel uses her braids to climb down, escape, and start a quest to destroy her stepmother's plan to take over the land. She meets an outlaw, Jack (from the Beanstalk) and he joins her along with a goose (that supposedly lays golden eggs). They travel all over on the run from the law until they can finally take a stand against the throne.

My favorite twist was that it brought along the fierce, lasso of the West. But this time, the lasso comes from Rapunzel's trusty red-head braids. Ain't nothing wrong with Westerns+ Fantasy.

Rapunzel's Revenge is funny and action packed. The companion book to this is another graphic novel title, Calamity Jack, and this time, Jack, Rapunzel's best friend and love interest, is in the spotlight.

I don't really like comic books or- graphic novels as they're called these days. But I'll make an exception for this book and its lovely illustrations. 4.5/10. Would recommend.

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