Dune by Frank Herbert

Ok, this book is really interesting. This is the reason why lately I hunt for old books rather than the newly published ones. It’s hard to find these kinds of writing lately and the mainstream books are all for teenagers who are hung up on Romeo & Juliet type stories that are embedded in a contemporary world. Yes, I’ve read Twilight, but that was a few years before the movies became a hit even. As a teenager then, I did appreciate it for it’s stars-in-your-eyes factor of the (first) book. Then I simply forgot about it and moved towards more plot and substance. I could tell you about lots of books, but let’s focus: Dune. This book was actually a little iffy for me at first, seeing how it had other books; Trilogies always scare the hell out of me because I assume that: (a) the first book will not have a finished feel and (b) too much thick books can be a little daunting and (c) if I know I won’t have time to read all of the books, then that’ll leave my brain with a story that’s half finished. You see, I’ve finished a few trilogies but like I said, time is a factor.

Dune by Frank Herbert

So let’s get started here. Dune; we start off with a boy who is visited by an “old crone” as the book calls her. Now starting with this, I had no idea that he was going to the main character of the book. The short synopsis on the back of the book made it sound epic and I guess I couldn’t see how an epic story could start with a fifteen year old boy. That age, if I think back on experience, can be a little immature and stupid. Of course, I had to read further on to realize that he wasn’t like any ordinary boy. This book is very interesting in how it threads the stories together. Each one character introduced, you slowly peel off the onion skin– if you get my meaning; it’s like getting to know them, but as the story progresses. So in little bits, you learn about them, how they make decisions and why–all because of the personalities that is slowly revealed to the reader. So far, I’ve only had time to finish the first book (Dune) and I’m going to start on the second book (Muad’dib) soon since I’m on my day off today. Spoiler: I wish the relationship of Jessica and the Duke were expressed more; the book so far only allowed little glimpses; even with the characters thoughts, they were almost hiding it, sort of, and that’s what made it very interesting. You get the feeling they do like each other, but they hardly show any signs; it’s very subtle and minimal. That’s what makes that relationship sad and heart-wrenching, in my opinion. You feel deprived or almost cheated that they never got a chance to show it openly, and that’s how Jessica and the Duke felt towards the end (I can’t say the end of what, since that’ll be revealing too much). The story moves quite fast, but at the same time, nothing much happens. I mean, time moves forward really fast–in the first book, anyway. First you’ll see them having dinner then the next there’s an attack. The transitions are non-existent; you jump to the next scene and you better be ready or else you’ll get lost. LOL, at least, that’s how it was for me. But yes, so far very engaging, sad and fast paced enough for me. =) Give it a try and see how you like it.

Today is Hoop Day

well. i finally got a bit of down time after cleaning and dusting the house. saturday; i wanted to do something outside but i don’t have any idea what i should do…. maybe i should just study…??? i wanted to go roaming again. lol, it is a bad combo to be roaming in a mall all alone. i got bored and guess what i was hauling back when i took the bus home? clothes worth $100!! the whole time, i was justifying my purchases.. they were on sale, i needed a new pair of shorts, i liked the color, etc… omg, i am soooo bad! i was thinking i’d just get something to eat… but then i started drifting to the shoes place and the video games and i was tempted to buy a DSi… damn, so dangerous, eh??? lol, but anyways, right now i need to go take a shower and clean off the dust form my hair.. the carpet downstairs is still wet and it stills bother me to no end…

ooh, by the way, i bought books, romance of course, and i finished them in about two days, those two books.. man, i wish The Prince [Elizabeth Minogue] ended better than it did… so anticlimactic, in my opinion.. although their relationship [Rose and Florian] is very sweet but sometimes off… lol read and you’ll understand. the first one i finished is Miss Wonderful by Loretta Chase and it was interesting and actually had a more satisfying ending compared to the other book.. i was reading those books up till 2AM with my cellphone light lol my elbows were hurting coz i was kying down and they were getting squished the entire time and tired from holding the phone in front of the book… anyways, because of those books, i’ve been daydreaming again… i was thinking of a better ending for the Prince, because to me, it lacked the umph! that it should have when a story finishes… stories should always finish with an umph! so that the reader closes the book with satisfaction and the memory of the story remains longer in their minds. that’s just my opinion. haven’t been dreaming lately… too tired from sleeping at 2AM!!! but it’s fun =) the disease is spreading to my sister. last night i slept at one because i managed to finish my book, but she was still beside a desk lamp reading…

5 Centimeters Per Second

i’ve always been curious about this show… and thanks to an amv of it, i was exposed to frou frou’s ‘must be dreaming’ … it’s very very good, quite magical actually [the song]… the videos are from youtube obviously, not mine at all.

the entire movie was written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. the music was composed by Tenmon. i love the music in this movie, by the way; suits the mood very well. also the Background Art are done by these two people: Takumi Tanji, Ryoko Majima. they are awesome artists, in my opinion. if you get the chance to watch this movie on a widescreen and high quality, man you will be struck by the beauty of it. anyways, i’ll stop talking now.. see if you’ll like it. this movie is beautiful, absolutely. definitely recommended to those who like to cry in the movies lol. =)

you know, i want to [someday] get enough money to own this movie.. along with the other short movies that are oh so sad and pretty with their visuals…

a little blab about the movie on this part; don’t read if you don’t want to spoil the movie for yourself……………………………………………………….

ahh that ending was shocking indeed. even before that ring shone on Akari’s finger, i knew they would never end up together. all the signs were there even before the first part ended.. soo damn heart-wrenching. i mean that poor surfer girl. and how sad for Takaki to not be able to move on from his past, eh? i mean, it was all very earnest from his part but who was he kidding? Akari was in his past and he should have left it like that instead of living his life waiting for an impossible moment to come true. although i must say, i do tend to think like that about someone…. which now scares me. lol i’m going as far as Takaki though.. man, the whole time he was fighting against time and he already lost the fight the moment he went on that train and left Akari.. =(

Twilight: The Movie

dundunduuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnn…….. lol

twilight movie

twilight movie

it is so damn overrated. people/teens are going crazy over it; on Y!A [answers], on booksie, on facebook… my god. lol i’m sorry, i used to be a fan of the book series but after reading the 2nd and 3rd one, i honestly could not find it in me to read the fourth installment. the lack of a good plotline was boring me to death. it was mortifying for me because i was expecting a lot from it. it was extremely good in the first book but it just went downhill from there… i happened to be one of the lucky ones who read the book before it even rose to popularity & even became a movie [because i am such a booknerd lol.. it also happened to me with the Girl With the Pearl Earring book] and i was intrigued by it for a number of reasons. the year after that, it was seriously all over the place and ‘the next book is out! omg! i just have to have it!’ rampage came along… one of my friends is an avid fan and i respect that. i just don’t think the following books carried over the alluring feel of the very first book. and now there’s a movie.. who is that guy? from harry potter film, right? the one who died in the triwizard(?) games.. “cedric”, right? hahaha i don’t even know his name and i’m too lazy to look it up right now, but i honestly cannot forget him as being cedric when i see him onscreen.. there’s that characteristic aura he has that when he acts, he can’t eliminate it. for example, when you look at michelle pfeiffer in a specific movie [ie]  i a sam, you don’t see her as the cat woman from the batman returns. see what i mean? lol anyways, it looks like a decent movie. i’d love to know what scenes they’ll put for the movie and which ones they cut.

ps: no getting pissed off over my personal opinion. if you have a valid arguement, state it diplomatically. =)