One thing I want to say to Mr. Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan, The Heroes of Olympus, The Mark of AthenaI just finished reading The Mark of Athena, Book Three in the Heroes of Olympus series, and I read something of someone else’s Facebook page and I just had to agree.

Yeah, why did Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase had to fall down a chasm leading straight to Tartarus, the darkest depths of Greek and Roman hell? Why?

Although, I have to say, at least that gives Daedalus’s laptop a chance at retrieval. It would really be quite a waste to lose something so awesome.

Rick Riordan, The Heroes of Olympus, The House of HadesRick Riordan, The Kane Chronicles, The Red PyramidI don’t have House of Hades just yet. So, I started with the first book of The Kane Chronicles, The Red Pyramid. I like the fact that there is quite a familiar air to everything in the book. I’ll be reading the series while waiting for when I can get my hands on Book Four of the Heroes of Olympus series.

Now, this is what I want to say to Mr. Rick Riordan:

Can you Norse mythology, please? Loki… Thor… The Valkyrie… Ragnarök… Valhalla? That’d be really cool, thanks.

Or you could do Filipino mythology. We’ve got a whole slew of monsters just waiting for heroes armed with ancient magic to come by.

It’d be really interesting to read how he would weave Norse (or Filipino) mythology into everything he has already written.

I should say, whatever epicness Percy Jackson and his friends have brought, is bringing, and will bring, Maximum Ride will still be my most favorite series. I have a special kind of attachment to it.

That is, next to The Chronicles of Narnia. Then again, Narnia is in an altogether different list so Maximum Ride can remain at the top.

Rediscovering Music: These Simple Truths

Sidewalk Prophets, These Simple Truths, cover artThese Simple Truths is a Christian music album by Sidewalk Prophets released in 2010.

This album I’ve had in my library for quite a bit now but it feels like I’m hearing so many of the tracks for the first time and they are beautiful.

My current favorite: Moving All the While.

In the morning as I wake
I pray my eyes do see
On this narrow road I walk
You have made a path for me

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
You were moving all the while

In sickness and in doubt
All questions that may raise
You claimed victory on the cross
And You filled my lungs with praise

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
You were moving all the while

On a dark and silent night
Above Your beauty shines
And Your peace shall fill the Earth
By Your love we are refined

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
You were moving all the while

And through all the bitter storms
Whatever comes our way
You will guide this vessel home
To live for all my days

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
You were moving all the while

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
You were moving all the while
You were moving all the while

Wrecking Ball

Crazy how things can turn out with some celebrities who start in the industry as kids and couldn’t quite know or learn how to grow up.*

The Last Song, movie posterI can’t get over the fact that I kinda did like the movie The Last Song and now the lead star of the movie, Miley Cyrus, turned from a dying man’s very smart and very talented daughter into someone who makes out with a doll in a pool, twerks her way in the MTV VMAs and sings naked on top of an industrial wrecking ball.

Of course, before The Last Song there was Hannah Montana and that’s really where she got started. Then she graduated from being a Disney princess and eventually turned into now. Not good.

Truly, there was only one word I could think of to describe her during her performance in the VMAs: it starts with an “s” and ends with a “t”, with an “l” and a “u” in between.P!nk, in So What

There is one other celebrity whom I am reminded of whenever I see her new ‘do, though: P!nk. But I’m like, “Sure P!nk is all that, she’s crazy and everything, but I don’t think even she does that on stage.”

Apparently, she doesn’t like Miley’s latest performances either, saying:

“Am I into it? No, I think it’s tacky. She’s really freaking talented, she’s beautiful. She can sing her ass off and to go up there and do that? She’s cheating herself and she’s cheating the rest of us…She can do what she wants. People can like it if they want. I’m not going to buy it. She can do better. I’ve seen her do better.”

Britney Spears, in ToxicAnd I thought Toxic was bad when Britney Spears released it.

To be absolutely fair, I haven’t seen the full MV of Wrecking Ball. There could be something good in it. I only saw a few seconds of a clip in a video by TIME about the various incarnations of the person that is Miley Cyrus but I’m pretty sure “I could’ve lived my entire life without that picture in my head.”#

All I could think was, “If that’s a real wrecking ball and she’s really sitting naked on top of it, that’s gotta be really uncomfortable.”

I heard a bit of the song, though, from those few seconds and I thought that they could have made a really good video out of it. Something tragic, something dark, something heartbreaking… Something classy. At least, something decent.

If there’s anything that wrecking ball is wrecking, it’s Miley herself and her career. Of course, she is getting a lot of press out of it. Entertainment news is abuzz because of it. Heck, even TIME did a video about it. To top it off, I’m writing about it in the middle of a blog that includes law and hybrid science in it.

Truly, I don’t understand the motivation for her making such performances and releasing such videos. Like P!nk said, she could do so much better. She had something going for her when she starred in The Last Song. Now… Well, whatever.

Maybe she wants more attention from the press, the people, everyone. And, she got that. She’s trending everywhere. But I know there are a lot of other ways to get such attention. Lots and lots of other ways, lots and lots of better ways. She didn’t have to go that route.

What does everyone think about this? Do you think it’s all publicity? Or is everything a sort of a desperate attempt at growing up?

Jonas Brothers | Lines, Vines and Trying Times | album cover* Kinda like the Jonas Brothers when they released Lines, Vines, and Trying Times and they sounded so wrong and they reasoned that they wanted to grow up. Of course, Miley’s case is not exactly in the same category but, well, speaking of growing up…

# I wonder how many can remember this from when and where…

Source: P!nk quoted in PopWrapped, P!nk is Not a Fan of Miley Cyrus’ New Performances , http://popwrapped.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/pink-miley/

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut!

More Harry Potter, anyone?

cover of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemYes, yes, yes, of course. So, that’s exactly what Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling are giving us with the upcoming film series based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find featuring Newt Scamander, the supposed author of the aforementioned textbook of Harry Potter. This film series will be penned for the silver screen by J.K. Rowling herself.

That is to say, this is authentic Harry Potter.

I could never say it better myself so here‘s what J.K. Rowling has to say about it:

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

“As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

“I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”

I couldn’t say it better myself so here’s J.K. Rowling’s statement:

Aren’t you glad about this?