Type it Out Tuesday: February 12

Since it’s Valentine’s Day coming up in a few days, I figured that people would appreciate a Valentine’s Day themed writing prompt…the thing about this one is that it’s for all those single people who don’t have anything to do on Valentine’s Day (which is more than okay because being single isn’t a bad thing).

Here it is:

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this is the first time you’ve been single in a while, but you won’t let that get you down. You decided to stay at home and binge watch that new Netflix show you found.

Continue from there, and describe the perfect evening to yourself.

As always, I’d love to see what you can make of this.

Type it out Tuesday: February 5

Since it’s Chinese New Year today, what better way to celebrate than a writing prompt based off of just that.

So here it is:

The 12 Zodiac animals get together, as they do once every year to celebrate the new year.

The only problem is, there is one missing. The 11 animals soon realize that Pig is missing, and nobody has heard from him in a long time.

The animals go off together in search of Pig.

I hope you enjoy this one. I think it’s an interesting idea, and could be a really good idea for a book. (if you use it for a book just let me know or give me credit please lol)

 

Book Review: Steelheart

Rating: 4/5

Author: Brandon Sanderson

There are no heroes.

Every single person who manifested powers—we call them Epics—turned out to be evil.

Here, in the city once known as Chicago, an extraordinarily powerful Epic declared himself Emperor. Steelheart has the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, no explosion can burn him. He is invincible.

It has been ten years. We live our lives as best we can. Nobody fights back . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying powerful Epics, finding their weaknesses, then assassinating them.

My name is David Charleston. I’m not one of the Reckoners, but I intend to join them. I have something they need. Something precious, something incredible. Not an object, but an experience. I know his secret.

I’ve seen Steelheart bleed.

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So as I started writing this, I was having a serious case of deja vu. I could have sworn that I had already done a review on this one, but couldn’t find it for the life of me.

Maybe I am losing my mind, or maybe the stress of school, life, and everything else has finally gotten to me.

If, for some reason, someone can find a review I did for Steelheart, please let me know and I’ll throw together another review, but I am pretty sure I haven’t done one yet.

Anyways…

I really enjoyed Steelheart. It was fun, fast-paced, and fantastic. I can’t remember a single moment of the book where I was bored or uninterested in what was going on.

Steelheart has a very interesting concept that touches on a lot of different genres of books.

Basically you start with a dystopian world, mix in a bit of superhero powers, a pinch of spy novels, add a dash of mystery/detective novels, top it off with a drop of humour, mix them all together in a 386 page hardcover book and you’ve got Steelheart.

It’s a really simple book, but Brandon Sanderson does a good job at not wasting any time and telling the story that needs to be told.

The aspect of the book that I enjoyed the most is the man vs. superhero story that is the main aspect of the book.

I’ll try not to ruin anything, but there may be a spoiler warning in effect from here on out.

The general concept of the book is as follows; one day people all over the world realized they had these superpowers, so they became known as Epics. The ended up basically taking over the world, and ruled it as they saw fit. The biggest thing people came to realize for the Epics though, is they all have one weakness, no matter how powerful they are, there is something that can beat them, even if it is completely bizarre.

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This isn’t in the books, but what the weaknesses are is something like this. Say I was a super fast Epic, with the ability to run faster than Flash. My weakness could be something completely unrelated, like tacos. If someone threw a taco at me, or possibly even put it where I could see it, my power would become useless and I’d basically be human again.

The heroes in the books, The Reckoners, are all humans without powers, and they fight against the oppressive Epics to try and give people a shot at a decent life.

They need to rely on a lot of planning and strategy to get the job done, because they don’t have unbreakable skin, flight, mind-reading, or any other cool powers to work with. The use of strategy in the books is a really cool and fun to read part to read because not a lot of books will give you the nitty gritty of people’s plans.

Now I’m sure you’ve been asked a million times before, if you could choose any superpower to have, what would it be…well I wanna know in the comments below. 

What would mine be you ask? I think it would be mind reading or mind control. Haven’t decided quite yet. 

Anyways, thanks for reading the Steelheart book review, I hope you enjoyed it. 

Next week I’ll go where no book blogger has gone before, and review a book about a boy who was scarred, almost from birth, by a man he has a strong connection to.

Why Reading is Hard

So that title might have confused you at first. I mean if you think about it, it’s really not that hard to read, right?

All you have to do is put some letters together, and once you’ve done that, they carry a certain meaning.

I think most people learned how to read pretty early on in life, but I guess there might be some people who aren’t able to read even as an adult.

Luckily, those aren’t the people I am talking to today.

The people I am talking to today are people who read books, who I think might understand what I am talking about today.

So what I mean by saying reading is hard , is that sitting down to read a book and focusing all of your attention on the book is quite difficult, not the actual mental capability to put letters together.

It’s pretty easy to sit in front of a tv or computer screen and watch some show. You get to see what each character looks like. You get to see what each scene looks like. You get to SEE everything.

When it comes to reading, everything is in your hands, or your brain more specifically. You read the words, and then you have to imagine the characters faces. You have to imaging the scenery, the clothing, the entire story.

There’s no recap at the beginning of every chapter or at the start of every book. Yeah, there might be a little backtracking of events if something happened a few books ago, but if you don’t remember what happened to a certain character, you have to hope you can find the right page, or look it up online.

That’s really why reading is so hard, but just because it’s hard, doesn’t mean it’s not enjoyable and relaxing.

There’s nothing better, in my opinion, than reading a good book.

Yeah watching some Netflix or YouTube can be fun, and I enjoy doing that too, but theres nothing quite like reading.

As I was writing this, I think the biggest reason I enjoy reading so much is because it’s something I create so to speak. I mold the world in the way I interpret the words. For tv, the world is already molded for me.

I hope you enjoyed this post, I enjoyed writing it. What do you think of what I had to say? Let me know in the comments.

Type It Out Tuesdays: January 29

I tried to think of a good writing prompt that was puzzle related, but I couldn’t think of anything that I liked, so I hope the following works:

Begin a story with the following:

“If I had known then, what I know now, I never would have…”

Continue that opening and try to complete it in 500 words or less

Weekly Recap

In case you happened to miss one of my posts this week here they are:

Manga Review: Bleach

Type it Out Tuesdays

Wednesday News: January 23

Top 5 Manga/Anime Characters

Quote of the Day: January 25

As always I hope you guys enjoy.

Type it Out Tuesdays

So today’s writing prompt might be a bit sad, but I think using writing prompts that evoke different emotions are important for a lot of reasons…so here it is:

You and your wife find out that you are going to be having a baby in a few months.

The next morning, you get a call from your Commanding Officer and he tells you that your unit is being suddenly shipped off the next morning without warning.

You say your goodbyes, and a few months pass. You are looking at a picture of your beautiful baby girl, while surrounded by gunfire and explosions.

The situation looks grim, and you say perhaps your last goodbye to your wife and daughter…

What is it that you say to them? (Try to stay under 100 words)

Like I said, it can be a bit sad, but I hope you enjoy it.

As always, I’d love to hear what you make of it.