Month: September 2014

Superheroes Designed as Robots

Thor is def my fav although The Joker is right behind for sheer badassery.

The Nerd Nebula

How about a new comic hero league? Well here are some of your favorite superheroes redesigned as robots!

Batman Robot Batman Robot

Bane and Catwoman Robot Bane and Catwoman Robot

Dark Spiderman Robot Dark Spiderman Robot

Doom Robot Doom Robot

Iron Man Robot Iron Man Robot

Mr Freeze and Penguin Robot Mr Freeze and Penguin Robot

Spiderman Robot Spiderman Robot

The Flash Robot The Flash Robot

The Joker Robot The Joker Robot

Thor Robot Thor Robot

Venom Robot Venom Robot

I like the Venom and Thor robots the most. Which are your favorite ones?

✘ Hack It! ✘

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Book Review: Paper Towns

paper townsJohn Green is absolutely one of my new favorite authors! After reluctantly reading The Fault in Our Stars which I ended up loving, I decided to try him again and it was totally worth it.

Paper Towns follows Quentin aka Q and his journey to find his childhood love, Margo Roth Spiegelman, who has disappeared from town after a night of adventure with Q. But really the tale is about so much more than that. What starts out as revenge, becomes a road map to understanding Margo after she leaves town.

The story is an adventure in and of itself. It’s as gripping as an action movie. There are a couple of dips but it’s an overall high that keeps the pages turning. I read the entire thing in chunks, about 4 to be exact. It made me too amped up before bed so I read it in between classes and homework.

Q is a quiet but handsome kid who is an outcast among the outcast. He doesn’t really fit in with the band geeks and yet, he is always with them because his two best friends are part of that crowd. Margo, on the other hand, is the queen of the high school castle. Everyone loves her and more importantly, their lives tend to be Margo-centric.

In typical high school fashion, there is much debate over prom and graduation. But after Margo discovers a secret and uses Q to help exact her revenge, all the petty drama falls away. Not.

Margo disappears after a night of adventure with Q, including breaking into a theme park. He is dazed and confused and much like everyone else, thinks that Margo will be back after another short term away. However, after the weekend passes and she still hasn’t shown up, Q becomes concerned and starts looking. And he find a trail. One that may or may not lead to Margo.

The final section of the book is by far my favorite piece. What Q and his companions go thru to track down Margo is fantastic. Few people can write a reality that seems so real. Teenagers with no super powers but determined to save the heroine. The mishaps are what make it wonderful but are also not impossible.

The ending pissed me off a bit but I also kind of expected it. Green has a way of writing that both makes you think, keeps you guessing, and makes you want to laugh and cry in the same paragraph. There is depth under the frivolity and Q ends up learning more than he bargained for. If you haven’t read this yet, I would definitely tell you to jump on this train. Take it back to high school and live it up.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars

My personal rating: 93

  • Writing style – 10
  • Plot – 9
  • Dialogue – 10
  • Personality of Main Character(s) – 10
  • Love story – 8
  • Invokes emotion – 8
  • Synopsis accuracy – 10
  • Consistent level of interest – 8
  • Stays on topic – 10
  • Accuracy of genre/genre blending – 10

Top Ten Tuesday

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Fall: The Season of Back-to-School, new books, leaves, pumpkin spice, apple pie, costumes, candy, turkey, and cooling temperatures. So then the big question becomes what are the Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list?

1) The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner – Recently published and I received it from the library although I have yet to start reading it. That’s my goal for this week!

2) Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon – This has been sitting on my bookshelf since I purchased it at Barnes & Noble. I’ve wanted to read it a million times but I haven’t gotten around to it.

3) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – This is a new publication coming out next month that I recently discovered via Twitter. Magic, kingdoms, and mayhem, can’t wait!

4) Lord of the Flies by William Golding – I borrowed the Stephen King edition from my dad and I expect he’ll want it back at some point, so in honor of banned books and new school years, here I go.

5) The Young Elites by Marie Lu – Another book arriving next month and one that I have been waiting for since I finished Lu’s last series. Here’s the hoping it’s as good as Legend.

6) Talon by Julie Tagawa – Dragons, shape-shifting, and secret societies? Ummm, yes please! It doesn’t come out until the end of October but I’m already foaming at the mouth to read it.

7) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – So many people have recommended this to me or are talking about the Starz series that now I just have to read the book and hope it is as good as it sounds.

8) The Whispering Skull by Jonathon Stroud – Lockwood sucked me into his world and now I fear I cannot escape. Recently published, the second installment is sure to give me chills and thrills once again.

9) Blood Magick by Nora Roberts – It’s been months, months! I say since I have finished the second book in this trilogy and I need to know how it ends. Roberts tells amazing fantasy tales if you take the time to read them.

10) The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – The second movie is arriving in theatres this fall so it’s only fitting that I actually fulfill my promise to read the book before it does.

snow ashes whispering skull blood magick hobbit

Banned Books Week 2014

The Musings & Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard

Books! Everywhere! Books!Wouldn’t it be neat if we had a week to celebrate Shakespeare? A week when everyone was to read Charles Dickens or Mark Twain? A day even when everyone was supposed to talk like a character in a Jane Austen novel (as compared to a pirate)?

Nah, we book lovers get Banned Books Week. Where all of us book readers get to shake our heads collectively and wonder what others are thinking. The funny thing is most people that try to ban a book don’t actually read the book in question. A few years ago there was one protestor who strived to get Harry Potter banned from her school library. It made national news. She was discussed on all the Potter forums. What we discovered later is that she had never read Harry Potter and was worried it would drive kids to Satanism.

I don’t even know where I would…

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Back to School… or not?: Education after the Apocalypse and in the Dystopia

The Book Wars

Post Apocalyptic Toronto! So much better than another shot of the Statue of Liberty ;) Post Apocalyptic Toronto! So much better than another shot of the Statue of Liberty 😉

As a dystopia and speculative literature lover and critic I get asked a lot why kids like these kinds of incredibly bleak books (which I don’t really think are all that bleak, but that is not the general perception). Thinking about this month’s theme a potential reason (among so many) dawned on me… Perhaps dystopia, and in particular post-apocalyptic literature, is so popular amongst youth because there is no school. And even better, school and the entire education system is often totally destroyed. I mean what better wish fulfilment could a young person ask for? If kids aren’t flocking for a kind of education that is magical and  mysterious as with the Harry Potter series (and the like) or hilarious schools full of more hijinx than actual education as with so many middle grade series (Pseudonym Bosch’s…

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BookKids Celebrates Banned Books!



It’s a special week. September 21-27, 2014, is Banned Books Week. This week, “is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

banned book display

Here at BookPeople, we celebrate the right to read 365 days a year, and for the next month, there is a special display in BookKids highlighting some popular books that have faced challenges. Bookseller Merrilee says, “the banned book display is my favorite one all year. I love seeing people react to the books that have been banned and reading the cards as to why. It’s great fun.”


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