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Ender’s Game: Book Review

In: Dan, Random Reads

Okay all you tween-book-lovin’-closet-readers, I’ve got another INCREDIBLE book to add to your list, that is, if you haven’t already tackled this latest novel and stashed it under your bed next to the latest Twilight book! I recently wrapped up the Sci-Fi masterpiece, ‘Ender’s Game‘, by Orson Scott Card, and I AM IN LOVE! Again, I typically don’t go for the Sci-Fi or Fantasy Fiction reads; however, my good friend Karen got me this book for Christmas after I forced her to read ‘The Hunger Games‘, and a friend of her mentioned this book would fit perfectly into that genre of reading.

After hearing a few people had read Ender’s Game and really liked it, I was willing to give it a try. As expected, it’s a relatively easy read as it’s targeted to a young adult audience, similar in vein to The Hunger Games, in it’s storyline development, and focus on young characters as the pro- and antagonists. The different between Card’s work, and that of Suzanne Collins (of the Hunger Games trilogy) is the deeper meaning and life lessons infused throughout the tale, more along the line of Orwell’s 1984. There is a continual reference to all living beings having a connection to one another throughout the story, spanning outside of Earth’s atmosphere to include the entire universe. A notion I found incredibly interesting, and perfectly captured in the book.

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Ender’s Game: The Movie

In: Dan, Movies

Holy smokes batman! This past week I found out that another one of my favourite books is being made into a full-length feature film! In a few weeks ‘The Hunger Games‘ will be making it’s worldwide debut on the big screen, with an all-star cast and rumors abuzz that it will perform better than the ridiculously popular Twilight franchise. The next book-turned-film that I’m OVER THE MOON excited about is ‘Ender’s Game‘. Sticking to a tween genre, yet adding a bit more dept, Ender’s Game is an incredible tale chronicling life on Earth, post-alien invasion.

Having read both The Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins and the first book in the Ender’s Game saga by Orson Scott Card, I can’t help but draw a few similarities from a character development standpoint. The standout difference is the additional level of life-lessons to be taken away from the latter novel. Ender’s Game tackles the concept of ‘all life forms are truly connected’, which spans outside of Earth’s atmosphere, across the entire universe. It’s a wildly interesting topic explored by several novels and movies throughout the ages; however, Orson’s descriptions were explained in such simple detail it was hard not to sit and ponder the concept as you make your way through his novel.

I am literally peeing myself with excitement writing this article, and outlining the INCREDIBLE cast already named to the film!

Check out the star-studded cast after the jump…

This past week I have read a few articles and watched a few online videos of the recently released video game, Mass Effect 3, a HUGELY popular franchise from video game developer BioWare. While I have limited gaming experience myself, preferring to stick to games on my Wii console system, with the likes of Mario Kart taking the #1 spot in my video game library. I do have a few friends however who take gaming to a whole different level, including cast member Kevin. Sorry buddy, you’ve been exposed!

While I never personally understood the infatuation for first-player online gaming, connecting with random strangers around the globe to embark on digital treks through made up lands, I do understand there is a vast market for these types of simulations. I was pleasantly surprised in my readings that Mass Effect 3 was one of a few video games that were going to allow, and incorporate, homosexual relationships. To date, most avatar-based character games have focused primarily on the male-to-female relationships for the user, allowing them to create their own characters and personas, to be leveraged each time they log in. Some users create a typical online version of themselves, while others choose to embark on a completely opposite path, including playing as the opposite sex. Believe me, I’ve had several conversations with people about this topic and why they choose the character design they play as, and each answer is as unique as the characters they build.

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Book Review: Out of Oz

In: Dan, Random Reads

It has been a while since I’ve written a book review, and to be honest, it’s because it has taken me well over a month to tackle and eventually conquer Gregory Maguire’s final book in the four part ‘Wicked’ series. The fourth and final chapter, ‘Out of Oz’, is a masterpiece in fantasy writing, and stayed incredibly true to the original characters that millions of people the world over have fell in love with; Lady Glinda (The Good Witch) and Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West). I have read the original book in the series, Wicked, more than once have seen the musical a fantastic FIVE times, so naturally I was eager to see how Maguire would eventually cap off this incredible saga that has spanned well beyond the original characters, delving into the lives of their children and eventual grandchildren.

I’ll be honest, if you haven’t read the original three books; Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, then I strongly encourage you to do so before picking this particular book up. While the timeline is important you could probably get by without, the back-story really does make this particular piece of literature that much more impactful. Having read all of the books myself, it’s hard for me to admit that this final chapter of the franchise was my least favourite of the books. While the writing style was completely in sync, and the story consisted of all my favourite characters, it came across too much as a wrap up for several story lines with a few additional grandchildren added in to the mix. I knew going in to this book that the author would more than likely wrap up the story on a positive note, leaving the reader with a sense of fulfillment. Maguire did just that, and in retrospect, I’m grateful. If the ending had been left open, or even a unanswered question for us readers to ponder, I probably would have been a little miffed.

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My Personal Secret: Onepiece.com

In: Charge It, Dan, Fashion, Random Reads

If you’re part of my inner circle of friends then you’ll know one of my biggest secrets, and it’s on the verge of being a little embarrassing. If you were out on the town in Vancouver this past Halloween, you probably saw my secret bust out of the closet – literally! It’s official, and I have no problem admitting it, I am OBSESSED with Onesies.

Yes, you know what I’m talking about, and yes, that’s exactly what I’m referring to. One piece clothing attire. Pretty much unsuitable for any occasion, yet somehow I have no problem rocking them in any social setting. Parties, movie nights, or a simple night at home reading a good book. This past birthday, Alasdair surprised me with the ULTIMATE gift – a radical onesie from H&M in Vegas. I think this was a limited edition piece only available at select store locations, as I definitely didn’t see it in the downtown Vancouver location.

Needless to say, I pretty much LOST MY MIND when I received an email from fellow cast member and good friend, Alex, about his latest site find…

More about my secret obsession (and pics) after the jump…

Lindsay Lohan VS Emma Stone

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Dan, Movies

Who would you rather…spend a night on the town with?! Emma Stone versus Lindsay Lohan.

While Tyrell has been the go-to for our regular ‘Who’d You Rather’ articles, his definitely tend to focus on some of the sexiest men on the planet. I had an idea last week to switch things up a bit and finally put that burning question on everyone’s mind to a true vote. After watching Lindsay Lohan take another turn at the hosting gig on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (re-watch the best moments here), I thought no better time than the present! I’ll admit, while this Who Would You Rather could appear biased as one of the ladies is at the top of her game and rightfully owning the title, America’s Sweetheart, while the other is on what appears to be a constant spiral downwards, in the complete opposite direction.

Lindsay Lohan versus Emma Stone. Plain and simple. Who would you rather spend a night on the town with? A mean girl? Or one worthy of a scarlet letter on her chest?

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If we’ve ever had a conversation in person, or you’ve read my articles on the site then you know I am over the moon excited for the upcoming film, The Hunger Games, hitting theatres across North America on March 23. I’ve seriously had a countdown going for a few months and I’ve decided to quickly re-read the first book from the Suzanne Collins penned trilogy. Honestly, if you haven’t read this book yet, I just don’t understand what’s keeping you! Some people will throw out unjust comparisons to the Twilight franchise; however, the concept behind The Hunger Games is significantly darker than Vampires and Werewolves. If you want to learn more about the book itself, check out my book review article here.

Naturally I almost lost my mind this morning when I saw that Suzanna Collins herself had seen a sneak preview of the first film, The Hunger Games. I was dying of jealousy AND instantly curious to hear her opinion of the movie. It’s the first time since the Harry Potter franchise that I’ve been genuinely curious to hear if the author agreed with the Director’s ideas and inspirations for each of the characters, settings, and which parts of the narrative the script writers deemed important enough to include. I couldn’t log into Facebook fast enough to read what Collin’s had to say!

Read her message after the jump…

Theatre Review: Intimate Apparel

In: Dan, Random Reads, The Arts

This past week Ali and I took in another Arts Club Theatre performance, Intimate Apparel, at the Granville Island Stage in Vancouver. The show is running until March 10, so there’s still some time to pick up tickets and see this live performance gem! The storyline of this play is pretty unique in comparison to any prior performance I’ve seen in the Vancouver arts scene and I was wildly naïve to the plot prior to showing up to the theatre.

Intimate Apparel is an unlikely love story surrounding the protagonist, Esther Mills, played by Marci T. House, set in 1905 New York City. She pours her heart and soul into her job – a seamstress, producing exquisite undergarments and corsets for the upper class ladies of the times. Throughout her work, she endlessly dreams of one day having a reason to wear one of her unique pieces of work. Through a random happening, Esther begins a written relationship (a pen-pal of sorts) with a man from the Caribbean working on the construction of the Panama Canal, who opens her eyes to romance and the idea that one day her dreams may in fact come true. That’s the basic premise at least, with an incredible amount of drama, tears and laughter along the way! In a year where the film, The Help, is steam rolling through the awards season, picking up several accolades, this play couldn’t have come along at a more perfect time.

The rest of my review after the jump…

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