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Book Review: Railhead By Philip Reeve

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To make an accurate rating on my reviews is a bit of a challenge. Even more so when it comes to the ones I had mixed feelings with. There are things I might like and kind of enjoyed in what I read, but then there are things that bothered me too. 
Leaving my honest opinion and thoughts right down in the middle. Which is pretty what this will be, more or less....


Railhead is a young adult sci-fi cyberpunk novel published in October of 2015. It was written by Philip Reeve, a writer and illustrator who not only drew the illustrations for Horrible Histories, but also the author of The Hungry Chronicles. Its first novel The Mortal Engines is being released as a film adaptation during December this year, directed by Christian Rivers and produced by Lord of The Rings film creatorhimself, Peter Jackson. 

Synopsis: Come with me, Zen Starling, she had said. The girl in the red coat. But how did he know his name?  
 The Great Network is a place of drones and androids, maintenance spiders and Station …

4 Ways To Make A Retelling Memorable

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Stories are a special part of communication, so special that some stories are retold throughout the generations, from the simple fairy tale to the great, ancient myths. That said, with the introduction of film, retellings have multiplied over the last hundred years, and now, they're more common than ever before, and will do so even the next few years to come. But as many argue over Disney remaking their classic stories, there are more misses than hits when it comes to retellings of the tales we all know and love. 
So what is the problem with recent retellings, and how should they be done with both originality and paying tribute to its source?

Note: A lot of the examples I give are films, 'cause they're the most obvious examples, but a few books are going to be mentioned also. 





Step 1: Find what theme makes the original memorable.
There is a reason why such classic stories are retold, and much of it comes down to its theme or lesson it tells.
And sure, that is what every story h…

Indie-Book Review: Skies Of Dripping Gold By Hannah Heath

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By the powers of the voting poll on Twitter, I have decided to bring for this month a second indie-book review!    Once again, it is on Hannah Heath's writerly works, and her first short story. And now, here are my thoughts:



Skies of Dripping Gold, published in December of 2015, is a ChristianYA dystopian in which a boy named Gabriel chooses to search for the hope many he knows have wished for. 

In an angry, frightened world where the Poison claims many lives, a young man's belief in Paradise has collapsed into a distant dream. As his sister's sickness progresses, eating away at her life. Gabriel sets on a desperate climb to save her from death and discover the truth behind the rumors of a world where the skies drip gold. 

As he climbs the cliff that is said to lead to Paradise, he begins to question: if he can't bring himself to believe in a place of peace and golden skies, then how can he possibly hope for his sister's rescue? How can he possibly hope for his own?

On…

Indie-Book Review: Flames Of Courage By Hannah Heath (The Terebinth Tree Chronicles #2)

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Due to a slightly long period before its arrival, I can only bring out one indie book review this month.
As it means I can work on other posts if want to. But also because I've got a lot to process with what I got recently. 
Yes, it's not just Flames of Courage, but also two others that will be for October. But for now, here are my thoughts on this particular one:

Flames of Courage is the second released of The Terebinth Tree Chronicles collection, which came out last month on August 14th. 
If you want to know more about the short stories and the first one, Colors of Fear, check out my previous review!


Synopsis: As a halfblood with a powerful secret, Jayel does not intend to spend the rest of her life hidden away in a desert oasis. She rejects what everyone is telling her: Halfbloods don't. They don't become warriors. They don't become heroes. They don't make a difference.

One of the last of the Athelan, a line of royal guardians with the ability to control fire, Jaye…

A Look At The Underrated: Ever After (1998)

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As I've said before, romance isn't exactly my favorite genre. Not that I have any that I like at all, because there are some good ones (though most consist having Jane Austen as the author.) But when I was younger I was into princesses for a little bit, and while many may not be into the classic 
fairy-tales as much nowadays, retellings of them still remain pretty popular.
Among them is one not a lot know about, but is one of the few I actually enjoy and, of course, an underrated movie. 
And it is called Ever After.



Ever After, also known as Ever After: A Cinderella Story, is a 1998 romantic drama directed by Andy Tennant, that was inspired from the iconic Brother's Grimm story of Cinderella. But unlike the original, the magical elements mentioned were stripped away and replaced with a historical backdrop set in 16th century France. 
Starring Drew Barrymore in the lead role, the story tells of Ella, known here as Danielle De Barbarac, who after losing her father from a heart-at…

5 Reasons You Might Not Be Ready To Become A Writer

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This is might be the most cruelest sounding post I may ever write.
And from the title alone I've probably already by accident killed an entire race of unknown alien beings on another planet like what Thanos did to nearly all superheroes ever. (Only till Avengers 4, that is.) But there's one thing to be made clear first. 
I'm not saying that writing isn't for everyone. Anyone can write if they want to if they have a really good idea in mind and plenty of writerly wisdom to help them along the way. That said, it's one thing doing it as a hobby, or as a way to occupy your brain on a rainy day, to those who choose it as their number one life career. 
And it is that group of people I'll be talking about today.
Plus the 5 signs you may not be (yet) able to take on a full-time writing job, if you're interested.


1. It's going to require a lot of virtues.
You know the old saying, "patience is a virtue?" That was quoted for a reason, and in the case of writin…

Indie-Book Review: Child Of The Kaites By Beth Wangler (The Firstborn's Legacy #1)

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Reading on a laptop can take a bit of getting into, especially when it's a 300 page novel. But thankfully I managed, and now here's my second indie-book review: 



Child of the Kaites
 is the first of a new series named The Firsborn Legacy, and written by Beth Wangler. She has also done previous short stories which are part of the series 
(The Weaver's Blessing; The Kangraffs' Curse; & Noemi's Dragon) Inspired from Biblical stories, it is an Exodus retelling combined with various fantasty elements (ex. set in a different world)

Synopsis: Her parents named her "Cursed", for that's what her people are: trapped in brutal slavery, toiling under the Izyphorn sun, forced to watch their infants die. The kaites gave her a new name: Raiballeon, Leader of a Revolt." At ten, Rai thought that meant she would lead Maraiah to freedom. 
Eighteen-year old Rai knows differently. As an exile hiding her heritage, Rai has resigned herself to a quiet life recording the …