This February is for Writing.
For Writing our minds.
Our zany Brilliance.
This February the Notebook Sisters are dipping their toes into the unknown.
Every day, for the 29 days of February, we’ll be posting a brilliant, messy, ungrammatical blob of our thoughts.
Authors Who Wrote Slow
One thousand years ago, Merlin’s apprentice, Maxim Horvath, betrayed him to Morgana le Faye. This sparked a battle of the magicians — Merlin’s two good apprentices, Balthazar Blake and Veronica Gorloisen, against Maxim and Morgana le Faye. But only one could really defeat Morgana. One called the Prime Merlinean.
Balthazar Blake begins a search through the ages to find the Prime Merlinean. All evil is caught up in a magic nesting doll. But he needs the Prime Merlinean to destroy it.
Unfortunately, the Prime Merlinean turns out to be a gangly physics geek.
Balthazar has his work cut out for him. There’s an awful lot to teach the Prime-Merlinean-Dave before Maxim releases Morgana le Faye.
Balthazar is a sorcerer. And Dave is the sorcerer’s apprentice.
In My Opinion…
Viewing: Family Movie
This is more like a feel-good-family-movie then an spectacular all-time stunner. But if you go into watching this expecting that — laughs, magic, ridiculous situations, and zany characters — you’ll enjoy yourself. A lot.
The movie is well done, with excellent graphics and settings. The action scenes are dramatic and fast-moving, and the dialogue flows smoothly and fits well. The story line seemed a little predictable. Dave’s girlfriend seemed…typical. Even Balthazar, the sorcerer, wasn’t particularly surprising. Only Dave had his own little niche that he only could pull off and fit into. But the predictable factor didn’t lessen the enjoyment of watching the movie — it just didn’t leave you shocked or biting your hand in anticipation of what would happen next.
Dave was…well, Hiccup (from How to Train Your Dragon). The movies were made in the same year, so depending on which you watch first it might not be a problem. Personally, he sounded like Hiccup. And maybe there were other similarities…
It was a great movie, full of laughs and action, and cool flashes of light that you could throw around. It wasn’t particularly scary or overly thrilling, but it was a satisfying watch. I’d easily see it again.
He is nobody. Until Uri finds him.
Uri gives him a bath, clothes, a place amongst the gang of street thieves. And Uri gives him a name and a story.
“Misha Pilsudski…” I kept saying. “Misha Pilsudski…”
But Misha is a Gypsy, not a Jew.
During the Holocaust, will the Jackboots think that’s different?
I am running. That’s the first thing I remember. Running. I carry something, my arm curled around it, hugging it to my chest. Bread, of course. Someone is chasing me. “Stop! Thief!” I run. People. Shoulders. Shoes. “Stop! Thief!”
author: Jerry Spinelli
genre: Historical Fiction
date published: september, 2005
There’s something special, something real, about Jerry Spinelli’s books. His style of writing is one of my absolute favourites. You don’t just read his books. You get inside the pages and stand on the street corner while the pickpockets run, the bombs fall, and the Jackboots march in their perfect rows. It’s not just a story. It’s your story — because you’re in it.
The characters, the plot, the setting, the details, the dialogue — all pitch perfect. I had to read the whole book in one sitting. You lived and breathed with the characters, sharing their laughter, triumph, tears and the hopelessness of their world. You start believing in bread, in running, in angels. You see why they say mothers aren’t real, and neither are oranges. Real mother’s don’t die. And, if the war ever ends and life returns to normal, you see why, if you’ve always been a homeless thief, there is no normal to return to.
It’s a sad book, sad and happy all at once. I don’t often find books that capture a world. But this one did.