March 24, 2017by Rezinain Books14 comments
I've been reading a lot lately and a lot of what I've been reading has been paranormal or urban fantasy. Urban fantasy is basically fantasy set in an urban setting. The setting doesn't necessarily have to be real place but usually takes place in a city. Although I hate to divide the genre this way, usually the paranormal/urban fantasy novels I've read can be divided either via the male or female main character. Who is the series about?
Some urban fantasy novels with male heroines are series like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher or the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. Notable series with female heroines include The Others by Anne Bishop or Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews.
Personally, urban fantasy is one of my favorite fantasy subgenres - the other being epic fantasy. But the more I read urban fantasy novels, I start to notice a pattern. This is inevitable when you read a lot of just one genre. The same can be said for young adult or epic fantasy novels. You start to notice a pattern. When characters aren't fleshed out properly, they also start to blend in together. It's not that the book is bad - it's just something I've read before.
March 20, 2017by Rezinain Reviews6 comments
This weekend I saw Logan. This review may contain mild spoilers. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the movie, here's the plot summary:
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
This is the last X-Men movie that Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will be in and as someone who has watched all of them, my feelings going in and out of the movie were very sad. If I were to sum up my thoughts about the movie in general, I would say that the movie was both sad and gory. But overall very sad and I came out the theater with red-rimmed eyes. Did I manage to say "sad" too many times?
One of the things I loved most about the movie though, was Logan's relationship with Professor X.
Overall, I felt like the movie was about aging. And in my opinion, I feel like there is something really sad and bittersweet about getting older. The first obvious assumption would be that the movie is about Logan getting older. His body is deteriorating and he is no longer the fit, young Wolverine that he used to be. However, the movie is also very much about how Professor X has aged.
March 09, 2017by Rezinain Books, Reflections, Reviews15 comments
I finished my project on my grandpa and I finished The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and thought I would talk about both, since I felt like the two topics intertwine with each other. I have a lot to say about both subjects, so this post became an essay - which I'm really sorry about! I didn't mean for the post to be so long. I know I've mentioned the topic of my grandpa a couple times but this will be the last time (I swear!) because all of this information was basically the culmination of my project.
This past week I finished my presentation that I did about the "Letters of Park Byoung Won" (my grandfather). The class I took was called "The History of Recorded Information", which explores the history and transformation of information within society. So this includes documents and a wide variety of books. For our project, we were supposed to pick an artifact or a document and I chose to do my project about the written letter.
A few reasons I chose to do this project was because (1) I got to learn more about my family history. Even though I was close with my grandfather, he passed away when I was really young, so I didn't get to know him as a person (2) I got to learn a bit about Korean history and (3) I was interested in the letter when it's the only and main form of communication that you have.