Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Reflection (?)

I'm not so sure about what came over me, but a couple of days ago I asked some of my friends to describe me. They say I am:

brutally frank/brutally honest
bordering on tactless
a profound thinker
down to earth
really nice
very intelligent
deep yet bubbly
a real gem
a ray of sunshine
super ultra gorgeous
has a strong personality

Ok, I admit it. I was feeling vain AND insecure and that's why I asked my friends to describe me. Ummm, anybody want to add anything else?

Sem break! =)

I've finally updated my profile. =) It's now my sem break. I don't really know what to do this sem break. Well, my brothers and I are moving to a new place in Katipunan by the end of this week. I'm going shopping next week I guess. Of course I'll be reading as much as possible. =) And sleeping as much as possible. =) I'll just do whatever I feel like doing whenever I feel like doing it. Isn't that the beauty of a break? =)

Monday, October 10, 2005

The Food Lover's Write-Off

My favorite:

1. Soft Drink: Pepsi Twist

2. Ice Cream Flavor: I love, love, love ice cream, but I don’t really have a favorite ice cream flavor.

3. Fast Food Restaurant: McDonald’s

4. Type of Pizza: Lots and lots and lots of cheese!

5. Thanksgiving Dinner: Of course turkey with cranberry sauce or gravy, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie

6. Snack Food: It really depends on my mood…

7. Side Dish: Mashed potatoes

8. Food to Eat While Driving: I don’t drive.

9. Food for Breakfast: Oh man, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. The perfect breakfast is waffles with lots of butter and syrup, scrambled eggs, sausages, milk, orange juice, and coffee.

10. Sit-Down Restaurant: Aveneto, Bubba Gump’s, Bon Apetit, Chocolate Kiss

11. Italian Dish: I love all Italian dishes! Italian food is my favorite. =)

12. Chinese Dish: I don’t have a favorite Chinese dish.

13. Sandwich: I love subways.

14. Cheese: I love all kinds of cheese!!!!!! =9

15. Donut: I’m not into donuts.

16. Type of dessert: All kinds of dessert. I live for dessert! =)

17. Type of Cake: I’m not really into cakes either.

18. Vegetable: Okra – it’s an aphrodisiac too!

19. Fruit: Pomegranates and tomatoes (Yes, a tomato is a fruit.)

20. Food In Bed: I don’t eat in bed.

21. Beer: I DON’T DRINK.

22. Drink With Dinner: Water is still the best…

23. Fruit Juice: Orange juice

and Finally...

24. What is your favorite meal? Pizza, pizza, pizza, and more pizza. It’s my favorite food. I think I could have pizza every day. =)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

More On Inheritance...

I found this interesting... from Roger Downey of Seattle Weekly:

"It's a good thing I didn't start my exploration with Paolini; I wasn't expecting a masterpiece from a precocious home-schooled first-time novelist from isolated Paradise Valley, Mont., but I was still deeply disappointed by Eragon and its just-published sequel, Eldest. This lumbering coming-of-age tale of a boy and his dragon is painfully derivative of Tolkien, but it utterly lacks the qualities that raise Lord of the Rings toward greatness: the inexorable movement toward a tragic goal, the moral complexity of the challenges facing its characters, the linguistic decorum, which achieves a clarity and dignity rarely achieved in 20th-century popular fiction. Maybe the thirst for high-flown adventure is great enough among young readers to keep this series going through its third and (please, God) final installment, due in 2007. But if it's going to be worth reading, Paolini had better get the hell out of isolated Paradise Valley and learn something—anything—about the world outside of books."

Murtagh and Thorn

(Warning: There are spoilers here about Christopher Paolini's Eldest!)

I have just finished reading Book Two of Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The last part of the book was about a great battle between Galbatorix's army and the armies of the Varden and of Surda. The whole battle reminded me of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields in the Lord of the Rings. The Varden and Surda's army were the soldiers of Gondor, the dwarves were the Riders of Rohan, and Roran and the other people of Carvahall coming up the Jiet River were Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli with the Dead coming up the Anduin. Again, Paolini seems to have liberally borrowed from the Lord of the Rings.

I was right all along. The Twins were the traitors. They fought for Galbatorix against the Varden. Murtagh IS the older brother of Eragon (he is Morzan's ELDEST son) and Murtagh betrays his brother by serving Galbatorix. Murtagh is an enemy Rider and Thorn is his terrible red dragon. The twist I didn't expect is that Murtagh was actually kidnapped, tricked, and coerced by Galbatorix to serve him.

I think Inheritance is predictable because of Eragon's fortune being told by Angela. All the reader has to do is fit together/connect the fortune to other parts of the plot to be able to predict certain things in the story. That is all I needed to do to predict the truth about Murtagh.

Arya keeps rejecting Eragon. But we know from Angela's forecast of Eragon's future that Arya will soon fall in love with Eragon. Where is the fun in that? In knowing almost for certain what will happen and just waiting for it to happen?

Despite all this criticism, the bottomline is that Eldest is an exciting book and I enjoyed reading it. Inheritance is a good story and already I cannot wait until Book Three! The ending of Book Two, like the ending of Book One, leaves you hanging. (There isn't even a semblance of closure.) I can't help wondering: What will happen next??? =)

P.S. Now I'm reading A Wrinkle In Time.