Those two words would have terrified me as a child. Who would go to school as a job? As I sat on top of a slide during elementary school, I couldn’t imagine wanting to learn something so much that I would professionally go to school. I wanted to be an astronaut. To my second grade mind, all I had to do was show up at NASA headquarters, and they would let me play in the zero-gravity simulator.
Little did I know that I would end up in Indy studying after college to be the best physical therapist I can be. After a lunchtime aside made by a few of my DPT classmates, we were shocked to realize that grad school isn’t all that different from elementary school, and I was inspired to write this post.
Whether there were 25 students or my current class of 48, we all go to class together. We walk across campus in a student physical therapist bundle as we
drag our feet skip happily toward our next class. We’ve graduated from 50 minute classes to 3 hour classes, and we spend a good 31 hours per week together in the classroom, but it’s essentially the same thing. Continue reading
Pacific Rim: The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
WARNING: Spoilers for the book and movie ahead.
After falling in love with the movie, it was natural that I read the novelization. Irvine crafted an excellent tale with intriguing details that were absent from the movie due to the inherent limitations of film. However, what really ruined this novelization was one paragraph near the end of the novel that was different from the movie.
One of my favorite aspects of the film was the relationship between Raleigh and Mako. It is one of the few examples out there of a male and female working together without the need for romantic undertones. After the pair resurface from saving the world in the movie, they embrace as best friends drawn closer together by virtue of a shared experience. The novel has them kiss and provides an anecdotal thought from Mako that she had wanted to kiss Raleigh ever since she first laid eyes on him in his room. This lasted for only one paragraph, and I wish I had never read it.
It was as if the author had belatedly realized that he wanted there to be a romantic interest and tossed that in at the end. That he couldn’t have a complete book without some sort of romance. There was no buildup and no tension. If that paragraph were removed, the plot would not change. This was a novelization and was not the basis for the movie, and this change severely disappointed me. I enjoyed the deeper look into the world of Pacific Rim, but if I were to recommend this book to anyone, I would tell them to skip that paragraph. It has no effect on the plot, and ruined that moment of character development by turning Mako Mori from an incredibly awesome woman who could kick butt and run in the same world of robots with the best man into a ditzy female, consumed by her attraction to the protagonist.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Book Thief is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable books I have read recently. The voice of Death as the narrator is appropriately witty, sarcastic, blunt, cynical, and hopeful. The brilliance of the book lay only partially with the choice of narrator. What makes this book special is that Death tells you outright what is going to happen. He is clear and blunt, yet when what he foretold does happen, it is just as emotionally wrenching. While I may have been frustrated at times while waiting for an anticipated event to occur, the power of the emotional impact made up for it.
Additionally, the characters were well rounded and had hidden aspects of personality that were cleverly revealed throughout the book. I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. My only disappointment was the frustration of waiting for something foretold to occur, yet that very experience made the book more impactful.
This book tugged at my heartstrings making me cry and laugh, often within a few pages of each other. Highly recommended.
Do you have a book you think I should read? Loved or hated The Book Thief? Let me know in the comments below!
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
While I don’t agree with quite everything in this book, it was a well-written way to wake up to some amateurish mistakes that I have made in my own writing. I enjoyed reading it, and will keep in on my shelf to reference through my revision process. If you have a strong sense of your own voice, I highly recommend taking a look at this book to help refine your writing and edit out easy errors you never knew you had.