Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

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Review by: fealtytokhorne
This post is a review of the book: Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles, by Bernard Cornwell. The book is a summary of the events of the Battle of Waterloo, as well as some of the events after it. In order to summarize the battle, Cornwell uses several witness accounts, piecing them together to find what exactly happened during the momentous battle. This can be rather difficult at times, as the witness accounts often contradict each other. Throughout the book, he also examines the tactics used by each army, and explains why the armies efforts either failed or succeeded. This results in a book that is perfect for those who are just starting to get into the subject of the Napoleonic wars, or those who only have a passing interest in the subject.

However, there are still some problems with the book. For example, the witness accounts feel rather disjointed at times, forcing the reader to go back and look at previous chapters. Cornwell also makes it look as if Wellington, the British commander, was simply superior to the other commanders mentioned within the book. This may be the case when compared with some of the other leaders, such as Slender Billy, who made several horrible mistakes which cost many lives, but it may not necessarily be true for the others. As a result of this, I rate this book 4/5 stars.

The Island on Bird Street

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Review by: Lilley629

Alex is eleven, but lives a very different life than the other children his age. In The Island on Bird Street, written by Uri Orlev, Alex is the main character and lives in the Warsaw Ghetto since his family is Jewish. His mother left their apartment one day and never returned, so it has only been Alex and his father trying to stay alive from the Nazis. Snow, Alex’s pet mouse and longest companion, is also in the picture. He keeps Alex company when there is no one else and serves as his good luck charm. Alex, his father, and even Snow have adapted very well to their living conditions.

In the Ghetto, there was an early curfew that all the Jews had to follow. However, Alex and his father worked around it by discovering secret passageways between the buildings. His father also made friends with a man he worked with at the rope factory, Boruch. Alex and his father trusted him very much. They invited him over for dinner and played a homemade version of checkers. During work hours, Boruch helped watch Alex and hide him since children weren’t allowed in the factory. Alex learned everything he knew from his father and Boruch.

The day they had prepared for had finally come while Alex, his father, and Boruch were at the rope factory. The three of them hid behind a lot of rope so they couldn’t be seen. However, the police found them and escorted them to where all the other Jews were being rounded up. On the walk down Alex’s father and Boruch were trying to settle on who Alex would go with. They thought this was just another selection, but one of the policemen informed them that this time they were clearing the Ghetto and taking all the Jews away. This meant that Alex’s father and Boruch would have to think fast to make a plan to save Alex.

Once the police started making all of the Jews in the first group walk to be transported, Boruch started briefing Alex on the plan. His father was in the other group because he was stopped to be checked by an officer. Boruch told Alex that once he pushes him he should run to the destroyed house, Number 78 on Bird Street, and enter it from the tiny opening. Then he should go in as far as possible and wait for as long as it takes for his father to meet him there. Once it was time and Boruch pushed him and told him quietly to start running, Alex took off exactly like Boruch had told him to do. A policeman ran after him, and Boruch ran after the policeman. Boruch tripped the officer and then once Alex reached the opening he heard gunshots. Alex went inside as far as he could and was not found by the policemen. He remained hidden and was determined the stay there until his father returned, no matter how long.

Overall this book was exciting and very fun to read. I was always looking forward to keep reading, even though the plot can be predictable at times. From the beginning when you learn they’re in the Warsaw Ghetto, you have a good idea of what’s going to happen since this is historical fiction. It was also touching to know that this story was based off of the author’s own experiences. Knowing that makes the book feel more real, even though the characters are made up. Since the author is also very credible, the book was very historically accurate. Since Uri Orlev was born in Warsaw and hid in the ghetto for three years, he experienced first-hand the kinds of things Alex experienced in his novel. The treatment of Jews from the Nazis and the living conditions in the ghetto seem very accurate. In addition to remaining historically correct, Orlev also had a very genuine purpose for writing this book. I would genuinely recommend it!

Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Review by: shipperprincess52

Stars- 5/5

Summary- Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome.

Thoughts- This book was AMAZING!!! I couldn’t put it down. After I finished it, Stalking Jack the Ripper was all I could think about. I read this book almost two months ago and I still spend hours at thinking about this book and Jack the Ripper. I highly suggest it for everyone!
Age- 12+

The Hidden Oracle

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Review by: shipperprincess52

How do you punish an immortal?
By making him human.
After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor.
But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

The Hidden Oracle takes place after The Blood of Olympus and around the same time as The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book #1). It’s a really good book and it’s interesting to read a book written from a god’s point of view instead of a demigod’s. If you haven’t already read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, and Magnus Chase , I highly suggest reading them before you read The Hidden Oracle.  Rick Riordan is an amazing author and The Hidden Oracle is just as good as all of his other books.

Building a Random World. Part 4: System. By Yasadu De Silva

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Hello all,

As you know, the world I am creating is for a tabletop RPG (see Part 1 if you don’t know what a tabletop RPG is). Thus, I need to decide what tabletop RPG (or system) I’m going to use to play the world. The system is important because the character options and rules can dictate the setting. For example, the world’s most popular RPG, Dungeons and Dragons, is a RPG of high fantasy with flashy explosive spells. If I use D&D in my world with no modifications, my world will eventually become something closer to high fantasy, which is not what I want. So before I do anything else, I will decide my system. Below is a list of systems I considered, and their pros and cons.

Name Pros Cons
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying: 2nd Edition WFRP2 has a grim feel, which is good for low fantasy. In addition, it has many rules, including optional rules for armor layers and hit location (stab the torso or the right arm, etc.). It uses a d100, which I’m familiar with. WFRP2 assumes that you are using the Old World setting, which affects some of the rules (equipment, races, monsters, etc.)
Harnmaster  Harnmaster is a low fantasy RPG. It also has detailed rules for armor layers and hit locations, which are more detailed than WFRP2. It has low magic, being near-mundane. It uses a d100, which I’m familiar with. The complexity is mostly in character creation, but it might scare my friends away from playing. In addition, the only races are human, dwarf, and elf.
Runequest 6  It uses the same basic engine as another RPG, Call of Cthulhu, which is one of my favorites. One of my friends and his group is also familiar with CoC, so they might like RQ6. Has rules for health per hit location. Apparently, this book is poorly organized. For example, sprinting is mentioned on page 58, but finally elaborated upon on page 438.

After deliberating, I have chosen to use WFRP2.

Thank you,

Yasadu De Silva

Umberland( Book Review)

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Review by: apiazza4

Umberland, the second book in the Everland series, by Wendy Spinale is a remade version of Alice in Wonderland. This series is about the deadly Horologia virus ripping through the world. The English were working on the virus in a lab but the Blooded Queen of Germany strategically bombed this lab so that the virus got released into the air. Everyone is falling ill and there is no end in sight.

In this book, Doc finds the Professor’s journal that includes a missing ingredient of the virus. This ingredient is a poisonous apple from a tree that supposedly no longer exists. With this new information, Doc realizes they aren’t sick at all – they are poisoned. He needs this apple to make an antidote. Countless people are depending on it and he must enlist the help of someone crazy to retrieve the apple. Since Doc needs to stay and care for the ill, Duchess Alyssa of England goes to the Maddox Hadder, who knows how to get the apple. The apple tree is in the middle of the Bloodred Queens labyrinth. This is already extremely dangerous, but with two of the Bloodred Queen’s men looking for the same thing, it is even more so. With the Duchess gone and the Queen too ill to rule, England goes into chaos.

I liked this book because it was a twist on regular fairy tales and it combined a lot of different fairy tales into one interesting story. I recommend this book because it is very interesting and you will not be able to put it down.

The Three Stooges Collection, Volume 1

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During the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, there was a comedy trio known as The Three Stooges, which consisted of actors Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard . They made 190 short films, and in the late 90s their shorts were released in a DVD series known as The Three Stooges Collection, which had eight volumes. This review is only about the first one, which features their first 19 short films. These shorts have been remastered in high definition and high quality sound, but are still in black and white. Here are some of my favorite shorts on this DVD.

“Men In Black”- In this short, The Stooges are doctors who can’t do their jobs. The jokes in this short are hilarious. It can be kind of boring to watch, but if you can understand the jokes, it’s really funny.

“Pop Goes the Easel”- In this short, The Stooges steal brooms from a store and hide in an art school to escape the police. This short has some great jokes, but the most interesting part is the huge clay fight towards the end.

“False alarms”- In this short, The Stooges work at a fire station but mess up every task and steal the chief’s car. It is a little too long in my opinion, but it’s funny to see The Stooges mess up every task they’re given and wreck the chief’s car.

“Whoops I’m an Indian”- In this short the stooges hide out in Native American disguises but are in trouble when they meet a guy whose wife just ran off with Native Americans. The humor is at its best here.

Hope you have enjoyed this reveiw and be sure to buy this DVD for yourself, or check it out on YouTube. Thanks for reading.