It’s been a while since I’ve written about any shows or books on here, so I figured it was about time to list some of the better ones I’ve seen or read from the last two or three months. I’ve been concentrating on reading rather than writing lately, so I’ve read a little more, and also seen some new shows.
Steven Universe: One of the best cartoon/anime shows I’ve seen, hands down. I just can’t say enough about this show right now. It is special and unique, and worth checking out even if it’s not your usual thing. Not only is this some cool scifi in a older grade school/middle-school age show, it deals very directly with real-life issues like friendship, love, and loss in a more fantasy/scifi setting, while still being appropriate for a younger audience. It is highly musical, very relateable, with a good story and characters, and just overall a great show. It’s won quite a few awards, and well deserved.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance: Seeing The Dark Crystal movie for the first time only this year (do see it if you haven’t!), we were interested in checking out the show, now released on Netflix. It captures everything that’s so great about the movie, and is definitely something to check out if you’re at all a fantasy fan, or even just a fan of stories or great art. Even the original was a masterpiece of puppetry, and so is this. This is Lord of the Rings level craftsmanship and quality, so don’t pass it up. You’ll forget you’re watching inanimate objects. While family-friendly, this does a bit more mature than the movie was.
Goblin Secrets: The first of a children’t fantasy series, this book immerses the reader in the world of Rownie, a young boy in from the poorest section of town. His older brother is missing, and acting is outlawed. Then, a performing troupe comes to town. This is an interesting world, with some compelling story and decent characters. Especially notable is the life and customs of the troupe, and their masks. Some things turn out well, others do not.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa See, who, like Amy Tan, specializes in tales of China, and which I like very much. This book in particular centers around two women, Lily and Snow flower, and their special life-long relationship. It’s full of research of the customs of the regions, including both foot binding and nu shu, a “secret” writing language developed in that part of China and used exclusively by women.
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters: Although I hardly ever read non-fiction, I do like Little Women and Louisa May Alcott’s works. The author of this book spoke at our local library, and my mom and I went to hear her and got her book. As someone who doesn’t really read non-fiction, this book was a compelling case for the novel as both a good reading and literature, exploring the reasons why it was and is beloved by those who have read it, and why it doesn’t normally have a place in taught literature (spoiler alert: it’s a girl’s book). It has a decent background on the Alcott family, looks at culture over time, and no matter your gender, this may be a good read for you if you want to examine any of these topics or themes further.
Completed Books (July-August)
Ship of the Dead
Rich People Problems
Grass for His Pillow
Dragons of Deltora (books 1-3, 4 in progress)