Alice by Christina Henry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Okay…not sure how to talk about this.
First, the biggest problem is the characters are never in any real danger, they defeat the enemies much too easily and there’s never anything at stake beyond physical harm, which, as stated, was never going to be a thing. There’s no depth to Alice and when we finally get Hatcher’s backstory, it doesn’t affect him in the present. Continue reading
Aside from the shows, though, Shanghai was a fun city, even though we didn’t really get the chance to see a lot of it. On Thursday, with one show under our belts, Zack and I headed out early in the morning to go to Disneyland Shanghai. To be perfectly honest, this was the one thing I was really looking forward to. Knowing we were going to have a heavy schedule, I was hoping to get at least a few hours to explore this version of the Happiest Place on Earth. I had already asked Zack if wanted to go with me and we invited Anton (our sound guy) to also come along, but he had “studying” to do (which is like kryptonite for teachers – can’t argue him out of it). Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Personal, Travel
Tags: aga-boom, alice in wonderland, captain america, China 2018, Disney, disneyland, disneyland shanghai, marvel, peter pan, pirates of the caribbean, red nose bandits, Shanghai, star wars
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Interestingly, I’d never actually read this book. I knew the story, of course. Everyone knows the story. The story is about Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and how Esmerelda, the young gypsy, is the only person who is nice to him and so he falls in love with her. And while that is what it’s about, it’s also about so much more… And so much less.
Categories: Books, Reviews
Tags: 2016 Reading Challenge, alice in wonderland, comics, Hunchback of notre dame, lewis carroll, marvel, quasimodo, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Howe, Victor hugo
One of the great things about living centrally located in Europe is that nothing is very far away – and generally not that expensive to get to. If you’re like Monika, you can find amazing deals (she boasts about a roundtrip from Sweden to Italy, via Frankfurt, for little more than a euro each way). But even if you don’t have her luck, you can get some pretty amazing deals which allow you to see new countries or revisit old ones. Continue reading
Categories: Adventure, Art, Cities, Friends, Monki, Personal, Speck, Theater, Travel
Tags: alice in wonderland, catherine tate, Ian Rowland, Jonathan Kearns, lewis carroll, Miss atomic Bomb, natural history museum, Speck, v&a
The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland | Brain Pickings.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love Alice. I have two different Alice themed tattoos and back in Vegas in storage there are three or so boxes full of different editions of the book along with various paraphernalia and collectibles so this article definitely strikes my fancy.
That said, while I agree these are some great illustrations, I think there are some classics being left out.
Categories: Art, Personal
Tags: alice in wonderland, arthur rackham, brain pickings, Brian Froud, dali, david delamere, jabberwockey, lewis carroll, Mervyn Peake, Michael Parkes, tattoos