Sunday, February 26

Joint Review: The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier






Happy February everyone! This month we read "The Lady and the Unicorn". Carole is in purple and Blodeuedd is in green. 
Author: Tracy Chevalier
Title: The Lady and the Unicorn
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 250
First Published: 2003
Where I Got It: On my Shelf (Used Book Store)

The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now.


Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.



Well...this was an interesting choice of mine. LOL


I have a feeling you liked it less than I did?


I’m not sure...I’m still mixed on my feelings. It was interesting.


I get that. I enjoyed it, it was an interesting setting, but I did have issues with almost everyone.


Yes, that is prolly where my issue lies. Even the ONE character I liked turned out to be, well, not...likable anymore. Super shame. Alinor, the blind girl, did something and made me dislike her. I did end up liking poor Phillipe...I just felt bad for him and I applaud what he did (good intentions and all), but poor guy.


Told ya! ;) Phillipe, yes he was a good guy, but not memorable. If I have to pick someone it would be Marie-Celeste, sure she was a silly thing, but I liked how she turned the table later on. She at least felt human, the rest felt like idiots.


She wasn’t bad. But everyone was an idiot in their own right. It annoyed me. LOL

Mostly I hated that stupid stupid stupid man. Arghhh Nicholas. Grrrrr


Gah! He needed a good kick in the arse or the other thing. He was like a poison. Every time he showed up there was something bad happening. King of the idiots.


I also did not get how all women were so stupid to fall for his BS. I mean honestly! It was like they all were horny and had not seen a man for years.


Hahaha well...I mean it was the 1400s and so everyone was super horny. So not entirely their fault. Especially the women...the only men they see are family members and stinky ones like that Jacques guy (or whatever his name was).


True and I can forgive Marie for it, but the girls, they should have known better. They would not get married like that. Stay in a convent for the rest of your life then. That stupid chit Claude I did not get at all. Also that scene when they looked at drawings, I am sure I have read that somewhere else too. It just did not feel like something she would do. It was like she had gone insane.


Maybe she was insane. I batted that idea from the beginning. She was something else. Speaking of that...what did you think of the ending? It felt so flat to me...the “big” reveal of the tapestry was lacking. I think the author got sucked up in the dramas of her characters and kinda forgot about what the tapestry that was supposed the be the centralized point of the whole story. Maybe it’s just me, but yeah….


Let’s go with insane. That fits. The rest were normal, but what she did, eh, she was in LUST. And yes I get what you mean. It was all, look we have a tapestry, whatever. It did feel like she forgot about her tapestry, and that was the whole thread throughout the book. If I am not wrong and the thread was how many women Nicholas could do.


Crazy Claude is her new name. But yes, thank goodness I am not Crazy Carole, but I felt the ending lacking. Even the epilogue didn’t mention it. Haha. But I do love drama, so it was entertaining to watch everyone messing around and ruining their lives because they are too stupid to realize what they are doing is a BAD thing. Like Alinor...exhibit A.


It was good for the drama for sure. And did you not have the notes at the back? Where it said that Claude got it and then they found it in the 19th century or something?


No I didn’t! I just got the “So and so had 500 babies”, “So and so died alone”, and etc. D:


Huh, weird. Yes Claude got it, then her husband’s family. Then they found it in a castle later on and it was cut up by peasants ;) But they fixed it


*flips through pages in book* OOOH okay, I guess I missed that!!!! Weird...I think it was because it was on the back page of the epilogue page. Hahaha. I retract my statement then!


Always check the end fellow readers ;)


I think I was over it and didn’t even care at that point. For some reason I stayed up SUPER late finishing it because I HAD TO know what was going to happen next with our little cast of morons.


Oh, I was not THAT into it. I was more or less reading it in peace and quiet, taking a nap, reading on. It was good, never amazing. But something saved it and made it good even if everyone deserved to get a slap in the face.


I really didn’t get into it until the thing with my previous favorite character happened. I was all, “NOOOOOO!” And I had to read on.


I never did get if that character really wanted it, or if it was a way out of another mess.


Honestly, I think she was convinced that was the only way to get out of that stinky mess. I mean….it worked in the long run in her favor….but yeah.


I should have been clearer, it was like she suddenly lost her mind, Instead we should have seen her thoughts when she was all, yup, gonna do this cos I wont be stinky.


She did go insane, because of Doom-bringing Nicholas. Every time he showed his face something bad happened and people just lost their sanity. I blame him for everything. Heck, I bet he lied about the tapestry’s due date being changed.


Such an ass. Slimey and creepy.


He was. But it was entertaining watch him ruin everything he touched. I bet his painting SUCKED!


Ha, I am sure they did. So, any last thoughts?


Mmmmm. I’m still on the fence with my feelings. It had good things, bad things, and things I’m not even sure about. Sanity was certainly questionable.


It was good, but I wish everyone had not been insane ;)


LOL but I think it would’ve been boring ;) I’m excited for next month’s read!!! *fingers crossed*


True, but he should have been more careful where he wanted to stick his junk. You are getting no new paintings that way mister!
Omg next month!!! I hope it will be good


Agreed, agreed. Until next month?

Until next month

**Carole's Conclusion**
This has been on my shelf for a long while now. I've read one other by this author and that was good, so I'm not sure why I avoided this book. Maybe I was worried, because I actually really like the tapestry? Not sure. But I finally got myself to read it. And I have mixed feelings. I liked some bits, but somethings were super meh. The characters were all stupid, but entertaining to see what next idiocy they were going to do next. I liked Phillipe, but he was forgettable. I liked Alinor, because she was the smartest UNTIL one thing happened and then she was the biggest idiot. So sad. Overall, this was okay. I do recommend checking it out. The author is good. I'll give this 3 stars.



Saturday, February 25

Movie Review: Legend (1985)


Film Title: Legend
Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
Released: 1985
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance 
Rating: PG (Honestly, I would say this should've been PG-13)
Where I Got It: Rented copy

SUMMARY:

A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves.








TRAILER:






REVIEW:
I will admit...I never watched this movie before and I admitted it to BF who was appalled by the fact. We tracked down a copy and sat down and watched it. I'm not a huge Tom Cruise fan, but I do adore Tim Curry, so why not? 

First, I must really comment on the rating. They gave it a PG which means any age can watch it with a parent. Ummm...this was super, duper dark. if I was a parent, I would wait until my kid was at least 13 or 14 to watch it. Some parts were seriously dark and not meant for the wee ones. 

Okay...let's backtrack...

The story follows some princess (I think?) who is besties with a weird kid who lives in the woods. He loves her and she likes him a lot. One day he decides, the only way to win her love is to show her the last two unicorns. At the same time, the baddies from the underworld are ordered by the Devil to get a unicorn horn so he can start his plan to cover the world in darkness and reign both lands. The baddies follow Princess and weird kid to the creek to the unicorns. Events unfold, the Princess messes up royally, the Devil wants underneath the Princess' skirts, and lots of weird things happen. 

There were a lot of things that confused me. I had to have BF explain the whats and whys. A few times he honestly didn't know. So I'm happy I was just not being dense. There should've been some more explanation about the world and characters. The weird kid played by Tom Cruise was annoying to me. I might be biased here, but I didn't understand him. Maybe if I understood the character better I would've liked him better.  

The acting was not amazing, but decent. The script needed a wee bit of work. The effects, make-up, and costumes were pretty awesome. The Devil was the best character in all the categories. Maybe it is just Tim Curry? Maybe I'm being biased, but I feel he did the best.

I wish I had loved this like BF and a whole bunch of others did on IMdb. It was okay. Nothing to cheer about. A little fantasy movie with an interesting concept. A confusing concept for a first viewer. I guess it's a movie that you need to rewatch in order to fully grasp all the ins and outs. The cast and acting decent. The best part of the film was the special effects and look of the characters. Really cool. 

In the end, it is a classic film and it really worth the watch if one likes fantasy. I do wish another film would've been made so I could've understood the characters and world more. Out of five stars, I'll give this three. 


Re-watch?: Maybe


Friday, February 24

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in Feb 24 2017 - 45 Day Challenge



#FitReaders hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog  and That’s What I’m Talking About.

Yayy! Joining this challenge again! This will help me keep track of the 45 Day Challenge of working out with my friend! :D In order to prove us doing the workouts, we need to take pictures! I'll share some of those photos.  :3


Day 1:  40 Min Pilates and Weights (Mamyia is an excellent cheerleader)


Day 2: 1 Mile Jog and 10 mins weights
So it beginsssss!


Day 3: 12 flights of stairs and 40 mins Yoga (Again, Mamyia is being a creeper and photo ;D)

Day 4: 2 mile bike, 4 flights of stairs, and 15 mins weights (Went nice and early this morning!)


Day 5: Super stiff and sore from the day before...so I took it easy. 30 mins Pilates and Yoga







Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday Writing Prompt #2


Happy Wednesday everyone! For Xmas I bought myself a little writing prompt journal. I just now started writing in it. For fun I'll share some of the prompts that I've written. Feel free to join in with your answers! I'm really curious to see what everyone else says.


1) Give your city (or town or region) a new name that reflects what type of a place it is, and explain why you chose that name.

Curve City. There is not a straight road in this city. There are so many lakes, the developers legit had to develop the roads around the lakes. It takes forever to get somewhere. Love the lakes, I do, but it is frustrating. 


A view at my apartments



2) Write about something presently in your life that is "worth it". 

Working is worth it. I would rather be at home making cookies and cleaning. However, I know myself. Without my own income and independence, I would hate my life. I would feel deprieved and locked away. Working allows me to get out, socialize, and get paid. It's totally worth it. 

3) You are the wind's interpreter. What is it saying? 

HUMANS SUCK! Die humans, die. Oh! Look! A piece of garbage! Oh! Look! Someone dropped money.....now it's gone. HA! 

4) Come up with a mathematical formula to express something you know/believe. 

Hard work + Kindness + Love + Humor + Responsibility - Religion - Hate = A decent world