Monday, July 18, 2016

June 2016 Wrap up

June turned out to be the worst month for reading. Only one book was read so far. I really do not know what has happened. I listen more now, but still I had an impression that I am reading enough and at the end of the month there is that big oops: one book only!

Read books: 
So the only book read is Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Original title: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Pages: 352 pages
Edition Language: English
Series: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

What is interesting about that story is that it was not planed as a story, but a picture book featuring random and strange vernacular photographs collected by author Ransom Riggs. He was persuaded however to use the pictures as the base to build up as a story. Ransom Riggs needed more photographs for the novel, so he got to know other collectors and this book appeared as collaboration between storytelling and visual images.
         The main story starts in our time and describes the ordinary 16 year old boy Jacob Portman, who was raised on his grandpa's mystical stories and who grew up and does not believe in peculiar children anymore. Grandpa seems to be disappointed, but does not try to change his grandson's mind. And then grandpa suddenly dies, presumably killed by the pack of dogs, but Jacob is not so sure as he saw a monster from his grandpa's stories.
        After quite intensive psychological therapy, Jacob persuades his farther to go to the small British island where his grandpa was hiding during World War II, to the school of Alma Peregrine. There he gets through the time loop to 1940 to real school full of strange and peculiar children.
       Though it is YA book and maybe even children’s book it was not a dull read. After a description of the next character you are waiting to see the photograph to check if your imagination pictured it so. I find it a grand idea to make a story out of your hobby. The book had quite a successful reception and film adaptation will be released Sep. 2016 with Eva Green and Asa Butterfield a star from "Ender's Game". So we will see what differences there are from the book. 

Movie watched:
Warcraft (2016) I am afraid that was the biggest disappointment this month. So long awaited the movie did not provide any bit of enjoyment. Seems like it is a mixture of "Lord of the Rings" grandiosity and "Game of Thrones" 'everyone dies' attitude. The whole plot just promises that there will be a sequel, but not giving anything to grasp at the moment. I will not even going to review that and give it 6 out of 10 points.

Theater visited:

Sport events watched: 
1. Staropramen Cool Cesky Pohar Strahov Praha 18.06-19.06
2. UEFA Euro 2016 (France) ongoing from 10.06 football completion (75% matches watched). The biggest surprise and the greatest warriors of the tournament is the team from Iceland. Those have been fighting with every favorite not give up and not showing any laziness. Greatly appreciated by all fans for spirit and striving for the victory.

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