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The Maze Runner Chapter 20

This chapter is all about Thomas running away from the Griever and…it’s pretty underwhelming. That’s pretty sad since I do like the way Dashner writes action. 

I blame the Griever since I don’t find them interesting. 

But this chapter wasn’t terrible, so it’s okay. Thomas quickly came up with a plan and started swinging away from the Griever and Alby. Luckily, or unluckily, the Griever followed after Thomas and started chasing him. I do really like the fact that Thomas is working so hard to try and save Alby’s life, even if he’s not 100% sure if his life can actually be saved.

Makes me like him.

Thomas spends some “tense” minutes, or seconds (I don’t really know), swinging away from the monster. I’m not too sure how exactly the Griever is climbing the walls, but…I don’t dwell on it too much.

There’s a line that gives me pause when Thomas kicks and struggles with the monster:

“…he kicked out with both feet to push off, squirming to avoid the swarm of needles and claws coming at him from all directions.”

I don’t know how many needles the Griever has, the book never tells us, but I assume it’s a lot. So the fact that Thomas kdoeent get stung here seemed really… convenient. Too convenient perhaps.

Thomas makes it to the ground and starts running. The fact that Thomas can track his own movements so easily considering the situation too easily connected to him being a runner, but whatever. 

It ends with Thomas running into 3 other Grievers. Let’s see how Thomas gets out of this one.

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The Maze Runner Chapter 19

Short review for a short chapter. This chapter is mainly focused on the Griever and Thomas’s response to the monster which is…well I guess it’s good if you are a person who finds the Grievers scary and terrifying, but I don’t.

At all.

So this chapter really fell flat for me.

First of all, the monster is…dumb. Really, really dumb. Here’s the description:

It looked like an experiment gone terribly wrong—something from a nightmare. Part animal, part machine, the Griever rolled and clicked along the stone pathway. Its body resembled a gigantic slug, sparsely covered in hair and glistening with slime, grotesquely pulsating in and out as it breathed. It had no distinguishable head or tail, but front to end it was at least six feet long, four feet thick.

Every ten to fifteen seconds, sharp metal spikes popped through its bulbous flesh and the whole creature abruotly curled into a ball and spun forward. Then it would settle, seeming to gather its bearing, the spikes receding back through the moist skin with a sick slurping sound. It did this over and over, traveling just a few feet at a time.

But hair and spikes were not the only things protruding from the Griever’s body. Several randomly placed mechanical arms stuck out here and there, each one with a different purpose. A few had bright lights attached to them. Other has long, menacing needles. One had a three-fingered claw that clasped and unclasped for no apparent reason. When the creature rolled, these arms folded and maneuvered to avoid being crushed. Thomas wondered what—or who—could create such frightening, disgusting creatures.

That was a long description, but this…it’s not very compelling. It’s very hard to wrap my head around what this thing looks like and, yeah, that’s a big part of why I don’t find them terrifying. Plus…the Grievers move in a dumb way.  Up there it says that they spin, but I think a more accurate word is ‘roll’ and that’s just plain silly!

Maybe I expect too much from my book monsters.

Oh well, the most unnerving thing about this creature is when it started to climb the wall where Thomas and Alby are hanging out at (though how exactly it’s climbing I’ll find out next, I guess), other than that, it’s nothing special.

I know where the story is going but I hope it picks up again soon.

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The Maze Runner Chapter 18

This chapter we focus on Thomas trying to save Alby while they are trapped in the Maze overnight. Thomas is a bit upset in the beginning over the fact that Minho left both of them there.

While I understand Thomas’s feelings on the matter I really don’t think he has a right to judge Minho. Minho has been there for who knows how long and I think he has every right to try and save himself. Maybe not the noblest of moves, but I get it.

We also learn that Thomas officially considers Alby a friend. That was nice to know since with Alby’s attitude and Thomas’s responses to him didn’t really suggest much. Although Thomas makes a mental comment about how “Thomas before” couldn’t leave a friend behind, and I just wonder what made him think that he was like that before? Maybe he assumes if he wasn’t like that before that he would have pulled a Minho?

But the main event of this chapter is Thomas tieing up Alby in the vines to try and avoid the Grievers. It’s a pretty decent plan, though I wonder how he ended up tieing Alby up there. The book describes Thomas pushing Alby up and then tieing off his arms and legs, but…unless he wraps all of the vines multiple times around his limbs?

However, he did it Thomas was successful in getting Alby and himself off of the ground. It’s a solid plan, even if Thomas isn’t sure what a Griever is really capable of yet.

The end of the chapter isn’t too great; Thomas get’s spotted by a Bettle Blade, we see it has WICKED written on it’s body, and then a Griever comes around the corner. I don’t find either of these things scary so it fell flat.

Till next time!

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A Look at Character Design: Kirara Amanogawa (Part 1)

Hey, I’m back with another look at a character design! This time I’ll be looking at one of my favorite Cures from one of my favorite seasons!

Today I’ll be looking at Kirara Amanogawa, aka Cure Twinkle from Go! Princess PreCure!

Her civilian look:

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

Well, her first civilian outfit. Kirara has a bunch of cute outfits, which makes sense since she’s a fashion model. I’m going to try to look at her summer and winter outfits, but I can only screencaps of those so I might miss some details.

Anyways, the first thing I would like to note is that I think the colors used here are great. The yellow is eye-catching without being overpowering. The two-tone, high-waist shorts are very stylish and the muted shades complement her top very well. Her shoes, headband, and earrings are nice as details as well.

I don’t know what one would call this color combination but I know yellow and purple are complementary colors, while yellow and green are right next to each other on the wheel so…analogus and complementary? Not too sure.

Kirara’s outfit here does a good job of showing off her stylish and slightly mature personality, as well as the fact that she’s a bit difficult to talk to at first. She’s less mature than Minami and more mature than Haruka. She’s a good middle ground and this outfit shows it.

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

 

This outfit (with cameos from all the other girls) doesn’t have the most interesting color combination. But it’s still a nice one.

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

The ruffle top and jean combo is very cute and gives Kirara a more girlish look and feel. I think this works best with the development of her personality; being more open and warmer with everyone.

 

 

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

 

Again, this is a cute outfit. The yellow is the same shade as the yellow from her first outfit and complements the orange of her stockings nicely. Her headband is yellow now instead of purple and stands out much more because of this. The blue of her shorts sort of give me pause; I never really noticed them during the show, but looking at them now I think the blue is a strong color. I think it’s the most saturated of her clothes here. But since I didn’t notice it before it can’t have been too eye-catching. Maybe it’s because they’re so short and mostly covered by her cute sweater.

Well, that’s all for part one, part two will be about her Cure Forms! Thank you for reading and until next time!

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The Maze Runner Chapter 17

Hey, last post of 2017! Hope things are well for all of you.

We last left Thomas right after he ran out into the Maze on an impulse and now he’s…stuck.

He went up to an injured Alby and a terrified Minho. Both boys looked terrible; covered in scratches and bruises, Alby being the worse off of the pair. There are no descriptions of blood (surprisingly) but he’s been stung by the supposed dead Griever so…yeah, things look pretty bleak.

Thomas gets a bit frustrated with how negative Minho is being about the whole situation, but I can’t really blame him. We’re not told how long he’s been in the Maze, but we know he’s seen quite a lot of his friends die one way or another. Heck, we learn in this chapter that the boys don’t even find all the bodies of their friends who get stuck in the Maze overnight. It makes perfect sense for Minho to be very, very pessimistic.

We also learn various other things about the Grievers. We learn that while they always come out at night that sometimes they go out during the day. Grievers prick their victims and that a victim can be pricked multiple times.

We don’t learn too much more than that but it’s kind of interesting.

I am under suspicions that the reason we don’t learn exactly what happened when the Griever attacked Minho and Alby is that Dashner doesn’t really have a clue. I find the description of the Grievers dubious at best and the lack of explanation only pushes it closer toward it being unconvincing.

The chapter ends with Minho abandoning Thomas and Alby once the sound of Grievers started to sound. I found that kind of funny.

Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for this chapter, there wasn’t much, but I’m kind of getting used to that with this book. Thanks for reading and happy new years!

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Updates

So this is simply a quick update on the upcoming post to come to this blog in 2018!

I will probably get one more chapter review in before the New Year’s and due to my poor planning I won’t be finished before The Death Cure comes out, but that’s fine by me. Anyways, things coming in 2018:

Character Design Review of Kirara Amanogawa, done in either 2 or 3 parts.

Review of The Maze Runner movie, both in comparison to the book and as a movie by itself.

Start in on The Scorch Trials with a change in format to reviewing more than one chapter at a time. Between 3 and 5 chapters at once.

More reviews of newer books I’ve read, whole and proper book reviews this time around.

Episode reviews of shows that catch my fancy, practice that side of reviewing. First series on the docket would be the Channel Zero series.

Thanks to all those who read/like my blog and I hope you all have a happy New Year!

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Something Quick

Hey, with Christmas just around the corner for me I wanted to write this up really quickly since it’s a small part of the book that bothers me.

The character descriptions in The Maze Runner run into a problem that I’m used to seeing across many different books from many different authors. It’s not an issue that can ruin a work for me, I even did this a lot when I was younger, but something I want to point out here.

There are twelve named characters in the story so far: Thomas, Chuck, Newt, Alby, Minho, Ben, Gally, Zart, Frypan, Clint, Jeff, and Winston. First of all, that’s a lot of characters. Sure, not all of these characters are important, but still. Second of all, only Alby and Minho are described in terms of skin color and/or race.

In the writing circles I hang around in it’s a much talked about mechanic that highlighting a CoC (character of color) race or skin color while not doing that for white characters not only marks the CoCs as ‘other‘ but makes white the default.

Going off of the first 16 chapters there’s only one black guy and one Asian guy (there may be two Asians since an Asian guy was mentioned when Thomas first got out of the box, but he’s never brought up again so it could just be Minho). For all the named characters it’s not great on the racial diversity front, especially with how many boys are supposed to be in the Glade.

Sure, some of the unnamed Gladers could very well be nonwhite, that’s probably the case, but with Thomas’s descriptions it…it’s just a bit disappointing.

The solutions to this vary, though the one I’ve seen the most is that if an author is going to describe race and skin color it should be done for every character, not just the nonwhite ones.

Again, this doesn’t ruin the book, or any book, for me it’s just something I noticed and wanted to point it out. We’ll have to see if this continues with the rest of the series.

Happy Holidays!

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The Maze Runner Chapter 16

So, another day and another chapter.

It stars off rather dull, Thomas is made to garden and he doesn’t like it, all he wants to do is be a runner.

He talks to Zart, gets some more info about the different jobs but doesn’t get much more out of Zart than that. Not because he’s unwilling to talk, bit because he’s reminded of the Girl, and Ben, and the Grievers. It puts him in a sour mood.

During lunch we see Newt visibly distressed. Thomas and Chuck are worried about him and so am I. Newt’s a character that I like, I would go so fat as to say that he’s my favorite character in the book so far. I like Alby and Chuck as well but Newt still beats them out.

The blond boy is nervous because Alby and Minho haven’t come back from the Maze yet.

Newt is terrified.

Last chapter we got a hint about how much Newt hates the Maze but this chapter really drove it homw.

Night rolls around and Newt is panicked but he won’t go in the Maze. It’s too dangerous and the doors are about to shut. Newt and Chuck think they’re dead and I feel really bad for Newt. It’s obvious that him, Alby, and Minho are close.

But then, just as the doors are closing, Thomas spots Minho dragging along an unconscious Alby. This is where Dashner’s writing shines once again and it’s very tense. Even though I knew what was going to happen I was still on the edge of my seat.

Reading the back and forth between Thomas watching Minho dragging Alby, to Newt runing (the best he can) and yelling at Thomas not to run into the maze.

The book is best in moments like these.

It all ends with Thomas, Minho, and Alby trapped in the Maze over night.

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The Maze Runner Chapter 15

It’s been a bit, but I’m back with more chapter reviews.

This chapter is okay. Another low-key chapter after the excitement of chapter 14.

Thomas is still called to be a Runner and gets a chance to ask Newt some questions. This time around he actually gets some answers. New essentially tells Thomas that the Runners are the best of the best, the real cream of the crap.

Thomas ask Newt why he isn’t a Runner and…I don’t know why. Having just heard that they Runners are the best of the best that question would suggest that Thomas thinks Newt is one of those. But he hasn’t anything to suggest he’s one of the best. Newt hadn’t really had much presence until this point— sure he showed him a Griever but that’s about it— and it doesn’t seem like Thomas is asking the question in jest, so…it seems odd.

But this leads us to learning a bit about Newt. We learn that Newt used to be a Runner he stopped because he suffered a leg injury, and that Newt is glad he’s not a Runner anymore.

Thomas gets a bit snippy after Newt tells him he had to wait to even be considered to be a Runner. Newt shuts him down in an okay little lecture.

The chapter ends with Chuck questioning who killed the Griever and Newt not having an answer.

I don’t know why this is the end. The question of who-or-what killed the Griever had been hanging over them since we found out about the dead Griever. And Newt hasn’t been out in the maze so…why would he know anything about that? Why would he even have a guess?

Not a strong ending but it does get the reader asking questions, which is a good way to keep them reading if nothing else.

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A Look at Character Design: Ciel Kirahoshi (Update)

Hey guys! Looks like I’m here to talk about Ciel’s design again. Or more accurately some new clothes design for her since her winter design is out. I was planning on doing another one of these for her movie look but I couldn’t find a solo version of the girl’s movie power up.

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Source: Youtube

But I couldn’t find anything. So I’ll look at that later once I examine it more. Anyways, onto what I do have. Her winter designs!

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Source: Pretty Cure Wiki

The very first thing i want to say is that this shade of turquoise does a much better job of showing Ciel off as the Green Cure. I know turquoise is a kind of in between color but as far as her own signature color I think this shade works better overall.

The overall shape of her silhouette is a little different, the way her skirt and coat flows out from her body is closer to where her waist is. As opposed to her first civilian outfit which flows out from near her chest or just under it. Her jacket, gloves, boots and outfit all fit the winter season very nicely. I also really like that they kept the pink bow as a part of her outfit, a different bow obviously, one that follows the shape of her hair; just a very nice touch.

Now a very, very quick look at her movie designs.

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The first is her Patisserie uniform which I don’t have much to say about. It’s a cute kind of maid /baker design and I like the colors used for it.

The design in the middle is the biggest departure from what we’ve seen before. She’s got some brown in her outfit. That’s new color on her. Her silhouette is also more straight than her other ones. The clothes under her jacket are a bit more difficult of see so I can’t really comment on them.

Her final design brings her back to something similar to her TV design. The colors here look a bit brighter than her other designs but her dress is nice. The shawl is a nice touch to bring home the fact this is a dress for a party of some kind rather than like…a she’d normally wear. I’m not sure if I like the yellow bow in the center. Especially since this shade of yellow is pretty strong. She has a pink sash, with possibly a bow in the back, and I think that would have been better without the yellow bow, and it would match her shoes.

These designs of hers are good, especially the one with her winter coat. After this the next character I’m going to be looking at is my favorite character from Go! Princess Precure. So look out for that.

Let me know what you guys think!