Books: Our Only Chance by Ray Else

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review!

Title: Our Only Chance
Author: Ray Else

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations of the opinions of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and there might be some spoilers ahead!

Synopsis: This book is about how A. I. can make themselves human which we get to meet Eina who is seen as a normal girl who loves to laugh, pray in temples, and other things but she is really an artificial intelligence created by MManaka Yagami, who is a genious scientist. With her human-like thoughts and experiences, Eina must create her own soul and human bodies without Manaka and the Yakuza even knowing.

Thoughts: All I have to say is that this book was very uplifting! I felt better after reading this book and despite my neck having a major crick earlier today, I still felt better reading it. I felt like I was reading the book version of A. I. but instead of having Haley Joel Osment, I was seeing our modern world doing it and seeing more of it being animated either by the person behind Digimon and Summer Wars or even Studio Ghibli. I did like the anime references in this book since it did take placein Kyoto and one part taking place in Tokyo, which this book was able to paint the picture of daily life in Japan. As in from being employed even in technology and robotics all the way to being a kindergarten assistant which Eina did in parts of the book. I did like how she got to explore Tokyo in cosplay with some of the workers and then her computer self went portable with another worker in Tokyo so it could explore what Android Eina was seeing except it was in a Pachinko Casino.

One character I can relate to is Manaka because we got to see how she was a university student at first and was always surrounded by technology and work which I know that feeling of being able to be surrounded by my phone, IPad, computer, and Braille device at home. What I did like was how she interacted with Eina the most like a mother would since she was known as “mother” due to how she created her in the start of the book. She was one of those motherly types who wanted to know what her daughter was up to since Eina had major plans and wanted to make them happen and even wondered about what love is and how it is from Manaka to Eina and back. I did feel bad about Manaka in how she lost not only her lover all thanks to her lover’s wife trying to kill her but things went downhill for him but also felt like she lost her daughter and her soul with it. I did notice that this book is supposed to be in the first of more to come since it did have “A. I. Chronicles” attached to it so it looks like there is a sequel being written and I did see some opened parts for one and if there is one I would like to see what happens next to Manaka and her relationship with Eina.

I did see one review talking about how this book should be a movie and I agree and I did say above it should be animated because I think it would be easier to do and they can do a lot in making Eina’s Android form more real looking. If it was dubbed I would see Luci Christian playing Eina since she can do little girls very welland can make her voice high. For Yuriko I can see Tara Platt or Colleen Clinkenbeard for that role. For Manaka, I would either see Christine Auten or even Mary Elizabeth McGlynn to play her since they can do the motherly roles very well. I even see R. Bruce Elliot as Manaka’s Professor Mentor and seen as the uncle towards Eina since he is supposed to be the older and wiser despite the events that take place.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I do agree with the earlier praises for this book that it is well written. I felt like I was there in the lab to witness Eina’s creation and seeing the feelings of every person in the room. I hope this does become a movie because I would love to see this on the big screen and with audio description.

That is it for this review! Since July is almost over, I do have my Top Ten Songs for this month! Stay tuned!

Also, a head’s up, reason I am mentioning Anime as a category with this one it does mention anime.

Books: Once in Lourd by Sharon Solwitz

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Ne3rdy Shique Universe! It’s time for another book review and this book was a hard one to sit through and you will see why!

Title: Once in Lourd
Author: Sharon Solwitz

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation. Please respect the thoughts and feelings of the writer since this is a pretty honest review. There might be spoilers and if you don’t like the topics of what may be discussed there are other book reviews on this blog to check out.

Description: In this book, we meet four teens who are living in Lourd, Michigan during 1968 during the Vietnam War. They face many hardships in their own lives and decided to make a pledge to either take their lives on a bluff after two weeks or enter adulthood. These four, Vira, Kate, C. J., and Saint will live for each other until their own day comes and see how their lives changed and see how they either take a pledge to take their lives or decide to not do it in the end.

Thoughts: Oh man! This was a very hard read! I almost didn’t want to finish reading it but knowing this was set in a time in the past where things are different from what we are facing now in America I felt like I was standing in Kate’s shoes. Yes, there were heartfelt moments but other times there were times I wanted to close up Kindle and leave it alone and want to read something else, which I did at night with more of a lighthearted book (Accidentally Married to a Vampire, sorry!)

I admit I definitely relate to Kate the most because…well…recently I went through a day where my older brother got on me about dieting and if you guys have seen my videos I didn’t look fat since I did struggle with weight when I was younger and I did lose a lot of weight over time. My parents are diabetic and I do have a thyroid problem but here is the thing I have a different diet from most and I have to make sure I have Vitamin D incorporated into it to keep those levels up while making sure I don’t fall victim as well. My brother is in the military so he doesn’t know what I do on a daily basis or what I eat. With Kate, I know how it feels because I’ve been in the overweight blues even how her stepmother ripped her apart in the book at one point after she was at a tennis session and her stepmother got a call about her missing slime classes that she forced her to do. I admit I tried doing exercise videos and that didn’t help much in the past.I even remembered how I did have pints of ice cream everyday but did tone it down over years and same with other sweets and plus I rarely think about food unless I am hungry. Just hand me a bottle of water for the day and I am good until the next meal or snacktime.

I think Solwitz was pretty much painting the picture of what is like to ive in 1968 where not only you get to see old days of sports to seeing what people lived through differently such as able to smoke and drink while being younger even though fake IDs of course to having a different outlook on one part of your body being deformed, which Vira had a deformed hand and so many people thought it was sick and she didn’t like how people stared at her hand. Plus, we see how neighbors are different during this time where you hardly see people on the streets early in the morning like we do now in town at least. So yes, this book did paint the idea of how things were different and how being accepted for who you are or what sex you want in a relationship is way different from what is now. Heck, even incest was seen in this book but don’t want to touch on that since that was a bit weird.

Rating: 3 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I am being nice with this one since it did bring us a new idea of Historical Fiction but it was a hard read for me. I felt a little sad while reading this book and wishing I hadn’t clicked on “Request” at the same time. Still, if you are into something like this you can get it through Amazon as an EBook. So, read with caution just in case.

Well, that is about it! Hoping the next book is not as emo as this one and not as weird too. Until next time!

Books: The GIrl With the Red Balloon by. Katherine Locke

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review since I finished another book!

Title: Girl With the Red Ballon
Author: Katherine Locke

Disclaimer: This review is based on observations and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoguhts and opinions of the book and there might be spoilers!

Synopsis: Ellie Born, a sixteen year-old girl, goes on a class trip to Berlin and ends up time traveling to 1980s Berline all thanks to a red balloon. When new buddies thought her trip was an accidental trip, they find out that someone might be tampering with the ballons and using a darker magic in order to change history since the ballons are meant to travel through time with magic. Will she ever get home or will she be stuck in the Berlin that takes place before the wall falls?

Thoughts: This book gave me a bit of Doctor Who vibes while I was reading it since I did find the description very interesting and I had to request it on Net Galley.

This book not only takes a look at Berlin in the past but also told the story behind her grandfather and how he knew about a girl with a red ballon and he did tell her about meeting a girl that saved his life during World War II when he and his family got sent to a ghetto which is hard for Siri to pronounce and then loses his sister to pneumonia and his father out of nowhere. He gets rescued before heading off to a concentration camp like his mom after a train ride. It is interesting to see that aspect of the story because it does link to what happens later and who is trying to go back in time to fix what had happened.

I did find it interesting that the red ballons are a way of time travel and it is like what if the Doctor were to use a ballon for a story or something, like if he was separated from the Tardus all thanks to it or if Missy used one to survive, etc. That would make an interesting plot or fan fiction. I did hear “99 Red Balloons” while I was reading this book too since that is supposed to talk about the end of the world and this book did talk about ending bad history which was World War II and helping people that didn’t get saved and changing it to be a better future but it did explain that is why the ballons were tempered.

I did like how Locke did mention in her Author’s Note that she loved Madeline L’Englle’s writing and how it inspired her to do this book and I did read some books like Camilla, Moonlight by Night, and my all time fave by L’Engle, A Ring of Endless Light which Disney did a movie for TV but it wasn’t as great as a book in my opinion. Maybe I should do a list of book movies that should be remade. Still, I think this book was really well written and I did like how the past being told to the 1988 Berlin linked up and how it does show how magic works in this setting and it does show how it shouldn’t be tampered with.

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints of 5! This book was a very well written piece and I am glad I did see it on the main page one day and decided to hit the “Request” button after reading the description. I am very honest in picking my books because as a writer myself the description does catch the eye and this book did it. I liked the characters especially Mitsy who is a lesbian character that is very sisterly towards Ellie even though I did catch moments how Mitsy does fall for Ellie and gets jealous when Kai is around her. I do like how she learns how to be brave all thanks to Ellie because she was scared of showing her teal hair and scared to be caught being a runner for the balloons all over Berlin since this is when the Berlin Wall is up and you have to follow certain rules, etc. Mitsy does become braver after being around Ellie and does shed the terror by the end and takes off the hat to show off her teal blue hair to say, “F*ck it! I am different and I don’t care!”

I did like the relationship between Kai and Ellie which it does start off a bit awkward even with a girl from the 2000s being in your time and it does grow with her being in the time for six months and it is cute how the both of them interact. Not only that, I do like how both were able to work on the mystery behind the balloons and how they were working with Kai’s sister to get through the mystery that was going on and I liked it especially with how they solved it and ended it. Still a great book and I wonder how Ellie was able to get back fine with her balloon which I have a feeling she did.

Well, that is it for this book review! I have a new post to right and that is the books with movies that should be re-done, I think I should watch the Hunger Games since I loved those books to see if those should have been re-done. Maybe? Don’t know! I will get that list to you guys! Until next time!

TV: Doctor Who Season 10!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today was the last episode of Doctor Who Season 10! Oh man and here are my thoughts!

Disclaimer: This review is bbased on observations and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Spoilers ahead too!

Oh man! Oh man! This season was the strongest season for Capaldi because last season was weak! I didn’t do a review on it because I missed two episodes and didn’t pay attention to it as much as I did with this one and Season 8 along with the Christmas specials! I was bummed after seeing Clara resurrected when we all know that companions die and they tend to die epic deaths and hardly come back. Nope! Even though this was a death that led to him meeting with river again in the second Christmas special and that was when they took a year off before the next one including a new season. I think taking that year to make the new season was a good idea. I know it threw off a season each year but after the last season…yeah it needed work and glad it was worked on, especially when the news dropped about Peter Jackson being in for an episode or two. When I heard about it, I was like, “Okay! Dude who did the Lord of the Rings movies is joining the team! This will be interesting!”

So, the Doctor is a university professor in this one teaching Physics and does make sense since time travel does have to rely on Physics and then we see the new companion, Bill Potts, walk in to listen to his lectures and after the first meeting things start going weird. Such as seeing puddles coming alive to having a house killing your roommates after moving in and of course the adventures to Mars to meet a classic Who creature and meeting GRman soldiers and ancient Celts who are afraid of a demon that they had to fight for all time.

Nerdy Shirts explained that Bill was a call back to one of the classic doctors but I did like her as a companion. Too bad she was only in for this season since most companions are around for one or two. Her character shown her to be inquisitive and asking about the many creatures that they encountered and of course does get into trouble in some points, especially when the Monks appeared in this season where it does show how she really cares for the Doctor despite being a lesbian. Yes, she makes it clear in one episode she doesn’t like men. I’m cool with it and it made it different from the Clara and Danny story from season 8. I did like in the last Christmas special that she was hinted as a doll that the kid had at the end. The ending for for Bill, in my book, was better than Clara’s actually even though it dealt with the Cybermen again in the end of this season but better in a way. Gondras and I were surprised that she was turned into one which GOndras did say, “Now they are turning everyone into one?” Which he talked about Season 8’s ending where the Brigadeer and Danny were turned into them but I would say how they did it this time was calling back to the classic design according to Gondras. I haven’t really seen enough classic Who but he has told me enough about it that which brings me to…

One of the episodes featured another classic creature from Doctor Who and it’s the Martian Men who are lizard creatures that sound human but have more of a growl to their voice. The episode has the Doctor go to Mars and meet British soldiers that have saved one of these creatures and he assimilated himself to them until the Martian Queen comes alive. Apparently, they were dormant and appeared to be extinct even though there was an episode of Smith where a Martian Man was in a submarine with him Rowry and Amy. I do find it interesting how they put a piece of British history on Mars as a way of them colonizing it and made it seem more “dead.” Hmmm, foreshadowing much Doctor Who with humans colonizing Mars?

The Return of Missy: We did get to see Missy again in this season since she did show up at the start of Season 9 and was only around for two episodes dealing with Davras and the Dahlics. In this one was a bit more interesting because she ends up in a vault inside the Tardus. Even though the Doctor wants to be friends again with Missy but you know how she always like to turn her back due to her Master side and yes it is cute how they work with each other until the season finale when we get to meet a Master from the past! The one that appeared in the tenth’s run! Oh yes! Double the Master, Double the fun! You never thought that would happen especially with how he asks Missy about becoming a woman which when Missy first appeared in Season 8, I wasn’t expecting her to be the Master but they did play it low. I wonder what will happen next with the Master now since it looked like the old and Missy vanished in the finale but it was fun seeing a female version of the Master!

Regeneration? Throughout this season, it felt like we were almost seeing the end of Capaldi’s doctor since this was his last season. At first in some of the last few episodes it felt like he was going to sacrifice himself. But the non-human companion with Bill and the Doctor was worrying about him as well in how he was acting reckless throughout the episodes. I can see how he was really reckless especially the space episode where the satellite was acting like a business in space where he ends up blind after handing Bill his helmet. I did like that tidnbi and would’ve love to see more episodes with that since that could be a weakness that Missy could play with or any other villain but nope, Bill did help get his sight back all thanks to the Monks. It felt too quick but would be a great story unless it was told as a story in a book.

Do we get to meet the next version? Well…I would say wait until the Christmas special if you haven’t caught this one, I would download it from ITunes if you can. I can’t wait what will happen during the Christmas special since Gondras did do a text message description for me that the next doctor looks like William Hartnell and we will see how that will take place during the special. Besides Holiday Matsuri, can’t wait for Christmas!

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Pawprints: Yes! I give this one a five because it was stronger than the last season! They did have a good choice in using Peter Jackson during this season but saved him towards the end from what we have seen. I did like Bill and too bad this was her only season. I can’t wait what to see with the next doctor once the new season happens probably next year. Hoping so or take another year off since it did help develop the story a lot better and make it strong!

Well, that is it for this review! I decided to base it on thoughts alone since that would be easier! Let’s see if Season 11 will be strong whenever it comes back on BBC!