Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Review - The Raiders from the Sea

Recently, I've been craving some new books to read. So I went to my local Christian book store, and made a bee-line to the teen fiction area and wrote down all the names/covers that caught my attention to request from my library. While these book aren't novels, and aren't targeting older teens, they are great books, and I though they were worth reviewing.

I love Ireland, and my true name is Irish for "Crown" or "Party". I love Celtic music, and the one place I want to visit before I die is Ireland. So of course I had to pick up these books. I wasn't disappointed.
Now it's hard to say exactly when I originally read these books for the first time, but it will have been over 3 years ago. I enjoyed them as much this time round, as I did the first time I read them. I'll just get into the review. Keep in mind, I'm no writer, so my views on how the book was written may be different than most.

This is book 1 in Lois Walfrid Johnson's series "The Viking Quest".
Caution: Contains Spoilers

When Briana O'Toole rescues a stranger from drowning, she doesn't realize that her actions may have put her family and neighbors in danger. Then, in one harrowing day, Viking raiders capture Bree and her brother Devin and take them away from their home in Ireland.
All of the Irish prisoners are at the mercy of Mikkel, the proud young leader of the Vikings. When he separates Bree and Devin, Bree sails to Norway on the Viking longship. Devin travels the dangerous road home. What will they discover about living with the courage to win? How can they change what is happening to them? Can they trust their all-powerful God, even in life-or-death situations?
Summery courtesy of lwjbooks.com.

While kids of all ages will enjoy reading these books, I would suggest the age group to read these, and really enjoy them, would be between 11-14. No younger, as the characters do change ages, and by the fifth book are getting closer to their twenty's, so they deal with deeper spiritual and emotional challenges. Not enough to ban your kids from reading them until their older, just no younger than 11.

For younger kids, Bree shows how faith as a 12 year-old girl can change, and help you, when everything looks hopeless. She goes through a lot of stuff in this book, and deals with hatred for Mikkel, who refuses to believe that she'll be nothing but a slave for the rest of her life.

Being an Irish lass, her fiery spirit will not be quelled without a fight, and that's what she gives. At every turn, she defies Mikkel, mostly with the fact that Mikkel believes in no god.

Bree and Devin were both captured by Mikkel and his crew, but were taken on different boats. When Bree is given the chance to go free, she gives her freedom it to Devin, who escapes into the forest to go back to Ireland. Bree always wanted to see what lay on the other side of the waters, but is she willing to make the sacrifice? That is where book 2: The Mystery of the Silver Coins comes in...

4/5 stars

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Fourth, and Final, Day At Collage - My Second Year

The fourth day at the Collage was the best day. I managed to complete my Terminator head, as well as get further on my Dragon.
I finally felt like I had the program under control, and could function without hicups like I had had before this. I learned how to mesh different pieces of clay together so that I can get the correct shapes.
Here is the dragon that I finished with. Mind you that it's uncompleted, but the only reason I'm not continuing, is because I don't have the program.




As far as the Terminator head goes, I finished (to the best of my limited abilities) it off. We got taught how to apply materials--metals, rough textures--to the clay.
I finished the human side of the head, including the eye, eyebrow and eyelashes. On the cyborg side of the head, I applied 4-7 different metals to give it a realistic feel. The lit up parts of the head are just done with paint, much to everyone's surprise. Take a look.




I didn't take a picture of the back of the head, because there is really nothing to see.
The final thing we learned was to render videos that show the models in 3D mode. Here are the two videos, that I rendered, one of the dragon and one of the Terminator head. Sorry for the low quality, but that is how Blogger's video uploader is.
So this is what I get to see as I'm working on it, but within ZBrush, you can rotate the model any which way you want.


Signed with Moon Jelly's - Leauphaun