Adaros are spirits that take the shape of a merman-like creature. They have fins for feet, a dorsal fin on their back, and a long spear growing out of their head. They are said to live on the sun and travel back and forth by flying down rainbows. Adaros are malicious creatures, often finding joy in killing humans by throwing poisonous flying fish at their necks. On a brighter note, they also appear in the dreams of a man to teach them new songs and dances.
City of the Fallen Sky - Tim Pratt
"Once an alchemical researcher with the dark scholars of the Technic League, Alaeron fled their arcane order when his conscience got the better of him, taking with him a few strange devices of unknown functions. Now in hiding in a distant city, he’s happy to use his skills creating minor potions and wonders- at least until the back alley rescue of an adventurer named Jaya lands him in trouble with a powerful crime lord. In order to keep their heads, Alaeron and Jaya must travel across wide seas and steaming jungles in search of a wrecked flying city and the magical artifacts that can buy their freedom. Yet the Technic League hasn’t forgotten Alaeron’s betrayal, and an assassin armed with alien weaponry is hot on their trail…"
The beginning of the book jumps right into action with an alchemist named Alaeron saving a pretty girl, being threatened by an assassin, and then being blackmailed by a crime lord.
Let’s talk about some characters. Alaeron seemed to sit somewhere between comfortably familiar and cliche. The unappreciated genius lusting over the insanely hot chick who pays him little attention. We all have that friend, are that friend, or have seen that movie. But his frustration and nerdiness makes him relatable to the target audience. We didn’t really get to know Jaya which was a bit disappointing considering she was a main character. Perhaps the little detail on her was to make her more mysterious and let your imagination turn her into the girl you’d like to adventure with. Skiver (our um.. leader) is supposed to be the cutthroat who loves knives. He didn’t really seem particularly vicious but he ended up being my favorite character by the end. (Who am I kidding? He was my favorite very soon after he was introduced.)
The middle of the book was an easy read. It went at a decent speed but I was a bit disappointed at the number of pages it took to get to their destination. After they hoped off the last boat is when I started getting the adventure I was waiting for. Besides only a single detail at the end I was really satisfied with the ending. I’m not going to freak out and tell you to buy it RIGHTTHISSECOND, but it was a good book & I enjoyed it. :3
A Yuki-Onna (“Snow Woman”) is a snow/ice spirit originating in Japan. Some legends say she is the spirit of snow itself, others say she comes from a soul that has died in a snowstorm. Yuki-Onna takes form a beautiful woman with skin as pure white as the kimono she wears. Sometimes descriptions of her say she has no feet- a common feature for Japanese ghosts.
Yuki-Onna is said to pray on travelers wandering through snowy regions. She uses a variety of tactics to kill her victims. The most common being to simply trap travelers in snowstorms and kill them with her icy breath. Others include leading them astray, blowing open doors to kill victims in their sleep, or seeming to hold a child to trick the victim into taking the child- thus freezing them in place.
A long time ago, there lived two woodcutters, Minokichi and Mosaku. Minokichi was young and Mosaku was very old.
One winter day, they could not come back home because of a snowstorm. They found a hut in the mountain and decided to sleep there. On this particular evening, Mosaku woke up and found a beautiful lady with white clothes. She breathed on old Mosaku and he was frozen to death.
She then approached Minokichi to breathe on him, but stared at him for a while, and said, “I thought I was going to kill you, the same as that old man, but I will not, because you are young and beautiful. You must not tell anyone about this incident. If you tell anyone about me, I will kill you.”
Several years later, Minokichi met a beautiful young lady, named Oyuki (yuki = “snow”) and married her. She was a good wife. Minokichi and Oyuki had several children and lived happily for many years. Mysteriously, she did not age.
One night, after the children were asleep, Minokichi said to Oyuki: “Whenever I see you, I am reminded of a mysterious incident that happened to me. When I was young, I met a beautiful young lady like you. I do not know if it was a dream or if she was a Yuki-onna…”
After finishing his story, Oyuki suddenly stood up, and said “That woman you met was me! I told you that I would kill you if you ever told anyone about that incident. However, I can’t kill you because of our children. Take care of our children… ” Then she melted and disappeared. No one saw her again.
Kali: The Dark Mother.
Legend: Kali is said to be born from he brow of Goddess Durga in the midst of a battle between good and evil forces. Durga was nearly overwhelmed until Kali appeared. During the battle Kali was so caught up in a killing spree she was destroying everything in sight. Her consort Shiva threw himself under her feet to stop her and she stuck her tongue out in surprise. The rampage ended there. The relationship with Kali and her followers is very much like the relationship between a mother and child. She takes care of them and is said to be a very kind and loving deity.
Image: Kali is shown to have black (a shade in which all colors are merged) or dark blue skin representing her all-embracing and comprehensive nature. She has four arms which carry a sword, a severed head, a trident, and a bowl. The sword represents wisdom. The severed head represents the human ego- which must be cut off before liberation. The trident is a symbol of Shiva- her consort. The bowl is used to catch the blood from the head. Kali wears a necklace made of 50 human skulls representing the 50 letter of the Sanskrit alphabet which in turn represents Kali’s knowledge and wisdom. She also wears a skirt made of severed arms- representing karma.
The fifth book in the series "The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel"
Apparently a Warlock is someone who breaks an oath. It’s the theme here and is seen multiple times throughout the book. I felt like The Warlock was similar to the first book of the series. It’s mostly giving details and building up to the big ending. The book seemed really action based and probably would have made a better movie than reading. The “everyone is related” concept is getting really over played, but I did enjoy the twist on the last page of the book. Overall, the book was okay. But I am really looking forward to reading the last book of the series. :3
Lamia was a queen of Libya in Greek mythology. She was beautiful, and thus enthralled the eyes of Zeus- King of the gods. Lamia bore several children from Zeus and he granted her the gift of second sight- to be able to pluck out and replace her own eyes. Soon Zeus’s wife- the goddess Hera found out. Enraged with jealousy, she murdered all but one of Lamia’s children. The un-murdered child was a daughter which Hera turned into a six-headed monster.
Lamia went mad and turned monstrous- morally and physically. Her body changed; turning her lower half into that of a snake while still keeping her human upper body. Her life became devoted to bestow her pain onto others by stealing and eating their children. She was also thought to have been a temptress as well. She would seduce men and drink their blood or devour them.
A Scanner Darkly- by Philip K Dick
Oh boy. This book had a lot of ups and downs. It’s about a man named Bob Arctor heavily addicted to a drug called “Substance D”. Arctor is also an undercover Narc who’s investigating himself. Someone is out to burn him and he’s slowing forgetting he’s both Fred and Bob.
Pros: The middle of the book was the best part in my opinion. That’s where it really got interesting. The more information you got, the more eager you are to read. In the early 200s hit me hard. (The exact way I felt was Finn from Adventure Time wearing the glasses of Nerdicon yelling/freaking out at Princess Bubblegums science party). The story over all was interesting. I liked some of the concepts in the book- The Scatter Suit and the hologram recordings. The dialogue between the drug buddies was amusing- and Barris was probably the most interesting of the characters. I’m looking forward to watching the movie and see how it compares or to see if I missed any details.
Cons: The book was hard to get into. It had a lot of details for everything. I understood they were there to make a point and portray a specific point of view, but they were tedious to read at times and almost unbearable. The ending was okay. It was closure. It didn’t really leave me wanting more.
[Callisto- Ursa Major]
Callisto was a nymph dedicated to the goddess Diana. She was beautiful, vowed chastity(Like all Diana’s nymphs), and was Diana’s favorite. The god Jupiter had taken notice of Callisto’s beauty and disguised himself as Diana. Jupiter approached Callisto, and when she let her guard down he ravished her.
Months later the pregnancy from Jupiter couldn’t be concealed any longer. Diana took notice while bathing with the nymphs in the springs. She was furious and banishes Callisto. She has the baby alone- a son named Arcos.
Now that Callisto was no longer under the protection of Diana, the goddess Juno takes the opportunity to get revenge on her. Juno grabs Callisto and slams her into the ground- turning her into a bear.
16 years later, Arcos is hunting and finds the bear that used to be his mother. As Callisto tries to communicate who she is, Arcos aims an arrow at her. Jupiter takes pity on Callisto, and moves her and Arcos into the stars where they become Ursa Major and Ursa Minor.
Naiads are one of the three classes of water nymphs. They reside of fresh water such as rivers, fountains, ponds, and wells. The Naiads can be broken down into even smaller categories for each type of body of water. They’re each connected to their body of water, and if it were to dry up- they would die. Like all nymphs, they were pretty much sex symbols. Sometimes they seduced others- making kings fall in love with them. Other times they were seduced- falling in love from afar and doing crazy or jealous things. Most stories of Naiads were cautionary tales of the beautiful yet dangerous sea damsels.
Bonk: The curious coupling of Science and Sex.
By Mary Roach
This book has got to be one of my favorites of all time. Mary Roach has a very special way to make anything sound interesting, so when she’s dealing with a few of your favorite subjects (Science and Sex) it’s really a must read. She analyzes the sexual studies from the first records to the present and even volunteers for one herself. She explores philosophies and uncovers intriguing facts about our bodies. Some of the things I learned in this book were just bizarre. This book is hilarious, interesting, and slightly disturbing. It’s a large part of what made Mary Roach my favorite author.
If you want a taste of what this book includes- here’s a link for a seminar she did on it: