jamesworld A Lunch Community http://www.lunch.com/jamesrp <![CDATA[UFC 58: USA vs. Canada Quick Tip by FM_ALEX]]> This was the event that the UFC held that pit US fighters against those from Canada, and for the most part it was a good event. Of course like another time BJ Penn would get cheated in my opinion. I don't think their should really be a country vs country thing going on in MMA because it is [Mixed Martial Arts] and that is styles from all over the world that every fighter has to be well rounded in, this isn't wrestling [which I love] that can have a story line like this. Any way this event would see the first BJ Penn vs GSP fight and still to this day I believe that Penn won, that is just me though.]]> http://www.lunch.com/whatcanisay/reviews/d/UserReview-UFC_58_USA_vs_Canada-232-1432702-215053.html http://www.lunch.com/whatcanisay/reviews/d/UserReview-UFC_58_USA_vs_Canada-232-1432702-215053.html Sun, 6 Nov 2011 05:02:07 +0000 <![CDATA[ PENN WON THIS WITH OUT A DOUBT, JUST ADD THE SCORES CORRECTLY]]>

UFC 58
USA VS CANADA

This was the event that the UFC held that pit US fighters against those from Canada, and for the most part it was a good event. Of course like another time BJ Penn would get cheated in my opinion. I don't think their should really be a country vs country thing going on in MMA because it is [Mixed Martial Arts] and that is styles from all over the world that every fighter has to be well rounded in, this isn't wrestling [which I love] that can have a story line like this. Any way this event would see the first BJ Penn vs GSP fight and still to this day I believe that Penn won, that is just me though.

1.ICHO LARENAS VS TOM MURPHY-we get a good first round with back and forth action and we even get our first blood of the night. A decent first round with Tom coming out on top I think. The second round starts with Icho getting taken down by Tom, Tom controls from the top for most of this. The rest of the round is them getting stood up and Tom getting the take down. The third round looks just like the second one with Tom winning by a referee stoppage, USA takes this one I guess.

2.ROB MACDONALD VS JASON LAMBERT-the fight starts out with these two just banging away at each other with Jason swinging for the fences. Then Jason slams Rob hard but both pop up right after that, but once they are back on the ground Jason sinks in a nice kimura. This is an excellent but short fight, nice and exciting and USA takes another.

3.SAM STOUT VS SPENCER FISHER-the first round starts with Fisher just coming in and taking Sam down, but he gets up quick. Fisher throws Sam masterfully but gets nailed as Sam is coming back up, then they trade blows. These two guys battle it out standing and on the ground for the entire round, great first round. The second round is just like the first and is very close, and Fisher try's some nice submissions, excellent second round. The third round is just as exciting as the first and second and they even show some good sportsmanship when one losses his mouth piece. The fight goes to a split decision and Sam Stout ends up taking this hard fought battle, Canada takes this one.

4.MARK HOMINICK VS YVES EDWARDS-if you are an MMA fan then you know who Yves Edwards is, he is a deadly man in the octagon. Good first round between these two as they exchange blows for the entire round and stay in the clinch for a good amount of time while throwing some blows. In the second round Yves takes this to the ground after he is rocked but Mark lays in a tight triangle choke and forces Yves to tap, great fight, Canada takes this one.

5.JOE DOERKSEN VS NATHAN MARQUADT-these two came to entertain the crowd in this fight as they both just go at it full force. Both deliver a great stand up game and also go at it on the ground, great first round. These two put on another great showing in the second round as both take the other down and sweep each other, and go blow for blow. The second round is just as competitive as the first, maybe more so. The third round is just like the previous two as Nathan Marquadt takes the victory for the USA.

6.BJ PENN VS GEORGE ST. PIERRE-this fight was to see who would be taking on Matt Hughes for the welterweight title, GSP wanted to avenge himself against Hughes and BJ wanted his belt back that he never lost. An excellent first round as these two just throw blows with each other and GSP get s bloodied pretty bad. A wonderful first round that BJ takes as he lands the most shots, and bloodied GSP. The second round is extremely exciting and if you really look at it this is a very close round. They both are very close on the striking but BJ lands more times clean were as GSP gets most of his punches and kicks check by BJ, but GSP did deliver some nice strikes particularly a high kick. The debate comes in were the take downs are concerned and it is very close as well, really think about it. GSP gets two take downs on Penn one of quick is right before the round ends, and while he gets points for that fighters are also judged on their defense and what they do from the bottom. BJ gets up after the first showing amazing defense and recovery time and on the second one kept working angles preventing GSP from doing any real damage. The call is yours on who won that masterfully crafted second round. The third round is full of suspense and when I was watching it live I was getting really anxious and awaiting what the final verdict would be. As far as striking goes it is another even looking fight but Penn lands the cleanest blows, and both getting take downs two for GSP and one for Penn. That right there evens it up in my mind but after GSP's second take down he gets caught in an uma plata attempt and then a gogoplata submission attempt. Once again it is your call but by my scoring that makes it a 3 to 2 round for Penn, the two of the three judges thought differently, Canada takes this one by split decision. This was an outstanding fight no matter who you were rooting for, I still feel like Penn won this fight even if by the littlest bit.

7.STEVE VIGNEAULT VS MICK SWICK-this is a pretty good fight as both exchange blows for most of the first round, with it looking pretty even. But around half way through the first round Steve shoots in and is caught up in a tight guillotine choke and Swick the victory for the US, good but short fight.

8.[MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP]-RICH FRANKLIN VS DAVID LOISEAU-this was the biggest fight of Franklin's career since Ken Shamrock in my mind because these two are very similar, great stand up and explosive fighters. Pretty good first round as they pretty much feel each other out with some nice exchanges and combos but Rich gets the upper hand, he even drops David right as the round ends. The second round ends up looking much like the first round as Rich dominates the match and even gets on top of David twice. The third round is a little more exciting as David drops Rich and starts to give it to him, but Rich recovers and gets back into the fight. Also Rich has his back at one point, still Rich takes the round, very good round. The fourth round looks much like the first two as Rich controls this fight for the most part. The final round is another Franklin round as he controls most of this round, but still it goes the distance and Rich keeps his belt and gets a win for the US.

This was a pretty good event that saw competitors from the US and Canada go at it, and in my opinion saw BJ Penn defeat GSP in a close fight.

There is a great behind the scenes feature that shows Penn coming back to the UFC, as well as other things.

Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol. 58: USA vs CANADA]]>
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<![CDATA[ New Moon... not as good as Twilight]]> Twilight series beginning to become so different that in comparison to the harry potter series it actually is a series for "older people"? Those are all questions you will have to answer for yourself.

New Moon not only brought an older crowd to the theater, but it also appealed on a lot of levels to the series' older fans. Like in the books, the characters have grown up a little. It is nice to see the change in some of the characters but with purrs you almost do not even recognize them. Mike's weak stomach is by far the best source of comic relief, but having to spend just over 2 hours in a theater of shrieking women (emphasis on women - these ladies are not teens, tweens, or even in their early twenties) sounding as though they were about to faint and talking the entire time as though they were sitting at a chip n' dales club, I found it a little hard to enjoy the film to the extent I was hoping for. Yes everything swoons for R-Patz, but only now after the 30 pounds of muscle is the ever so talented (and now heavily ripped) Taylor Lautner is getting the attention of people who in any other situation may never have thought twice about the actor. I do not even believe this to be a "team Jacob" or "team Edward" thing, and as the movie progressed and Jacobs spent the last two thirds of the film with out a shirt on the only words I could hear were not those from the film, but instead the group of women talkin about jacob.

Aside from the audience yelling to each other to try and get people to stop talking during the film, everything else was pretty good. If you have seen other films directed by Chris Weitz I assure you that you will enjoy this film. The story is well told and follows the book pretty well. The CGI used for the werewolves is tastefully done. However, I do wish that more time could have been spent telling the wolves' story, as well as more of the film spent with the Volturi. If you have never read the books you will have no problem following the story as it does very well as a stand alone sequel to the Twilight film. I will just give this piece of advice... unless you don't mind crows of screaming and cheering tween and adult women, I would recommend waiting a week to see the film as I'm sure the crowds will be insane with Twilight Fever.

Check out the maddness that happened in Boston
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<![CDATA[Twilight (movie) Quick Tip by HDepew]]> Interviews with Vampires

Trends in the entertainment world are something that we always watch closely. Everyone looks for what the next hottest fashion trend will be. We wait to see which A-list celebrity has a baby and what the new name trends will be. And then we patiently wait for the next greatest thing to come about that will clearly dominate all the markets. Well, the wait is over. The newest greatest thing since pizza bread has finally arrived and it is blowing all of its rivals clear out of the water. Actually it is sucking the blood out of any competitor who poses a threat. Vampires are taking over the world. Our fascination with the dark creatures of the night is something that no one has truly been able to describe or explain completely. But as you watch the reports coming back from this weekend’s Hollywood releases you will see that vampires are taking over the big screen, as well as every other media market.

I was first bitten by the vampire bug after reading Christopher Pikes' The Last Vampire series back in elementary school. Today I find myself completely glamoured by the dark and mysterious creatures of the night, although the vampires I speak of are not actually creatures of the night at all. Stephanie Meyer, the author of the Twilight series, has created a story and character that has captured the hearts, minds, and even souls of many tweens, teens, and adults alike. The ember eyes of Edward Cullen first captured us in literature, but after this weekend he, along with the entire Cullen family, will have captured the hearts of fans and non-fans alike.

In 2005 a new teen novel was published by Little, Brown and Company written by an unknown author that was like no other. It brought out a whole new side to the mysterious creatures that have been previously known to stalk the innocent at night. The type of characters that are usually described as being soulless and wake to live an undead life only during the night hours are being introduced as supernatural beings that are far more complex than any other vampires before them. Of course they do resemble previous vampires like those from the Underworld series with their dislike of lycans (werewolves), and even a resemblance to the characters from Charlaine Harris’ Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, which is sweeping the broadcast market called True Blood as one of the greatest HBO series since The Sopranos and Sex and the City, as beings having a conscience regarding their previous actions and ways of living that they wish were better understood. The Cullen family has more heart than any other undead creatures I have previously read about, and I believe they are the first vampires that have retained a soul. Twilight fever has truly swept the nation and when word reached fans about a film option the craze grew exponentially and the anticipation for further news became painful to endure as Twilight nation became obvious to the author and director.

Film options for literature are always something to be desired; yet they create a sense of fear for both avid fans and those involved with the actual production. The writer is usually consulted in final decisions and the creative aspect of casting, set design, and story editing; but the process can be tedious leaving mixed feelings. The author is also consulted on any gaps that need to be filled in for visual story telling purposes that may not have been covered in a novel due to the point of view from which the story is told. The director strives to create a film that best represents the original story, but sometimes there are things that must be altered for timing and budget limitations. All of these factors make any news of leaks, exclusive clips and interviews, and official releases dyer information coveted by fans. We waited a year after the release of Eclipse for the final book in the series, with many avid fans participating in mid-night release parties that could rival those during the days of Harry Potter. We waited in long lines just to pickup a book hours before it would be released, we waited anxiously for casting photos and the ballet room scene to be released this past June, and then on Thursday, November 20 we waited one last time.

In mid-town Manhattan I saw fans wearing Twilight merchandise wandering the streets passing time to stand in line for a mid-night screening. 42nd Street theaters were all sold out, 34th Street theaters were all sold out and $7 million dollars in sales for just the mid-night screenings has been reported. I was one of those avid fans standing in line for over 6 hours waiting to see how director Catherine Hardwicke adapted the newest pop culture phenomena.

Standing in line you meet many interesting people. I stood at the front of the cue with fans of the novels that varied in ages from 16 to middle-forties, and as we spoke with each other about various details from the books, our expectations of the film, and our hopes for scenes in the film, I realized that this author had done something I did not expect. Stephenie Meyer has brought complete strangers together in such a way that while we waited I felt like I was surrounded by friends. Sitting and waiting for over 6 hours was an experience that surprised me as much as the final film did and I will say that I cannot wait for New Moon to hit theaters in 2010. If you have read the Twilight series, I believe the film will delightfully surprise you. It is everything I expected and more. I felt like I was watching a film with all my best friends and everyone in the auditorium was included and involved with the running inside joke. I have never before had so much fun at the theater. I laughed and cried along with everyone sitting around me in a stadium theater that sits 300. We laughed, cheered, and gasped together. Every emotion I felt reading the book was intensified by watching the film version unfold before me, and it was fun being able to share that with people I had never met. It was an unusual experience to have at a theater and one that I hope to experience again.

Stephenie Meyer and Catherine Hardwicke could not have done a better job to make their fans happy with this film. It is truly something that has surpassed all expectations and it was a roller coaster ride that we enjoyed together. It is something that those who have not yet read the books can also enjoy and understand because of how everything has been brought to the big screen. It is a story of forbidden love between a human and a vampire, unlike any other vampire genre. It has enough adventure to keep any action fan entertained, and it has so much heart and soul that it reminds us of things we have forgotten or experiences we are going through in our own lives. It brings the supernatural world close to the human world unlike any other vampire story. I am only disappointed to say that I now have to wait for the next installment in the series to hit the theaters. So if you are looking for something a little different this Thanksgiving weekend, take your friends or family to the theater and check out the newest vampire trend to sweep the nation. The newest addition is the upcoming CW's season of Vampire Diaries adapted from author L.J. Smith.
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<![CDATA[Cooking Quick Tip by bstriepe]]> Quickie vegan sandwich idea: whole grain bread with horseradish mustard, Veganaise, fresh basil, sliced tomato and avocado. YUM! Sort of like a vegan Caprese salad. On bread.]]> http://www.lunch.com/GlueandGlitter/reviews/activity/UserReview-Cooking-762-1316390-203490.html http://www.lunch.com/GlueandGlitter/reviews/activity/UserReview-Cooking-762-1316390-203490.html Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:14:50 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002 film) Quick Tip by Sharrie]]> http://www.lunch.com/HPJunkies/reviews/movie/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets_2002_film_-661-1025823-199582.html http://www.lunch.com/HPJunkies/reviews/movie/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Chamber_of_Secrets_2002_film_-661-1025823-199582.html Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:08:22 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (movie) Quick Tip by cyclone_march]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Prisoner_of_Azkaban_movie_-13-1004262-190881.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Prisoner_of_Azkaban_movie_-13-1004262-190881.html Tue, 19 Oct 2010 17:00:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter Book 6) Quick Tip by cyclone_march]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_And_The_Half_Blood_Prince_Harry_Potter_Book_6_-74-1651569-189810.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_And_The_Half_Blood_Prince_Harry_Potter_Book_6_-74-1651569-189810.html Fri, 15 Oct 2010 14:54:34 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter Book 6) Quick Tip by tomtom13]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_And_The_Half_Blood_Prince_Harry_Potter_Book_6_-74-1651569-189125.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_And_The_Half_Blood_Prince_Harry_Potter_Book_6_-74-1651569-189125.html Thu, 14 Oct 2010 05:35:06 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Book 5) Quick Tip by tomtom13]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_Harry_Potter_Book_5_-74-1628591-189124.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_Harry_Potter_Book_5_-74-1628591-189124.html Thu, 14 Oct 2010 05:33:45 +0000 <![CDATA[New Moon (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-566-1335036-185489.html http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-566-1335036-185489.html Tue, 12 Oct 2010 03:38:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter Book 7) Quick Tip by kjscrafts]]> Great finish to the Harry Potter series.  It is quite different with pretty much no Hogwarts making it a fresh finish to the series.]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows_Harry_Potter_Book_7_-74-1379561-179416.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Deathly_Hallows_Harry_Potter_Book_7_-74-1379561-179416.html Fri, 8 Oct 2010 13:13:15 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter Book 1) Quick Tip by cafeofdreams]]> http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone_Harry_Potter_Book_1_-566-1575217-173301.html http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone_Harry_Potter_Book_1_-566-1575217-173301.html Tue, 5 Oct 2010 00:19:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-566-1379155-171293.html http://www.lunch.com/pararomance/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-566-1379155-171293.html Fri, 1 Oct 2010 01:38:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter Book 1) Quick Tip by SheilaDeeth]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone_Harry_Potter_Book_1_-74-1575217-169340.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone_Harry_Potter_Book_1_-74-1575217-169340.html Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:26:52 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Book 5) Quick Tip by SheilaDeeth]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_Harry_Potter_Book_5_-74-1628591-169329.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_Harry_Potter_Book_5_-74-1628591-169329.html Wed, 29 Sep 2010 18:26:21 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001 film) Quick Tip by kfontenot]]> http://www.lunch.com/The_dreams/reviews/movie/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone_2001_film_-263-1510022-156356.html http://www.lunch.com/The_dreams/reviews/movie/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone_2001_film_-263-1510022-156356.html Tue, 14 Sep 2010 15:29:08 +0000 <![CDATA[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter Book 5) Quick Tip by tomtom13]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_Harry_Potter_Book_5_-74-1628591-146910.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Harry_Potter_and_the_Order_of_the_Phoenix_Harry_Potter_Book_5_-74-1628591-146910.html Sat, 4 Sep 2010 04:45:27 +0000 <![CDATA[Fast Food Nation (book) Quick Tip by tyrannynomore]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Fast_Food_Nation_book_-74-1011240-106416.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Fast_Food_Nation_book_-74-1011240-106416.html Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:34:29 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by tyrannynomore]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-106412.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-106412.html Thu, 12 Aug 2010 02:33:21 +0000 <![CDATA[ Inspiration Sensation: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell]]> Julie and Julia is a true story of a writer named Julie Powell and how she has forever linked her life with that of famous TV Chef and cookbook author Julia Child.  Julie and Julia takes place in New York, in Julie Powell's  small apartment kitchen.  As a writer working in an office job she hates, Julie is longing for more.  In her tiny kitchen, she decides to delve into Julia Child's cookbook The Art of French Cooking.  Her husband talks her into blogging her journey through the  recipes in the book for a year.  Being the type of person who has troubles with deadlines and goals to accomplish, this was exactly what Julie needed.  As the story progresses, we see Julie's vulnerability and strengths shine through her blog.  She develops a following of readers who root her on and even send her gifts along the way (including money to purchase ingredients for some of the recipes.)  Julie in turn becomes very aware of her responsibility to the readers of her blog and to finish her goal.  Toward the end of the novel, the story of how Julie's blog turned into a book and then a movie unfolds.  It was as exciting for the reader as it was for Julie to be along on this journey.

When I started to read Julie and Julia I was immediately hit with the sense that this could be me.  This could happen to any one of us.  I immediately liked Julie and thought that she sounded like someone I could be friends with.  She was at times quirky and I thought it charming.  Julie's story shows us the constant struggle between man vs. self in that she was her own enemy.  She stayed in a job she hated because of job security.  She lost touch with writing which she loved because of fear of rejection.  We see her true strength shine through when her husband asks her to quit writing the blog because of the emotional toll it is taking on her and their marriage.  She continues despite this and as we know finds success at the end of her journey.  I found Julie Powell's story quite inspirational.

I was so excited to sit down and start Julie and Julia because I had the movie and wanted to watch it (I can't bring myself to watch the movie before reading the book - I don't want the amazing things I dream up tainted by the movie.)  Normally the book is better than the movie but this time I found the movie to be slightly better than the book.  Shocking, I know!  I enjoyed the fact that the movie explored the life of Julia Child more than the book and I enjoyed how well the interplay between Julie's and Julia's lives played out in the movie.

I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever dreamed of more for themselves.  If you ever felt that you could do more or be more, you will too find inspiration in this book.]]>
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<![CDATA[ A must read for any teen and aspiring YA author.]]> Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer, is a great YA book to draw in readers. I think it is amazing that this story was created via a dream Stephenie had. I am a student of writing (my BA and pursuing my MFA), and I read the book last year. While I was sucked in by the story, I was not at all excited by the execution of Twilight. Though, this is coming through the eyes of a 22 year old. If I was a teenager or younger, it wouldn't have mattered at all to me. I found Stephenie's over exaggerations of descriptions, throughout Twilight, to be quite tiring. I understand that description of characters is key, but there comes a point where it gets to be too much. This appeared constantly when Bella described Edward-- you know Edward's soft, velvety, handsome, gorgeous, cold, marble, etc. (fill in the blank) feature. I think that it was over-played throughout the book, but then again, I have to remember that it was written for younger readers who have to have the constant bringing up of the heartthrob in any teen novel. Other than the descriptions, I think Stephenie does a great job in this book- especially taking off of a dream. The story is superb, and the characters are all memorable. I think she does everyone who has has to move to a new school (including me senior year!) justice by that queasy, uneasy feeling she portrays with Bella's moving to Forks. Twilight  is as must read for any teen and aspiring YA author.
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<![CDATA[ Being a Harry Potter Fan I Had to Read This Book, and I Simply Couldn't Put it Down.]]>           The last chapter in the Harry Potter book was fast paced, exciting, and held my attention. It also provided closure to the Harry Potter series for me. The reason I love The Deathly Hallows is because it never got boring for me. Page after page there was always something going on, even if it was the death of a few of my favorite characters. I also enjoyed how we got to see and learn more about Lord Voldemort or “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named”.   He’s a character I’ve wanted to know more about since book one. His past and his motives interest me and I’m glad he had such a major part in this book. The best part of this book was the battle of Hogwarts all the way to the end of the book. You see so many battles including the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, you learn about Harry’s scar, couple more people die, and you learn what happens to the gang after Hogwarts. I especially liked the ending to this book because it gave a strong sense of closure. You know despite all the crap that has happened to these people they will be alright in life. Another huge point about this book is all the death. Easily half the cast dies in this book. While some people believe that this is unnecessary I’ve learned to accept that it was necessary to the book. Not only did it add more to the book but it made you feel for these characters, and because you felt for them that means that the series was well written enough for you to care. Because this book was so action packed, and I couldn’t down for two days straight I am giving it a perfect score of 5 out of 5 points.

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<![CDATA[New Moon (book) Quick Tip by ohhaykfrankk]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-74-1335036-81807.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-74-1335036-81807.html Tue, 3 Aug 2010 01:29:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by ohhaykfrankk]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-81806.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-81806.html Tue, 3 Aug 2010 01:27:25 +0000 <![CDATA[ A story of Vampires we can relate to]]> This story of teenage romance explores the idea of other life forms aka vampires. The average female character Bella is someone we can easily relate to as she is about as average as people come. She fits in at her new school then falls passionately irrevocably in love with Edward who just happens to be a vampire. The idea that Edward is a vampire isn't scary to Bella, rather is intriguing. She discovers and explores this idea until she gets him to confess to her after he saves her life on two occasions. Bella learns that Edward's family  Pretty soon the two are an item. She is easily accepted in by his family except for Rosalie who has an unexplained prejudice against Bella. Bella begins doing normal vampire activities with the Cullen family, one is playing baseball during  a thunderstorm. As this takes place another coven of vampires that do drink human blood shows up, one who makes it his life goal to hunt and kill Bella. He uses several tricks to lure Bella out to Florida and away from the protection of the Cullen family. He uses home videos to bring Bella into an old dance studio where he attempts to kill her just when Edward shows up and saves her life.
  This story is a story of love, devotion, and fantasy that any person of any age or gender will be captivated by. Twilight will grip you and you won;t want to set it down from beginning to finish.]]>
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<![CDATA[ Twilight: I love it]]> I love twilght. Its really a great book. stephenie did a great job writing this book. this  was my first  time reading vampire fiction so i really enjoyed it. Now that i watch and read more vampire fiction i now know that this is not the best book in vampire fiction but its a great book. when i started reading this book i could not put it down. I love the introdution of charaters but i think some charaters would have been better left out.  I love edward and jacob, But i dont like they way both edward and jacob are falling over bella. What's so special about her? I kinda get edward's obession over what with her blood smelling so good and the mystery in her but still. well any way i love this book and if you love vampires this the book to read.

 



 



 



 



 


 



 



 


 



 



 



 





 



 



 

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<![CDATA[ Beautiful]]> I just got finished playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess after I was sick for a week. The game is now about 4 years old, but despite that it's still an incredible game and well worth getting (you can probably get it used cheaper). It's one of the best games I've played on Wii and in some ways beats out The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (but not The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past). Here are some of my thoughts after beating it:

GRAPHICS
This is probably the most beautiful of Zelda games. Especially after the horrible cartoonish look of Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker, the realistic textures in this game make this a beautiful world to explore. There are definitely places where one could just sit and relax, like the fishing pond. Also, the enemies and bosses all look awesome - they're invariably large, nasty looking creatures!

GAMEPLAY
The game includes some cool battle sequences and use of items. In some cases, you need to use a certain item or ride your horse to defeat a boss - but it never feels too forced. The battle of the Bridge of Eldin, with its jousting scene, is the best. The dragon in Skytown is also really cool. I wish you could replay some of those sequences and boss battles again - that's my only complaint about the gameplay.

GAME CONTROLS
I had some difficulty positing Link and getting him to do what I wanted, especially on the Wii because the A button does so much (sometimes you jump when you meant to grab). The more I played, the more I got used to it, but I think the 1 and 2 buttons could be been better used to add functionality (they just display the map).

PLOT/STORY
Generally, it's the same old story - Gannon is trapped in a dark world (Twilight in this case) and you need to defeat him and save Zelda. There are some cool twists and when you're playing you really don't know what's going to happen next (unless you read a spoiler review). Midna, a new character from the Twilight realm, is pretty cool. She has an attitude and helps you out quite a bit with hints.

MUSIC
Great, as always with the Zelda series. It doesn't have quite the power of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, but it does fit really well with the game (especially the Hyrule Field at night theme).

OVERALL EFFECT
This is a great game, and it gets better the more you play. There's a lot of stuff to do. Even some of the side activities are fun, like finding bugs and Poe Spirits. It took me at least 60 hours of playing time to beat, and I want to go back and get all the items. I'd definitely recommend The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess to return to Hyrule for a bit before The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword comes out this fall.

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<![CDATA[ Welcoming young people back to the world of Literature.]]> http://www.lunch.com/jamesrp/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-472-1468232-73556-Welcoming_young_people_back_to_the_world_of.html http://www.lunch.com/jamesrp/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-472-1468232-73556-Welcoming_young_people_back_to_the_world_of.html Thu, 29 Jul 2010 01:17:43 +0000 <![CDATA[ Chosen by accident]]>

This book was 'ok', I didn't go out of my way to read it, nor did I see the reason behind all the hype.

It was well written if not well thought out. Too many characters to be introduced to, and confusing conflicts of interest to the younger audience set.

I think this was meant to be a romance for the ages, that falls AGES short. To me, this is written to attract the exact demographic the writer intended- tweens. While not a tween myself I had to laugh at the obvious attraction set up with a vampire and a pale faced girl from the desert- which didn't make sense to me either. Edward is obviously every girls dream and Bella well, she is annoying with her lack of emotions towards everything but Edward.
Is that really the case? Would a girl REALLY choose her dysfunctional separated family over the "love" of her life, who has it all to offer? Would a vampire really care to take care of a 'human' in such a way that degrades who he is and has been for hundreds of years?

With the honor bound Edward, I would have believed it a bit more if more modesty were set in place throughout his language, however he seemed to modernized to be the ancient man his character was intended.

Not to be overly judgmental, but truly this was no Interview with a Vampire and not much deeper than a rain puddle in Forks, itself.

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<![CDATA[New Moon (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-85-1335036-67642.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-85-1335036-67642.html Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:34:40 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-85-1379155-67640.html http://www.lunch.com/TheVampireHistorians/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-85-1379155-67640.html Sat, 24 Jul 2010 01:32:36 +0000 <![CDATA[ and so the lion fell in love with the lamb]]> http://www.lunch.com/jamesrp/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-472-1379155-67592-and_so_the_lion_fell_in_love_with_the_lamb.html http://www.lunch.com/jamesrp/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-472-1379155-67592-and_so_the_lion_fell_in_love_with_the_lamb.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 03:18:57 +0000 <![CDATA[The Twilight Series Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-443-1468232-67577.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/d/UserReview-The_Twilight_Series-443-1468232-67577.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:46:52 +0000 <![CDATA[The Twilight Saga: New Moon Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_New_Moon-443-1612082-67576.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_New_Moon-443-1612082-67576.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:45:57 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (movie) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-Twilight_movie_-443-1648309-67575.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-Twilight_movie_-443-1648309-67575.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:44:30 +0000 <![CDATA[New Moon (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-443-1335036-67570.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-New_Moon_book_-443-1335036-67570.html Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:40:54 +0000 <![CDATA[ Great book for everyone...not just tweens!]]>
I was immediately engaged in this book and couldn't put it down. The writing is good, and the characters endear you when you first meet them. You won't be able to put it down after meeting Edward, Bella, Jacob and the rest of the families.


I recommeI recommend this book to everyone looking for a good story to follow. I've seen many people enjoy this book, from teen girls to teen boys, from adult women to grandmothers.

The plot, though involving werewolves and vampires, isn't as "sci-fi" as it seems. The intrigue does not lie with the supernatural beings, but with the emotions between the characters and the human instincts of love and longing that entrap the characters.


The character development may fall a bit flat, especially with the main character Bella, who tends to get...for lack of a better word...stereotypically annoying.
 

The themes revolving through this book are typical: good vs evil, though the lines are blurred quite a lot. You find yourself wondering exactly what the evil may be.

 

Stephanie Meyer is a great writer. The vocabulary is amazing, thought she had toned it down a bit from her original version. It does not, however, make the novel hard to read. It still flows easily off the page and into the reader's mind.

 

This book may be compared to Harry Potter books, though many Harry Potter fans aren't pleased with the comparison. The plot isn't as intricate and is based much more on romance; however, many readers appreciate this aspect and are just as entranced with this series as they were with the Harry Potter books.
 

If you have seen the movie, you must read the books. It offers a whole separate dimension to the plot and characters that the movie kills. The intensity of the relationship between Bella and Edward can only be realized when reading the book. The movie films as though expecting the viewers to have already read the book and understand the relationship.

 



 


 



 

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<![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by iliketuhtles]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-67384.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-74-1379155-67384.html Wed, 21 Jul 2010 17:13:44 +0000 <![CDATA[The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Quick Tip by Mega_Dan]]> http://www.lunch.com/consolegames/reviews/video_game/UserReview-The_Legend_of_Zelda_Twilight_Princess-27-1010987-67355.html http://www.lunch.com/consolegames/reviews/video_game/UserReview-The_Legend_of_Zelda_Twilight_Princess-27-1010987-67355.html Wed, 21 Jul 2010 08:18:24 +0000 <![CDATA[ Cheesy, but still a good read!]]> I never thought that as an adult woman I would be reading a teenage book series based on of all things- vampires! Guess what? I did read it and I actually really, really liked it! What a shocker! I'm not sure what it is about this series that attracts me to it, but its addicting. I was introduced to this book series by my sister who is aIso in her mid-20's. She had gone to see the Twilight movie and then decided to read the books. I of course made fun of her for reading kids books, but when I saw that she couldn't put the book down and she kept talking about it, I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about. Boy, am I glad I did! What a great find these books are!

I do want to warn you these books and this author are not going to win any type of literary award. You have to read this book with an open mind and not be so critical as you read it. This book is intended as a casual read for pleasure so please be conscious of that and your reading experience will be that much more pleasurable!

I will admit the book is a little cheesy, but like I said earlier, it is so addictive! Its hard to describe the plot without giving too much away, but  the story takes place in Forks, Washington and centers around the love triangle of Bella, Edward, and Jacob. Bella has just moved to the sleepy town of Forks to live with her Dad and is miserable about having to live there. Everything changes for her when she meets Edward and his siblings, The Cullens, at her high school. She realizes something about them is very different but she can't figure out exactly what it is. The action takes off from there as we follow Bella through her journey of discovery to find out the truth about who or what the Cullens really are. 

I only wish Stephanie Meyer had gone into more detail on the lives of the vampires before their "change". That might have been interesting to explore but I guess not really pertinent to the main story. Maybe she can do that for another book series!

Overall its a great, fun read, but please don't take yourself or this book to seriously!

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<![CDATA[Fast Food Nation (book) Quick Tip by smile247]]> http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Fast_Food_Nation_book_-74-1011240-67327.html http://www.lunch.com/reviews/book/UserReview-Fast_Food_Nation_book_-74-1011240-67327.html Wed, 21 Jul 2010 02:41:42 +0000 <![CDATA[ Home Run for Stephenie Meyer]]> Wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL book! Who could not like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer?? This was great. This entire series is so addicting, and I can not even tell why! But I do know that everyone I have spoken with feels the same.
Stephenie Meyer gave a great start to her series. She really hit it out of the ballpark with this one. Who knew reading about vampires could be so enjoyable?
Meyer really nailed it with her character and setting development. She really created a setting that you can really picture yourself in with Forks, Washington. The same with the characters, although they are supernatural, you feel like you can really connect with them. Edward-the hunky male hero, Bella- the simple, klutzy girl, Alice-spunky and playful, Jasper-subdued and quiet, Emmett-the cocky punk, Rosalie-the stuck-up princess, Carlisle-the caring father, Esme-the care-all, do-all matriarch, and Jacob-the loyal friend, along with many others. No matter who you are, you can relate to at least one of these characters, but when you get down to it, all the characters, no matter what, are fiercely loyal, and that is something I love. Plus, it also helps that the book leaves you pining for your own "Edward". ;)
I would recommend this book to anyone. There are so many different facets of the story for everyone to enjoy, and so far, everyone I know has.
Twilight is an absolutely wonderful book. Stephenie Meyer really created a masterpiece.

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<![CDATA[Twilight (movie) Quick Tip by JaseSea]]> http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-Twilight_movie_-13-1648309-67262.html http://www.lunch.com/MovieHype/reviews/movie/UserReview-Twilight_movie_-13-1648309-67262.html Tue, 20 Jul 2010 22:35:23 +0000 <![CDATA[ Interesting!]]> DELETE THESE QUESTIONS IF/AFTER YOU RESPOND!!

 

What was your emotional reaction as you read? It was kind of boring in the beginning but it got better as I read. Why? This is where Stephanie Meyer was introducing the characters.

 

Who would you recommend this reading to and why? I would recommend this anyone over 15 years of age. because it is pretty much the type of stuff they'll understand.

 



 

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<![CDATA[ I recognize that the writing is not good, but I can't stop reading!]]> I read the book because I am a middle school teacher and thought I should be familiar with the novel because of its popularity with my students.  The book is honestly poorly written and incredibly predictable, but despite this obvious reason to dislike the novel, I could not put it down and soon found myself reading the other books in the series.  The Twilight series has become my guilty pleasure.  Here are my thoughts as a teacher on the appropriateness of the text for your adults:
            As in many pieces of young adult fiction, this novel places the adolescent protagonist in a position of independence, allowing her to take all of the credit for her actions and accomplishments.  Unlike most juniors in high school, Bella has many of the responsibilities and freedoms of an adult.  Within the first pages of the book, readers learn that Bella and her mother do not have a typical parent-child relationship.  This moment reveals that Bella has lived for most of her life as the caregiver, clearly illustrating her as an independent individual.  Bella gains an even greater amount of freedom after moving in with her father.  By removing her parents and other authority figures from the scenario, Meyer allows Bella to be the ruler of her own domain, having the space and agency to make independent decisions.  This absence also gives weight and legitimacy to her choices, allowing young readers to relate more comfortably to an individual who has the power they long for.  Her freedom and choices are ultimately validated in the book’s denouement, when Bella’s parents allow her to choose where she will live.  Not only does this illustrate her fundamental independence, but it also vindicates her life-threatening choices, appealing to young adult readers who want to view her as ultimately responsible for her own success and happiness.           
            Like most pieces in the fantasy genre, Twilight fulfills a number of crucial characteristics that will draw seventh and eighth grade readers to the story, most importantly, the quest archetype.  The quest is a scenario that appeals to readers of all ages, but is particularly timely and meaningful to young adults.  In other words, the quest in this case is the literary representation of the journey from adolescence into adulthood.  Young adult readers use fantasy as a means of exploring and tackling real problems.  Bella’s journey is an emotional one, coming to terms with her identity and entering into a mature relationship.  Bella is clearly lacking self-confidence and is unhappy about her physical and social identity in the opening of the book.  In contrast, once she completes her “love quest” she is transformed into a self-assured, optimistic, and fulfilled woman.  This is particularly evident in her attitude about love and relationships.  This transformation indicates a meaningful internal change, demonstrating Bella’s successful completion of the emotional quest and lending the text for use with seventh and eighth grade readers. 
            Yet another reason Twilightis appropriate for this age group is because it deals with subject matter that is psychologically important to young adults.  Through the course of the story, Bella enters into her first romantic relationship, which is an important milestone of adolescence.  She also gains confidence about her body. Most importantly, she develops a personal ideology when she chooses to become intimately involved with a vampire despite personal risk, social marginalization, and a life of secrecy.  Each of these is an important developmental task that helps young adults in their journey toward achieving an identity.  Therefore, Twilight appeals to seventh and eighth grade students because it explores and reflects emotions and situations that are significant in the lives of young adults, specifically the search for personal identity and acceptance in personal relationships and society. 
            This text is relatively uncontroversial, with conservative language and only small amounts of modest sexual intimacy.  While typical objections about sexual content are not relevant to the text, the central role of vampires in the text may be objectionable to conservative religious families and could be said to be “irreligious."   In order to overcome this barrier, it seems important to securely ground this text in the fantasy genre, reminding students and parents alike that the text will be treated as mere fiction.  Furthermore, explaining the symbolic representations of Edward as the unlikely hero may help them understand his character as a literary tool that leads their children to think more critically about good and evil.  In truth, my greatest hesitation in recommending this novel revolves around Meyer’s ability as an author.  In many ways the book is predictable, following conventions of formula literature, and her repetitive use of descriptive words and phrases feels tedious and amateur.  Despite these hesitations, the book’s popularity among both young men and women would encourage me to recommend the text for independent reading.  
 

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<![CDATA[The Twilight Saga: New Moon Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_New_Moon-443-1612082-67159.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/movie/UserReview-The_Twilight_Saga_New_Moon-443-1612082-67159.html Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:41:46 +0000 <![CDATA[Twilight (book) Quick Tip by vampire_eyez]]> http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-443-1379155-67158.html http://www.lunch.com/twilightsaga/reviews/book/UserReview-Twilight_book_-443-1379155-67158.html Tue, 20 Jul 2010 03:40:10 +0000 <![CDATA[ the book that started it all]]> This is the very first and one if the best books  in the Harry Potter series. I read this when it first came out, and then my mom read aloud to my little sister. In this book we meet young Harry in his pre-Hogwarts days when hes still living with his aunt and uncle. Watching Harry's day to day life is almost tear-wrenching, they are so mean and hateful towards him you can't help but feel badly for him. Rowling set the reader up perfectly for the rest of the story by getting us so emotionally attached to Harry because then when he discovers his wizarding background and goes to Hogwarts we are connected with him and feel for him as he starts a whole new life in an unknown world. Aside from starting a new school where he dosn't know anyone in a whole new lifestyle that he's never encountered, Harry's life is not without extra stress. Not long after starting his new life Harry begins to learn about his clouded past. Though he is interested in learning about his parents, it makes him sad to hear that they were murdered in cold blood. While at Hogwarts Harry faces teachers who don't like him because of his parentage, others who have high expectations for the same reason and students who always stare at him because of the scar left on his head by his parents murderer. Harry does experience some good points at school, he meets some people who will become his friends through the end of the series. Also he gets accepted the the schools sports team known as Quidditch ( the youngest person to ever do so). But as time goes on weird things start happening at Hogwarts: Harry's scar begins to burn sometimes, unicorns are being killed in the forbidden forest around the school, and Harry and his friends discover a 3-headed dog guarding a trapdoor in the castle. Harry and his friends think one of their teachers ( the devilish professor Snape) is trying to bypass the dog and steal what they discover the dog is guarding...the sorcerers stone. In a very dramatic ending we discover that Snape is actually innocent and none other than Lord Voldemort ( the murderer of Harry's parents) has returned by drinking the blood of the unicorns and leeching off of another wizard and is now after the stone. In his weakened state Lord Voldemort cannot form his own body and he also cannot stand to be touched by Harry, because as we find out Harry's mother sacrificing her own life for her son infused a magical protection into his blood. Because of this Harry is able to defeat Lord Voldemort when his host body is all but disintegrated when harry touches him. This book is entertaining for both children and adults. It is simple enough for younger kids to follow and identify with Harry and his struggles. But the realm of fantasy is intriguing enough for adults to want to know more.

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<![CDATA[ the book that started it all]]> This is the very first and one if the best books  in the Harry Potter series. I read this when it first came out, and then my mom read aloud to my little sister. In this book we meet young Harry in his pre-Hogwarts days when hes still living with his aunt and uncle. Watching Harry's day to day life is almost tear-wrenching, they are so mean and hateful towards him you can't help but feel badly for him. Rowling set the reader up perfectly for the rest of the story by getting us so emotionally attached to Harry because then when he discovers his wizarding background and goes to Hogwarts we are connected with him and feel for him as he starts a whole new life in an unknown world. Aside from starting a new school where he dosn't know anyone in a whole new lifestyle that he's never encountered, Harry's life is not without extra stress. Not long after starting his new life Harry begins to learn about his clouded past. Though he is interested in learning about his parents, it makes him sad to hear that they were murdered in cold blood. While at Hogwarts Harry faces teachers who don't like him because of his parentage, others who have high expectations for the same reason and students who always stare at him because of the scar left on his head by his parents murderer. Harry does experience some good points at school, he meets some people who will become his friends through the end of the series. Also he gets accepted the the schools sports team known as Quidditch ( the youngest person to ever do so). But as time goes on weird things start happening at Hogwarts: Harry's scar begins to burn sometimes, unicorns are being killed in the forbidden forest around the school, and Harry and his friends discover a 3-headed dog guarding a trapdoor in the castle. Harry and his friends think one of their teachers ( the devilish professor Snape) is trying to bypass the dog and steal what they discover the dog is guarding...the sorcerers stone. In a very dramatic ending we discover that Snape is actually innocent and none other than Lord Voldemort ( the murderer of Harry's parents) has returned by drinking the blood of the unicorns and leeching off of another wizard and is now after the stone. In his weakened state Lord Voldemort cannot form his own body and he also cannot stand to be touched by Harry, because as we find out Harry's mother sacrificing her own life for her son infused a magical protection into his blood. Because of this Harry is able to defeat Lord Voldemort when his host body is all but disintegrated when harry touches him. This book is entertaining for both children and adults. It is simple enough for younger kids to follow and identify with Harry and his struggles. But the realm of fantasy is intriguing enough for adults to want to know more.

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