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Scribble Sunday – “Static”

Continuation of last week.

Static

The machines were talking to me again. Hooked up to them, I couldn’t get away. Instead, I curled into a ball on the hospital table and closed my eyes tightly, imagining my normal life from before the fire. I was alone in the room, but the doors were not as thick as the staff thought.

“…the trauma awakened some mutation in her genome,” some doctor was telling the Fosters outside of the exam room. “I have a theory that many genomes have the ability to be mutated, granting people with extraordinary talents, such as Ms. Parker’s ability to hear electronics.”

“How did the trauma of a fire mutate her?” Mr. Foster asked.

“The fire was started from the lightning storm that night,” the doctor said. “Perhaps the electricity is what links Ms. Parker to the electronics, not the fire.”

“How can we help her?” Mrs. Foster asked.

“I don’t believe there is a cure,” the doctor said. “It’s quite a scientific breakthrough, actually. Imagine others with the ability to communicate with electronics. We could send robots to join the army with soldiers controlling them from a safe point–”

“We’re talking about a young girl, not a robot,” Mrs. Foster interrupted. “She just lost her parents–”

“Yes, yes, I apologize.” The doctor’s tone didn’t sound that sorry. “You may be doing all you can to help her now. Giving her a roof over her head, people she can rely on…”

But they’re not my family.

“…However, we would like you to continue bringing her here for testing,” the doctor continued. “We’ll do our best to find a way to alleviate these… uncomfortable sensations that she’s going through, perhaps learn more about it.”

“What about school?” Mr. Foster asked. “We’re still giving her some time off, but eventually she will have to go back. Will she be safe enough to continue at the high school?”

“That is to be determined, unfortunately,” the doctor said. “She’ll have to practice shutting out the electronics in order to function properly.”

Never thought I would want to go back to school, but if it meant getting rid of this damned mutation, then I’d do anything.

“Any suggestions on how she should practice?” Mrs. Foster asked.

The doctor paused before saying, “Just try to ignore them? Meditate? I’m sorry, but this is new to us as well.”

Thanks for nothing, Doc.

The door swung open again and I looked up at Mrs. Foster’s smiling face. I sat up without a word and let her pat my shoulder, resting her hand there while guiding me out of the hospital. My head was low, avoiding the other patrons of the place as we left.

Willow greeted me with homework once we returned to their house.

“I told the teachers you really weren’t up for it,” she said, “but they insisted that I bring this to you so you won’t fall too far behind. Mrs. Davis was pretty nice about it, actually, she said if you could just skim over this stuff, maybe read a bit of A Tale of Two Cities if you’re bored, then that’d be great. If not, don’t worry about it, she’ll get you caught up whenever you get back to school.”

“Thanks,” I said, and abandoned the pile of homework beside my desk and flopped onto my bed.

The mattress dipped down as Willow took a seat. “How are you feeling?”

“Like shit,” I said. I rolled over to look at her. “It’s just… It’s all so weird. At first, being back here, it was like the sleepovers we used to have during middle school. Now, though…” Hot tears prickled at the corner of my eyes. “I’ll never see them again… God, Will, my parents are–!”

My words crumbled with the hiccups and ragged breaths I took while trying to control my crying. Willow moved around the bed, coming closer.

“I’m sorry, Si,” she murmured. “I know that we can’t replace your family… but we’re here for you. You are one of us, okay? We won’t let you go–”

Willow’s hands touched my shoulders and she screamed. I shrieked as static sizzled between my friend and I, and she collapsed off of the bed, electricity dancing in her thick hair.

“What happened—Willow?” Basil was suddenly there, kneeling down by his baby sister. He looked up at me.

“I don’t know!” I had retreated to the very corner of my room, my face soaked with tears. “I don’t know, she tried to put her arm around me, and there was lightning, and I didn’t mean to…!”

My babbling became incoherent as their parents came into the room, and we rushed to the hospital for the second time that day.

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Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Scribbles

 

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Pick One: Reader’s Edition

I’m pretty sure I’ve done something like this before on my blog, but I like making up these little games. Be sure to tell me your responses if you answer these!

  • Series or Stand-alone?
  • Physical book or eBook?
  • Reading outside on a sunny day or inside on a rainy day?
  • Reading quietly or with an audiobook?
  • Romance or horror?
  • Fantasy or mystery?
  • Slow start or a rough ending?
  • Having all day to read or small chunks of time throughout the day?
  • Hard cover or paperback?
  • Meet Cute or Meet Ugly?
 
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Posted by on June 22, 2017 in Home

 

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Bad Endings

There was this certain book I remember reading in middle school, a book that was of my own choice rather than assigned reading. I don’t recall the title nor the author of the book, but I distinctly remember the ending of the story.

The gist of the book was a fox versus a hunter. The fox was the main character, a clever animal, always managing to outwit the hunter to stay alive. The fox was the character you were supposed to root for. Yet, the last page of the story merely consisted of the hunter finally shooting and killing the fox, saying something to the effect that “the game was over.”

Middle-school me stared in disbelief at the book, upset at the ending. I had expected the hunter to somehow meet his demise, perhaps not be killed off but to stop his relentless pursuit of the fox and its family, or at least for the fox to finally get away and get its happy ending.

On one hand, the ending was unexpected, perhaps trying to teach some sort of lesson about mortality and the tragedies of life. On the other hand, I had been set up to expect a happy ending from the rest of the novel, and I hated it.

I’ve read other books where the ending wasn’t what I expected, wasn’t how I wanted the books to end, but they were satisfactory and made sense. I may not have agreed with them, but they made sense. I luckily haven’t read a book that had an ending that made me so upset since that middle school book, and I’m curious if I read the book now if it would make more sense.

Have you read any books that were great up until the ending? Any book you wanted to throw across the room in frustration?

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2017 in Home

 

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Book to Movie Wish List

Alright, so the most if not all readers claim that the book is always better than the movie. However, there’s just something magical about seeing your favorite characters come to life on the big screen, about seeing the settings, hearing the lines, experiencing the story in an entirely new medium (if the movie is done well, of course).

Down below are a few books that I totally wouldn’t mind sitting in a dark theater for a few good hours to watch them on the big screen:

51gfkfjupcl-_sx322_bo1204203200_The Night Circus

Is anyone surprised to see this on the list? With the special effects capabilities that we have nowadays, I would love to see the magic from this special circus light up the movie theaters. The timeline that’s portrayed in the book may be a little tricky to keep up with, especially if one hasn’t read the book, but I’m certain the past and future parts of the story can be pulled off somehow.

23437156Six of Crows

A story with unique magic thrown into a wild adventure with a diverse bunch of young adults… Sign me up. The impossible risks these characters take in order to achieve their goals just for the chance at better lives had kept me hooked until I turned the very last page. With the right cast and director, this book may be a fantastic adventure movie.

20727654The Paper Magician

This was one of the most recent books I read, and I enjoyed the story and characters. The different types of magic were whimsical and interesting, considering they initially didn’t seem to be strong enough to help the protagonist achieve her goals in saving her mentor. It’s the type of imaginative fantasy that will bring in anyone who wants to go on an adventure amid dreams, hopes, and even doubts that need to be overcome.

41cx8my2unl-_sx324_bo1204203200_Fahrenheit 451

This book was one of the better books on my summer reading list way back when I was still in school. Dealing with censorship and the need to protect free speech, thought, and imagination, it’s an important book dealing with an important and tough subject. It’d be strikingly visual with the burning scenes and could be an emotional roller coaster for those who like to bring tissues to the movie theaters. (Edit: Apparently this was already made into a movie! Thanks Jen!)

51y2zuflwwl-_sx346_bo1204203200_Tuesdays with Morrie

This movie would definitely be a tearjerker. A memoir for a beloved teacher that taught about life as he struggled with his terminal illness, this movie would have all the gorgeous string music to accompany the narrator’s memories of his teacher while the audience cries. It would be a thought-provoking story with the accompanying visuals to really hammer the lessons in the minds of the viewers.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2017 in Home

 

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Review: The Paper Magician

“Perhaps the man wasn’t so mad after all. Or maybe it’s a madness [she] can learn to appreciate.” — Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician

“The Paper Magician” Review

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This post may contain spoilers.

 

I picked up The Paper Magician because it was on some list that I found somewhere on the Internet that suggested other books that people might like if they enjoyed Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Charlie Holmberg has created a unique set of magical rules, wherein a magician is bond to only one manmade material, such as rubber, glass, or paper.

The novel opens up with the main character, Ceony Twill, arriving at the house of the magician she will apprentice under, Emery Thane. Thane is one of the few Paper Magicians in the area, as paper isn’t the most popular materials to spell. Ceony herself would have preferred to be bond to metal, to enchant cannons and bullets instead of scrapbook material.

Yet, as Ceony is apprenticed under the eccentric Magician Thane, she learns the intricate art and wonder of spelling paper as well as Excisioner, the forbidden magic of spelling human flesh. When an Excisioner storms into Thane’s and Ceony’s home to snatch Thane’s heart, it is Ceony who embarks on a dangerous quest to rescue the magician’s heart. She not only learns but experiences her teacher’s hopes, dreams, and darkest memories and doubts that created Thane’s spirit during this quest, all while trying to avoid becoming the Excisioner’s next victim.

I definitely enjoyed the unique magic system in this book. Being a reader and a writer, I appreciated the new magic that paper can bring the world. The descriptions of the special Folds that the papers need in order for the spells — animated, defense, attacking — to be completed were wonderful, as were the general setting descriptions. The narration succeeded in bringing the reader along with Ceony on her journey, and it kept me turning page after page.

That, and Thane had a skeleton butler named Jonto made out of paper and he had even created a paper dog for Ceony. Those little touches were adorable.

I wasn’t a fan of the main antagonist of the book, however. The Excisioner twist was definitely interesting in itself, but the battle between her and Ceony seemed to be more like two women fighting over the love of a man. The reason behind the fight reminded me of a couple of catty high schoolers, even if the settings and the fight itself was entertaining. The motive for the fight did not keep me invested.

Nevertheless, I did enjoy the book enough to consider getting the sequel the next time I’m willing to lighten my wallet at the bookstore. If you enjoy magic, historical pieces, and eccentric characters, you may enjoy Holmberg’s The Paper Magician.

“The Paper Magician” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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Movie vs Book

 
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“Have a Prompt!” Saturday #99

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