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To Dream or Not To Dream: Lair of Dreams

Lair of Dreams

Lair of Dreams

Libba Bray

Isn’t it great to fall into bed after a long day and have a wonderful dream in which everything you ever wanted is right there at your finger tips? (I wouldn’t know cause I only remember the nightmares but I’m sure its nice.)

Welcome to Lair of Dreams which seems pretty nice save for the part where the dream turns into a nightmare and you can never, ever wake up from it.

Literally.

You’re going to die in there.

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

Author: Felicia Day

Genre: Real Life Stuff

Grade: A

I may be a little weird because honestly the only thing I really know Felicia Day from is Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog years ago. The idea of on-line gaming both fascinates and terrifies me because I am not good at the games and I have a completely addictive personality and will get way to into it. Something she talks about!

This is basically the story of her life from her rather odd childhood through her hardcore college days (seriously a double-major in math and violin!) to the fact that after that she packed it all up and decided she wanted to go to Hollywood and be an actress. The internet for her was always a way to socialize and make friends. It’s a little scary but when she starts talking about and showing pictures of the old dial-up and early generations games I was like- I know that! And it wasn’t really that long ago! Was it?

This really is more about her descent into the gaming world and how she parlayed that into a bigger career doing something that she never imagined but something she loved nonetheless. I enjoyed this one a lot. She has the voice of a friend and it really helped that so much of what she was talking I felt like we had in common. Hell, I may not game but I know obsession.

It really is one of those biographies where you can say yeah, I think if we meet in real life we’d be friends! There are also really cute pictures and graphics throughout.

The only thing that I found slightly strange was Day uses the last chapter to go into “gamer-gate.” It’s important and I’m glad she talked about it. Coming at the end of the book it’s kind of terrifying what was going on and what people were doing. She obviusly didn’t let it get to her but at the end of an otherwise upbeat book it seemed weird to talk about how the “gamer” lifestyle has changed- and not for the better. I felt like oh, this is something I want to check out and then read that and thought nope, pretty much all my on-line fears not doing it.

Recommend: Yes. Even though I wasn’t overly familiar with her I found this book strangely nostalgic and a lot of fun to read. It’s always nice to read about people who have successfully forged their passions into thriving careers. I can always tell myself one day that’ll be me. One day.

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Fairies: The Myths, Legends and Lore

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This was a fun little read that strangely put me in a spring mood. When they say fairies they mean really all “supernatural” or “elemental” creatures you can think of in here including; elves, pixies, trolls, leprechauns and dwarves amongst other things.

The book is broken into areas and addresses the subject in that way for instance you get a section on European fairy lore, Asian and Australian, America and others. I did find it all interesting even the stuff you would have learned from the movies like Tinkerbell, Morgan Le Fey and anything Lord of the Rings.

So some things I learned that I didn’t know:

There is a theory that these beings are demoted Gods which would be kind of cool. I mean I don’t consider it a bad fall back job. But then again if I could chose a vocation elf would be high up on the list and I don’t discriminate between Middle Earth or North Pole elf.

People think of absinthe as a fairy or associated it with fairy magic which is totally reasonable in my opinion.

People believe in beings known as the Cyber-Jinn who effect computers. Which was especially relevant because I happened to catch a nasty little adware cold on my work computer a couple of days after reading this so I just blamed the Cyber-Jinn.

The author touches on some other interesting points that I would like to read more about but with some exceptions it’s very much a hodgepodge so a lot of it gets run through quickly and dropped just as quickly. However throughout the book websites and other reading material are mentioned that you could use to continue on your fairy studies.

Recommend: Yes. If you like this kind of thing but aren’t an expert I’d recommend it. I also think it’s a great little gift idea. I really am going to gift it to a friend for their birthday. As for kids I don’t think there’s anything in there that would be bad to read although depending on their level of interest it might be a little dry.