Wednesday, June 17, 2015

BookShelf: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

9460487A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography.

I picked up this book because I had come across opinions that said it was "horrifying and gave me nightmares" or "kept me reading till morning" and as a result, I was prepared to be as terrified as Ted the Caver.
I was sorely disappointed.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children starts off with Jacob explaining his relationship with his grandfather and the stories he used to share when Jacob was younger. The stories consisted of how his grandfather joined the army in WW2 and fought "monsters". As Jacob grows older, he casts these tales aside until one day, one of the monsters comes back into his life and murders his grandfather. Off goes Jacob, on a hunt to rediscover his grandfather.

There was a lot of potential for spookyness. I mean, a creepy town on an island with only one landline, no mobile signals, swamps and bogs and a museum has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, very little of these were utilized. The only part where I felt some creepyness was the part where Jacob was snooping around the derelict house.

The text is punctuated with vintage photographs
The children were in no way dangerous or quarantined or anything. It might've been scary if that was actually true, but it didn't seem that way at all. On top of that, they might have had the body of children, but as each stated their ages, they were all seniorly aged, at least 70+. So that was another really weird thing, considering how they still acted like children.
I really enjoyed the creepy photographs though. They made the whole book worth it. I think a book is amazing if it affects your life, and this book affected mine by introducing me to vintage photography- which I think I've fallen in love with now. (This isn't really related to the story or doesn't seem to fit in a book review, but honestly. I love this book for this very reason).

The monsters in MPHFPC...

Simply misunderstood and mind controlled Ood? Call in the Doctor!

Last but not least, the book ends in an absolute cliff hanger that will make you say "What. What kind of ending was that". It makes you wonder what happens next, but I for one, was not persuaded to dig around for the sequel just yet.

I'd give this book a ratting of 4/5 stars.

Happy reading ^^.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Pre-Ramadan Update


Ramadan is just around the corner and I haven't been blogging for quite a few days! I thought I'd give a little update of what has happened and what will be happening here on the Lunar Descent.

First off- LMS is finally over! The official result isn't out yet but I barely passed my IPE (Integrated Practical Examination) ;-; I'm trying not to take my failure to heart, but it does hurt sometimes, especially when you studied really hard for it. I realized that although crying is a very messy business, it does give some sort of stress relief. Heheheh.

There's also something very exciting that's about to happen- but I don't want to share it with you guys yet in case something bad happens and then everything fails. But I'm excited and I can't wait to share it!

My next module has started- it's called Respiratory System (RES). So far, it's just anatomy, with nasal cavities and pharynx and larynx and trachea and bronchioles. It's interesting but there's a lot of detail. I have just finally managed to get a grip on the structure of the larynx with all it's membranes and ligaments!

Now for Ramadan- for you guys who don't know, it's the Holy Month of the Islamic calendar. It's the month of fasting, where Muslims are required to fast from daybreak to sunset. It's basically an exercise where we prove to ourselves and to Allah that if we can abstain from consuming food, which is vital to sustain life, we can abstain from a lot of other acts that we can live without, for example lying and backbiting.

So I guess you could say it's a spiritual boost month!

Last year, I had put up a series of posts called "Ramadan Diaries" and I intend to do them again. The month of Ramadan is divided into three Ashrahs, or periods of ten days. I'll be sharing how my day goes, what I did, as well as my own goals for Ramadan. It might not be as interesting as my readers would like, but I hope it would be enlightening and increase your horizon about people from around the world.

Have a great day :)

Friday, June 5, 2015

BookShelf: Never Let Me Go

6334As children, Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life, and for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special--and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together

I loved this book, even though the ending was tragic and depressing.
Let me tell you something first. The blurb makes this sound like a really boring sort of story about growing up, but it's not that way at all.
The story starts off with the characters as children and the way their boarding school, Hailsham. But wait, it's an exclusive boarding school. That means the students are exclusive- they're different. And they don't really know it.
The story follows how the children try to piece together the mystery- why they can't be rockstars or live in ordinary society and what did they do to deserve this?
The background of the story could be said to be dystopian and science fiction- although the two subjects stay true to their position and only give a mild tint to the writing, with subtle hints and descriptions.
What may be classed as a positive or negative, is the realism of the whole narrative. I felt as though the characters were ordinary people, and that anyone would've done the same. As a result, many of their actions seemed mundane and predictable as well. Instead of strong character developement resulting in a drastic twist of the story, we only have the narrator inspecting different incidents in her life- that seem entirely ordinary until she told you the background and the result. There was no heroic act to change fates- only an attempt to follow the ghost of a rule to freedom.
Nevertheless, the characters were realistic, the story was enjoyable, though mundane, and twists were present, though dull.
I would give this book a 3/5.
I recommend reading this if you enjoy reading about dystopian novels that focus more on ordinary lives and have worlds very similar to our own.

Happy reading ^^.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May 2015!


How's everyone doing today? I'm terribly sorry for not posting as regularly as I should have been doing. I keep planning on writing queued posts, but I never have enough motivation to write two or three posts together- even though I know exactly what I want to write about! Do you write queued posts? How do you stay motivated for writing them in one sitting?

Anyway, May is over! So much happened this month!

Here are the posts I wrote in May
Game Review- Clash of Clans: That post where I talk about a game I'd downloaded, only to delete out of frustration.
LMS- Leave Med School?: I talked about how my current module was going and how we deal with cadavers.
App Review: BioDigital Human: I had discovered this amazing interactive anatomy atlas- that's 3D and I just couldn't wait to share it with everyone!
Reminisce: Ever had a friend who suddenly wasn't as much of a friend as before? Same here!

Here are some random pictures from my Instagram and tumblr:

My birthday cake! My friends (from the previous blogpost lol) came over to my house on a surprise visit with this delicious cake! It was a great birthday- because I got to see my friends after such a long time ^^.

This super cute present I got on my birthday

Japanese candyy

Super cute heart necklace \o/

And an origami bird!

Okay, I should stop spamming birthday pictures now...

Another foot drawing.

Studying about the popliteal fossa.

Drawing the popliteal fossa.

By the way, the popliteal fossa is the diamond shaped depression on the back of your knee. You can feel the pulse of the popliteal artery here if you flex your knee (bend it) and dig your fingers into the fossa. You can't feel the pulse if your leg is straight cause then the depression vanishes and the artery is too deep in to feel.

It rained in Islamabad a couple of times. Really made the weather bearable for a few days!

Drawing: the Hand Edition.

Apart from this, I had also went through my old notebooks and found the rough drafts of the poems I had already published on blogger (Spider, Monsters, Untitled) as well as a few I hadn't.

So that's how my May went! How did yours go? Do you have anything planned for summer? I sure do! Stay tuned for a special summer post coming up soon!!

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