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The Chaos of Stars Review

So, I finished reading The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White. You can find a synopsis here. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, I’m interested to read any sequels that may come from this book due to the questions it made me think of, which I will write down in this post, as well as the basic premise of the book. However, I felt like the book was not as well developed as I would have like to have seen in the first book in a possible series, based on the same questions I mentioned earlier. I kinda feel like the cat in this video, where the cat is like “What just happened?” Anyway, as for whether or not I would recommend this book, I would tell anyone to keep an open mind. You may or may not like it. As I said before, I have mixed feelings about it. Oh, and here are the questions I have about the book.

  • So, according to the book, ancient gods and goddesses can have human offspring. How is that possible within the context of the book when the ancient gods and goddesses can also have immortal children? Does that mean that the gods and goddesses can choose which child to make human or immortal? Or is it a luck of the draw? Or is that the ancient gods and goddesses were only able to make their children immortal in the beginning of their time?
  • Do the human offspring have any powers or physical enhancements like how it is in The Nine Lives of Chloe King?
  • How does Anubis go incognito in the regular world when he is described in the beginning as having the full blown jackal head as he is portrayed in hieroglyphics? Is the jackal head his true physical form that other gods, goddesses, and their respective offspring can see? Or is it that his jackal head becomes a “normal” head when he ventures outside of the pyramids? If so, how did ancient peoples know that he had the head of a jackal? Did the human offspring of the gods and goddesses tell regular people the truth?
  • In the book, it is revealed that the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses are not the only ancient gods and goddesses that are still around. Does that mean that every ancient gods and goddesses from different cultures are still around as well? And if so, does that mean that their respective stories are true as well?
  • Do people now know that the ancient gods and goddesses still exist? Or is it like in our reality where the ancient gods and goddesses are just myths?
  • Do the ancient gods and goddesses raise every child, whether immortal or not?
  • If the ancient gods and goddesses exist, does that mean the current religions like Judeo-Christian-Muslim god and the Hindu gods and goddesses, etc., exist as well? What about Buddha since he was not a god? Was Buddha just an avatar like Buddhism says he was?
  • If the ancient gods and goddesses don’t enough worshippers without having human offspring, then how are they still around? Is is because humans remember who they were based on written works and oral traditions?

The Chaos of Stars

Twin Survives An Abortion

I found this link through a friend on Facebook some time ago. Even though I’m all for abortion, I found this story to be so inspiring. After hearing this young lady’s story, I don’t think many people would be able to be so forgiving, myself included. I have to give this young lady credit.

Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Last night, I found out about Osama Bin Laden’s death, like the rest of the world did. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I’m glad that he’s dead. It’s the end of the long search for Bin Laden. On the other hand, I wouldn’t wish the death of anyone, even someone as evil as Osama Bin Laden.

Osama Bin Laden

William and Kate’s Wedding Impressions

As you guys know, today was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. All I can say is wow. Well, this is just a post giving my impressions of a portion of William and Kate’s wedding. Anyway, I really like Kate’s dress. When I first saw it, I thought “It’s very Kate.” But as I looked at the dress and hearing the commentary, it reminded me of Grace Kelly would wear. It seems like Kate’s dress was inspired, a little bit, by Grace Kelly’s wedding dress and clothes worn during the 1950s. Anyway, based on the footage that I saw so far, there was one part that I found a little bit funny. I know there’s nothing really funny about a wedding ceremony, but when the Right Reverend Dr. Richard Chartres was talking about marriage, it made me think of the wedding scene from The Princess Bride. I think what it was is the fact that the scene was a royal wedding. Anyway, those were just my first impressions on what happened for William and Kate’s wedding.

Kate Middleton's wedding dress

Grace Kelly's wedding dress

Is Phil Davison Crazy?

I saw this clip of Phil Davison’s speech from September 8, 2010 through my current English class. As I watched it, I couldn’t stop laughing. I mean, the way that he presented himself and his speech? I get that some people will say that he’s “passionate” about what he’s saying and doing, but that’s no excuse for sounding and looking incompetent. I mean, he doesn’t have to yell his speech. We can hear him just fine. It also seems like, based on he’s presenting his speech, that he feels like he’s being attacked for his beliefs and is upset by it. And how screwed up is it that he misquoted his supposedly “favorite” quote? I just can’t take this seriously as a politician. If he’s serious about continuing being a politician, he should learn how to compose himself accordingly. I mean, have you ever seen a successful politician shout his or her speech, constantly look at his or her written speech, or pace behind the podium like he did? He has to remember that to be a politician, he’s going to be in the public eye and is going to be held to a higher standard of behavior and decorum.

http://youtu.be/KBl8Ddsaf4U

Holding Kids Back A Year

I read this article and I have to admit that I don’t agree with holding back a kid in school just because the parents wants the kid to be more advanced than his or her classmates or because the kid was born in the later months. The way that I look at it is that just because the kid was born “late,” that doesn’t mean that the kid is totally incapable of keeping up with his or her “earlier” born classmates. I mean, I have friends who were born “late” but were able to keep up with everybody else. Anyway, personally, I don’t agree with holding a kid back a year to give him or her an advantage over his or her classmates.

Teaching The Bible In Schools

As you guys know, I’m an Anne Rice fan. Because of that, I liked her page on Facebook. Anyway, back in January, she posed the question of should the Bible be taught in school, in the context of the Bible being a literary and cultural influence in the States, without it offending religious and nonreligious people. Keep in mind that I consider myself to be an atheist. Anyway, while I agree that people should read the Bible because it is a literary and cultural influence, I don’t think that it should be taught in the public schools for several reasons. One reason is that the teachers have enough to teach kids already. There’s math, English, science, history, art, physical education, etc. That’s a full plate already. Why add on to it when it’s not directly relevant? Another reason is the fact that the Bible was the only religious text that was mentioned. In all fairness, even if the Bible was taught, other religious texts should be included as well, such as the Koran or Buddhist religious texts. Granted, the other religious texts won’t get as much attention as the Bible because those religious art aren’t quite as well known in the States. Anyway, another reason is whether or not the parent want their kids to be taught the Bible. If they do, why not send the kid to a parochial school or Sunday school? Another reason is whether or not the kids wants to learn about the Bible. If he or she wants to, he or she should take the class as an elective class or do it on his or her own time. My last reason is whether or not the kid has the ability to put the Bible into the context of it being a literary and cultural influence. I mean, a 5 or 6 year old won’t be able to do that whereas a teenager would be able to do that.

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