Shadow of the Hegemon is a SEQUEL to Ender's Shadow. With that said, it's a continuation of Bean's adventures after Ender defeated the Formics. Which means that there is no Battle School in this book. But that does't mean that it loses it's incredibility because it doesn't. I enjoyed this sequel a lot even though there was a lot of international and geo politics, but that's the fun of it. These children are still children, but they're geniuses dabbling in affairs that should be over their heads and over their control. These children shape the way that the world works all because of their smarts and their power. Adults want them to be commanders of their armies in order to take advantage of other countries. It's really something. If you're expecting something similar to Ender's Shadow, you won't find it, but it still carries the same intrigue, genius conversations, and voices of intellect as the first book. I would recommend this book to others.
This Green Lantern movie was kind of embarrassing for DC. They had a lot going with their other franchises, but I don't think that it quite on to the monumental films of other heroes. I didn't really like Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern and kind of wished that they took my time with the story and just about...everything else.
I picked up this book hoping to get another good fantasy adventure but I was sorely mistaken. In fact, I didn't even finish the book because I was not intrigued by the characters. None of them. And the plot was moving extremely slow (as the first reviewer stated). I also found Caelaena's character a bit confusing and contradicting but maybe I think that because I didn't finish the whole book? Maybe, maybe not. I've read better books, therefore I will say that I would not recommend this book to anyone and I will not be picking up this book back up anytime soon.
As a viola player I was very excited to see a huge book of viola songs. However, when I go the book, I was a bit put off because I didn't know most of them. All the songs are very easy to play, but they sound bland without an accompaniment, either a piano or CD accompaniment. For example, "Clocks" is one of the songs in this book, but the only thing arranged is the melody. If you've heard "Clocks" you would know that there's a moving base line. So just playing the melody sounds kind of strange. But I did enjoy playing "Love Story", "Colors of the Wind," and "Theme from Schindler's List" because they sounded fine. The arrangements are easy as I said before, which means that they won't sound exactly like you heard them on the CD, movie, or whatever. But you can just play them however you want. It's a good book to learn the basic melody, but if you're planning on using this without an accompaniment I would think twice.
I've seen this movie multiple times and it is definitely worth all the times that I've seen it. Russell Crowe plays his part as John Nash EXCEEDINGLY WELL. But the one thing that I loved the most was how complicated yet beautiful Nash's mind is. Yes, I used the word "beautiful" because there isn't any other word that I could use to describe his mind. He's haunted by this illness but yet his mind explodes in numbers and twisted configurations that only his mind can understand. He cracks codes just by looking at them because his mind is constantly moving. The other part of this movie that I LOVED was the soundtrack by James Horner. It will ALWAYS be one of my favorites because of how Horner composed the music. Beautiful, yet calculating...and Charlotte Church's voice adds to the beauty. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. Yes, yes, yes.