I guess that since I'm an English teacher, y'all think I read a lot. Unfortunately, during the school year, I do not have time to read nearly as much as I'd like to on my own. Honestly, I'm generally too drained from the school day when I get home, and all I want to do is zone out in front of the TV.
So, these "Random Reviews" will be a mix of books, TV shows, and movies. And, I don't believe I'm a very good "reviewer," so I think my "reviews" will really just be random thoughts. :)
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Unwind is a dystopian young-adult novel that takes place after the Second Civil War - the war on reproductive rights. The war decided that abortions would be outlawed but that parents could "stork" their babies (leave them on others' doorsteps and force another family to adopt the baby) or "unwind" their children between the ages of 13 and 18. When a child is unwound, every part of his or her body is donated to another human: the hand goes to an amputee, the liver goes to someone in need of a transplant, etc. The novel follows three teenagers who were set to be unwound for three very different reasons. It is really, really interesting -- and frighteningly realistic. No wonder my kids loved it.
A TV Show
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If you are the only other person in America who has yet to see Downton Abbey, it takes place at a huuuuuuge manor in England right before (season one), during (season two), and after (season three) World War I. It follows the lives of Lord and Lady Grantham and their three daughters as well as the servants that work for them.
My favorite character is Sybil, the youngest daughter, as she is strong-willed, stubborn, and opinionated, especially for the time period in which she lived. I also love Mr. Bates and Anna, two of the servants. They are just so darn sweet.
Please watch this. And then please talk about it with me.
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Typical of other Tarantino films, Django was quite gory. And, it was an amazing film. It definitely did not seem like a three-hour movie and instead flew by. Christoph Waltz definitely deserves his nominations (and Golden Globe win), but I'm surprised that Jamie Foxx wasn't nominated for anything. His portrayal of a slave turned bounty hunter was incredible. And, when is Leo going to get some recognition for his acting skillz?!
Anyway, go see Django. We loved it.
(Do you like how I'm ending this post with the phrase that is banned from all of my students' papers?) I just wanted to wrap up this most random of posts with a note to say that I'll try to do this somewhat regularly but that the reviews will most likely happen whenever I finish a book. :)
Peace out, yo.