Pete Reviews Locke and Key: Alpha and Omega

Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The final installment of the Locke & Key graphic novel series.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I wanted to finish the series. Check out my reviews of the rest of the series here.

Genre: Graphic Novel/Horror/Dark Fantasy

What did you think of the cover art? As always; the cover art by Gabriel Rodriguez was amazing.

Who was your favorite character and why? Rufus Whedon because he has the ability to see the truth.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Dodge because he is hell bent on destruction.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? The intensity of this entire series never really let up from the very start.

Was it plot or character driven? The balance was very well executed between both.

What did you think of the ending? Intense and engaging and unexpectedly happy.

What was the moral of the story? Family and friendships are often worth fighting for.

Favorite quote: “Secrets are hell. Secrets are the prisons we make for ourselves.” – Duncan Loche

Song/Soundtrack Recommendations:
Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band
Anarchy in the UK by Sex Pistols

Who would you recommend it to? Fans of Joe Hill, graphic novels, horror and/or dark fantasy.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail:
Key House Skylight

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Beer pairing: Ale Syndicate’s Omega Midnight Foreign Extra Stout

When was the last time you did something that you immediately wished you could undo?

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Brigette Reviews The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement

The Stop: How The Fight For Good Food Transformed A Community And Inspired A Movement

by Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

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Describe it in 25 words or less. An account of how a Toronto food bank became a community food centre admired world-wide.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Who was your favorite part and why? My favorite part was the Eat The Math campaign where prominent Toronto citizens were asked to live off a typical food bank hamper and were asked to write, blog, tweet about it. I loved this so much because there’s nothing like first-hand experience to really make you aware of thing. (Most of the participants found it to difficult and could not finish the challenge.)

Who was your least favorite part and why? My least favorite part would be all the years (around 15) it took to get where they are today from emergency food bank to a community food centre that is being modeled around the world. It has been a long and tiring journey for all involved and still there are people living in hunger even in the neighborhood of The Stop.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It was an immediately intriguing book. I liked the author’s voice but it was so genuine that I also felt how tired and stressed fighting for what you think is right can make you.

What did you think of the ending? It was full of hope with The Stop opening other community food centres around Canada and writing instructions for others around the world to model their community food centres after.

>What was the moral of the story? EVERYONE should have access to healthy and sustainable food.

Did you learn anything? I learned a huge amount about food banks and social justice.

Favorite quote: “We are connected to each other in an essential way – by our shared humanity – and when thousands or millions of people are living in poverty, in poor health, hungry and poorly housed or homeless, our society as a whole is lesser for it.” – Nick Saul

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone interested in social justice especially involving food or anyone who needs inspiring.

Number of unknown words: 13

Craft/Activity: How to grow and use amaranth (callaloo).

Recipe: Shiro Wot (Ethiopian Chickpea Flour Stew)

Could you live on $580 a month?

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The Family Reviews I Am Eleven

I Am Eleven

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Describe it in 25 words or less. A documentary about 11 year-olds from around the world.

Any particular reason for choosing this film?

Pete: It was recommended to me by a friend and now that Morgan is 11 I thought it was perfect timing.

Genre: Documentary

Who was your favorite 11 year old and why?

Morgan: Remi, because he wasn’t racist, he was eco-friendly and he was smart.

Gable: Remi because he was smart and kind.

How was the casting?

Pete: I thought it was great selection of 11 year-olds and I especially liked the fact that they were from different backgrounds.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It grabbed me immediately with the film maker’s background as to how she embarked on the story.

Brigette: It was immediately intriguing; there’s something about looking into the lives of others that I find fascinating.

Morgan: It was a very interesting film from the beginning.

Gable: It was very interesting to see how eleven year-olds saw the world but it never really grabbed me.

Favorite quote: “I’m not a citizen of France, I’m a citizen of the world.” – Remi

How was the soundtrack? Nick Huggins did an excellent job of the soundtrack. You can see a “making of” here.

How was the ending?

Gable: It was even more interesting because it showed some of the kids when they were older.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Enjoy life.

Brigette: Enjoy those precious childhood years.

Morgan: Childhood should be cherished.

Did you learn anything? That a pamplemousse is a French grapefruit.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Anyone who is, has been, or approaching 11.

Brigette: Anyone with an 11 year old in their lives.

Morgan: Anyone, really.

Gable: Eleven-year-olds and kids who are about to turn eleven.

What were you like at 11 years old?

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Pete and Brigette Review Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A News Reader loses his job to his wife and must find a way to win back both career and family.

Brigette: Catch up with the whole Channel 4 News team and join them on their next adventure.

Any particular reason for choosing this film?

Pete: After watching “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” I thought this would just as good.

Genre:

Pete & Brigette: Comedy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Brick Tamland because he was ridiculously funny.

Brigette: Veronica Corningston because she fought for her family.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Jack Lime because of his arrogance.

Brigette: Kench Allenby because he was greedy.

How was the casting?

Pete: Lots of big names with a couple of new actors too.

Brigette: I enjoyed the new characters introduced in the fight scene, but felt the others had lost a lot of their mojo.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It grabbed me immediately but wasn’t as funny as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Brigette: I was really excited to see this one and went into it with high expectations and was sorely disappointed, feeling that the film dragged on a fair bit.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “Who the hell is Julius Caesar? You know I don’t follow the NBA!” – Ron

Brigette: “I have to say this is super creepy and unorthodox.” – Ron

What would you change?

Brigette: I would have liked to see them mix it up and come up with a more original storyline. I felt like they were sticking to a formula: same jokes, an obligatory song, the fight scene again, internal turmoil that didn’t work this time around.

Is it part of a series and have you seen the rest of the series?

Brigette: We recently watched Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy and LOVED it, so this one was a big disappointment for me.

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: Once again, it was very funky indeed. We’ve put the music from the film on Spotify, Grooveshark and Rdio.

How was the ending?

Pete: Predictable and not as clever as I thought it was going to be.

Brigette: Extremely anti-climatic.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: It’s never too late to make things better.

Brigette: The love of your friends and family will always be more important than a job.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Anchorman fans.

Brigette: I would only recommend this to die-hard Will Ferrell fans who will see anything and everything he is in whether it’s good or not.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Brick Tamland Won’t Eat His Cereal

Recipe: Steamed Clams

Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Ithaca Beer’s Flower Power IPA

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
The News Team’s NYC apartment.

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What would you sacrifice for your dream job?

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Pete Reviews Locke and Key: Clockworks

Locke & Key: Clockworks by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

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Describe it in 25 words or less. The fifth installation of the Locke & Key graphic-novel series.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I’m reading the entire Locke & Key series.

Genre: Graphic Novel Horror/Dark Fantasy

Who was your favorite character and why? Erin I felt sorry for her because nobody listened to her, despite her level of common sense.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Dodge (AKA Zack) because of his deceptive ways and (to put it nicely) he is such a jerk.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? An immediate attention grabber both with story and illustrations.

What did you think of the ending? Interesting enough to make me want to immediately grab the next book in the series.

What was the moral of the story? Be very careful about who you trust, some people can be very deceptive.

Favorite quote: “He lost me at soul tapeworm.” – Erin

Would you read it again? Yes: the magic in the illustrations is enough to bring me back. I could spend hours looking at just a few pages.

Have you read other books in the series? I’m going to continue reading the remainder of the series. Already read the first five installments. Check out my reviews here.

Have you read other books by the same author? I’ve read nearly all of Joe Hill’s novels, some of which you can see the reviews of here.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I think I would be disappointed if this was ever made into a film (unless it was animated by Gabriel Rodriguez). I’ve seen that there was an attempt to adapt it into a television series and, after watching the trailer for it, I would like to see it.

Who would you recommend it to? Fans of comic books, graphic novels, Joe Hill or dark fantasy/horror.

Number of unknown words: 0

Architectural Detail: Key House

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Beer pairing: Harpoon Brewery’s Black IPA

If you could had the ability to go back in time, what year would you choose and why?

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Pete Reviews Penguin Lost

Penguin Lost by Andrey Kurkov

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Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Penguins, Politics, Arm Wrestling, Cremation, Love.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I read Death and The Penguin and thought if this, the sequel, was as good it would be worth reading.

Genre: Satire/Mystery

What did you think of the cover art? Brilliant. It would make a great poster or T-shirt (Cover Artist: Pablo Armago).

Who was your favorite character and why? Viktor because of his enduring desire to return Misha to his natural home and I enjoyed his dry sense of humor.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Bim because he was so deceptive.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It began exactly where Death and The Penguin left off and left no holes in the story.

Was it plot or character driven? A deft balance of both: the characters were all crucial to the plot.

What did you think of the ending? It warmed my heart and put a smile on my face.

What was the moral of the story? Only make promises if you’re absolutely certain you can deliver.

Did you learn anything? Statistically; the higher your IQ, the longer you will live.

Favorite quote:
Lyosha: “True love?”
Viktor: “Better than that – fate!”

Have you read other books by the same author? I’ll definitely keep an eye out for any books by Andrey Kurkov from now on. Check out my review of Death and The Penguin.

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? I wouldn’t hesitate to watch it if it was adapted to film, but it would have to be loyal to the book.

Song/Soundtrack Recommendations: The Funeral Tango

Who would you recommend it to? Andrey Kurkov fans or anyone who has ever felt a little lost in any way.

Number of unknown words: 2

Beer pairing: Baltika’s Porter

Recipe: Bim’s Border Clash cocktail: Vodka, Soy Sauce, and ½ a lemon.

What music would you like to have played at your wake?

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The Family Reviews Adventures In Zambezia

Adventures In Zambezia

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Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A young falcon goes in search of adventure despite his father’s attempts to protect him.

Brigette: A young bird must figure out where he belongs in the world.

Morgan: A rebellious young falcon flies away to the bustling city of Zambezia to live a more ‘fun’ life.

Gable: A rebellious young bird goes to Zambezia to escape from the strict rules that his father puts him under.

Genre:

Pete: Family Animation/Action/Adventure

Brigette: Family/Animated

Morgan: Family/Comedy/Animated

Gable: Family/Action

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Kai because he was brave enough to try and make it on his own.

Brigette: Gogo because you don’t see enough strong, older female characters these days.

Morgan: Ezee, because he was funny.

Gable: I didn’t have a favorite character. They were all somewhere between favorite and least favorite or they were my least favorite.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Budzo because he was so scary and unforgiving.

Brigette: Tendai because he let fear rule his life.

Morgan: Budzo, because he was cruel.

Gable: Budzo because he was evil.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: The start was very action packed and the rest of the film lived up to it.

Brigette: The opening scene was extremely exciting and caught my interest right away and the storyline made the rest of the film very watchable.

Morgan: It was action packed right from the start and still had me the whole way through.

Gable: Grabbed me immediately and turned out to be way better than I thought it would be.

Favorite quote:

Pete & Morgan: “Zambezia is more than a place, it’s an idea that ALL of us are important!” – Kai

Brigette: “Someday you’re going to have to look after yourself…because no one else will.” – Tendai

Gable: “I’m allergic to danger.” – Ezee

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: Very well suited to the film. You can listen to it on Rdio or we’ve put it on our Spotify as well.

How was the ending?

Pete: Edge-of-your-seat stuff and the unraveling of the truth made for an excellent ending.

Brigette: Happy and a little bit open-ended.

Morgan: Lovely.

Gable: Happy.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Be honest with those that are close to you.

Brigette: Sometimes you need to let your kids fail in order for them to learn.

Morgan: Sometimes you do need a bit of change.

Gable: If you do what you feel is best for yourself, you will find yourself where you feel is best for you.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Families or individuals that enjoy action packed animated films. Bird lovers might enjoy it too.

Brigette: Families with children who think their parents are too strict.

Morgan: Teenagers, bird lovers and anyone who liked “Rio” the film.

Gable: Fans of the film Rio, ornithologists, and people who like the idea of a city inside a tree.

Craft/Activity: Do some basket weaving.

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

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Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Two Bird’s Sunset Ale

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Mushana’s: Your Place in The Sun

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How do you define community?

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Pete and Brigette Review Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

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Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: A male news reporter’s job is challenged by a female in the chauvinistic 1970′s.

Brigette: A man must adjust to changing times in his workplace.

Any particular reason for choosing this film?

Pete: I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan.

Brigette: We missed this film when it first came out and really wanted to see Anchorman 2 but figured we’d be remiss not seeing this one first.

Genre:

Pete & Brigette: Comedy

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Ron Burgundy because just about every time he spoke I laughed.

Brigette: Brick because I just love characters who are a little off but genuinely good-hearted.

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: Public News Anchor (played by Tim Robbins), because of his sneaky tactics.

Brigette: Champ because he confused me.

How was the casting?

Pete: Amazing: the cast of cameos is one of the best.

Brigette: I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Will Ferrell. There are some films where his style of comedy really irks me, but there are ones like this one when I find him really funny. I think the other cast members make a big difference. This was one of the best comedic casts I’ve seen in a while.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: IMMEDIATELY; and I laughed my way through the entire film.

Brigette: It had me at Bill Kurtis’s narration. It was a great mix of silly and entertaining.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “I immediately regret this decision!” – Ron

Brigette: “We’ve been coming to the same party for twelve years now, and in no way is that depressing.” – Ron

Is it part of a series and have you seen the rest of the series?

Pete: The filmmakers compiled so many extra scenes and sub-plots that a second film entitled Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) (V) was edited together and included in the 2-disc Anchorman: Special Edition.
We plan on watching Anchorman 2 very soon.

How was the soundtrack?

Brigette: Very funky indeed. We’ve put the music from the film on Spotify, Grooveshark and Rdio. And for a very special treat, we’ve included the jazz flute scene and the Afternoon Delight music video!

Would you watch it again?

Brigette: Yes, I would watch this whenever I needed a good laugh.

How was the ending?

Pete: It put a smile on your face, the lead up was intense and hilarious.

Brigette: A little cheesily happy.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Always be prepared for change.

Brigette: Sometimes unwelcome change brings unexpected rewards.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Fans of parody films and quality comedy from Will Ferrell.

Brigette: Anyone who likes their comedies super silly.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Ron Burgundy Won’t Eat His Cereal

Recipe: Fondue Party Menu

Beer Pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Alesmith’s Old Numbskull

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
Escupimos en su Alimento Mexican restaurant interior.

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Tell us about a time when unwelcome change brought you unexpected reward.

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Brigette Reviews The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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Describe it in 25 words or less. An artist’s interpretation of a teen-aged boy with Asperger syndrome.

Who was your favorite character and why? Siobhan because she seemed to be the only person in the book who could deal with people that had difficulties in this world with aplomb.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Christopher’s mother because she had too difficult a time dealing with her life.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately with the incident being at the start and it kept my interest because although I could not relate most of the characters, I still felt a strong attachment to them.

What did you think of the ending? Slightly unrealistic, but full of hope.

What was the moral of the story? You can do anything you set your mind to.

Favorite quote: “I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk.” – Christopher

Would you like to see it adapted into a film? It was adapted into a play in 2012 and has been optioned by Warner Bros. I think it was far more interesting to read than anything they could put in a film; you just can’t get into a character’s head like that in a film.

Who would you recommend it to? Anyone who has a high functioning autistic child or anyone interested in learning more about high functioning autistic individuals. It is also an extremely easy read, so if you need something you could get through really quick, this is the book for you.

Number of unknown words: 1

Craft/Activity: Solve Christopher’s favorite maths problem.

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*If you’d like the solution, please email me at chaptersandscenes[at]hotmail[dot]com.

Recipe: Gobi Aloo Sag with red food coloring

How do you think you would fare dealing with someone with autism?

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Morgan Reviews E. Aster Bunnymund And The Warrior Eggs At The Earth’s Core!

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core! by William Joyce

Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Eggs, Chocolate, Imagination, Love, Friendship, Help

Color Palette:

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Genre: Children/Fantasy/Action

Who was your favorite character and why? E. Aster Bunnymund because he was quick-thinking and funny.

Who was your least favorite character and why? Pitch, because he was evil.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me immediately and I was intrigued the whole way through.

Was it plot or character driven? A good mix of both.

What did you think of the ending? Perfect!

What was the moral of the story? Love and friendship are very powerful things.

Favorite quote: “…fear was an enemy that must always be conquered.” –Narrator

What would you change? The title. I would take the exclamation mark out of it.

Have you read other books in the series? Yes, I am reading the whole Guardians series. Check out my review of Nicholas St. North And The Battle Of The Nightmare King.

Who would you recommend it to? Those who have read the first book (Nicholas St. North and the Battle of The Nightmare King) or those who like Easter and fantasy.

Number of unknown words: 4

Craft/Activity: Make your own dazzling egg.

What is a stronger weapon: Love or Fear?

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