A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park & Water Resources reaction

As I’ve been reading about the water resources, I have found it particularly interesting about the water cycle, and the many different ways water can go through it. This topic is very multilayered, with each water particle going through a very unique experience in their journey.
My perception of the water cycle before these resources, and specifically the video on the water cycle*, was water going through the ocean, evaporating into the clouds, then pouring down onto the ocean, and starting all over again. The resource showed the many different ways water can go through the water cycle, such as pouring down onto the earth and becoming groundwater, or being soaked up by plants and then evaporating from the plant itself.

 

*https://oceantoday.noaa.gov/watercycle/

To Best the Boys Book Review

 

    Rhen Tellur, the main character in To Best the Boys by Mary Weber, has struggled to prove to others around her that she is as good as doing something as any boy. Better, in fact. So when the mysterious disease that has swept through her seaside town, and hits Rhen’s mother, Rhen is determined to do anything to help find the cure. So she enters the yearly competition for a scholarship to the esteemed Stemwick University, with her cousin Seleni by her side. However, this competition is strictly meant for boys…

So Rhen and Seleni go undercover to survive. Not everyone comes out of that maze alive.

         To Best the Boys shows many high action moments within the maze, perfect for fans of books based on survival. Readers also get a glimpse into Rhen’s life in the lower class, and Seleni’s more privileged life, and explores (and disproves) gender stereotypes that still exist in the world today, which in turn helps readers better understand our own world. They (Seleni and Rhen) might be some of the strangest types of heroes you will ever meet. Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games, the two books are very close in storyline.

        Readers who enjoy reading stories about strong women and girls, or simply like a survival based book, would love this. Many who have read the Hunger Games would also enjoy this book, they have very similar plot lines, with strong girls and a deadly game orchestrated for others entertainment.

Book Recommendations

I love to read in my spare time, and thought it would be nice if i branched out from mythology a bit and shared a couple of my favorites! I will include author and genre to help, along with the title of the book. Many books I read come in a series, and i will mention that too.

1. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

This book is a fantasy genre. It is centered around Egyptian mythology, and the author is a definite favorite of mine, so more books of his will most likely appear one the list farther on. Yes, it is a series, and there are two other books in the Kane Chronicles series, Throne of Fire and The Serpent’s Shadow.

2. To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

One of the lesser known books on this list, still excellent.Realistic fiction, which normally doesn’t really fit with reading style (I prefer regular fiction) but there is no way this book wasn’t making its way on here. It is mostly about a girl trying to prove she is good enough, so she sneaks into a deadly contest for a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools around. Only, the contest is only open to boys.

3. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

I am putting this on here (despite still just getting started on reading it) because it came recommended from a friend who is also a big reader and her reading style is the same as mine. Honestly, just read it. It sounds and looks exciting (for me at least) and is part of a series.

4.  Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

I know, I know, who wants to read a book with a title like that at my age? Don’t underestimate this book. Or the series. Yes, it has fairy-tales, and evil villains….but does the evil villain normally look like a cute little girl with a pet “kitty”? (I say kitty with air quotes because her so-called “kitty” is a huge Jabberwocky, which is basically a dragon) Not to mention this little girl is generally considered a hero. And of course, the fairies. I could never forget the fairies. The fairy in question enjoys writing on people’s faces with Sharpie, ordering around an army of pixies (tiny floating lights) and random forest creatures, dumping vats of stuff that I prefer to keep unnamed for your sake on people,  and generally causing chaos. Fun times. Go read it the book now, please.

5. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Again with the fairytales. I seem to have a thing for mythology and fairytales with a twist…oh well. I’m sure people all know the children’s versions of the story, warped and twisted into a cute cuddly thing with good always easily triumphing over the bad, evil villain. And while some people are perfectly comfortable with that. And some people would probably prefer the original versions, without all the cute cuddly ness. This series is for those people. Not the original tales in that boring old language I can never understand, or just the tales all juts in that book. No. This a tales cross over each other, and all fits together seamlessly to create one web of a story. I loved this series overall and highly recommend it, just not within earshot of young kids and easily frightened people when reading aloud.

Well, there’s my list so far. I will probably update this list about once a week, so when in need of a good book, there will be some new ones posted. If you would like more details or a better summary of a book, I will reply in the comments.

Book Review

In Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows, by Ryan Calejo, Charlie, soon after his parent’s mysterious disappearance, grows a pair of horns. Real, honest-to-goodness horns. Along with a map from his mother’s locket, he and Violet, a girl from school he has been crushing on for years, attempt to find out what is going on. As they encounter legends from Spanish mythology, many questions are raised, and the League of Shadows, a collection of the most powerful legends from Spanish mythology, may be able to answer them.

        I love books based on mythology, and Spanish mythology isn’t one I have done any research on, I only knew some basic facts, so it was interesting to see this mythology, which was a really good one. This book was suggested to me by a friend, who also enjoyed it. Overall, a relatable main character, (except for the myth parts). He goes through school problems all of us have gone through at some point, so each individual reader can connect to him in a different way.

         Anybody into mythology would love this book because it explores Spanish mythology, a mythology not a lot of people in the world know a lot about. Especially for Rick Riordan fans, this book is really similar to the Percy Jackson series.

Celtic Mythology 2

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. I didn’t think I put enough info on the last post about Celtic mythology, so I decided to make a Celtic Mythology 2 post. So let’s get started! (By the way, the picture above is the Dagda.)

The Dagda was the king of the Celtic pantheon and often pictured with his magical staff, which could change into a club for fights. He is pictured as a tall man or giant wearing a hooded cloak and holding his magical staff (or club, whatever you want to call the thing he carries around with him when he is charging into battles or merely casting a spell, being the god of magic as well as the god of life and death, the god of the seasons and crops as well as the god of time and agriculture, and let’s not forget strength. He was a god of many things.)

He was married to Morrigan, Boand, Cirr, and many others. His children include Brigit, the goddess of the fire of  inspiration, the fire of the hearth, and the fire of the forge. However, she is only one of the Dagda’s many children.

His mother was named Elatha. The Dagda’s father is not known. Many think his father was some stray passing mortal who fell in love with Elatha then abandoned her after he learned who she was. Either way, the Dagda grew up without his father and just his mother and his brothers Nuada and Ogma.

Some people think that Nuada and Ogma were part of the Dagda. He was believed to be a triple deity, an immortal being that has three different aspects that are divided up. Still others believe that Nuada and Ogma were simply that: his brothers. They believed that they shared the same mother, nothing else.

The Dagda was a noble figure, carrying a harp, his magical cauldron and staff, striding across mountains. The Dagda is the king of the Celtic pantheon.

Well, that ends my post. See you next time on the blog! I can’t wait! Bye! The Dagda in war form

 

Celtic Mythology

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Today I’m doing a post on Celtic mythology, as you can tell by the title, and it’s a new topic for me so let’s get started! Here is a list of Celtic gods that were very common beliefs back then.

CELTIC  DEITIES

Morrigan:

The Celtic goddess of war, she is often paired with Dagda, “The Good God”, father of Brigit and Danu, and technically god of creation. She often takes the form of a crow or raven and is able to predict the outcome of a battle and aid who she chooses in war. She was the one who offered immortality to Cuchulainn, the great hero. He was pretty much the Celtic version of Hercules.

Morrigan

Brigit

Brigit is the goddess of the Fire of Inspiration and the Fire of the Hearth, as well the Fire of the Forge. She keeps the flames of the earth protected. She is not the queen of the Celtic pantheon, but she is still one of the most important and prominent goddesses of the Celtic pantheon. Her father is Dagda. Her mother is mainly known as the Morrigan (see above) and she is married to Bres. They had a son named Ruadán together – who died after he is slain fighting for the Fomorians. She is also thought to be a continuation of the Indo-European dawn goddess. Brigit is mainly connected with the spring season, fertility, healing, poetry, and smithcraft. Some books state that Brigit was the goddess whom poets adored.

Some say she had two sisters- Brigit the healer, and Brigit the Smith. This might mean that she may have been a triple deity. Saint Brigit shares many of the goddess Brigit’s features. Her feast day, on February 1st, was   a festival marking the beginning of spring. Some people suggest that Saint Brigit is merely just a Christianization of the goddess Brigit.

Her name means exalted one, meaning she was one of the most important goddess an of high importance.

Hawaiian Mythology

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Okay, let’s get started. Hawaiian mythology is kind of complicated, so I’ll just start with the basics.

The god of creation, Kāne, threw a calabash (large pot for holding water or food for cooking) into the air. The top fell off and became a curved bowl, also known as the sky. Two large pieces fell off and one became the sun, the other one the moon. The rest of the calabash became the Earth and fell back into the sea. Kāne then enlisted the rest of the gods help in creating Red Earth Man, the first shadow. Eventually though, he grew lonely and the gods didn’t want to see him like that, so they made him into a a living, breathing human.

Another version of the story of creation is that there was only Po, the great black chaos that never ended. Kāne, feeling himself slip away of Po’s clutches, managed to free himself. Seeing their brother free, Lono (the god of the heavens) and Kū (the god of war) also escaped through the gap their brother had made and freed themselves as well. The three, or union, of gods created the rest of the powerful gods and made the earth for their footstool. They also created several lesser gods to be their servants and work for them. Some of the powerful gods that Kāne, Lono, and Kū created include Pēle, the goddess of fire and volcanoes, Hi’iaka, the goddess of lightning (and Pēle’s little sister!),  Papa, the goddess of nature, and Kamapua’a, the god of boars and pigs, who is also Pēle’s husband. Another of the really prominent gods is Kanaloa, the god of the sea. After all, Hawaiians do live on an island!

Well, that will end my post. See you next time! Bye!

Egypt’s History

Hi! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Today’s post is about Egypt’s history, as you can tell by reading the title.  So, let me tell you the the story of the Egyptian gods.

There was once a god named Ra and his eternal enemy, Apophis, who was literally made of pure evil. Ra, on the other hand, was the picture of goodness and light. (Literally. Ra was the god of the sun, so kind of like Apollo from Greek mythology, but Ra is the king of the Egyptian gods, so not like Apollo and more like Zeus in this case.) Every night, as the sun set, Ra would battle Apophis, and emerging triumphant every time, start his journey through the twelve houses of night, battling monsters all the way. As you might of guessed, the twelve houses of night match the twelve hours of night, so you can only pass through if  the hour of night matches the Houses of Night. The Houses of Night are located in the Duat, which is pretty much just a whole lot of never ending layers hidden under the surface of the world.

       Anyway, eventually some other gods started popping up in history right about this period. Ra made Bastet, (But everyone calls her Bast),the cat goddess, his top lieutenant and ever since then, she is fiercely protective and loyal, like all cats are, to her master. Set, the god of evil, was also mentioned right about here, and being the god of evil, joined up with Apophis in the war against goodness and light. The war is eternal and never ending, but the gods will live and survive.

      Well that ends my post! Bye!

Greek myths

Hello! Today we are doing something different. Instead of learning about gods, we are learning about other myths. This post is is going to be about Greek myths.

Cyclopes are basically giants, but they only have one eye instead of two eyes like a normal person would have in their head. If you have every read or watched the movie Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters, you would know that all Cyclopes are is descendants of Poseidon, the sea god, and a sea nymph, but I forget her name. You would also know that Percy Jackson has brother named Tyson, who is a Cyclopes as well. In the book (and movie), Polyphemus is mentioned. Also widely known for being one of the stops for someone from the Trojan War. But I will not go into details right now. Anyway, he was practically blinded by this person, who I know is male but I forget his name. Polyphemus is one of a couple Cyclopes who many people knew, back when the Ancient Greeks who invented them were alive, and who have their own myths.

The Trojan War is pretty simple, except I am absolutely not sure whether it is made up or not because it started with a goddess competition, but goddesses are not real, so that just may be an excuse for the real reason of the war. It is one of Greek’s many mythology mysteries that I really want to solve. The goddess competition was for who was the fairest goddess of them all. The three competitors were Hera, goddess of marriage and childbirth as well as queen of the gods and Zeus’s wife, Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, goddess of love and beauty.

Well, that ends my post. See you on my blog next time!

 

 

Egypt and its Myths

Hello! Welcome back to my blog, Mismatched Mythology. Today’s post is about Ancient Egyptian myths.

Ancient Egypt invented its own language, which is of course called Ancient Egyptian. For writing, Ancient Egyptian people came up with hieroglyphs, which are strange symbols for each word. The Ancient Egyptians did not write very much, but they did have very complicated myths and legends to explain things about the way the world was built and structured.

In their thoughts, Ra was the king of the Egyptian gods. He was the god of the sun and eternal enemy of Apophis, the Chaos snake. Ra is was also leader of Ma’at, also known as order.

Isis is the goddess of magic and she is the wife of Osiris, who became king of the gods after Ra retired. She is also the mother of Horus, who is also known as Horus the Avenger. He became king of the gods after Osiris.

Other better known gods include Babi, the baboon god, Neith, the goddess of hunting, Bes, the god of dwarfs, Tawaret, the goddess of childbirth and hippos, Bast, (she is my favorite Ancient Egyptian goddess), the goddess of cats and Ra’s most faithful bodyguard and lieutenant, Anubis, god of death, and Hapi, (I know, it sounds like happy, so he is always happy), the god of the Nile. Hapi is a giant among giants. He is absolutely gigantic.

Apophis is called the Chaos snake for a reason. He and Ra battled each night as Ra passed through the Twelve Houses of Night in the Duat. The Duat is basically just a sea under our world, with gazillions of never ending layers you can travel through if you are brave enough to dare to try.

There is also a Underworld, where the dead live in homes. In the court of the Underworld, Ammit the Devourer eats the hearts of people who have done too much bad in their lives to pass on to the Underworld.

Well, that is the end of today’s post. See you later! Bye!