I told you so #2

Well, what can I say. President Trump must be getting really tired of winning! A half-ass so called “Muslim” travel ban getting stalled. His wire-tap accusation revealed as a lie. Investigation on Russia ties, and now this health-care debacle. Trump must be getting really tired of winning!

So to all the morons that believed and continue to belief in Trump, haha I told you so.

Book Review – The Return of the King

The final volume of what is arguably one of the greatest fantasy books of all time, The Lord of the Rings. Return of the King is my favorite.

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Wow. Those three words perfectly describe this book (and the entire Lord of the Rings for that matter). This book is the culmination of an amazing epic story. What makes LORT amazing are its characters, and in the final book you finally know their ultimate fate. I haven’t seen the movies, so I can’t really compare the differences between the novels and films. The part of the book that had me the most on the edge of my seat was The Battle of the Pelennor Fields. The only “What The Fuck” moment that I head while reading this book was the penultimate chapter, The Battle of Bywater to be exact. I certainly did not expect this, and it was somewhat amusing to read.

Return of the King is indeed the longest book in the LOTR, however I was surprised to see that only 2/3 of the physical book was for the content of the Return of the King. While the rest was the appendix, and holy shit the appendices are incredible! Like probably most of people reading LOTR for the first time, people can easily be confused on who is what, what is the x role of this character, etc. The appendix gives you a vast amount of back story of the people of Middle-earth, as well as new stories of what happened to some of the characters. Reading the appendix gave me an even bigger appreciation towards Tolkien and his fantasy universe. In my opinion, what makes a good story amazing depends how immersive its world is, Middle-earth is certainly one of them.

Regarding the author, I was surprised to find out that J.R.R. Tolkien was a devout Catholic and that the LOTR and much of his writing has a strong underlying Christian and Catholicism message. Having read the books, I can certainly see the connotations. I think Tolkien is an absolute genius. He created an amazing fantasy world with a massive amount of interesting characters, while at the same time he was able to bind his religious beliefs in his work.

Many people mistakenly believe (perhaps because of the films) that The Lord of the Rings is a trilogy, when in reality it is one massive novel. I read the Lord of the Rings (75th anniversary edition), and I see this amazing piece of fantasy literature as an absolute masterpiece of which people will continue to love and cherish for many centuries to come.

Book Review – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

I honestly thought twice about writing this “book review” post. Mainly because I’m wasn’t quite sure what to write about regarding this book. I avoid giving out any spoilers on my reviews, and this book is much like a beautiful piece of art that it’s not easily for anyone to describe.

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This is the second volume in The Lord of The Rings novel. In this book you continue to be introduced a vast array of characters, most notably mortal men and other really cool nature based characters. The plot thickens, one of the main focal points in this book is Saruman’s involvement in the War of the Ring. Arguably one of my favorite characters is Gollum, and unlike in The Fellowship of the Ring, he plays a major role throughout this book.
From what I can see online, if their is one drawback about the LOTR or Tolkien in particular. Is how incredibly descriptive Tolkien’s writing is. I certainly felt this when reading The Two Towers. The way Tolkien describes the settings, is absolutely mind staggering. Seriously, it’s way to descriptive. Even for me, it felt somewhat overwhelming at times.

The more I continue to read the LOTR, the more fall in love with this amazing fantasy universe.

President Donald Trump – How Trump Got Elected

It’s here people, President Trump. A lot of “conservatives” in the media that sold out to Trump are going to be put in very strange positions for the next four years. Though I must say, it’s going to be rather entertaining watching them defend a liberal conman. Fortunately not all hope is lost, since there’s still a few honest conservatives that never drank the Trump kool-aid and will treat Donald Trump, exactly as they treated Barack Obama.

So to all the Trump supporters morons of this world, here is a reminder of how your ratings whore, media loving darling. Duped the conservative base and pulled the greatest scam in modern politics.

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
– Mark Twain

Book Review – The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring

As I mentioned with The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings has been on my “to be read” list for well over a decade. I think I have a quite unique history with this legendary epic fantasy novel. I was first introduced to The Lord of the Rings by my 11th grade English teacher. This was around the time The Two Towers movie adaptation was about to be release on theaters. I remember how excited and passionate my English teacher was regarding LOTR. Seeing clips from the movies, from there on. I knew that one day I will eventually read the entire LOTR novel to find out what the buzz is all about (I know, I’m late to party as always).

I’m not much of a movie person (I’ve spent over eight years not watching any movies whatsoever!), so I haven’t seen any of the three LOTR movie adaptations in their entirety from start to finish. I have however, seen plenty of snippets of the movies. I obviously know some of the major protagonists in the story already and I’m certainly aware of the plot and how some of the major events end up. Luckily, not everything is spoiler free for me before I dwelled into this amazing fantasy universe.

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Regarding Tolkien’s writing, From what I’ve seen or read on the internet, people either love his writing or don’t like it at all. That is to say, their isn’t much of a middle ground. Reading this first volume, I absolutely love LOTR. So much that I read about 1/3 of this book on a single sit down read! LOTR is massive, this first volume, introduces a massive amount of characters and their back stories. I must say, given the mass amount of character information described in this book, not all of them are completely memorable to me. Theirs simply way to many to remember. Luckily, their many online wiki’s that briefly describe character information. Thus said, for the most part I try to avoid them if possible in case they might have spoilers. However, their are times that it’s simply unavoidable to me to refer to the wikis.
As it happened to me while reading The Witcher saga, the LOTR is so immersive to me. I found myself plenty of times stopped reading, and instead I referenced the online wiki to find out more information about certain subjects that were being mentioned in the book, but not fully described in it’s entirely. In a way I’m already excited about reading The Silmarillion after completing LOTR! The entire Middle-earth lore and background history is absolutely beautiful, that I always found myself wanting to learn more of it!

The main reason why certain people don’t seem to like Tolkien’s writing is because its old school (not modern), long, to slow, and overly descriptive. While I think some of it is certainly true, I felt the chapters in this book were well organized, making it really easy to follow. I don’t have much experience reading epic high fantasy other than The Witcher series. To me, LOTR is a much easier to read since you’re not jumping between difference character point of views, or across different settings in the story. Perhaps the only drawback, is how the geography of Middle-earth is presented and described to readers. The book does have map drawings, but I found them somewhat confusing and at times I kind of felt like Tolkien was introducing a ton of new kingdoms/cities constantly throughout this book.

Finally to end, I feel that anyone wanting to read the LOTR for the first time, like myself; you should read The Hobbit before hand. Events and characters introduced in The Hobbit are mentioned throughout this book, so it’s somewhat important to know what exactly happens in the The Hobbit before reading LOTR.

New Year’s resolutions

To keep my yearly tradition going. For the fifth year, and in no particular order these are the goals I won’t likely be achieving but want too:

  1. Lose the weight I gained in 2016
  2. Learn Portuguese
  3. Write a Metasploit Auxiliary Module
  4. Read all current books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series
  5. Play the games on my backlog
  6. Be more fiscal conservative and responsible.
  7. Get a U.S. Passport
  8. Learn how to cook

Bye 2016

What can I say? 2016 has been the year Leicester City won the Premier League title, and the year were the greatest football club in the world turned 100 years old. The year were politically speaking conservatism died and turned into an authoritarian shitfest. However not all was bad in 2016. Financially, it was my best year ever. So, I can’t bitch about being the worst year ever.

Fuck off 2016 and cheers 2017.

Book Review – The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The prequel to the legendary Lord of the Rings, I feel everyone should read The Hobbit at one point of their lives. Seriously, The Hobbit was such a wonderful and enjoyable read, I honestly believe it’s well suited for any high school English class (hell, this book was written for children!). This relatively short book is not only a wonderful introduction to Tolkien’s iconic Middle-earth universe and to an array of really interesting characters, it’s also is an awesome introduction to high fantasy literature in general. Again, I would’ve loved to have read The Hobbit back when I was in high school, instead of having endure other absolute garbage novels (like the The Joy Luck Club and To Kill a Mocking Bird, to name a few).

Anyways, enough rambling. This book (and the entire Lord of the Rings series) has been on my “to be read” list for well over a decade. I’ve never seen any of The Hobbit movies, and was fortunate enough to put watching them on hold until I first read the book. So reading the book not knowing exactly what events would happen, made the experience of reading it, even more enjoyable. For example those events that will eventually become really important in The Lord of the Rings. Although it wasn’t the focal point, it was really cool reading how Bilbo came upon the “magic ring”.

I can’t think of anything negative of this book, if anything I wanted this book to be longer. The Hobbit definitely has deep lore, which explains how Hollywood was able to make three movies based on this short book. I wanted this book to be longer! For example perhaps more back story of Gandalf, and definitely longer content regarding the Battle of Five Armies. I’ll be reading The Lord of the Rings next, so maybe this is mentioned there. Thus said for what it is, this book is really good.

As a side note. Tolkien being the godfather of modern day high fantasy, and having read The Witcher saga (heavily Tolkien influenced) a few months ago. There were instances while reading portions of The Hobbit, that reminded me of The Witcher. Most notably how similar Zoltan Chivay’s company is to Thorin Oakenshield’s company.