Book Review of the Bloodstone Key by Theresa Beckett

Here’s my review of the novel The Bloodstone Key by Theresa Beckett:

I have read the book “The Bloodstone Key” and I think it’s full of clichés and plotholes. The main character is NOT an orphan, which is a no-no in writing fantasy for children. The fact that he still has his parents to rely on rubs me the wrong way. I do have my parents, but there more times when I wish they were gone so I could do what I want to do.

Plus, Dylan Drake is 100x cooler than Cyrus Nicholson, but that’s a given.

The story takes everything bad about fantasy and mixes them together in a jumbled mess. You can tell when an author has written themselves into a corner, and they most certainly have. I would not recommend this book for ANYONE to read; if you’re reading this book, destroy it immediately and go read C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. You’ll be glad you did.


56 Books to Read if You Love Harry Potter

56 Books to Read if You Love Harry Potter.

Basically, this post is for all of you who love Harry Potter and need something else to read. Here’s my opinion of the lists of books:

  1. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan: Completed books 1 and 2. Currently reading book 3.
  2. Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer: Completed books 1-7. Have yet to read book 8.
  3. Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer: Completed all four books, including the novella The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner.
  4. Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage: Haven’t read the books yet.
  5. Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: Haven’t read the books yet.
  6. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman: Completed all three books.
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis: Completed all seven books
  8. The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black: Haven’t read the books yet.
  9. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini: Completed all four books.

Well, maybe I should review one of these book series this summer then.

Harry Potter & the Methods of Rationality

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Harry Potter & the Methods of Rationality movie poster (Photo credit: claireviolet82)

This blog post talks about the most talked-about fan fiction that’s circulating the internet: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality!

So, what is Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality? Well, it’s a fan fiction written by Eliezer Yudkowsky / Less Wrong on FanFiction.Net.

What is this story about, you ask? Here’s the answer:

Suppose that Petunia Evans does NOT marry Vernon Dursley; instead she marries a biochemist named Michael Verres. James and Lily die (just like in every alternative reality) and Harry ends up being adopted by Petunia and Verres. He grows up learning about science and reading science fiction. By the time his Hogwarts letter arrives, Harry is a genius and he sets off attempting to apply the methods of rationality to a world that has never heard of science.

Well, that’s that.

The story plays out like a serial fiction, with Harry attempting to apply science to a magical world. If you want to read it, be forewarned, for this story nitpicks at the original Harry Potter story and it also destroys everything that you thought you knew about Harry Potter.

Or as the writer says: This fic is widely considered to have really hit its stride starting at around Chapter 5. If you still don’t like it after Chapter 10, give up.

So, what’s different about Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality? Harry sees Draco Malfoy as a person and not an enemy. he also sees Ron as dull and uninteresting and so, they don’t become friends. Harry calls Snape out on his bull during potions class. (And that’s just the beginning of the story!)

This is one of the most popular fan fiction stories about Harry Potter out there and I highly suggest that you read this story immediately.

Plus, rational Harry is so much better that Rowling Harry.

The Story:
The Website:

Harry Potter: Destiny Unfulfilled Review

anti-Harry Potter stamp

anti-Harry Potter stamp (Photo credit: claireviolet82)

OK, so I have taken to reading this analysis and I must admit that the person had the right idea when they wrote it, as Harry Potter did NOT live up to his potential, both as a hero and as a book series.

The essay analyzes all the Harry Potter books and talks about what’s wrong with them, and what should be changed to make the books better. Believe you me, a rewrite of the Harry Potter books is badly needed.

Before I reveal too much, here’s what I have to say about the book:

And so, we have reached the end of this essay. Hopefully, I’ll be using it when I’m writing my alternative Harry Potter fan fiction, aptly called “Harry Potter Redux”.

I’m actually glad that I took the time to actually read the essay, since my decision to stop being a Harry Potter fan was rather abrupt and too soon for my liking. I had to really sit down and wonder how and why I ever began reading the Harry Potter books in the first place. It wasn’t that the series was cliched and repetitive, but it felt poorly written and too rushed for my liking. As a person who reads mainly fantasy, the Harry Potter books was a step backward for me in those terms.

I really hope that the series can be rewritten and made better. I want to see Harry as a real hero (not just the title), Dumbledore as a mentor, and a real villain because Voldemort just doesn’t cover it. *SIGH*

Well, the books could have been worse.

And here’s my (official) review:

What a great and wonderful essay about the Harry Potter books. I’m glad that I have read it and learned about where Harry Potter succeeded and failed. I hope to take what I have learned from the book and apply it to my alternative Harry Potter fan fiction, aptly called “Harry Potter Redux”. I really hope that one day, the series can be rewritten and made better. I want to see Harry as a real hero (not just the title), Dumbledore as a mentor, and a real villain because Voldemort just doesn’t cover it.

So there you have it. I think everyone who is a Harry Potter fan or loves fantasy or is studying English in college reads this book so that they can learn about how the Harry Potter phenomenon crashed and burned to the ground.

Barry Trotter (another Harry Potter parody)

Just who is Barry Trotter, anyway?

Barry Trotter is a Harry Potter parody written by satirist Michael Gerber. In fact, he has written three Harry Potter parodies. They are as follows: Barry Trotter and The Shameless Parody, Barry Trotter and the Unnecessary Sequel, and Barry Trotter and the Dead Horse.

The Barry Trotter series not only pokes fun at Harry Potter, but it also pokes fun at so many other things as well. I suggest that you read these books ONLY if you love parodies. Plus, you can read some of Mr. Gerber’s other parodies, which are just as silly as the Barry Trotter books.


And of course you can buy the Barry Trotter books from

The Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

The Books of MagicThe Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Long before we had the dreaded “Harry Potter“, there was one boy who was destined to become the greatest magician who ever existed on the face of the earth…

This is the story about a young boy named Tim Hunter, and he is taken by the “Trenchcoat Brigade” (a.k.a. John Constanine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult and Mister E) and they take him through history and different realms in an attempt to educate him about the magical world and his place in it. He meets many magicians and makes a choice that will change his life forever!

Years after I read The Books of Faerie, I put aside the story until I began hearing about how JKR must have ripped off Neil Gaiman’s Books of Magic. After I stopped reading Harry Potter, I began to wonder if I should read Tim Hunter’s story.

And I did…after 6 years of putting it off.

I must say that this story was excellent; not because it was done by Neil Gaiman, but because it turned out to be a fantastic story that unites everything that I love about sci-fi and fantasy. I really wish that I could read the whole series and discover more of Tim’s world.

And as an afterthought, this should have been the biggest movie of all time, and not Harry Potter.

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