Aoléon The Martian Girl: Luminess of Mars

Aoleon The Martian Girl PART 2At the end of book one of  Aoléon The Martian GirlAoléon had brought Gilbert to Mars and was showing him what Martians do for fun. Gilbert was just getting use to his new space suit and the lighter gravitational pull on Mars when they receive a mission. They are given the task to investigate the Luminon of Mars who is suspected of planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. This is all in addition to attending Martian school and Gilbert having to learn about Martian culture.

I loved how in Aoléon The Martian Girl: Luminess of MarsBrent LeVasseur starts to show the difference between Martian culture and Earth culture. I was surprised that a quote from Ayn Rand is used to describe the differences between Martians and Earthlings. Aoléon points out how Martians share thoughts and memories telepathically while people on Earth are more individualistic. She continues to say that this is why beings from other planets fear Earth. I loved this idea and it showed me that despite this book being meant for a middle school audience, adults can get something out of it as well. Another part I enjoyed was hearing what goes on in a Martian school, I’ll tell you that it’s a little different than earth school.

Much like the first book in the series, this book is filled with action, comedy and some great computer art. I think the art in book 2 is better than the art in book 1, because in this book there are more pictures of Martian cities. The detail that goes into showing the physical differences between each martian is unbelievable and I can only imagine how much work goes into each picture. That’s not all though, the buildings that are in some of the art looks like something that you would want to see in a gallery of Science Fiction art. On the cover you get a small sample of what a Martian city looks like, but in the book there are more detailed pictures that are out of this world, literally.

Aoléon The Martian Girl: Luminess of Mars is a book that works on several different levels. It’s a kid’s book that adults will love and includes great art and characters that will make you want to read the next book in the series. Not only has Brent LeVasseur given some breathtaking art in this book, he has also created a Martian mythology that Science Fiction fans will love. I can hardly wait to see where this book series will go next. This is a great book that will get kids to see what new worlds can be explored by reading Science Fiction.

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Quiet Riot: Well Now Your Here, There’s No Way Back

0_0_3415208_00_320wIt all started in the late 70’s. Quiet Riot started their rise to fame and made glam metal popular. They peaked in 1983 with the release of Metal Health, the first heavy metal album that topped the billboard charts. The album spawned two metal anthems in Cum On Feel The Noise and Bang Your Head. From there it was a long and winding road filled with ups and downs and lots of line up changes.

Quiet Riot: Well Now Your Here, There’s No Way Back is the story of The rise, fall and the rebirth of Quiet Riot. In 2007 their lead singer Kevin DuBrow passed away ending the career of the metal band that started the hair band movement of the eighties. In 2010, at a cross roads in his life, Quiet Riot’s drummer Frankie Banali restarted the band. This documentary chronicles Frankie Banali’s efforts to go forward with his career and life.

I’m a huge fan of hard rock and heavy metal from the seventies and eighties but I was never a big fan of Quiet Riot. I love documentaries though and I decided to give this one a shot. Well Now Your Here, There’s No Way Back is one of the best music documentaries that I’ve seen. While watching this movie I found myself wanting to laugh, cry and cheer.

I laughed when I saw the band members try to remember all the people who have been in the band over the years and their efforts to find a new singer. I felt like crying when I heard the story of Kevin’s death and seeing Frankie deal with it along with the death of his mother and wife. I also wanted to cheer when I saw Quiet Riot putting together a great show in front of a big crowd after all the problems they had. This movie will give you a new appreciation for Quiet Riot and show you how hard a rock band works to stay alive when it seems like the world is against them.

Even if I wasn’t a fan of 80’s music, I would have loved this documentary. The director Regina Russell did an excellent job of showing Frankie Banali’s efforts to keep his dreams alive and how hard it can be. You see his ups and downs and by the end of the movie you feel like you know him. This is a movie that you don’t want to miss and I hope it has some great extras when it comes out on dvd.