Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay…The Ending We Deserve?

Hunger Games 3: MockingjaySo, finally I’m done with the last book of the Hunger Games trilogy. I’ve read all Hunger Games books within the past 12 days and I really liked them, I did.

But unfortunately, I don’t agree with a lot of critics about the sequels getting better and better. I think the first book was by far the most surprising and best.

It’s not in general that the sequels are not good, they truly are. The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire was still quite interesting with the Hunger Games still being played and all the twist and it has a somewhat rise and fall feel to it. But Hunger Games 3: Mockingjay didn’t really catch me at all. I mean there were a lot, and I mean a lot, of twists within Mockingjay and they were truly good. But for some reason the book never really took off.

It was always a little bit of ebb and flow, but no real flood. I could have lived with Hunger Games 3 in general if the ending wasn’t so abrupt and pointless. I’m just saying, I’ve read about 320 pages with lots of twists and turns and in definitely some interesting angles, and I expect a really EPIC FINALE. But it never comes…and suddenly I was reading the epilogue and I was done.

That was a little disappointing, but i would still recommend the Hunger Games trilogy to my friends and fans, because it has a really nice hook with the Games and all, plus I like the writing style a lot.

I would love to hear what you thought about the Hunger Games trilogy, did you read all of them already too? Which one did you like the most?

Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire…Or Boredom?

Hunger Games 2: Catching FireSo, I finished the sequel to Hunger Games, called Catching Fire. Where should I start, it’s a very good and adventurous read. It’s getting a little annoying with that whole Peeta/Gale thing, but all in all it’s very interesting especially once they find out about the Quarter Quells.

There’s always something that keeps you on a leash and makes you read on. Because once the Hunger Games are being prepared, you realize it will be completely different than the last time around. Because the take on everything is different and Haymitch, Peeta, and Katniss play other roles than in the preceding book. And not just when it comes to the Games itself, they all start to have dissimilar functions.

Of course, as in the first book, Peeta makes it happen again by dropping yet another bomb during the interviews. I think that’s almost one of the best parts of the Hunger Games so far. No, I’m just kidding, but it does bring a certain humor to the Hunger Games.

You always have to keep reading, because you just have to know what is going to happen and since Katniss doesn’t have a clue about anything, why should you know anything more? Yes, so that’s what makes the sequel yet another interesting and catching (a little bit of wordplay, HA!) read.

As of today I am already reading the final sequel Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and I will surely keep you in the loop about that one, but until then, why don’t you tell me how you perceived Catching Fire? Did you like it more or less than the first book Hunger Games? How did the sequel do in your opinion?

I Was Shocked, Were You Too?

Hunger GamesAbout year ago, when my girlfriend and I were on vacation, she read the Hunger Games trilogy and seemed pretty impressed and liked it. She made comments like “It’s quite brutal” and such. I was just catching up with the Harry Potter books and wasn’t really interested.

So, pretty much exactly one year later we go on vacation again and I don’t have any good books to read. She suggests I have a look at the Hunger Games trilogy. I wasn’t really convinced, but figured what’s too lose with taking a sneak peak. I started reading the first Hunger Games book and finished it within 3 days or something like that and was shocked. I mean I really like the whole concept behind the books and the language, the writing style, and all, but it is really brutal.

Don’t get me wrong, I watch brutal movies regularly like any other guy, and I wasn’t repelled by the book at all. But it does appear so sad how they describe the writer describes the lives of the people in the districts. With the reapings and all, it just makes it almost unbearable to think that humans could be so cruel and violent.

I have already started the second one Hunger Games: Catching Fire and it goes in the exact same direction as the first one. I like it again, of course, but I really do wonder how people can be like that. Of course, these books are all fiction, I get it, but to even make something up like that, begs the question, might we be able to be so cruel and brutal. Like animals.

Did you read the Hunger Games books? I would love to hear what you thought about them, please don’t give away anything from the other two books, as I haven’t yet read them, will let you know once I’m done with those naturally.

But please do tell, how did it make you feel?

May I Introduce: T-pop

About a week ago I promised a new era would begin today.

With so many genres to choose from, I still had to create my own:

T-pop

A pop-dance cocktail driven by guitars.

If you cannot imagine how that would sound like or are intrigued and would love to have a listen, you can do so here.

In case you already belong to the TTTribe, you should have gotten a T-pop song for free in your inbox, if not, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email alan [at] temptingtone.com.

Alright, I hope you enjoyed the news.

Alex Da Kid – Remarkable Genius

Last week I posted an article about Imagine Dragons, maybe you remember. I was telling a story about how I didn’t like them at first, but only because I wasn’t open at all to new music at the moment of listening first time around.

Well, I have followup to that blog post, because after talking to my good friend, who told me about Imagine Dragons the first time, I checked out the credits on Night Visions and was stunned. I didn’t believe it, but the songs that I liked most on that album seemed to have all been produced by one and the same person: Alex Da Kid. I’m talking about the songs Radioactive, Demons, On Top Of The World, and Bleeding Out.

I heard of Alex Da Kid aka KIDinaKORNER before, but never really bothered checking him out. So, when I realized that he was the man behind my favorite tracks on that album I had to see what else he’s been producing lately.

Amazing!! He’s produced tracks like Airplanes (Pt 1 & 2) by B.o.B, Love The Way You Lie by Eminem/Rihanna, Words I Never Said by Lupe Fiasco, I Need A Doctor by Dr. Dre, Coming Home by Diddy Dirty Money, Under The Sun by Cheryl Cole, and lots more. But those are all songs I loved and still do, songs I really cared about and to find out months or even years after they’re released that one and same person, Alex Da Kid, is behind all of it. It is astounding.

Have you ever had such a mystery solved or did you find something out like that and were just amazed? Let me know in the comments section.