canadian_kazz (canadian_kazz) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Lego Books, Qi, Unseen Academicals, Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG and an X-Men x-over

"The Art of the Brick - The Pictorial" by Nathan Sawaya

Nathan Sawaya is an artist. His medium is Lego bricks. He uses them to create many fantastic pieces of art. This book contains many photographs of Nathan's work. Some of them are on tour, some were special comissions, some are pieces he's kept in his home. If you go to see his art on display, this book makes a good souvenir.


"The Lego Ideas Book - You Can Build Anything!" by Daniel Lipkowitz

Got a whole bunch of Lego laying around the house and you don't know what to do with it? Are you or your child bored with just building houses and towers? This book, as the title says, is full of ideas of what you can build with Lego - castles, boats, robots, space ships, everything. Even I've used it. (I made a display for my mini figures.)


"Lego City: Spot the Crook - A Search and Find Book" by Ladybird Publishing

This book is a 'Where's Waldo / Wally' only with Lego characters. Fun for kids, and adults too if you are bored out of your mind.


"The Qi Book of Animal Ignorance" by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd

This book has quite interesting information about dozens of different animals. It's by the writers of Qi and the forward is by Stephen Fry. If you're the curious or slightly sciency type, it's good.


"Unseen Academicals" by Terry Pratchett

This book is about football (soccer) and how it changes Ankh Morpork. That's putting things stupidly simply. It's also about acceptance - loving your friends no matter who they are, what they look like or what they can do. It's about following your heart, even if that means going against what your family wants you to do. It's about having to adjust old traditions to suit current times.

This from Tv Tropes:

The 37th book in the Discworld series, Unseen Academicals is about football. Well, slightly about football. Mostly it's about people, but then, aren't they all?

Unseen Academicals tells the story of what happens when the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork tries to bring civilisation to the ancient and tradition-laden game. Since said traditions include a generous measure of mob violence both on and off the pitch, this proves a somewhat dicey project.

At the heart of the plot is the need for Unseen University to field a team (the eponymous Academicals), but as the story progresses this becomes almost academic.

It's not my favourite Discworld book, but I still enjoyed reading it. My favourite part was the drunk / hungover Vetinari.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Roleplaying Game Revised Corse Rulebook

This book provides the rules and means for a group of people to run their very own BtVS adventure. What I like about this book is it provides all the background needed if you love BtVS, but have never role played before, or if you love RP, but aren't very familiar with BtVS. You can use the characters from the show (which are stated out season by season) or you can make your own slayer, witch, watcher, scoobie, vampire, or whatever. I also like that they encourage you to consider AUs to make for an interesting game.

If you are a BtVS fan, a fan of RP, or both, then I recommend this book.


Ultimate X-Men Block Buster Vol 7

I don't own many comic books, however, this one I do have a copy of. I also refer to it as "the X-Men/Spider-Man/Daredevil x-over" because, guess what? It has all of those characters in it.

The plot is thus: Wolverine is back in New York after leaving the X-Men and traveling around, angsting about his past. He gets ambushed and injured badly by a bunch of former Weapon X mercinaries (led by a psycho blonde woman) with a grudge. Logan finds Peter Parker, who tries to help him figure out who these Weapon X guys are. The fight takes them to Hell's Kitchen, where Daredevil gets involved. Spidey calls the X-Men for help and they take things over from there. It ends with a debate between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the X-Men. Clearly, an anti-mutant group is the X-Men's problem to deal with, but when the military are involved, then S.H.I.E.L.D. wants to take over.

(Cameos include Nick Fury and Black Widow, who are both one-scene wonders. Nightcrawler also gets a lovely moment or two.)

I love this story and how all the characters interact. I could go on and on about everything I like in great detail, but that would really take too long. Just take it from me - this book is great.
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