The 9th Soul

Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Posted in entertainment, politics by Fated Blue on January 19, 2014

I’ve read about this book in this forum and the plot piqued my interest. I”m not an avid fan of Neil Gaiman but I have known the author due to his mainstream popularity. I actually bought this book out of the mere thought that I was destined to have this book. Don’t start with the “LOL you’re crazy” statement with me yet. I actually saw this book amongst a pile of unwanted books. It wasn’t on sale or anything but it was unbelievably priced low. It was the only book left as I skimmed through the whole bookstore and since I’ve read good reviews about this I figured it was destiny that brought me and this book together.

Anyway, as for the review, I won’t give out spoilers from the book. If anything, I’ll merely put in a good quote or two so don’t worry about it. But if you’re looking to see whether you have to buy this book or not then I’m telling you to go do it. It’s a must read for voracious readers.

The plot is quite simple: It’s simply about a war that is soon to breakout between the old and forgotten gods vs the gods America has made. The old gods are those whom the settlers brought with them and the new gods are those America has created such as the god of the internet or the god of media. A war is set to break and only one side will prevail. The main protagonist, Shadow, is stuck in the middle and he doesn’t even know why he’s chosen by the old gods or why the new gods want him on their side instead.

But that’s where the simplicity ends and Neil’s magic begins. To tell the truth, the story goes on like that for the most part. I’m not diving in deeper but I assure you that Neil is a very good writer even if it looks like he’s suddenly taken a detour away from the plot. Trust me when I tell you that everything makes sense in the end. And by the “END” I mean like the very last few chapters. You’re literally filled with questions and you end up thinking you’ll find out in the next page or the page after that and soon you end up finishing a chapter and eager to start with the new. It’s very intriguing in a very interesting sort of way. You don’t end up lacking in facts but at the same time the book doesn’t tell you everything. You want to think for yourself and even do your own research on some characters or why this god behaves this way and such. It keeps you motivated to read the book and curiosity in books is what keeps the story alive.


Minor Back Injury Workout

Posted in health defects, internet news, life by Fated Blue on January 12, 2014

Yesterday, I was doing my 100 kettlebell front squat training weighted at 48 kg. On my 7th cycle, though, I felt a very strong pain on my lower back. I’m guessing it was from the rough double swing I did since I was heaving my breath already halfway through. Needless to say, I had to stop, rest, and assess. I ended up feeling the pain when I bend down but not when I walk or run up the stairs. I had something similar to this before but it was from my arrogance of double swinging 2 x 32 kg kettlebells, jumping from 2 x 16 kg. That was a very bad muscle injury and my movements were very, very limited. The one I have now is also a muscle injury but thankfully it’s not so bad. I guess my back got stronger since then (about 9 months ago) and I didn’t overdo myself this time; I simply messed up the form on the catch when I “cleaned” it.


Happy New Year Exercise: Kettlebells and Running

Posted in health, life by Fated Blue on January 1, 2014

This isn’t me but I sure wish I can run with my kettlebells like that. And that body is my goal! (or something near that)

It’s been 3 consecutive years since I last saw the new year arrive. I used to stay up all the way until I can no longer find the strength to open my eyes. Now, for the past 3 years, I’ve always preferred to greet it with the sun shining down on my face. I often sleep like 2 hours before midnight amidst the sonorous explosions and roaring fireworks displays. But I’ve learned to sleep through such noise levels (I’m a very, very good sleeper LOL).

I’ve always trained with kettlebells often in the morning and I rarely run since I found running a bit out of my preference this past year. But today was my New Year exercise and I always end it with running. It’s my thing: I believe I was born to run and I only learned how to lift stuff. I was always running before I discovered kettlebell training and today I chose to go back to my roots.