Tom Sawyer no Bouken / トム・ソーヤーの冒険
AKA: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
WinkySoft / SETA 1989
Tom Sawyer no Bouken is a side-scrolling adaptation of an anime series which is itself adapted from the classic American novel by Mark Twain. You'll take control of the narcoleptic youngster Tom (or Huck Finn, in a two-player alternating game), and fight your way across six dream worlds. The first stage is a lengthy and rather slow paced auto-scroller which is in no way indicative of how the rest of the game operates. This stage plays much like a vertical shoot 'em up, where you'll control Tom on top of a raft. While the movement is stiff and clunky, there's a nifty feature where you can actually leap up into the air to dodge obstacles, while your raft drifts safely underneath. The remaining five levels all play in the traditional platforming format. Your hero is armed with an infinite supply of rocks to throw in a small arc at enemies, though from item drops you can also switch to a slingshot for projectiles that travel forwards. All it takes is one measly hit from an enemy to perish, which'll quickly turn the game into a memorization-fest. The most annoying enemies to deal with are small ones who tend to easily dodge the arc of your stones. Stages do grow increasingly dynamic, and most even feature a mini-boss encounter or two. The stage bosses are among the standout moments from the game, memorable thanks to their giant sprites and often ridiculous nature. The fourth boss, which is fought while flying on a cloud, might even be a take on the "battleship" boss trope popularized by R-Type. While many of the stage design choices grew on me, it's definitely not without its flaws. Perhaps taking a cue from its book of origin, Tom Sawyer no Bouken feels antiquated. Its graphical quality and refinement is, for the most part, nowhere near up to the standard of a 1989 release, and would have felt more at-home in the first few years of the Famicom's release. But that's part of its appeal - there's an old-timey charm to it, combined with a few genuinely clever and even impressive elements. Heavily flawed, but with enough cool elements to justify a play.
Holiday Gifts for Other People to Buy My Friends (Because I’m Too Broke to Buy Them Myself) Part 3: The #MarkTwain Collection for @touchyfealy. They say that if you teach a vegetarian to fish he’ll become a pescatarian. If you teach Aidan Fealy to read Mark Twain you’ll teach him to never say no to an adventure (like, by the unique circumstances of living in a van, having the opportunity to say you briefly lived in the hometown of the namesake of America’s highest award for comedy). Also #HuckFinn is pretty great and I’m pretty sure they only let you read about Paul Bunyan in #Minnesota so he’s probably never read it. As always, politely discuss amongst yourselves about who will buy it and who will buy him the customary #Christmas axe this year.
#MichaelWinter 's #TheBigWhy takes the tradition of the #historicalnovel and twists it into the cool, sinuous, entertaining shape we’ve all been waiting for. His characters are real and from the past, but the lives they live feel contemporary and emotionally modern.
Winter’s version of the American artist #RockwellKent is an over aged, erotically fleckless #HuckFinn ready to leave the superficial art world of New York and light out for the territory. Only he heads the wrong way: north and east to Brigus, Newfoundland, before and at the beginning of World War One. A socialist and a philanderer, certain in the greatness of his work, he is drawn north by a fascination for the rocky Atlantic coast and by the example of Brigus's other well-known resident, fabled Arctic explorer Robert Bartlett. But once in Newfoundland, Kent discovers that notoriety is even easier to achieve in a small town than in New York. As events come to a head both internationally and domestically and the war begins, Kent becomes a polarizing figure in this intimate, impoverished community, where everyone knows everyone and any outsider is suspect, possibly even a German spy.
Writing in Kent's voice, Michael Winter delivers a passionate, witty, and cerebral exploration of what makes exceptional individuals who they are—and why.
" [I] got to thinking over our trip down the river; and I see Jim before me, all the time, in the day, and in the night-time, sometimes moonlight, sometimes storms, and we a-floating along, talking, and singing, and laughing. But somehow I couldn't seem to strike no places to harden me against him, but only the other kind" -Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
This book is a very good example of how racism is taught. Yes, this book is banned in a lot of places since it uses the 'N' word (because of the time it was written) but I think it's worth the read. It's a book that shows people's worth based on their actions and not their colour.
Next up is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Originally intended as a spinoff to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, it is based on the life of one of Tom’s vagabond friends. It is one of the rare cases where the spinoff is more popular than the original. This book is often known as the Great American Novel because of the insights it offers on the pitfalls and jubilancies of American Society. Chapters from this book used to feature in the American Education System until it was removed over concerns that it used the word “nigger” too often, which was a common enough term in the time the book is set in. Astute observations from the eyes of a young boy brought up on the outskirts of society forms the premise and is what makes it so hard hitting. It isn’t a very educated person arriving at conclusions about society, it’s a young boy. “Just because you are taught something is right and others believe it is right, doesn’t actually make it right.” - Huck Finn. #marktwain#marktwainquote#tomsawyer#huckfinn#greatauthors#classicbooks#novel#literature#literaturequotes#allamerican#bookstagram
Let’s go to the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut! The house was built in 1874 in the style of Victorian Gothic Revival, including the typical steeply-pitched roof and an asymmetrical bay window layout. Legend says it was designed to look like a riverboat (I can see it!). The top floor was the billiard room and his private study where he would write late at night; the room was strictly off limits to all but the cleaning staff. It was also used for entertaining male guests with cigars and liquor. Twain had said, "There ought to be a room in this house to swear in. It's dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that." He worked on many of his most notable books in this home, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. After those successes, he was inspired to renovate the house and had Louis Comfort Tiffany supervise the interior decoration in 1881. He was also fascinated with new technologies, leading to the installation of an early telephone. The family sold the home and moved to Europe in 1891 after making too many bad investments (I guess Euope was way cheaper at the time!). The house was ultimately saved by Katharine Seymour Day (grand-niece of author Harriet Beecher Stowe) after she founded the Friends of Hartford organization, which raised the necessary funds to secure a mortgage on the home. It was carefully restored between 1955 and 1974 (and underwent another renovation in 1999). It opened as a museum in 2003. Go to MarkTwainHouse.org for more info!
First up on Mark Twain’s must reads is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. This book offers an inside and authentic view of life in small town USA in the late 1800s. A lot of the characters and situations have been taken from Mark Twain’s own childhood in Missouri. The speciality of this book is that even though it talks about boyish dreams and ambitions, it takes a smooth turn when you least expect it and the entire tone of the story changes. The character of Tom Sawyer will exasperate you in parts and endear himself to you in others. That is where the genius of the author lies. Give it a shot if you like adventure and a “what’s next” feel. (Note : A certain section of the book might uncannily resemble a recent incident which might make you wonder “Does the world change at all?” ). #classicbooks#novel#literature#allamerican#marktwain#mississippi#missouri#tomsawyer#huckfinn
Mr. Huck had a behaviorist stop by on Saturday and she also gave him a great review! He is extreamly trainable but also still very much a puppy, so patience is key! This guy is only 9 months old if you can believe it! He still has so much potential!
We will be starting to work a bowl into his training.
Day 5 of our training sessions!
Day 1 training with a Bowl!
👏👏 let's cheer him on!
This week will be dedicated to the legendary #MarkTwain . Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens, he had multiple pen names including a “Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass”, thereby proving his sharp wit and quick sense of humour. Mark Twain is best known for his all American novels where he paints an accurate representation of life in pre-Civil War USA. Astute observations about the society and lacing these observations with a high dose of wit was his speciality. In the week after his 183rd birth anniversary, Lady Bookworm celebrates Mark or “an unaccountable freak”-as he described himself. #marktwain#tomsawyer#huckfinn#mississippi#missouri#classicbooks#novel#literature#bookstagram#book#bookclub#americanculture