Sneaky Haberdashers!

Morty’s story continues! I’m feeling spunky, so I’ll introduce another new book, too!

There are at least 100 other builds that I could work on in this crazy world of mine. I could work on the northern town square, I could work on the library, maybe I could even start a build over in the Dwarven kingdom…

Nah, instead, I work at the haberdashery. Why? Because that’s what I felt the inspiration for today! For starters, I’m not sure if Morty’s Haberdashery will stay called “Morty’s.” For starters, this shop is an ORIGINAL. It’s been around forever! If his great-grandfather began the shop, why would it be called “Morty’s?” Hmm… maybe they’re all named Morty?


So, this scene looks familiar, right? Just some of Morty’s stock and a work table for him to work on his orders, right? (Hint: The wood blocks are the work table. Use your imagination, people!) Nothing to see here folks! Or is there… If you look closely, you’ll see a button hidden on the side of the work table. What could that possibly be there for?

I made the secret room! Now, in the story, the secret button would lead to a hidden staircase or something.. However, between the size of the build and the complexity that would require in the building, I just made it a secret trap door.

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So,  Morty’s workstation/enchanting room would work nothing like the Minecraft system.  They’re just symbols for the process that Morty uses in his shop. Anyway, this room will be well hidden, but easily accessible.

Now, I’ve just come up with another idea that I’m going to think about: Would Morty have a secret exit to get out of the shop should the need arise? I feel like any self-respecting rebel would have one… or would he just hide in his shop until the danger cleared?NK050Apparently, sneaky haberdashing is quite lucrative!

The newest addition to this segment of “AJ Talks Books” is yet another fantasy book. I really need to branch off more, I know. Anyway,  it’s called Shades of Magic, written by V.E. Schwab. Now, my first thought when I heard this title was, “Oh great, a fantasy 50 Shades of Gray book…”  Don’t worry, it’s not!

Here’s the skinny of it: the setting is the big feature of this story. Kell, a magician, works for the royal family of Red London. Yes, Red London.  Located in the same geographic location as Red London is Gray London, White London, and Black London. Now, they’re not stacked on top of each other like a giant stack of British pancakes. Oh no, the “gimmick” is that there are different realms, all with the same city. Each city has it’s unique qualities that

Now, they’re not stacked on top of each other like a giant stack of British pancakes. Oh no, the “gimmick” is that there are different realms, all with the same city. Each city has it’s unique qualities that differentiate it from the others.  Now, Kell can travel throughout the different realms, but he is one of the few who can.  Most Londoners, of all realms, don’t really know the other’s exist.

Like any good book, the story revolves around the use of and gaining more power than others. I’m not going to lie, this story didn’t really pull me into it like some of the other books I’ve read recently has.  The characters didn’t really feel very well developed personally. Well, maybe that’s not accurate. The characters were developed, but I had a hard time connecting with them.  The characters only grew because of backstory, not really because of the plot.

I know, I’m not super clear.  There are two sequels to this book that I’m planning on checking out in the future, and I’m sure that I will mention the sequels when I’ve finished them.  I guess my final review of this book is I’m intrigued enough to keep reading, but not instantly in love with it like I was with some other books I read in the recent past.

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