Hunger Games (Really Awesome Book)

The hunger games is a really cool book full of suspense and action. From what I have read that in a Country there rules a Capitol which is basically like a government. The story starts with Katniss in her district which is basically like a city there were 13 districts until the 13th district got blown up. So it talks about the small yet very important things that Katniss does in her district. How she helps her family by gathering food for everybody and helping her friend whose name is Gale.

Then as normal as it is, the hunger games that happen every couple of years start, and very unfortunately Katniss’s sister was chosen. Primrose Everdeen long for Prim. Now the hunger games are the most ruthless games designed by the Capitol to show the entire country who is boss and it is about how 24 participants a boy and a girl from every district are gathered together to fight each other all out in a completely random terrain with many engineered features such as genetically designed wasps and deadly waves of flames. Now the other main reason for the hunger games is entertainment. People want to see something like this and when this doesn’t happen the Game makers are forced to use techniques to round up the children and fight it all out.

The person who wins will get food and water and shelter for his whole life. He/She will never run out of food and forever will be in a life of luxury and joy. Although when Prims’s name gets picked Katniss as her older sister refuses to let her join and wants to save her from the horror of the games so she has to volunteer instead of her sister so she can save her. With her is chosen a boy who is also a very important in Katniss’s life which I will not spoil.

Although the outcome of the games I will not spoil as you must read that for yourself it is one of the most gripping and mesmerizing books that I have ever read and it is really a book that you cannot put down it is as addicting as heroin and cocaine and you really want to know what happens. Suzanne Collins (The Author) tells the story in such a great fashion that it really feels like you are out there with Katniss surviving the cold wilderness.

My favorite quotation from the book was

“I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.”

This is the last thing said in the book and it is probably the most gripping part. The story ends in such a cliffhanger that you must need the other book and I assure that after you finish the first book you will crave to read the second and will devour it very quickly. The end of the book is very memorable but it is very clear that there will be another book as a lot of things are set on the move and many events and circumstances are yet to come.

I will leave you with no more but by saying that this book is one of the most fascinating book that I have ever read and with all my heart I recommend you the reader to read this enthralling book.

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2010: Odyssey Two

2010: Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke is a science fiction book and the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The book was published in 1968 so as it is set in 2010 the author had a different idea about the future.

In the book humanity is rapidly expanding to the stars with several country’s having research outposts on the moon. In the first book (2001: A Space Odyssey) a mysterious black monolith is discovered on the moon. It emits some sort of pulse which is sent to a moon on Jupiter. A research ship floating through the galaxy has the job to investigate. However the onboard computer named HAL 9000 tries to kill the crew as it believes humans have made a mistake. The one surviving astronaut unplugs the computer and goes to the specific moon of Jupiter. He goes down to the surface and examines the second monolith, exactly the same as the first on. The monolith is however an alien “Star Gate” and he is pulled into it. His last transmission back to earth is “My God, Its full of stars.” Nobody has any idea what this meant.

In 2010: Odyssey Two a second ship is launched by a joint project between the Russians and the USA. to find the remains of The Discovery and find out what went wrong, and if possible examine the monolith and find out what the astronauts last transmission was about.

The main character of the book is Heywood Floyd sent along on the Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov along with two other Americans and five Russians. The only reason why the Russians allowed the Americans onboard is because they needed someone to set the discovery on a return course to Earth and the Russians have no idea how American spacecrafts work and vice versa.

( I have not yet finished the book so this is not complete )

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The Recruit

last mouth I finished the book “The Recruit” by Robert Muchamore(the first of the CHERUB series). this has been my 12th book this school year and have loved every moment of it.

The book begins with 12 year old James Choke getting sent to a children’s care home called Nebraska house, after his mother dies from a alcohol related incident, where he shares a room with best friend Kyle Blueman, a CHERUB agent who recruits him. Meanwhile James’ sister Lauren is taken to live with her father Ron Onions a scumbag of a step dad. James gets arrested for trying to steal a beer. Next morning James awakes to find himself on the CHERUB campus where the chairman, Dr Terrence McAfferty – often called ‘Mac’, introduces him to CHERUB and puts him through a series of entrance tests which he passes. James is admitted into CHERUB. In order to start going on missions all agents must complete Basic Training. During this James meets Kerry Chang, with whom he has a strong friendship.

And the rest of the book you can find out for yourself.

For who that have not read this book I recommend it a full 100%. However, the start of the book is a bit weird. But, it gets better when he joins CHERUB. I think that this book is good for a 9 year and up.

 

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Children Of The Lamp-Blue Djinn Of Babylon (Do read my first post then you might understand more)

This book is the second book in the series and it is also one of the most intriguing and gripping books that I have ever read. It is mainly about John and how he needs to rescue Philipa from the most powerful djinn in history.

The Blue Djinn of babylon is one of the most powerful djinn. She is the one who decides who is right and who is wrong. Since there are 8 good tribes of Djinn and 8 Evil tribes of Djinn she is the one who uses logic and decides. Although

becoming a blue djinn means to give up all emotions and to have a rock-hard brain which is powered with logic. She must be very unbiased towards both the tribes as in the world there has to have good luck and bad luck. Now Ayesha is the blue djinn but she is getting old and she appointed somebody else somebody very ideal for the job although the person she appointed although disappeared very mysteriously(which you can find out in the third book). So Ayesha wants to appoint Philipa’s mother to the job although Layla Gaunt disagrees. This puts Ayesha on a very difficult position so she Kidnaps her daughter and makes her forcefully become the blue Djinn of Babylon

So John has to go to bagdad where the palace is and rescue before its too late. As the blue djinn only has 30 days before she will give in al her emotions.

I think this book really portrays the relationship about brother and sister and how anybody will go to the end of the world to save their own sibling.I also think that readers who like fantasy and adventure stories will love this book as like the first book it has double the adventure and triple the action.

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Eon

Eon is a fantasy thriller by Alison Goodman that won the 2008 Aurealis Award for best fantasy novel. If you want a fast-paced and totally imaginary book to read, then Eon is for you. This book is based on complete fantasy but has a bit of folklore in it including dragons.

Eon is an apprentice to the Tiger Dragoneye, one of the people in the kingdom who is bound to one of the 12 energy dragons, each one named with one of the animals in the Zodiac. Eon wants his master to be wealthy and wants to escape from his world of poverty so he trains hard for four years in hope of becoming the Rat Dragoneye’s apprentice. The only two problem are… Eon is a cripple with a bad leg and he is also a girl named Eona pretending to be a boy. The strict rule in that land is that, no matter how crippled you are as a boy, that would still be better than an athletic girl. It was believed in that kingdom that girls are too weak to be a Dragoneye.

In most obvious books, luck is always on the main character’s side and they usually become what they intended to become. In this case, Eona should be the new Rat Dragoneye apprentice. Sadly, that is not the case. During the auditions, the cruel and abusive Rat Dragoneye named Lord Ido instantly has a dislike for Eona. Not only that, but Ranne, the swordsmaster who was to spar with Eona, is a minion of Ido and instead of doing the rehearsed moves that were designated for the audition, Ranne fights all-out. Eona is knocked out because of her crippled leg. During the choosing, Dillon, another apprentice, is chosen to be the new Rat Dragoneye apprentice. Just when all is lost, one of the mirrors in the stadium shatters, releasing the Mirror Dragon, who chooses Eona as the new Mirror Dragoneye.

Eona wakes up in a royal bed inside the palace. For a second, she thinks that she has been discovered as a girl and is taken into custody. Then she remembers that she is the apprentice of the Mirror Dragon (The Dragon Dragon), who hasn’t appeared for over 50 decades. Now, hiding her gender amidst professionals has never been harder. Can Eona camouflage among the other noblemen and be a Dragoneye without spilling her secret? Or will she end up dying in the court palace assassinated or even worse, to be revealed of her true identity and being tortured to death? All questions will be answered in Eon: Dragoneye Reborn.

I would recommend this book to anyone older than 10 as it is a bit violent at times. If you enjoy pretending to be someone then this is the perfect book for you. There are many good descriptions in Eon but my favorite is the first description of the dragons.

Two pale blue membranes extended out from each shoulder and rippled in the sunlight like watered silk, then folded back against his body. The heavy head swung around to face us again, the mirror showing the solid line of his spine and the thick fall of his white mane. Although his eyes were no longer reflected, I knew he was studying us, choosing his apprentice.

We all know Eona is not going to be chosen but the description is very vivid and unique. This is one of the few books worthy of being called a good fantasy. I would call this book a hybrid because it contains elements of history and folklore embedded within the fantasy. Eon is truly a worthy book to read.

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PR on “The Road Not Taken”

All the great philosophers and poem analysts take one look at this poem and go, “Ah, this poem is a metaphor on the choices in life.” This, however, is not true. Poems do not have an exact meaning; the amount is infinite. As Mr. MacKnight said, the real secret behind a poem is to know that there is no real meaning behind a poem.

“The Road Not Taken” is a very famous poem by Robert Frost. The poem talks about the narrator in a “difficult” situation where he must choose which road to go on, metaphorically speaking or actually physically we don’t know. One road is more “trodden” on, the other less walked on or not at all. After heroically glancing at both roads, the narrator chooses the one that seemingly has no footprints on it and therefore no one has taken it. In this narrative poem, the poet casts himself in an abstract light, for he was imagining that his “heroic” presence later leads to his later successful life. However, it is just pure chance or luck that dumps him into the life he leads now. I find this way of comforting oneself or pure denial of truth funny because it is just what one of us might do if we had made fools of ourselves or just wanted to be cooler than we are.

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

The last sentence of the poem I find counters the first sentence of the 3rd stanza. If you ever need to ask a question to Mr. Frost if he were alive today, here is a perfect one. “Sir, how did you travel the road less traveled by if both looked the same?” I don’t really know what he’d say to that, then again he might say that one looked cleaner or something.

One other meaning that this poem represents is the road through life. Sometimes we humans have choices to make that might take us along one path, another might take us along a highway, and another might be a dead end or a cliff. Whichever one you take will affect the rest of your life. I think that this is a perfect metaphor to describe our lives.

In short, I feel that the poem tells a huge story in just 20 lines or 4 stanzas of words. All the words are pretty easy to understand and still, you get a meaning that means more than what you read.

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Children Of the Lamp—The Akhenaten Adventure

John and Philippa are twelve year old twins, with a remarkably beautiful mother, and a very rich, not very handsome, but very kind father, who live a life of luxury in New York. One day, their wisdom teeth appear simultaneously. Then they both have the same dream in which their uncle, Nimrod tells them to come to London. He tells them that they are Djinn (genies). They begin the adventure of a lifetime, from Cairo to London, from pink Ferrarris to Camels. With a wise uncle named Nimrod, his one-armed butler who is called Groanin, his enormously tall Egyptian servant called Creemy, and an agoraphobic ancient djinn called Mr. Rakshasas. From New York to London to Egypt, back to London and back, the twins’ adventures are filled with excitement as they undergo training in the use of their newly discovered powers, but are also fraught with danger, as they battle the evil tribes of djinn, to preserve the balance between good and evil in the world. This book is filled with action fantasy and adventure. From travelling between many of the famous cities and monuments throughout the world.

 

I personally love this book and this series. It really shows the imagination of what we can create. This book you can say is taken from arabian nights the stories about genies mages and wishes. Here is the start to a grand adventure for these 2 twins and for you if you read the book. This book and the series will take you to the reaches of the world and tell you about many historical facts that you did not know about.

As far as I can say this book is mainly directed toward little kids maybe 1 or 2 years younger than us as it uses easy language although the story does get more complicated as you read through the series.

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‘The road not taken’ by Robert Frost

We read the poem ‘The road not taken‘. I heard this poem before because my mother likes this poem. I read this poem at Korean, but I felt the atmosphere of the poem is slight different when I read English poem.

 

I thought the diverged road of the poem is a metaphor of the choice of the life, going a road that have taken by many people, or go to a new road. We can’t say one road is correct, because on the road that had been taken for many people, we can get advices about the choice. However, we can’t feel the freshness on the taken road, which can feel on the road not have been taken.

I thought the metaphor of the poem was great. This poem expressed the life and the choice of life as a walking and the diverged road. I got impressed at this poem, which gives us a gentle question about life.

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The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost is a poem that seems to be about a traveler walking down a road and he comes to a junction. Both paths seem to be exactly the same. So at random he picks a path and continues on his journey.

Then the final part of the poem seems to be him recounting the story to someone else, years later. At the end the speaker says “I took the one less traveled by” however closer to the begging of the poem he says “Had Worn the really about the same”. So it seems to me as though the person recounting this story has lied to make himself look better. This is especially viable if the story is a metaphor.

For example if at present he was a successful businessman and a flip of a coin had got him there he might exaggerate and change the story to make it seem as if he chose the better option. The road less traveled.

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Sea Fever by John Masefield

I have chosen the poem is Sea Fever by John Masefield (1878-1967). When I first read it I didn’t get it at first. But as we read it over, over and over again I started to get the message in the poem.

” I must down to the sae again” this indicates that he misses the sea and he wants to, he must go down to the sea again. “ I must down to the sae again, to the vagrant gypsy life” this mean that he misses the sea because the constant moving from place to place and try different foods and see different cultures.

But my favourite thing about the poem is that the poet that wrote this poem mean it by making the different stanzas start it with the same phrase.

I enjoyed this poem and many others in year 9 English class.

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Up-hill

We read the poem ‘Up-hill’ by Christina Rossetti in english class. It is written as two people are talking about a journey up hill. One person is asking, the other gives the answers, because he knows about this road.

It could be also a metaphorical Journey, from birth to death, from sin to salvation, from ignorance to wisdom. The hill is his life, and he has to work to get to the top. The inn could symbolise heaven and the inn keeper might be god in the christian religion.

You can look at this poem in many way and change the meaning into the religion you believe in (the inn could be heaven, but it also could symbolise the nirvana). But it let’s you think about the facts that are the same. In every religion there is a hard way from ignorance to wisdom, from sin to salvation. You have to work to become wise, or to get into heaven and the work could be symbolise by the way up-hill.

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The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost

This is a poem about a person choosing a way to go in the middle of two diverged roads which can be thought as making an important choice in their life. He went to the road which not many people went.

In the English class, we came up with a conclusion that the person is telling someone about his story. But I’m not sure if he is telling people to encourage people to go to the road not taken by many people, or telling people not to.

I think he is lying about his story. Because he says:

“Had Worn them really about the same”

Saying the way he went is better when they are the same make us think that he is lying to make his story sound better.

This poem makes us think about the way we tell people about ourselves. Make us think, ‘Aren’t we the same as him lying to make our story sound better?’ or ‘Is it right to lie about our stories to be proud?’

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The Road Not Taken

“The Road Not Taken” is a poem written by Robert Frost. It tells a story of a person’s past when the person had to make a really important choice. This poem makes us think a lot.

Firstly, we can think about metaphors. The person was on his journey. But his journey on this poem actually is a metaphor representing life. When he says two roads diverged in a yellow wood, he’s meaning that he had to make a decision that will effect on his rest of the life. At the end, he said that he took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. He probably have lived a successful life because of that choice. The meaning the writer is trying to convey is that we should do what we believe in even though it has not been done by others a lot.

But we can also say that the speaker is lying. In the second stanza, the writer said the passing there had worn them really about the same but in the last stanza, he said I took the one less traveled by. By this two sentences, it’s clear that this man who’s telling the story is trying to lie to make himself look better. Even if he succeeded because of his pure luck, his trying to convince other people that he is a brave man who chose the road less traveled by.

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Response to The Road Not Taken

Yesterday we read “The Road Through Not Taken”  by ‘Robert Frost’ in class. I think that the poem is quite interesting to try to figure it out. Even though I have read it once already it was interesting listening to the interpretations. I like the idea of where the guy lies about his decisions to make him soud better. Although this does make the poem more confusing.

Altogether I like this poem.

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Not Waving But Drowning

‘Not Waving But Drowning’ is a poem written by Stevie Smith. The basic story of the poem is that someone is far out at sea and is calling for help to the people at the shore. However, they think he is waving to them, and not drowning. This is obviously a metaphor for something different though. I think what the message behind the story is telling you not to lie and trick people. It’s quite similar to the tale of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’, where a young boy is constantly pretending that wolves are coming to eat the sheep, and lying about it to the villagers, so that when they arrive, there are no wolves. But when a wolf finally comes, and he calls for help, nobody believes him.

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The Way through the Woods

I read a poem called ‘ The Way through the Woods” written by Rudyard Kipling and found out this is great. It’s not because I enjoyed reading it. It was rather hard to understand the meanings and what the writter wanted to talk about. However, I found out 3 things that reminded me this poem is a poem though it is written in both prose and poem.

First of all, I found there was a rhythm in it. While I was reading this poem, after several times, I noticed something unusual. It seemed like a ballad that we were doing few days ago. I clapped my hands to check whether there are rules in it and finally, I realized I was right. When you seperate the poem by 4 lines for each paragraphs, you’ll see that first and third, second and fourth sentences rhymes. Secondly, this poem have rhymes in it. For example,

“They shut the road through the woods

Seventy years ago.

Weather and rain have undone it again,

And now you would never know.”

This is at the first part of the poem and when you look at it, ‘ago’ and ‘know’ rhyme. It’s not only this sentence but also other sentences. Lastly, I found unusual word order. There’s a line “Of a summer evening late.” and the structure is not quite right. By this, you can find out this is a poem because the writter put the word ‘late’ at the end of the sentence to make it rhyme.

By this poem, I learned how to distinguish  a poem and a simple writing. I hope that we all learned a lesson here.

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A Small Dragon

A Small Dragon written by Brian Patten, is by far a confusing poem that I have read. At first when you read through the poem you will come upon words like “Roots of Stars”. Now the problem about this phrase is, it doesn’t make sense. This poem is Brian Patten imaging that there is a small dragon and he talks about it. The Problem here is it isn’t true.This entire poem is basically saying that if you have imagination you will come and see, but if you lack imagination then you will not come. This poem is like the joke Mr. Macknight told us during class:

“How many Elephants Fit in a elevator?” Answer 27

Now like the joke this poem doesn’t make sense and it confuses the reader but in some twisted way I like it. The problem that has been troubling me is, that it can be written as a prose. A prose is like an essay. It has sentences and Paragraphs instead of Lines and Stanza like a poem does. When this poem ‘A small dragon’ is written like a prose it looks like it was taken out of a fantasy book. While when in poem form it makes you think whether which is which.

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Personal Response to UP-Hill

Up hill personally is a very unique story as there has never been a poem in my life written in a form of question and answer. So that is one of the reasons why I think up hill is really cool its from what knowledge its never been done before.

The Huge metaphor that is up hill is also really interesting as it makes us wonder this author’s story. It also makes you think about it. The Story about up-hill was somebody asking questions to his partner friend what ever you want to call him about if there is anything up hill and he said it will take some nights. So the person who is asking the questions asks him whether there is a resting place or not and mainly the story talks about the resting place.

Normally the resting metaphorically speaking is that the motel or hotel or resting place what ever you want to call it as. Is considered as heaven basically and the place he is at right now where he is down -hill is most probably earth. So he must make his way UP-hill and to the resting place if he wants to get to heaven.

Now then this poem can also be translated from the three examples that Mr. Macknight talked about in class. The first example was life to death. From the day you  were born to the day you die as being up-hill. Then it talked about sin to salvation. Which basically means that from the day your were born you were considered as sin and then soon as you went UP-hill you reach salvation. Which pretty much means to get rid of your sins and make and do good in life. Last but not least was Ignorance to wisdom. So this means that when you were born you were a baby then you got older and as more older you got the more wisdom you were considered to have so maybe by this anonymous man going up hill could be because he was foolish and he was trying to attain salvation or wisdom.

So thats a summary of what kind of journey this man was trying to make. From Life to death, from sin to salvation and from ignorance to wisdom. So these three reasons are the main ones which the man is trying to make and because of this deep philosophical value that this poem has is the reason why I like it so much and is probably one of my favorite poems.

 

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Up-hill

I decided to write about the poem ‘up-hill’ by Christina Rossetti. The poem is about someone going all the way up the hill and it is exhausting. At the very top there is located an inn. And the point is that he will find comfort after the tiring journey. Metaphorically, this poem is about the journey of life. The bottom of the hill represents the point when he starts life. As he hikes up the hill, it will be very exhausting as is life. Comfort of the long-lasting journey is what the Christians would call ‘Heaven’. Heaven satisfies them because he is happy that god takes care of him after his full life.
I have never seen this type of writing where someone is asking questions and he is being answered. It is interesting how questions tell a story. The question basically gives detail to the answer in order for us to understand. I like this style of writing and I wouldn’t mind reading more poems written in this style and about the journey of life.
This poem is very useful in order to understand other poems that talk about the journey of life.

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David Copperfield

(Mid-book entry.)

Inspired by Eric Wu and provoked by the recent drama based on Charles Dickens’ fat novel, David Copperfield, I decided to re-read it for the first time in many years. I was struck by how much the England of David Copperfield resembles the China of today. Here, for example, Copperfield’s aunt comes to London from her home in the country and eats very little. Why? She doesn’t trust the food.

Supper was comfortably served and hot, . . . and consisted of a roast fowl, a steak, and some vegetables, to all of which I did ample justice, and which were all excellent. But my aunt had her own ideas concerning London provision, and ate but little.

‘I suppose this unfortunate fowl was born and brought up in a cellar,’ said my aunt, ‘and never took the air except on a hackney coach-stand. I hope the steak may be beef, but I don’t believe it. Nothing’s genuine in the place, in my opinion, but the dirt.’

‘Don’t you think the fowl may have come out of the country, aunt?’ I hinted.

‘Certainly not,’ returned my aunt. ‘It would be no pleasure to a London tradesman to sell anything which was what he pretended it was.’

—from Chapter 23

Miss Trotwood’s suspicion that the food is adulterated, or fake, or otherwise unhealthy, certainly resembles fears about food purity and quality in China today, but there are other similarities as well. In Dickens’ novel we see a huge gap between rich and poor, and we see furthermore that the rich have a very interesting relationship with the poor. The two groups meet and speak with each other frequently, so that the rich on one hand feel completely superior to the poor, but on the other hand are familiar with them, understand their dialects, and interact with them on a daily basis. The poor are tradesmen and their employees, but also domestic servants, actually living in the homes of the rich and intimately familiar with their lives. These servants are sometimes mistrusted by the rich, who suspect them of stealing and cheating them, but at other times are loved almost like members of the family. These relationships reminded me, too, of the relations between rich whites and their African-American servants in the American South after the Civil War.

 

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