Allegiant – March 15 DEAR post

Allegiant is the third book of the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. In this book, the main character Chris discovers a huge secret (which I won’t tell you guys just in case you want to read it) which leads her to leaving her division and discovering a whole new world. I just started the book and it is amazing. My favourite quote for now is:

“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.”

I love this sentence because the author described this like fears had power, like they were supernatural.

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Dear- Airborn

Over the past months I’ve been reading this book on and off. Few months ago I find myself wanted to read a steampunk type science fiction novel, that’s why I picked up this book. Although it has and interesting world, I couldn’t find myself being hooked to it. Not ruining any of the plot, this story is just about a guy, Matt Cruse, going on an adventure in an airship. I feel like this book purpose is mainly to set up for it’s sequel as it spend most of the time describing the setting and the system of this steam punk world, kinda like a whole introduction.

I probably won’t read the sequel of this book, but ill definatly recommend it to the rest of the class. I understand that I said I didn’t exactly enjoyed the book, but that could have been my fault. I believe that some other people in this class would find this book fascination. Another thing that makes this book a good read is the variety of vocabulary used. I have picked up plenty of new, more complex adjective and verbs that I’ll try to optimize into my writing.

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March 15th DEAR Journal – Towering

Towering by Alex Flinn is published in 2013. The story is based one of my all time favorite Disney story, ‘Tangled’. It follows the classic story line until till the end. Like every great story written in literature, the story holds a dramatic twist towards the end that had me completely blown over.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by her very own mother. To pass time, she watched snow fall and sang songs she learned from her mother. All she hoped was for someone to hear her sing and maybe even show her to the world she only knew so little about. As her blond hair grew over time, just like the classic storyline, it is indeed hair golden hair and angelic voice that captures Wyatt’s attention.

Wyatt’s best friend Tyler was hit with a tragic accident. Needing time to recover and forget about everything, he was shipped off to the Adirondacks in the middle of winter to live with the oldest women in town. Everyday Wyatt travels around the small town to take his mind off reality, little did he know that he was going to discover something that was going to change his life for the better, and forever.

I really enjoyed this book because it starts of as a classic and I thought that I already knew how the story would end but I was wrong by far. The story is amazing. Since we’re working on narrative writing at the moment, this book gives you a very creative idea as to how to create a story that would stand out to the examiner.

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DEAR: The Spook’s Apprentice

I just finished reading The Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney. It is part of a series called The Wardstone Chronicles. It is the first book in the series. Also it falls under a fantasy genre as well as adventure. I chose to read a book which is more different then what I prefer to read. In this case more witches and a lot shorter story line.

It starts off with the main character, Tom Ward, being told that he is to leave as he is now of age and he needs to start his own life. However, his parents have arranged for him to train as a Spook’s apprentice. A Spook is a person that travels around The County (the name of the place that the story takes place) to help to capture ghosts, witches, boggarts etc. It is a job that is classified as dangerous, lonely, and requires for the people to be the seventh son of the seventh son. An old concept from folklore that the seventh son of the seventh son, has the ability to use certain powers that others cannot. After their departure, it becomes evidently clear that there is more to the Spook then what is discernible from just observation. With hours of walking, little food, tests and long silent hours having passed by, the two characters arrive at the Spook’s house. With that come the hardships of learning, the invisible servant and dangerous gardens. It was all fine until Tom meets a girl with pointed shoes and all fails to mention it to the Spook. With that all mayhem break loose and Tom realizes that he has bit off more then he can chew.

The main concept reminded me of the Septimus Heap’s books however, this introduced more darker aspects and had a more serious tone. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read and is looking into the fantasy genre. Lastly, I really enjoyed the book as the pace did not slow down through the story line.

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An inspector calls- thoughts and question

During reading this play i have not many questions.This is probably mainly because we have already seen the play on video.My favorite part is how this play shows perspectives.I think there is two kinds of people in this play: the rich people who are tough and don’t want to help people (Arthur birling) and then theres the people who try to help and sympathize like the inspector.This then raises questions like “is everyone responsible for everyones actions” for example is it Arthur billing fault that she died or is it her own? These kinds of question are always coming up in this play.

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Jane Eyre – DEAR Entry

Jane Eyre, another grand creation composed by one of the renowned Brontë Sisters – Charlotte Brontë – which recounts the story of the protagonist, Jane, and her progression to adulthood. Through life ventures, she gradually develops both moral and spiritual sensitivity, which guides her to the peak of her life later on in the novel. This novel consists elements of social criticism, and further explores classism, feminism and religion.

The novel is set in northern England, during the period of time between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. It undergoes five distinctive phases: Jane’s childhood where she is both emotionally and physically abused by her relatives; her pursuit of education, where she makes acquaintances; her experience as being a governess, where she falls deeply in love with her employer, Mr. Rochester; her time spent with the Rivers family, when her cousin St. John Rivers proposes to her; and the climax which she reunites and gets married to her beloved Mr. Rochester.

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will” (page 268).

Upon unraveling the appalling truth that Mr. Rochester is bonded by marriage to another woman, Jane finds herself hard to respect him as she is agonised by his untruthfulness. This quotation conveys Jane’s self-determination and empowerment, which declares that she is an independent human being with decisions and free will. I find it admirable that as a young woman and orphan of relatively low social standing, Jane is still able to remain standing and speak up her own voice, unafraid of the consequences that might have incurred. Unlike most young women of that time, who were ensnared by the nets of social standings, gender inequality and religion. I would recommend this book to those who take interest in reading classics with threads of romance and feminism woven into them. Even to those who are not particularly fond of classics, you should definitely give it a try.

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March 15- Dear Post

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, a life story about Louis Zamperini, an Italian 14 year old living in the 1940’s, in between the second World War . It started all when Louis was a boy. He was always in trouble and got in fights very often. His brother guided him with help out of this phase of Louis’s life. Louis started to drink and smoke but couldnt afford it so he stole from people, which lead him into more trouble. His brother noticed that he was a fast runner, and instead of funning away from police and bullies, his brother wanted him to run in long distance marathons. Louis doesn’t believe in himself, but his brother forced him to use his time in training, instead of smoking a drinking.

It turns out that Louis was a very fast long distance runner, and in time he became one of the best in America. In 1936 he qualified for the Olympics.

I am really enjoying reading this novel, because it teaches a moral, to never give up even though times are rough. Readers who enjoy this would be those who like a little bit of History, adventure, and those who like to read sad non-fiction novels.

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DEAR: Lord of the Flies

This was a book I’d come to be familiar with by the overwhelming amount of praise that it received last year at my school. Six decades in and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies still manages to remain amongst the most popular and read of novels. The critical acclaim garnered by the dystopian novel  is certainly deserved, as it’s commonly regarded as one of the books of all time, winning Sir Golding a Nobel Prize for Literature. Set place in a not-so-distant nuclear war, and plane full of British schoolboys crashes on a remote island, and from there, Ralph, Piggy, Simon, and Jack along with the rest of their band of merry men struggle to survive. At first, the rules are simple: have fun, maintain a smoke signal to alert ships, and survive. A sense of order is made, but that doesn’t last long. Soon, quarrels over leadership and fear of a ‘beast’ shroud the boys into deterioration, and a few deaths and a touch of murder later, the book ends.

I myself found Lord of the Flies to be surprising, mostly at the fact that it started out so innocent, and ended in a way I never could’ve predicted.  There’s an abundant amount of allegorical relationships with the characters, too many to name, but the one I found most interesting was the conch. It’s not a character per se, but it’s used by characters to voice opinion, and represents civility and democracy. Over time, however, the sheen glinting off it’s shell seems that much less brighter in the same way that society and order on the island fades. When it’s destroyed, order is gone, and chaos ensues.

The novel is definitively not for the faint of heart, as it depicts survival at its worst. I would very much recommend this book to all, as it’s a fairly simple read, but to those who suspect a simple, innocent book, be warned. In short, the pace: Usain Bolt with a limp, the suspense: the beginning of Saving Private Ryan, and the delivery: the end of The Departed.

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An Inspector Calls – Questions and Thoughts So Far

After recently finishing act 1 of, An Inspector Calls, I have a few thoughts and questions. having already seen the play on screen, I know how it ends. However, if I hadn’t seen/read it before I wouldn’t have guessed that maybe the so called “inspector” wasn’t actually an inspector. But n0w that I have I can see the foreshadowing J.B. Priestly has written right from the get go.

The main question asked throughout the play is “Who is responsible and who are we responsible for?” As more and more people are added into the background of a tragic story of young girl who’s life was claimed by suicide, we begin to wonder as well, who is responsible?

After seeing the script right in front of me I can see the differences and similarities of some of the characters. The most modern of which is Sheila. She believes women shouldn’t be exploited as cheap labour and objectified. Mr. Birling and Gerald both disagree, saying they are just laborers and nothing else. I find the difference in characters quite interesting and I feel as though it adds depth to the story line.

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DEAR March 15 – The Death Cure

The Maze Runner was perhaps one of the best series I have ever read, it contains all of the necessary parts, in my opinion, to make a good story: action, suspense, a few sprinkles of romance, and of course, a pinch of betrayal.

Once again, Thomas embarks on an adventure against the so-called-good company, WICKED. But WICKED has finally left the dark, now they are going against Thomas face to face, against each other. I have finally landed my hand on the third and final book of the trilogy, The Death Cure.

WICKED had plundered all they could from Thomas, his memories, his friends, and most importantly, his life. Throughout the previous stories, they have been putting him into a series of two tests, the Maze and the Scorch, he has survived both. In each and every one of them, he recovers a fraction of the memories WICKED seized from him, and also looses his best friends.

I would recommend this book for teenagers, especially those who are fans of the Hunger Games, because, lets be serious, they are incredibly alike. Survival, love, and a lot of betrayal. I would not recommend this to kids because there are some swears (although most are replaced by other words). I chose to put the suggestion before the quote because the quote is a spoiler, so…

The quote I am choosing is a huge spoiler, so please, read at your own risk.

“Kill me. If you’ve ever been my friend. Kill me.”

To understand this quote, you would have to know what happens prior to it. In the beginning of the book, the Rat Man, a messenger, announced that Newt was not immune to the Flare, which is a disease that turns people into berserkers, known as cranks. He became sad, which has been expressed by the lack of speech he had in the book. He turned into a crank in the middle of the book and joined with the other cranks. In a stakeout, Thomas found Newt chasing after them, he immediately left the car and went to Newt. Newt begged Thomas to kill him, to end his misery, to save him from hurting more of the Gladers. After moments of hesitation, Thomas pulled the trigger. This quote showed the amount of pain Newt was hiding from everyone, including the readers, throughout the whole book. His sadness, his loneliness, and most importantly, him feeling sad because he knows that he would not be able to spend his last days with his best friends.

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DEAR – Murder on the Orient Express

Recently I have started reading Murder on the Orient Express, yet another novel by Agatha Christie. If you haven’t noticed, I love reading mystery stories, as well as fantasy and romance. However, Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries are unlike any other; she really knows how to engage a reader on a captivating story. I do, however, find the beginning of her books quite hard to understand. As mentioned before on previous blog posts, she has various switches of scenes and there are countless characters, making it hard to remember everyone. But after a few chapters and after the murder has taken place, things become much more smoother. I rather like the fact that there is quite an amount of foreshadowing going on. Certain speeches give hints as to what will happen later and I just love that. Even though i don’t always spot it.

‘And yet,’ said Poirot, ‘suppose an accident-’

‘Ah no, my friend-’

‘From your point of view it would be regrettable, I agree. But nevertheless let us just for one moment suppose it. Then, perhaps, all these here are linked together—by death.’ (Loc. 289)

It is already evident what will happen as regarding to a murder but what we don’t expect is the ‘how?’ i quite like this exchange of speech between the two detectives because one of them (the main character Poirot) is very open minded indeed (and extremely attentive to detail) while the other is more narrow minded. I also admire how he (poirot) sees the passengers on the trains a whole group instead of just random people, he notices that they will soon all have something in common. I am really enjoying this book so far, even though I’m haven’t read much of it but i look forward to more obscurity and mystery to be solved.

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The Dressmaker – DEAR ENTRY 2

continuing from my last dear entry…

I have continued reading the book ‘The Dressmaker’. After the strike of disaster on the titanic, Lady Lucile, the famous designer and her temporary maid Tess has been one of the last one saved on the life boats.

There was a huge cracking sound-and then the Titanic disappeared, swallowed in one huge gulp by the sea, taking with it all light, leaving the survivors in total blackness relieved only by the cold twinkling of the stars.

I really like this quote because it shown lots of description of the surroundings and visual views from the survivors that were stuck in the sea. Simile has been used in this quote.

The survivors are rescued and taken to New York where all the rumors began to spread about what really happened in Lady Lucile’s Life boat. Tess and Lucile were separated into different life boats so she didn’t have any evidence of what the real truth was, but after they got of the boats to land, she heard from a kind sailor, Jim, that their life boat were not filled to capacity because Lucile wouldn’t let them pick up survivors from the sea for her own benefit, very despicable.

“Did you notice how empty our boat was? Do you know why? She wouldn’t let us pick up survivors.”

“Oh, my goodness.” This time Tess was the one covering her face with her hands.

This quote evokes the sailor’s personality and the tone of his voice. the surprised reaction of Tess is also shown by one of her hands covering her face.

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Dominoes

So far, we have read about Arthur Birling’s involvement in the suicide of a young girl and that it might not just have been Birling who was involved in her death. It is like a dominoes of bad events that eventually tipped over Eva Smith. Quite honestly, i enjoyed the Schadenfreude of the Birlings.

I really enjoyed the characters that Priestly had created, for example, while Birling ,perhaps, struggled with appearing nonchalant, Eric and Sheila were distraught about the case of Eva Smith and their father’s action. “But these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people.” Sheila protested when she heard what her father said.

The book raised ethical, social and political issues of the world and the most important question of all: Are we responsible for each other? I believe we are, our actions will influence other. Perhaps, we don’t always realize it but it is true. Everybody has the power and ability to affect others and it comes down to whether is positive or negative.

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A controversial feeling

“An Inspector Calls” is a play which is able to raise many questions and provoke several type of thoughts. For example, the main theoretical question present throughout the play is: “Are we all responsible for each other?.” As to thoughts, the piece touches on very sensitive concepts, like the one of Christianity and politics. This provides a controversial feeling to the play, spicing the storyline up and creating more entertaining scenes which don’t act as just a mainstream scene, but one that makes the reader think over concepts just laid out. When reading this play in class, I have noticed that the stage directions do not seem very specific, which I believe is positive for any groups trying to act this play, it leaves room for creativity. I really want to see this play being reenacted, I enjoy reading it, so it would be hard for me not to like watching it.

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An Inspector Calls – Thoughts and questions

So far in class we have only covered roughly twenty pages of the script for An Inspector Calls. However, though only a short amount of pages is covered a profound amount of questions were raised. The entire play that we have covered is based on, ‘are we responsible for everyone we cross paths with?’. Are we?

Within the play, two sides were formed. Mr Berling and Gerald Croft had the idea that, to be successful in life, you cannot care for others. On the other hand, Eric and Sheila, who are both from the younger more sympathetic generation believes that we are indeed responsible for others. After all, we are all humans and everyone should be treated equally.

J. B. Priestley really plays with the question throughout the play. A lot of irony is used as Berling presents his ideal answer for the question to the Inspector, however, the inspector answers the question as if he agrees with Berling. Though, if one understands the play more throughly, it would be clear that the inspector had a different meaning with his answers.

Berling: … If we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, it would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?

Inspector: Very awkward.

 Page 14, lines 8 – 12

It seems as if the inspector is actually agreeing with Berling, that if we were responsible for everything that happened to someone we crossed paths with, it would be very awkward. Hence we should not have to take the blame for their actions. However when the inspector answered, ‘very awkward’, instead of agreeing with Berling’s point of view, he is apposing it. He believed that we are indeed responsible for actions of those we have crossed paths with and that it is awkward but we still have to take the blame.

Another question that came to me during the play is one of the most common questions in literature; who are we? Who are we to judge and treat others differently? If you are ranked higher than another, does it give you to right to mistreat them? In my opinion, my answer would be a defiant no. We are all human after all and born to the same rights. Just because one is ranked higher than the other within society does not give them the right to treat others differently. I think the Golden rule is well fitted in this situation:

One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated

Everyone should be treated equally and no one should feel more important than another because of their position. Overall, I really enjoy the play and I look forward to see what other techniques, language and questions J. B. Priestley show through the play. Last but not least, I’m intrigued to see what questions the play can arise.

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An Inspector Calls: Observations, Reflections, and Most of All, Questions

What I’ve come to love during our little reenactment, or the play in general, is the constant tug-of-war type battle waging between two sides. On the left we have General Goole, with equally subordinates Shelia and Eric by his side, and on the right we have Supreme Commanding Overseer Lord Birling, with his wife and Gerald at tow. The ‘war’, as it may be, is due to conflicting reasoning. The Supreme Leader of All, Birling, seems to supports the mantra of ‘every man for himself’ and ‘survival of the fittest’, while Goole and the other two find that ‘every man and woman is responsible for each other’ is more appropriate. I also find it humorous, for lack of a better term, that the young generation should want for equality and fairness for all, while the older generation (minus Goole) strongly object and believe that self-entitlement and exploitation for selfish need is okay. This then raises the all important question of, ‘Who’s right?’. Is exploitation and greed really justifiable? Is a society where everyone’s responsible correct? The Inspector certainly thinks so,  as does evidently J.B Priestly. In my opinion, I feel a good mixture of both is ideal, since analyzing every action in fear of affecting someone else’s life if a very challenging if not impossible task, meanwhile blatant oppressiveness and open exploitation of lower class workers is also not okay, but a little touch of both would likely be agreed upon by both sides.

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An Inspector Calls- Questions,Observation and Reflection

We are halfway through act 1 and I have some thoughts on the this play. My favorite character so far would be Arthur Birling, I found it amusing by his portrayal as a stereotype 1900’s businessman. During the scene when the inspector interrogate Arthur Birling, Birling first tried to bribe him with a drink. After that failed, I could imagine Birling going to his “plan B” trying to intimidate the inspector, warning him that his friends with the inspector’s boss and mentioning Gerald is the son of Sir Gerald Croft.

Who (if any) are responsible for Eva Smith death? I feel as though none of them really are responsible, they all acted without knowing the consequences. In Mr and Mrs Birling case, they refused to help 1 of the many people that needed help, while Gerald, Sheila and Eric acted out of their emotions. I like the message of the play, how were all one community, were all responsible for each others action. I feel like this message is really important during the time period it was written in, it would have encourage people to help each other to rebuild the damage that have been done during the war.

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He has an evil motive

Questions, observations, reflections:

After reading the first 18 pages of An Inspector Calls in class, I observed that the writer cleverly gave each character different personalities. In the book, we see how the different Birlings reacted to the death of Eva Smith. For example, we see that Arthur Birling is more of a selfish, dominant man while Sheila and Eric are empathetic and cared for the working force (as we discussed in class earlier). Later in the book, we see how their different personalities “led” to Eva Smith committing suicide. It is amazing to see how one issue (death of Eva Smith) led to many conflicts in the play ( Eg. Broken Engagement of Sheila and Gerald) Personally, I like how Inspector Goole’s name sounds like ghoul which means ghost-like (frightening). He acts as a dutiful investigator on the outside, but on the inside, he has an evil motive. It piques the interest of readers as they are curious to find out what he does next, how he reveals his true “ghost-like” personality gradually. I also like how the Inspector does not directly confront the Birlings but hints to them (especially Arthur Birling) his opinions. Essentially, the central question of the play is “Is everyone responsible for everybody?” This question, as mentioned in class, can never be answered. To me, I feel that it depends on what the situation’s like. If a man killed another guy on purpose, then he is definitely responsible for the victim’s death. If person A commits suicide because she got scolded by a teacher for what she did wrong, then person A is responsible for her own death.

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Mr. Birling isn’t to blame.

I’m really enjoying the play we are reading. ‘An Inspector Calls’. I believe the play try’s to ask us a question like. Are we responsible for everyone we cross paths with? I believe that we are important for everyone we cross paths with to a certain extent. For example, in the play the mysterious woman got fired and committed suicide. The inspector told Mr. Birling that it was partly his fault because he fired her, because she didn’t have enough money so she committed suicide. But I believe it isn’t his fault. I believe that Mr. Birling did nothing wrong. He was just trying to keep his business working and with her there. Trying to get more money. He had the right to fire her. Mr. Birling isn’t to blame.

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An Inspector Calls

So far I’m quite enjoying An Inspector Calls, it’s unlike other plays i’ve read/seen. I like how the whole play is centered around one  question hard to decipher: “Are we really responsible for each other? If so how? And to who?” I admire Sheila’s and Eric’s awareness and sympathy towards the lower class, even though their parents feel the complete opposite. The fact that Sheila and Eric are nothing like their parents bothers me a little, the whole family is alike to some extent yes however the parents of the family don’t seem to take much care in the world if it doesn’t concern them. Which also leads me to ponder about Sheila and Gerald’s engagement, well ex-engagement. Gerald is so much like her father and she isn’t but as people say, ‘opposites attract’. I also really love the fact that every now and then, there will be hints as to what will happen in the future, the future of the play or in real life; foreshadowing. For example, somewhere near the beginning Birling mentions a reference to the World War which, in the play, hasn’t occurred yet.

The whole theme can be seen from various different perspectives but I’d like to narrow it down to 2 views. There is the deep meaning of the theme and a little science to it. Both views are intact linked and relate to each other tremendously. The deep meaning would be that the question indeed applies to real life experiences. I personally do agree with it because every little  thing we do has repercussions, just like every little ripple in the water will form the tiniest of waves (if they can even be called that). The more science-y side applies to Newton’s third law: ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’. Which is basically what the play’s theme question is regarding to.

 

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An Inspector Calls – Observations & Questions

Many thoughts have occurred to me since reading ‘An Inspector Calls’.What i absolutely adored so far is the how much irony is in the play. Some people may not find it funny but i certainly do, for example, Birling says, “We’ll try and keep out of trouble for the next  few months.”

You might not remember, but Mr. MacKnight mentioned a question in class a couple of weeks ago that i wrote down and could very useful, “What is the purpose of each character?” How do these character help us reflect on the main question of the play, “Are we all responsible for each other?” To some extent, i believe we are – and here comes the irony again because Birling mentions that “Of we were all responsible for everything that happened to everybody we’d had anything to do with, that would be very awkward, wouldn’t it?”

I have notice that in page 18, the Inspector says, “Are you sure you don’t know.” but there is no question mark at the end of his speech. I am not so sure what this means but maybe it’s because he already knows the answer and his question is rather like a statement than a question. (Or maybe it’s’ a typo?) Another thing that i have noticed is that everyone from the Birling family who was questioned by the inspector has lied an awful lot so far. This might come up as moral lesson later on in the play. One question that Mr. MacKnight mention in class a couple of weeks ago

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Review of An inspector calls

In the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ we have learned about 20 pages or so. In these pages, it provokes some mysterious questions that raise the readers attention, like ‘Are the actions we do responsible for other people’s actions?’. The question to me might be solvable and might not. Because in the play Gerald doesn’t seem to care much about Sarah Smith that he might have something to do with her suicide. If i was Gerald, i wouldn’t believe that the girls suicide is my responsibility, some other error might of gotten mixed up with my situation. In some circumstances we are responsible for our actions, but in some cases its not only our fault.

 

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Thoughts on ‘An Inspector Calls’

Up to this point, I have developed a partial comprehension of An Inspector Calls, which has provoked several thoughts regarding the theme and characters of this play. From reading the first twenty pages or so, I have observed and gained a deeper understanding of the attributes of the major characters.

As a rather provincial and avaricious man, Arthur Birling seeks to take advantage of his daughter’s marriage which would allow him to ascend up the hierarchy and raise his social standings in general, since the Croft family is relatively prosperous. Birling’s avarice is conveyed meticulously to the reader, through instances such as alluding to future profitable cooperation opportunities between the two family businesses – Crofts Limited and Birling and Company – when discussing his daughter’s engagement. On the other hand, this further reflects a sense that most women during that period of time live in an illusional world. For instance, the female characters in An Inspector Calls are convinced that love is at the centre of marriages and Sheila is marrying Gerald because of love. However, Arthur Birling views their marriage otherwise.

Furthermore, a trend that repeatedly occurs in the play is the apparent contrast between the younger generation and the older generation. The representatives of the younger generation are Sheila and Eric, whereas their parents and Inspector Goole represent the older generation. Throughout the play, Sheila and Eric express their distinctive views, thoughts and sentiments on specific topics. For instance, when discussing about recruiting young women as labourers, Sheila remarked that “these girls aren’t cheap labour – they’re people.” This connotes her sympathy for the working class, like her brother, and possibly a feeing of connection, which are sentiments not equivalently felt in return by her father and the inspector.

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An Inspector Questions and Observes

The inspector’s imposing manner changed the atmosphere of the engagement party almost completely. On page 11, line 3-4, you can see that the inspector interrupted Arthur Birling quite abruptly, rudely. This can show that not only isn’t the inspector not scared by Birling’s presence, but he is trying to become more superior than Birling, he is trying to become the person that takes control of this situation.

One of the questions that came into my head is “why must everyone lie?” On page 12, Birling lies about the fact that he does not know who Eva Smith is. What is the purpose of lying? Dismissing staff happens everyday in a business such as Birling’s, but why lie about it?

After observing, the Inspector is somewhat extremely smart in some sense. First of all, on page 15, line 7, the Inspector says: “It is my duty to ask questions”, but why pick the word duty? Why not pick job, career? This shows that the Inspector may not be what he says he is, duty means obligation, task, so that means that he might not be doing his job, but something that he was told to do, perhaps a match to ignite a fuse that will lead to leaking scandals within the police department (quote Birling, “don’t get into the police court or start a scandal – eh?” page 8 line 30,31)

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An Inspector Calls

So far in the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ we have read around 20 pages (not sure). Throughout these  pages, they provoked some unsolvable questions. One of them, as discussed in class, ‘Are the actions we do responsible for other people’s actions?’ There is no definite answer just like Mr Macknight said, “This question will follow you throughout your life” (not in exact words) But for now, I have some opinion that I would like to share. I think that the our actions are not entirely responsible for other people’s action but in some way it is. For example, if I was a teacher and I did not teach my student the right information and they end up getting a wrong answer in their text. It will be my fault and that is my responsibility. But in another example, if I go out with a friend and persuade the person to do something stupid and the person actually does it and gets into an accident. I am not entirely responsible for the accident. I am partially responsible for the person’s injury because I told him/her to do it but the person is also responsible for their own injury by listening to what I said and actually doing it. So overall, I believe, in some circumstances we are responsible for other’s actions but in some we are not.

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Treasure Island

I just started to read treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is an adventure novel about a child who found a treasure map and set out to find it.

So far I have only read the beginning chapters, where much is not revealed. So far only a child and a drunk pirate has been focused on. I really liked the quote said by a sailor who has been staying at the child’s inn. For months and the captain as he calls himself has stayed at the inn, without pay, while everyone is too scared to ask him to leave. One day after he has drunk himself blind, he experienced a heart attack. After the doctor attending to him, a conversation occurred where the captain was furious about not being allowed to drink his rum.

“Look, Jim, how my fingers fidget,” he continued, in a the pleading tone. “I can’t keep’em still, not I. I haven’t had a drop this blessed day. That doctor’s a fool, I tell. If I don’t have a drain o’rum, Jim, I’ll have the horrors; I seen some on’em already. I seen old Flint in the corner there, behind you; as plain as print, I seen him; and if I get horrors, I’m a man that has lived rough, and I’ll raise Cain. Your doctor hisself said one glass wouldn’t hurt me. I’ll give you a golden guinea for a noggin, Jim”

He was growing more and more excited, and this alarmed me for my father, who was very low that day, and needed quiet;

I really liked this quote, as stated at the beginning of the book and in other resources, this book paved the way for the introduction of the stereotypical pirate of the 19’th century and I believe that this quote can support that. The manner in which the pirate speaks as well as idolizes the rum to which he needs to stay sane with, is in relation to what we call a common picture of a pirate. Not only, however, it creates a dark twist in the story as both the father and pirate die. One due to being sick and the other to fall to the one thing that has been a companion for years. Furthermore, this quote, was slightly amusing as it plays well with the idea of a pirate with his drink. I am wondering how this will develop into a story line as till now it has been quite dull and uneventful.

 

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Innocence by Dean Koontz

Innocence by Dean Koontz was a slightly strange but well written book. The main character, Addison Goodheart, is shunned from society by a condition which is not mentioned in the book. All we do know about Addison is that he is grotesquely disfigured.

The story starts with some background information about Addison before the book actually begins. I enjoyed the background in a literary sense as it came in flashes before going back to the current situation that Addison was in however his past was quite gruesome and dark.

Later on he meets a young woman, Gwyneth, with a rough past in the library which he visited after closing time through underground tunnels as not to be seen. He helps her escape from someone which he doesn’t know. They begin an unlikely companionship as she doesn’t mind his differences.

Innocence was quite descriptive which really gave me a feeling as though I was in the book but occasionally it was too much. I do wish we could have known what condition Addison had since it would help picture the story even better.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fiction which is a little more on the darker side.

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I recently read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It was different than most of the books I read as I enjoy standard fiction books and this was a realistic fiction book. The style of writing was also quite different as it wasn’t a nonstop book but a compilation of letters for someone, almost as though the speaker was writing to the reader.

I especially liked the time period the letters were set in, 1991. The main character, Charlie, who is a freshman in high school. Charlie is different to other kids his age in the sense that he is extremely shy, he is a so called “wallflower”. He only follows others and doesn’t have much freewill of his own, which is by choice.

The ending was built up and well done but definitely a bit glum, even though it was just showing what the reality of the situation was.

Overall I would say The Perks of Being a Wallflower was a really well written book in both the style and content categories. I would recommend this book to a more mature audience and someone who wants to read something a little more thoughtful.

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The Dressmaker -DEAR ENTRY

I have just started to read a book called The Dressmaker, it is about a relatively young women, Tess, who is incredibly lucky that she was hired by a famous fashion designer, Lady Lucile Duff Gordon, to be her personal maid heading to New York on the Titanic. Tess has made friends on the ship, one of them is a kind sailor and the other enigmatic Chicago businessman. Sometimes in the day, she sneaks off to play squash in the bars without Lady Lucile finding out.

First a discreet knock at the Duff Gordons’ door.

“Ma’am, we’ve had a small accident,” the steward outside said quickly to Lucile. “Nothing to worry about. we bumped into an iceberg, but all is well. However you might want to come on deck.”

I really like this quote because it evokes the rise of tension in the story line, it also asks the reader if it was a small accident or not. It was also midnight, if it wasn’t a big issue they wouldn’t tell the passengers that late, so it must have some problems to it.

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The Time Machine

The Time Machine by H.G Wells, over the course of the holiday I have been tackling this magnificent classic science fiction novel. This story is about a gentleman called the time traveler that narrates his story across the year 800,000. During this time period, the human have evolve into two different race, the peaceful Eloi and the Menacing Marlocks. Over the course of the book, the narrator came up with various theory that explain what might have happened to cause this change. Furthermore, the time traveler seems disappointed in how the future turned out, as none of the human seek knowledge anymore.

Overall I have enjoyed this book tremendously, I have no regret in reading this novel as it is one of the better science fiction book I have read. It have complied me to become a better reader and further explore the world of the classics. My vocabulary have been enchanted after reading this book, as it contains dozens of descriptive language. I would recommend this to everyone as it should be a life priority to read this book.

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March 1: A-Mazing

I’ve just started reading the book, the maze runner. The maze runner is about a dozen teenagers that stuck in a small village type place. They can get out, but only if they escape the maze. The maze is all around them but the maze changes every day. They small village has the fittest people to go out and see if they have found a way out. They have never found a way out.

The main character is called Thomas. He is the most recent person to appear in the village. He doesn’t know where he came from; he couldn’t even his own name. But the has short little flashbacks.

The maze runner is a very interest and exciting book to read. I would suggest people around year 10 to read this book. Also if you are very interest in reading books about adventure and action. This movie would be perfect for you.

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Feb 15: Word Smart

Over the Chinese New Year holiday I decided to read a book that will benefit me and to help me to improve my English vocabulary. That is why I have started reading the book word smart written by Adam Robinson.

The in the word smart, Adam Robinson teaches you new and important words for your vocabulary. He also adds points about how to use your news words in essays and in day-to-day life.

In the first chapter Adam Robinson talks about learning new words for your vocabulary. “Bigger isn’t necessarily better” This is what I feel Adam Robinson is trying to get across. He says it several times. If you have a big vocabulary and you don’t know how define the words, its useless. When people/teachers ask you if you know what a word means you usually just say yes. But if the teacher asks you what it means the student usually uses the word in a sentence. That isn’t defining the word. So therefor you don’t know what the word means. This is why using the dictionary is so important.

Later on in the book, Adam Robinson teaches all about new words to read and learn about. I feel that this book can really help me.

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Pride and Prejudice – March 2nd

Pride and Prejudice is a classic novel written by Jane Austen. This book tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet (main character) and how she deals with love, education… She is the second oldest between five daughters by Mr. Bennet living in England in the 19th century. This book is about the Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters after Mr. Bingley and his friend Mr Darcy arrives. Mr Bingley starts liking Jane (eldest daughter) while Darcy gets into disagreements with Elizabeth. My favourite quote in this book is

“Nothing is more deceitful” said Darcy, “than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.”

This is a sentence from Darcy between a conversation with Elizabeth. I find this sentence of humility quite interesting and smart.

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“Divergent” D.E.A.R. Entry

I am still reading the book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, a book I have really enjoyed so far. The story is one I found to be very interesting. I still haven’t found any lacking aspects to it. Every genre from action to romance is included within this novel, making it a fun, attaching read, allowing the reader to explore the book in detail. While reading it, I found that many theoretical concepts were presenting themselves, which incited me to stop from time to time and think over them. This made me wonder whether the book had received the heavy amount of positive critics and reviews due to this included feature.

It’s easy to be brave when they’re not my fears

This quote originates from the protagonist and narrator, Tris (P331). The quotation supports my latter statement; what Tris states sort of brings up a theory which I had to stop reading for. After a few seconds of thought, I came to realize that the phrase could be relatable. This reveals the author’s attempt to create a link with the reader, which I believe is a very effective technique. It gives a more realistic feel to the book; setting it apart from other mainstream fictional novels. That is actually the main cause of the spark of interest for this book from my side. “Divergent” is a novel which differentiates itself from others through several features which the author includes. This leads me to believe that Veronica Roth is a skillful and quality writer. I want to read her other releasings.

 

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dear post: American sniper

I have recently started reading the book ‘American sniper’,the book is mainly about how one man who is the most skilled sniper in U.s history endures through his tours in iraq.The book is really interesting not only because of the action which continues throughout the book but how a war can change a man and how his wife notices the each time he arrives home from a tour.This shows us that the worst part of war can actually be coming back from it,which is confusing but also quite intresting.I quite liked the book and would recommend it to people around our age.

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DEAR – Murder on the Orient Express

What a better way to start the holiday than reading a mystery book? Murder on the Orient Express is truly a magnificent detective novel written by the famous detective novelist, Agatha Christie. Since I’ve started this novel, I haven’t been able to put it down.

Hercule Poirot is a detective and although he didn’t travel on the Orient Express to solve a crime, he ended up having to solve it anyways. The setting is at that time of year where there are not many people traveling about, but yet the sleeping car on the train is full. This comes to Poirot’s attention as he finds this very strange indeed. For you to understand the quote i have picked, a little background information is needed. The Orient Express is travelling in the middle of winter through Istanbul all the way to Europe. a snow storm arrives and the train has to stop its journey. There is no signal and no way of contacting anybody until the snow has lifted. A murder occurs around the time the train stops, which is about 1:15 am. The speaker of this quote is M. Ratchett, the deceased, he rings the bell on the train for the conductor and when he comes in he says:

“Ce n’est rien. Je me suis trompé.” (loc. 2259)                                                                                       Translation: “It’s nothing. I was wrong.”

(I am reading the kindle version so there is no page situations, but there is the location). I really like this quote because, first of all, it is in French and I absolutely love the language (even though i do not know how to speck it), I could pick out little bits and pieces of what it meant because it is close to portuguese and spanish. Secondly, because this quote of M. Ratchett brings Poirot the debate of weather it was actually M. Ratchett who said this or not. M. Ratchett cannot speak french, and when the conductor spoke to him, he did not see his face so Poirot comes to the conclusion that it was his murderer who was speaking. This quote is very mysterious to the reader, and to Poirot. When ‘M. Ratchett’ first said this, i got the impression that it had something to do with why he died. I still don’t know what it literally means as Poirot is trying to solve it.

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DEAR: Dracula (III)

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up and read the classic novel Dracula, yet it has astonished time and time again how well it’s written. It’s most definitely Bram Stoker’s greatest achievement, and deservedly so, as, in a time among the likes of Mary Shelly and Edgar Allen Poe, he truly stands out, but I digress. The book, holds many references to the Bible, and when I found one that I actually knew, well, what’s DEAR good for but to post distinguished quotes. Our dear protagonist, Jonathan Harker, finds himself in a rather life threatening predicament when Dracula’s true intentions are unveiled, to reveal the monster within.
The last I saw of Count Dracula was kissing his hand to me; with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of.
Hats off to Stoker for this wonderful quote, and most of all the reference to Judas. It’s a long story and hard to sum up in one sentence, but I try. Judas was one of Jesus’ apostles, but decided to betray him with the Kiss of Judas, ultimately, if I’m not mistaken, resulting in his death and later saving of humanity. So yeah, Judas unknowingly saved the world. Judas has now since been associated with treachery and deceit, traits that both him and the Count share. It’s one of many references to the Bible, all of which emphasize the Count’s true nature.

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A Tale of Two Cities – DEAR Entry

Over the previous days, I have embarked on the course of reading A Tale of Two Cities – a grand creation crafted by Charles Dickens – which is among today’s renowned classics. Written in the mid-nineteenth century, this novel is set in London and Paris, taking place before and during the French revolution.

“A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that every one of those darkly clustered houses encloses its own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of its imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! Something of the awfulness, even of Death itself, is referable to this” (page 11).

This quotation leads me to contemplate over the relationships between each individual and whether some seemingly intimate relationships are only pretences. This further evokes the thought that disregard how individuals may claim to understand others, each individual still has secrets buried and locked deep inside himself/herself. Moreover, it reflects upon the fact that there is always a fragment of us that remains untouchable and unknowable to the rest of the world, and sometimes even to ourselves. This is part of our innate human nature, which is what retains our individuality and can never be withdrawn from us. I believe that this quotation not only sets up the background during the time period that the novel is set in, but is relatable even up to the present day.

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Feb 15 Dear Entry

The Scorch Trails is the second book to the maze runner series. The survivors of the glade are put in a house for the night, all the boys were placed in one sector of the building and the only female was placed in another. Most of them couldn’t sleep so he telepathically they talked for a bit before she just didn’t answer and went to sleep.  In the morning he tried to contact her through his mind but she didn’t remember who he was, and threatened to hunt him and kill him.

I don’t really like the second the book too the first, the first book had more action and adventure. It really made you want to change the page. The second book is more slow and it builds up the action.

I would reccomend this book to people to those reader who read slow books and don’t really want action and adventure straight away. Other than that the book is really interesting.

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March 1st DEAR Journal – Since you’ve been gone

Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson is a serious page turner. It contains almost all the catagories of the english language; romance, mystery, humour, horror and so on. Emily and Sloane are best friends and are impossible to separate. Or so they thought. A few weeks before the summer holiday, Sloane just… disappears. Emily tries to call, text and visit Sloane at her house but Sloane is literally just gone. Not a word, not even a phone call. What happened to her?

Before Sloane disappeared into thin air Emily and her planed on having the most amazing summer of their life. Obviously, due to unexpected events, the summer they had planned would not be happening. However, two weeks after the dissapearence of Sloane, a post mail was sent to Emily from Sloane. Instead of an explanation of where Sloane was or why she couldn’t be reached it was a list of thirteen things that Emily had to complete.

1. Kiss a stranger
2. Go skinny-dipping
3. Steal something
4. Break something
5. Penelope
6. Ride a horse
7. 55 S. Ave. Ask for Mona
8. The backless dress
9. Dance until dawn
10. Share some secrets in the dark
11. Hug a Jamie
12. Apple picking at night
13. Sleep under the stars

Each and everything on the list may just seem like a task, which it is, but to Emily its something unique that only her and Sloane would understand. Written on the list in Sloane’s neat handwriting is thirteen of Emily’s worst fears. However, Emily is determined to find out where Sloane had disappeared to (she is convinced that the list will lead her to Sloane), hence she decides to take the risk and complete the list; one by one.

Along the way to complete the list, Emily meets new people and maybe once she breaks out of her comfort zone (which is what Sloane is trying to help her do by writing the list), Emily may make new friends and even find love.

Personally I really enjoyed the book, it was very intriging and humorous. I recommend it to mostly girls because girls will be able to relate to it rather than boys. It is not a very challenging book hence it can be completed within a day or two. The novel doesn’t require a lot of thought like most books teachers recommend. It really just helps the reader relax and have a bit of laugh. It would be a really useful book to read during exam week or stressful moments. Overall, is a worth reading book for laughing at all the awkward moments that we can all relate to in one way or another.

 

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DEAR March 1st – Death on the Nile

‘Death on the Nile’ it yet another intriguing mystery of Agatha Christie. At first, the story is a little hard to decipher as there are many characters and switches of scenes. It’s like a movie really, third person narration and a constant switch of scenes/scenarios. Poirot (main character and investigator) is away on a vacation to Egypt when all of a sudden a homicide occurs on the boat. All passages are immediately questioned, however, there are always ones who don’t wish to speak the truth either from guilt, protection or blackmail. The deceased in a very young lady, Linnet Doyle, who happens to be on her honey moon after stealing her best friends husband, Simon Doyle. Linnet is a wealthy lady coming from a family full of riches, whilst Simon is quite poor and insists on doing things without the need of financial help. Jacqueline de Bellefort is who Simon left, naturally he left the penniless for the rich. Everyone knows Jacqueline has held a grudge against Simon and (especially) Linnet for taking away the only thing she truly cared about, and after threatening to kill Linnet obviously she must be the #1 murder suspect. Wrong. Well, she was a suspect at first but facts suggest otherwise. There was no way Jacqueline could have crept into Linnet’s cabin because she was highly sedated, and being watched the very moment the assassination took place. Naturally, Jacqueline still loves Simon Doyle and what i find most interesting is that after his wife’s murder, he immediately comforts Jackie (Jacqueline) and wishes to see her. I extremely like a quote from Jackie where she states how she can never be with Simon again:

“Look at the moon pup there. You see her very plainly, don’t you? She’s very real . But if the sun were to shine you wouldn’t be able to see her at all. It was rather like that. I was the moon…When the sun came out, Simon couldn’t see me any more…He was dazzled. He couldn’t see anything but the sun-Linnet”

I like how Jackie uses this metaphor to relate to how opposite she was to Linnet. It is a little cliche though, but all the same it has a great poetical effect to the story. I haven’t yet finished the book but i must say, I have absolutely no idea who the murderer could be. It can be a funny book at times but mostly it’s just full of surprises, and that’s what I love most about it.

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DEAR March 1 – The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes – The Lion’s Mane

After reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes, I realised that I have, metaphorically, fallen in love with the Sherlock Holmes series. So I, without a doubt, picked up the last Sherlock Holmes collection, the Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. The one thing that is special about the case I have chosen is that it is narrated by Sherlock Holmes himself, instead of Dr. Watson, who has been narrating the series since the birth of Sherlock Holmes.

The Lion’s Mane is one story from the collection that I found interesting, not because of it’s unique title, but because of the unusial villian that the author has picked. The story starts off with the Head 0f Science, Fitzroy McPherson, from a nearby school collapsing to the floor, mumbling only the words, “The Lion’s Mane”, followed by his death. After hours of investigation, Sherlock Holmes does find clues like usual, but even if his theories are true, there is no possible way that a human would’ve accomplished this. Then McPherson’s dog appears at where he was supposedly murdered, also dead, with the same marks of death that was inflicted on McPherson’s back. Sherlock begins to think about McPherson’s last words, “The Lion’s Mane”, and it begins to trigger a memory, but he cannot recall where he has seen those words before.

Suspision begins to build on Ian Murdock, a “friend” of McPherson, because he has a motive, jealosy since Murdoch was supposed to marry her instead of McPherson. But, nonetheless, he had an alibi. Sherlock was stuck, confused by all the clues he has all ending up in a dead-end, until Murdoch appeared infront of Sherlock with the same marks on his back, instead he was not dead. Sherlock rushes to the scene, only to find an unusual rock, and under it, was a Cyanea capillata, a jellyfish, turned out to be the monster behind the two deaths.

Personally, I enjoy the Holmes series and almost all the detective stories that I have read. I would recommend this book to teenagers who enjoy mysteries and who are not bothered to take a bit of their free time to read a few short stories!

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DEAR: Dracula (II)

Still on board the fine novel know to the world as Dracula, what began as a seemingly boring and rather dreadful read turned for the better, and has impressed me so far. It took me a while to comprehend the epistolary style that Bram Stoker wrote, meaning he wrote Dracula as a collection of letters, diary entries, and the such, conveniently placed in a somewhat chronological order. This gave him the liberty to exploit his chosen style and emphasize a significance of an emotion.

And now I have told you my news, let me know yours. When are you to be married. and where, and who is to perform the ceremony, and what are you to wear, and is it to be a public or a private wedding? Tell me about it, dear; tell me all about everything, for there is nothing which interests you which will not be dear to me.       (p. 167)

Ignorance is bliss, isn’t it? Such a loving and fond relationship between two childhood friends that can only be separated by death is, well, separated by death, by, surprise, our dear friend Dracula. So yes, condolences to the fiance to be, who never will be, but the main point of the quote, or really the paragraph in general, is the placement of it. It wasn’t by some err that Stoker wrote Mina Harker’s letter to Lucy Westerna after her short and fruitless battle against death, or maybe it was, but whatever the cause may be, it had sob-inducing and tear-jerking effect. It’s a prime example of one of the many ways Stoker capitalizes on his chosen epistolary style.

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DEAR February 15 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – The Red-Headed League

Sherlock Holmes, presumably the most realistic fictional character the anybody has ever created in history. Decorated with visual detail, distinct dialogues, ‘personifying’ characteristics, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brings Sherlock Holmes to life on paper.

 

Red herring – something intended to divert attention from the real problem or matter at hand; a misleading clue.

from Dictionary.com

When I read the short story, Sherlock Holmes & the Red Headed League, I have constantly asked myself why did the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, choose to use “red hair” to represent “something bizarre” (note that this is written in the 1800’s). To understand this, you will have to know the plot of the book.

Jabez Wilson, the red-headed man was introduced to a part-time job by his assistant, Spaulding (he has been working with Wilson for a month and was willing to work in the cellar with only half the price). This part-time job is an entertainment career in which only red-heads can join, therefore, the name, the Red-Headed League, founded by Duncan Ross. Wilson was told to work in the League’s office for four hours a day with no excuses to leave the room, and blindly, he took the job. The league was ‘dissolved‘ after only four weeks. Wilson reports this situation to Holmes and Watson and they, too, took on this particularly interesting case.

[spoilers] Sherlock the figures out that the Red-Headed League was a hoax, it was a distraction made to hide what the creators of the league, Spaulding and Ross, were doing. The only reason Spaulding was working with Wilson for only half the price was because he wanted to dig a hole from Wilson’s cellar to the bank behind the office. That is why he introduced Wilson to the Red Headed League, to get him out of the office and not to come back for four hours every day, and after the tunnel from the office to the bank vault was finished, they dismissed the league.

As you can see, the Red-Headed League was a distraction from what was really happening. This is a homophone: red hair and red her(ring). One is used for the Red-Headed League, and combined with the other phrase, it is a fallacy, meaning a distraction from the real problem, thus, the Red-Headed League was a distraction from the bank robbery, which is taking place.

I recommend this book teenagers to adults, mainly because of the suspense it leaves when Sherlock solves the mystery. This book is also for detective story fans.

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January 15 – DEAR ‘Insurgent’

I finished a book called ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth. This book is a science fiction and young adults would enjoy this book. People who may not like this book are people who do not like novels about utopia worlds. I love this book because it combined romance and action in it. Also, unlike the first book in the divergent trilogy, this book contains betrayal of the loved ones and it had an evocative ending which made me anxious to read the next book.

A really good paragraph/sentences from the book is :

People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.

Personally, I like sentences like this because it explains actions that we sometimes make. I can easily relate to it because I have experienced or seen it. People who like quotes about life or people would really like this book. Of course, romance is a huge part of this series, so people who do not like romance then i do not recommend this book for them. Overall, I find this book very interesting and most students in the senior school might enjoy it too.

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Half bad – DEAR ENTRY

Half bad, about a young sixteen-year-old boy, Nathan, who lives in a cage. Shackled, beaten, trained to kill. Abomination was Nathan, disgraced by everyone. In modern-day England, where two combatant dynamics of witched live amongst humans. The worlds most unlawful, terrifying and powerful witch, Marcus, all Nathan has to do to survive is to escape his abductors. Nathan will need to  hunt down Marcus to receive the three special gifts that will give him invincible powers, even when he is observed in every action he does, when there is no one safe to trust-not even his family.

WANTED BY NO ONE. HUNTED BY EVERYONE.

 

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Dear – Ticker

A girl wit a clockwork heart needs to be able to do anything to keep herself alive. Recently I have been reading a book called Ticker by Lisa Mantchev. If you read my other DEAR post from the beginning of the month, you will see that I explained a little bit about this book. To sum up, Penny’s parents have been kidnaped and her twin brother, Nick, seems to be working for Warwick, the kidnapper and Penny’s Surgeon. When Penny was young, she had heart problems, as did her 2 sisters who died because of it. This is why Penny is so important to her family; They can’t loose their third daughter, it would just be too much. Now that Penny is 16, her Ticker (the clockwork heart inside her) is getting outdated and the only person who can augment an updated version is Warwick. But he is in prison. It seems like there’s no hope for Penny. There are two quotes i would like to share.

This novel is quite fascinating because it is set in the industrial era, although the technology is extremely advance. They have flying car-like objects, augmented eyes in people, clockwork hearts, clockwork bugs and horses, machinery that can speak to the dead, and much more. It is extremely odd how the setting is all in the past but the technology is even more futuristic than now. I think this is a  factor that makes the book even more interesting and makes the reader want to read on because to be honest, the fist few chapters is a bit boring compared to all the action that happened near the end.

Hit me hard, just once, I was sure to shatter. With my family gone, who will pick up the pieces? (206)

This is penny thinking to herself. Her heart is failing; she is dying and her family is kidnapped. Who will be there for her if she dies? When she dies? I am very fond of this quote because the writer uses a metaphor here. I like how she referred to Penny’s life as a piece of glass. When she dies, that’s all she will be; shattered.

“We’ve all had terrible things happen to us… Only the week use it as an excuse to pray upon others.” (205)

Here Marcus is speaking, The commander of the Ferrum Virae Police (and Penny’s boyfriend). Here They are talking about their losses – Marcus lost his brother and Penny lost her sister. I admire this quote because it explains his viewpoint on what the consequences are of what happens to us. I also agree with him here.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes old language and old settings. Also someone who won’t mind a bit of blood and action – some parts are a bit grotesque and quite descriptive. I wouldn’t recommend this book to people who like more subtle and calm reads; this is definitely not a serene read.

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February 15th DEAR journal – Perfect Chemistry

Perfect Chemistry written by Simone Elkeles, is indeed as the name suggested, a romance novel. The novel follows the classic, ‘good girls always falls for bad boys’. Britney and Alex are the complete opposites of each other. Britney’s the ‘golden girl’ of their high school Fairfield High school. Not only is her family wealthy, she’s drop dead gorgeous, smart and has a loving boyfriend. She is the definition of ‘perfect’. Or so everyone think so. Britney wants everyone to think that she is perfect, however, her life is far from that. Alex comes from a lower classed family and lives in the dangerous part of the town. He is part of a gang called ‘Latino blood’, everyone is afraid of him and no one would dare to mess with him.

Britney and Alex has never crossed paths during their three years of high school, that is until their senior year Chemistry class. They were partnered up for the entire year where they had to constantly meet up for their projects. Slowly as the story progresses Britney and Alex, though both try to hate each other as much as possible, begins to fall for each other.

Britney discovers that the bad boy everyone thought Alex was, was all just an act. He was nothing but a complete sweetheart. The only reason he joined his gang was to protect his family. Especially his little brother, Alex joining the Latino Blood meant that his little brother didn’t need to. Not only did Britney get to see the real Alex; Alex also gets a peek into Britney’s ‘perfect’ life. Alex finds out that Brittany’s life is not perfect. If anything it is far from it. She has a mom who judges everything she wears, an absent father, and a sister who is battling cerebral palsy.

I suggest this book to anyone who is looking for a classic book to read. Always reading books with a lot of twist can get tiring, hence, this book is a perfect book to help that. The book is very predicable but I really enjoyed it as I didn’t have to worry about what was to happen, instead, I got to look more into the character’s personality and the way the author portrayed them. Overall, its a great book to read now, it was just Valentine’s day and its the holidays; great time to just sit back a relax.

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DEAR – The beginning of Everything

Golden boy Ezra Faulkner no longer ceases to be Homecoming King after a tragic accident crushes his knee, athletic carer and social life.After reuniting with his pre-school best friend (Toby), Ezra sees there’s more to life than after parties and being one of the ‘cool’ kids. Toy introduces Ezra to a young girl who he has no idea will change his life.

Cassidy Thorpe.

Cassidy is the mysterious, reckless new girl who no one knows about, except for well, (now) Ezra. Falling in love with her is not something Ezra chose and definitely something he was warned about. Cassidy has had many tragedies in her life but what she didn’t expect her biggest one to be was to let Ezra go. After finding out that her older brother (now deceased) was the driver in the black SUV responsible for Ezra’s accident, Cassidy can’t stand to be with him anymore. This is a heartbreaking story but of course with a lot of humor.

I personally didn’t like the book while I was reading it but I just had to finish it. Throughout the whole book you get these preconceptions of what the end will be like and how it will be so cliché if they end up together but the ending does strike you out of nowhere. I must say the whole book was a teeny bit boring for me, it wasn’t like John Green’s books where even with realistic event they still capture you. Nope, it was nothing like that. Although I must say that the ending was unexpected, however it is not a book i would read again. I would recommend this book to maybe people who have nothing to read at the  moment but really, it’s an okay book. It’s not the most awful book, there’s just not a lot of action and drama. If you’re somebody who loves the kind of books like Percy Jackson or The Hunger Games then i suggest you try and look for another book because ethos isn’t for you. However if you like reading simple stories with a little romance and humor then this is the book for you.

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Firewall – DEAR Entry

Firewall, a riveting crime novel written by Henning Mankell, consists of a series of eccentric and grisly incidents that sweep across Sweden. The chain of evens begin with the discovery of an inexplicable corpse in front of an ATM one evening, then follows the slaughter of an elderly taxi driver and a murder committed aboard a ferry. When everyone begins to believe that the series of dreadful deaths have eventually come to a halt, yet another gruesome incident occurs – a massive blackout in the city which is caused by a scorched corpse disrupting the connections in a power substation. As detective Kurt Wallander investigates the series of brutal incidents, he unravels the connection among them. However, unknowingly, every discovery Wallander makes leads him closer to a group of anarchic terrorists, shielded by the anonymity of cyberspace.

Unlike any other crime novel, Firewall consists of an engrossing story plot that is intricately crafted and has the capability to throw its reader off guard. At one point in the novel, you would feel as if all bits and pieces have been unraveled and resolved, however, by turning the page, you would find yourself once again overwhelmed by the baffling loose strands that are left hanging in midair. In general, I quite enjoyed the storyline, especially the buildup of tension and the linguistic techniques employed in the novel. Nonetheless, the characterisation can be bland at times, resulting in tedious sections in the novel.

I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy reading detective novels that consist of numerous plot twists and vibrant imagery, since Firewall offers all of that. On the other hand, readers who detest or feel uncomfortable reading novels that consist of gruesome content and story plots should definitely steer away from this novel.

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