Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I enjoyed this book. It has a nice mix of science fiction along with action and adventure that all comes together nicely. It seems like there will be a sequel down the road just with the way the book ended. I think there is more to the rebellion of the bots than what is widely known to humanity.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
This was a very good book and the story was well told. I liked the reflective nature of it too. We as humans question decisions all the time, and ask ourselves if anything could have been done differently. Sometimes things can't be changed and we live with the consequences for the rest of our lives. Other times amends can be made even if a few years have gone by. Don't let the title and cover fool you. I thought it was a zombie book when I first saw the title before I read the inside cover.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
So Lovecraft Middle School is a brand new school made of all recycled materials. Unfortunately some of that recycled material cam from a recently demolished haunted mansion. And, when the school was built the ghosts and monsters from the former mansion came along. Now if you are an exceptionally discerning student you might just see the staircase, the library or other parts of the original mansion, that no longer exist. And, because you can see the old mansion, and its unreal beings you may be called upon to rid the school of the malevolent beings. And, there is that friendly ghost to get to know better. Plus, who is that creepy substitute teacher anyway? This is short, fast, not R.L. Stine but not bad either if you like your reading on the spooky side. JDW 4/25/13
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Aprendemos en el libro un poco sobre los papas de el señor King Jr., sus padres, eran humildes su señor padre era pastor baptista, pero tenían muy claro que era lo que querían para su familia. En esta época era muy difícil para los Americanos raza negra porque para ellos el gobierno trabajaba contra ellos. Les negaban oportunidades y esto se significaba que no podían ser parte de una sociedad apropiadamente.
RPA and LD 4/23/2013
Monday, April 01, 2013
Since she was fourteen, all Hannah Ward has known is the Manhattan Ballet. For most of her life she lives, breathes, eats, and drinks ballet. One day, though, she leaves to visit her cousin's bar and meets Jacob, a young and interesting musician. He opens her eyes to the fact that she lives in New York, but has never seen the city. She's so busy with ballet that she never has any time to have a life. While she's trying to figure out if she can have ballet and a life, she meets Matt, an attractive young man who is obsessed with all things ballet. In the midst of trying to see if boys can fit in her busy schedule, Hannah struggles with trying to get solos and a promotion in the company and deciding whether or not she still feels as passionate about ballet as when she first started.
This novel is heavy on the details about being a part of a dance company. There are a lot of dancing terms and the vast majority is about her trying to win parts, dancing, and the drama of rival dancers. While it does a great job showing what that life is like, it can get a bit tiresome if dancing isn't your thing. The character of Matt also comes and goes at random intervals and doesn't seem to do much as a character to add to the story. I understand that Jacob wasn't in the novel that often to show how little time she has, but it he also could have been a stronger presence. A little bit more might have driven home how much she was missing.
In the end, this book is a great window to the world of dance companies. At the same time, it explores the personal struggle of realizing everything you've built your life around might no longer be your passion and where can you go from there. It's a good book, just be prepared for a lot of dancing.