Log Time

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This Log is talking about Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery Pleasant’s only pupil. It shows how she grows and hopefully shows what type of character she is. I could only fit three logs in, and plus nobody wants to watch a 5-6 min video about something they don’t really know.

A little about Valkyrie Cain: Valkyrie Cain is one of those common girls that grew up in a suburban lifestyle, she has always had food on the table, she has always been a good student, and there was not much to say about her life until… A so called tragic accident happen and Valkyrie Cain, Known by her parents and friends as Stephanie Edgley. Her Uncle died, everything seemed to change for her from that instant on it just became horrible. Things that were thought to be fables were becoming true.

“What is it?’ Stephanie whispered.
‘That, my dear Valkyrie, is what we call a monster.’
She looked at Skulduggery. ‘You don’t know what it is, do you?’
‘I told you what it is, it’s a horrible monster. Now shut up before it comes over here and eats us.”

(Derek Landy, 27)

She meets a somewhat type of guy more of a skeleton called Skulduggery Pleasant and he is the one that will teach her and practically raise her, as she become to know her true self as Valkyrie Cain.

I made this Log 3 posts long because I figured nobody wants to watch a 5-6 minute long video which they can barely connect with. Also the spelling and grammatical errors in the video is how I envisioned the character writing.

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant. Vol. 1. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Print. Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1.

The Sceptre- Dabbling with Necromancy

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Nafarian Serpine, think back to the bad dreams you had, then the memories and than make that into a person. Nafarian Serpine is that. An evil sorcerer who dabbles in necromancy, he defies the thin fabric that keeps the world safe from evil that lurks with in, his one quest to destroying humanity and bringing back the faceless ones. He would use the scepter of the ancients to do so.

“The Faceless Ones created the crystal and the crystal sang to the Faceless Ones when an enemy neared. But when The Ancients approached the crystal was silent, and it did not sing to the Faceless Ones, and the Faceless Ones did not know it was taken.” (Derek Landy, Ch. 32)

The crystal is one of the key components that make the sceptre that killed the Faceless Ones. Nafarian Serpine planned to use this power to bring back the Faceless Ones. He killed hundreds; each time getting him closer to his goal of bringing back the ones he called master. Nafarian was just a small pawn in a big chess game.

In the first book of Skulduggery Pleasant we are hinted that there is a connection that is between Nafarian Serpine and Skulduggery dating back before Valkyrie Cain, Skulduggery’s pupil. We later found out that Skulduggery’s was changed into his skeleton form because of Nafarian, it turns out that Nafarian Serpine had poisoned Skulduggery, but Skulduggery was still needed in the mortal world, so now he is Skeleton detective that fights evil.

The book starts to get even more interesting when it reaches the Climax, when Nafarian Serpine goes after the book of ancients. When he ends up blowing it up with the sceptre things really start to go bad.

Find out more in the next post of Skulduggery Pleasant.

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Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant. Vol. 1. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Print. Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1.

In a World Where Fantasy is Reality

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Bám! Bàm! Baaa! In a world where fantasy is reality, where myths are history, magic is power. Set in the streets of Ireland, this novel will knock your socks off! It is hard to find a book that incorporates fantasy, action, romance, and more… and have it come out good! Skulduggery Pleasant written by Derek Landy is just one of those books that hits it on the bull’s-eye with ease.

Some of the greatest components of this book are, some of the simplest things. Such as the characters, while immersing the readers they also entertain, bringing up real life situations through character vs. character conflicts, the characters rock the show. One of the main characters and one of my favorite is- Skulduggery Pleasant- He is a special type of detective with a very special skill set, and a very unique psyche. He makes it his mission to rid the land of evil and protect the people dearest to him: Valkyrie Cain. He is a great part of the story bringing in humorous, yet smart comments to the story. With remarks such as: “Doors are for people with no imagination.”(Ch. 4, Derek Landy). Another Example is:

“What is it?’ Stephanie whispered.
‘That, my dear Valkyrie, is what we call a monster.’
She looked at Skulduggery. ‘You don’t know what it is, do you?’
‘I told you what it is, it’s a horrible monster. Now shut up before it comes over here and eats us.” (Ch. 27, Derek Landy)

I believe that Skulduggery Pleasant and myself would get along quite fraternally. Not because we look the same. No not because of that at all, first of all he is a skeleton and he do magic, he is a detective and carries a gun. I believe it is more of the personality traits. He has this sense of humour that is very unique, he says things like: “Oh I found something, never-mind it is just more floor!” He is very smart and witty, he can have a laugh even when the situations are folding out against him. This point would probably change him from me a bit because if things weren’t going my way I am not sure if I can still have a laugh about it. But something I believe I can connect with him is the fact of wanting to be a detective and to save lives. I think it would be pretty cool, I have spent many hours dressing up in a detective or crime fighting outfit, going around looking for things out of the ordinary.

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Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant. Vol. 1. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. Print. Skulduggery Pleasant Book 1.

The end to Immortals

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The end to this book was like an emotional roller costar it would give you tons of feelings along the way. From main characters close to dying to people getting eaten by meat eating ants the ending made my heart pound all the way to the last page. The book was great I was sad when it ended, the theme was mainly about the creation of immortals, it talked about how a group of scientists created an immortal girl, who was the key to furthering the existence of the human race.

The main problem in the story was about how scientists were killing innocent people for their tests and they were getting away with it. In the resolution this problem is solved but if you want to know how, you will have to read the book Origin, by Jessica Khoury. The story already has a good conflict but I had one of my own the story talked about the creation of immortals but never stated the consequences. There could be serious consequences if every human being on the planet was immortal, one of which is that there would be massive over population there would be larger problems with immigration between first and third world countries because of the lack of resources in the third world country and also the over population. A ripple effect of over population would be limits on amount of baby’s born and because of this law there will be another ripple effect where there will be problems where higher social classes will have more benefits than the lower social classes and this will just cause more problems.

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Khoury, Jessica. Origin. New York: Razorbill, 2012. Print.

Diary Days by pia

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I chose to make the diary how I did because it shows how a teenage girl would think. At the cover of the diary I  put to stickers saying do not open private keep out, this was to make it feel like the diary was made by a teenager. In this part of the book Origin by Jessica Khoury, there was a lot of action going on and Pia was experiencing a lot of emotion, I feel that i showed this by adding in pauses in the writing and also the way I wrote it.

Khoury, Jessica. Origin. New York: Razorbill, 2012. Print.

Oblivious She Is

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Origin by Jessica Khourye, takes place in one of the most untouched lands, in the great rain forest of Brazil. It is here where the story begins. Pia, a girl that has been genetically made to be perfect in everyway by a group of scientists she calls uncle and aunt, is now 14 years of age and has never seen the outside world. The scientists restrict her movements and will not let her leave the compound, known as Little Cam, so that she is not exposed to the outside. Pia has been created to be immortal and to assist the scientists in the creation of an immortal race“ for the greater good” (Khourye, #33).

Beyond the fences and the windows of her bedroom she is isolated in her own little world. She was born there, she grew up there, and is where she will live for eternity. Pia got restless and one day she escaped into the jungle and found a village called Iowa, thus starting the conflict in the exposition. Now that she had been exposed to the village she had to lie about knowing it. She also had conflict with thinking about going back; it started a battle within her. She went back and she met an Iowan boy named Eio. They spent time together and they started getting really close and in order for Pia to see him she had to hide what she was doing from the scientists.

The story also reminds me of the Giver because of the dystopian aspect of the story, it reminds me of how in the Giver the citizens do not know anything beyond there very small world.

 

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Khoury, Jessica. Origin. New York: Razorbill, 2012. Print.

Time Travel is an Interesting Thing

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The short story “ The Sound of Thunder” written by Ray Bradbury, Is an interesting read it talks about time travel and time travel anomalies, in my opinion I think that the story has a good rising action and climax to it, it uses a lot of figurative language for example (Bradbury, Page 4) “There was a sound like a gigantic bonfire burning all of Time”, This language helps the reader engage with the story and also creates a powerful image in the readers mind, this certainly helped me read through the story with pleasure.

The story has a interesting rising action it talks about how the characters arrive into this place before humans, before modern day animals, before most things we now have, it is a untouched place by humans and the smallest alteration will change the course of history, back to the rising action, so, they arrived in the jungle, oh, did I mention they had guns? Well they had guns, for hunting. They arrived they and they had guns, where they landed there was a floating platform that was set up by man kind to keep the human touch from this world of tranquility and peace, they set up for the wait, the hunting party was eagerly waiting for the arrival of there prey, the great and mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, they waited and finally they heard it, it came out of the bushes and into the clearing and the hunters were ready, they started firing, and in a matter of seconds the kill was dead.

It was all good and jolly and everybody was fine and dandy but this is where the climax of the story comes in, the main character of the story accidentally steps onto a butterfly and now we have what is called the butterfly effect, a imperfection that will change the course of history.

 

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Bradbury, Ray. A Sound of Thunder and Other Stories. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005. Print.

Jhe Jamazing Japanese Jampire

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The Empire I chose was the Japanese empire, I chose this empire because I was captivated by how interesting it was. The most interesting thing that I learned about the Japanese empire was that in world war 2 the Japanese emperor had greater power than the Japanese prime minister, another thing I learned was that the Japanese empire did not start till around the second world war. The fall of the empire came at the end of the second world war when Japan lost to the Americans.

In doing this task I it helped me learn about the Japanese empire in a more in-depth way. Finding the land mass of the Rising Sun empire was really hard for me.

My book Review- Among The Hidden

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Book Review- Among the Hidden

Lachlan Oldfield

TV… Computer… Gameboy… This boy as none of that! His name is Luke and he is a shadow child, he has no friends, no social life and can’t even go outside. He stares through the window until he sees… He is a child among the hidden.

This book is a page flipper you go through it really fast it just entices you so much you just want to continue reading. It is an easy read so it will suet even novice readers. One of my favorite parts of this book was the variety of character personalities, there are so many there are some that make you laugh some that are stubborn and some that are mixed with quite a few. Also there was this really powerful and emotional scene where what happened just makes you build up with emotion I am not sure about you but when I read it made me really MAD!!! (This part was in chapter 27, pg. 127)

I thought this book was very good but I thought the author might have rushed to some parts to quickly and it kind of lost its power but even so it quickly regained it. If I was going to suggest something to the author that would be my main concern other than that it was very good and there would not really be any other problem not even problem concern there would not be any concern.

If I was going to recommend this book to a certain type of reader it would be pretty hard because it suites most readers. Overall this book by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a really good book and I recommend it.

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Belgium Police foil “imminent” terror attack

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Belgium Police foil “imminent” terror attack

The Other day there was a gun battle with three suspected terrorists and in the small country of Belgium. Two of these suspected terrorists were gun down by police after drawing there weapons and opening fire, The third however did not choose too fight but instead tried to flee the area he was detained for further investigation.

Since Belgium is having a great effort too crack down on ISIS terrorist there have been a great number of Belgian commandos deployed to protect buildings such as the police headquarters, Jewish museums ext. All of this is requested/deployed because of fear of safety. It has also been confirmed that there are at least 20 sleeper cells in Europe so that was another reason to deploy Belgian troops onto the streets, also the presence of the troops is very clear they are not trying to be discreet at all.

“The terror alert in Belgium has been raised from a 2 to 3 with a high of 4”, quote by CNN reporter, Belgium. There have also been people in Greece linked to some of the terrorist plots that could possibly take place in places like Belgium.

I decided to post this news story because I know it is from a reliable source (CNN) and it also a big subject right now in the news community and it has a big impact with the people around it. Also the magnitude of it is enormous it has a lot to do with the western side of Europe. It is also “bad new” (talks about negative things) and it has been proven that bad news sells better than good news.

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