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The Student of Rowan’s Magical Academy

by on Apr.22, 2016, under Humanities

As more and more fantasy fiction books are published it’s really hard to find a good one.

 

Introducing The Maelstrom, 4th book of The Tapestry Series(by Henry Neff). The story is set in a world recreated and made to fit the demons and the only thing that stands between the survivors of humanity and the ancient creatures is the magical kingdom of Rowan Academy, ““You think Prusias will just leave you be?” “I don’t see why not.” She shrugged… Max starred hard at the woman. “You had better pray that we win,” he said quietly. “Because if Rowan falls, there will be no one left standing between you and Prusias’ army.””(p. 390) The protagonist of this piece of literature is Max, he is a demigod graduated from the Magical school Rowan, ““You are the sun and the storm and the master of all the feats I have to teach. You are these things because you must be… do not forget, you are the son of a god.””(p. 404) As the story continues as the main character Max McDaniels travels across the ocean that separates Rowan’s territory apart from the lands of the demons, trying to find inlet on the secret weapon that the kingdom of Blys holds. The main characters found out one of the secret weapons were clones of him. As the story continues Max a war breaks out between the four parts of the demon kingdom. Along the way, fleeing from the outbreak of war Max and his group rescues people along the way back to their kingdom.

 

The Tapestry, reminded me of two other books called, The Reckoning and Percy Jackson. In The Reckoning, the main character also had clones of him acting against them; in both books there were secret weapons on the main character used against them. In Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the main character was also a demigod, and had magical powers. The connection between Percy Jackson series is especially strong, not just because they are fantasy/mythology type novels, but they are both circling around the true myths and legends, which made it very interesting because it’s not just randomly made up, this makes the story easier to understand. Even though both stories were based on preexisting legends or myth, they didn’t feel plain old but instead the authors messed around with the myths a bit to make it interesting.

 

In conclusion I think the Maelstrom is a really good book and people who haven’t read it should really check this series out and also the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

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Neff, Henry. The Maelstrom. Vol. 4. N.p.: Random House for Young Readers, 2012. Print. The Tapestry.

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Found Poem

by on Feb.04, 2016, under Uncategorized

From zero to zero,

Through dangerous water.

To finally gain a strength,

Yet sacrifice still came.

 

The Jewel of royalty,

Sacred green lights shine bright.

A wizard shall take the stone,

And save magic itself.

 

A scum from the dark streets,

A night of destiny,

Changes of soul and looks,

A hero has been born.

 

The sacrifice’s been made,

And Scattered on the ground,

Lays the shard remaining,

Of what used to be bright.

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Exposition: Theif

by on Jan.28, 2016, under Uncategorized

Is it possible that stealing a rock from an old man’s pocket could get you just this close to death? ConnWaer a thief who slither’s through the dark street’s of Twilight City, had just decided to steal a stone from an old man. What he didn’t know was that the person he was stealing from isn’t an ordinary old man. He is a wizard, and stealing a magic stone (which kills the person that isn’t the owner) from a wizard isn’t always the best idea.

 

In the book, Magic Thief, By Sarah Prineas, tells the story of a boy named Conn and his journey of becoming a wizard apprentice. As Conn said: “A thief is a lot like a wizard, they have to have quick hands.”(Chapter 1, Page 1), Because of this reason he thinks that it is what makes hime fit to be a wizard. Conn struggles through the story to find his own Locus Stone. As danger lurks in the city of Twilight, Conn races against time to find his Locus stone in order to stop the disaster that is closing on the city’s magic. In this blog post I chose to do a mood and setting description from the exposition of the book, because I think this is the best way to express how the story is.

 

The breeze brushed through the alleys of the city of Twilight. A mouse scurried across the street into the sewer. Silky rain fell from the creeping night sky. Tiny streams of water flowed down against the slick stonewalls of the street. A boy’s glowing eyes reflected the moon. His boots full of holes was set firmly against the ground, his old and torn leather coat flapped as a gust of wind blew by. He crouched in the shadow between the small alleys, and sets his hand down onto the wet ground. He slowed his rapid breaths and became very still, he new that in the shadows, he is impossible to see. The Boy set his eyes down the street, staring of into the far distance. He was staring at an old man. His long black coat almost reached the floor, and with a golden chain hanging out of his pocket, the boy in the shadow knew instantly that he was going to be rich. As the old walked, his cane tapped against the stone pavement, the sound echoing down the empty street. The Boy stared at his pray, if this goes successfully he wouldn’t have to starve tonight. He turned his focus onto the old mans pocket. You can’t see his face but you know he is smiling. The watch in the old man’s pocket is going to keep him full for days.

Prineas, Sarah, and Antonio Javier Caparó. The Magic Thief. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008. Print.

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Post Card From ConnWaer

by on Jan.22, 2016, under Humanities, Uncategorized

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In the book, Magic Thief, By Sarah Prineas, tells the story of a boy named Conn and his journey of becoming a wizard apprentice. As Conn said: “A thief is a lot like a wizard, they have to have quick hands.”(Chapter 1, Page 1), Because of this reason he thinks that it is what makes hime fit to be a wizard. Conn struggles through the story to find his own Locus Stone. As danger lurks in the city of Twilight, Conn races against time to find his Locus stone in order to stop the disaster that is closing on the city’s magic. I chose to do a multimedia blog post because I wanted to create a prop from the story to help people better understand the items in this story.

 

Prineas, Sarah, and Antonio Javier Caparó. The Magic Thief. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008. Print.

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This is The Beginning of the End

by on Nov.09, 2015, under Uncategorized

Book: The Fate of Ten (Sixth Book of the “I am Number Four” Series)

Author: Pittacus Lore

This Poem Gives the viewers an idea of what the theme of the book is about. This poem shows the main theme of the story. Showing that the book “The fate of Ten” would most likely talk about the beginning of the end and wars that is between two sides of opposing force.

Poem:

They

Have begun their invasion

They

Have destroyed our planet

They

Will take your planet by force

They

Will show no mercy

They

Believe they’re unstoppable

We

Have come out of the dark

We

Can crush their forces

We

Have unleashed an ancient power and

We

Have turned the tide because

We

Are no longer alone in this fight

You

Have been granted with our gift

You

Will protect your planet with us

We

Will guide you of your powers and

Together

We will destroy them, once and for all

This

Is the beginning of the End

 

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The Fate of Ten

by on Oct.27, 2015, under Humanities

Book: The Fate of Ten

Author: Pittacus Lore

Poem:

 

 

 

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Lore, Pittacus. The Fate of Ten: Book Six of the Lorien Legacies. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

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New Member

by on Oct.25, 2015, under Humanities

 

Have you every imagined aliens and aliens fighting against each other on earth? Well this book, Fate of Ten, by Pittacus Lore, talks about a war between aliens that is raging at earth. The main characters are aliens with super powers that is fighting against a whole nation of evil aliens. As more human realizes what is happening they starts to join the good aliens that are protecting earth so they don’t have to fight alone anymore.

 

—–For avoiding spoiler alerts all the letters well replace the character’s names—–

 

Darkness falls upon the three teenagers, Boy A instantly reflects, using his powers holding death just centimeters from their faces. Boy A falls to his knees holding up the tunnel, blood and sweat dripped into the thin layer of water at his foot, the sound echoed in the tunnel. Boy B sees this and rushes in to help support the tunnel. Both of them struggled, labored breath coming out of their mouths. Girl A stands there, not sure if she should run and save her own life or help them. Girl A takes a step back and stops. The sound ricochets of the tunnel walls bouncing back and forth. Then there was silence except for the dripping sound of blood and the labored breathing of the boys. The expression on the girl’s face changed from hesitation to determination as she stepped forward and joined the boys as a new member.

Lore, Pittacus. The Fate of Ten: Book Six of the Lorien Legacies. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

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Butterfly Affect

by on Aug.30, 2015, under Uncategorized

Sound of thunder                                                        Philip Fang

By: Ray Bradbury

(The Butterfly Affect of time)

 

Time machine exists in the future. People pay a company called the Safari Inc. that takes them back in time to hunt. The setting is in a place where an election for the president is about to happen. A hunter named Eckels pays a huge bill to go back in time with the a Safari Inc leader, Travis, to hunt the almighty T-Rex. Eckels is the main character of the story. He is a curious hunter that wants to experience what it feels like to hunt in the time of dinosaurs. In the story he shows his personality as some-what weak and the lack of bravery and following instruction lead the future as they know into chaos. Travis is the safari leader that is handling the trip back in time for Eckels. In the story he has showed that he is very cautious and has the ability to handle things smoothly when disasters happen.

Eckels has a hobby for hunting, and he wants a reward way fiercer than what he can get in his age of time. He wants to take down the king of all beasts through out the history of earth, the T-rex. He pays the Safari to take him back in time to hunt. Eckels freaks out when he sees the T-rex and disobeys the order by stepping of the platform and in the process killing a butterfly. After going back to the future Eckels realized that killing the butterfly has caused the election to go wrong and most importantly changing the language. In rage Travis kills Eckels in the end.

I was three when my parents warned me to not play on the stairs, but i didn’t listen. At that time i was full of curiosity and had a heart that wanted to play all the time. I was standing on the edge of the staircase that was leading down to the first floor. The whole day I was playing with a new umbrella that my parents bought. I was swinging the umbrella around like a sword, and then i had the idea of raising myself up with the umbrella. It was a stupid idea but at that time I didn’t think it was stupid. I did it once and I ended up fine but my dad saw it and he warned me not to do it again. Of course I didn’t listen, did it again and lost balance and fell down the flight of stairs. My parents were very angry that i didn’t listen. Just like in the story, sound of thunder, Eckels and I didn’t acknowledge the warning and ended up in big trouble.

The three years-old me is just like Eckels in the story. We arevery alike in a way of not following the rules and in the end causing big trouble that neither of us would wanted to happen.

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The Bamboo People – Author writing the story

by on Feb.11, 2015, under Humanities

Question: Imagine that you could “peek” behind the scenes to see the author as she is writing this story. Describe in detail what you see what is the author wearing? What’s in the room? What tools are being used? What time of day is it? What’s happening outside.

 

The soft light of the fireplace is glowing in the dim lit room the Author is eating a hamburger while drinking coffee, watching anime, doodling and typing up a story called The Bamboo People. It is a winter night,   the freak snowstorm is raging on outside the house, the wind is rattling the windows. The author is sitting calmly on his sofa doing the stuff that was just mentioned. A dog and a cat is curled around the author’s foot while a hamster is sitting on his head. The author is multitasking, but still able to right the book.

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Introduction Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins

by on Feb.04, 2015, under Humanities

The book is about two boys from very different cultures meets each other because of the war. The novel was very interesting as you view from two different people’s perspective, because the two perspective are from two people who are supposed to be enemies . The novel was really good, better than The Giver because it has  more action and it’s about war. But the book was not as good as some other books I’ve read because this type of book is not the kind I normally favor.

I think people who like topic about war would like it and people who won’ t mind the main character to lose a few parts of their body. One of the reasons I would recommend this book is because you have two very different perspective in there and it’s funny how one of the caracter starts out as a wimp and ends still as a wimp.

Even though the book doesn’t have that much action in it the main story line is still very intense and exiting, it is a good book.

 

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