The book The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness was a book recommended to me by my brother. After reading it, I now see why he liked it so much. Below are 4 things I like about the book.

 

Number 1: Colloquialism

Probably the first thing you’ll notice when you read this book is that it’s very casual, throwing in lots of slang here and there. This really gives the reader the feeling that they are actually listening to the protagonist, Todd’s thoughts for narration.

 

Number 2: Misspelled Words

Throughout the book, there are a few words that aren’t spelled correctly. For example, he spells creatures is spelled “creachers”, and preparations is spelled “preparayshuns”. This goes along with the first point about showing Todd using the narration. It is mentioned in the chapter “Prentisstown” that when his caretaker Ben tries to teach him to read and write, the mayor locks Ben up for a week, so he had never learned how to spell properly.

 

Number 3: The Noise

The Noise is a very important part of the story. It’s the whole reason why Prentisstown is in such a bad shape, and it’s a way author Patrick Ness explores Todd’s internal conflict. The place where the story takes place is in a place called New World. In this place the men, and only the men, are infected with this thing called the Noise that allows everybody around hear whoever have the Noise’s thoughts. This makes Todd have to be really careful about what he thinks and it causes him to push away some of his problems.

 

Number 4: Sci-Fi?

Although it is in the genre of science fiction, it doesn’t really feel like one. It’s only really sci-fi because it takes place on a different planet, and even then, the New World seems very similar to Earth. It even has the same animals. The point is that I don’t really like reading science fiction, but with this book, instead of just having lots of futuristic technology, it really just focuses on Todd, the Noise, and how the Noise affected the humans.

Jan
17
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Name: Daniel L.

Location: Beijing, China

Occupation: Student

If my house was to burn I would probably bring:

  • My backpack
  • A Pokémon handbook
  • “The Power of Poppy Pendle” by Natasha Lowe
  • A stuffed Pumpkaboo doll
  • My banana pencil case
  • My whatever notebook
  • Thick winter socks
  • Passport
  • Student ID
  • Earphones
  • A pack of origami

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Jan
16

Photograph by Thomas P. Peschak, National Geographic

This photo was taken September of last year underwater in Laguna San Ignacio. I like this photo because from the page I got it from, the description below the photo said that these whales used to be feared by the fisherman. In this photo, you can see that there are lots of scratches on the whale’s body, showing that it may have been hurt by the fisherman. The description continues on to say that “the unusually friendly animals are now a crucial part of the economy”, and then back in the photo you can see the two hands in to water kind of calling the whale over showing acceptance after a while of fear. The photo is very simple, with only a few objects in it. This really helps the viewer to focus on the whale and the two hands. In my opinion, this photo is important because it shows how something that seemed threatening can actually be the opposite.

Jan
11

Mrs. McGinty Dead is a mystery novel by Agatha Christie, and like with any mystery novel, there is a detective as the protagonist of the story. Mr. Poirot, as the protagonist, is this this book’s famous detective. While I was reading the story, Mr. Poirot started to remind me of another fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.

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Nov
15
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Taken from Encyclopedia SpongeBobia

SpongeBob SquarePants is a cartoon show that takes place underwater with anthropomorphic sea creatures, like talking fish, living in an underwater town called, Bikini Bottom. The episode “Spot Returns” has its focus on Plankton who is the reoccurring antagonist of the show. In previous episodes, Plankton always wanted to steal the Krabby Patty Formula from the restaurant, the Krusty Krab, which is the restaurant that the series’ main protagonist, SpongeBob SquarePants, works. Therefore, long time viewers of the show would ask the question, “Will Plankton learn the Krabby Patty Formula?” . Read the rest of this entry »

Ordeal by Cheque is a short story that is only told through a series of checks and below is my reinterpretation of it.

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Oct
26

Above is an excerpt of the short story, “Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe. “Tell-Tale Heart” is about a man being bothered by the old man’s eye so much that the man is driven mad and kills him. The story is in first-person perspective with the man as the narrator, talking directly to the reader. Below is my reinterpretation of the short story, still in first-person perspective, but with a different narrator. Hopefully you can guess what the narrator is.

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Sep
13
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Imagine this: all the world in front of you was completely white, the temperature was way below freezing, and all you wanted was to get home to eat a hot meal and warm up by the fire. Well, in the short story “To Build a Fire”, the author, Jack London, has the protagonist struggle with exactly that problem.

 

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Three Times Lucky. Digital image. Lesa’s Book Critiques. Blogger, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 3 May 2017.

I have not gotten into mystery books in a long time, and so when I went to the library, I found Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage in the mystery section. The book had an interesting story. It was about Mo and Dale solving the mystery of Mr. Jesse’s death. But even though it’s about a rebellious eleven-year-old kid investigating a murder, the beginning of the story seems to really emphasize on the concept of family and community. In this post, I want to look how Three Times Lucky talks about this and how it affects Mo, as she is the protagonist of the story. Read the rest of this entry »