Book Talk 2


I chose to read Muhammad Ali’s biography for my book talk this time. The book goes through his early life, to his conversion to Islam and his fight for civil rights, to his legendary boxing career. He first got into boxing at the age of 12 as a way to release his anger and train to fight. He was born with the name Cassius Clay, but later changed it to Muhammad Ali and declared his old name his slave name. He didn’t support the Vietnam war, saying it went against his religious beliefs, and dodged his draft. This caused a lot of controversy among boxing fans. He won gold in Light Heavyweight in the 1960 Summer Olympics. This got him attention in the boxing world, where he would go on to become one of the greatest, if not the greatest, boxer of all time. He gained this title through his unpredictable, fast fighting style and his sheer confidence. He declared himself to be the best and went on to prove it. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Ali and his legacy in the world of athletics and beyond.

Blog Post 6 (Christmas Gifting)

None of the books from the video really stuck out to me. Maybe it’s just the way the girl talks that puts me off of her recommendations. I remember getting books for Christmas as a kid and always being quietly disappointed. I don’t remember specifically which books I got, but I never read any of them honestly. Like a lot of people my age, I don’t have the patience to sit down and read a book unless it’s part of a school assignment. I’m sure there are plenty of books out there that I would really love if I took the time to read. I just don’t really have any interest in young adult novels. I also kinda hate how graphic novels are often dismissed when it comes to books. I know there’s value in books without pictures, obviously. I just really love art. Maybe I’m getting off track. My point is, books aren’t the most exciting thing to me.

Literature Circle Presentation for The Eye of Minds – Author

James Dashner was born in Georgia in November, 1972. He graduated from BYU with a masters degree in accounting. He has four kids and lives in Utah. He has written and published over twenty books. His first successful series was The 13th Reality series. Then came The Maze Runner series, which were and are his most popular books. Then came The Infinity Ring series, and finally, his most recent and relevant to this post, The Mortal Doctrine series. The first book in the series is the one we read, The Eye of Minds, released in 2013. Next is The Rule of Thought, then The Game of Lives, and finally Gunner Skale, which is a “thirty page e-short”. Dashner’s motivation for writing The Mortal Doctrine series was to do something to differentiate himself from The Maze Runner series. He chose a virtual reality setting because he felt the possibilities were potentially endless. Dashner was particularly inspired in his writing by films such as The Matrix and Inception. He has stated that the three books in the series tell the story they need to, but that he’s somewhat open to writing sequels in the future.

Blog Post #5

This photo represents the code that makes up the VirtNet.

This is Michael in his Coffin, connected to the VirtNet.

This is Michael standing on the floating disk, solving the riddle.


Overall, I thought the book was okay. The concept itself is interesting, but I don’t think the execution was very realistic. A lot of the terminology used was really corny. Like, trying to make the word “hack” sound like it’s some really exciting action thing is a trope I really don’t like. Also, some of the rules with the technology were a little confusing. I did like how switching between games gave the book a lot of variety in its environments. The antagonist, Kaine, was maybe a little too boring, at least at first. It was cool that he turned out to not really be human at all. There were some interesting twists through out the book, but I was kinda bored a lot of the time. I’d recommend it to people that are into teen adventure type novels I guess.

Book Talk

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I read the Steve Jobs biography for my book talk. It goes through his life, both professional and personal. From his childhood, to founding Apple in a garage in Palo Alto, to being kicked out of his own company, to his return. Steve requested Walter Isaacson write his biography. Walter writes the book through long personal conversations he had with Steve about his life experiences. It’s the most accurate and honest story of his life that you’ll find. It doesn’t shy away from his control freak behavior and narcissistic tendencies. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Steve or the history of the computer industry in general.

Blog 3 Series Project 1

I’m reading Scud The Disposable Assassin. It’s a series of graphic novels by Rob Schrab. We follow a defective disposable assassin that refuses to self destruct. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while after having it recommended to me by friends and now I have a reason to. I haven’t read any of it yet, but plan to finish it within the next month or so.

Steelheart Backstory – Cole Huntsman

Steelheart was always egotistical, but never had the means to get his way in the world. Working a dead end job, staring into a cold blinking screen day after day. Constantly doing the work of those more powerful than him. Physically weak and unappealing in nearly every way, forever bitter.His life seemed to revolve around the company he worked for. He had no control over his own life, let alone those around him. And yet he had a psychopathic desire for control over others. Eventually, he became content with the fact those twisted desires would never be fulfilled. Until a strange phenomenon gave him inhuman powers.

He no longer feared thugs with guns. Not even an army posed any threat against him. He was completely immune to their ammunition, no matter the firepower. He also had the bizarre ability to turn anything to steel. This put him on a complete power trip. He started planning how he would take over the city and eventually the world. Being treated like a nobody in the past fueled his need for control and fear. He wanted the people around him to feel as powerless as he once felt.

There was a point where people believed that Steelheart was a hero, but that was before he completely stopped caring what people around him thought, as long as they knew they were below him. He made it his full time mission to make the city his. He wanted to prove he was the ultimate Epic. Forcing other Epics to join him for a slice of the cake or die. He wanted to establish a tyrannical rule with himself sitting on the throne. He managed to do so because nobody could stop him.

Now Steelheart rules over a city he turned to pure steel. Newcago was now his property, as was everyone living in it. If anybody dared step up and fight against his tyrannical reign, he had no doubt he could destroy them effortlessly. He was indestructible and had an army of Epics on his side, fighting his fights for him. There was never the slightest concern that a human held any chance at taking him down. Steelheart’s complete lack of doubt and egotistical nature could be his downfall.


I first learned to read properly in kindergarten. My favorite book series is Scott Pilgrim. I don’t read often, but when I do I prefer peace and quiet. I read books one at a time for sure. My favorite books are usually graphic novels. I really love art in general, and I think stories are told best visually. I can enjoy a book without art as well, I just really love art. I think the sentiment of comics and graphic novels being less than books without pictures is really lame. There’s a certain undeserved stigma against visual storytelling that I don’t agree with at all.