Deep Thinker 2.2

Source: In the book Ender’s Shadow, by Orson Scott Card, on page 81 it says,

Quote: “I’m afraid, Bean thought, because I don’t see how I can ever be so tall.”

Context: In the book Bean is being transported to Battle School by a police escort. He doesn’t see how he can ever be a soldier like these police officers. He is only a kid after all, and has been through a hard life so far.

This Makes Me Think: This makes me think about the fact that we compare ourselves to others too much. We should always try to do our best to accomplish our goals and dreams. When we are scared we should have courage and face the problem.The best thing to do when you are down is to get back up and keep going. Courage isn’t having no fear, it is you going to do something about the fear.

The Machinations that Wheel Us There

I think his spoilers are true. He isn’t really a joker. He is Death, not the Disney Hades from Hercules. Yes, I believe Death when he says that all these bad stuff will happen. I feel like I can still enjoy the book and ending if I have already read it because some things are so good that you want to keep doing it. When you reread something you might see something you didn’t see before or get some new insight on some stuff. I personally learned more when I reread something. There can be something you didn’t see before that is very beneficial.

Deep Thinker 2.1

Soure: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, page 50

Quote: “Well, if compassion didn’t work, sternness might.”

Context: Sister Carlotta is trying to get Bean to do something that she believes is good for him.

This Makes Me Think: This makes me think about the fact that sometimes you shouldn’t always be super nice, and that a little push can help. If your mom asks you to do your room and you say no, then she yells at you to do it, you are more likely to listen to when she yells. Being nice is good, but sometimes putting your foot down can really prove your point. Most people say no too much or too little. We should find a balance between being nice and putting through some discipline and confidence. It is a short sentence but it has some good thoughts.                     

Max Abandoned His Family

Max abandoned his family because someone came to help. Max was with his family when he came. He said only one can come with me. He wants Max to come because they are friends. Max goes and leaves his family, and they get later sent to the death camps. Max is very sad that they couldn’t come. I feel like he made the best decision. If they all stayed they would all go the the death camps. If one of the others went, it would be harder for them continue. Max is a tough guy so he can handle it even though it is hard.

Book Review 2.1

Source: Ender’s Shadow, written by Orson Scott Card.  It has 467 pages, it is a Science Fiction novel, and I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.

How it starts: Growing up is never easy. But try living on the mean streets as a very small 4 year old child begging for food and fighting like a dog with ruthless gangs of starving kids who wouldn’t hesitate to pound your skull into pulp for a scrap of apple. Bean learned how to survive on the streets. He does not do it with fists, but with brains. Bean is a genius with an amazing ability to zero in on his enemy and exploit his weakness.

How it gets complicated: What better quality for a future general to lead the Earth in a final battle against a entire alien race, known as Buggers. At Battleschool Bean meets and befriends another future commander – Ender Wiggins – perhaps his only true rival. But for Ender and Bean, the future is now. This takes place on Earth and in space.

What I liked:There was lots of cool ways they solved the problems they faced.

What I disliked: I did not like how much language there is. If you can handle some language and enjoy science fiction then this is your book.


On Stealing

In the Book Thief Liesel and Rudy steal a basket of food for priests from a delivery boy on his bike. The priests have been eating really well, but Rudy and Liesel are hungry. They pour ice onto the street freezing it, and when the delivery boy comes he falls and gets knocked-out. They take the food and leave him there. Stealing isn’t good, but sometimes it is worth it because of the harsh times you may be in. Also the government is a bit corrupt. One problem is that they stole the food for the priests who are very important in their society.   

Are Books Dangerous?

The Nazis would burn books, and I don’t know actually why, but I have some ideas. I think they wanted books gone so nobody would get ideas, so that they will continue to love the Nazi government. If someone read the Hunger Games during world war II then they would get an idea of overthrowing the government or something. It would lead to some big problems. I think books can be dangerous because of the ideas and thoughts it can introduce. I think books are good still. Books are dangerous, and so are guns. It all depends on how you use things.  

What I look for in a Good Character

In my life the characters that I’ve enjoyed the most when I’ve read about in books usually are funny and strong/powerful. One example character is Gimli from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He is very stubborn,  smart with axes, and doesn’t like to admit that he is wrong. I like when a book shows the character’s thoughts. I enjoy a character if they are smart, funny, and powerful; even if they are an antagonist. When the author puts in personalities of characters it can help you connect to them. When there are good characters you can enjoy a book a lot more.