March 23, 2018

Hope

People maintain their hope by doing things that may comfort them. Perhaps going to another person, talking to them and having a good time. Maybe just simply believing that whatever will hope will happen, will happen. You could support that with evidence and reason onto why that could happen, but of course you don’t want to get your hopes up too high in case something happened. Whenever I hope something will happen, I think about it a little but I mostly try not to focus on it too much in case. Depending on the situation, I’ll persuade my parents to let me do it. Such as if I was hoping to go somewhere or to do something with a friend.

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March 7, 2018

Secrets Secrets Are No Fun; Secrets Secrets Hurt Someone

Her keeping some of the secrets is good, others are bad to keep but should be secrets. If she told anyone, even her closest friend, about Max they could all be in big trouble. Liesals secret about stealing food and books is good to keep, even though it’s not a good thing to do at this time period. Knowing and having to keep all of these secrets will probably effect Liesal one way or another. It could end up putting a lot of stress on her, or she’s tempted to tell someone. She may even accidentally say something without realizing, and risk a lot of things for her, her friends, and her family.

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March 2, 2018

Deep thinker #1

Source: Hiddensee, Gregory Maguire, Page 5.

“The wolf bled to death under the moon. In the morning, the old woman broke off a portion of frozen blood. It was like a cracked brown plate. She brought it home to thicken the evening stew.”

Context: Earlier, well about a paragraph earlier, a rogue wolf was prowling around before the old man managed to trap and kill it with his axe. This was the day before in the book. It was also describing that the old man was too afraid to kill the barnyard animals for food, so this was a bit of an accomplishment for him.

This makes me think: Well, I had chose it because it seemed sorta nicely described, not too into it but not too little. It could be considered a bit sickening to others, but I personally thought it was pretty neat. It could be considered well-worded too?

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March 2, 2018

Book Reviews #1

Hiddensee

Hiddensee: A tale of the once and future Nutcracker.

By Gregory Maguire

Genre: Fantasy

Pages/Rating: 283, 4 out of 5 stars.

It starts out with a kid left in the woods named Dirk, who is taken in by two elderly people and raised for the first few years of his life in a shack in the woods. They don’t seem to want too much, and Dirk doesn’t know too much about really anything.

How it gets complicated: It could be complicated in many parts actually, maybe a death of a character. dealing with something. At a point, he runs away because of something that he did.

What I liked: A lot of things, the dark setting at times, the descriptive things, the characters and the events that happens throughout all of the book. There’s three parts and a Coda in it.

What I disliked: Death of a character (especially one I liked)  sometimes it gets too confusing and you have to reread, or sometimes it will just randomly do a large time skip. Which is confusing at first but then you get to understand it a little later. I recommend it to maybe 9th graders and up, just because it has darker or more mature scenes in it. If you enjoy fantasy or dark writing, this book is probably for you. I would want to read more books by Gregory Maguire.