Max Abandoned His Family.. which sucks

He saved himself, that is justified. War is ugly, and it makes people do things they regret. It is all opinionated. He has suffered loss, and he wanted to survive, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to survive. Of course it makes him sad that he has to leave his family, but if he has an opportunity, he should take it. Sometimes in life, we must go against the wishes of our family, or the good of the family. Max decides that it is worth it to go to Hans Sr. home. Staying with them, in some ways, would’ve been a dis-service to his family. He would’ve been another mouth to feed, another potential noise, or even another body to have to find a way to dispose of. His family, obviously, wanted him to go, because they wanted him to survive. I’m not saying it was wrong or right to go without his family, that’s not for me to say. Max knows what might become of his family, and decides he shouldn’t have to be another jew stuck in a camp, he might as well survive and continue to carry on the families name.


Power of Words part 2

This whole thing, in my opinion, is really refreshing, I like the perspective of events from an adult’s point of view that isn’t Death, although, he’s just an entity, not necessarily an adult. The significance of this story is the way that Max interprets their relationship and the events that have happened, it shows the power behind the two of them. The tree represents, in my opinion, their friendship and what they were able to accomplish together, then it comes down after it has been finalized, because what good is a tree that doesn’t bear any new fruit. It shows a creative solution. Words are super powerful and I’ve already written a whole blog post on strictly how powerful words can be. In this situation, all words are powerful, the negative and the positive, but what really mattered is what the people did with those words.

Secrets Secrets are No Fun; Secrets Secrets Hurt Someone

Keeping secrets is not good for the conscience. Obviously Liesel wants to tell Rudy. She trusts him, and she believes he wouldn’t tell anyone. Liesel is already a very messed up little child, but I think that Hans’s and Max’s influence on her has helped keep her halfway normal.  Keeping the secrets has been hard for her and her little brain. I definitely think that keeping these types of secrets is good or OK. Liesel luckily, keeps the secrets long enough for it to all be OK in the end. Sometimes, keeping secrets from specific people damages your relationship with them depending on the severity of the secret and the specific relationship you have with that person. For Liesel that isn’t a problem. Keeping these secrets is going to have an affect on Liesel, but not in ways we might expect.

Word Nerd 2.10

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy page 159

Context: “You may be stronger than she is,” Skulduggery responded, “but I dare say she would cut you to ribbons with her elocution.

In Their Words: the skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation.

In My Words: Fancy way of talking that stumps other people

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Word Nerd 2.9

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy page 164

Context: “Covering up, repenting, doing penance… I’m sorry, but your church really doesn’t sound like my kind of thing.”

In Their Words :voluntary self-punishment inflicted as an outward expression of repentance for having done wrong.

In My Words: Repentance

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Deep Thinker 2.6

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy page 375

Quote: ” Keep trying,” The old man said. “You’ll panic soon enough, but at least you’ll know you did your best. Most people panic immediately when they are brought here, and I think it’s the embarrassment that gets them in the end.”

Context: The old man and Valkyrie are in a dungeon (don’t ask why, it’s a long story) and he is telling her why she appears so calm. She is not supposed to be there, she needs to get back to Skulduggery Pleasant

This Makes Me Think: This man knows what will happen, because he has seen it all before. Valkyrie is out of her league, and he is just showing her another example of that. I liked this quote because of the way Valkyrie reacts to this old man chained to the wall. She is then frightened and does indeed, panic.

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Deep Thinker 2.5

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy page 252

Quote: “And a physical assault is usually preceded by a verbal assault, and our people are trained to spot this and act accordingly. So, while my men may have thrown the first punch, he did not actually start the fight. That was your man.”

Context: I’m going to be honest and say that I really don’t remember who got into a fight with who. What’s important is to know that the people arguing are some dude that wants to have more control over the Irish sanctuary, and one of the elders.

This Makes Me Think: I liked this quote, not because of what it is saying in context to the situation in the book, but rather, how a fight isn’t as straight forward as one might think. There is never one side to a fight/story. Take WW2 for example (I know this a terrible example, but I’m using it because of the Book Thief) In Hitler’s eyes, he’s doing something great, in the eyes of the poor, starving Germans, what they are doing is right. To the Jews, this is insane, and barbaric. There are 2 sides to an argument, war, fight or story. I am in NO way justifying anything Hitler did, that dude sucks, but he is a great example of 2 sides, 1 story. I liked this passage for it’s deeper meanings we could get out of it

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Word Nerd 2.8

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy page 182

Context: “Alexander Remit, at your service.” He even bowed. “May I enquire as to the nature of your visit to this neck of the proverbial woods?”

In Their Words: well known, especially so as to be stereotypical.

In My Words: Well known.

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Word Nerd 2.7

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy page 143

Context: “Semantics,” Tanith said, unimpressed. “How I love semantics.”

In Their Words: he branch of linguistics and logic concerned with meaning. There are a number of branches and subbranches of semantics, including formal semantics, which studies the logical aspects of meaning, such as sense, reference, implication, and logical form, lexical semantics, which studies word meanings and word relations, and conceptual semantics, which studies the cognitive structure of meaning.

In My Words: Complicated adult stuff, a way of conveying

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Word Nerd 2.6

Source: Skulduggery Pleasant: Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy page 65

Context: Ghastly looked at her. “That was official sanctuary business. I’m sorry, but I can’t be talking about that with you. I can’t say, for instance, that Quintin Strom turned up at our doorstep as the voice of the Supreme Council, elected by a virtual conglomerate of other councils around the world, to voice their concerns over matters of Irish security.

In Their Words: a number of different things or parts that are put or grouped together to form a whole but remain distinct entities.

In My Words: A bunch of things put together

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The Machinations that Wheel Us There

Yes, I in fact do believe what Death says when he tells us what happens. He is an honest character, a little morose and all, but still decent. I believe they do get bombed and he dies, and Liesel cheats Death, and he is glad in this case, for I don’t believe that Death is mean, he doesn’t enjoy his job.

I think it’s important to know the journey, absolutely, but just because we know the journey is the important bit, does not mean the end result needs to be told to us. That spoils the fun, the mystery, the very thing humans care about. We care about the end result, not the journey, as soon as the end result is known, the journey is a mute point. One example that contradicts this however, is this, when a person buys a pet, for example, a dog, they know full well that dog will die before they do (unless they’re at Death’s door, which, in this book, isn’t actually a thing.) Yet, they still buy a dog (or adopt) and enjoy that precious pup while they have it. Analogy aside, humans are obsessed with knowing the end of things, not the way you get there. Death seems to be the same way. He knows we want to know how the book ends, and instead of just simply building suspense, he tells us flat out. Know we know, the important part of that situation however, is whether or not we stay for the journey. Do we read about all of Liesel’s and Rudy’s fun memories and adventures leading up to his untimely death, or do we simply say, “Now I know, no point in continuing.” Death doesn’t mean to disappoint us per say, he just means to say it for his own sake. He isn’t going to simply go along with that the whole time, that’s not how he works. In conclusion, it is possible to enjoy the story if you still know the ending in advance, the question is, do we let us enjoy it, or do we simply throw in the towel?

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