Book Review #1

What I read: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. 1001 pages. Fantasy genere. 4.75 stars out of 5 stars.

How it starts: It starts with 3 main characters: Kaladin, Dalinar, and Shallan. Kaladin is an experienced spearman in a minor border war. He wants to go to the real battlefield, but he also wants to save people. Dalinar is the brother of the king who was murdered. His whole country went to war to avenge his brothers death, but the alliances formed between people in his country are weak. He wants to unify the country. Shallan’s father recently died, leaving her and her brothers in a mess of debt to dangerous people. Shallan goes to be a ward for a woman with the object that might be able to save her family.

How it gets complicated: Kaladin gets sold as a slave, and every person he tries to save ends up dying. Dalinar starts to have visions that lead him to believe he is loosing his mind. Shallan struggles with getting the wardship and the morals behind stealing from a powerful woman.

What I liked: I loved the worldbuilding in this story. There are a lot of cool elements and mythology in this book. I also really loved the characters and their journeys in this book.

What I disliked: Having to read the side character chapters because all I wanted to do was read about Kaladin.

Recommendation: I would highly recommend this book to fantasy lovers with spare time on their hands. It is a long book.

Deep Thinker #4

Source: Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Page 17

Quote: Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.

Context: Polonius, the lord chamberlain, is giving advice to his son, Laertes.

This makes me think: I really like this quote and find it interesting how Polonius is giving this advice to his son. Hamlet is kind of confusing and shakespeare language is hard to understand. I think in this passage that Polonius is telling his son to be careful of what he shares to whom and to keep his judgment to himself. What I got from it is that you need to be careful who you trust with your opinion. I think that in this story, it might be a bit of foreshadowing for the bad things to come. Then again, I could be completely wrong. Shakespeare isn’t that easy for me to understand.

This is a picture of William Shakespeare

Climbing Into Other People’s Skin

Climbing into other people’s skin means to see from other people’s point of view. There are other expression that mean the same thing. For example, walking in another persons shoes and walk two moon’s in another person’s moccasins both mean the same thing. When you take the time to look at someone else’s perspective, you can come to understand them and will get along better. Atticus wanted Scout to do this so she wouldn’t be mad at her teacher anymore. I try to see from other people’s point of view, but sometimes it’s hard to understand why someone would do something. I think that it’s important for people to understand that other’s have reasons for what they do, because sometimes we think that the world is out to get us when it’s really just people making mistakes. People should also look at other’s point of view so they can understand how their behavior affects others and can try to be better.

Say Whats #3

Source: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Page 946

Context: “Perhaps she should have taken a palanquin, as her attending ladies had suggested.”

In their words:   A passenger conveyance, usually for one person, consisting of a covered or boxlike litter carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/palanquin

In my words: A kind of chair that people can be carried around in.

In pictures: 

Deep Thinker #3

Source: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Page 806

Quote: “What does the story mean then?”

“It meant what you want it to mean,’ Hoid said. ” The purpose of a story is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon. Too often, we forget that.”

Context: This is at the end of Wit’s/Hoid’s story. Kaladin has been asking questions about the story and then asks Wit/Hoid what it was supposed to mean.

This makes me think: I love this quote because I feel that it captures the real purpose of storytelling. It was also right after the cool story Wit/ Hoid told and added a nice feel to the story. I also think that the quote presents a very real problem. People often want the answers handed to them, when sometimes we need to be responsible for our own thinking.

I chose this picture of a book to represent the stories we tell.

Deep Thinker #2

Source: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Page 802

Quote: “He began to play. The notes were quicker, sharper, that the ones he’d played earlier. They almost seemed to tumble over one another, scurying out of the flute like children racing one another to be first. They were beautiful and crisp, rising and falling scales, intricate as a woven rug.”

Context: Kaladin was wandering on the shattered plains in some of his free time when he stumbles upon the Kings Wit (who is a person). Wit is demonstrating how he can tell a story with his flute.

This makes me think: I really liked the imagery in this passage. It made the scene almost come to life. I also like how the reader gets to see a more serious side of Wit, since he spends most of his time goofing off. I also love music and to see how authors describe music.

This is a picture of what I kind of imagine the flute would look like.

Say Whats? #2- Reminiscent

Source: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. Page 798

Context: “The bright pink and purple fingermoss tendrils were reminiscent of tentacles themselves, waving at him in the wind.”

In their words: tending to remind one of something

In my words: When something looks like something else and reminds you of it.

In pictures:

My Favorite Book

One of my favorite book series is Lockwood and Co. by Jonathan Stroud and it is a Thriller. The first book is called The Screaming Staircase and is 353 pages long. In the book, a ghost epidemic has started to spread, but the ghosts are not like the ones in ghost busters. These ghost can kill with a touch, and only kids can see them. Lockwood and Co. is a ghost fighting agency with three members: Anthony Lockwood, George Cubins, and Lucy Colms. These kids, along with other agencies across London, fight the ghosts that plague them. This was a really cool book with a great mystery in it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves mystery and scary books.