I think that books can be dangerous in certain circumstances. It also always depends on what is written in the books. Sometimes possessing knowledge puts you in danger. Knowing how to read is liberating, back in “the day” when women and slaves weren’t allowed to read, the ones that did learn where considered smarter and they were able to help each other more. Knowing how to read is another way of gaining information and knowledge. It can help us learn things that are important in our daily lives. The nazi’s probably want more complacent followers, that didn’t know any better than to simply follow the leader, leaders and tyrants like it that way. It makes their job easier. Books are dangerous for those who don’t want their followers to possess them or the knowledge they hold. Sometimes books can contain propaganda or things liken to that sway the minds of the reader, in those cases it definitely can be dangerous for them.
One thing that is essential for characters to have, in my opinion, is a different personality from the other characters in the book. It drives me insane when all the characters act the same, have the same sense of humor, you know, all that jazz. I enjoy when authors can make a “good” guy with “bad” guy characteristics. Or when they make it seem like the “good” guy is doing the right/just thing, when really it’s backwards. There’s never any situation, real life, or literature, were there is a stark contrast between good and bad. Characters that differ from each other in humor, opinions, and quality as a person are some of my favorite characters to invest in and read about. I like when authors aren’t afraid to hurt their heroes, physically or emotionally, it makes them more raw, more interesting. It shows that even your heroes have their low moments. Characters that make mistakes and pay for them are some of my favorites. The more real a character seems, the sadder your audience will be when you kill them in cold blood, because you’re an author, that’s just what you do.
Words are the base of everything. The Constitution is just a bunch of words that a bunch of dudes wrote that helped shape our country, it’s totally no big deal. Words help us elaborate what we mean and help us communicate. Sure, we could have a purely spoken language, with no written language, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are still speaking words. Words have saved lives, in wars, any written peace treaty is just a bunch of words, but it saved the lives of who knows how many soldiers. Now, words in books are a different topic, those kinds of words help us paint a picture, expand our vocabulary and relate to characters. Those are the kinds of words that society needs more of. Words have helped us accomplish many things over our history. On another note, words can be pretty harmful, war declarations, hate emails, things like that are an example of words that have been misused or abused.
This man had no imagination, maybe he simply didn’t need one, but the way that London writes it, it is a flaw, not something that isn’t necessary. London states that the mans lack of imagination causes trouble for the man, and what I think he meant by this is that the man couldn’t think of clever solutions for problems that required “out of the box” thoughts and solutions. In our daily lives, having an imagination is very important for problem solving. Some people have very interesting and creative imaginations, and they use those to make money by either entertaining people or presenting creative new ideas to people. This man that lacks an imagination has some trouble coming up with a good, clever solution to his problem. I must say, the idea of killing his dog and using its body for warmth is pretty creative in my opinion. He just needed to think “out of the box” instead of just surviving, but in the harsh Alaskan tundra, what more can you do except survive?
How It Starts: The main character, Stephanie Edgley, she discovers a world of magic and wants to be part of it. The other character, Skulduggery Pleasant, wants to solve a murder case.
How It Gets Complicated: The thing standing in the way of these two characters is a vile man named Nefarious Serpine, he wants to take over the world by recovering the Scepter of the Ancients, which was once believed to be a fairy tale.
What I Liked: I liked the way the author introduces us to these new characters. The author is already giving us foreshadowing for books to come in the first book and it makes the books really entertaining for someone that is rereading the series. His pacing in all of his books is incredible.
What I Disliked: I disliked the unpolished feeling this book had. I have to keep in mind that the author was very new and he had just barely came up with this whole concept of this secret magic world. In my opinion, it was a bit too fast paced for a first book, but it was still an amazing read.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book series to anyone 11 or older that enjoys magic, skeletons, crime fighting, sarcasm, comedic genius, and vampires. It is overall a very good read for most human beings.
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT AND ARE PLANNING TO, DO NOT READ, IF YOU DON’T CARE, READ ON
What I Read: Skulduggery Pleasant: The Dying of the Light by Derek Landy, Fantasy/Horror Fiction/Children’s Literature (but not really) 605 action packed pages. 10 outta 10
How It Starts: The main characters are: Valkyrie Cain, Stephanie Edgley, Darquesse, and Skulduggery Pleasant. They all want different things, so stick with me for a moment, Valkyrie hardly makes many appearances for the first 2/3 of the book, but she just wants her life back. Stephanie Edgley, also known as Valkyrie’s reflection, wants to basically steal Valkyrie’s family and life. Darquesse wants to take over the world. Skulduggery just wants his crime solving partner back. The settings change every freaking chapter so, buckle up. Side note: Stephanie, Darquesse and Valkyrie are basically the same person, they all look the same, and share the same bodies, it gets weird, just deal with it.
How It Gets Complicated: Darquesse has been unleashed, she is standing in the way of the other 3 characters, and the whole world honestly. Val can’t have her life back because she may or may not be stuck in a corner of her own mind. Stephanie can’t go back to “her” family because she is basically forced to help Skulduggery Pleasant retrieve Val. Skulduggery Pleasant just never gets his way.
What I Liked: I’m definitely biased when it comes to what I liked about this book, but it was all the loose ends being tied up, the inner struggles the characters go through. Derek Landy did an amazing job of making you fall in love with the characters, and then hate the characters, and then be happy when those characters don’t get their way. He can make a love able villain and a distasteful hero and still make you happy at the end of the book. We go through so many character’s perspectives in this book and it is just a roller coaster that never stops corkscrewing. Mr. Landy does an amazing job of keeping you out of the loop enough, even with all the different perspectives that the ending is such a surprise.
What I Disliked: Landy allowed reprieve for my least favorite character, just as justice was being served, they needed that character for something and justice had to wait.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone that likes magic, salty skeletons, complex feelings in the characters, snarky, dry humor, zombies that kinda aren’t zombies anymore, action, Ireland, multi dimensional combat, and so much more. Also, there is some swearing and gore, so you’d have to be old enough to handle that.
Source: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson page 55
Context: The less I understood about this farrago, the less I was in a position to judge of its importance.
In Their Words: a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley
In My Words: a whole bunch of..
Source: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson page 50
Context: Utterson was amazed to find it a copy of pious work, for which Jekyll had several times expressed a great esteem, annotated, in his own hand.
In Their Words: having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations.
In My Words: religious devotion
Source: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson page 21
Context: A close observer might have gathered that the topic was distasteful; but the doctor carried it off gaily.
In Their Words: with merriment; merrily; joyfully; cheerfully.
In My Words: did something happily