Thursday, October 12, 2017

Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey. A book of monsters and loneliness and the first of many books to read

My book that I read is called "Monster Hunters" by Dean Lorey. This is going to be one of my fiction books for this 9 weeks. I read this book because I did not find a non fiction book that I liked yet. It has 310 pages in the book and is a sci-fi book. I read the whole book in about a week while reading for about an hour a day. The book itself is an okay read but is a little bit easy to read. For my next book I want to get something a bit harder to read in order to challenge myself more.

The whole premise of the book is that there are monsters that live in a place called the Nether. The way the monsters get over to the human world is by nightmares. If you can do this you have the Gift.The the people who have the Gift fight the monsters and are called Nethermancers and Banishers. The Nethermancers can create portals to and from the Nether, and Banishers fight the monsters face to face. The whole book is about fear and controlling that fear. You use fear in the book to create the portals. The main character is named Charlie Benjamin. He is a double threat which is "a person who can both Banish and Nethermance. They're quite rare, actually-maybe one born every twenty or thirty years."(pg. 127). Dean Lorey explains what a Double Threat is to solidify how lonely Charlie is in the beginning of the story. Because Charlie is a Double threat he feels more and more like a loner because he claims to be a freak amongst freaks. Later on in the book his parents are taken by one of the Named of the Nether who is basically on of the big baddies of the Nether. He tries to get them back with the help of his friends Violet and Theodore. They get them back but the book ends with an impending doom for a war between the Nether creatures and the Humans. But Charlie is "glad he didn't have to do it alone." (pg 310).  Dean Lorey says this because now Charlie's character has changed from a loner to a person who has friends and is happy. He finally has friends now and is great full to have them. Being alone is another theme of the book.

 Loneliness is showed as a force that is dictates how you do anything in life. It sets the tone for the character in the beginning of the book. This progressively changes as the story progresses. Charlie starts off as a loner who has trouble making friends and is just an outsider. Then once he goes to the academy he gets some friends and then the loneliness starts to fade away as he now has some people to go through life with. Loneliness is a common thing with people today. In the age of technology it is harder to socialize with others in real life. It is common amongst children as well. Rather if it is because of the fact that other kids think that they're "weird" or if they are just social awkward. Loneliness is curable though by just going out more and trying new things.

Citations:
Lorey, Dean. Nightmare Academy. First Scholastic printing, March 2009. Print.

"LONELINESS RESEARCH: A SURVEY OF EMPIRICAL FINDINGS." Daniel Perlman, Ph.D. Letitia Anne Peplau, Ph.D. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Perlman/publication/313085752_Loneliness_research_A_survey_of_empirical_findings/links/00b7d53c6cb9bda59e000000/Loneliness-research-A-survey-of-empirical-findings.pdf

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My current book and the question it makes me think of.

Hello there reader. How do you do? I have finished reading Of Mice and Men. It was an okay book and the ending was a little sad. I recommend it because it is short and tells a good tale. I am getting closer to my reading goal which is good. I have not really been reading more outside of school and I don't think I will this year just because it is getting closer to the end of the school year. YAY!
Here is a little update on what I am reading at the moment. As of right now I am reading Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein. It's a good book so far. It follows a young man who has joined the Terran Mobile Infantry, which is said to be the toughest boot camp in the universe. At the moment in the book, the main character is still in boot camp and is thinking about leaving it. There is a part in the book that caught my attention. It goes "'The Court sentences you' he went on, while I felt sick, 'to ten lashes and Bad Conduct Discharge.' Hendrick gulped. 'I want to resign'" (page 95). Here is a little background to the situation. Hendrick had hit his commander at boot camp but he thinks he is in the right because he was hit first. That doesn't matter though because you are to never hit your commander unless you are sparring with him or it is part of the training. After he pleads his case the court sentences him to ten lashes and a dishonorable discharge. This stuck with me because of two things. The first was that Hendrick thought he would be alright just because his commander hit him first. The second is that that seemed like a harsh punishment. It made me think if is like our actual military. It probably something like that but I do not think anyone will get whipped. It kind of makes me think that if anyone would to join the military, that you can not stand a millimeter out of line before you are beaten back into place. What would be the punishments to those who go past that millimeter? I do not know. The book is good at the moment and I will hopefully not drop this one. Until next time.

Friday, April 21, 2017

A new book and a new mystery.

What's up? My reading is going a bit slow. It was most likely because i choose a book that was around 700 pages. I'm dropping it and i'm going on to a new book. The book I dropped is called Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy and Grant Blackwood in case you wanted to check it out. It's okay but too long if I want to read meet my reading goal for this year.

My current book is my AP book, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. So far all I could gather from the book is that it follows two people, George Milton and Lennie Small, and so far they are trying to get jobs as ranch hands. Lennie is not the sharpest tool in the shed and is constantly looking at George for instruction. The passage in the book that I am interested in is ""An' you ain't gonna do no bad things like you done in Weed, neither." Lennie looked puzzled. "Like I done in Weed?" "Oh, so ya forgot that too, did ya? Well, I ain't gonna remind ya, fear ya do it again"" (pg.14). What did Lennie do to get them both kicked out of a town? I assume at the moment that, because of his innocents and his lack of intelligence, he did something that offended the whole town such as ruining an important building or messing with a man's daughter or his wife. But the thing that caught my attention is what George said at the end, "fear ya do it again." Is implies that whatever Lennie did was very bad not just your runofthemill crimes. Maybe he killed a man? I shall read on to solve this little mystery. Until next time see ya' later.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Intro to me, my reading life and what I hope to do with it.

What's up? I'm Donavan and I'm a sophomore at Hebron High school. My favorite hobby is playing video games. My second favorite hobby is reading. I like reading Sci-Fi and mystery books. I'm not much of a non-fiction reader just because I enjoy thinking about what my life would be like if I were to be in that world. Let's face it, it would be way cooler to be in The Lord of the Rings universe than reliving world war two. My favorite book at the moment is Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. It's a really good read that can be read over and over again without losing it's luster. I don't read now as much as I did a couple of years ago. I'm trying to work on that but the progress is slow going.

My goal this year is to read 10 books. I read about 30-45 minutes a day. It's not a lot and it's probably due to the fact that I spend most of my free time on my computer watching YouTube or on my Xbox playing Overwatch. I have no idea what AP book I am going to read this 9 weeks but of all the books I have seen I am interested in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I have heard good things about it and I hope it lives up to its reputation. Other than that I will probably just look for something that catches my eye. Until next time see ya' later.

Nightmare Academy by Dean Lorey. A book of monsters and loneliness and the first of many books to read

My book that I read is called "Monster Hunters" by Dean Lorey.   This is going to be one of my fiction books for this 9 weeks. I ...