Well, I am alive.
*insert cheering and canned laughter*
My life is changing.
My dad is in the hospital recovering from a serious back operation. He is in excruciating pain, so please put him in your prayers.
I have spent the last several days at home (as usual; hermits hate going to new places) watching my siblings while my mother spent the majority of the day at the hospital. We watched Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,
which was the perfect action-adventure movie: I loved it. So awesome! And we watched, on a whim, UHF, which is a little known comedy spoof with Weird Al Yankovic in it, which is why we watched it, because we're Weird Al fans. Hilarious movie, but very off kilter and weird.
So that is life.
I'm reading some books on education, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and rereading Jurassic Park.I just read The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton, and The Giver by Lois Lowry.
The Andromeda Strain was pretty good. I liked it.
It was written in a very dry, scientific, and in some spots slow manner.The end was a bit of a letdown. It is about a germ that comes to Earth from space (hitching a ride on a space capsule) and kills off an entire town. Five men are sent to an underground secret location and they have to figure out how this germ (the Andromeda strain) works, and how to kill it.
The Giver....ugh, it was awful.
Set in a dystopic futuristic society, where there are no emotions and everything is colorless, it tells about how one boy escapes. The Sameness of the society is intriguing, but not well fleshed out enough to be plausible. I suppose the author thought she was making a case how individuality and being able to make choices keep us human, but it came off as rather uninteresting and depressing. A very bleak book, written simply and sparsely (the writing is better than in The Hunger Games), this book goes on my Depressing Books I hated List, where it can share the space with Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, which was fantastically written but completely non-relatable to a teenager and absolutely tragic.
Oh, and The Hunger Games? After reading/suffering through all three books in the trilogy I feel entitled to state my opinions.
1. THG should have been a stand-alone book.
2. Catching Fire was the worst. I was confused and annoyed while reading it.
3. Fangirling over Peeta and Gale misses the entire point of the series.
4. They're very violent. Don't read the second and third book if you are squeamish. However the first book wasn't too bad.
5. Suzanne Collin's characterizations weren't terrific. All three of her main characters could have been fleshed out a lot more, because they came across as flat in some places.
6. This series really shows the sadness and tragedy of war to its victims. In a society that glorifies violence we need to remember this, yet also remember that evil must be stamped out, and we can start in our own souls.
7. The movie looks like it is going to be good. Maybe they can fix the problems the book had.
There's a lot more one could say about THG, but I'm just going to leave it at that. There are many good, in-depth reviews out there. This is not going to be one of them.
Also I recently re-read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline l'Engle. I love that book! So weird and amazing.
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Bye for now!