Saturday, November 19, 2011

Boy in the Striped Pajamas

 This book is from the view point of a nine year old, taking place in World War Two. The son of a military commander in Hitler's forces gets moved near one of the camps they had for any Jewish people, and the boy finds the fence seperating them. The boy meets another boy and, even through a fence, they become friends. The whole book is interesting to read through the eyes of a nine year old because you can tell what he's talking about, but he doesn't understand it. John Boyne's Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a great read and I'd recommend it to anybody.
Out Of Five:
Violence:2.5
Romance: None
Overall:4

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fever, 1793

  Fever, 1793 is a historical and interesting book. It is sad, but it really highlights all of the bad things that happened in the epidemic of 1793. It is fiction, but it has a few historical facts snuck in there, unless you count the overall feel of how it was back then. It covers everything from the starting of the fever, and the sorrow it caused, to the ending of the fever, which brought relief and hope. The majority of the book is the time period of the middle of the horrifying fever. This book not only shows you the culture back then, but it's just a wonderful and riveting read. I hope you not only enjoy it, but see how horrible it was for the people at that time with Laurie Halse Anderson's descriptive words.
Out of Five:
Violence:3
Romance:1
Action:3.5

Book of a Thousand Days

 This is one of my favorite books of all time. It's a twist on an old, not very well known, fairy tale. It has a princess who gets locked in a tower because she won't marry an evil prince, although this prince is a different kind of evil than usual. All of that sounds very cliche, but the special thing about this book is that the book is the diary of the maid, Dashti, who came into the tower with her to take care of her. The book is written in two parts and each part is roughly a thousand days, hence the book of a thousand days. It's very interesting to hear about the maid being the hero and taking charge instead of a prince or princess. There's an unexpected twist in the middle and the end that really makes the book special. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars, but that might vary on your personality, as it always does. I hope that you enjoy the book and please try it, because even though it sounds a tad strange, you won't regret it.

Call of the Wild

  This book has a few not fully elucidated questions, but it is still a wonderful book. There's plenty of character development and not only does it follow Buck, but it also covers John Thornton as they go on their big adventure together, taking place in the gold rush of 1897. There are many thrilling characters along the way, from Spitz to Francois. Buck's owners before John Thorton were usually not very good ones, but it does make the story more exciting and sad. I would recommend this book to action/ adventure lovers. There is no romance, unless you watch the movie, which is very different from the book. Out of five stars it deserves 4.5 stars. It's a classic Jack London novel that I'm sure you'll love! Sorry I haven't posted in a while; I've been busy!