It should be noted that I enjoyed this book, much more than I had anticipated. This is written from a first person perspective, which ultimately helpsIt should be noted that I enjoyed this book, much more than I had anticipated. This is written from a first person perspective, which ultimately helps the hook at the end. The movie version was my first experience with this story, and I was not surprised concerning their proximity. Clearly this book feeds well into a movie format. Although Susanne Collins probably did not expect her story to become a movie, her publisher probably did.
On the back cover of the version I read was a quote from a literary critic whose name eludes me. They claimed that this book is really well paced, and it certainly has a strong flow. My singular gripe in this regard has more to do with the internal conflict. Several pages are dedicated to the internal woes of the character. I'm not certain this is a terrible thing, it added to the characters flesh. However, it tore me out of the story.
Allow me to explain differently. When we read or see action we register what that means on the larger scope of a story. There are times when this book tells you what is happening, hence her emotions. Yet, other times there is brilliance when the author shows what happens with action. These moments of action contain deep emotion, but they rely on the reader to draw the emotion from context. For me, a fantastic example of this is... spoiler... Rue's death scene. This scene is chocked with emotion and drives the Katniss character. Katniss does not talk about her emotions directly, making this the arguably strongest segment of the book.
Overall, I thought this was enjoyable. I'm eager to see what the rest of the story yields....more
My lunch was heavy on my splendid Sunday afternoon, but I needed to find myself in the library. Rushing to finish “The Hunger Games” I sat at the topMy lunch was heavy on my splendid Sunday afternoon, but I needed to find myself in the library. Rushing to finish “The Hunger Games” I sat at the top of a bookshelf to avoid the glares of librarians. It had been an unusual experience reading what I consider the post-apocalyptic coliseum. Heart sinking I can sense that I will feel incomplete unless I finish this series. Considering this might take away precious manhood, a bookshelf becomes the safest place for me.
Finally the cover closes, I sigh in relief at the chance to return the book and pickup “Catching Fire.” “Hunger Games” disappears from my hands adopted by a return cart. Arriving in the youth section I realize this place is not safe, one false move will lead to parental stares over my intentions. I’m met with a failed search, “Catching Fire” cannot be found here anymore. This takes too long and I can sense the tense atmosphere. At the desk I find the book has been stolen, from a library no less.
I reserve the book (Large Font) and leave. Returning a few days later, I walk in nervously but spot my prey on a shelf. Yanking the book with my name on the spine I check out and travel to the woods. Fortunately I am unsurprised and welcomed back into the series with a Quarter Quell, including a twist I anticipated for years.
Once Katniss begins swimming, I decided I should join her cause. I discover a lake no more than a mile from my car. Delighted, I find myself jumping into the lake and taking several laps. Diving into the deeper part of the water I anger the fish by occupying their home. Finally breaking the surface and gulping down air, I am refreshed by the mix of cool water and hot air. The sun’s light forces my eyes shut ushering the need to return home.
Soon I find myself sitting on the hood of my car finishing the book. The entire time I feel Katniss yelling into my ears, large text is an unusual choice I muse. Katniss takes a more emotional approach than before, like she senses a reaper. Flipping through a girl’s emotional dialect colors my experience. A girl set on fire, but the flames are always synthetic to her. Family and friends are important. Giving hope is important. Yet, Defying the Capitol is necessary. ...more
There is something to be said about society that is satisfied with itself. However, the world portrayed is quiet the opposite. In fact, there is so muThere is something to be said about society that is satisfied with itself. However, the world portrayed is quiet the opposite. In fact, there is so much insecurity that a man whose talents lie in the garden only seems to do well. Overall, this is a fantastic tale of a man who is swept along with the worlds current. It could have held the title, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." I really enjoyed this book because of the extremely blind people that surround the main character. Moreover, the main character is in himself one of the crowd. This book simply takes the most absurd examples within society and shows his incredible yet fantastical adventure. What really takes the cake is the realization that this could happen given the right circumstances. There are so many "Experts" in our world who have been proven wrong. All this to say the book accomplishes its goal masterfully....more
There is nothing grim about this grotto. I think that the deadly secret that is held in this underground cavern is diabolical. By the end of this bookThere is nothing grim about this grotto. I think that the deadly secret that is held in this underground cavern is diabolical. By the end of this book there is a huge change in the wind....more
The circus or carnival is often a double edged sword. Of course this phrase is not meant to say that a carnival or circus is a weapon. Rather it is usThe circus or carnival is often a double edged sword. Of course this phrase is not meant to say that a carnival or circus is a weapon. Rather it is used to describe something that can have a positive and negative effect. The Baudelaire orphans continue their horrific adventure in this contrary place, a word which means people do and say things which make no sense at all. These unfortunate children have now been forced to do something they never thought they would need to do, wear a disguise.
No matter how hard the Baudelaires work, no matter how clever they act it always seems that Olaf has a step up on the children. Although their disguises may confuse the regular person, will it be enough to stay hidden from the count? More importantly these orphans are beginning to realize how difficult it can be to find the true meaning of VFD.
With no sign of Mr. Poe and the world suspecting them of being murderers can they survive? Is it truly possible for children with such bad luck to survive so long. Or could it be they have survived as long as they have because of their bad luck. Whatever the outcome of this story, it is clear their lives are not getting easier....more
Nothing is worse than a convenience store that is in the middle of nowhere, and a van full of singing volunteers. This leg of the Baudelaire's journeyNothing is worse than a convenience store that is in the middle of nowhere, and a van full of singing volunteers. This leg of the Baudelaire's journey would send any sane reader to the "Confused and frustrated that any person could survive this long" ward. Needless to say the orphans are cutting it close and this is saying a lot when knives are involved.
With his whole troupe available Count Olaf is taking few risks dealing with these children. Will he be able to devise a plot to secures the Baudelaire fortune as his own? It is safe to say that although he may get close their are still books in the series. As long as the orphans keep their whits about them, which means to stay alert that Olaf tends to get close to them where ever they go rather than literally having their whits in a general location.
Good luck Baudelaire orphan's, and know that the world is watching and waiting. Perhaps Snicket will even arrive in time to lend you children a helping hand. That is to say that we hope the hand he lends you is attached to someone useful like a doctor or an FBI agent with documents for arresting count Olaf and his goons. Whatever hand may find you to help or hurt my hands will be clenched to these fascinating tales....more
The seventh book in this upsetting series. It is yet another tale of how the Baudelaire children are a well placed razor away from death. The scoundreThe seventh book in this upsetting series. It is yet another tale of how the Baudelaire children are a well placed razor away from death. The scoundrel Count Olaf is up to his old tricks. How he is able to baffle entire crowds of people with his guile, which in this case refers to his uncanny ability to fool adults. Luckily Violet, Klaus and Sunny are sharp children and are using their individual talents to stay alive.
Thanks to the heroic and mysterious efforts of Lemony Snicket it seems that this tale could come to a quick end for the children. Although these orphans are clever, resourceful they may find that their eyes may be plucked out by the birds of this vile village. On the other hand, they may find the answer to all their worried including the elusive meaning to VFD.
Cheering for these children to remain alive has been a pleasure and a joy. I am exuberant to say that this book into a tail spin which may be too difficult for the Baudelaire orphans to pull out of quickly. The big question is whether Mr. Poe will finally look after the children or ignore their cries for help....more