*GIAGANTIC SPOILERS BELOW* The Invention of Hugo Cabaret retold through characters: Hugo Cabaret - A young orphan abandoned by his uncle, forced to stea*GIAGANTIC SPOILERS BELOW* The Invention of Hugo Cabaret retold through characters: Hugo Cabaret - A young orphan abandoned by his uncle, forced to steal to eat. He resets set all the clocks in the Paris station every morning (this takes place in around 1937, so the clocks have to be rewound everyday) and uses whatever time he has left to fix a mysterious machine that his father had been working on before he died (in a fire in the museum that he worked at). His family was a mechanical family, so Hugo was very good with his hands. This made fixing the machine (which you later find out is an automaton) second nature, but his lack of income made it much more difficult.
Toymaker - Hugo steals from the toy shop by his 'apartment' (a one room area with a bed, the automaton, and his and his father's drawings) to get gears to fix the automaton, but the toymaker (who hates when people drag their heels - that becomes slightly important later) catches him. He then ends up working in the toy shop, fixing toys to pay the toymaker back.
Myra - The toymaker's granddaughter. When Hugo finally gets the automaton working, he discovers that he needs a key to get it working - a key that the granddaughter of the toymaker has. Together they turn the key and the automaton draws a mysterious picture. They wind up at Myra's grandparent's house where they finally discover that Myra's grandfather - the toymaker, used to be a film maker. When WWI came around, he had to give up film making and donate his film rolls to the army, which they would use to make shoe heels (this is why he hated when people dragged their heels - he hated to think that those heels could be his work. I told you the heel dragging would be important). ...more
Running with Scissors told through theme: A theme displayed in Running with Scissors is dealing with what life hands you. Through every thing AugustenRunning with Scissors told through theme: A theme displayed in Running with Scissors is dealing with what life hands you. Through every thing Augusten went through, somehow, he managed to make it out alive, get his life together, and take advantage of his crazy life by writing a book about it. Getting adopted by Dr. Finch would drive most to the brink of insanity, which it may have done for Augusten. They broke down ceilings, left Christmas trees out until May, he had a relationship with a 30 some-odd year old man, and got out alive. His mother was clinically depressed, among other mental disorders (possibly even insane), insisted that Augusten called her by her name, Deirdre, and not Mom, and may have been raped by Dr. Finch, and like I said before, made it out alive. He turned situations that were nuts into stories that, to many, are enjoyable to read, and all because he chose to make the best out of his hectic life....more
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - retold through events(but not in order): Charlie is a socially awkward boy who's friend, Michael died before the storThe Perks of Being a Wallflower - retold through events(but not in order): Charlie is a socially awkward boy who's friend, Michael died before the story begins. He is writing to an anonymous friend which the reader never meets about what happens in his life. He starts out bu making friends with two seniors, Sam and Patrick, and with them gets into drugs, parties, and alcohol. Throughout the story, Charlie learns what being a friend versus being a doormat is. At one point, he lets Patrick kiss him because Patrick was confused and had no idea what to do. While Charlie thought he was being a good friend, he was really just making matters worse. He also, when asked in a game of truth or dare, kissed who he thought was the prettiest girl in the room - Sam. This wouldn't have been a problem if his girlfriend hadn't been in the room at the same time. He was, in a way, disconnected from the world, like a bystander, or a witness to life. Being with Sam and Patrick helps him connect with life, so after Sam moves away to college, because of them he can get on with life, and live like a normal teen - well, as well as he could. ...more
Main Characters: Sam Temple - Good guy who doesn't really want to be in charge, but everyone looks to him because he is able to keep cool through toughMain Characters: Sam Temple - Good guy who doesn't really want to be in charge, but everyone looks to him because he is able to keep cool through tough situations. He has to deal with complaining kids, the threat of Caine and his crew, turning 15, and the general disappearance of parents. His power is that he can shoot laser type beams out of his hand. Astrid Ellison - Sam's love intrest and one of the smartest girls in the FAYZ (Fallout Alley Youth Zone, or, the bubble thing that the kids are trapped in). She is known as "Astrid the Genius". She is vital to Sam's sanity. Caine Soren - The 'evil' character. He doesn't want to take over the FAYZ to help others, but to have more control and more power than his brother, Sam. They did not know they were brothers until recently, when Caine told Sam that his mother (Connie Temple) decided to keep Sam and not Caine. Caine goes to Coates, a pretentious school for 'troubled' kids, (or mischievous kids). Many kids who go to Coates have powers. Caine has the power of telekinesis. Drake Merwin - Sadistic, pshycotic,etc. He is Drakes head side kick who doesn't want to be a sidekick, but is waiting for the perfect time to strike.
Other Stuff -When kids turn 15, they blink out, but Sam and Caine are able to stay in by refusing temptation. ...more
The Terminal Man retold through characters: Harry Benson - Brain damaged man; thinks machines are taking over the world. Brain damage causes him to havThe Terminal Man retold through characters: Harry Benson - Brain damaged man; thinks machines are taking over the world. Brain damage causes him to have violent seizures, and because of these seizures, he has gotten in trouble with the law. He gets electrodes implanted in his brain to fix these seizures, but it ends up going horribly wrong. His brain learns how to trick the computer into stimulating him, which makes him tip over, sending him into a seizure. During these stimulation instigated seizures, he nearly kills two of his doctors. He kills Angela Black, a prostitute, and puts an airplane mechanic in critical condition too. He wanted to kill these people because they, in his mind were related to machines (their professions).
Dr. Janet Ross - Benson's psychiatrist; she doesn't believe that he should get the electrodes implanted and makes her position crystal clear, and yet no one listens to her. She is the only woman on the NPS floor which makes most either think she's gotten off at the wrong floor, or question her authority. Benson almost kills her (by strangling her in her apartment), but she turns on the microwave which messes with the electrodes and computer in his brain.
Dr. Morris - One of the surgeons assigned to Benson's case. He doesn't operate on Benson (Dr. Ellis does that), but he is listened to. When Benson goes nuts, he is severely maimed by him. Benson smacked him with a led pipe in the face knocking him off of the plane (that was on the ground), nearly killing him.
Dr. McPhearson - Head doctor of the NPS, he is responsible for every thing that goes on. Like Dr. Morris, he does not operate either, but prescribes tranquilizers for Benson after surgery (which were never given to him because the nurses made a mistake).
If I Stay struck me as a ridiculously girly book, but was highly recommended by several people I know. While I was right and it was ridiculously girlyIf I Stay struck me as a ridiculously girly book, but was highly recommended by several people I know. While I was right and it was ridiculously girly, it wasn't as bad as I though it would be. It was well written and kept me interested throughout, though I felt guilty about wanting to read on because it was so 'mushy'. If I Stay is mainly what I would classify as a 'girl's daydream book', depicting a perfect girl, with a perfect family, and an absolutely perfect boyfriend. That's the main problem I had. She just was too unrealistic, her problems so rare that she is quite obviously a story book character, seemingly our of Forman's daydream. Not to say that it's bad, just, not my pick of books. Whenever the main character, Mia, has a problem, such as her having a fight with her boyfriend or feeling uncomfortable at her boyfriend's band's show, it is quickly resolved, no harm done, with out a single mark on her life. When she had a fight with Adam (her boyfriend), it's her perfect mom to the rescue. Everything is alright. Mia's character is not very relatable, and in the off chance that there is a relatable part of her life, it only lasts a second. Regardless, I still intend on reading the sequel, Where She Went....more