A question that came to me during the reading is what is the most important characteristic  of a leader for the people at this time. It’s rather apparent that the two that stand out the most are strength and generosity. Before reading I only thought that it would be physical strength because of the importance of military strength in their society. However the generosity of the leader many times almost seemed to be even more important.  For example although Hrothgar had proved himself a strong leader and warrior before the real story begins, he is incapable of protecting his people and defeating Grendel. Despite this obvious weakness his people still stand by him through all of this when he needs outside help from The Geats. So even though it takes great strength to become leader and be respected, how generous you are and how much you share with your people is at least as important.

I really enjoyed my choice book, Partials by Dan Wells. It was full of action. Wells did an excellent job of writing the action in a way that displayed the adrenaline and fear the characters were feeling, while maintaining the reader’s attention. I was still able to follow what was happening in these fast-paced scenes as well, which shows good writing. Another technique Wells used was ending a chapter on an incomplete note…he would often end with one short, simple sentence (often an answer to a question) that caused me to immediately go on to the next chapter to get more details! Several of the characters had strong personalities, which I enjoyed. Even if it was not explicitly stated who said what, I knew who was talking. The strongest of the characters was of course the main character, a brave heroine named Kira. Although the novel was not actually in 1st person POV, it was in 3rd person limited to Kira. This still allowed me to get into Kira’s mind and understand what she was thinking and feeling. This POV was different to several books I have read (which have 1st person POV) but I still liked it. Overall, it was an excellent book, and the ending set up for the rest of the series, which I can’t wait to read!

Connections I was able to make to Airframe

I feel like I can really connect to this book in various ways. The book shows us how life can really take a sudden turn. Whether physically or mentally. It can change suddenly, sometimes for better and others for worse. I think that this book really highlights the importance of dedication to your goals. So that even when everything and everyone seems to be against you, you have to still find a way to fight through all the barriers and succeed against all other wills. I feel like this can really be interpreted into my life as well. Just in general when doing things simple things like school or something more important like getting the job that you want. When it seems too difficult to do, you still have to do that thing even though it seems impossible. I think that this book really helped emphasize that about my life.

I don’t know where to really start with this book. If you go back and look at my initial impressions of the book, you’ll find that I was impressed. Unfortunately for The Lucifer Gospel, that didn’t last for very long. The book really gets in its own way at times by adding some extremely unnecessary and irritating character interactions, cliches of all sorts, boring dialogue, and just about anything else you can think of that would make you want to close a book and never open it again. Oh and some of the action scenes are a tad bit ridiculous. All that being said, I don’t consider The Lucifer Gospel to be a necessarily bad book. In fact, I don’t even regret reading it. It’s one of those books that is perfectly suited for reading when you have nothing else to do or maybe on long distance flights and car rides. In that regard, The Lucifer Gospel does a great job of passing time. Long story short, I can’t really recommend The Lucifer Gospel unless you have absolutely nothing better to do or read. Should you decide to pick it up, lower your expectations and try to ignore some of the flaws.

The book I am reading, A Soldier of the Great War, has been getting better and better and I am convinced it has landed a spot in one of my all time favorite books. It is such a great story, and the scenes and word choice used by the author give the reader a great image and great descriptions. In most novels like this one it can take some time for the reader to get into the story and the characters, but for me in this one it took no time at all, and I actually really liked the beginning part. Now the book has gone from peace time in Italy and the main character, Alessandro Giuliani, thinking about the looming war yet trying to enjoy the final time before it to the war itself. Now the stories told are about the horrors of the front. Giuliani tried to avoid being put in the army and the trenches by joining the navy before the war started, but as it turned out a lot of other people tried to as well, and he was put in the 19th River Guard, a unit made up partly of naval soldiers and regular army infantry. There he remains fending off the Austrians, until his unit is overrun and they are moved to go and find and capture deserters who fled to Sicily. I don’t want to give too much away, as here a lot changes in the book and Alessandro’s path is totally thrown off. It has been a fantastic read thus far and I am enjoying it immensely.

” His wings broke off at the base, and his plane dropped like a rock and was almost out of sight in an instant. There was no fire, no smoke, not the slightest untoward word. The remaining wing revolved as ponderously as a grinding cement mixer as the plane plummeted nose downward in a straight line at accelerating speed until it struck the water, which foamed open at the impact like a white water lily on the dark-blue sea, and washed back in a geyser of apple-green bubbles when the plane sank. It was over in a matter of seconds. There were no parachutes. And, Nately, in the other plane, was killed too,” (Heller 376).

Despite, all the circular logic and crazy actions the characters take, this quote highlights the power of the bureaucracy. Nately had too keep flying missions even though he flew the required 70 missions, which at the beginning of the novel was 25. Nately had to keep flying dangerous missions for commanders only interested in their own personal gain when it was certain the Allies would win the war.

 

” The practice bomb range was on the the other side of Pianosa, and, flying back, McWatt edged the belly of the lazing, slow-cruising plane just over the crest of mountains in the middle and then, instead of maintaining altitude, jolted both engines open all the way, lurched up on one side and, to Yossarian’s astonishment, began following the falling land down as fast as the plane would go, wagging his wings gaily and skimming with a massive, grinding, hammering roar over each rocky rise and dip of the rolling terrain like a dizzy gull over wild brown waves,” ( Heller 332)

Heller often uses long sentences which can be confusing to the reader.  Heller uses semicolons, commas, an and’s in forming his long sentences. They add meaning to the novel by highlighting the ridiculousness of some of the characters or events in the book.

Would I recommend this book to anyone? Yes! Honestly, I enjoyed reading this book over some of the assigned readings we have had this year. One reason being the authors writing style, which is a simplistic style which is easy to follow and understand. Second, the idea of this novel is very interesting and relevant to my life, because like the characters Madec and Ben in the novel, I also am a passionate hunter. If you enjoy a short, fun read, and are an outdoor enthusiast/passionate hunter, which I know some guys from the school also are.

“So, will you testify to intent to commit murder and assault with a deadly weapon?” “No,” Ben said. “I came in here to report an accident” (White 220). The ending of this book was quite a shock to me, because of what Ben had gone through with Mr. Madec, he had killed an old man, and Ben had been accused of it, and also he tried killing Ben. The fact that Ben did not want to press any charges against Madec really boggled my mind, if I was in Ben’s situation I would have for sure testified against Madec, because he is a dangerous psychopathic person.

“Nineteen eighty-five was the year in which TV viewers around the world grew accustomed to seeing South Africa as a country of burning barricades where stone-throwing black youths faced up to white policemen with guns, where SADF armored vehicles advanced like spidery alien craft on angry, frightened black mobs” (Carlin 19). The connection I made to this book was the rioting that is happening in the city of Baltimore. Angry African Americans being killed against their own will resulted in many acts of violence. The blame is being put on police for killing innocent blacks. There is a difference between a riot and a protest and what is going down in Baltimore started off as a protest but now is transforming into a brutal riot.