Furthermore, there were some major disappointments in this book that I very much disliked. One of this is how the main character; Kyla kept switching back and forth to her old self; Lucy and Rain which was quite difficult to keep up with. Last but not least, I loved how everything started summing up together at the end. The ending gave an adequate understanding of the puzzles in the story although
In these stories I think the settings are very familiar. The author of the Red Room opted for the scary, isolated castle whereas Edgar Allen Poe went for an old man’s house. I think that the Red Room setting is the one which would be most expected. It has the feel of any other gothic story at the beginning, although this soon changes, and it is quite a stereotypical setting for a story of this genre. As the setting always does, the castle does start the chain of suspense, and automatically starts the reader thinking about what will or won’t go wrong in the story ahead.
After finishing Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral”, I can honestly say this is my favorite collection of short stories I have read thus far. It took me a quite a bit of time to reach this point, though. Towards the beginning of reading this anthology, I found myself being far too analytical typically expected of an English course, often times looking for notable events, themes and other elements of writing. I quickly realized the nature of Carver’s writing: simplistic, stark and candid. On the surface, Carver’s stories may come across as lacking and dull.
I was also confused a couple of times throughout the book as it tended to be a bit jumpy, moving from one time period, to a flashback and then back to the original time period. I found that this book was similar to reading Chief Dan George’s essay I Am A Native Of North America, mainly in the language used as you could tell that it was written by, or from a natives perspective. As well as how Chief Dan George talked about his culture fading away, and how Xavier stayed true to his native culture throughout the book, unlike Elijah who eventually went mad, as he started enjoy killing people. I think that this book was based towards a Canadian audience, one to show and share history, but also it is patriotic as Canadians are proud of their ancestors, and natives for fighting and being successful, especially Francis Pegahmagabow, who the book was based on. I think it shows how tough, and gritty Canadians are and it gets the reader more involved if they can relate, even if it is just
“Dancing on Broken Glass” is Ka Hancock’s debut as a fiction writer and I hope that she has more works on the way. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry and I also felt like I was really able to connect with the characters. When a person has bipolar disorder they are either type A or type B. Mickey is type A where he bounces back and forth between mania and depression. He is a very eccentric character and there were points when I was glad that I am nothing like him. I do happen to have bipolar disorder although I am type B so it is much easier for me to keep my disorder under control.
Timothy Taylor, a bestselling, award-winning novelist and journalist, adapts good characters and a good storyline but not adequate structure. His character switching happened excessively and focused too much on one character but not the others. The overuse on details in some sections was a major turn-off, while others did not have enough details to satisfy an average reader. His style of writing was also very odd for a writer. Throughout his novel, Taylor could not seem to find the in between place for anything.
His style of writing is like no other, he is very eloquent in the way he sets up his scenes, and the way his characters interact with one another. Even though Wolfe’s style is very eloquent, there are still holes in the story to where the reader has to really think about what is really happening and figure out where the story is going to go from that point. This short story has received much recognition, including the Nebula and Locus Awards for short stories. It is very drawn out and Wolfe seems to have mapped out each scene, character and theme in a very detailed manner. He is able to hurl the reader right into the story without taking forever to do it.
The Dichotomy Between Appearance and Reality is at the Heart of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ – Do You Agree? The novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is rich with themes, messages and ideas, which at times can overwhelm the reader, especially when combined with the range of techniques used by Harper Lee, such as foreshadowing and symbolism, that creates an enjoyable and thought provoking novel on any intellectual level. It is possible, however, to categorise many of the prevailing messages into one aspect: the dichotomy between appearance and reality. Using the word ‘dichotomy’ in this phrase may be inaccurate considering the evident lack of mutual exclusivity; however, it is not used in a literal way, but as a means of identifying the message of the author that in my opinion is conveyed throughout the book: there are times when appearance and reality contrast to such a degree that there is seemingly no overlap between them. The impression of Maycomb and its inhabitants created by Harper Lee is one of a peaceful, idyllic town, free of poverty and crime; the ‘nearest thing to a gang ever seen in Maycomb’ consisted of a group of teens.
If I look past the fact that a lot of the stuff the main character does annoys me, I actually have to say that this book is written really well and I am enjoying it. The main character, Christopher, is an interesting character that makes poor choices and causes problems, though, the author did a good job creating this character. Quite often I read books and I can’t imagine the characters to be real people, but in this book, there are definite emotions, flaws, and personalities in the characters. I can see myself getting into this book quite well and enjoying the story of Christopher Boone trying to find out who killed his neighbor’s dog. The book is written to look like a boy with a mental disability wrote it, and I believe the author did a great job.
I think that the setting of this story which is based at Eel Marsh House lifts the tension a great deal as it is the perfect place for unusual happenings and a gothic horror story. The next thing I will talk about is the plot and how she builds tension in to it. The plot plays a big part in building the tension in the story. At first the mood is calm until his family start telling ghost stories, he then recalls the time in his life he would rather not refer to, as they were telling the stories he had tried to "hold back the rising flood of memory." After being calm the tension rises here as you know there is something wrong as Arthur get more uncomfortable.