IMWAYR – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Currently I’m reading “Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin, and I’m on page 83.

After having read the first book for pleasure due to my interest in the TV series, a process that probably should have been reversed, I’m reading this book for one of my class’s required book review s that are due every three weeks. Even though I read the first book after watching all six seasons of Game of Thrones, and knew who was going to die, I still enjoyed it. If you’ve read the first book, or watched the first season of the TV series, the second book, “Clash of Kings,” picks up immediately where “Game of Thrones” left off.

The Book so Far

The Comet’s tail spread across the dawn, a red slash that bled above the crags of Dragonstone like a wound in the pink and purple sky.

So far, I’ve enjoyed seeing how each opposing faction thinks that the sign of the comet is meant for themselves and how it is giving rise to greater boldness on their part, thinking that their ambition is blessed by the gods. Stannis and Joffrey both believe that the gods are sending them this sign as a blessing. Stanis belives it is the blessing of the Lord of Light, whereas Joffrey, the Lannisters’ primary color being red, believe it is meant to bless Joffrey’s reign. Due to the ending of the last book, we as the reader have a different and much more interesting assumption about what the comet could signify, and this suspicion is somewhat supported by Old Nan, and Osha, the wildling that Rob captured, when Bran asks them about the comet.

I’ve also found the relationship between Joffrey and Sansa to be an interesting one. If you know how the last book ended, then you know that the relationship between Sansa and Joffrey is strained. Martin does a fantastic job making these two characters seem like real people. Because of this, we feel for Sansa and despise Joffrey. Martin is able to make his reader feel such strong emotions about the characters he has created, and this is a testament to his skill as a writer.

So far I’m enjoying the book and look forward to how the books further provide a different, yet still pleasurable, telling of Martin’s series.

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Book Review of Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe. 241 Pages.

Robinson Crusoe is introduced as a young man from York, England, born in the year 1632 to a well-off family. His father wanted to see him become a lawyer, but Robinson yearned instead to become a sailor. In short, even after his father attempts to persuade him against it, Robinson runs away and secures passage on a ship. Soon after this, his troubles at sea begin, and after several mishaps he ends up shipwrecked on an island in the Caribbean “on the coast of [South] America, near the mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque” (Defoe, extended title of the book).

Thinking back on this time, Crusoe comments:

But my ill fate push’d me on now with an obstinacy that nothing could resist; and tho’ I had several times loud calls from my reason and my more composed judgement to go home, yet I had no power to do it. I know not what to call this, nor will I urge, that it is a secret over-ruling decree that hurries us on to be the instruments of our own destruction, even tho’ it be before us, and that we rush upon it with our eyes open (Defoe, pg. 13).

The things I liked about this book are as follows:

Firstly, I like how relatable Crusoe is because of the hopes and fears he has. We are privy to the very pensive nature of Crusoe. In reality, the book is Comprised almost entirely of Crusoe’s thoughts; Crusoe thinks deeply about any course of action before he undertakes it, even though this course of action might end up being fruitless. Because of this, it helps us to see Crusoe as a very real person because his thoughts and fears are laid out so plainly and recognizably. This helps the story become alive and real for the reader. This is something that I’m likely to try in my own writing.

Defoe also does a very good job of writing clearly and concisely that we might understand him better. Even though the language of this novel, being written in 1710, is 300 years old, I rarely found that I couldn’t understand what Defoe was trying to explain. Some of the subjects of Crusoe’s thoughts and feelings are a bit hard to put into words, but Defoe has a very clear way of writing that makes these things understandable, and through this, more powerful to the effect they are trying to achieve in the reader.

What I didn’t like about the book:

The only thing I didn’t like about the book is that after all of the hardship that Crusoe endures, I think some of the sources of help Crusoe comes into seemed a bit too convenient. It almost seemed as if the book had to be wrapped up quickly.

My overall impression of this book is that it is a story of ingenuity and perseverance in the face of adversity, and overall, I liked it quite a lot. As said before, the writing in this story is clear and concise, and situations and ideas are presented in an interesting and engaging way to keep the reader invested in the story.

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Introduction – Ten Random Facts About Me

1. I’m currently in the process of changing my major. I started going to Santa Fe in the Fall of 2012 with my major then being Engineering. I earned my AA in the spring of 2015 and transferred to UF with my declared major being Computer Engineering. After taking Summer B, and subsequently Fall classes there, I found that I really didn’t enjoy my major, so here I am back and Santa Fe just trying to find some classes around things that I have always truly loved. I’m hoping that writing might be a better fit.

2. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and I lived just West of Memphis across the Mississippi river in a town called, surprise, West Memphis, Arkansas. I lived there until I was 5 years old and then my family moved to Gainesville; however, my dad still owns my deceased grandparents’ house there. I have other family, on my dad’s side, in Tennessee.

3. I’ve lived in Gainesville, FL since 1999, and I have gone through all of my schooling here before moving on to Santa Fe.

4. In the Summer of 2013, through Santa Fe World Travelers, I went on a trip to China for two weeks where we saw many places of historical significance such as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, and the Forbidden City. After this trip, I took a semester of Mandarin language because my time in China increased my interest in its culture.

5. I work at Jimmy Johns, a sandwich shop, as a delivery driver and have done so since the spring of last year.

6. I own a two-handed sword and kilt that I bought at the local medieval fair a few years ago. Sometimes I’ll shamelessly put on this outfit, watch the movie Braveheart, and yell a battle cry at all of the appropriate times.

7. I like world building, such as drawing fantasy maps and creating cultures, and I also like reading fantasy lore that other authors have created.

8. My favorite video game is Kerbal Space program. I like it because of how realistic the challenges of creating a working rocket are, and the great feeling of accomplishment you obtain for overcoming these challenges.

9. I enjoy singing, and I consider myself a decent singer. Mostly I like to sing jazz, but I’ve also sung with the Santa Fe Singers group here at the school.

10. I like to sketch from time to time when the desire to takes me. I’d like to sketch more often though to improve my skill in this area.

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