Sixteen Weeks Later

Hey guys! For the past sixteen weeks I have been reading and reviewing several books for my college composition class, and I must say it was not a bad of an experience.

At first when this project was presented in class I was very skeptical of the whole idea. The reasons being that i don’t like to read and i don’t like to write. I thought I was going to have to write book reports on all the events that happened in the book like some sort of summary, but after the first week i realized that it was not like that at all. The only reason i write these reviews is to try to convince the audience to read the book and give my intellectual opinion towards the book. This helped me a whole lot in laying out the review because it helped me express the thoughts in my head to paper (or keyboard) creating a more fluid writing and less choppy, out of place writing. And since this is a review I made it clear to myself that I was not going to include spoilers because that just makes it harder for me to construct and annoying for the audience since they probably haven’t read the book. So with that being said, the reviews I made came out more simple and analytical rather than complex and chronological.

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To end off the blog I’m going to address my fellow followers or people that just like to read my reviews. I’m afraid to say that I will not continue with the reviews due to the end of my semester in this class, but don’t worry there might be hope. Depending on my teacher next semester, I might have to do something related to these reviews. So if that does end up happening, no worries, I’ll keep using this account and uploading whatever content necessary for me to get a good grade and for you guys to enjoy the content.

Good luck, and God speed.

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THE WALL

Hey guys whats is going on, Today I’m going to talk about the book I have been reading for the past couple of weeks, and it is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. (311 pages)

The Handmaid's Tale by [Atwood, Margaret]

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Well, before I start this off I just want to clarify that this review might sound pretty weird and out of order but that is literally how the book is and i honestly had to take notes because there is a lot going on in this novel.

The Novel takes place in the United States somewhere in the near future. The U.S government was overtaken by this new religious, male chauvinistic organization that goes by the name of “The Republic of Gilead” and these fools don’t mess around. They completely stripped women of their basic rights and then some. Meaning that they are not able to read or write, own property, have a job,  etc. Reasons behind the overtake of the U.S government: Pollution, Infertility Rates sky-rocketing, Violence (mostly domestic), Sexual Diseases. They create the service of handmaids, which is where women are assigned to married couples simply to serve as a child bearer for the couple.

The story starts off with Offred a handmaid that works for The Commander Fred and his wife Serena Joy. Every month while Offred was ovulating the commander would have intercourse with her while Serena was sitting behind Offred holding her hand and stuff, honestly some freaky dieky stuff going on. The reason Offred was turned to a handmaid was because she was trying to escape the country with her secret lover, Luke, to which they had a child right before Gilead rose to power but they were caught and separated to where Offred was sent to a re-education center to where she is “taught” to become civil servants to males and only bear their children.

The novel goes back and forth with flashbacks from Offred’s past and what is happening in the present. The novel is constructed in fragments that basically represent the life of Offred, there is a sense of distortion throughout the novel because i think the author is trying to put the reader in Offred’s shoes. In the sense of creating confusion and uncertainty to what is going on, not knowing what is present and what is past. Making the reader as confused and annoyed as Offred.

“I’m sorry there is so much pain in this story. I’m sorry it’s in fragments, like a body caught in crossfire, or pulled apart by force”

In conclusion, if you just like drama that involves a whole set of characters you have to keep up with then go right ahead, if not….. still read the book, it demonstrates the importance of women and how we (as men) should appreciate all that women do and have done through out existence. And if you keep neglecting them then the novel might be a result of what might happen.

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Its Monday! What Am I Reading?

Hey guys, whats up? Today I’m just gonna check in with my blog, for this segment of Its Monday What Am I Reading I’m going to talk about the book that i have yet to even check out, but it was highly recommended by my class mates. The novel that I am going to start reading is called “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. (320 Pages)

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To be Honest I do not have the best overview of what the book is actually about, the only thing that i know about it is that it is a science fiction, dystopian style novel to where there has been staged attacks on the individuals running the United States, like the president and members of congress. So I’m guessing that after those attacks happen that this book is going to base its self off the new “re-birth” of the country with I’m guessing new societal rules and regulations that might not comply to everyone’s needs, like focusing on women and how they are treated throughout the novel, being stripped of their rights from thee beginning  But Yeah, Honestly i not to sure of what this book is about, but in a couple of weeks I’m going to have finished reading and you guys will see a review in my page shortly after.

Now to finish my blog I’m just going to talk about what i have been doing in school that oddly does have some correlation with the book I’m reading. So what i have been doing in class was to construct an argumentative essay about the Disney movie Mulan, and we touched on the topic of how Chinese culture and tradition make it so that women are looked at as more of a “perfect wife” or “servant wife” to where their displays of honor to their family are based on how well you perform your wifely duties to where a man has to go off into war and protect the empire with their lives. Well all throughout the assignment i had lots of mixed opinions about the whole subject. So if you guys have seen Mulan and know what i am talking about, then leave a comment showing what you guys think about this.

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My Soul Is Yours

Hey guys whats happening? Today I’m going to talk about the book i was reading over the break. It is called “On The Devils Court” by Carl Deuker. 252 pages.

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I chose to read this book mostly because of the basketball that the novel basically revolves around of. If you are not really a fan of basketball then i wouldn’t really suggest this book, but if you know how the game works and don’t really mind reading over basketball games then you should be just fine.

The book starts off with Joe Faust, who is the main character of the story. Joe had just moved to Seattle with his father from Boston right before his senior year in high school to which he attended a private school. Joe is considered  very shy and to-him-self, he likes to spend most of his time either playing basketball or just hanging in his room. Just before school starts Joe meets some of the local kids in the basketball court and meets Ross. Ross and Joe become really good friends over summer that Joe tires to convince his father to attend public school with Ross but was quickly turned down by his father, kind of making the relationship Joe had with his dad kind of shaky.

Well, school starts and Joe, new to everything, doesn’t really interact the students, sits alone in lunch. To where one day some of his colleagues ask if he plays basketball, and if he was interested in trying out. Joe upon taking the offer to try out for the team was extremely nervous because he didn’t want to bomb the try-outs, which he completely did. After hearing from the coach that he would possibly get into the Junior varsity team from the talent he displayed earlier. So Joe upset with the news from the coach goes out and practices his shots in an abandoned gym to where he goes to play every so often. When suddenly that night he couldn’t stop sinking his shots in. One after another they kept on going in and perfectly rolling back to Joe after every shot. After drowning eight in a row, Joe was aware that there was something OR someone that is granting him with all this talent.

After every shot made the gym basically just got more and more creepier with mist coming in through the doors ,the rain hitting the gym roof. After seeing what was going on , Joe basically knew what was up and blurted out the words ” Give me a full season of power, and my soul is yours.” So… Yeah Joe Faust sold his soul to the devil in exchange for amazing basketball talent, well the rest is kind of predictable but i’m not gonna spoil it.

Now to give my opinion on the book, I honestly think it was a good book all the way through. The only thing that bugged a whole very lot is the fact that this child sold his soul to the devil, you know, FOR ETERNITY in exchange for ONE, UNO, EINS season of high school basketball. Like come on man its eternity where talking about and you just want your powers for 24 games. I don’t know, that’s basically the only thing i didn’t really like about the book other than that, its great! Go read it!

Word count: 547

 

Nothing is Instant

Hey all, today I’m going to talk about the book I have been reading for the past couple of weeks now and that is Looking for Alaska by John Green. (221 pages)

“So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”

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I actually really enjoyed this novel, even though it might be considered boring for some, it was actually very entertaining and some parts of the book made me feel like i was back in high school doing stupid stuff with my friends.

I honestly think that this book can be relatable to the majority or if not all of the typical adolescent life’s that we are encountering or have already encountered. To make things more understandable, there is two parts to the story a “before” and “after”.

The novel is about a Florida kid named Miles Halter as he tries to start a new life by moving to the boarding school his dad went to up in Alabama. Uppon arrival he meets his roommate Chip Martin A.K.A “The Colonel”. The Colonel gives Miles his new nickname, “Pudge”. Pudge meets the colonels friends which are: Takumi and Alaska. Through out the novel these 4 kids just basically run around smoking cigarettes, drinking booze, meeting new people, and basically just having fun with what they have. The boarding school they go to is for academically advanced students so during the novel you will find some philosophical conversations basically about life.

In this novel the author dives into a lot of moral dilemmas we as humans have to face at least once in our lifetimes. Some examples can be: Snitching, lying, life and death, falling in and out of love, and the stages of grief.

The character that you should look out for in this novel is Alaska. She is actually my favorite character in the book. Alaska is kinda nutty, but in a good way. She is very eccentric and unpredictable which makes her so lovable and also hate-able. Her way of thinking is what caught my attention because she seems to have her shit together although none of us really do haha.

I also think that Alaska is basically just the inner “wild child” that we all have inside of ourselves, just that she is good at displaying it to the world.

Word Count: 373

 

The Eagle is Watching

Whats going on? Today im going to talk about the book that i am recently reading. The book is called Looking for Alaska by John Green (221 pages).

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“Suffering” she said. “Doing wrong and having wrong things happen to you. That’s the problem. Bolivar was talking about the pain, not about the living and dying. How do you get out of the labyrinth of suffering?”

So far i have read about 157 pages and it been a pretty good book so far. The novel consists of two different parts: Before and After. Basically this books is about a teen age kid from Florida called Miles Halter that moves to a boarding school in Alabama. Miles isn’t much of outgoing character to where before moving he points out that he does not have much friends or any for that matter which makes it less difficult for him to leave. Upon arriving to his new school he meets his roommate “The Colonel” as he is liked to be called and is through out the story but his real name is Chip Martin. Their relationship at first wasnt as nice as one would imagine, starting things off with The Colonel giving Miles a new nickname…”Pudge.” But after a while they turn out to get along just fine.

The Colonel introduces Pudge to his friends, Takumi and Alaska. Through out the book these 4 kids usually spend their days smoking cigarettes and messing around like any adolescent would do given the sense of liberty these kids have but there is a Head Hancho of sorts lurking around and he is the Dean of the boarding school he is known as “The Eagle”. This Novel dives in to a lot of moral situation that young adults and people in general go through more than once in their lifetimes. Whether its Snitching on someone, Lying for ones benefit, falling in and out of love, and contemplating life and death etc.

I honestly Recommend this book even though it sounds pretty boring, and i haven’t even finished it but it is actually not that bad at all. The adventures and dilemmas presented are actually very interesting. So yeah check it out.

 

Piggy for President

Hello, today I’m going to write a review on a book I’ve been reading for a couple of weeks now, Lord of The Flies by William Golding. 190 pages 

“And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and un-wiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of the true,…”

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The story takes place during a nuclear war where an airplane filled with British children has to make a crash landing in a deserted island. The book starts off with a boy named Ralph trying to make sense of what happened, when he finds Piggy. The two boys find this whitish pinkish shell they called “the conch”. After gathering the survivors by blowing the conch and signaling all, they establish roles among the children: Ralph being the leader of the pact and Jack, one of the choir kids, was put as the Lead Hunter gathering the food for the kids, even though, he was sure he could be leader. And not to forget Piggy being the new laughing-stock for everyone. This ultimately ignites the small flame of conflict between the two Alphas (Ralph and Jack). As the book goes on you can notice the two different types of leaders Ralph and Jack are when given a certain situation concerning the group as a whole.

Ralph’s leadership style includes sense, reason, and order. For example, Ralph constructed a way of organized communication among all of the members by giving “the conch” a sense of power and importance towards the unity of the group of kids.

Jacks leadership style is different from Ralph because jack leans towards more of a survival like, animal-instinct vibe. For example, Jack starts to use war-paint and creating ritual dances before they would hunt. He would also use his power to divide the group given that he is the Lead Hunter.

Along the story there are some key characters to keep in mind, well, at least for me. One being Simon a small child to where his encounters in the island inflict a whole lot in the group as a whole, Also there is Piggy he is basically the main target of hazing due to his weight. I mention Piggy because even though he gets picked on if it wasn’t for his glasses they would be able to make fires, and also in my point of view Piggy is the most reasonable character in the novel.

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10 Random Facts

Hey my name is Nicolas and this is my blog page Coco-Roco. I’m a student in Santa Fe and I’m going to have to post blogs for this semester, mostly about books. But since this is my first blog entry I’m going to start off with random facts about my self. Lets get started!

  1. I was Born in Peru 

Yup. I was boron in Lima in the year of 98, and at the age of two i moved to Miami, where i was raised. I lived there till i was 15 then i was shipped back to Peru to finish High school.

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Fireworks in the city of lima during the 28th of July (independence day).

2. The Blog Site name came from a Peruvian candy

I felt like I was taking too much time on figuring out the title so I look around my desk and I see some Cocorokos that i brought back from the break.

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Cocorokos lime flavored because there is also Pear flavor.

3. I like to Skateboard

Skateboarding has been in my life since I was like 10 years old. Even though I focused on other sports like soccer and basketball, a skateboard was always present and it was and still is my only mode of transportation.

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Professional skateboarder Torey Pudwill kickfliping over a gap

4. I have never broken a bone.

Even though I had some close calls skateboarding with knee, ankle, and even a slight concussion but my bones stayed strong. Must be the milk.

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5.   I like to question things in the world.

Ever since I was a kid, I wasn’t much for one to tell me things they think they know, so I would always figure it out for my self. As I got older it just stuck which got me really into politics and world culture.

 

 

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scene from Adult Swim show Rick and Morty

6. I like to travel

My family is basically dispersed through out the world which helps when your traveling because you can crash in their place and they show you the ropes of their city. a locals tour guide. I’ve been to places like Boston, New York, Spain, Germany, Italy, Holland, Peru, U.K.

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Gif of Machu Picchu located in Cusco, Peru 

 

7. I Mostly prefer fictional books

I mostly like books to where there is a hypothetical situation happening in their reality that effects everyone and how they have to adapt or find solutions. Like the book right now but ill get into that another blog.

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Not much to do with books but I’m keeping the random in the assignment. Good movie though

8. My favorite movie

My favorite movie is Into The Wild with Emile Hirsch its about this man who leaves everything and hitchhikes through america all the way to Alaska to where he lives of the land.

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Scene from the movie Into The Wild 

9. My favorite T.V show

My favorite T.V. show is That 70’s Show because of how it portrays adolescent life with adventures and mischief that every one has encountered at least once. Plus it’s really funny

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10.  I’m going to study Forestry 

I feel like we are not taking care of our mother earth. We need to learn how to appreciate all it gives us and not take for granted what she provides us with, which is ultimately life its self.

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