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Carey's House of Mirrors

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    Reflection- I just read this book and thought it was very good. I thought it was really cool how this book was written. It was written as though it was a movie script. It gave me really good visuals throughout because it was described so good. The novel went by so fast that it felt it only took twenty minutes to read but it was longer then that. I felt really bad for the main person in the book, Steve Harmon, a normal teenager who is being accused of murder. Now that he is being accused of murder he now can be charged to be in prison for life. So the main idea of this story is that they talk to all these people where the incident took place and the jury decides whether or not Steve is guilty or not guilty. Here is an example of how i thought it was a movie scirpt. Here is an example of how i thought the book was like a movie script. 

     FADE IN: INTERIOR: COURTROOM. MS or JURORS. CU of a PRETTY BLACK JUROR, She is smiling. CUT TO: CU of STEVE. He smiles. CUT TO: CU of PRETTY BLACK JUROR. She stops smiling and looks quickly away. MS of COURTROOM. Steve has put his head down on the table. O'BRIEN pulls his up. 

     I was very surprised at the way the book ended. I thought for sure it was going to end in a very negative, very bad way, but it didn't. Here are some of the quotes i found to stand out the most. 

 

" Maybe i could make my own movie. I could write it out and play it in my head. I could block out the scenes like we did in school. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I'll write it down in the notebook they let me keep. I'll call it what the prosecutor called me. Monster." 

 

" I hate this place. I hate this place. I can't write it enough times to make it look the way i feel. I hate, hate, hate this place!! page 46.

" All they can do is put me in jail, they cant put me in jail." page 89.

" I've never seen my father cry before. He wasn't crying like I thought a man would cry. Everything just poured out of him and I hated to see his face." page 115 

 

" If I got out after 20 years, I'd be 36. Maybe i wouldn't live that long. Maybe i would think about killing myself so i wouldn't have to live that long in here." page 144

 

Vocabulary- Pessimist , perpetrator, cacophony, culprits, stenographer, diminutive, 

 

 

 

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     As for this book i had a very hard time understanding it, and thought it was very confusing. I really didn't like the book at all and really wish i would have read a different book for my self select. The main idea of the story is the narrator goes to a doctor and he has insomnia, so the doctor advises him to go to a support group to see for himself what it is like to suffer. He meets this girl Named Marla Singer, who attends the support group as well. A little while after this he meets Tyler Durden. The narrators house gets blown up so he asks Tyler if he can stay at his house, and Tyler says yes so then he starts living with Tyler. They create Fight Club which is held in their basement but they have to follow a set of rules which cannot be broken. Later Tyler makes Project Mayhem which they call the people space monkeys. As the book progresses the narrator discovers that he is really Tyler Durden, he has a split personality. The narrator is out to destroy a building and the narrator tries stopping him. The explosion doesnt happen because it had a problem. After this Tyler is still going to continue with his plan and is still going to wait for him.

     Like I was saying before, this book is very confusing and thought it was very hard to follow.

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     Intriguing Vocabulary:

stacatto

condomonium

indigineous

taratogenic

chloroflurocarbons

 

     Quotes:

 "This isn't really death, we'll be legend, we wont grow old."  Page 11

 

"If you don't know what you want, you end with alot you dont." Page 46

 

"It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything" Page 70

 

"There are alot of things we don't want to know about the people we love." Page 106

 

The firt rule of fight club is you don't tell anyone about it, and the last rule about Project Mayhem is that you don't ask questions." Page 140

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      As you can see that there are still fight clubs all over the world to this day. It is a terrible thing and we need to control it better. It's not worth people dying and people getting severely hurt over fight clubs. The people who are choosing to be in fight clubs are fighting in secret locations because they no that it is against the law. If they get caught they will get into serious trouble. I don't know exactly why people choose to do it, but some people think it is a cool thing to do. They have to follow rules because they do not want people to find out what is going on. Basically what it comes down to is that we need to stop all of the fight clubs and we need to do a better job of preventing people to join the clubs. We want people to be safe and not get them into any trouble. 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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     I just recently finished the book The Red Pony by John Steinbeck. This was a great book and was a joy to read. This book had four different parts. The first part was called The Gift. This part was about a young boy named Jody, gets a little red pony from his dad Carl, and at first he thought it was a joke, but he finally realized it was his and he decided to name the pony Gabilan. Jody takes real good care of his horse but one rainy day the horse was left outside and Billy the ranch employee promises Jody that the horse will not get sick. Sadly the horse got sick and after one night Jody wakes up to see his horse on the hillside laying on the ground with vultures eating on Gabilan. The second part is called The Great Mountains. This was about a mexican man named Gitano who comes to the ranch saying he use to live on the ranch. He tells Jody about the great mountains and suddenly leaves the ranch. The third part of the novel is called The Promise. In this section, they all decide to raise a horse from birth, and Jody was very excited, but nervous that something bad would happen, just like what happened to Gabilan. Everything was going smoothly until the horse got ill and BIlly had to kill the horse and cut the baby out of the stomach. The fourth and final part of the book was called The Leader Of The People. The family learns that their grandparents are coming to see them. They talk about their great journey across the plains and Jody wants to become a leader of the people when he grows up. I thought this book was very good, but it was very sad at times. I thought it was terrible how Billy told Jody that his horse would be fine outside and said that it wouldnt get sick from being in the rain, but it ended up getting sick and had to suffer. I would reccommend this book to anyone who likes John Steinbeck and wants a quick read because the book goes by really fast.

 

 

 

Vocabulary- 

    Sauntered

Dispiritedly

     Convulsively

Rheumatism

     Nonchalance

Reproachfully 

 

 

 

     Quotes-

"No mater how good a man is, there's always some horse can pitch him." Page 19

"A few people I guess. Its dangerous, with cliffs and things. Why, I've read there's more unexplored country in the mountains of Monterey County than any place in the United States." Page 38

"If ham and eggs grew on the side-hills I'd put him out to pasture, like old easter." Page 47

"Billy's face and arms and chest were dripping red. His body shivered and his teeth chattered. His voice was gone; he spoke in a throaty whisper. "There's your colt i promised." Page 73

"I knew your father Billy." said grandfather. "A fine man he was. They called him Mule-Tail Buck. I don't know why except he packed mules."

 

 

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     I just recently finished the book No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. This was a really good book and it was full of action and suspense. This boook was about a man named Llewelyn Moss who comes upon some abandoned trucks, only to discover that one of the trucks has a suitcase full of money. Little did he know that the suitcase had a tracking device planted inside. He had many close encounters with a guy named Anton Chugar, who is a very dangerous person. Llewelyn and Anton get involved in a series of close encounters with eachother and is full of action. The fighting scenes are so intense because they seem to last for a really long time and it makes me want to keep reading. This book was really good and i recommend it to anyone who is interested in reading suspenseful novels. Also i would recommend people to watch the movie so that you can compare and contrast the novel to the movie. I also liked how Cormac McCarthy uses such strong words and quotes throughout the book. It really makes you think alot.

 

 

Vocab-

Datilla- State flower or New Mexico

 

Opaque-not transparent or translucent; impenetrable to light; not allowing light to pass through.

 

Tourniquet-Medicine/Medical, Surgery . any device for arresting bleeding by forcibly compressing a blood vessel, as a bandage tightened by twisting.

 

Scrupulous-having scruples; having or showing a strict regard for what one considers right; principled.

 

Turnstile-A structure of four horizontally revolving arms pivoted atop a post and set in a gateway or opening in a fence to allow the controlled passage of people.  

 

Quotes

 

Anton "getting hurt changed me. Changed my perspective. I've moved on, in a way. Some things have fallen into place that were not there before. I thought they were, but they werent. The best way i can put it is that I've sort of caught up with myself. That's not a bad thing. It was overdue." Page 173

 

Anton- "you think im like you but. That it's just greed. But I'm not like you. I live a simple life." Page 177

 

Anton- "It's not the same. You've been giving up things for years to get here. I dont think i even understood that. How does a manh decide in what order to abandon his life? We're in the same line of work. Up to a point. Did you hold me in such contempt? Why would you do that? How did you let yourself get in this situation?" Page177

 

Wells- Anton raised his wrist and looked at his watch. Eleven fifty seven. " By the old woman's calendar I've got three more minutes. Well the hell with it. I think i saw all this coming a long time ago. Almost like a drama. Deja vu. I'm not interested in your opinions, just do it. You goddamned psychopath. Do it and goddamn you to hell." Page 178

 

Anton-"I had no say in the matter. Every moment in your life is a turning and every one a choosing. Somewhere you made a choice. All followed to this. The accounting is scrupulous. The shape is drawn. No line can be erased. I had no belief in your ability to move a coin to your bidding. How could you? A person's path through the world seldom changes and even more seldom will it change abrubtly. And the shape of your path was visible from the beginning." Page 259

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (16)

Colton T said

at 11:14 am on Sep 29, 2008

Are you sure it isnt a move?

paul bonnell said

at 2:26 pm on Sep 29, 2008

What do you mean the script to a movie? Include some sample text. I'm curious.

Janzen C said

at 10:45 am on Sep 30, 2008

are you sure it isnt really a movie????? maybe you just watched it and are just saying that you read the book.

Carey R said

at 10:48 am on Sep 30, 2008

yes i am positive i read the book because it only took about an hour to read

Dustin S said

at 1:25 pm on Oct 8, 2008

since your done with your book do you wanna read mine??? jk i finished already i know its a first

Casey W said

at 2:50 pm on Oct 15, 2008

Last year I read Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers. My impression on society totally changed after I read it.

paul bonnell said

at 6:35 am on Oct 20, 2008

After our book interview, I understand your quotations even more. He has to tell this story, whether it's a movie or a script, or just his thoughts scribbled in the notebook they give him. He has to write it to believe it himself, to keep him from going mad, to keep him from slipping into the ultimate despair. Walter Dean Myers imagines a world with that sort of internal conflict and then writes it, yes?

paul bonnell said

at 10:24 pm on Dec 3, 2008

The Alter Ego is such a powerful and painful concept. Essentially, it's a strange fear of some sort that unleashes itself in some altered self, an imagined self, a persona that seems more heroic or idealized or destined for fame and legend and significance rather than seeming shame and ignominy and nothingness. Nobody-ness. It seems crazy that this is what it comes to for people to try to "establish" their identities. They choose the seeming power of being criminal over the real power of living well and meaningfully.

Colton T said

at 9:38 am on Dec 4, 2008

cool video reynolds

Josie G said

at 9:41 am on Dec 4, 2008

im sure u would like to watch that movie lol

paul bonnell said

at 7:36 pm on Dec 7, 2008

What else do you think about the book? The central character? My Dec. 3 comment?

Colton T said

at 9:10 am on Mar 3, 2009

add alittle more to your page and stop playing games

mrkevind said

at 9:34 am on Mar 3, 2009

Very nice Carey. Try and add some reflection to your quotes. Why do you think Billy's father was called Mule-Tail Buck. (Think beyond him packing mules.) I would like to read more about how the book makes you fee. (Add you personal emotions. You start to do it when you are talking about the boys horse getting sick.) "Billy's face and arms and chest were dripping red. His body shivered and his teeth chattered. His voice was gone; he spoke in a throaty whisper. "There's your colt i promised." Page 73 How does this make you feel. Sounds like a very heart stopping moment. (Death and Rebirth theme?)

mrkevind said

at 9:35 am on Mar 3, 2009

P.S. Colton stop looking at Carey's computer and add to your wiki!

Colton T said

at 9:37 am on Mar 3, 2009

I like you a lot.

Colton T said

at 8:53 am on Mar 10, 2009

no i do not

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