I do not think I have ever read any books by an author that had a last name starting with X. I will go to the library this week and check, but I do not know of any. Have any of you ever read any books by X authors?
Archives for July 2010
Yahoo has an article today about ten commonly misspelled words that spell check cannot catch. It is important to watch out for these words in writing. In addition to these, my spell check has a hard time with the word algae and words that should end in ent rather than ant. It’s rather strange. Anyway, you can read the list of words here.
The Time Machine is one of the most classic science fiction books ever written. It was first published in 1895. The basic plot of the story is as follows: A scientist creates a time machine for going back and forth through time. He invites some people over to tell them about the machine. He first travels to almost a million years into the future, where he discovers two separate peoples. One of them, the Eloi, is surface-dwelling and largely useless people. The second people are the Morlocks, and they live under the ground and actually do all of the work. The time traveler then discovers that the Morlocks stole his machine so that he cannot get back. The rest of the book talks about how he gets the machine back and one further adventure to 30 million years into the future.
This book is innovative, but like most books from the period, rather dull. Most of the book is narrated from the first person, which instead of having excitement, reads like a really long lecture. But if you can get past the dullness of the text, the story itself is actually interesting. The main point of the story seems somewhat political in nature, due to the highly divided class of futuristic people.
Overall, this book is well-written and interesting. I give it three out of five stars.
Bad Girls is a story about two fifth-grade girls. These two girls have the same initials (ME), and are the same age. In this book the girls transition from semi-enemies, to best friends.
This book was published in 1996. In 1996 I was in fifth grade. This story is not about 1996. This book seems to me that it could have been written in the 70’s or 80’s, but not in 1996. The girls do not use the proper slang words, and there is little to no mention of computers. This was the biggest problem that I had with the book.
Another problem that I had with this story is that it is choppy. It is sometimes hard to tell who’s prospective the story is currently in. The prospective may change several times in each chapter, which I found hard to follow.
Overall, I give this story two out of five stars. There are many other children’s books out there that are more inventive, clearer and more child-appropriate.