My selected author for my IR this quarter is Robert Matheson. I chose this author because he is known as one of the most prolific horror story writers of his time. I read a lot of reviews on his books and all of them were good and hinting to me that I should read one of his books. His primary form of work is novels. This impacted my consideration because I really enjoy a good horror novel. The three most interesting works by this author are Hell House, I Am Legend, and The Beardless Warriors. What is interesting about Hell House is that two people are hired by a dying billionaire to investigate life after death, which is very intriguing. What is interesting about I Am Legend is it is about a deadly disease that people are trying to find the cure to. Lastly, what is interesting about the Beardless Warriors is that it is based off the author’s time as an infantry man in WWII. Matheson was born in 1926 and lived through WWII. He published his first novel at age 8! He went to the University of Missouri. He wrote a lot of novels and short stories, until 2013 when he sadly died.
The book Huckleberry Finn is a book like I have never read before. The author, Mark Twain, is one of the greatest American authors in history. When I first starting reading Huck Finn, it was really hard to read the text since it has so many misspellings to make it seem how they would talk back in the day. The book is definitely a lot better than I expected it to be. The plot within the story is very fascinating and the fact that Huck Finn is only twelve or thirteen, is intriguing due to all of the things he does. I like how Huck can “think on his feet” just like when he did at the log cabin in the woods with his dad. He used blood from another source and placed it inside the cabin for his father to see when he woke up. In doing this, it made it seem as if he was captured by somebody and taken away, most likely dead. Since his dad would think he was dead, he was free to go and travel as he pleased because no one would go looking for him if he was dead. This was one of the ways that Huck thought on his feet throughout the first several chapters of the book. What I really thought was weird was that Huck did certain things in order to get punished with a beating. He deliberately missed school so that the teacher would beat him when he went back. This was during the time that he was living with the Widow Douglas and he was so accustomed to getting beat by Pap Finn, that he was not used to the lifestyle of living with the Widow. I understand why he did that, and why he was not used to a lifestyle of not being abused, but I could not wrap my head around the fact that a kid who is being abused, would purposefully do something to want to get abused more. It does not make any sense to me, and this was the only part of the book that I was truly confused about.
The short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” was written very well and it intrigued me. It was interesting how the story described Simon Wheeler as dumb, bald, and a moron, where in reality he was actually very clever and even made remarks that made fun of the narrator. Also, when Jim Smiley, who would bet and trick everybody so he would win, got to the dog fight, I thought the humor was excellent when he had to fight a dog with only two legs. First of all, Jim’s dog couldn’t win because he won by latching onto the two back legs and also a dog could not really survive with only two legs.
The way we handled independent reading in the 3rd quarter was really good, I liked it a lot. I liked how I got some class time to catch up on my reading and I liked the way we got to interact with our classmates after we read. I also liked getting some points towards our grade for being prepared and reading in class. It helped me a lot with my reading and understanding of my book.
My first impressions on Huck Finn are that I really enjoy it so far. It has been a good read through the first chapter and I am interested as to how it will end. I think this story will be about his adventures being in a robber gang with Tom Sawyer. The type of story this will be is that of adventure along with a lot of action.