Frogs: The short story was very interesting to me. I was always wondering what Mr Wheeler would make up next. The use of satire in the story was to make a fool of the narrator. Mr Wheeler was making up the stories to waste the narrators time because he knew he was being looked down upon. He took this moment and decided to make a fool of the narrator for even asking such a question of him. Mr Wheeler had more brain power than such a question was able to do more than just be inquired for trivial matters.
Huck Fin: I am very excited to read this book. I have been to Tom Sawyers Island in Disney when I was little and I loved the adventure. Now that I know the adult side of the story I am even more excited. The fact that Twain did not make every character talk the same because he knows they are all different also makes me super excited. Some stories have so many characters that it is hard to keep track of all of them and with the different talking styles I am hoping it is different with this one.
iMom: OK HOW DID YOU FIND THIS? So basically all millennial parents were being satired because of our nation’s extreme use of technology. The idea of family and togetherness has been completely flipped upside down. The use of technology as a way to take care of your kids and be responsible for them is not too far fetched from what we are doing now. I hate the fact that the video could be legit in a couple years, if not already. Also, I am glad my mom never mistook me for a chicken.
Satire and humor are big parts of my life. I do not go through a single day without saying something funny (dad joke/something actually funny) or being the victim of satire. My favorite type of humor is Improvisational/Blue. (I found two sources for types of humor: The Huffington Post, Daily Writing Tips. They both gave me totally different lists of types. All the other “good” websites were blocked.) This preference comes from watching the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” The actors are given a task and they come up with some of the most random things, but they’re all hilarious. Some situations they act out simply make you so awkward that you feel you need to laugh. I am also a very witty person so that would also be a favorite type of mine (if that’s a type). The world would be so dry without humor. How would we dissolve awkward situations if it was not for jokes? How would we be able to comfort and distract each other from crappy situations? Humor is more important and complicated than I realized.
Mark Twain was a writer of books that included a lot of humor and he often liked to mock the world around him. The most interesting fact I could find about Mark Twain is his relation to Halley’s Comet. He was born right after Halley’s comet appeared in 1835 and it was expected to return in 1910. Twain was quoted saying, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet.” I do not know why but that was honestly one of the coolest things I read about him. The other thing I enjoyed researching was how many jobs he had. Twain worked as a printer apprentice in 1846, a steamboat pilot in 1859, and a miner during the silver rush. This struck me as quite impressive. Not only did he have all these different skills, but he continued to write even while accomplishing such complicated work routines.
Angels and Demons is a book written by Dan Brown. The main character is Robert Langdon (a professor at Harvard who is contacted by Maximilian Kohler to investigate the murder of Leonardo Vetra.) Without giving away the entire plot of the story, I will say that Dan Brown likes to focus a lot on Conspiracy Theories, the Vatican City, the Illuminati, and the Catholic Church. It all sounds a little crazy to me, but I guess that is why he wrote a lot of books.
This book was thoroughly confusing, but yet intriguing. The author provides a map for use when he speaks about the historical landmarks of The Vatican City. Due to my map reading skills not being quite on point and not being able to hold my page for very long because of my tiny fingers, I quite often found myself just googling the places instead. I am a much better visual learner and some parts of this text are not descriptive enough for me to vividly imagine the setting. For example when Langdon arrives at CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research) it is quite hard for me to imagine how it looks. It is quite easy to pick up what Maximilian Kohler looks like. He has been described very well (I would insert a direct quote but I returned the book to the library). If I do recall correctly, his wheelchair did contain electronic gadgets such as a computers, phones, and pagers. (I guess this what happens when you are the director of the place that creates antimatter.)
The main problem I have with this story is, Why did Leonardo Vetra have to be the one to die? I mean you can tell me I ask far too many questions and that is fine by me, but I still want to know why. I mean yes he is a physicist related to the CERN and he was a catholic priest, but why him? And why does the story just open up with the death? Why can there not be any background information given to us? I guess that is just the way Brown likes to write it.
I have always found the Illuminati and the Freemasons quite intriguing so that might honestly be the only reason I tried to continue to read and understand the book. This may be the most millennial thing I say, but that book was way too big. The thriller aspect of the book was established within the first ten pages when Vetra was assassinated and branded with the Illuminati symbol. If someone can be introduced at the same time of their death, why is the book so long? I honestly didn’t make it past three quarters of the book because I lost focus in the story. There was nothing keeping me going. Yes, a ball of antimatter that could explode in 24 hours is interesting, but that thick of a book to cover a single day? That is a little much is you ask me considering most of the words in the story were not used to lay out the scenes it was taking place, but instead describing every single detail of Langdon’s outfit. Did not enjoy this book.