October 2013 Blog Posts (399)

The Return of the King: Free Peoples of Middle Earth VS Mordor *DUN DUN DUNNN*

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

          It appears I have reached the end of my journey and what a journey it has been. While reading the Lord of the Rings series I was introduced to a new writing style, new vocabulary, an entirely new world. This book series is now one of my favorite series and the movies are some of my favorite movies as well. With the final book of the series, The…

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Added by Lily Ho on October 31, 2013 at 11:50pm — 3 Comments

Instead of Trick or Treating...

I have been finishing up the last pages of Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. Now, I know the name Nicholas Sparks may conjure images of Ryan Gossling and Rachel McAdams sharing a passionate kiss on screen, but unlike the famous chick flick, The NotebookSafe Haven has a very intense, quick-paced plot with many twists and turns that help to enhance our understanding of the characters and how they deal with certain situations.…

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Added by Gabi Arnieri on October 31, 2013 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Dystopia Meets Chick-Flick: The Selection

    So it was this month I decided emphatically to not blog about Tartarus or dystopian societies. To be quite honest, I’m not so in love with Percy Jackson that I could write an entire blog post on him and his buddies, and I’m really in no dying hurry to read Allegiant.

    Personally, I've gotten a little sick of the dystopian genre. Maybe it’s the fact that dystopian tales seemingly get published by the minute, and there’s nothing that really stands out to me when…

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Added by Varshini Ramanathan on October 31, 2013 at 10:37pm — 9 Comments

The Book Thief By Markus Zusak

What a beautiful book. I've read my fair share of Holocaust books (Diary of Anne Frank, Night by Elie Wiesel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, etc.) and this is…

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Added by Jackie Trujillo on October 31, 2013 at 10:34pm — 8 Comments

Artemis Fowl: 12-Year-Old Crime Lord

Artemis Fowl, a novel by Eoin Colfer, is a fast-paced action/thriller, and a great comedy. Its break-neck speed

 will keep you on the edge of your seat, and its clever quips will definitely get a laugh from you. Or, at least a chuckle. This story is about a 12 year old boy named Artemis Fowl, who is anything but normal. Artemis Fowl is a prodigy, the smartest person to ever live. With an IQ of over 250, and one of the most respected criminals in the world, who has a…

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Added by Ishan Taparia on October 31, 2013 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Aliens are among us….or are they Us?

They came in waves, each one more deadly than the last. They look human, but are far from it. Trusting is a death wish. The key to staying alive is staying alone. What do you do then, when your father is killed and your brother is taken by the enemy? What do you do when you discover that the next wave is beginning? How will you rescue your brother when you don’t know who the enemy is anymore? How will you survive?

 

The…

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Added by Sarah Hoadley on October 31, 2013 at 10:08pm — 10 Comments

Is Life Really That Different?

Looking for Alaska

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Added by Jeremiah Chiang on October 31, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Blunder - How to rise above common decision-making mistakes

(Note: The book is really not that complicated at all.)

 

During October, I read Blunder by Zachary Shore, a book about common mistakes people make when they are faced with problems. Zachary Shore is a historian; and thus, the book includes many historical examples of the “cognition traps” he…

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Added by Kevin Stevens on October 31, 2013 at 9:39pm — No Comments

Nineteen's the Magic Number

I’m currently going through a John Green phase, but unlike most of my other temporary fascinations, the end of my obsession doesn't seem to be near. There’s just something different and special in the way that he and his brother, Hank Green, think of and present ideas. Thinking about a formula that could mathematically graph the success rate, predict the future of a relationship, and actually works? The idea screams…

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Added by Angie Peng on October 31, 2013 at 9:35pm — 4 Comments

The Fault in our Stars: Did It Live Up to Its Hype?

         Last month, while I was filling in my Ning log, I read a lot of blog posts. Some of them I commented on, and some I didn't. One thing I did notice, however, was the frequency of one book in particular, The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. I figured that if everyone else read and loved this book, it was certainly worth a read. And in short, in my opinion, it did not live up to the expectations I had for it, although, as a whole it wasn't a bad book.…

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Added by Daniel Tokarz on October 31, 2013 at 9:30pm — 22 Comments

Carrie: You Will Know Her Name

Carrie: You Will Know Her Name





WARNING- THIS IS A SPOILER TO THE BOOK AND MOVIE.



Imagine if you had the power to move things without touching them. All you have to do is picture it in your mind and flex your unknown powers. Ultimately nothing can hurt you. As a telekinetic, you can bend medal bars with ease, stop bullets in mid air, and transport your thoughts to another. Now imagine you have these powers but at school you're…

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Added by Grace Grzybek on October 31, 2013 at 9:28pm — 7 Comments

Continuing an Interesting Series

The Power of Six

             Pittacus Lore composes literature in a fashion that no one is used to.  All novels are based on foreign invaders from a distant planet called Lorien.  In The Power of Six,…

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Added by Pat Geregach on October 31, 2013 at 9:13pm — No Comments

Never Give Up

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Imagine what it would feel like to have a promising NFL career ahead of you, and have it pulled out from under you in less than a second.  Standing Tall, written by Sam Carchidi is a great story about a remarkable recovery.   In 2007, Kevin Everett, the Buffalo Bills up and coming  tight end, was paralyzed in the Bills opening game against the Broncos.   Everett…

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Added by Matt McCabe on October 31, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Living In a Revolution

Imagine living in a place where there is the constant fear of being bombed, or a place in which one can be arrested for what they wear and how they act. The Persepolis, written by Marjane Satrapi, depicts the childhood of Satrapi throughout the Islamic Revolution. This story tells of the many tragic events that she was involved in as a child. More in about the book here:

 

The Persepolis

I first heard…

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Added by Jerry Li on October 31, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Beautiful=The Fault in Our Stars

Here's a comic strip to convince you to read The Fault in Our Stars! READ THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!!!!

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Added by Pranathi Karumanchi on October 31, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Pleasing Others and Ghosts of the Past: A Little Insight on the Human Mind.

Why do we try to achieve certain things? Do we do it for other people, for ourselves, or for our futures? I’m sure we’ve all done things for all of these reasons, but when we do achieve our goals, do we feel happy because of it? If we don’t, why not? I…

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Added by Czarisse Maralit on October 31, 2013 at 8:46pm — 1 Comment

Creativity Ruined by Romance?

Confined in a tower, sentenced to seven years, the only connection to the outside world is a small hole covered by a metal flap. A cruel fate that is actually widely known. The plot of Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale is like a variation to that of the well known fairy tale, Rapunzel. In this book, Lady…

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Added by Ann Hsieh on October 31, 2013 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Only in America

     

 


Conversions:

initial vertical velocity (vy0)  =  12000   foot/second  =  3657.6   meter/second
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Added by Alex Knox on October 31, 2013 at 8:20pm — 2 Comments

Of Course Lemony Snicket Wrote This Masterpiece

Beginning in October, I read Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler. First of all, DANIEL HANDLER = LEMONY SNICKET = DANIEL HANDLER = LEMONY SNICKET. Yes the mysterious, secret writer of The Series of Unfortunate Events that we all know and love. Anyways, the brilliant man wrote a book detailing two teenagers' relationship. The book is told from the point of view of the ex-girlfriend and she writes, really, about why her and her ex-boyfriend broke up in the form of a letter to…

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Added by Maya Mocarski on October 31, 2013 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

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