The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Review

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (novel)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Corbin DesJardins, teen blogger

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams is an amazing science fiction book for people who like comedy, action, and aliens. 

The story starts with Arthur, a young man who lives in England. He awakes one day, goes through his morning routine, then goes outside and lies in the dirt. Arthur is in the middle of a battle to keep construction workers from destroying his house to make an intersection.

Ford Perfect is an actor. Or so he pretends. Ford is actually an alien. And in a few minutes the Earth will be destroyed to make an intersection. IRONIC. Arthur and Ford have been friends for 5 years and would like to save Arthur from the repulsive, disgusting, revolting Vogan ship which is about to destroy the world.

Ford beams up himself and his poor unsuspecting friend to the Vogan ship. That’s when Arthur finds out Ford is a writer for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Vogans find the men on the ship and release them into mid space. Read more…

‘StormBreaker’: James Bond at 14?

Cover of "Stormbreaker"

Cover of Stormbreaker

A Book Review

By Corbin DesJardins, teen blogger

Anthony Horowitz’s StormBreaker is a story about a 14-year-old English boy with an everyday life, normal problems, and an uncle in the banking business. But since when do bankers go on trips all over the world and come back with strange injuries?

Alex Rider lives in England with his uncle Ian Rider.  Alex’s parents died in a plane crash when he was just a small baby.  Now the police have arrived in the middle of the night to inform Alex that his uncle had a car accident and died.  The police said Ian Rider wasn’t wearing his seat belt.  Alex knows his uncle wouldn’t drive down the drive way without his seat belt on.  When Alex sneaks into the junk yard to find his uncle’s car, he finds bullet holes in the side and knows that it was no accident that killed Ian Rider. Read more…

‘The Hunger Games’: A Sister’s Sacrifice

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

A Book Review

By Corbin DesJardins, teen blogger

The Hunger Games is a widely read book written by Suzanne Collins. The book is now a major motion picture that brought in millions and millions of dollars.

The book takes place in North America, which has been split into 12 districts. Seventy-five years in the past a civil war went on between the Capitol (the people completely in charge) and all of the districts. The war was soon over, and the Capitol won. Each year, to prove to the districts that they are in charge, the Capitol has the Hunger Games.

During the Hunger Games, the Capitol randomly picks two tributes: one male and one female between the ages of 12 to 18 from each district to compete in an arena. But the tributes don’t compete in sporting events. The tributes are given weapons and forced into a fight to the death. Read more…

Originally posted on The Writings of Cassidy Cornblatt:

“So, what’s your book about?” someone asked.

I gave him the standard answer, “Oh, it’s a typical fantasy adventure story with magic and the like.”

“That’s it? Aren’t books supposed to be more meaningful?”

I shook my head, laughed, and told him, “It is what it is.”

He frowned and looked at the back to read the blurb. Then he laughed and asked rather slyly, “Are you sure there’s nothing more to this? Just take a look at the first sentence.”

I read it again, probably for the thousandth time: “Trapped in a world of corruption and endless war, the young spellcaster Caleth Rictanson breaks all precedents by befriending the enemy and seeking to right the wrongs of his ancestors.” “Yeah?” I said.

“You’re telling me this isn’t a social commentary on the state of the world?”

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Hey Johnny Cash fans…

House of Cash by John Carter CashJohn Carter Cash, son of the legendary Man in Black, Johnny Cash, is soon to release an interesting biography of his father, complete with inside stories only a son could share. What really caught my attention with this book is the sheer volume of personal notes, hand-written lyrics, previously unreleased photos and memorabilia that are included in House of Cash: The Legacies of My Father, Johnny Cash.

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Book Review: Good Omens

Cover of "Good Omens"

Cover of Good Omens

By Mandy Webster

Good Omens. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Ace Books, New York. 1990.

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens is a hilarious satire of Armageddon in which the world is salted and peppered with the devil’s and God‘s minions, each doing the work of his or her own respective master.

One of my personal favorite minions is Raven Sable, of the Newtrition Corporation which owns, among other things, the Burger Lord franchise. Sounding suspiciously like a real life McDonalds, the burger franchise is testing out Newtrition’s latest MEALS™. Manufactured with CHOW™, only with added fat and sugar, the theory behind MEALS™ is that if you ate enough, “you would a) get very fat, and b) die of malnutrition” (138).

But I digress… Here’s the premise of Good Omens: In preparation for the Apocalypse, the devil’s infant son is sent topside to be switched with the newborn son of the American Cultural Attaché to Britain. But the devil’s plan goes seriously awry when Sister Mary Loquacious (of the Satanic Chattering Order) misplaces the Anti-Christ, and the little bugger accidentally goes home with the Youngs who decide to name their new spawn Adam. Read more…

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