Posts tagged ‘England’

‘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…

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Jane Austen: What am I missing?

Portrait of Jane Austen, from the memoir by J....

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By Mandy Webster

I think I might be one of the few English majors on the face of the Earth who does not like Jane Austen. In fact, not only do most English majors I know like Austen, but many of them can’t seem to stop raving about her. I used to think it was mainly women who enjoyed reading her work, but I’m learning that she seems to have a universal appeal among English majors.

I’m sorry if I offend anyone, but I just don’t get it. I just started reading Emma for my Literature and Humor course that starts this upcoming Saturday, and after just one chapter, I am ready to close the book. I simply have a hard time finding amusement in the mindless prattle of an overindulged twit who is more than a little too impressed by her own wit.

Now, maybe I’m just missing something. And if I am, I’m sure it’s not the first time. I’m trying to keep an open mind as I read, to try to understand what it is about Jane Austen that other English majors love. Since we’re reading the novel for a course which analyzes humor in literature, I am specifically looking for passages that have some element of humor involved. Read more…