The book with a poor plot

The book Matilda tells about five years old girl who have developed faster than others who are same age that she is. For example she reads adult literature everyday like Hemingway or Dickens. In addition she is smart and kind. So you might think that everybody love her but that’s not entirely true. Matilda’s parents are stupid and shallow people and they think that instead of reading Matilda should only watch TV.

Matilda’s parents treat her like a crab so Matilda start to do them all kind of little pranks. This is how Matilda tolerate them better.

In this book  Matilda goes to school in first grade. The headmaster of the school is terrible, like a monster and she treats the children very badly.

The ending of the book is still happy.

I think that this book was very childish by which I mean that this book was more children book and I think it did not have a lot of content. The beginning and the ending of the book were equally poor and the middle of the book was boring.

Matilda was a poor figure and Roald Dahl’s writing style was too. I only recommend this book for children.

Here is ten difficult words from the book:

Devouring: Kuluttava

Astounded: Hämmästynyt

Compassionate: Myötätuntoinen

Tamper: Väärentää

Crookery: Petkutus

Trade: Kauppa

Stewed: Haudutettu

Proceeded: Eteni

Drill: Pora

Plot: Juoni

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Book review of paulo coelho´s book the alchemist

The book was intriguing. The plot was pretty ordinary but in the end there was a twist. Which made the plot unlike I thought it would be. So the book starts The boy has this dream about treasure in egypt. This dream leads the boy to adventure. During this adventure the boy progresses as  person. I don´t know but there is something in these kind of books that makes me like them. The story is also about sentimentals of life. They aren´t bluntly told in the text but you can spot them if you read the text with idea. One thing that the books tells you is to hold on to your dreams and never give up which many people do. I like the idea that life is about searching for your destiny by living your dream or trying to fulfill it.

So this book made me think differently about what you should do in your future. You don´t necessarily need to have business career and be big boss to be happy. There is chance that you might have dreamed about something else and by doing it be happy.

Story of an indian family

I read Arundhati Roys novel The God of small things. It is  published in 1997 and has won the Booker price same year.The book is a story about indian twins Estha and Rahel and their traumatic childhood and reunion after many years. The book describes the story of their family and their phases in the Indian society. The story mainly takes place in Ayemenem in Kerala, India from the childhood of the twins from late 60s to when they are in the age of 31 in the beginning of 90s. Roy self have spent her childhood in Ayemenem, which makes the places and people seem real. 

The book includes lots of  detailed portraying  and places and people are described proper.  Everything,  both things and actions are described with numerous adjectives.  “Once the quietness arrived, it stayed and spared in Estha. It reached out of his head and enfolded him in its swampy arms. It rocked him to the rhythm of an ancient, foetal heartbeat. It sent its stealthy, suckered, tentacles inching along the insides of his skull, hoovering the knolls and dells of his memory, dislodging old sentences, whisking the off the tip of his tongue. It stripped his thoughts  of the words that described them and left them pare and naked. Unspeakable. Numb.”

Because of the precise narration and difficult words Roy uses, the language is pretty hard to read. The story is also a bit hard to follow because the incidents aren’t  in a chronological order. I would give the book 4 stars out of 5 because Roy describes the story fascinatingly  but it’s reading is a bit challenging.

The God of  Small Things, Arundhati Roy, Flamingo 1997

Snozzcumber and phizzwizard

If you want to read book of giants which isn’t too serious, The BFG is your book. The book is written by Roald Dahl who is also author of Charlie and the chocolate factory.

Into the story: At night a girl named Sophie lay in her bed but she can not sleep. She stands up and go to windows, it is the witching hour and she don’t expect anyones to be on road. Suddenly she notice something black and gigantic moving closer, it stops front of the Goochey’s children’s bedroom and blows something in the bedroom, something black. Sophie is frightened by creature and hides under her blanket. At the next moment Sophie is flying through the air sitting in on the creature’s hand. The adventure of Sophie with giants is about to begin. More

Man into space

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a world famous story of rather unusual and fast paced events taking place in our very galaxy, Milkyway.  The book overall is a gift for humanity in its ingenuity. More

Thumbs Up For The Galaxy

The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a masterpiece with lots of twists and the narrator jumps from scene to scene really fast so it was sometimes a bit hard to follow. More

Tale of crippled dragons

I red the book “The Dragon Keeper” and I just loved it. Robin Hobb described the enviroment, objects and living creatures unbelievably accurately as always. If you are intrested in fantasy or dragons like me, it is a wonderful book to read.

Book starts when serpents form from their “cocoons” (which are more like eggs of some sort). They use help of humans to travel through the landscape and beginning the reincarnation. Humans are helping the dragon Tintaglia to protect the cocoons from danger with an contract which makes Tintaglia to guard the borders between Rain Wild Forest and Chalced. These regions are in war with each other, and it is crusial that Tintaglia aids these war weakened people.
Later, the inhabitants of Rain Wilds, discover that the dragons which hatched from their cocoons were crippled, and only a few bad formed creatures made it alive to age of 5. It effects to the humans that is bounded with the contract with Tintaglia. Dwellers in the Rain Wild makes a decision that affects the life of Thymara and everyone else in the Rain Wilds…

If you were intrested… READ THE BOOK!

The fascinated world of adventures

The unknown power of the world

 

Actually Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist was the first book I have ever read in english and at first I was excited. And it was breathtaking! It’s one of the best-selling books in the history and I don’t wonder why.  This astounding book tells about travelling, adventures, love, omens, destinies and believing to them.  The  book is really philosophical and it fascinated me. The Alchemist got me thinking about life and the power of the world while reading it. The main character’s intimidating adventures and ideology got me reading so that I couldn’t stop it and that’s what I love in books. Book’s incorporeity and glory draged me in. I recommend The Alchemist to everyone who likes adventures and has interests to the unknown world.

 

The Graveyard Boy

Bod, short for Nobody Owens, is not your ordinary boy. Human he may be, but the world he lives in is not your ordinary world. He was adopted by the dead couple Mr. and Mistress Owens.  He was raised and educated by the people of the graveyard. His life is full of exciting adventures: the gate which lead to the ghouls’ city, the not ordinaries guardians he has, the witched whom he befriended and the exciting life of the graveyard. More

Sleep tight, ya morons!

The Catcher in the Rye is a  multi nominated and bestselling novel by J.D Salinger, published in 1951. Roughly 250 000 copies are sold each year all around the world. It’s a book that has been both loved and hated; in 1981, it was the most censored, but also the most taught book in public schools in USA.

The narrator and main character of the book is Holden Caulfield, a teenager who struggles in life as he feels alienated from school and society and frustrated on almost everything. He is expelled from school as he fails in almost every subject. He leaves the school a few days earlier than he should, in the middle of the night and screams “Sleep tight, ya morons!” as his last words. He takes a train back home, New York, but he figures that if he shows up this early, his parents would know that he’s being kicked out, so he decides the spent the few remaining days in the city. He kills the time with the company of alcohol, hotels, smoky bars, a few strangers and a couple of old friends.

There’s no big action filled plot in this book. It’s the unique and strong atmosphere of the book that keeps the reader interested the whole time. It’s written in the first person and you become pretty close with Holden’s thoughts. The book feels like it’s Holden’s journal or a story that he tells to a close friend or family member. It’s quite descriptive and filled with his thoughts and emotions.

The language of the book is a bit rough. At the beginning, Holden admits that he has a poor vocabulary. His language is cynical and quite plain. His frustration is reflected on the writing style too; he finishes a lot of the sentences with words like “and all”. Holden uses funny idioms like “somebody had thrown his cookies” which means that someone had puked. There’s also a big amount of profanity in this book and Holden is often told how he should talk nicer.

This is the kind of book that really takes you away with it. It’s one of those books that you can’t wait to get to read again and you feel sad when it ends because it was so entertaining and terrific. It is popular among teenagers, but I think it’s a book that also adult may find sterling. It’s personal, funny, realistic and exciting. The best book I have read in a long time. A must.

Challenging words:
witty=naseva, nokkela
nauseating=kuvottava
disgression=syrjähyppy, poikkeama
jitterbug=jitterbug tanssi
ostracizing=hylkivä
adhesive=tarttuva, liimautuva
rubbernech=pällistelijä
seesaw=kiikkulauta
Turtleneck sweater=poolopaita

A boy who lives in the graveyard

The Graveyard Book

 

by Neil Gaiman

 

 

 

I selected from the list a book called The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. In my opinion it was a bit creepy to read and I guess the book is for children. Especially the beginning in the book was scary; “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”, “a blade finer and sharper than any razor.”. Consider that in your mind.

 

The main character in the book is called by Nobody Owens, but his friends are calling him as Bod. I noticed one thing in the main characters name. If you research his name, you could see that the finnish translate for a word “Nobody” is “kukaan”. Then if you pronounce a word “Owens”, it almost sound like an english word “own”, which is “oma” by finnish. So if you put them together and try to translate that by finnish, the name would be “ei kenenkään oma”. That describe the beginning of the book, when the cold-blooded killer called Jack, kills Bods mother and father and his sister, who was older at that time than Bod, who was only two years old little boy. Jack the killer tried to find Bod, but all what he found from the cot was a teddy bear. Hunting has began.

 

So I meant by the research that Bod hasn’t anymore parents. He wasn’t biologically no-one’s child anymore.

 

As I said at the beginning, in my opinion the book was exceptionally absorbing and a pleasant reading experience. The book was easy to read, but sometimes I needed to check out som words and translate them.

Survivors

It’s a well-known opening from many stories: a bunch of people in a desert island after a plane crash. However, in this case the survivors are schoolboys, the oldest ones less than 15 year olds. No, this is not an adaptation of Lost for kids as William Golding’s Lord of the Flies was published already in 1954.

William Golding, Nobel Prize awarded for Literature, pays attention to the outlook on life in a child’s point of view in his novel. For some kids the absence of adults’ means unlimited freedom to play as for some it’s a chance to test one’s independence. Comprehending the seriousness of their situation isn’t that easy, nor important for some of the boys. Golding keeps the story realistic when the shades of supernaturalism stems from the children’s own imagination.

Lord of the Flies is an intriguing description of young boys in an isolated location where wild human nature rules. For a reader this book offers a way to understand the difference between grown-ups and children. Plot is captivating with its vivid characters. In spite of all the psychological meanings of the story the reader still needs to know, will they or will they not survive.

Golding, William. 1954. Lord of the Flies. London: Faber and Faber Limited.

In my sister`s shoes

I read the book called In my sister`s shoes written by Sinead Moriarty in 2008. In general the book was great and the writing was easy to read and understand. I`would name it one of the best english books I have red in my life! I recommendit warmly to everyone who likes to laugh and read books with romance and drama.

The book tells a story about the O`Briens family and how everything changes when one of the family member gets gravely sick. Kate O`Brien is a thirty year old woman living in London and making her living as an successful presenter. She loves her life in London and everything seems to go perfectly until one day she gets an phone call from her sister`s husband. Her sister`s got cancer and Kate needs to go back to Dublin where her family and friends are, the only place she never wanted to go to and the only place she always wanted away from. Regardless Kates feelings she does the right thing and flies back to Dublin to help her sister and leaves her successful career and life in London.

In Dublin everything seems different for Kate and she doesn`t feel at home although her family is there for once. Her older sister Fiona is in a bad shape and stars chemotherapy that`s when everything changes for Kate too. After Fiona stars chemotherapy the whole family is desperately trusting her to get better. In my opinion this is the main point in the book when  the whole plot starts.They are all afraid of the disease after their mother had died beacause of cancer when they were small. Although the whole family is afraid they try to be positive and help Fionas family as well as they can. The book shows a great example of family spirit and how they all love each others so much that they sacrifice thing for each other.

Kate feels distressed when she has no work in Dublin and she lives in her fathers house and takes daily care of her sisters lively twin boys. At first Kate hates her life in Dublin but seems to do everything for her sister. After a while Kate stars to love her life there; the twins,her family and of course her old boyfriends Sam from the past. After a year after all sorts of complications and disasters Fiona gets better and the whole family starts to feel happy, Kate decides to move back to London. Everybody tries to get her to understand that her life would be better in Dublin althoug she had no succesfull carees there.Kate has doubts but after she gets a job offer for making a document of her brothers rap career and her ex-boyfriend Sam want`s to give their relationship an other go, Kate decides to stay in Dublin and stars a new life there. In the end the whole family is happy and glad for Fiona surviving from the cancer. At last everything is ok after a long long time.

Ten difficult words from the book :

  1. squealing= kiljuntaa
  2. superstition = taikausko
  3. frowning = rypistää otsaa
  4. postpone = siirtää
  5. tardiness = hitaus
  6. pandemonium = sekasorto
  7. ensued = seurauksena
  8. urine = virtsa
  9. sensational = sensaatiomainen
  10. reckon = luulla

“Evil is a point of view. We are immortals.”

A gothic vampire novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice is the first novel of the world-wide famous the Vampire Chronicles. It was written in 1973 and published in 1976, and it is the first book to introduce us to the tantalizingly vulgar vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. Film adaption of the novel was released in 1994 starring now-days elevated actors; Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas and Christian Slater.

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Life With the Dead

The story is set into motion when a curious character, the man Jack, kills the protagonist’s family. The protagonist himself, only a small child, manages to slip away and wanders into a graveyard where he ends up being adopted by a pair of ghosts. From then on he’s called Bod, short for Nobody, and raised by ghosts and other creatures.

The premise is certainly interesting, and the book managed to fulfill my expectations. Each chapter reads like a short story of it’s own about Bod and the trouble he gets into as he grows. This style helped to keep my interest and kept me reading and reading until I was done. The pictures thrown in also spiced up the text. By the end of it I was already so attached to Bod that the ending, though I knew to expect it, still managed to make me sad and happy at the same time. All in all I enjoyed the book a lot and would recommend it to everyone who likes fantasy and action and would like a quick, easy read.

Bibliography

Gaiman, Neil. 2008. The Graveyard Book. United Kingdom: Bloomsbury

Life in the graveyard

The Graveyard Book  by Neil Gaiman is a story about Nobody Owens whose family was murdered by the man Jack when he was just a toddler and since then he has been living in the graveyard. He will be raised and educated  by the ghosts, werewolves and other cemetery denizens.

The book begins with sentence: “There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife” this captivating opening made instantly impression on me and really rouse my expectancies of the book. Each  chapter of the book is a short story in itself detailing events that occur as Bod grows up in the graveyard.

I was a little bit disillusioned with characters depiction because I had read earlier Gaimans book Coraline where characters were almost described tactual and in The Graveyard Book characterizing remain in sketching level. But after all the book was enjoyable reading experience and it’s thrilling to followeth bods maturing when the book moves ahead.

This book would be a great choice for them who like abominations and fantasy with a pinch of truthfulness.

Bibliography:

Gaiman, Neil. 2009. The Graveyard Book. Great Britain: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc 36 Soho Square, London, WID 3QY

-Kristiina Matikainen

The end of an epic journey

The Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Laura and Tracy Hickman has acquired a cult reputation among fantasy geeks and role players around the world. Test of the Twins (1986) is the grand finale of an epic trilogy of novels. More

Aberrant story about Indian family

This book, The God of Small Things, was published  in 1997. It’s written by famous indian women Arundhati Roy. And the book have won booker prize of the 1997.

The God of Small Things tells about life in India. It concentrate on a village named Kerala.The main characters are twins named Estha and Rahel and they have a kooky rapport. This book includes many characters; Pappachi and Mammachi, Chacko, Ammu, Baby Kochamma etc. The plot go forward building a story of Estha and Rahels life.

In my opinion this book is surprisingly good because I didn’t expect much from this book. Some words were abstruse and stroppy. Also it was quite hard to follow the plot because incidents went back in time. But still you can get a general idea what happens and who are who. This book makes me wanna read more books in English. I give this book 4 stars over 5 . The God of Small Things is close to ecxellent!

A unique story about youth

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D Salinger written in 1951. At first it was recommended for adults however due to its themes of the youth and the questions of identity, sexuality and growing up, it has aroused more interest in the younger people. The book is now sort of a legend when it comes to modern literature and especially for English speaking countries it is the kind of book that everyone has to have read in some point in their life. The book has also been translated to most languages in the world and therefore is one of the most popular English-language novels of all time.

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coelho paints a beautiful picture in our minds with his words in The Alchemist. The book takes the reader to another world and time that brings  magic, dreams and meaning to life. Coelho shows how many people put all their efforts towards reaching a dream and spend years in hard work, only to face desperation and give up one day. Give up just a few inches from the breakthrough, just a few moments from seeing the light of their personal victory. This book teaches you to be honest with yourself, kind to others, wise with your own
decisions. It serves as a guiding star to your dream showing that you’re not the only one who feels lost at times and who thinks about giving up.
Coelho gives you an image that, our lives are like a candle in the wind. You have to follow your dreams, but sometimes you have to stop once in a while, and remember that every day is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
The Alchemist is a simple story of a young Spanish shepherd boy Santiago who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s leaving his home country literally to follow his dream. Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers who come in amazing ways and forms. However, by the end of the novel, he discovers that ” treasure lies where your heart belongs ” and that the treasure was the journey itself.
The storytelling is very simple and easy to read. And the sentences are so open that it amazes you how thought-provoking they are. I greatly enjoyed reading this book, and I think that everyone should read this book at least once.

Challenging words:

murky-  pimeä, synkkä

quicksilver- hopea, elohopea

irresponsible- vastuuton, piittaamaton

telepathic- telepaattinen

unconsciousness- tiedottomuus, tietämättömyys

queue- jono, jonottaa

homage- huomionosoitus, ylistys

zenith- huippu

summoned- haastettu oikeuteen

omen- oire, enne

beneath- alle, alitse

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It’s time for your medication!

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) by Ken Kesey is tremendous and proficient novel. The story takes place at an insane asylum which is managed by Ms. Ratched (aka. the Big Nurse). And R.P. McMurphy (Main character) is the trouble-maker in this story!

The story is told by Chief Bromden who is mute-deaf half-Indian, almost 6 ft 10 tall character. His perspective to the asylum is very neutral, he just wonders what is going on. McMurphy and Bromden become very close friends and McMurphy discovers Bromden’s deepest secret. This close friendship between those two crosswise different background owning characters half-Irish, brawling, fun-loving Randle Patrick McMurphy and mute-deaf half-Indian Chief Bromden is very tenacious. Why it’s so tenacious? That is revealed at the end when Bromden makes a great favor for McMurphy. Sections nurses and staff are treating all the cuckoos from acutes to cronics very cold-blooded. E.g If they find some of the patients annoying  then they just give some sedatives to them and “peace” is back! This novel puts marvelously into words the society of that decade.

I recommend this book to enchanting readers whom like to read satire stories. I myself  love  this book from my heart it was so breathtaking how it described the real truth of madhouse and how they are managed and what methods do they use Eg. lobotomy. I had watched this on big screen at now when I read this book, I realized how books are better sources than movies! This novel has so many tiny details which aren’t captured on the movie. So if you want to discover some truths of the capitalized-corrupted society of this fascinated story then I  fervently recommend this book for you all!

Nomadic boy’s adventure

The Alchemist is a well-liked fantasy book by the Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho. This book has been a huge success all over the world and has been translated into 56 languages.

The protagonist of the alchemist is an Andalucian young nomadic boy named Santiago, who dreams of finding treasure near the Pyramids in Egypt. He meets some people at plaza who know about the treasure and he gets some advice from them. Santiago heads to North Africa and then to Egypt after saving money.

The structure and story of the book is done very creatively, and is very well-made. The early phase of the story is a little bit dull, but when it andvanced it becomes more engrossing. The Alchemist shows that it’s worth reading this sort of fiction. It makes me feel as if I were in a story. That’s real.

Coincidences in space

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book with comedy and sci-fi action packed with humorous and strange scenes for instance, there’s a planet that literally makes planets for the universe and protagonists have to listen to the world’s third most annoying thing, which is a poem, sounds exciting, doesn’t it? No doubt about it! The book is based on, believe or not, 20th century. The book gives you a hasty departure right at the start when the Earth is about to be destroyed for a daft reason. There are two protagonists, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect whom get into an exciting adventure thru space. Their adventure is amusing to follow and you really can’t wait what comes next, the plot twists are just absorbing! The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is a part one and there are total of five parts of this exciting storyline to be read.

After reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy gives something to cogitate on how small or even void we are in the universe. There has been made a movie with the same plot and name, and it can be found on YouTube but I prefer the book more, because it’s more exciting and yet more sophisticated, so you might get lost occasionally but don’t worry, I did too.

It is the book that has the mighty number 42, the meaning of life.
Personal rating: 4-/5

You can buy the book from Suomalainen Kirjakauppa and it costs only 13 euros. It has sold over 15 million copies, so why you shouldn’t buy it too? Or you can just lend it from a library.. AND it has stickers that you can tear off and put somewhere!

Difficult words

  1. gnaw – jyrsiä
  2. haemorrhage – verenvuoto
  3. rectify – korjata
  4. contemptuous – halventava
  5. spasm – kouristus
  6. giddily – huimaava
  7. gape – ammottaa
  8. dichotomy – kahtiajako
  9. perish – tuhoutua
  10. peculiar – kummallinen

Click here to see my blog of one of the side characters from this book, it’s a robot!

Sonuvabitch, that killed me!

The Catcher in the Rye is a story about sixteen-year-old Holden, who for some reason, gets expelled from his school. Again. When I first looked at the book, I was like “goddam, another book to read by force. These covers look so lame, can’t be a good book.” But no no no no, I was so wrooong. This book hit the right spot, it was so good.
The story was very interesting, it felt so realistic. Maybe because there were places like New York and the main character was about same age as I so it was easy to adopt the view, easy to imagine what happend in the world of Holden Caulfield. While reading, it felt like the book could be a piece of someone’s life story.
It’s been a while when I have been so into a book. Even had a few laughs.
Salinger uses very colourful slang and witty dialogue which makes the novel especially for young people.
Must read. Strongly recommended.

J.D Salinger. 1958. The Catcher in the Rye. London: Penguin Books.

My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister’s Keeper is a novel written by Jodi Picoult. It’s a story of 13-year-old Anna who’s life is very extraordinary. She was born only because her parents wanted to save her sister’s life. Her sister Kate was dying from leukaemia and Anna was expected to donate a kidney to Kate. Anna sues her parents for medical emancipation because she and her sister wanted to stop treatments.

The main characters of the novel are Anna, her sister Kate, brother Jesse, her mother Sara, her father Brian, lawyer Campbell and his girlfriend Julia Romano. The story is told by all this persons point of view so the narrator changes many times. This makes the novel very interesting. There are lots of contradictions at the novel; between people’s interests, opinions and hopes. Also the narrators point of views differ from each other and that makes the story impressive and many-sided.

Anna’s and Kate’s life is very dramatic. Kate suffers from leukemia and Anna was expected to save her life.  The purpose of Anna’s life is to be a donator, first she has to donate bone marrow and later she expected to donate a kidney. The girls are not sure if they want to do it and they hired a lawyer. The end of the novel is very shocking. Anna dies in a car accident and finally Kate gets her kidney and survives

The book was quite good, it was exciting and touching. It handles ethic problems like “what is the meaning of life” and “is it right to use other people for own purposes”. I recommend the book for everybody who likes reading books.

Anne Rice, brilliant writer

Have you ever wondered where writers get their ideas? Will they come from the imagination, dreams, movies, nature, or buy from somewhere else. I think this book was so absorbing that I didn’t even think those issues.

Anne Rice wrote so well about vampires in the book Interview with the Vampire that I felt like I would have been present in the story. This book was so magnificent and  fascinating because there was a lots of action.

Reading and laughing

Roald Dahl´s book Matilda tells about a little genius girl, whose parents doesn´t care her skills. The book has published in year 1988. Matilda likes to read, and she is very quick to learn it without teaching. I don´t like her parents because they try to prevent Matilda to read. if somebody wants to do something, why she can´t do that? I don´t understand.. But Matilda doesn´t care, because reading and learning is her passion. I love Matilda because she have own opinions and she is a little bit rebel.

The book is very funny and it’s full of humor. Reading is quite easy, because there is easy words and it’s funny to read that book. When you read the book, you can’t be without laughing. If you feel sad, take Matilda and start to read! It makes you feeling better, I can promise! I recommend the book for everybody, especially for childish people.

How long it takes you have read the book?  Not long, because the book is not very long and when you start reading, you can’t stop, without some very important reason.

Little genius in the unfair world

I read  Matilda by Roald Dahl. It has been published in the year 1988. The book tells story about a little four-year-old girl named Matilda. Matilda is extraordinary talented. She has read all the children´s book in the library and also many adult´s books. She is also mathematically very talented . Matilda has a mother, father and brother. They have nice house and Matilda´s father has own car business . It looks like everything is fine. But the parents are very selfish and they don´t care about Matilda. They think that Matilda is nuisance little liar , who must watch more TV. Book is very familiar Roald Dahl. It´s full of black humour and everything is upside down.

Book was so fun . I enjoyed to read it.  And there is no moment that I could be without laughing. Tought book is children´s book I think it  fits both, adults and children. Book tells abnormal parent´s relation with their child. I think that any normal parents couldn´t leave their child with her teacher and move their self to an another country. the book is very joking it´s in the same time very mindful. Today many parents concentrate on their career and children come next. In the book father concentrates to sell stolen cars and mother attend her looks. Book tells good how materialistic world is nowadays.

Even if the book´s mission is amuse people. It´s getting to think how unfair world is sometimes. All in all the book could scare its reader for hilarity. I absolutely recommend the book for everybody.

Roald Dahl. 1988. Matilda. London: penguin books

Desert flower

“While my father and the rest of the family were still sleeping, my mother woke me and said, “Go now.” I looked around for something to grab, something to take, but there was nothing, no bottle of water, no jar of milk, no basket of food. So, barefoot, and wearing only a scarf draped around me, I ran off into the black desert night.”

About a book :Desert flower is the story of  Waris Dirie. She survived of the dangerous Somalian desert, she got to London . While she was working at MC Donalds, she was found by a fashion photographer and she became one of the world´s supermodels.

I like this book alot especially because it is a true strory wich happened quiet recently.Its hard to imagine what some child have to go through.This book has truly inspired me.

About a character : Waris means desert flower .Waris growed up in a nomad family and was a hardworking girl.Waris lives happily with her family until she was around five years old. When she went through the practice of female circumcision, it changed her life. At 14, her father introduces her to an old man – her future husband. Waris decides to run away, and so beings her incredible journey.

In my personal opinion, Waris has such a bold personality ,because she wants to make a better future for herself. It is a source of inspiration for young women.

Challenging words

circumsision = ympärileikkaus

tetanus = jäykkäkouristus

priority = tärkeys

grin = virnistää

torture = kidutus

procedure = menetelmä

evocative = mielikuvia herättävä

frown =rypistää otsaansa

midst = keskellä

Graveyard

The book begins when a mysterious character “Jack” kills  family. he reaches the nursery and find out that family’s two-year-old son is missing.  Jack starts hunting the boy.

The story opens with death and book is dark in tone, only because it happens to be situated in a graveyard that happens to be populated by unnatural creatures. The graveyard book is a pretty good book, because the atmosphere has remained during the entire book. The book is included at the beginning of fear, in the middle of love and at the end of a little bit sadness.

 I think everyone can read it because it is really gook book. it is also famous in the world

Lady Detective

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith tells about how Mma. Ramotswe opens her own detective agency, becoming the first lady detective in Botswana. Book tells about Precious Ramotswe’s life and descripes how Mma.Ramotswe solves problems.

First the book was little bit platitudinous. I thought Im never going to read this kind of books, but after a few pages I have read it. It was quite thought-provoking and I never thought it would tell in such detail how different life  in Africa. How life can be cruel sometimes and how lucky you can get. In this book it tells that cinderella stories are possible in life when you aren’t waiting the luck to come over. I suggest it to everyone who enjoys reading  and want a book with a mysteris.

The Giant And The Girl Saving The World

I read Roald Dahl’s book The BFG. It’s a story about Sophie who is 8 years old, an orphan girl who ends up being friends with this Big Friendly Giant.

The story begins when sophie lays on her bed at night and she suddenly feels like going to the window to look at the street. And when she looks on the street, she notices this very big giant. Then The BFG kidnaps Sophie, and she is scared that the giant is gonna eat her, but they end up being best friends. If it would have been any other giant, sophie would have been dead in a second, but The BFG is different.

Together Sophie and The BFG start to think how to stop the other giants from eating human. The BFG tells Sophie how he mixes up dreams to blow through a trumpet into the rooms of sleeping children. They invent to use the dream mixing to get the Queen of England to realize the problem with the giants and help the children who are in trouble.

The BGF is a very good book. Even if it’s meant specially for kids, I dont find it boring at all. It is kind of hard to judge the book because it’s a children’s book and I cant find anything bad to say about it. I think it is lovely, hilarious and interesting to read!  When you read this book, it just makes you smile.

True Friendship

John Steinbeck’s Of mice and men (1937) tells a story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two migrant ranch workers during The Great Depression in California. The story of the two buddies is adverse and invigorating at the same time.

It’s amazing to see how much Lennie and George care about each other. Even when sometimes George gets mad at Lennie, deep down he cares for him. The story is indeed about true friendship. Even the tragic ending is about saving one’s friend from a bigger affliction.

The book is far cry from what I usually read, but in a stupendous way. The language is oldish and the two buddies use quite a lot of slang. That makes the reading more enjoyable, because I personally prefer free-spirited use of language.

After reading the book I was satisfied with how the story was told and how the characters were portrayed. The style was quite unique in terms of the plot. It didn’t follow the oh-so-usual line. All in all, I recommend this book to everyone interested in reading something rather disparate.

Bibliography:

Steinbeck, John. 1937. Of Mice And Men. New York:  Covici Friede Inc.

Finding your own path

Brida by Paolo Coelho is fascinating story about life, magic but the most of all it’s a story about love. Brida  is a charming young woman who is tremendously willing to quest her way to knowledge. The story takes Brida to a wise, mysterious teacher who asks her the decisive question:  “Would you give up everything you had learned until then, in order to stay with the love of your life?” Would you?

Coelho writes believable and makes the readers identify with the strong feelings he describes in a book. The book is a sensitive portrait about finding your own path in this world, overcoming obstacles and being honest with yourself. This story is compelling and it can offer you a magical voyage of self-examination.

Bibliography:

Brida by Paulo Coelho, 1990

Sister love

I think in Jodi Picoult´s book my sister´s keeper, clearly present in sister loves. Unfortunately not at all families have such things love. That one sister able to give own body parts in favor of sister. And another sister agree to die that sister´s body parts remain. Rarely have I read book where the events might be invented but still, in my head I understand that some people have similar life story. And, most importantly, that everything that happens can happen to anyone.

First, I’ve seen the movie, it was a year ago, in the cinema and I was sure that the book is almost identical. But it was not at all and I think the book is somewhat emotionally … I recommend the book warmly to all regardless of gender. I am sure that the book evokes emotions from everyone. And I’m sure that it does not leave anyone in incurious. Reading the book I was able to characters known to the feelings and My Sister’s Keeper book get me cry. I think it’s worth reading the book!
Jodi, Picoult. 2004. My sister´s keeper. Great Britain: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd.

Funny story about teenagers

The book was delicious and there was lots of humour. The story tells about teenage girl Georgia Nicholson’s, life and her crushes. Georgia lives in Uk and she is madly in love with a boy named Robbie but she can’t have him because he already has a girlfriend Lindsay, Georgia’s best friend is also in love with Robbie’s brother Tom.

Reading the book, I was positively surprised, because I didn’t expect it to be such a fanny book, I think that it was one of the funniest books that I have read. I am used to reading tragedy where there are always dramatic twists and turns so this is a change for me.

The best thing about the book was that you can so easily identify with Georgia’s youth, When I was in Senior hight-school I remember very well how girls were always talking about boys or what kind kiss would be your first kiss or older boys in upper classes were always what we were dreaming of and then had sleepover where we talked about the most handsome boy in school and played the game truth or dare.

I think that the author did very good job, at making such a credible image of youth now a days. I recommend this book for to all ages who wants to remember their own youth and it really is very funny.

Louise Rennison. 1999. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. UK: Piccadilly Press LTD.

Great book with African culture

The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a novel by British writer Alexander McCall Smith. The novel has received two Booker Judge’s Special Recommendations and various book criticisers have given positive feedback about the book. It was also produced as a TV series in 2008. More

Eternal life as a vampire

I read the book Interview With the Vampire, written by Anne Rice. Interview With the Vampire is a very well-known book and it was written in 1976. After eighteen years a movie based on the book came out starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst. So the book and the movie have been a great success.

The protagonist of the book is Louis who becomes a vampire as a twenty-five-year-old man in 1791 when the other protagonist Lestat turns him to a vampire and ends Louis’ life as a human. The book is about Louis’ and Lestat’s lives as vampires through their sad and happy moments. In the book Louis is more like a sad and unhappy person and Lestat is clearly the opposite of Louis.

The book of 346 pages includes only five parts and quite long chapters. The language was English and quite understandable considering how old the text was. Still in the book there were quite many words I didn’t recognise. The text was also really small, which disturbed me often.

I think that the book Interview With the Vampire was interesting and kind of good because it wasn’t, in my opinion,  one of those cliché 21th centurys vampire stories. Also I liked the characters, specially Lestat. The book was very long and sometimes really long-winded, but still readable in my opinion. Because of the long-winded plot and the fact that I have never read such a long book, I sometimes had problems staying interested while reading.

Rice, Anne O’Brien. 1976. Interview With the Vampire. New York: Ballantine Books.

Ladies’ Detective Agency in Botswana

My first thought about the book No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (1998) was kind of biassed that it would be more for women’s book than men’s. Finally after reading the book I realized that anyone can read it. It was nothing like just for women’s, it was a normal detective story accept the main character wasn’t a man detective as usual we have used to.

The No.1 Ladies’ detective agency is written by Alexander McCall Smith. It was published for the very first time in Great Britain by Polygon in 1998. The story is about Mma Ramotswe’s life in Botswana, Africa. The story begins with her father’s passing away and with leaving a huge fortune for her daughter Mma Ramotswe. Ramotswe used the huge fortune to run her own business by forming The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

I enjoyed reading the book, because the story was great and it was different kind of detective book. It was also very easy to read so after all I recommend this book for everyone who likes detective stories.

Woman detective in Botswana, Africa

The N.1 ladies detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith tells a story about a woman named Precious Ramotswe who had been living with her father. Her father had built up a good-sized herd of cattle for Precious. He he tells her on his deathbed to sell the herd and buy a store, whatever store would make her happy, and she does. She buys a house and she starts a detective agency, the only ladies’ detective agency in the nation of Botswana. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has chapters about Precious Ramotswe’s life and chapters that describe mysteries that Mma Ramotswe solves.

Alexander McCall Smith describes life in Africa in detail and the characters are interesting. Actually the characters made this book so good because the mysteries that Mma Ramotswe is solving are not so interesting themselves but the characters that are including in those mysteries made them worth reading.

The book is light reading so it’s not for everyone. For the readers like me who reads a book every now and then can find this book interesting, so if you are looking for a simple story with great characters this book is for you.

Woman and a Dog Puppy

Having read Of Mice and Men I was extremely fascinated by the captivating story of a combination f two totally different guys. It is written by John Steinbeck. The story begins from a river where these two men, Lennie Small, a big and strong man who never remembers anything and his best friend George who always helps Lennie and often gets angry at him too.

Lennie and George are going to be working at a farm to get money for buying their own farm which is their biggest dream. The life and working at the farm is not that easy as they think and finally they have to escape from there. The book ends sadly. By killing Lennie, George changes the whole story, the confidence disappears.

Of Mice and Men is quite a short book and quite a meaningless story in the big picture. On the other hand it offers many feelings and consequences and is easy to read.

Whizz Kid

Matilda is a fascinating story about a five-year-old tiny girl, who is extraordinary. She is prominently intelligent and she has incomprehensible mathematical brain. Her parents don’t care about her really much and they think Matilda is totally ignorant. Matilda goes through a lot with the lovely teacher Miss Honey, the adventurous friend Lavender and the spiteful headmistress Miss Trunchbull.

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An Instant With A Great Book

When reading the book called An Instant In The Wind by André Brink I started loving novels again. I really liked the book, because the story is beautiful and the plot interesting. In every way a succesful book choice.

South African writer André Brink wrote about love, which wasn’t accepted mid 1700s where the story is located. White woman and black man, slave, was an impossible combination and that’s why i think Elisabeth and Adam’s face in a desert outside of any civilization. These two are fighting across uninhabited regions of South Africa’s natural temperature completely at the mercy, and the trip progresses both weapons and the snobbish clothing are taking off. Ignoring each others past, life values and skin color, the finally find each other. I love it when the author takes the reader close to a different but lovely love story, while acces to an amazing and breathtaking journey through Africa.

The book is really worth reading if you love love stories and travelling.

Bibliography:

Brink, André. 1976. An Instant I The Wind. London: Star.

Love unaffiliated by time

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, is a breathtaking and one of the most engrossing books I have read in a long time. Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire, the enchanting characters of the book, have invincible love for each other. As their relationship is second to none, the book is a poignant lovestory along Henry’s intriguing and intimidating adventures to either past or future of his own life, completely naked since he’s not able to bring any clothes with him.

The book alternates between Henry and Clare’s points of view, so you can easily get to the bottom of their aspects of life and the feelings they have for each other. Having read from Clare’s point of view while Henry’s involuntary away time traveling, you can really feel the aversion, anguish and the way she’s longing for her husband she met as a six-year-old.

I would say that the most fascinating thing is that Clare has known and loved Henry since she was six, but when they run into each other in their twenties Henry has never seen her before though she claims they’ve known each other all her life! Being married to Clare, in his fourties, Henry suddenly finds himself time traveling to her past and meeting Clare as an adolescent. This impassioned, sentimental and endearing lovestory will stay in my mind for good, and I highly recommend this book for everyone!

Cover of the Time Traveler's Wife

The Catcher in the Rye – a Great Book!

The Catcher in the Rye

a novel by J. D. Salinger


The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950’s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield, sixteen years old. Holden is not specific about his location while he’s telling the story, but he tells that he is having some kind of treatment in a mental hospital. He’s school success isn’t so good that it should be. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is in his teenages. More

Beneath The Surface

Book Review

The dragon keeper is a book that tells a story about a fictional world of Rain Wilds and it tells about Alice who is a self taught scholar of the dragons, Leftrin who is a captain of the barge, Thymara who is a keeper to Sinatra and many more characters. This book is obliviously fantasy novel as you can see from the title and the book has very thrilling moments in it. The book also includes some drama and relationships in the book. The ending of the book suprised me a bit because it ended too soon and I guess it just means sequel.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes fantasy and for those who likes those original fire blasting flying dragons I cannot recommend this because these dragons are sea serpents. That disappointed me a little =(. This book is also very hard to read so I cannot recommend this book for those who cannot understand english quite fluently. It had enough action for me but its not filled with action and fights. If you like fantasy and you have time you should read this book.

Difficult words

  1. slouch-rötköttää
  2. clutter-sekoittaa
  3. dignify-juhlistaa
  4. frequent-tiheä
  5. carve-kaivertaa
  6. roil-hämmentää
  7. haunch-lonkka
  8. inflamed-tulehtunut
  9. outrage-kauhistus
  10. huddle-rykelmä

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