Soph. World Lit Class (English II) Here is the link to the list: Link Work from the summer reading is due no later than August 30. Anyone who needs an example of a book review here is a link to all of my book reviews and my Goodreads account. I plan on using this web based account as a part of class this year. Students are encouraged to put
US History students should complete their work for Mr. Rhodus’s American Lit class and be ready for class on the first day of school. I recommend that you begin placing your notes and ideas about Huckleberry Finn and The Scarlet Letter on your blogs from sophomore English. We will continue to use these throughout the US history class and discuss the correlation of these books to US History.
Freshmen Government and Economics students should also be ready for class on the first day of school. Look below for a list of required items for all of my classes. Lord of the Flies will be discussed during out class and the ideas of free will and the social contract.
Psychology/Sociology students should be ready for class on the first day of school and look at those class webpages for anything you may need.
Items for Class
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
By far, the best collection on the market before the millennials appeared on the shelves. If you are looking for a good starter reader begin here and then move into either Bradbury, Heinlein, or Asimov next. They are all in the anthology with good core example pieces to read. This was the core text of my SciFi lit class at Marshall. Really opened me view up beyond the 1990s pulp SciFi that I had been reading.
SciFi should be read for both its short stories and novels. Too many people today get caught in the prolonged epics generated by publishing houses and miss all of the great works being published in the magazines of the day.
- How Robert A. Heinlein became one of science fiction’s giants [Book Review] (io9.com)
- ‘Imagining Mars’: A Literary History from Planet Earth (Review) (popmatters.com)
- The Heinlein Biography (volokh.com)
- Enter the Future: The Iconic Asimov’s SF Magazine Turns to E-Books (omnivoracious.com)
I first read this novel in March of 1991. I had to do a book report about a novel I had never read. On a whim, I asked the Librarian, at the County Branch near our house, what was good and she asked me what I liked. I responded with, “Dinosaurs and Dragons.” It was a forgone conclusion. I consumed this book repeatedly, reading it through at least half a dozen times in the ten years following. However, I have not read any of the LOTR cycle since the first movie was shown. Twenty years later, The Hobbit is still one of my favorites and I plan to share it with my daughter for the first time very soon. Hence, I am beginning to look for a new copy that I can read and give to her one day.
This is what I know and why I will buy this addition. Anyone looking to read Tolkien should purchase the Ring books and/or Middle Earth writings in individual trade paperback or hardback form, if at all possible. The Omnibus editions, produced during the movie PR blitz of the LOTR, are so large that the binding does not hold up well over time or multiple readings. Additionally, the dust jackets and book cover illustrations of the larger editions look wonderful on the shelf.
I first purchased copies a mass market paperback anniversary edition box set in 1994. I have never been happy with it. Even though the box looks nice, the font size is small and difficult for lengthy reads. In addition, it is missing some of the illustrations that are found in the larger print copies. What copies of the trade paperbacks and hardback editions I have collected have all been used. I truly enjoy reading an older personally annotated copy. Its like reading the book with an unknown friend.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the best readings on colonial India. Told from the POV of a village woman from the day of her marriage until late in her life. Students seem to really enjoy the straight forward and simple narrative. I first read this as part of my junior english class in 1995, thanks Mrs. Thomson. It has to be the first female protagonist that I actually like to read about. I read the book in two nights, seven days ahead of schedule. I would also have to say that the relationship between Irrawady and her parents makes for a great discussion about parents with kids who make bad decisions.
I just finished listening to Riot by Walter Dean Myers. I chose to read this Young Adult (YA) novel as part of a graduate class with the only restriction being a book by WD Myers. At first, three different books by him peaked my interests, Sunrise over Fallujah, Fallen Angels and Riot. They are all books about the experience of African-Americans within the constructs of the US military. I chose Riot because it is about a little known event in NYC during the Civil War. Also, I’m a Civil War buff too.
First, the audio version was much better than reading the novel. WD Myers chooses to write the story in the form of a screenplay. As a result the connective narrative between exchanges of dialog, tends to be too much detail and caused me to disengage from the story. During the interview at the end of the audio-book he does explain that this was intentional since he wanted to show the visual changes of the city. Since the audio-book offers a full voiced cast for all characters, including the narrator, the story is much easier to follow and visualize. In addition to the story three extras are given, a Voiced timeline of events leading up to the Draft Riots, WD Myers reads his author’s notes, and an interview with WD Myers that is about twenty minutes. The interview is worth listening to but the timeline and author’s notes add very little. Read the rest of this entry