The Things They Carried: Writing about the Past
Tim O'Brien's gripping Book, The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried is a fictional book by Tim O'Brien based on his real life experiences in the Vietnam War. A collection of war related short stories, this book makes no attempt to hide the grisly truth of the war. One of the main themes of the book is the main character, named after the author, using writing as a way to escape the reality of the war's terror and as a way to change the past, in a sense, at least inside of his mind.
It's a wonderful view on veteran writers as a whole using their stories as a means of release and escape from their gore-filled memories. The Things They Carried helps the reader understand why war veterans would need such a release so often, why writing causes such relief, and how writing about the war can help change the past from the perspective of the writer. Continue reading
Some of you may have heard of the new book that fairly recently came out called A Dog’s Journey. It’s a sequel to the book A Dog’s Purpose, and together, they are a couple of the best books I’ve ever had. I felt I should review A Dog’s Purpose first, which, like its sequel, is told completely from the perspective of a dog. This circumstance has an interesting twist, though, so read on!
A feral dog has puppies in the wild, one of which is the narrator. This dog is captured by a woman who owns dozens more and keeps them all Continue reading
Looking for a new series of books? I know the perfect series! It’s called The 39 Clues and it had me captivated from minute one. The series features an amazing adventure-mystery plot with an interesting twist… each book is written by a different author! It’s really fun to identify the different writing styles, and how it all comes together into a single series. Get ready to hear all about these amazing books!
The plot revolves around Amy and her little brother Dan. They live with their cruel Aunt Beatrice, since there parents died in a fire several years ago. They used to Continue reading
Hey, everyone! Today I’ll be reviewing The Seventh Tower: The Fall, by Garth Nix. A story of magic and shadows, this book quickly became a favorite of my collection. Here, I’ll detail the plot, and why, in general, I like the book.
The story follows Tal, a young Chosen just short of thirteen and three quarters, the age when the Day of Ascension takes place and he can enter the spirit world of Aenir and get his own Spiritshadow. But there’s one problem – a Primary Sunstone is needed to go there, and he doesn’t have one! The only one of his Continue reading
I recently read a fabulous book series titled Fablehaven. It is a five book series and I think anyone would enjoy reading it. It is by Brandon Mull and the first book is titled simply Fablehaven. The rest are, in order, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague, Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, and Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison.
The story follows brother and sister Seth and Kendra Sorenson. They visit their grandparents’ house only to discover that it and its surrounding land is a secret preserve for animals so near extinct that humans now Continue reading