Monday, June 30, 2014

K Blows Top

K Blows Top

Peter Carlson


I loved this book. Honestly, I thought it was great. It was everything a non-fiction book about a premier's visit to the United States should be. The book is mainly about Nikita Khrushchev visit to the US in 1959. This book is funny and entertaining, making a rather boring topic very interesting. Before I read this book I knew that Khrushchev was in charge of the USSR for a bit after Stalin, but that was it. Now, I forget most of what I read, but I think that I learned some new things. I think that Khrushchev symbolizes the Cold War in a way after reading this book.  The Cold War, in itself, is a very comical thing. You have to question what kind of world it was where everyone was living a gigantic game of Chicken and where young Americans were taught to hide under their desks in the event of a nuclear attack. Just the panic and chaos that I can only imagine was always surrounding the Cold War era. Maybe as American's we're just too proud to think that anyone would actually drop a bomb on us, or most people don't even care that there are communist countries that have more powerful bombs and missiles now than during the Cold War, and that they could kill us in a second. Maybe they do, I'm not sure. But I sure don't panic ever. And I don't spend much time thinking about war and bombs and world annihilation at the press of a button.  
Anyway, this was a very well written book. It was easy to read and I'd actually recommend it to someone that didn't give a hoot about history. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Joyland

Joyland
Stephen King


I hated everything about this book, but then all at once, I loved it. I think that the only reason that I loved it was that it took place in the 70's. I naturally love any book that takes place between, say, 1930 and 1985. The reasons that I hated this book were 2 very strong reasons. #1 I hated the main character. Like PLZ stop talking about your ex-girlfriend. She doesn't like you anymore and she's a bitch so cease the mooing. It's annoying and you're a 21 year old boy not a 12 year old girl. Grow some damn balls. Then he's going on and on about how the love interest is so beatiful. Blah Blah Blah. I'm bored. And I also need zero details about you losing your virginity, especially if you're going to talk about it like it's a damn flower. #2 Stephen King is the king of detail.
Let me examine the dramatic structure:
Exposition- Perfect. He nailed this. Other than introducing the main character, Devin, because I just hate him. 
Rising Action- I really have hope for this book. You're setting up a real nice climax there, Stephen. 
Climax: IS THIS A CROSS BETWEEN GOOSEBUMPS AND A LIFETIME MOVIE?
Falling Action: bored. lame. stupid
Dénouement: Thanks for making me sad, dude.