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Sunday, 25 March 2012

The Hunger Games Book Review

Katniss Everdeen is 16 years old and is very poor she lives with her unresponsive depressed mother and her younger sister Primrose Everdeen, Katniss breaks the law everyday so that her family can eat because her mother doesn’t provide money and food for the family, Katniss poaches in the forest with Gale he is 18 and calls Katniss cat-nip, the hunger games are starting and 2 teenagers from each district have to compete, they have a slip of paper in a glass bowl and in the first year the persons name is in the ball once their second year their name is in twice and so on until there 19, they can add another slip with their name on it so that they get a years supply of rice but that slip also goes on to the next year, Katniss has 20 slips with her name on this year because every year she adds an extra 3 slips in so that her family can eat, Primrose has one slip with her name in it, Gale has 40 slips with his name on it, Primrose’s name is called and Katniss is in shock, she thought that there would have been no chance of Primrose’s name being called out, Katniss call out that she was going to volunteer in her sisters place, Katniss met a lot of people along the way some she liked and some she didn’t, in the hunger games all she could have hoped for is that she didn’t have any bonds with anyone when the games started.

The book kept the reader hooked all the way through, it had many twists throughout the book that shocked the audience on each twist, the book had an amazing storyline and brilliantly written, hats off to Suzanne Collins and I can’t wait for the next instalment in The Hunger Games series.

Friday, 23 March 2012

The Colossal Squid

The colossal squid is a rare creature; Steve O’Shea is one of only a few scientists that have worked on these animals. Their existence has only been known since 1925 and only 5 have ever been found. The Ross Sea is where most of the specimens have been found.

There are only 5 reports of colossal squid the first was discovered in 1925 in the stomach of a sperm whale and all that was left was the tentacles, the second was discovered in 1981 and the scientist believed the specimen to be an immature female, the third was discovered in 2003 and it was a sub adult specimen with a mantle length of 8ft the fourth was found in 2005 and weighed around 150 to 200kg, The fifth colossal squid was caught in 2007, it was the largest one caught where all the organs had minimal damage, it weighed 330 pounds and was 16 foot long, Steve O’Shea said the squid was female and young as well; an adult would be much bigger. 2 of the specimens were found in the Ross Sea and another found off of South Georgia Island

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Desert Places Book Review

Publication Date: December 28, 2004
Genres: Fiction, Thriller
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books
The book kept the reader on the edge of their seat on every page they read and would be enjoyed by crime lovers.
It is mid may at Andrew Thomas’s lake house property he is close to finishing his latest book; the house is located 15 miles north of Charlotte.
Andrew Thomas is a famous author, 2 of his books have been adapted into movies, and he was engaged to a woman called Karen but now he lives alone, he also has his own agent named Cynthia Mathis, his best friend Walter Lancing lives across the lake from Andrew but they can see each other’s houses, the only family member Andrew keeps in contact with is his mother Jeanette, Andrew’s farther passed away and Andrew hasn’t heard from his brother in 13 years.
Andrew has nearly finished his latest book when he receives a letter saying
There is a body buried on your property, covered in your blood. The unfortunate young lady's name is Rita Jones. In her jeans pocket you'll find a slip of paper with a phone number on it. You have one day to call that number. If I have not heard from you by 8:00 p.m. tomorrow (5/17), the Charlotte Police Department will receive an anonymous phone call. I'll tell them where Rita Jones is buried on Andrew Thomas's lakefront property, how he killed her, and where the murder weapon can be found in his house. I hope for your sake I don't have to make that call. I strongly advise against going to the police, as I am always watching you.
At first he thinks it’s just harmless fan mail but he couldn’t be any more wrong. Andrew surcomes to temptation and desire so he goes out in search of the body, he finds the note in the pocket of the victim on one side of the paper is a phone number and on the other “you are the only flower of meditation in the wilderness”. Andrew calls the phone number and after the fourth ring someone answers, “You had blood work done by Dr Xu. They misplaced a vial.” “I stole that vial some is on Rita Jones’s white T-shirt the rest is on the others”.
4 stars out of 5

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Japans Tsunami

On March 11th 2011 an earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 devastated Japan. The earthquake lasted about 3-5 minutes. On March 9th 2011 four foreshocks were reported, the magnitude of these was quite high as well (6.0, 6.1, 6.1 and 7.2). The total number of aftershocks reported was 401. People believe that Honshu Island moved 2.4 meters also Japan’s time changed by 1.8microseconds due to the strength of the earthquake. Sendai was one of the worst hit cities, the residents of Sendai only had 8-10 minutes to evacuate before the tsunami struck. On April 7th 2011 there was another aftershock with a magnitude of 7.1 this caused the number of houses without power to rise from about 159,000 to more than 3.2 million.

Kuniko Suzuki said “I kept saying in my head please stop, please stop now, please”, Kuniko Suzuki was caught in the tsunami, luckily a roof came towards her and she mannaged to get on top of it.
Shinsuke Itoh said “i ran outside but was unable to stay standing up because the ground was shaking so much, I got down on my hands and knees and waited for it to pass”, Yuichi Owada said “the earthquake was extremly long so i thought a tsunami would come”.