02.28.09

Prying Eyes: Eighth Post (Post 9/11 Issues)

Posted in Sociology, Teen at 1:18 am by Rosepixie

We’re definitely up to the especially dicey part of this book – post-9/11 issues (the PATRIOT Act, Homeland Security, the issues with the NSA collection data on US citizens, etc.). The internet is a complicated enough issue, but when you start getting into this stuff it gets even more complicated (at least partially because emotions still run so high when you bring up the events of 9/11 and the World Trade Center terrorist attacks). But it’s all very relevant and important and I’m glad that it’s being brought up.

All-of-a-Kind Family: Second Post (Books)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:24 am by Rosepixie

All-of-a-Kind FamilyI remember now why I loved this series, and especially this book, so much when I was a kid! Several segments early in the book revolve around books and how important they are to the girls, how much they matter. I love reading that and it makes me instantly like those characters and more receptive to the rest of their story. Although it’s all so much fun and so amazingly well written that it’s hard not to find these girls appealing! And it’s no wonder that Sarah is my favorite!

02.25.09

Prying Eyes: Seventh Post (Selling Data)

Posted in Sociology, Teen at 1:51 am by Rosepixie

Data is collected about us everywhere and the internet only makes it easier. I object less to the actual collection of the data than I do to the companies who collect it sellng it. Why should they do that? I get that it makes money for them, but what benefit does it confer to the people the data pertains to? None, is the answer the vast majority of the time. So why is it allowed? It just bugs me!

One False Note: More Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:58 am by Rosepixie

This was a really interesting book! The series is weaving a really interesting mystery. The descriptions and characterizations in this book were really good. I’m going to be really interested to see how these characters grow over the course of the series. The mystery itself is intriguing, too, so this is definitely a fun series to read!

02.24.09

One False Note: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:06 am by Rosepixie

So far I’m enjoying this more than the first book. I think that the writing is better (which is funny, since I know several people who felt the opposite). Korman does a better job of giving a sense of place. Riordan did a good job of setting up the plot and giving us blow-by-blow descriptions, but that got old because it kind of lacked personality. I’m definitely enjoying the series and will be interested to see how it goes as different authors take it over.

The Maze of Bones: Thoughts

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 12:12 am by Rosepixie

This is an interesting book. It’s a very intriguing mystery and the series has a fascinating overall premise. I’ll be interested to see where they take the story as this series continues. I love the variety of the clues. They’re great.

I wasn’t wild about Riordan’s writing style. It was full of action, but not so good at quiet moments. It’s also clear that he prefers writing his action-oriented boy character to his quiet, bookish girl character. I look forward to seeing how other authors handle the same characters.

02.23.09

All-of-a-Kind Family: First Post (First Impressions)

Posted in Childrens, Fiction at 1:22 am by Rosepixie

I remember loving this series when I was a kid and rereading it now it’s all coming back to me. The family is so cute, almost too charming to be believed, but the characters in the book know that. The frothy charm is balanced with character quirks and financial troubles characteristic of the time and place. It’s a wonderful book! I’m so looking forward to getting to know all of these characters again!

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Twelfth Post (Final Thoughts)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 12:28 am by Rosepixie

This book was amusing to the point of being laugh-out-loud funny at times, but it also had some painfully slow-moving sections. I am looking forward to reading more about Georgia, though. It’s so obvious that this was designed to be a series from the very beginning. I wonder if Rennison knew how many books long it was going to be or if she just figured she’d keep writing as long as necessary?

02.22.09

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Eleventh Post (Robbie)

Posted in Fiction, Teen at 2:45 am by Rosepixie

Robbie really is a jerk. Why is Georgia still so enamored of him when he is such a huge jerk? I mean, it’s absolutely find that he wants to break up with Lindsey, but why is he dragging it out and making things worse by making out with someone else while they’re still dating? It seems extremely unnecessary and stupid. And he doesn’t even want to go out with Georgia! So what’s the point of it all?

Prying Eyes: Sixth Post (Medical Privacy)

Posted in Sociology, Teen at 1:37 am by Rosepixie

The state of medical privacy scares the hell out of me. It really, really bothers me how many people have access to “private” medical files and how easy it is for them to be shared. I don’t want insurance companies being able to access my file whenever they want to. I think that who sees your file and when and why should be far more transparent than it is. It’s a horrible system and I just find it incredibly upsetting.

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