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Pick Up A Book Instead Of The Remote

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Photo By: Danielle Johnson. Student: Tia Strickland

Most people in college don’t just pick up a book for fun anymore. Between textbooks and study guides no one wants to read a book after all of their schoolwork. Most people relax by watching Netflix or TV but a good alternative is reading.

It may sound crazy to some but if you find a book you actually enjoy and are interested in then reading can be a great escape from a hectic life. Books serve as an outlet from the real world and let you live in someone else’s life for a while.

Books, if you pick the right one for you, can be just like watching a television show or series except you get to imagine it yourself. At first, it might be hard to actually pick up a book instead of binge watching your favorite series on Netflix. Once you get into your book you will soon realize you would rather read it than watch anything.

Reading also gives you some peace and quiet while telling you a story. Another reason to read a book every now and then would be to compare it to the movie made after it. Normally, the book is way better so you would be getting the better interpretation of the story by choosing to read. Some people say they know they would not like reading for fun but how would they know if they’ve never tried?

If someone gets the right book they will most likely enjoy it and want to keep reading it to see what happens or how it turns out. It’s just like picking out a series to watch on TV; everyone looks for a plot he or she’ll be interested in.

In conclusion, when you have free time, choose to pick up a book instead of the remote and you will soon grow to love reading. Escape your crazy world for a few hundred pages and free your imagination.

“Divergent” brings a popular dystopian series to the big screen

The Regal Cinema in Christiansburg, Va. was packed March 20 for the premiere of the highly-anticipated movie “Divergent.” Fans were filling up seats over two hours in advance to the 8 p.m. showing. By the time the film started, nearly every seat in the house was filled by an anxious fan waiting to see his or her favorite book become realized on the big screen. Continue reading “Divergent” brings a popular dystopian series to the big screen

Hungry for a good book? Try The Hunger Games

I will start by admitting that the plot in The Hunger Games is a little crazy and far-fetched. This fictional government makes 24 teenagers ranging from ages 11-19 compete in a televised killing match. As crazy as the story line is, millions of copies of this book have been sold, and it is becoming a mania with such great frenzy as to make children play their own version of the hunger games in the school’s playground. In my opinion, you should read this book (not just watch the movie on Netflix)! Continue reading Hungry for a good book? Try The Hunger Games

More like No-Vacancy

As if Radford University students don’t have enough to read with homework, studying and other assignments given to them, a new book has swept through the campus taking everyone by storm. The book has students running to the bookstore with excitement and high hopes as readers are swept off their feet by every word. Does it really live up to the hype, or does it fall short of expectation? Continue reading More like No-Vacancy

Pirate Latitudes: Exhilarating read

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Michael Crichton recreated the terror and triumph that came along with piracy in its golden age in the 1600s. Pirate Latitudes follows an English privateer, Captain Charles Hunter, as he assembles a crew, sets sails, attacks a Spanish galleon and returns home. Obviously none of these tasks were simple.

At the beginning of the book, Hunter meets with the Governor of Jamaica, Sir James Almont, to discuss his next endeavor for the king. As a privateer, Hunter is allowed to utilize all his pirate knowledge but not be arrested. Privateers are servants to the king who share their plunder with the king. Because of this, they have papers stating that they are not to be arrested for common criminal acts of piracy. Hunter’s next mission is to attack a well-known Spanish fortress, Matanceros. At the Spanish stronghold is a galleon filled with treasure. It is one of the most dangerous journeys to make because of Matanceros’ rocky shoreline.

Hunter gathers a crew of fearsome characters to assist. They all seem loyal to him, but they are also all pirates. Loyalty doesn’t run deep in their blood. Along the journey, the English crew encounters storms, sea monsters, attacks from other ships, capture by the Spanish, subsequent escape from capture and trouble on an island where they stopped to escape a storm. It seems the sailors will never make it to Matanceros and home to Jamaica. The ones that make it home alive don’t know how long they will stay alive.

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what the crew will encounter next. There are so many shocking twists in the plot, you will be guessing the entire story who is good and who is evil. The characters switch which side they are on so quickly and sometimes don’t announce a side. You are left guessing right up until the end about who will betray whom next.

The historical accuracy of this book is fascinating. Crichton seems to get the facts spot-on in terms of life at sea for pirates on a raid. It was a fiction book that seemed so real. The short chapters also kept the book flowing. I never wanted it to end, knowing I would have to leave Jamaica and come back to the present.

One of the other fascinating parts of this book is that it was published posthumously. An assistant discovered the manuscript on one of Michael Crichton’s computers after his death, and it was published a year after he died.

If you are looking for an action-packed, swashbuckling tale, or just a good book to read, this book is an excellent one. The writing style keeps a steady pace, and the plot twists make it hard to put down.