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Greatness is not inherited, it is created.

Greatness is not inherited, it is created.

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.-Gail Devers



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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Book Reviews

Ship Breaker

    In the fiction novel, Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi, the main character Nailer lives a hard working, taxing and poverty stricken life of ship breaking; stripping valuable metals from sunken ships filled with dangerous fumes.

    Nailer has lived all his years as an under fed crew boy who works all day in the ship breaking yeards and goes back home to his crystal sliding, extremely deadly and violent father whom is feared by most on the island. Through out the story Nailer’s luck, due to what his people called ‘ The Fates’ begins to rise greatly, eventually finding him self ,and his best friend Pima, tangled up with a tremendously rich girl, Nita, whom they find almost dead in her sunken clipper ship full of goods and riches. The rest of the story revolves around the vital desision nailer makes to either kill off this ‘swank’ girl , take all her gold and live the remainder of his life hiding  this ‘lucky strike’ with Pima from the people, or to keep her alive and see what kind of trouble and misfortune she may bring to him.

    In this twisted story line told from a third point of view, the author makes a point of every single outcome in the novel revolving around the scarce trait of loyalty. Throughout the story, Paolo Bacigalupi shows the read how Nailer’s loyalty will benefit him or sentence him to an even greater amount of misfortune and hard luck.

    I really enjoyed this book, especially because of its constant change of atmosphere from friendship and happiness, to betrayal and dishonesty to battle and bloodshed. It is mixed with funny, dramatic and action packed moments that all made the Ship Breaker an enjoyable read.

    I recommend this book to anyone who likes crazy and unexpected turns in plot, it is also a moderately fast reed, so if you don’t enjoy books that get to the point very gradually, then this book would also be for you!



3 comments:

  1. This book review really makes the book seem interesting. It makes me want to read it because of the way you explained what the story is about, and I also liked the way you gave your opinion on the book because that's good to know that you actually really enjoyed the book you read in a way it makes the book seem better.

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  2. Hey Youssef,
    I honestly lack a passion for reading books, it just isn't a part of me but when I read this book review, you have truly changed my mind. You made the book sound exceptionally interesting by giving the reader a clear summary and key components about the story. I love how you divided your response into multiple paragraphs with all sorts of different topics; starting from a summary to the point of view and later to your recommendations. In closer detail about your summary, you told us about the main conflict that the main character has to face, and you do this in such way that not only drags the reader into the story, but adds suspense to make the reader hungry for more. This line which I directly quoted from your review could not be any better especially because it gives everything the reader needs to know without spoiling anything, "The rest of the story revolves around the vital decision Nailer makes to either kill off this ‘swank’ girl , take all her gold and live the remainder of his life hiding this ‘lucky strike’ with Pima from the people, or to keep her alive and see what kind of trouble and misfortune she may bring to him."
    Apart from your book review, I would like to compliment your blog in general. The use of many gym quotes shows anyone who visits your blog that you have a passion for iron, and you couldn't have personalized your blog any more. Although this is a reading blog, the use of body builders in the act of reading further personalizes your blog to a greater extent, which is quite amusing. Altogether, it was a pleasure to read your blog and I hope to read your upcoming ones.
    - Chad Issa

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  3. Hey Youssef, I really enjoyed your book review and the way you summarized the story. I usually don't like those kind of books but from the way you described it, it seems like a really great book. I like how you gave your opinion and recommendation, and it shows that you enjoyed reading it. The way you told the main idea of the story without giving away what happens makes it more exciting to read the book.

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