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Love Among the Walnuts: A Modern Day Farce

Love Among the WalnutsTitle: Love Among the Walnuts

Author: Jean Ferris

Gut Reaction: An amusing read that creates humor and charm through its absurdity.

Two words encapsulate the essence of this novel: unrealistic characters. Love Among the Walnuts begins with Horatio Alger Huntington-Ackerman, a young businessman who seems to effortlessly make billions, falling instantly in love with aspiring actress Mousey Malone after seeing her brief performance in a play. Horatio proceeds to propose to his newfound sweetheart on the very same night that he meets her and they are blissfully married a month later. The newlywed couple builds a manor in the countryside from which they then isolate themselves from the rest of society with the exception of their servant Bentley and his wife Flossie. The plot of the novel centers on Sandy, the son of Horatio and Mousey, and the problems he must face when his parents are sent into a drug-induced coma due to the schemes of his evil uncles.

Love Among the Walnuts is, above all else, an absurdity. Though it initially gives the semblance of realism, the reader soon discovers that a multitude of its elements are nothing short of ridiculousness. The features and behavior of the characters as well as its overarching plot are all preposterous. The examples of this are endless and include Horatio managing to run his multi-billion dollar corporate empire from the comfort of his rural estate, Horatio and Mousey deciding it would be sensible to raise their son in complete seclusion from the rest of the world, and Sandy appearing more preoccupied with his infatuation over a nurse, Sandy, than the condition of his coma-stricken parents. Yet I think it is through this that the book finds its niche. It is a lighthearted comedy and doesn’t masquerade as anything nothing more than this. It is not meant to awe the reader with its complexity, but rather to entertain the reader through its unassuming components. It is certainly a fun and worthwhile read but don’t expect anything more than the superficial. Its characters, though undoubtedly possessing of some interest to the reader, are rather one-dimensional. They consist of a gang of endearing misfits, two irreconcilably malicious and stupid villains, and a series of unmemorable minor characters. The weaknesses of the novel are the predictability and the lack of any meaningful character development, as well as the fact that the issues the novel addresses are all made to feel shallow and a little too facile by the way they are resolved. But its numerous strengths lie in the appeal of its simplicity and its accessibility to all readers.

I would recommend this book at least for its novelty if nothing else to a general audience. It has a certain attraction just by the way it stands out from the rest of the Young Adult books through its subject, tempo, and characters. The book truly jumps out at you by blending fiction and realism in an original and unique manner and is thus, in this blogger’s opinion, worth taking a second look at.

Read this if you like…

-Ziqi, Greenwood, Teen Blogger

GWD

Rae’s Fave – Twistable Turnable Man – Silverstein

Twistable Turnable Man

by Shel Silverstein

He’s the Twistable Turnable Squeezable Pullable
Stretchable Foldable Man.
He can crawl in your pocket or fit your locket
Or screw himself into a twenty-volt socket,
Or stretch himself up to the steeple or taller,
Or squeeze himself into a thimble or smaller,
Yes he can, course he can,
He’s the Twistable Turnable Squeezable Pullable
Stretchable Shrinkable Man.
And he lives a passable life
With his Squeezable Lovable Kissable Hugable
Pullable Tugable Wife.
And they have two twistable kids
Who bend up the way that they did.
And they turn and they stretch
Just as much as they cantwistable-turnable-man
For this Bendable Foldable
Do-what-you’re-toldable
Easily moldable
Buy-what you’re-soldable
Washable Mendable
Highly Dependable
Buyable Saleable
Always available
Bounceable Shakeable
Almost unbreakable
Twistable Turnable Man.

Jet City Seattle Open: High School Improv Competition

Jet City ImprovLike theater? Like funny things?

Like Tina Fey or Amy Poehler?

Then do I have the weekend event for you! Jet City Improv, Seattle’s own Improv Theater is hosting their annual Seattle Open this weekend! The Seattle Open is an improv competition for high school teams where students are judged based on their energy, creativity, and of course, improv. Watch some of western Washington’s most talented high school improvisers in the Semi-Finals and the Finals of the competition this weekend! Returning champs Charles Wright Academy will be there, along with two teams from Ingraham High School and representatives from three other schools! The preliminary round of the competition was last weekend letting only six out of eleven teams through to the second round. The competition will be held at Jet City Improv in the University district and tickets are free (there is a $5 suggested donation)! These students are crazy talented and it is sure to be an entertaining event!

Or if for some crazy reason you have plans this weekend and can’t make it, Jet City is a great place to go year round. They often have themed long-form shows running, as well as their usual Jet City show. It’s fun for everyone and always a good time! Support local improv, local theater and local students and come on out to Jet City this weekend!!!

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Jet City Address: 5510 University Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105

Semi-Finals Showtime: 2:00 PM Saturday March 14th 2015

Finals Showtime: 6:00 PM Sunday March 15th 2015

 

Jet City Improv website (or click the pics)

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler both got their starts in improv, here are links to their books:

–Grace, Greenwood, Teen Adviser

GWD

 

 

 

 

February Book Horoscopes!

starbookFebruary is weird because it is the second month of the year, the first month of a new semester, and the second-to-last month of winter; the month that despite it’s only having 28 days somehow seems to drag on and on in cold ambiguity.

Luckily, we’ve selected a bunch of fantastic books to engage your consciousness so that before you know it, spring will be just over the horizon!  Remember to help yourselves to any of the books on this list, which as always come from a variety of genres and reading levels.

AriesYoung Warriors

Young Warriors by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman

This book is an anthology compiled by two great authors. It is a collection of fantastical tales of young people showing strength. If you feel yourself in need of some inspiration to get you through the last part of winter, this book will give you the relief your adventurous heart is yearning for.

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

This is hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy is sure to please you as we approach Valentine’s Day. Don, the main character, likes his life to be orderly and doesn’t like taking risks. He suffers from an unfortunate lack of social skills, but he finds love in Rosie, a wildly different woman who pushes him out of his comfort zone, as he helps her search for her missing father.

GeminiCurious Incident

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book is an inspiring story about Christopher John Francis Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum who has a very particular view of the world around him. Then one day his neighbor’s dog Wellington is killed, and Christopher takes on the role of a detective to figure out what happened.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The start of the new semester is a great time for you to go back and read a classic – or if this is your first time reading it, enjoy this treat! Fahrenheit 451 is the dystopian tale of everyone’s worst nightmare – a world without books. Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn them. Poetic, striking and important, his story will both entertain you and make you reflect about the value of art.

LeoFlowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Charlie is a mentally disabled man who is being subjected to experimentation in a series of studies to increase his intelligence. The same treatments are being given to Algernon, a lab mouse. When Charlie’s intelligence begins to accelerate beyond what anyone had imagined was possible, everyone is thrilled – until Algernon begins to deteriorate unexpectedly. What will happen to Charlie?

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Watchmen by Alan Moore

This brilliant graphic novel tells the story of what happens to superheroes when they begin to suffer from failures that seem to be uncomfortably akin to those of humble mortals. This book talks about humanity and questions what it truly means to be a superhero, all the while never ceasing to entertain. Continue reading

22 Jump Street – today at Northgate! 1pm! Join us!

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – brilliant with laughs at every corner

11My Opinion on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

(Warning: May contain Spoilers)

Where to start with this book: well first off it is five books in one. It is the entire Hitchhiker’s Guide series in one large book as well as a short story. The series is great with humor being the greatest driving force for it.

I am going to split the review into a few parts.  The first part is the first three books together and the other being the last two.  If you are wondering why it is split this way is because the first three books have their end being the start of the next book while book four and five are more separate.

This part will be the biggest and most complete because I am still in the middle of book five and this is three books.  Okay let us start the review (finally).  The three books are composed in a brilliant way with laughs at every corner.  You follow Arthur Dent, a normal human, and his friends as they travel around the galaxy.  How that ended up like that I am not going to say, because spoilers.  Whether it is the depressed robot Marvin or the dramatic Zaphod things just end up going a bit weird.  In this series, though, that is when the hilarities ensue.

Now on to the shorter part… books four and five.  So these two books are a bit slower and slightly more confusing for me at least.  The fourth book is mostly about Arthur finding love with a little bit of Marvin at the end.  It is interesting to read but not nearly as good as the first three. Book five is mostly about a parallel universe and it gets a little confusing.  Still it is interesting but once again not as good as the first three.

In short, this book is highly enjoyable and fun to read.  You will be laughing your head off at some points in the book and the time that you are not doing that you are still laughing.

— Ben, Greenwood, Teen Blogger

Free Music! Get It! Mandatory Fun by “Weird Al” Yankovic

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