Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hardy Boys : Trapped At Sea

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Title : Hardy Boys : Trapped at Sea

Author : Franklin W Dixon

Main Characters : Mr. Hardy, Ox Maneley, Joe, Frank, Chet, Ted Herkimer, Cy Ortiz, Dave Falcon, Minkovitch, Lanky and McGinnis

Description of one of the main characters : Minkovitch is a mad scientist who invents atom bombs using Uranium which has been hijacked from trucks which go to Washington DC. He is assisted by two burly servants.

Whom I like and Why : I like Frank Hardy as he is brave and tackles a problem wisely. He sometimes gets brilliant ideas. He is a young detective.

Whom I Dislike and Why : I dislike Ox Maneley as he lies to everyone. He says that Cy Ortiz, the manager of the truck loading company, is a hijacker. But Cy is not. Maneley himself is a hijacker.

Setting/Theme of the story : The trucks which go to Washington DC carrying Uranium are hijacked. The Hardy boys and their friend Chet find the hijackers and help the police to catch them. They save the world as the atom bombs made out of Uranium were planned to be kept at all main cities in the world.

Part I enjoyed the most : I enjoyed the part when Frank saves Minkovitch by pressing the stop button when an atom bomb was going to blast.

Different ending : Ox Maneley and the other hijackers become good. They surrender to the FBI Uranium group and Cy Ortiz. They all are happy again. The young detectives join the FBI group. 

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

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Title : Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone

Author : J.K. Rowling

Main Characters : Harry, Mr. Dursley, Mrs. Dursley, Dudley, Hagrid, Dumbledore, Prof. McGonagol, Ron, Hermione, Snape, Voldermort, Quirrell and Wood.

Description of one of the main characters : Voldermort is an evil and powerful wizard. He is in the branch of Ravenclaw. Nobody comes out good when they have been put into Ravenclaw. Voldermort kills Harry’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Potter. He does not want to kill Harry’s mother but wants to kill Harry. He tries to capture the philosopher’s stone using another evil wizard Quirrell. They find their way to the stone.

Whom I like and why : I like Hermione as she is a brilliant witch and a friend of Harry. She is very good at her studies and does the potions correctly. She helps Harry find the truth and helps him every time he is in danger or trouble. She makes Ron and Harry who are more interested in finding about the stone to pass their first-years exams.

Whom I dislike and why : I dislike Dudley as he is so fussy. Dudley tries to blame Harry for all the silly things that he does. He is a very pampered child. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. Dursley, are worse than him. He gives Harry his ragged clothes and asks Harry to wear it to his school.

Setting/Theme of the story : Harry Potter’s parents die and Harry lives with his uncle, aunt and his cousin. One day a tall beetle-eyed giant of a man named Hagrid rescues Harry from the muggles (a wizardy word for ordinary people). Harry enrols himself at Hogwarts school of witchcraft. He becomes an excellent Quidditch player and is selected as the team’s seeker(one who catches the snitch). One day, Malfoy, a member of the Slytherins who hates Harry Potter, calls him for a mid-night duel. While going to the duel, Harry Potter, Ron and Hermione find that there is something hidden in the third floor room which is dangerous. After a few strange incidents, Harry Potter comes to know that Quirrell and Voldermort are trying to kill him as he is a disturbance for them to take the dangerous philosopher’s stone.  Harry finds how to get through Fluffy. He wins the gigantic chess-men as Ron helps him. The love given by his mother when he is a young boy protects him from Quirrell whose body is made of hatred. And at last, the lightening like scar in his forehead helps him defeat the great evil wizard Voldermort. His friend, meanwhile, sends Dumbledore a letter about all these. Dumbledore comes just in time to save Harry as Harry starts loosing his energy and force and cannot implement the powers. Dumbledore defeats Quirrell and saves Harry. Harry destroys the stone as it has powers which when in wrong hands would blow up the world. No magic can help it. Harry passes his first-years exams and it is summer holidays again.

Part I enjoyed the most : I enjoyed the part when Harry becomes a hero after winning the Gryffinder team a hundred points and taking it to the second place by playing in the Quidditch match as a seeker.

Different ending : Voldermort does not try any other means to kill Harry. Harry Potter is famous for his Quidditch game. Ron becomes the keeper and the team captain. Wood becomes the next game keeper after Hagrid. There are still many secrets hidden and shared by the Hogwarts school of witchcraft.

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