I started this book out of boredom really, passing time is what I was doing. I had about an hour or so to waste while waiting for my flight to board, and I didn’t want to FB too much while in public (i don’t like people reading over my shoulder, as I do to them while on subways and what not), so I figure reading on my computer is just as good as, i didn’t want the batteries in my phone to die out. I ended up reading it feverishly while waiting at the gate, eating my meal, and finally also
So I got to reading…Vicky suggested this book as our 2 person book club, and I think I had heard of it before…I don’t know where…maybe Duncan, maybe i’ve seen it translated around the Eslite bookstore…I don’t know. I didn’t know anything about the book, but the beginning was interesting enough to grab me, and make me continue reading.
I had all sorts of questions, new words were introduced, like Peacemaker (govt type officials of the cities), “reaping day” (the day where one male and one female child gets taken from their family, and forced to participate in the Hunger Games) & “Hunger games” (the survival game to the death, until one victor is left standing)… I might have kept reading only to find out what these things meant in the story.
When the main characters are introduced, I had to re-read a bit bits to make sure that Katniss was a girl…I think it was the way she said that she started providing for her family that I mistook that as a sign of her being male. (i’m so sexist!) But when Katniss met up with Gale, and Gale being definitely a male name that I realised that perhaps Katniss might be a girl.
I love how the author wrote this book, you’re inside Katniss’ head, hear her thoughts, and pretty much you’re blinded by her thoughts, and you’re left guessing at what’s going on with the others, and if how Katniss feels towards them is correct. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat reading because I wasn’t sure how the other characters were, since all i got was information based on this girl’s perception of things.
The main story takes place during the “Hunger Game”, Where Katniss couldn’t bear her sister being picked, so she volunteered to take her place instead. Her counter part, Peeta, is a baker’s son. These two are from District 12, the worse District of all. They are pitted against Career Tributes (tributes are what the participants of the hunger game is called, but might as well call them sacrifices.) Career tributes have been training since they were born, they would be like the equivalent of the China Gymnists or the russian gymnists. It is a honor in their district to be picked as tributes. You see the game thru Katniss’ eyes… and she sees plenty. This book is brutal in the way of deaths, it’s really not fit for teens at the violence of this book. I wonder if they will cut out the gore a bit when it’s made into a movie?
I find it funny how when things are taken place in the future, it’s also slightly taken a turn back in time, when there was nothing as well, and one is just barely surviving…I guess that’s just what happens when the world ends, and we end up distroying our resources. I am pretty sure I won’t make it if the world ends, but just in case I do, I should start learning some life skills, like building a fire, or kissing ass, since that’s obviously important as well.
I don’t want to talk more about the plot line because I don’t want to give things away, so let’s discuss this when you’ve read the book, eh?
I always have a great time in Korea, it’s always filled with the same, but different adventures. The friends that I met up with thought it would be fun to meet up with some friends in Busan, and so on that early Saturday morning, we boarded a 06:25am bus, prepping for a 4 hr ride to Nomodong, Busan.
The ride there and back wasn’t too much of a long wait, as I was able to just sleep right thru it… So if you’re on a budget and have time to kill, as most people on budget will do, take the bus. BUT…i do think there is a bus that goes from Seoul as opposed to D something Seoul..maybe from the Seoul train station..you can look into that.
Arriving in Busan, or first stop was to meet up with our friend MinTing. She arrived at the Busan Station, which the rest of us had to orient ourselves as to where that was that…it’s easy enough with one of our passengers with a working smart phone.
Afterwards we went to the beach, and had lunch, and then started our tram tour of the beach side…where we basically stayed in each drop off station playing with the Pudding Camera App on the smart phone.
Afterwards, we went to BiFF, to wait for another friend to arrive, at that point, we decided dinner was to be Sashimi, and went to the local fresh fish market to eat dinner.
Since we had no hotel accommodations, our plan was to just stay at a JJB for the night… i actually slept pretty well at the JJB for being so crowded and public…i guess when I’m tired, I’m tired…and it matters not too much where I’m sleeping. I can’t say that the others did sleep as well as me.
The next morning, we just killed some more time until it was ready to head back to Seoul.
We said bye to our friends and headed back alone, forging our way to the bus station…it was a bit scary there for awhile since the bus station wasn’t the last stop, so we had to listen carefully for the stops being called out.
In the end it all worked out, and my worrying was for nothing.
I think when I travel with other people who aren’t like me, i’m more often than not, really put out…but I try not to let it get to me because no one else is like me, or wants to travel like I do. Like I really have to think that perhaps the others are annoyed with my always needing to be there with “more than enough time” time schedules. Like the airport shuttle limousine, i didn’t have to get on the 8:40am one, as when i got to the check in counter, the check in counter wasn’t going to open for another 20 mins….But that’s just how i am…I rather go early and wait at the terminal, then to cut it close… I’m less anxious that way.
I would have rather taken the Korail, and spent less time traveling, but that was not within the budget of the others going on the trip. But the Bus riding is an experience all on its own.
This project is super simple and very inexpensive. These little vases will make great Wedding Favors and/or Table Numbers. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty…