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September 26, 2017

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Book Review: The Guns of the South

Very interesting, very questioning, and overall a fantastic merge of pure fiction and an alternative perspective for what might have taken place had the South gotten a hold of machinery and weaponry more powerful than the Union. There are very few moments that make me question the time period — showing lots of research on the Civil War and the society that functioned within it. But, hardcore historians have to realize that this is a work of fiction — sci-fi time travelling mixed with mind blowing alternate detail.

Book Review: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder, a modern classic in the young adult genre written by R. J. Palacio, is a story about a disfigured middle-schooler from the perspective of six (seven if you have the special edition) different characters. Touching on the concepts of bullying, friendship, and individuality, the book is obviously targeted towards preteens that deal with these topics on a day to day basis.

Long John Silver: The Siege of Stereotyping

Ever since Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the image of pirating and privateering overseas during the Golden Age of Piracy has been forever tarnished. Long gone are the days of fearsome men like Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), who would siege densely populated towns and plunder ships/ransom citizens in return for medical supplies. In today’s day and age, pirates have turned into happy-go-lucky cheery figures in a wide variety of movies, television shows, books and even songs. Long John Silver isn’t just a stereotype. To say that would be a huge understatement. Long John Silver is the stereotype that started all other stereotypes for pirates.