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Monday, December 9, 2013

New Moon : By Stephanie Mayer (A Book Review)

I know, I know, I am the wrong demographic for this book. I am too old at 35 to be reading it and the wrong sex. I can’t help it though I am addicted. I am addicted to the story line. The characters and the writing style all the gems in my book. The large fonts and double spaced paragraphs make it easy to read. As are the Harry Potter books. Unlike the Potter books though these chapters are long. They are up to 40 pages between breaks and as short as fifteen. The young female librarian said they read quickly though, due to the aforementioned reasons. The fact that they (the chapters) read easily makes them all that more addicting. You want to stay away from work, sleep and other responsibilities to read more chapters. The characters are fairly two-dimensional and the story line not that complicated. The length of the book at 563 pages is due to detailed descriptions of often nothing. Ms. Meyers often describes in detail, unimportant and long-winded images. They often are the same things already established in prevoius pages. The book is 24 chapters long plus an epilogue. The writer (Ms. Meyers) could have made it 18 or fewer chapters if she hadn’t been so long winded. The book works however. It seems every female I talk to has read or is familiar with it and loves it nonetheless. Grade B+

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm