Lesson Plan #12 - Sample Reviews by SNN Reporters
Note: We recommend that you print these
articles and distribute it to your students.
Book Review: Stephen King rules
with Bag of Bones
By Tara C, St. Stephen
High School St. Stephen, New Brunswick
This book was amazing, and terrifying.
You become completely involved in the story. There are several
reasons why, Bag of Bones by Stephen King, is so great.
Firstly, the characters are very well developed. Secondly, King
focuses on small details that are normally overlooked. Thirdly,
the events are unpredictable so you never know what will happen
More is revealed about each character until
you feel as if you know them personally. Each has their own unique
personality and method of dealing with problems. In some novels
you are presented with characters who are either too good to
be true or all evil who you feel no sympathy for whatsoever.
This is not the case in Bones. Stephen King carefully
describes touching little details that most authors would
not bother with. The main character, novelist Mike Noonan, tells
us things like how his wife would twirl her hair, or how the
bumper stickers in the local restaurant came to be there. These
things add to our understanding of the characters. This is the
kind of writing that you could read many times and take something
new from it each time.
This is a fairly long and challenging read,
so if Dr. Seuss is more your speed, this would not be a good
book for you. But for the rest of you, King does an amazing job
as always giving you something to think and wonder about. Just
when you think you've figured out what the ghosts want, you are
completely stunned by an unexpected turn of events.
The best things about this book are the
character development, the touching detail, and plot changes
that leave you breathless. By the middle of this novel you find
yourself rooting for some characters and cursing at others. You
are moved by the little things that seem to be throw away phrases
at first. And you are always wondering what will be waiting for
you after the turn of a page. If you do not mind being scared
and you enjoy quality writing, Bag of Bones by Stephen
King, is the perfect book to have on your night table.
Game Review: Asteroids Hits
By C. Thomas, SNN Entertainment
Editor, Elizabeth Lynwood Alternative School, Ottawa, Ontario
Through the commercials they blasted
through the tube for weeks on end and the mind-numbing pleasure
of the original and highly addictive product, I was sucked into
the hype about the Asteroids game and gave it a try. I must say
the load time in this game is appalling. Every time this game
starts, it's a ten minute wait, followed by an annoying and repetitive
cinema cut scene. The game itself has very little over the original
Asteroids. Of course, graphics and sound have come a long way
since the archaic days of the Atari but overall there is really
nothing new in this product. And here's the biggest shock, it's
not even 3D!
That's right, there is nothing about his game that can even remotely
be described as three dimensional, other than the short-cut scenes
perhaps and possibly the asteroids themselves which were polygonal
this time around. The spaceship, which you control, moves on
a totally two-dimensional plane, and the camera cannot be toggled
to different perspectives. These are features we have come to
expect from a game which calls itself to be 3D nowadays, so I
think anyone who actually buys this product should be aware that
it's really nothing more than a 2D game with some polygons.
It took me about two hours to finish this
game on the medium-skill level, two hours of the same old blasting
and zipping around that's still very addictive. Each stage is
almost exactly the same as the last, with the odd space monster
or black hole thrown in to keep things interesting, though just
barely I might add.
This one ends in an action-filled stage
in which you must defend the earth from a hail of - you
guessed it - asteroids and leaves you cursing at the screen as
you are given a five-second victory cut scene and your initials
are inscribed in the Asteroids hall of fame.
All in all, this game is as addictive as
the original without offering anything you would expect from
the commercials. Buyer beware! This one isn't worth the money.
My suggestion is to find one of the shareware clones at download
dot com, or better yet, pop a few quarters into the old arcade