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Quick Quirks, A Quick Book

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Quick Quirks a Quick Book is a book that will have you think about everything in life. The language you speak, your encounters, relations, things that you see on your way home, human interaction and everything in between. Benjamin Anderson came up with a variety of topics; some related, others not, and shared his thoughts on each of them. Reading the author’s thoughts and notes was stimulating as it gives one a different view of things. Benjamin Anderson is easy with his pen. He does not write complex and neither does he get technical with his work.

Benjamin Anderson is entertaining. The reader gets to chuckle after every few lines thanks to the author’s amusing takes when narrating. The author’s narration is captivating and gets one glued on the text. Each chapter has a different sense from the previous. Every topic is distinctly put and gives the reader something to think about. The author could be talking about something as simple as trees but his way of expressing his text will have you keen to follow the entire paragraph. One of the greatest elements in Benjamin Anderson’s writing is how he twists his texts while introducing new discussions and words. You enjoy reading Benjamin Anderson’s book because he includes interesting phrases and sayings that are not only witty but also educative.

The chapter on Sarcasm-ism was one of my favorite in the book. Wonder where sarcasm originated? Anderson will have you think about this and give you hints on how it started. He explains in detail what sarcasm is, how it is used and why it is an important element in language. The author asks questions, and answers them in the next line, giving one the satisfaction of understanding the topic being discussed. I loved this particular chapter the most as the author made sarcasm seem like a new topic to me. He explained the nitty gritties with this figure of speech and even used examples in sentence form to expound further. This topic also gets the reader to think about language in general and how fun simple elements of language are.

Other favorite chapters in the book included those that the author discussed include ‘For Argument’s Sake’, Of Jokes and Essay’, and ‘Use the Force of Nature’. These topics were the most hilarious and also the most enlightening for me. You get to discover new writing skills by the author when you read the chapters. Quick Quirks a Quick Book is a short but enlightening book that will make you feel smarter and keep you thinking long after you’ve put the book down.

Pages: 62

 

Belonging

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Belonging is a collection of short quirky stories. From teen romances to the supernatural among other literary gems. You will encounter Jun as he meets Ming and promises to love her to his dying father. Who knew rare flowers could change your life? You will also meet Blaine who is rejected by Rebecca twice for different reasons. It is safe to say that it is not his poverty or his wealth, it is him. She is just not that into him. There is also Danny and the girl who faked amnesia. Learning French so he can profess his love to Gayle despite having messed everything up so royally. Then you will meet Judy and the boys who stumble upon something strange while scouring for party things. Not to mention Draquela and her sass. Each story a fun tale of one thing or another.

The one thing that is common throughout the book is the vivid imagery the writer applies. For example, “luminous moon suspended over gentle tranquil waters”. Not only does this sentence embrace you like warm fleece, but it also creates an image in your mind that places the characters right where they need to be. The writer knows how to set a scene. The very first story brings some of Oscar Wilde’s greatest works to mind.

These stories all portray people who belong with others. While this may not be the thematic intention, it still shines through. Ming and Jun belong with each other despite the circumstances that brought them together. Judy and the boys belong in their little group despite all the flirting. Blaine did not belong with Rebecca. If he had recognized this sooner perhaps he would have been able to find where he does. We all belong somewhere.

These are wonderful short stories. Perfect for a slow day to just enjoy. However, the prose in some of the stories is a tad jerky. This means that the setting changes abruptly with little warning. Some of them feel a bit rushed. The book and the stories are still enjoyable though. They are interesting with relatable characters. Most of the characters may be teenagers but they represent something we all recognize in ourselves.

Pages: 86

 

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