Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Assassination Classroom Volume 2: Time For Grownups, by Yusei Matsui

Assassination Classroom Volume 2, by Yusei Matsui, things seem to be settling in the classroom, and daily assassination attempts are being carried out the usual way they are. But as days pass, the Ministry of Defense are becoming more and more restless. They fear that there isn’t enough time in their hands to be wasting on children who has absolutely no capability of killing a monstrous creature when the entire world can’t! Which is why they bend the rules and hire a very fine looking teacher who actually happens to be one of the most deadliest assassin in the world who never fails to kill. The situation intensifies as the professional killer sets her eyes on the price Koro Sensi’s head. On the other hand, an insight look of the corruption of the school is shown to explain the meaning behind the creation of class 3-E.

As expected, this next volume did not let me down. In fact, it has elevated my adoration towards this story even more. It was terrific how the firing new assassin Ms. Jelavich puts her thrilling murderous plans into action and the comedy that occurs throughout the situation. I am very much enjoying how Matsui is sewing this story with new and extraordinary events and challenges. Also, I like the serious events along the way which shows the deep messages of a character’s struggle or a situation. Overall, I think that the story is falling into the way it should; surprising and making the readers laugh along the way and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 11
Glendale Central Library

Assasination Classroom volume 1, by Yusei Matsui

Assasination Classroom volume 1 we meet the students of class 3-E in Kunugigaoka Junior High School. A dead-end classroom built in the mountains assigned only to the students with poor grades, troublesome behaviors and frankly the unwanted students in average classrooms. None of them has a speck of hope. No skill specialize them either. They repeat the same blunt day over and over with no desired destination to reach. But that colorless atmosphere changes when 3-E’s students are ordered by the Ministry of Defense to assassin their teacher. What is even more horrific is that their teacher is beyond normal, he is a big yellow octopus looking creature with a big smiley face and tentacle like hands. This baffling teacher has already blown up the moon and is now joyfully waiting to blow up Earth into bits. No guns, no pistols nor bombs can destroy him, only a certain type of BB bullets can which are harmless to humans. Those BB bullets aren’t that useful because he moves at Mach 20! Alas the question which hangs through this volume of the book is how can failing students kill a high speed unknown creature when all the war machines and deadly weapons of the world fail?

From the second page of the book the story becomes intriguing. Yusei Matsui, the author, wastes absolutely no time and brushes of the reader’s thoughts away filling up their mind entirely on the synopsis of this book that they hold in their hands. Even the cover of this book is just so cryptic that it becomes hard for an individual to not ponder upon the stretched yellow smile. What I enjoyed the most of the synopsis of this story is that with all the serious tension of the word “kill” being tossed around, the playful and humorous vibe is maintained. I feel like that this kind of mood in the plot of the story really connects the reader. I recommend it to every teen out there. I am very much enjoying this new and fresh storyline with a little touch of fun and am very much looking forward to read the next volume to see how it surprises me.

Reviewed by Anonymous, Grade 11
Glendale Central Library

Monday, July 11, 2016

Critique of Pure Reason, by Immanuel Kant

Critique of Pure Reason, by Immanuel Kant is a very interesting book, to say the least. In this book, Kant attempts to test the limits of pure reason, to see how much we can explain about the world using reason alone. Kant claims that there are two types of knowledge: a posteriori knowledge and a priori knowledge. A posteriori knowledge is knowledge gained from experience, and a priori knowledge is knowledge we have independent of experience. He also thinks that what we consider to be reality is just our mind's perception of our universe.

I thought this book was ok. Philosophy and metaphysics are two things that I am able to read and be absorbed by it very well. It's very interesting just to question the nature of the universe and the things that make up the universe. However, one thing that I did not like about this book is that Kant uses a bunch of complex jargon, which really irritates me whenever someone does that. Einstein said that whenever you explain something, you should explain as simple as it needs to be, and no simpler, and I agree.

Reviewed by A.E., Grade 9
Casa Verdugo Library