The X Files: Trust No One (Paperback)
Kevin J. Anderson / Idea & Design Works Llc / 2015년 7월
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    I’ve been curious about this popular TV show for a long time, but never got around to watch it. I’ve only watched two movies based on the television series, which had received lukewarm reviews from the devoted fans.(These enthusiastic fans are known as “X-Philes.”) I’m not an X-Phile, of course, and I don’t want to be, but when I saw this big anthology, it caught my eye. Because it has 15 stories from various authors who drew their inspiration from the original TV series. Reading all those stories could easily give me some insights into the main concept of this hugely popular American science fiction drama. So I read it and I’m really happy that I came across this book by chance.

 

    Like most anthologies, this book was a mixed bag, with some top-notch stories and a few amateurish downers. Of 15 stories, my favorite was Brian Keene’s “Non Gratum Anus Rodentum.” ‘Non Gratum Anus Rodentum’ means ‘Not Worth a Rat's Ass’ in English and it refers to the slogan of the Tunnel Rats. The Tunnel Rats were specialized soldiers who cleared the dark tunnels of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

    I liked this short story most because the main hero was an FBI assistant director, Skinner, who had rarely voiced his thoughts. The typical X-files stories revolves around two famous characters, agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. So when the supporting character, Skinner, started to tell his past story, I was hooked right away. And his story was the most tragic one of all the fascinating stories.

 

    Come to think of it, one of my favorite fictional characters, Harry Bosch, was a tunnel rat, too, like Skinner’s comrade, Ramirez. I think that their job, which involves going into the pitch dark tunnels and facing the terribly stressful unknown, intrigues me a lot. Since it is the most dramatic metaphor of the human condition that we can never get out of. If your dark past resurfaces and stares at you squarely in the eye, what will you do? In the story, Skinner went down to a sewer to face his old comrade, who became a monstrous rat. The ending was really sad, but I could understand what the author tried to say at the heartrending ending. We are all victims of our past, which we yearn to forget, yet we are never able to run away from.

 

 

* 영어 등급 : I think I can.

* 내용 등급 : 콩어른

 



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Urchin and the Rage Tide (Hardcover)
M. I. Mcallister / Disney Pr / 2010년 7월
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  “Urchin and the Rage Tide” is the fifth and final book in the Mistmantle Chronicles series. I really didn’t want this amazing fantasy series to end, but what can I do?(sigh...)

 

   In this last book, the animals of Mistmantle had to prepare for a coming rage tide, which I guess refers to a tsunami. Under the guidance of King Crispin and his loyal Circle members including Urchin, all the islanders go to higher ground. However, a new character called Mossberry tries to seize the power taking advantage of animals’ unrest. As a result, when the rage tide finally hits the island, many Mossberry’s followers are killed in a horrible maelstrom and Sepia, who Urchin deeply loves, is swept away. Therefore, in this book, there are two serious problems which Urchin and all the characters I love should deal with; the rage tide and Mossberry's rebellion.

 

   This book was a wonderful coda for the whole series, which I cannot praise enough. Unfortunately, the Mistmantle Chronicles and its British author, M. I. McAllister, are not very well known to people, especially to Koreans. In my humble opinion, this series is much better than the famous Harry Potter series, but I’m just an ordinary reader who has a soft spot for animal stories. Thus, my opinion might be a little bit biased. Anyways, I shed some tears at the ending, because I was so sad to see King Crispin sacrifice for Sepia and so heartbroken to say good-bye to this wonderful series. My life will never be the same without another book of the Mistmantle Chronicles.


 

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* 내용 등급 : 콩학생



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드디어!

6C 레벨업 증서를 받았다. 음하하!^^

 

 

 


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Our Twisted Hero
이문열 지음 / 민음사 / 2000년 1월
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   Munyol Yi is one of the most influential novelists in Korea and I used to admire his books a lot when I was young. I will never forget the day I read his book for the first time. It was his debut novella called, “The Son of Man.” I might say that it had changed my perspective toward my own works completely. However, his great influence might not have been all that positive because I had gone into a depressing slump for a while. I couldn’t write one word without thinking of that ingenious story. I got out of the horrible writer’s block eventually after I found my own voice again, but it was not a happy experience.

 

   And then, the unforgettable day had come. I was reading his essay collection the title of which was, “Meditation.” Maybe it was young and hot-headed me or the extremely gloomy weather. Maybe it was the moment I finally got tired of his condescending writing style. Whatever the reason, I was very disgusted by his preaching tone to young women. So I started to tear the book apart page by page and throw it into a trash can. It was the first and last time I did a violent act to my book. I’m usually hesitant to even highlight some impressive sentences in my book. Anyways, since that memorable day, I’ve never read his books again. Therefore, as my fellow teachers in my book club decided to read, “Our Twisted Hero” by Munyol Yi this month, I got mixed feelings. I’ve read this short novel several times before, so I didn’t need to read it again for the book discussion. Still, I wanted to read it again. I felt I owed Munyol Yi this small gesture because he was once my hero, even though he has become my twisted hero now.

 

   In this short novella, the protagonist, Pyongt'ae, recalls his memories when he was an elementary school kid. When he transfers to a small shabby country school, he meets a terrible bully, Om Sokdae, who will change his life incredibly. And the famous political allegory begins with the power struggle between two boys. We know Pyongt'ae loses at first, but a new homeroom teacher will reverse the result. This is such a well-known story that I think I don’t have to go into detail. I only want to mention that while reading, I really wanted to embrace my lost hero and his book. But the lost hero could never be the same hero. Actually, not even a hero for that matter. It was a sad realization, yet in a way, a great relief, because I can say I let go of the ghost that was my former hero Munyol Yi. He was just a man with so many contradictions like my father. I loved him. But he never loved me back.

 

 

* 영어 등급 : Hmm, I can.

* 내용 등급 : 콩학생(고딩 이상!)

 

 


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천안 영어원서 중고서점 에보니북스에 왔다.
기대보다 책이 너무 없어서 실망... ㅎㅎ

 

 

 


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