A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
Fiction , Science Fiction / July 22, 2016

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book at first.  It was one of the books my mom got for me for my summer reading goal.   I have to admit that the story got me interested right away with the way the author introduces the knight.  We normally think of king Author’s knights as being serious and honorable but Twain’s knights are ridiculous in the way they exagerate their tales.  Merlin is an attention seeking showman who believes he has powers but really he doesn’t.  The main character is an extremely thoughtful man who finds himself transported back to midivil times with no real explanation as to how it happened.   The first thing that happens to him is that he is sentenced to death.  He has to figure out how to get out of the charges against him and out how to survive in this foreign place.  The man’s thoughts are really funny, sometimes his thinking goes off on tangents, which at times are interesting and at others become a bit boring.  The main idea of the story is about him using his knowledge from the future to modernize Camelot.  I like the way he has to…

Crater by Homer Hickam

I liked this book a lot.  The story is about a very optimistic boy named Crater who is stuck working as a Helium 3 miner on the moon.  When he is sent on a special assignment to a city on the other side of the moon he discovers a plot that might put Crater and everyone with him at risk.  The author addresses some difficulties of living on the moon and consistently uses the setting as part of the story.  Helium 3 mining on the moon is something researchers are really studying and I think the author is writing about one possible outcome if we proceed with it. The book starts kind of slow but it speeds up after the first chapter.  The author keeps you in suspense until the end.  The story touches on some difficult subjects such as genetically engineered workers and has some violence but its is only in part of a chapter.  There is only a little boy/ girl stuff, no kissing or anything, that doesn’t affect the story  Crater has lost his family but its only background information and not given much emotion. Overall this is a good adventure book that makes you want to keep…