To Jenkins' Spoiler-Laden Guide to Isaac Asimov Introduction Though perhaps best known throughout the world for his science fiction, Isaac Asimov was also regarded as one of the great explainers of science. His essays exemplified his skill at making complex subjects understandable, and were written in an unformal style, liberally sprinkled with personal anecdotes that endeared him to a legion of faithful readers. It was all a labor of love; in particular Asimov often remarked that of all his writing, his essays for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction were his favorite, despite the fact that he received the lowest word-rate payment for them.
Plot[ edit ] Twelve-year-old Will Parry is caring for his mentally ill mother.
He accidentally kills an intruder and runs away to Oxfordwhere he discovers a portal to a parallel universe. The witch Serafina Pekkala eavesdrops on Mrs.
Coulter, Lyra's wicked mother, torturing a witch for the prophecy that concerns Lyra. Serafina and a troop of witches search for Lyra, while aeronaut Lee Scoresby searches for Stanislaus Grumman ; Grumman may have knowledge of a powerful object which Scoresby intends to use to protect Lyra.
Will returns to his world through the portal and finds information about his father, who went missing on an expedition. Lyra searches Will's Oxford for information about Dustmysterious particles connected to consciousness. On the advice of her alethiometer, a truth-telling device, Lyra meets the physicist Dr.
Mary Malone, who has a machine that communicates with dark matter. Police question Lyra and her knowledge of Will, and she accidentally gives him away. After accepting a lift from a gentleman introducing himself as Sir Charles LatromLyra realises he has stolen her alethiometer. They defeat a youth who has taken the knife from its holder, Giacomo Paradisi, but Will loses two fingers in the fight.
Giacomo explains that this is the sign of the knife's next bearer, and explains its power: He also explains that their world is haunted by soul-eating Spectres, which prey on older children and adults but are invisible to children. They overhear a conversation with Mrs Coulter; Lyra realises that Charles is Lord Borealhaving gone to Will's world long ago, and Will hears news of his father, who discovered a doorway between the worlds.
Malone is visited by Sir Charles, who threatens to use his connections to cut their funding if they do not co-operate with his wishes. Malone returns at night to follow Lyra's suggestion to communicate with the dark matter using a machine of her invention. The dark matter instructs her to travel through the same window between worlds used by Will and Lyra, and that her role is to "play the serpent ".
Lee Scoresby finds Grumman living as a shaman known as Jopari, a corruption of his original name, John Parry, Will's father. Grumman has summoned Scoresby to take him to the bearer of the knife and assist in Lord Asriel's rebellion against the Authority.
They set off in Scoresby's hot air balloon but are forced to land by Magisterium soldiers.
Scoresby dies holding off the soldiers so that Grumman can complete his task. Coulter tricks Charles into revealing the secret of the knife and kills him. She uses the spectres, which she has learned to control, to torture a witch into revealing the prophecy: Lyra is the second Eve.
Coulter plans to destroy Lyra rather than risk a second Fall. Serafina goes to aid Scoresby, having heard his last plea for help. Will encounters Grumman, who staunches the bleeding in his hand and instructs him in his task.
Grumman is killed by a vengeful witch whose love he once spurned. Will returns to camp to find a pair of angels, Balthamos and Baruchwaiting to guide him to Lord Asriel.For the novel “Holes” Sachar won a “National Book Award” and the “Newbery Medal”.
“Holes” sold in five millions copies, and it became a movie in Plot: The book is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats IV, who is supposedly a . Nov 07, · The essay below is a essay from a Year 9 student on the novel Holes. The question he answered on is the type of question that you may get in your exam.
Describe a character who changed during the text. Explain why this change occurred. A character who changed in the novel "Holes" by Louis. After reading book AutoSave 2 October 10, Essay Topics An essay is a short piece of prose writing. •Holes covers three distinct periods of time. The theme of justice in Holes is legal, moral, human, and cosmic, all of which are wound together in the novel’s complex plot.
The legal aspects of the theme of justice come in throughout the. Holes by Louis Sachar is a popular middle-grade novel about Stanley Yelnats and his unfortunate luck that causes him to wind up at Camp Green Lake digging holes to build character.
This guide provides sample discussion questions to increase your comprehension. Have you ever noticed that some books are boring, but then you watch the movie and it seems to have some scenes that you haven't read about? How about some scenes that writers cut off in order to make the movie more action-like, more interesting, more comical, and not so long.