The novella A Christmas Carol(1843) by Charles Dickens is one of the most well-known and important Christmas-themed stories in the English-speaking world. It was written in Victorian times when the modern Christmas celebration was beginning to take form with Christmas trees, Christmas cards, and, of course, Christmas carols.
While the animation above is a fast-paced telling of the original story all of the key elements and points of Dickens’ novella remains intact.
Questions to discuss:
Why did Dickens choose Christmas as the setting for this story?
What is the purpose of the story?
Is Scrooge’s transformation believable?
What could a modern take on A Christmas Carol look like?
Today, we will have a look at the first few pages of Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and City of Thieves by David Benioff.
Ender’s Game has 1,215,663 ratings on Goodread.com. It’s average rating is 4.3 stars.
Andrew ”Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
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City of Thieves has 133,133 ratings on Goodreads.com. It’s average rating is 4.24 stars.
During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.