October 19, 2017 - Reading Log #2 // The Blue Moon Circus by Michael Raleigh // Topic Choice 1 - Characters
Introduction to story
In The Blue Moon Circus, the story is about a man named Lewis Tully who is the ringmaster and owner of the Blue Moon Circus, a awesome circus that has been going very bad recently due to the Great Depression and has recently been sued for a major fight between circuses. Things do not look better, as natural disasters and the "renegade monkey" ruin their reputation. Now he has one thing left to do: Go to jail, or produce one last hurrah that will inspire the court. He now is desperate and has to hire random people and unusual circus men to make another show.
The first character to pop up in the story is the main character: Lewis Tully. He is a man with "...hunched-over walk and long arms. In one of them he cradled a cylindrical package. He wore a gray suit over a work shirt and a fedora that looked to have been sat on. His skin was sunburned..."(pg. 17) <--- This is how Lewis T. looked like. Lewis Tully was desperate to find people for his show. In fact, he actually hired a young boy named Charlie for his show. "You won't get bored, least I don't think so.... I'm putting the circus together right now. Got to...marshal my, uh, my resources and my stock and what-have-you"(Lewis talking to Charlie about his circus so he can get interested, pg 19). <--- This quote also shows that Lewis is nervous when trying to hire people.
The second known character is Charlie, the first hired person of the circus. He judges everyone by their cover(or in this case, by appearance) and is a bit stubborn about everything. He resembles an average immature boy, since he is 9 years old. "[Charlie] thought he was ugly"(pg 17)"...And now that he'd had a chance to look at them close up, he decided they were both ugly"(pg 18). <---- when Charlie was meeting with Lewis. Charlie might be important to the story because he was the first person to get hired by Lewis.
Minor characters include Edgar, a small, hairy friend of Lewis.
After th,"In The Living, by Matt de la Pena, a sudden storm hits, leading to the conflict. "Attention, ladies and gentlemen. As many of you already know, there's a major storm in the forecast. As a precaution, all outside decks will be closed for the evening",(Captain(speaker), pg 81, chap 12). As the storm gets worse, Shy and Carrmen start worrying because they never been to a voyage with a storm in it. That is not the least of their worries, though. After a while, the ship alarm rings, making all passengers and crew members fear even more. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is an emergency. All passengers and crew members should secure a life jacket from the closet of your cabin and proceed directly to the appropriate muster station. I repeat, all passengers and crew members must secure a life jacket and proceed directly to their muster station",(Captain(speaker), pg 109, chap 17). This quote shows that the plot is getting worse. Shy and Carmen are starting to fear as still never happened in the history on their voyages. This is not the end, though. As all hope seem lost, the hope just got even more lost. What all historians and people in California feared happened: The Big One. "The picture cut out for a few seconds, and when it came back it was an aerial shot of a huge black smoke cloud smothering all of Orange County, and in the gaps of the smoke you couldn't see houses or buildings but flames. A shot labeled "Seattle" shows the Space Needle in pieces in front of leveled downtown buildings, fires raging up and down every street, and the famous marketplace had been ripped from its foundation and heaved into Elliott Bay,"(Narrator(speaker), pg 118 chap 19, when a video was shown in the theater about the Big One that just hit). After this, it was the point of no return. When Vlad, a crew member, saw how the water and sea life reacted, he knew that a tsunami is coming. "At first Shy only saw furios whitecaps and waves, but then a heavy swell rolled past and in the light he spotted a pod of dolphins racing past the ship, into the direction of the wind. 'They're trying to get away from something!' Vlad shouted. Don't you get it? It's likely we'll encounter a tsunami!",(Narrator/Vlad(speaker), pg 121, chap 20, when the waves and sea life starting acting abnormal). That wasn't the end of the troubles. The drivers of the ship decided to do something risky: Go over the tsunami. "Vlad's eyes grew even bigger as he stared into the wind. 'Oh my God'. 'What?' Shy shouted. He looked again, but didn't see anything. 'They're trying to make it over!' Vlad shut off the spotlight. spun around and started toward the glass doors, (Narrator, Vlad, Shy(speaker), pg 122, chap 20, when the tsunami starting forming). At this part, everyone was on their biggest worries. Ships who don't make it get destroyed, and even if they didn't attempt to make it, they would get destroyed also. That is exactly what happened. "...and the wave was directly in front of them now, and all Shy could see through the window was the roaring wall of ocean water. He turned to run just as it slammed into the ship and all the small windows exploded with glass an water, and the floor shot straight up, and he found himself in the air-and in his slow-motion flight Shy saw bodies thrown from chairs, bodies crashing into other bodies, into walls, bodies toppling over the theater railing, falling onto the stage, onto chairs, onto the backs of other passengers, the ship larm once again blaring in Shy's ears, and the spray of cold ocean salt water in his nose and mouth and eyes, blinding him, and then he was somehow slammed headfirst into a chandelier and was lost..."(Narrator(speaker), pg 125, chap 21, when the tsunami crashed into the boat.) This scene is the conflict and not an important scene because it was starts up the climax of the story. The description and cover of the book describe the Big One and the tsunami, and this scene shows all that. This scene is the whole plot of the story. This scene will lead to trouble(I'm sure of that), disaster, and the whole problems of the characters. It is the main part of the story. This conflict is situational and personal because it leads to problems in all characters, main characters, minor characters, and background characters due to the tsunami.
Topic Choice 3 - Plot
In the Living, main character Shy has insomnia for his second time in a row. Bored, he goes to his crewmate, Carmen, a female who Shy is in love with but is jealous because Carmen already has a fiance. . "First time Shy met her, he could barely speak. He had to wave a hand all in front of his face, laughing, and ask Rodney if he was mute. Only problem with Carmen was she had a fiance back home."(Chapter 2, pg 23). Since it is Shy's first time working in a cruise ship(it's sailing to Hawaii), Carmen opens the door and they sit in a spot where it will not move (because the ship rocks). They start having a romantic moment by drinking wine, talking about life, speaking about Carmen's fiance, and that there is a space version of Shy and Carmen in space doing the same thing they are doing at the same time. " 'My roommate's sleeping, ' she said, putting on some Brazilian music, lowering the volume. She unscrewed the wine cap, poured some into the lone cup"(Chapter 5, pg 37). " 'What about your fiance?' Shy asked, figuring he should ask about that part of her life, too"(Chapter 5, pg 39). " 'And I bet our space versions met earlier in life. In junior high. On the swings at the park or something. And hey probably hit it off in about two point five, Like love at first sight or whatever. And since that day they've been all about each other' "(Chapter 6, pg 44). This scene may not seem important, but in the description for the book, it tells us that 'The Big One' will hit and a gargantuan wave will destroy the cruise ship, and that Shy will be left alone with "her", a beautiful lady in which Shy is in love with. This scene is important because it describes Shy's relationship with Carmen. This scene also describes Shy's thoughts and characteristics; he is a man who is in love with a girl, but that female already has a fiance. From all of this, we can tell that Shy was attempting to convince Carmen that he was a better man than her fiance, and that this scene took place in the Exposition of the book. I believe that Carmen will be the "her" in the description when the ship breaks and probably Carmen may fall in love with Shy more than her fiance.