Sunday, January 13, 2008

Top 10 list

My top 10 list is in no particular order.
1.-When Sharon gets kidnapped by Kessell; This is a very important part in the book because Sharon had a "hunch" that Kessell was the ever running man. After Kessell finds out that she's on to him, he makes a movie and kidnapps her. Meanwhile, her husband Hy is walking out from his hotel and is shot at twice bu the ever running man meaning Kessell couldn't be the ever running man. "The ever-running man's been at it again. This time he took a shot at me in the parking lot. I sensed motion in the shadows, ducked, and the shots-two of them-broke the windows in the company car I've been using. Then the night crew came running out of the building, and he disappeared." "No way Kessell could have made it to La Jolla in 2 hours after he'd imprisoned me, much less back by the rime the sheriff's deputies took him away. He couldn't have been shooter(231)."
2.-When Sharon first finds out about the ever running man; After Sharon first finds out about the ever running man, something strange and ironic happens to her. When she returned home from work the night she first learned about the ever running man, she saw a man running outside her apartment window. To her luck she left to go visit her cousins, but right as she is walking to her car, her apartment blows up sending her to the hospital. The explosion destroyed everything inside her apartment, including her friends and neighbors. "I leaned against the wall by the living room window, which looked out onto the rear alley, and pulled back the curtains. A couple of buildings away, a garbage can lid thumped, and moments later a man jogged along in a peculiar, uneven gait-probably one of the city's many scavengers who Dumpster-dived for the edible or useful(13)." "I was just taking my keys out when- WHUMP! The percussive blast threw me against the car. I felt heat across my face, and my ears rang. When I looked back across the street, I saw smoke billowing from RKI's building(14)."
3.-The conflict between Sharon and her husband Hy; The problems that occur between Sharon and Hy are very confusing at times because it interferes with all the other problems going on, for example, the ever running man case. I don't think the author, Marcia Muller, should have put as much time as she did into the problems that the couple was having. It takes away the intensity from the ever running man case. However, if she had put the marriage problem in the beginning of the book, explained it then, and solved it at the end, i would have enjoyed it more because it would have been another reason for me to keep reading. "Hy didn't answer his cellular. I called the apartment at the safe house and got the machine. Left a message telling him where i was and that i might continue on to touchstone and spend the night there(53)." "Ever since I accepted this case, I'd been walking through an emotional minefield-worrying about what it might do to my marriage, traumatized by nearly being blown up in the Green Street explosion(148)."
4.-The confusing setting; I think that Marica Muller, the author did a confusing job with the setting. She liked to move the setting around and it confused me. It didn't take away from the book's intensity, it just confused me and took away understanding from book. Since she messed with the setting, I think it made the book a lot more complicated than it actually was. At one point Sharon was in California and the next moment she was in New York. Then she'd switch characters conflicts and focus on her husbands, Hy. Maybe if both Sharon and her husband solved the case together with each other by their side, it would have been less confusing. "I was in a storage room. I could tell by touch: cartons, cushions for the outdoor furniture, a kettle barbecue that i backed into and nearly tipped over. It was totally black in what must be a windowless space(225)." Then right as Sharon picks the lock on the handcuffs, it switches to her husband who was in La Jolla and was shot at by the ever running man. "The ever-running man's been at it again. This time he took a shot at me in the parking lot(231)."
5.-When Kessell dies. When Kessell dies, that effected the book majorly. Since he was a major suspect of being the ever running man, that meant that it couldn't have been him. Since Sharon had a "hunch" that Kessell was up to something, he decided to kidnap her. "In a sense. He wanted you to know that Dan Kessell has died. Kessell? Too bad. A good man. What happened? Heart attack(251)."
6.When they find out who the ever-running man is. When Sharon interviews Chad's family about they day he went missing, she found out a clue about a watch that received from his fiance for Christmas, that helped her solve the case. When she flew into the empty airport, she knew something was wrong. Since no one was there to greet her, she got the creepy, scary feeling that someone was waiting to kill her. As she found the big factory and saw Chad in it, she realized he was wearing the watch that his fiance had given him! She found Hy tied up in a closet, so she rescued him, but then they had to get out of there because Chad, the ever running man was making a bomb and was going to kill them!"I extended the Magnum in both hands as i moved toward the lighted building. At its wall, i stopped, listening. Inside, someone coughed, and the sound drew me to a high window that was slightly open. i went up on my toes and peered over the bottom of the frame. Brent Chavez-aka Chad Merkel-sat at a desk, his profile to the window. He was tinkering with what i recognized as the makings of a bomb. After a moment, he glanced at his watch-probably the Rolex his fiance had given him(286)."
7.When they escape from the empty airport and kill the ever running man. After Sharon discovers what Chad is doing, her and Hy have to take an abandoned car and try to break down a gate to escape because there was no other way out. She would have taken the plane that she arrived in, but it was broken since Chad cut the cords. As they started accelerating, Chad jumped in front of the car. He flew backwards as the car hit him, killing him and setting the bomb off, making the car shake in the distance. Then they approached the gate and broke it down."Brace yourself, Hy said. That gate is one heavy mother. Christ! Hy exclaimed. Look out! A figure had leaped out of the darkness to the right and was running diagonally toward us. Merkel. He held a rectangular object in his hand. The bomb! The Chevy's bumper grazed his body, knocked him sideways. The ever-running man had finally stopped running(294)."
8.When Sharon and Hy resolve their marriage problems. At the end of the book, Sharon and Hy are talking about how they wanted to start fresh and that they wanted to make things work. I think the whole case really brought them closer together because they almost died together. "Lets close the books on this past month and move on. He smiled, brushed a lock of my hair from my cheek, where the sea wind had blown it. After a moment i laid my head on his shoulder and we watched the play of the light on the water-together(312)."
9.The ending of the book. I thought the author did a really good job of cleaning up the ending of the book. She made it really suspenseful and had me under my blankets because i was so scared. She had Sharon and Hy solve there marriage problems and to me the ending was just perfect with the quote that she used...."After a moment i laid my head on his shoulder and we watched the play of the light on the water-together(312)."
10.The Suspense. I think Marcia Muller did a good job of making you want to keep reading. Even though parts were confusing at times, she made the action parts filled with suspense and a feeling of whats going to happen next. When Sharon first arrives at the empty airport, i thought someone was going to come and tie her up because Marica did such a great job of making it scary and suspenseful. "As i got out of the plane, i immediately became aware of the intense heat and an eerie silence(283)."

outside reading post 7

aversion(282):a strong feeling of dislike
vendetta(282):a private feud in which the members of the family of a murdered person seek to avenge the murder by killing the slayer or one of the slayer's relatives.

"I moved out around six-thirty, under cover of darkness, the .357 in hand. The dormitory and classroom buildigs were unlit. I slipped alongside the nearest one and peered around its front corner(284)."
This quote is very significant to the book because it describes the suspense that occurs during the book. It's describing her walking around outside of a empty airport runway with a gun in her hand looking for the ever running man.

After Sharon’s kidnap, she continued her search for the ever running man. Since she and her husband had been getting along better, he was going to help her, together. First Sharon had to interview Chad Merkel’s (a man who went missing two years ago) mother and fiancĂ©. She found out that he had left with no notice or anything with the family. He had been a suspect for the ever running man. When Sharon was interviewing Chad’s family members, his fiancĂ© tells Sharon that she gave Chad a silver shiny watch for Christmas, which was a clue for Sharon later in the mystery. Then Sharon flew into a closed airport that was abandoned, and Hy was already there waiting for her. Sharon searched around because when she arrived, someone was supposed to be waiting for her, but no one was, so she knew something was up. As she walked farther down the runways, she found an abandoned factory house where she could hear noises. When she looked in the window, she saw Chad! He was wearing the shinny silver watch his fiance had given him. He knew she was coming, but didn’t know when. As Sharon walked around the factory, she heard Hy scrambling in a locked closet, tied up in duck tape. After she got him out, they had to escape by using an abandoned car. Right as they were about to bust open a gate, their only way out, Chad came running towards the car with a bomb in his hand. The smashed into Chad and the bomb exploded a couple feet behind them so that it shook the car. They smashed the fence open and escaped. At the end of the book Hy and Sharon resolve their marriage problems and decide to start fresh.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

outside reading blog 6

Fodder(226):raw material
Chafed(226):to make sore by rubbing

Figurative language-
"The serpentine, my informant had called it- an elegant, long ,snakelike piece of flexible metal(227)". I know that this describes imagery because it describes the object painting a picture in my head.
"As soon as he stepped through the door, I could tell he was depressd: his shoulders slumped, and he shuffled his feet(235)." This describes personification because it's describing how the person looks, and potentially feels.
"I lay on my back for a minute, wrists throbbing, hear pounding(226)". This describes metaphor in a way because its describing whats going on but not really using imagrey.

As Sharon is trying to solve the case of the ever running man, she gets kidnapped by a man named “kessell.” Sharon and her husband Hy had worked out their marriage problems and are now onto solving the case of the ever running man. Since Sharon was on to Kessell because she thought he was the ever running man, he kidnapped her. While being held inside Kessell’s house, her husband Hy was shot at by the ever running man, but he missed, meaning that Kessell couldn’t have been the ever running man. Her husband and other work partners get into their extra work mode to try and crack the case. Many of her co-workers had different ideas on the case itself, but were trying to put a general idea together. They wernt very sucessful because after three hours they opened a bottle of wine and relaxed because they were exauhsted, but they do come to many different conclusions about why Kessell may have done what he did, by kidnapping Sharon and using money that wasn’t his own. Sharon went on to investigate victims family members to find out more information on Kessell and who/how he killed their loved ones. Out of no where, Kessell had a heart attack and died. Sharon also found out that Kessell had a kid named Chad who was put up for adoption when he was 10 years old because his mother died. The new theory is that Kessell drugged his wife and killed her, or it possibly could’ve been Chad. Chad’s adoptive parents live in California, so Sharon flew off to California to get deeper into the case. Now all she has to do is figure out who did what, and why.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

outside reading post 5

maiming(204):to disable or disfigure

A theme that i think emerges from the book would be ironic stages because a man just happened to be running by her appartment when it blew up, but it was actually the ever running man. This is just one example of many in the book.

Now that Sharon is on her way to solving the mystery of the ever running man, she is still dealing with the problems of her husband. RKI is still getting frustrated with her husband, and she is still wondering if her marrage is going to fall apart because of all the work she has been doing. She has been traveling all over the place trying to solve whats going on and find different witnesses to interview. After she finds some interesting evidence with different suspects, sharon relizes she so close to solving the case of the ever running man.
But her husband interferes with the case. Problems keep developing with the two of them and she cant seem to resolve them. As she is trying to fix problems with her husband she still has to solve the case of the ever running man. Now the question is if she'll have enough time, or will she solve it in time because she has the case in her hands. The only thing stopping her is her husband and someone taking the case right out of her hands.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

outside reading quater 2 post 4

Post A:

"Ever since I accepted this case, I'd been walking through an emotional minefield-worrying about what it might do to my marriage, traumatized by nearly being blown up in the Green Street explosion(148)." This describes the signifigance of the book because it's all about suspense and mysterious vibes. Sharon has to deal with these while trying to solve the case with the thought of her knowing that she almost died and her marriage could be falling apart at that very moment.

Post B:
Letter to the Author-
Dear Sharon,
What was the first thought on your mind when you found out that you couldve been in the ashes of your apartment? I know that the feeling must be indescribable. The fact that you stayed strong and still went on to solve the case was very inspiring. When you said, "worrying about what it might do to my marriage, traumatized by nearly being blown up(148)" it described you as frustrated and scared. For someone to go through all that, and still manage to fufill their job duty is amazing.
What was your reaction when you found out that the "ever running man" was the person to make your apartment explode? It probably never crossed your mind that the man you saw joging outside your window, looking as normal as could be, was the man to blow up your apartment and the man that you're trying to catch!
What clues were the most disturbing or interesting to you while investigating so far?

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

outside reading blog 3

Quaint:Having an old attractiveness or charm
Marksman:Person who is skilled at shooting at a mark.

"Upstairs: the guest rooms were as impersonal as a room at the Hilton(110)." It uses like or as in the sentence.
"A man's voice, high-pitched and nervous, answered and said yes(111)." This uses description to describe the mans voice in detail.
" roof, paint job, and landscaped yard(114)." This uses imagry to describe and paint the picture for the reader

Now that Sharon is deeper into the case trying to figure out what happened with the ever running man, she is traveling around the country to interview suspects and suspects friends and family. While she is traveling, she interviews Wynn Daley. Wynn had information on Mr.Kessell and the night Mr.Kessell was shot. Sharon got detailed answers which lead her back on the case to keep investigating. She continues to research to find out as much information as she can, but is still looking for that one person who did it all.
A quote that describes the book is "Just when you think the hurt is starting to heal, it flares up, and you know it'll always be with you(105)."
This quote best describes the book because at the beginning, Sharon's appartment was blown up, and she was suppost to be inside it. Since she survived the explosion even being outside her appartment at her car, she is know trying to recover and still work on the case she was assigned. When she is almost recovered, something happens again and that reminds her that she'll always have the scars from the night of the explosion. It gives her thoughts to think about knowing some one was intentionally trying to kill her and that if it wernt for pure luck, she might not be alive.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Types of Debate:
-Parents debate over if their child can go to a party. The debate can occur with parents and their child. The purpose is to bring out each parents concerns. It helps the parents feel more comfortable. The debate is un structured. This makes the desicon making processes faster, but more frustrating.
-Political Debates on the dealth penalty. The debate can happen on tv or in a office. The purpose is to hear two people's opinions on what they think. It trys to solve issues and decide what is right and wront. The debate is structured because its a bigger debate and normally have someone who moderates the debate.
-Friends fighting over where they want to go for dinner. The debate can occur with everyone and their friends. The purpose is to figure out where they're going to go for dinner. It helps plan their night and what they're going to do. Its unstructured. It helps resolve the problem of where to go for dinner.
-Parents and child debate over going to a movie on a school night. The debate can occur at the last second or in short notice. THe purpose is to decide if the kid can go to the movie. It can inform the parents about whats going on. Ist unstructured. It helps give the parents more informaton on the situation.
-Kid and Teacher debating over a grade given to the student. The debate can occur with students and teachers. The purpose is for the student to state their opinion on what they think about their grade. It may help the student prove to the teacher that they deserved a better grade. Its unstructured. This could improve the decison process or hurt it. The teacher could be mad and lower their grade.