The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games takes place in a futuristic nation known as Panem, after the destruction of the North American continent by some unexplained apocalyptic event. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve underprivileged districts under the Capitol’s control. District 12, where the book begins, is located in the coal-rich region that was formerly Appalachia. The games themselves take place in arenas designed to put man against nature. Man, in this case is our protagonist, Catnis Aberdeen, and her steamy contrived loved interest Peeta mellark.

Catnis is a brash tomboy who has never known love before. She steps up to partake in the games to save her little sister from a fait that might lead to death. her attitude gets in her way, but all in all she’s a good hearted girl who comes of age in a hard and fast paced storey. Granted she’s a victor of the games, but she’s still learning what love is.

Peeta is a self-effacing boy who is just finding himself when he is tossed into his own version of hell on Earth. The first kick in the balls for him comes when he finds that the girl who is to be his partner in the games is Catnis, the poor sweet girl he’s had a crush on from his childhood. Peeta falls deeper in love with her and does his damndest to keep Catnis alive throughout the story. He is subject to blood poisoning, sword wounds, and some minor asphyxiation at the hands of a bad guy, but he comes out loving his woman and with her help a co victor of the games.

The only other character worth mentioning from the story is Rue. Rue is a sweet girl who makes a major impact on Catnis, and dies at the hands of power hungry players. Catnis avenges Rue’s killer and sings Rue to her final rest. Catnis is royally pissed off at the loss of such a good player, and as a reader, I was as well.
overall the story was good. There were parts, dear reader, where I was angry and swearing a blue streak at the manipulations of the players like chessmen on a board. however, I think Suzanne Collins, the author, did a good job telling the story. The story itself was all kinds of fucked up, and had a weird ending, but the overall walk away feeling I had was of satisfaction at a good suspense adventure love story.

Read it for yourselves. Trust me, it is a few hours that you will not regret.

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March Madness

As a general rule I hate college basketball. There is no real way to enjoy a sport where the players can be disqualified based on their grades, or where you can’t watch your favorite team due to the restrictions of the local cable provider. College hoops is nice if you can watch it on the web, or have a local team playing near enough for you to visit in person. In general, the majority of the world does not have the ability or inclination to crowd into a stadium with a bunch of drunk and rowdy 21-year-olds as the local team gets their asses handed to them by their historic rivals.

Having said this, I have enjoyed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) march madness tournament this year. March Madness as its called is when all the teams who did not suck throughout their season play each other for the opportunity to say “We’re the best and baddest team, so there.” The coolest part about this is that there is wall to wall basket ball on most of the major networks. While someone from Moose County University in Jackass Flats Michigan might not see their local boys on TV, they will be treated to the sights and styles of the Indiana Hoosiers, Butler Bulldogs, and VCU Rams playing their hearts out for the bragging rights of “best Damn team in the league.”

This year, 2012, CBS and the Turner Broadcasting System are collaborating to bring wall to wall hoops to the millions of college sports crazy Basketball fans both on television and online. This has been a wonderful thing as it has broadened the ability of folks to follow their teams, and to interact with their like minded fans in chats. It has been a huge boon to me as it has allowed me to become more interested in College hoops.

I hate to say it, I was an NBA fan and could not stand college. After the lockout, late season, and endless crap over the contracts for the professional services of these ball players, I turned on a college game and got hooked. I’ll still be a fan of professional basket ball, but college is now on my radar.

CBS, you and your colleagues are tasked with continuing the coverage of college hoops and to make March Madness as accessible as possible. You got a tentative convert. Let see if you keep my loyalty.

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