I decided to read Under the Mountian by Maurice Gee because i have heard good things about it before Th book that I had looked exiting and mysterious at the same time I love these types of books because i always get into story and pretend i m in the book watching it all This book has been made into a move twice Once a long time ago and once quite recently I watched the old one which was really good The movie and book are really similar except when i was reading the book i imagined that the characters looked different to what i thought I think this category was really interesting because the movie is usually different from the book.The character I found most interesting was Mr Wilberforce He is a shape shifter from another planet His true form is a form of a slug which gives off a stench of rotten cabbages His main goal is to release his giant worms that live under the mountians and turn earth into a giant mud puddle It is really cool how he is an alien and is trying to destroy the human race It gives an almost believable twist to the book that makes me want to keep reading and see if the alien race will succeed in their mission.My favourite quote from the novel is something that Mr Jones The leader of the people trying to destroy the aliens says when the aliens finally disappear after trying to kill the main characters Theo and Rachel Matherson your world is safe now Theo This is the words that Theo and Rachel wanted to hear for so long, and it finally came They could finally rest and not have to worry about alien creatures trying to kill them.I Thought the book was brilliant over all and i would read it again if i could I thought that anyone could actually be an alien or a creature unknown from man, even though it is very unlikely It helped that it was set in Auckland too because when they traveled around to all the beaches i knew exactly where they were There could be a giant worm under Rangitoto or Mt Eden you never know. The first Maurice Gee book I ve read, because it was a dollar, I like kids books, I liked the one short story I read from himplus he s quite famous in NZ I found it pretty hard to put down, and finished it in two sittings He s got a ton of imagination, his descriptions are great and gross, his pacing is generally pretty exciting I liked that he didn t make things pretty or easy for example, he has an uncle drown and a volcano erupt on some of the people at the end I always admire when authors do unnecessary, but fairly natural things, like when E.B White kills off Charlotte In this book, it s not jarring, because there s a really intense buildup and you re just glad the twins are alive no spoiler, it s a kids book, of course they re alive.I think kids who have never been to Auckland will be thrilled with all the talk of volcanoes and whatnot And of course, those who ve been there will have a lot to recognize While Vacationing With Relatives In Auckland, Twins Theo And Rachel Discover That They Are Endowed With Special Powers To Oppose Mysterious Giant Creatures That Are Determined To Destroy The WorldLibrarian Note This Is An Alternate Cover Edition Of ISBN A fun novelty middle grade classic from New Zealand I hadn t heard of it until my brother brought it back to me from the country It s a little dark for younger kids, and has definitely got some plot holes But quite epic at the end Still very enjoyable 35 years after I first read the story of Theo and Rachel Maurice Gee keeps a cracking pace with his story of bravery and kinship I am still scared to this day of the evil Wilberforces and have never looked at Lake Pupuke the same way since first reading this book A great story and strong reminder of my childhood A good story to share now with my own daughters. This was one of my childhood favourites, and this was the first time I d read it since I was 9 or so So great Action that keeps you on the edge of your seat and the sibling bond is lovely Flawless writing And I love that it s set in a place that I now know so well, don t get that very often I have to say this is a bit of a niche book though an essential read for kiwi kids but I think if I was reading it for the first time as an adult the lack of nostalgia for it would bump it down a bit, and if you re not from NZ you might not get it so much, but in saying that it s only the places that are referenced, otherwise it s not too specific to NZ. I have chosen to read this book because I am very interested about Auckland in NZ Also, my reading tutor, Olvia have recommended me to read this book as part of Wide reading programme My tutor told me what the book is about, and I felt interested with this book after she told me This book fits the category of a book is written by a New Zealander because this book is written by Maurice Gee who is the New Zealand author of the book Also, the book cover tells me that the story is settled in Auckland,NZL probably One Tree Hill the area I lived in now.My favourite character of this story is the twins which they are called Theo and Rachel because they wanted to find out new things like the old man called Mr Jones who have been look at them and looking somewhere then vanished into the sky This character is mysterious because he always vanished somewhere The twins don t know why he vanished Anyway, also twins like to go on adventure For example for real at the start of the story, the twins have disappeared from his parents house one night while his father was cutting the logs His father never notice the twins have disappeared until he feel in his heart that something is wrong So he looked and found out that twins have disappeared He went into the house, tell his wife, called the police and neighbours When they all there, they started searching for them but by the end of the day, they never find it This is described as adventure people in the story as they loved to wonder around going on the adventures.I found that the quote called Make for Rangitoto Make for light is very interesting because as they are running away from Wilberforces who is the evil people in the story, they will died because these Wilberforces could easily kill the humans using their powers Theo and Rachel are trying to make a goal to get rid of them by running to the top of the mountain consistly This is what we are expected to learn from the test etc If you fail the test, you have make the goal of how to get better in the test by doing what This quote is very important in the futures.I have learned from the story is if you are the parent, you must fully supervised the children otherwise if they ran away, you call the police, neighbours etc to start searching around the area This will take a long time Also I learned is to set the goal of every subject and try to achieve it so you will get good marks in the test.This story talks about the adventure of the twins called Theo and Rachel who loves to go on adventures in Auckland, NZL During the story, he met wisely man called Mr Jones He teaches the twins how to use the stones These stones are used to attack and defend bad people This is very magical I wish I could have one Anyway, during the story, the bloody enemy called Wilberforces was trying to eat them, so they ran off to Rangitoto which it is a mountain in Auckland to hide away from the ememy as they try to use their stones to fight againist them If you want to find out then I suggested you should read this book Another facts I learned is too think smart otherwise you might get tricked and attacked by someone like the twins think it carefully and they knew it was their person who has been looking for them as they are not the POLICE MAN Yeah, I chose this book to read because I needed to read a book by a New Zealand author and heard not so bad praises for it But when I read the book I didn t awfully like it The plot wasn t exiting at all The cliche of evil monsters which need killing by a brother and sister who have special powers The Mathesons are a alien force whose other people were at war with another race of aliens which turn planets into mud and stone If the twins don t stop them, earth is next.There was nothing to be thrilled of except points where they find they have super powers and are aliens Mr Jones is always sticking onto his decisions Killing the Wilberforces is the only option, their kind must be ripped out from the cosmos for others to survive No other tactic will work certainly not negotiation.These are the only main highlights The writing style and suspense making is mediocre I must say I have read better My favourite character is Theo Matheson because he likes adventures just like his sister Rachel We see the evidence for this when the both when they are small go out for a stroll when their father is busy working and give their parents a scare He is also interested in finding and learning new things unlike his sister Her sister is a dreamer whereas Theo is a scientist always thinking My favourite quote is Make for Rangitoto Make for light Here I found it heart warming that Maurice gives his country and surroundings respect and wants to us to love them too It is also good to keep in mind that light is not always the literal light but the good there is When we meet a crisis we have to go where there is light, hope, goodness to cleanse our body and mind What I learnt is not to procrastinate and do what has to be done, right here, right now Don t let your guard down and relax till the deed is done and never regret If you give up like Rachel was about to, the consequences might be severe.I would put this on The Bingo Board A book by a New Zealand Author. Thrilling and evocative, Under the Mountain can sometimes be slowly paced, but overall it s a truly great novel. Twins Theo and Rachel are drawn into an age old alien war only to discover that they are the only ones with the power to stop it Giant worm like creatures live hidden under Auckland s vulcanos and lie in waiting for the right moment to surface and contaminate the earth and they don t intend on letting the twins interfere I was really keen to read something by a New Zealand author when I first read this author s O Trilogy, I was somewhat let down It wasn t bad, but it wasn t great either I hoped that this stand alone novel would turn out better for me When I first started reading, I noticed that many elements of the story are very similar to the trilogy The first chapters seemed promising enough but the further I read, the I felt that the trilogy was, after all, the superior work.Just like the O Trilogy, I can t really tell what the appropriate audience is It s a children s book but some of the elements seem too creepy and grotesque which would usually make me think it s better for older teens or young adults And yet, many things are so simplistic even for a children s book The two alien races which have supposedly been hiding in New Zealand since even before the Maori came have taken on human forms and have taken the names of Mr Wilberforces and Mr Jones When the twins enquire what their races are called, they are told it s too difficult to say so just call them Wilberforces and Joneses I don t think I have ever come across anything with such a lack of creativity.I also have trouble taking a book seriously in which the main conflict lies in these worms who are set on turning the world into mud I don t know, I just can t I suppose earth being turned into mud wouldn t be great, but it just does not work as a plot for me Another thing that truly bothered me neither of the twins acted in the slightest like the 11 year olds they were meant to be I refuse to believe that they are any younger than 14 Too much freedom, too mature and for goodness sake their relatives let them go out until late at night The ending was very abrupt and I don t feel satisfied with all the answers Yet the story intrigued me so little that I can t say I care too much The book does have a good opening and build up but just spirals down into something very short of a climax Of course, not all is bad The twins themselves, apart from their age, are likeable enough as main characters I like how they have different personalities and the author tries to make a point of both having their uses one being rational and one being emotional I loved how the story was set in New Zealand and made good use of local things I was sure surprised to learn that the twins come from the same little town I used to go to school to a town even people in New Zealand don t always seem to know.Maurice Gee is quite the famous author in New Zealand and I m sad to say that his stories don t seem to work for me I didn t really enjoy any of his works and as a result, I don t think I shall venture to read any Perhaps I shall have luck with his daughter s works.
One of New Zealand s most distinguished novelists, born in Whakatane, passed much of his childhood in the country town of Henderson now contained by Auckland s urban sprawl , and this background plays a major role in his fiction Again and again his plots are set in Henderson, usually under another name, or other small towns Even in the most recent, where Wellington and Auckland play a major par
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- Under the Mountain
- Maurice Gee
- 13 December 2018 Maurice Gee