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Stephanie Proctor
TC Boyle Stories
Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:10pm
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The TC Boyle Stories are interesting and captivating, well some of them at least. My favorite one is On for the Long Haul and my least favorite is Big Game.
I like the TC Boyle Stories because they are short and can keep my attention. I also like how the book is split into sections and because of the section names, you know exactly how the stories in that section will end. Even though the sections give the ending away, what happens is still unexpected. When reading The Human Fly, I thought that when he was strapped to the plane, he was going to die then but he didn’t die until the very end and he didn’t die immediately. It look him three days to die.
The story that I enjoyed the most is On for the Long Haul because the irony throughout the story made me really enjoy it. One of favorite thing in writing or really anything is irony. In this, there was a big irony but also some little ones. The big one was Bayard worked for a company that is supposed to catch people who are scamming others and when he went to work, Arkson’s pamphlet was on his desk and instead of thinking that he was is a scammer, Bayard thinks that it is a great idea.
Even though I like TC Boyle Stories, the one that did not click with me was Big Game. I found the characters annoying and the story line boring. The ending was rewarding because the animal that has been through it all finally gets revenge and kills the people who are trying to kill her. I thought that the story was dragged out to long and could have been shorten and just got to the point of death.
In my previous English classes, we didn’t really read short stories. We would read many books and discuss them in class. My senior year, we read Crime and Punishment, Frankenstein, and some other books. We would read a few chapters each night and then have a discussion about them as a class and sometimes have a seminar. In the seminar, two students would run it and my teacher would just sit at her desk and not say anything.
I liked that method of discussion but I like what we do in my English class now because the teacher tells us what we need to look at and helps the class with understand the story and the characters.
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  • 2/20 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Feb 19 6:04pm
    What has been your reaction to the TC Boyle Stories? Which one(s) did you like (if any) so far and why? Which one(s) have you disliked and why? How do the Boyle stories and discussions compare to... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - James Joyce, Fri Feb 20 4:57pm
      Overall I have liked the stories of TC Boyle. The one that I like most is "On for the Long Haul". I really liked this story because of how out of the ordinary it is. It is not everyday that you read... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Natalie Del Gallo, Fri Feb 20 4:23pm
      The two T.C Boyle stories that have really stood out to me were, On for the Long Haul and The Human Fly. They both were in the death section, but each death was different and interesting. On for the... more
    • Discussion post 2/20 - Molly Plount, Fri Feb 20 4:17pm
      I’ve enjoyed most of the T.C. Boyle stories that we’ve read so far. I like how satirical they all have been. My favorite was “Modern Love.” I feel like Boyle’s interpretation of society’s view on... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Devin Slingerland, Fri Feb 20 3:45pm
      So far the TC Boyle short stories have been pretty entertaining so far. Though I’m ambivalent toward most stories we’ve read, they’ve been far from boring. The most recent one “The Human Fly” was the ... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Bailey Johnson, Fri Feb 20 3:34pm
      So far, I have found the TC Boyle stories to be very interesting. Each story has served as a purpose and has an overall meaning to it. “Big Game,” for example, serves the purpose of showing what... more
    • T.C. Boyle - Brenleigh Gaines, Fri Feb 20 3:28pm
      Surprisingly enough I have actually really enjoyed the T.C. Boyle stories so far. I like reading different story's from the same author and seeing how he ties different things together and really... more
    • Boyle Stories Discussion - Marra Ramminger, Fri Feb 20 3:25pm
      I have, for the most part, enjoyed reading the TC Boyle stories. I like the authors writing style and the fact that the stories all seem to have a deeper meaning than the surface story. Boyle’s... more
    • 2/20 discussion - Destiny Jackson, Fri Feb 20 2:29pm
      I am not a fan of reading, so I don’t have a reaction to any of the stories in the TC Boyles book. I don’t enjoy or dislike I just read them because they were assigned. If I had to choose one that I... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - Stephanie Proctor, Fri Feb 20 2:10pm
    • T.C. Boyle stories - Linda Hargis-Rodriguez, Fri Feb 20 2:03pm
      Compared to other books that we could be reading for English, the T.C. Boyle stories are not that bad. There are some that are better than others but for the most part it can be somewhat enjoyable to ... more
    • Online Discussion 2/20 - Tamar Turner, Fri Feb 20 1:58pm
      So far the TC Boyle stories have been quite amusing and unique to me. TC Boyle is a compelling writing who uses his skills to not only tell a story but convey a message as well. I can definitely say... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Kim Conway, Fri Feb 20 1:48pm
      So far I have liked a majority of the stories we read. I really enjoyed reading “On For the Long Haul” and “Big Game” because they were both so ironic, and even though they were predictable it was... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Grant Bronson, Fri Feb 20 1:31pm
      After reading several of the TC Boyle short stories, I would have to say that my favorite story so far has been “On for the Long Haul”. This story like many others that we have read, illuminates the... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - Araselie Chavez , Fri Feb 20 1:28pm
      The TC Boyle Stories are exclusive and curious. The different sections in the book are all interesting in their own way. Although many of them vary, they all share similarities in some type of way.... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Ethan Diffenbaugh, Fri Feb 20 12:31pm
      So far my reactions to the T.C. Boyle stories have been pretty indifferent. There are times that I will be reading the stories and they’ll really hook me in to want to read more and try to figure out ... more
    • Discussion board #4 - Shane Donovan, Fri Feb 20 11:20am
      TC Boyle is a very creative writer. It was not until recently in class that I learned how he names his characters. The way he does it, is naming them based on how they are as a person in story and... more
    • 2/20 Discussion - Gabrielle LoCicero, Fri Feb 20 11:11am
      The TC Boyle Stories we have read so far in class are very unique and not like any stories I have read before. Every story has its own weird story line that keeps me entertained. The stories in the... more
    • TC Boyle Stories - Erica Bonner, Fri Feb 20 9:02am
      Reading the TC Boyle Stories are actually entertaining. They are so different form storied I’ve read in previous English classes. His reading are like suspense stories. You just can’t read some of... more
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