Sanrock Reviews

looking at things from a literary viewpoint

Speak The Graphic Novel Review

That’s right, I’m reviewing another Speak adaptation. I do like that book that much. This time it’s the graphic novel with artist Emily Carroll. As with the previous two, the plot is about high schooler Melinda who everyone hates because she went to a party and called the cops, getting everyone in trouble. The real reason and this is no longer a spoiler, she got raped at that party but […]

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The Girl in the Locked Room Review

Wow, I haven’t written a review of anything horror in almost two years. Time to fix that with the YA novel The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn. Jules (girl. Yes, I know) moves into an old house in Virginia because her dad renovates old houses. She spots a mysterious girl on the third floor of the house and Jules thinks the girl is trying to call […]

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The Indian in the Cupboard Movie/Book Review

How many of you remember a small movie called The Indian in the Cupboard? I remember loving it as a kid. Recently I was talking about the movie with my sister (don’t remember what sparked it) and she said that my brother-in-law’s cousin was in it as a background character in the school. So I immediately turned the movie on and whenever they were in school I asked my brother […]

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Raging Loop Review

One weird little habit that people who are both readers and video game players have is playing visual novels. While a niche market in the states, it’s huge in Japan. One of the most recent examples is horror/mystery Raging Loop. After a terrible breakup, college graduate Haruaki Fusaishi finds himself in a small town after getting lost just riding around the Japanese countryside on his motorcycle. What Fusaishi didn’t expect […]

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Driving Miss Daisy (play) Review.

One of the biggest movies that came out in 1989 was Driving Miss Daisy. As with many things Hollywood, this was based on something and that something was a 50 page (!) play by Alfred Uhry who also wrote the screenplay. The story is about a 72-year-old Jewish woman named Daisy Werthan who crashed her car into a neighbor’s garage and her insurance company says she can’t drive. So her […]

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Pumpkinheads Review

If it wasn’t obvious from the thirty-one horror reviews I did last October, I love Halloween. So whenever I see anything even remotely associated with Halloween it’s mine. So the second I saw a graphic novel called Pumpkinheads and it takes place on Halloween IN A PUMPKIN PATCH I had to get read it. It was not what I was expecting. Written by Rainbow Rowell with artist Faith Erin Hicks, […]

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The Greatest Gift (The basis for It’s A Wonderful Life) Review

If there’s one movie that airs every year on Christmas it’s It’s a Wonderful Life. For decades this movie has been watched almost religiously by many and those people even consider to be the best Christmas movie ever made. In fact, Jimmy Stewart, the actor who plays George, has said this was his favorite movie he’s ever done. What some people are not aware of is that this movie is […]

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The Poet X Review

One of the worst things about being a girl with a super religious mother is all the crazy rules you have to follow. One of them is absolutely no dating. Poet Elizabeth Acevedo tackles this theme in her debut novel The Poet X which while it has some nice ideas falls flat. Xiomara Batista is a Latina teenager living in Harlem. Her mother’s super religious, all the men around her […]

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They Called Us Enemy Review

George Takei is probably THE most famous Japanese-American actor. Some people may only know him as that guy who says “oh my” but to those in the know he’s Sulu from Star Trek. So, of course, anything this man puts out the fans will lap it up. The most recent thing he created is a memoir comic book called They Called Us Enemy It’s World War II and the Japanese […]

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Halloween (1978) Review

Happy Halloween, all! What better way to celebrate Halloween than by reviewing the original 1978 classic film Halloween directed by John Carpenter and written by John Carpenter with Debra Hill. In 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers murders his sister on Halloween Night in Haddonfield, Illinois. Fifteen years later, Michael escapes from the mental hospital he was placed in the day before Halloween and returns to Haddonfield to continue his killing spree. […]

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