Sanrock Reviews

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Novels

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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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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Goosebumps: The Haunted Mask Review

My dear readers, I have spoken about Goosebumps extensively in this blog and even reviewed the first movie. What I haven’t done, however, is to review any of the actual books. That changes now with this review of what many consider to be one of the better if not one of the best Goosebumps book out there: The Haunted Mask. Carly Beth is afraid of everything. This is so bad […]

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Let’s Talk About The Necronomicon

The book title Necronomicon not only conjures up visions of someone reading from a book of spells written in a foreign language used to summon demons, but it also conjured the many, many movies, books, TV shows, video games and comics that have some form of this book. In fact, this book has some crazy backstory to it. This book is believed to have been written in Damascas by the […]

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Three Skeleton Key Review

I’m one of those weird people who has a few favorite stories/novels that they first read in school and loved. While I’ve gone on and on about The Giver and its sequels, let me introduce to a short story that my fourth-grade class read and I still read it to this day: Three Skeleton Key by George G. Toudouze. The story is about three lighthouse workers on an island called […]

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Let’s Talk About The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ever Since Washington Irving published The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1820 his iconic monster The Headless Horseman has been a major part of American folklore. In fact, the town of Sleepy Hollow New York (which used to be called North Tarrytown but changed it to Sleepy Hollow in 1996) makes a ton of money every Halloween from that legend. They’re very proud of it. There are a few things […]

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Demonata Series Review

Back in 2014, I reviewed the book series, movie and manga of Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan. Five years later, and I can’t believe I haven’t touched upon his followup series Demonata. So for my little Halloween marathon, I’m reviewing the series. Grubbs Grady is just a normal teenager who day his parents drop him off to his aunt unceremoniously. Sneaking out to go back home, he finds his […]

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Legally Correct Fairy Tales Review

Have you ever wanted to read classic fairy tales in legalese? No? Too bad, David Fisher did just that. Legally Correct Comics takes classic fairy tales and writes them in either a legal document, a lawyer’s closing argument or as defendant testimony. This has to be the most original take on fairy tales I have ever seen. Jack and Jill suing the company that made the bucket they were using, […]

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