Sanrock Reviews

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Novels

The Library of Unrequited Love Review

Have you ever been stuck in a library overnight and then had a long conversation with a librarian the next day? What do you mean that’s never happened? Then how do you explain Sophie Divry’s debut book The Library of Unrequited Love? What do you mean it’s a novel? My life is a total lie. In all seriousness, I came across this while roaming my library (people still do that, […]

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Review

“Don’t panic,” “Life, the Universe and Everything” and “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish” are ingrained in people’s minds because of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy¬† by Douglas Adams. Of course, many people only know the book from the movie (isn’t that always the case?) I’m one of those people, but I haven’t pick up any of the books until recently. I have had people say “why […]

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Another (Novel) Review

From Japan comes one of the strangest titles for anything ever. Our subject for today is a novel by Yukito Ayatsuji called Another. “Another what?” people may say when seeing the title. When you actually read the book you’ll understand why the title actually makes sense. You’ll also experience one of the the more interesting Japanese YA horror novels to ever be written. 15 year old Yoichi Sakakibara has moved […]

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Finnegans Wake Review

First off, I just want to say AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAOHDEARGODIHATETHISBOOKAAAAAAAABITCHSHITASSFUCKCOCKAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIHATETHISBOOOKHATEITHATEITHATEITAAAAAAAAAA! Now that I got that out of my system, Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, all. What better way to celebrate this day that the Irish hate because Americans destroyed it than by reading Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. The problem with reading a book of this caliber is that 95% of this book is nonsensical. Yes, I said it, nonsensical. Many people have […]

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Eulogy to Sir. Terry Pratchett.

Terrible news, folks. Sir. Terry Pratchett, famed fantasy author of the Discworld books, is dead. My Eulogy to Sir. Terry. Sir, Terry Pratchett is nor more. He has ceased to be. He has gone and…you get the idea. I first heard about Sir. Terry and his Discworld novels in a Science Fiction Book Club catalog back in 2005. It was here that I bought Nanny’s Ogg’s Cookbook. I read it, […]

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Brave New World Review

So I finally got around to reading Brave New World. The only thing I knew about the book was that some people say Huxley was right in his prediction of what our society would be like and not Orwell and there’s an argument over whether this or 1984 is the better book. So after reading it my opinion is, well, the Nostalgia Critic put my opinion of the book nicely […]

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret Review

There comes a time once every blue moon when a novelist comes out with something so original that there really isn’t anything to compare it to. One of those rare books is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. When I first encountered this book the thing that surprised me was how thick it is. This is supposed to be a young adult book and it is about as […]

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Apocalypse Cow Review

No, that’s not a typo. There actually is a book called Apocalypse Cow. Yes, there are zombie cows, but there are also zombie whatever animal you can think of. You see, I am not a fan of zombies. In fact, anything¬† with zombies in it is the last thing I’d touch. So, you might be thinking why did I end up reading this book in the first place? Two reasons: […]

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The Diaries of Adam and Eve Review

First off, happy new year all. I hope your year started off on the right foot. For our first blog post of 2015 we’ll be looking at a rather strange little book called The Diaries of Adam and Eve which is “translated” by Mark Twain. Yes, Mark Twain is saying that he translated diaries that Adam and Eve wrote despite a whole slew of things that point out that that […]

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A Vampire Christmas Carol Review

Allow me to repeat what I said about A Vampire Christmas Carol by Sarah Gray years ago in this rant: PIECE! OF! SHIT! No, seriously. This book deserves to be called that. Now, I have nothing against parodies or adding vampires, zombies or anything like that as long as it is pulled off well. That’s the key phrase here, pulled off well. There is nothing well, good, great, funny or […]

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