Sanrock Reviews

looking at things from a literary viewpoint

The Strange Library Review

Haruki Murakami. That name alone makes most people cringe because he’s one those novelists hipsters love. I’m no hipster so it goes without saying I don’t like him. I have read 1Q84 and South of the Border, West of the Sun. The former was terrible and the later was a resounding meh. Hell, I had an art class where we had to read a novel (from the list the professor […]

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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┬á 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 (manga) Review

It’s pretty inevitable that if you write a young adult novel in Japan it will be made into a manga and then an anime. Thus is the case with Yukito Ayatsuji’s Another. Hell, there’s even a live action movie version of it. This time we’ll be looking at the manga since I already touched upon the novel here. As with any adaptation the adapter needs to know what to keep […]

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Let’s Talk About Peer Reviews

Part of being in the arts is that your stuff will get reviewed. There is no way around this fact. There will be people who love your work, downright hate it or give an overwhelming “meh.” Or, as some people a little too sensitive about their work would say “haters” and “fans.” But then there’s the other type of people. These are your fellow writers/artists. The term for these people […]

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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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Raising Steam Review

Yes, this is yet another Terry Pratchett post. This is the last one for a long while, I swear. Raising Steam is the second to last Discworld novel that is part of the Moist Von Lipwig storyline. Here moist is once again tasked by Lord Vetinari to take on another job: Bring the railroad to the Discworld after some country bumpkin has figured out how to make a steam engine. […]

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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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