Sanrock Reviews

looking at things from a literary viewpoint

Let’s Talk About Manga

Ah, manga. Or Japanese comics or whatever you want to call them. Love them or hate them, they have taken the West by storm in the late nineties and there seems like there’s no stopping them. This just begs one question: Why do so many people love manga? Most people will dismiss manga as just some fad Japanophiles (or “weeaboos” as some people call them) love because it’s Japanese. Let’s […]

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The Carpet People Review

Here’s a fact you need to know about me: I’m a fan of Sir. Terry Pratchett. For those of you who have no idea who Sir. Terry Pratchett is, the hell’s wrong with you? Kidding aside, he’s the author of the Discworld novels, the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy and the Bromeliad Trilogy. He also co-wrote Good Omens with Neil Gaiman and The Long Earth Trilogy with Stephen Baxter. Now that you […]

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Let’s Talk About Dystopias

New series idea: Let’s Talk About… This series, as with my previous post about shlock, will talk about certain topics that deserve serious discussion. The topics will be totally random. This time around, since The Giver is coming out this Friday (expect a rant video if the movie is as bad as it looks) we’ll talk about dystopias. Dystopian societies aren’t anything new. One of the first dystopian novels is […]

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The lightning Thief Movie Review

If you remember my review of the first Percy Jackson and the Olympians book I mentioned how I got a strong Harry Potter vibe from it. After reading the second book this vibe got stronger to the point where I felt this series was a ripoff. Sure enough, after seeing plot summaries of the last three books, yes, this is a Harry Potter ripoff. And it was interesting, too. Besides […]

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Speak (2004) Movie Review

Remember how I said Speak reads like a Lifetime Channel movie? That’s because the move version was broadcast on Lifetime (and Showtime.) It seems like they’ll make a movie out of anything nowadays,huh? Now, I’m not one to watch Lifetime. In fact, I avoid the channel like the plague. The only reason for me seeing this movie was because I read the book and was curious (isn’t that always the […]

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Speak Review

I’m not one to read books that read like a Lifetime original movie. In fact, the only reason I would is if I was forced to in school or I thought the book was going to be something else. Of course, there is one exception to the rule. That exception is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I came about this book from an Impishidea.com thread (I don’t remember where. In […]

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Cirque du Freak Manga

As with  many things that gain some type of popularity, Cirque du Freak has had a comic based off of it. More specifically, a manga by  Takahiro Arai.  After spending some time with it, I can safely say Arai has done a decent job with it. As with making anything into a comic, there’ the whole “does this character look like how I imagined him/her to be?” The thing is […]

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Cirque du Freak Series

Vampires have been a part of human literature for centuries. from the normal vampire bat to the Chinese jiangshi you’ll see vampires everywhere. of course, some modern vampire stories range from classic (The Strain)  to oh my god, kill it with fire (Twilight. Don’t worry, I’ll get to that later.) Today We’ll look at one series that takes a different spin on vampires while managing to create a worthwhile story. […]

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