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Tag Archive for ‘novels’

Carrie (novel) Review

It’s finally happened: I found a Stephen King book that I like. It took seventeen years and about ten books to get to this book. Well, King did write like a hundred books so it was inevitable I’d find one. It’s also King’s first book and the one he hates the most. That book is Carrie. The book about an awkward girl who is constantly picked on by other girls […]

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Go Ask Alice Review

*Sigh* Look, I understand I’m in the right age groups for this book, but I can, at least, appreciate YA novels. Hell, YA can be awesome. The problem is, at least, make an attempt to not insult the intelligence of the reader and write a well-written story. Go Ask Alice is one of those books that make you wonder why did it sell so many copies. Go Ask Alice is […]

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A Christmas Treasury of Yuletide Stories and Poems Review

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” is one of the most famous quotes about Santa Claus. Like many people, I heard the quote but had no idea where it came from. Apparently it’s from an editorial from the September 21, 1897, edition of the New York Sun answering a letter called “Is There a Santa Claus” from a girl named Virginia O’Hanlon. The only way I was able to […]

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Who Censored Roger Rabbit Review

We’re all familiar with the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, right? The story about a hardnosed detective who hates ‘toons is forced to help out a ‘toon rabbit who is wanted for murder. It’s one of Bob Hoskins’ best movies. What most people don’t know is that this movie, like a lot of movies, is based on a novel. That novel is Who Censored Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf. […]

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Anthem Review

Ayn Rand. That’s all you need to say in order to spark a huge political/philosophical debate.  Go on any message board that has Ayn Rand or her books and you’ll see people argue over her political views like it’s the debate team in high school. Like many, I have heard of Rand from that one South Park episode where Officer Barbrady quits reading after reading Atlas Shrugged. I do have […]

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The Little Prince Review

I love children and young adult books. Not because they’re easy to read, but because many books in these genres put forth themes that adults may think kids can’t handle. One such book is Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince. Now some people will read the previous sentence and think I’m making things up. This is a book for children. To these people I say, you’re what Saint-Exupery is dissing […]

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To Kill a Mockingbird Review

Yup, I am one of those people who have jumped on the bandwagon and read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird before Lee’s new book came out. Here’s the odd thing about me reading this book: I was never required to read it in school. Usually in high school this is the first book they throw at you. I did have to read The Giver twice, though. Anyway, I read […]

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Ready Player One Review

I’m a gamer. I’m also a product of the 80s and 90s. So, whenever there’s anything nostalgic I go crazy like the good geek I am. Hell, I’ll argue to the death that the best Grand Theft Auto game is Vice City. Ready Player One By Ernest Cline is one of those that do appeal to people like me: It’s a book that takes place in a video game and […]

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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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