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Speak The Graphic Novel Review

That’s right, I’m reviewing another Speak adaptation. I do like that book that much. This time it’s the graphic novel with artist Emily Carroll. As with the previous two, the plot is about high schooler Melinda who everyone hates because she went to a party and called the cops, getting everyone in trouble. The real reason and this is no longer a spoiler, she got raped at that party but […]

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The Girl in the Locked Room Review

Wow, I haven’t written a review of anything horror in almost two years. Time to fix that with the YA novel The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn. Jules (girl. Yes, I know) moves into an old house in Virginia because her dad renovates old houses. She spots a mysterious girl on the third floor of the house and Jules thinks the girl is trying to call […]

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The Indian in the Cupboard Movie/Book Review

How many of you remember a small movie called The Indian in the Cupboard? I remember loving it as a kid. Recently I was talking about the movie with my sister (don’t remember what sparked it) and she said that my brother-in-law’s cousin was in it as a background character in the school. So I immediately turned the movie on and whenever they were in school I asked my brother […]

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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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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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Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood Review

Yup, another comic review. This one’s a little personal. As with almost all the books I read, I found this while perusing my local library’s shelves. See, libraries are still useful. This comic is called Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood by Martin Lemelman. The reason I picked up this book is because, like Martin, I was born in Brooklyn to foreign parents and the Brooklyn I grew up in […]

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Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward Review

If there’s one video game genre that’s about as obscure as they come it’s visual novels. For those who don’t know, visual novels are exactly what they say on the package: they are novels that have visual elements (character designs, backgrounds, voice acting, music, etc.) You need to be one crazy person to play this instead of a “real” video game or read a real book. I am one of […]

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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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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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