A review of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

When I am asked for a recommendation for contemporary fiction, I almost instantly refer to Khaled Hosseini. His two previous books, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splend Suns, were both powerful stories of redemption, loss and recovery more

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A review of Molotov's Magic Lantern by Rachel Polonsky

How long do you give a book to grab your interest before you put it down in favor of another one? Do you feel guilty or possibly stupider for not completing the book? I have found that I am sometimes too persistent and stubborn in trying to finish a book, and can therefore not get to other great reading that is waiting for me. These are some of the issues that I had to face as I finished reading Molotov’s Magic more

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October 8, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

There has been a recent influx of teen series that are steeped in science fiction or fantasy elements: Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Leviathan, and of course, more

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July 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Walking Dead Volume 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead is quickly becoming a household name thanks to it's record-breaking televsion series. Having just ended it's second season, the show has found an entirely new audience just as it seemed the zombie craze was beginning to die out. The graphic novel series that the show is based on has been proving that theory wrong for years, as the more

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July 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Game of Thrones. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One by George R.R. Martin

I had picked up the first book in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series over a year and a half ago.  I didn't have time, so I returned it without reading a single word.  Here we are now, with two seasons of the HBO series Game of Thrones already aired, and nearly everyone I know having read and raved about the series.  Not reading a single word proved to be a fatal mistake in my literary life! If I had read the prologue, I more

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July 10, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion by Adam Hochschild

One type of book that I can never get enough of is 'hidden history' books.  These books take what you learned in your high school history class and reveal the shades of gray, the unknown or forgotten men and women who played roles in shaping our world, and make our current world much easier to understand.  While history books are intimidating to many, I think if you find one on a subject that interests you, you will be converted to the ranks of history lovers. One book I would more

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July 3, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Tiger by John Vaillant

When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with dinosaurs. I was the nerdy kid that could pronounce every word correctly, and tell you the era that they lived in. My interests have since moved on to more recent biological history. Set in December 1997, The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival tells the story of a seemingly malevolent tiger and the men that had to hunt it down. I’m afraid that the last sentence doesn’t give this sprawling and gripping book justice. The more

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June 27, 2012 | 0 comments
Avengers Movie Poster
Graphic Reading Suggestions This is a great time to be a comic book geek. Each summer, there are more and more movies that revolve around characters that began their fictional lives in the 'funny books'. With graphic novels now becoming much more popular with people of all ages (both geeks and non-geeks), now is a great time to pick one up and try it out!   I have listed ten graphic novels that have inspired, at least in part, an adaptation for either television or the movie screen. In addition, I have also given a more

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June 18, 2012 | 0 comments