Originally posted 2015-11-28 12:30:28. The Pocket Wife is the tale of Dana Catrell, a woman with a history of psychological issues who one day drinks too much and may or may not have murdered her neighbor. Psychologically unreliable characters typically make the best characters, but this was not the case here. The protagonist is so…

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Originally posted 2015-11-24 12:13:56. 50 Shades of Grey launched a deluge of copycat trilogies, because if this world needs one more thing, it’s more poorly-written erotic fiction. I really didn’t think that any other author could compare to EL James, but by the grace of Kindle Unlimited, I came across Faking It. This novel took my breath away…

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Originally posted 2015-11-11 12:00:16. Originally posted on www.danetrain.com  on October 11, 2014 Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son. Apparently, he vaguely attempted to conceal this fact by disguising his last name, but one look at his author photo immediately reveals the truth: the man looks just like his father. When I learned that King had a…

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Originally posted 2015-11-04 17:00:06. I don’t really associate Jonah Hill or James Franco with serious films. I do know that they are both trying to go that route, and if the movie is anything like the book, True Story just might be their ticket. I only wonder how long it will take Franco to re-release the…

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Originally posted 2015-10-15 17:26:52. There have been a lot of Frankenstein adaptations made over the years, and every single one of them, with the exception of Young Frankenstein, is terrible. These films tend to have little in common with Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel asides from a re-animated creature and an overzealous creator. Pop culture has…

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Originally posted 2015-10-06 12:00:02. Oh, hello there! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. Ok, that’s not quite true. Actually, none of that is true. My name is Dana, and as far as I know, you haven’t murdered anyone in my family. I have always been an insatiable reader, and…

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Remember that moment in The Shawshank Redemption when Andy Dufresne finally escapes from prison? He is standing in the rain with his arms outstretched, breathing in the fresh air of freedom after tunneling through several miles of shit. That is exactly how I feel right now after finishing Seldon Edwards’ The Lost Prince. At almost…

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It is the early 1920s and Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabelle live alone on the Australian island of Janus, where Tom manages the lighthouse there. It is a difficult life of isolation, and Izzy is heartsick for a child after suffering three miscarriages. Then, a boat washes up on the island containing a dead…

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After completing the first two Twilight novels, about three things I was absolutely positive. First, James is a terrible name for a villain. Second, even if an individual physically appears to be seventeen years old, the fact that he is in actuality a centurion means he is probably a pedophile. And third, teenage angst becomes…

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Some books are deplorable from the moment you pick them up until you finally make it to that last agonizing sentence (please refer to my 50 Shades trilogy reviews). While writing a terrible novel from start to finish is certainly a heinous crime, there is a far more grievous literary transgression demonstrated in S.J. Watson’s…

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I did not write about last week’s episode (“Seed”) because it seemed like a filler episode. I assumed that after episode 3, I would surely have a lot more to say. So here I sit, after having watched “Walk With Me,” and all I can think about is the governor’s strange taste in aquatic décor….

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