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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The only reason I started reading The Lifeboat is because Amazon promised that I would like it. They’ve recommended it to me for the past two weeks, and my curiosity finally got the better of me. As I’m sure has been made clear by now, I am somewhat picky when it comes to my taste…

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After months of anticipation, The Walking Dead has finally returned with its standard blend of gore and soap-opera-esque drama. The season three premiere artfully combines the slaughter of dozens of zombies with the internal struggles of the notably decreasing band of survivors. In the months that have passed since we last left the group, Lori looks like…

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Please, please, PLEASE let this vampire craze be on its way out. Please. Enough is enough – I knew when vampires started sparkling that something was amiss, but the juxtaposition of our 16th president into a vampire-ridden novel certainly takes the cake. Not that the novel is completely without merit – come on, who can…

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Hershel delivers perhaps the most instrumental line of the season as he and Rick are trying to pick up the pieces following the massacre on the farm. While I am a huge fan of placing a religious interpretation on anything and everything, here it actually seems applicable and brings light to some intriguing interpretations regarding…

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The concluding seconds of Season 2 leave us with a glimpse of an abandoned prison – this setup can only mean one thing – Rick Grimes is the new warden at Shawshank. This being the case, Rick shouldn’t be surprised when Rita Hayworth posters start showing up as décor for the cell walls. The season…

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Moral degeneration is a consistent theme in recent weeks of “The Walking Dead,” and this week is no exception. Shane fails at his murderous rampage (the carnage is halted after only Randall, although Randall is clearly intended as nothing other than collateral damage to lure in Rick). For Rick, a man so concerned with maintaining…

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Never Coming Back is the American debut of British author Tim Weaver. Weaver’s protagonist, David Raker, is a missing persons investigator with a sorted past. What kind of sorted past, you ask? I would love to tell you, but I don’t know. While this is Weaver’s first American novel, there are three other David Raker books…

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I was initially drawn to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother because of an inside joke that I have long shared with my sister. For years, we have joked about our “strict Asian upbringing,” referring to our mother’s high academic expectations. Perfect grades were not an option, they were a requirement. At the time, my mother’s methods…

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A good book, Marcus, is not judged by its last words but by the cumulative effect of all the words that have preceded them. About half a second after finishing your book, after reading the very last word, the reader should be overwhelmed by a particular feeling. For a moment he should think only of…

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Ferdinand Von Schirach’s The Collini Case aspires to be a John Grisham-y-type legal thriller. Note my use of aspires. The novel is certainly a fast-paced drama, but it is missing the level of suspense that would make it a truly entertaining read. Caspar Leinen is a young defense attorney who has just landed his first murder trial. The…

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