Originally posted 2016-02-02 17:00:25. Everyone needs to quit trying to write the next Gone Girl. More importantly, I need to stop reading books that are advertised as “the next Gone Girl.” I wasn’t even a big fan of that book, but I’m apparently drawn to books claiming to be similar. More often than not, twisty and convoluted…

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Originally posted 2016-01-26 17:00:27. Jude Farraday is a helicopter mother with no life outside of her children. She perceives herself as the perfect parent, but anyone who pictures his or herself as the ideal anything rarely is. Especially in terms of motherhood. Jude’s twins have reached the point where they have both been accepted into…

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Originally posted 2016-01-19 12:50:43. I’ve always been drawn to the whole idea of reincarnation, so Eight Minutes instantly appealed to me. Reisenbichler’s novel starts out strong, but lost steam, and my attention, about halfway through. While Shelly Buckner is busy pushing out a baby, her husband, Eric, is in a near-fatal car accident on his way…

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Originally posted 2016-01-17 08:00:19. I’ve been reading some real winners on Kindle Unlimited lately, and The Memory Child is no exception. This one wasn’t quite as terrible as I’ve grown accustomed to, in fact, I actually enjoyed it. That being said, it was incredibly predictable, and a really cool twist was mangled by Holmes revealing too much…

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Originally posted 2016-01-02 12:00:57. As readers, we all know the euphoria of one-more-chapter books. These glorious novels have been few and far between for me in recent years, so when I find one, I treasure it. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is Stephen King’s latest collection of short stories. I may be a tad bit biased,…

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Originally posted 2015-12-08 12:00:11. I have a bad habit of selecting books based on their cover art, which consistently results in anger and disappointment. In spite of the proven futility of this method, I again fell into the trap when I purchased E.B Hudspeth’s The Resurrectionist. In my defense, though, look at this cover –…

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Originally posted 2015-12-01 12:00:24. Louisa Clark is out of a job and desperate to find one in order to support not only her parents, but her single-mother sister as well. After repeatedly failing at a parade of medial positions, Lou is offered an opportunity to become a “care assistant”for a quadriplegic, 35-year-old man. Will Traynor…

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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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