Originally posted 2016-05-21 12:00:52. Amazon reviewers rave over E.L. Doctorow, so I sincerely hope that Andrew’s Brain is not representative of this man’s body of work. If asked to use one word to describe this novel, that word would be “pointless.” I have no idea what I was supposed to take away from this novel, other than…

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Originally posted 2016-05-10 17:00:46. Sussanna Daniel’s Sea Creatures is one of the most simultaneously hideous and boring novels that I have ever had the misfortune of reading. With no likable characters and a relentlessly tedious plot, I am baffled by the critical acclaim that this book has consistently garnered. I am here to tell you that…

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Originally posted 2016-04-30 12:00:01. 50 Shades of Grey opens with the virginal young Anastasia Steele – a reserved college senior majoring in British literature. James does not hesitate to emphasize the obvious comparisons to the loss of purity in Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles – and re-emphasize them, and then emphasize them again for emphasis….

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Originally posted 2016-04-26 17:00:10. I HATED ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK. EVERYTHING. LOUD NOISES! This was one of those novels that both Audible and Amazon have been recommending to me for over a year. I was so sick of seeing the stupid cover in my You Might Like… feeds that I felt obligated to just…

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Originally posted 2016-04-23 12:00:05. I recently re-read Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. It’s admittedly a saptastic cry-fest, but I loved it. Yeah, it had romance, but it was good, proving that “romance” and “good” can coexist. Lulled into this false sense of security, I decided to try out Nicholas Sparks’ The Choice. The novel was recently…

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Originally posted 2016-04-19 17:00:23. The Universe Versus Alex Woods is the second book I’ve read this year to prominently feature Dignitas – the assisted death organization located in Switzerland. The use of this institution made perfect sense in the JoJo Moyes tearjerker, Me Before You; however, Extence’s story does not benefit from the inclusion of…

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Originally posted 2016-04-16 12:00:14. Since my child has entered toddlerhood, I’ve found that the majority of my time is spent watching Frozen. I’ve gone through the stages of grief several times over regarding the inevitable permanence of this film in my life. I’m not sure that this is what Dr. Kubler-Ross had in mind when she…

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Originally posted 2016-04-12 17:00:55. I love a good old-fashioned tale about demonic possession. Really, who doesn’t? When I stumbled upon The Boy Who Could See Demons, I was anticipating something along the lines of The Exorcist meets The Sixth Sense. In a way, this is exactly what Jess-Cooke delivers. Her novel centers around ten-year-old Alex…

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Originally posted 2016-04-09 12:00:40. Beauty and the Beast is a Disney classic beloved by millions, including myself. I always identified with the quirky Belle and her love of books. It had been many years since I sat down and watched the movie in its entirety, but recently, it has replaced Frozen in my home. Thus,…

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Originally posted 2016-04-05 17:00:19. **SPOILERS AHEAD*** Amy Gail Hansen’s debut novel is impressively deplorable. The ending is not predictable, but this is not to be mistaken for quality, as it is only a testament to book’s meandering plot. Ruby dropped out of her all-women’s college after a botched suicide attempt. “Why would a soon-to-be graduating…

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Originally posted 2016-04-02 12:00:08. Carrie did not need to be remade. The book is awesome, and the original movie is pretty darn good. Of course, when I heard that an updated version was being released, I knew I had to see it. I quickly reread the endearing little novel, and prepared myself to be amazed….

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Originally posted 2016-03-26 12:00:42. Remember the golden age of the cinema, back when filmmakers would wait a good thirty years before remaking a movie? Well, I recently learned that a remake is different than a reboot, and apparently The Amazing Spiderman represents the latter. Ohh! So this is how Hollywood justifies spitting out the same…

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Originally posted 2016-03-22 17:00:20. I think that JK Rowling has found herself in the same position as Daniel Radcliffe. No matter what variety of film young Daniel chooses, it seems he is forever doomed to be viewed as “the boy that was Harry.” Similarly, in spite of all of the fanfare surrounding the release of…

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Originally posted 2016-03-19 12:00:10. On the day of his death, Edgar Allan Poe was discovered in an incoherent state, and his whereabouts and activities on the days leading up to his demise remain unclear. I’m quite certain this is where the screenwriters of The Raven abandoned any attempt of historical accuracy, and instead turned to…

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