Originally posted 2017-05-23 17:00:20. I’m a bit concerned that the only books that I seem to even vaguely enjoy anymore tend to be Young Adult. I use “enjoy” loosely, because I certainly didn’t love My Heart and Other Black Holes, but I did like it, which I’ll take at this point. Jasmine Warga’s stab at the…

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Originally posted 2017-05-20 12:00:10. The Mourning Hours is the story of a wrongly accused boy. Everyone turns their back on him, his life is ruined, and the truth only comes out when he is well into middle age. Then, everyone apologetically claims that they believed in him all along. The behavior of the community and…

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Originally posted 2017-05-16 17:00:04. I saw a commercial for a new show on Fox called Wayward Pines. M. Night Shymalon is the executive producer, and although his films are generally pretty hit or miss with me, his involvement here piqued my curiosity. First things first, though – the series is based on a book trilogy, so…

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Originally posted 2017-05-13 12:00:42. I came across Nathan Balingrud’s North American Lake Monsters on a Bookriot list titled “5 Books That Are Legit Nightmare Fuel,” by Rachel Weber. Conveniently, I had been in desperate need of some “nightmare fuel,” so to Amazon I went. I don’t know that I would label these stories as scary in a…

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Originally posted 2017-05-09 17:00:48. The entire time I was reading The Bullet, I kept thinking, “This is just too good to be true.” It almost was, but the last fifty pages or so proved my original sentiment to be correct. The concluding chapters were just not what I had expected, and not in a good way….

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Originally posted 2017-03-18 12:00:19. Jackie and her veterinarian wife, Paula, move to a new town with their slew of foster kids. Ok, so there’s only three foster kids, but any more than one is definitely a slew to me. They have a cranky neighbor lady with a horse, and a foster daughter that habitually sneaks…

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Originally posted 2017-03-14 17:00:06. In Beasts, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson strives to link our moral shortcomings as humans to our subpar treatment of animals. Masson includes various instances of anecdotal evidence as support for his claims, but by the end, his overly-preachy tone tends to nullify his argument. Not that Beasts isn’t interesting – there are…

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Originally posted 2017-03-11 12:00:48. I hate nothing more than purportedly true stories that contain excessive amounts of dialogue. When a nonfiction reads like a fictionalized novel, it should really make the reader question the book’s validity. Perhaps no book is more guilty of this than Martin Sixsmith’s The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. Sixsmith relates…

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Originally posted 2017-03-07 17:00:37. Louis Malone was disfigured by a fire at the age of sixteen, and has lived as a recluse since that time. Iris Shula is an unattractive nurse who has been ostracized for her entire life due to her physical appearance. One day, Louis Malone falls out of his window, and meets…

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Originally posted 2017-03-04 12:00:16. Steal the North tells the story of Emmy Nolan, a sixteen-year-old from Sacramento sent to live with her aunt and uncle in eastern Washington for the summer. This is all fine and dandy, except Emmy had no idea that these relatives even existed. Moreover, they primarily want her to come because…

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Originally posted 2017-02-28 17:00:51. Drew Silver is an aging one hit wonder, and middle age has not been kind to him. While the former front man of his band is enjoying a successful solo career, and his gorgeous ex-wife is about to marry a successful surgeon, Silver survives off of royalty checks from “The Bent…

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Originally posted 2017-02-14 17:00:45. Big Law was written by a lawyer. A lawyer who tried his hand at writing. And failed. Ok, maybe “failed” is a bit strong. It’s not that Big Law is unreadable or anything, but at times it comes close. Carney Blake is a newly minted partner at Dunn & Sullivan, an appropriately fancy-sounding…

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Originally posted 2017-02-11 12:00:44. On the surface, Moana is about a reluctant chief-in-training who struggles to rectify the expectations of her people with her own wants and dreams. Chief Tiu (Moana’s father) believes that no good can come from ever leaving their island paradise. Even when vital resources begin dwindling, Tiu remains firm in his…

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Originally posted 2017-02-07 17:00:51. Mike owns a tattoo parlor, and he just hired the quirky and beautiful Deb to work as his piercer. Mike is increasingly asked to tattoo people with the ashes of deceased loved ones. So people randomly stop in the shop and request that Mike mix some ashes with the ink and…

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