Originally posted 2016-09-03 12:00:14. I hesitated to watch Girls for a long, long time, primarily due to an innate distrust towards Lena Dunham. As soon as I saw that she was billed as the writer, creator, director, producer, star, key grip, caterer, and every other credit-worthy action known to man, I just didn’t like her. I…

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Originally posted 2016-08-30 17:00:09. Dark Rooms tries to be a Gillian Flynn novel. I understand the appeal, for a while there every thriller published wanted to be Gone Girl. Amolik seems to be going for more of a Dark Places vibe, which is a far worse crime, as Dark Places is probably Flynn’s best novel. Flynn achieves gritty…

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Originally posted 2016-08-27 12:00:50. This book pained my soul. I knew it would. I hate post-apocalyptic stuff, but the back flap of Station Eleven mentioned something about Shakespeare, so I read it. Fail.  Station Eleven is set up to be a series, at least it seems to be. There is a big flu (how original) that…

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Originally posted 2016-08-23 17:00:52. The Troop is not for the easily nauseated. While not quite as disturbing as American Psycho, this tale of a boy scout trip gone awry did leave me dry-heaving on the side of the road (be wary of the dangers of listening to graphic Audible books while running). Every year, Scoutmaster Tim takes…

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Originally posted 2016-08-20 12:00:33. I just cannot get into this noir stuff. I’ve tried reading quite a few books in this genre, and my attention never fails to wander extravagantly. While reading Murder, D.C., I found myself seriously contemplating Fall Out Boy lyrics, only to realize that I’d “read” 20 pages and had no recollection of doing so….

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Originally posted 2016-08-18 17:00:42. 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 2016-08-16 17:00:38. I did not hate all of Wreckage. In fact, I honestly enjoyed the majority of it. That is, until the ending. Emily Bleeker has created an ending to infuriate me like no ending before it. I have read some bad books in my time, and I have been angered to the point…

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Originally posted 2016-08-13 12:00:16. The Mermaid’s Sister is some of the most cliched garbage I have ever read. Carrie Anne Noble is weakly grasping at J.K. Rowling’s coattails, yet the world that Noble has drafted pales in comparison to the vibrant and alluring world of Harry Potter. YA authors need to abandon this quest to revise Twilight…

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Originally posted 2016-08-09 17:00:40. After extravagantly blowing my Audible budget for the year, I’ve been on a quest for reasonably-priced audiobooks. I am currently trying out Kindle Unlimited, which is priced nicely, but the content quality definitely reflects the pricepoint. The available audiobooks are restricted to gory horror, trashy romance, and sapville USA. In other…

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Originally posted 2016-08-06 12:00:24. Seventeen-year-old Emma’s boyfriend is dying from cancer. Everyone in his family has accepted this fact, but not Emma. She has a plan. Emma gets the town “witch” to concoct a potion to bring Lucas back from the verge of death and – surprisingly – it works. Or it seems to, at…

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Originally posted 2016-08-02 17:00:20. I finished this book nearly two months ago. It has taken me exactly that long to work up the courage to revisit its asinine plot and intensely unlikable characters. Do not read this book. If you feel like reading a Michael Chabon book, why not read Wonder Boys? Pretend that you…

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Originally posted 2016-07-30 12:00:50. I have read The Island of Doctor Moreau twice. I have even repeatedly stomached the Val Kilmer film version of the novel. You might be asking yourself why I would willingly do such a thing. It’s for the same reason that I can never pass up the abysmally awful film version…

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Originally posted 2016-07-26 17:00:15. I enjoyed exactly 50% of this novel. Ok, maybe closer to 60%, since some of the half that I disliked dealt explicitly with the half that I did. The House Girl tells the story of two women separated by hundreds of years. Josephine is an escaped slave whose incredible paintings have…

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Originally posted 2016-07-23 12:00:38. After the trainwreck that was The Madman’s Daughter, the only way to cleanse my palate was to revisit The Island of Doctor Moreau. I enjoy rereading novels like this because I always notice new things the second time around – or in this case, the fourth time around. This time, I…

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Originally posted 2016-07-19 17:00:54. The End of Your Life Book Club is a memoir of Will Schwalbe’s relationship with his mother in her final two years of life. Mary Anne Schwalbe is dying pancreatic cancer. During the time Will spends with her in various waiting rooms, the two create a book club of sorts to…

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