Originally posted 2018-01-23 17:00:32. Possessed children are creepy. This is an accepted fact throughout literature and film, as evidenced by The Exorcist, The Possession, and a plethora of other books and movies. What adds to the overall appeal of these sorts of stories is that they often claim to be based on fact. I won’t delve into…

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Originally posted 2018-01-16 17:00:21. Ian Colmes is struggling to move on with his life following the brutal abduction and murder of his five-year-old son, Alex. Ian can’t seem to pull it together – he has trouble getting to work on time, his wife, Alina, has left him, and he keeps seeing his dead son throughout…

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Originally posted 2018-01-02 17:00:33. It is the early 1920s and Tom Sherbourne and his wife Isabelle live alone on the Australian island of Janus, where Tom manages the lighthouse there. It is a difficult life of isolation, and Izzy is heartsick for a child after suffering three miscarriages. Then, a boat washes up on the…

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Originally posted 2017-11-07 17:00:57. 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. Anyway, our inexperienced…

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Originally posted 2017-08-05 17:00:59. 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…

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Originally posted 2017-08-01 17:00:29. 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…

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Originally posted 2017-07-29 17:00:42. 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…

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Originally posted 2017-07-25 17:00:06. 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…

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Originally posted 2017-07-22 17:00:31. The Enchanted relates the story of a death row inmate and the details of prison life that he observes. The main players are unnamed and only referred to as “The Lady” and “The Priest.” This contributes to the hazy tone established early on by the narrator, which is ideal for someone with…

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Originally posted 2017-07-15 17:00:45. Detective Inspector Marnie Rome and her partner DS Noah Jake are conveniently at a women’s shelter when a resident attempts to murder her husband. Despite the plethora of witnesses, however, this case is not as clear-cut as it seems. Being a crime novel, Someone Else’s Skin takes readers through a variety of twists…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 17:00:27. This is not my type of book. I rarely read biographies and I don’t read books about American history. I’ve never been particularly interested in the genesis of the United States, thus I know embarrassingly little about our country. Prior to reading this book, I wasn’t even positive that James Madison…

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Originally posted 2017-07-08 17:00:10. I never knew very much about Nelson Mandela; I mean, I never mixed him up with Morgan Freeman or anything, but my knowledge level was comparably dismal. Good Morning, Mr. Mandela brought me up to speed, although Zelda la Grange’s perspective is biased, to say the least. After working with Mandela for twenty…

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