Originally posted 2016-05-24 17:00:16. When a team exploring frozen dead things in the Arctic stumbles across the fully-preserved body of a man, they embark on a scientific journey fraught with moral ambiguity, intrigue, and love. Having had varied levels of success reanimating dead bugs and such, the team figures that they might as well give it a…

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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 2016-04-18 17:00:17. I have a confession to make: while I was on maternity leave last fall I started reading romance novels.  There’s nothing wrong with romance, it was just a genre that I was never really interested it.  I resisted the lure of that particular genre and never really understood it; that was…

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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 2016-04-12 12:00:11. Title: Sleeping Giants Author: Sylvain Neuvel Published: Del Rey Books (26 April 2016) Pages: 320 Genre: Science Fiction Thriller Series: Themis Files #1 Kid Friendly Rating: PG13 – some sexual references. Synopsis: A young girl falls through a hole in the ground and lands in a giant metal hand. She grows…

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Originally posted 2016-04-06 17:00:34. Title: Tarzan of the Apes Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs Published: 1914 Pages: 279 Genre: Action/Adventure Kid Friendly Rating: 11+ Parents may (or may not be) surprised to learn that the original work contains considerably more violence and racism than expected for a pop-culture touchstone. Click here for the Common Sense Media Guide! Synopsis: A cruel twist of…

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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 17:00:14. Title: Modern Romance Written By: Aziz Ansari Rating: PG-13 Grade: B If you’ve dated in the age of the smart-phone, you have an idea of the struggles that come with it; the feeling of dread when your fling doesn’t immediately text you back, the stress of carving out the perfect opening…

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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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