Originally posted 2015-06-10 13:42:41. Title: Ready Player One  Author: Ernest Cline Published:  August 16, 2011 Pages: 384 Genre: Science Fiction and Dystopian Kid Friendly Rating:  15+ Strong Language, some violence. Overall positive message and positive role models Synopsis:            

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Originally posted 2017-12-19 17:00:22. It pains me to consider that I have wasted countless hours of my life completing the 50 Shades trilogy. These hours could have been better spent staring blankly into oblivion, or even by watching reruns of Dawson’s Creek. But no, dear readers – I dedicated myself to the brutally painful completion…

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Originally posted 2017-12-12 17:00:31. Some books are deplorable from the moment you pick them up until you finally make it to that last agonizing sentence (please refer to my 50 Shades trilogy reviews). While writing a terrible novel from start to finish is certainly a heinous crime, there is a far more grievous literary transgression…

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Originally posted 2017-12-05 17:00:08. The only reason I started reading The Lifeboat is because Amazon promised that I would like it. They’ve recommended it to me for the past two weeks, and my curiosity finally got the better of me. As I’m sure has been made clear by now, I am somewhat picky when it…

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Originally posted 2017-11-28 17:00:05. Please, please, PLEASE let this vampire craze be on its way out. Please. Enough is enough – I knew when vampires started sparkling that something was amiss, but the juxtaposition of our 16th president into a vampire-ridden novel certainly takes the cake. Not that the novel is completely without merit –…

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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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