Book Reviews

Book Review: Unstoppable Octobia May

Octobia

Unstoppable Octobia May is a book I wish was out when I was a kid. It's a rare example of a middle-grade novel that grate on adult sensibilities, and packs a powerful punch to boot. Read More »

Book Review: Adventure Time: The Original Cartoon Title Cards

Adeventure Time: The Original Cartoon Title Cards

"Adventure Time" has been touted as one of the most hilarious and creative shows on television pretty much since it premiered in the Spring of 2010. One of the show's most beloved features are the title cards that accompany each episode, but with the release of Titan Books' Adventure Time: The Original Cartoon Title Cards, you'll no longer have to go to Tumblr to fawn over them. Read More »

Book Review: The Iron Trial

Iron Trial

In "The Iron Trial," co-authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare have begun a series that's bound to soon have legions of followers. The first book of the Magisterium series follows twelve-year-old Callum Hunt after he is admitted to a school of magic. At the Magisterium, Callum not only faces the trials of learning magic, but also of discovering details of his own identity that his father kept from him. Read More »

Pets at Hogwarts

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Why are only certain pets permitted at Hogwarts? Rats aren’t on the list of pets allowed at Hogwarts, but Ron still brings Scabbers (until, of course, Scabbers turns into the man that betrayed his best friend’s parents). Lavender has a rabbit at home but she didn’t bring it Hogwarts, but rabbits seem rather magical to me. But why not allow dogs or hamsters? Read More »

Book Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

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A Little Something Different By Sandy Hall Recommended Ages: 13+ A Little Something Different is a romantic comedy for anyone who dabbles in drabbles, a college age meet cute split up into fourteen different points of view. When Lea and Gabe bump into each other at the beginning of the semester, their chemistry is obvious to everyone around them, from their best friends, their creative writing teacher, the local Starbucks baristas, to the park bench ... Read More »

Book Review: Darkness Hidden by Zoë Marriott

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Darkness Hidden – buy it By Zoë Marriott – website Recommended Ages: 13+ A dazzling continuation of Marriott’s Urban fantasy series. Previously in the Name of the Blade, three teens in London battled a terrifying creature straight out of Japanese mythology. In Darkness Hidden, the second book of the series, a whole new level of terror is unleashed from the underworld on to the streets and Mio, Jack and Shinobu will have to sacrifice even ... Read More »

Book Review: Plague World by Dana Fredsti

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

Finally, a zombie apocalypse series I can get behind! Dana Fredsti’s Ashley Parker trilogy* Plague Town, Plague Nation, and the recently released conclusion Plague World** consist of all the excitement and suspense you wanted in The Walking Dead minus the disappointments. This series is a must read for zombie enthusiasts as Fredsti delivers a gutsy heroine for the ages. Said heroine is Ashley Parker, a twenty-nine-year-old college student who survives a nasty bite from a ... Read More »

Book Review: Showrunners: The Art of Running A TV Show by Tara Bennett

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When watching television shows, we usually get so swept up in the story that we don’t stop to think about all the work that goes on behind the scenes. Keeping a show on the air depends heavily on keeping audiences interested and maintaining a healthy story arc. Who is in charge of keeping the ship afloat? That would be the showrunners. Read More »

Grieftime by Heather Bulpett

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Grieftime is a dystopian novel set in England at some point in the future. It is based largely around the story of Lyn, a thirty-something widow whose grieftime has been cut short. In this dystopian society, once a woman runs the course of her schooling and years of working she is put into a pool to be selected for marriage. If selected, she has to marry whoever chooses her and she becomes that man’s property. If her husband dies, she is allotted a certain number of weeks of grieftime before being placed back in the pool. She will have to marry up to three times, after that she is allowed out of the pool. Read More »

Book Review: “What If?” by Randall Munroe

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Many of you know Randall Munroe as the author and illustrator of the three-times-a-week web comic xkcd. For the uninitiated, it is a comic "of romance, sarcasm, math, and language." About two years ago, Munroe started a sort of "Dear Abbey" portion of the website, called What If?, where readers would write in and ask ridiculous hypothetical questions that Munroe would use his knowledge of physics (along with input from professionals in various fields) to answer completely seriously. The What If? book compiles many of the entries from the website, along with some new ones, and reproduces them in all of their glory - except the mouse-over text, of course. Read More »