Book Reviews

In celebration of #GLAADSpiritDay: TEN LGBTQ* BOOKS

Spirit Day

From Daniel Radcliffe’s work for Trevor Project and portrayal of Allen Ginsberg, to Jessie Cave’s recent role as Zoe in the film Pride, the Potter cast have shown their support for LGBTQ* individuals over the years, and today millions go purple for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying. Observed annually since 2010, purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Charlie recommends ten books which celebrate diversity and include LGBTQ* main characters. This Book Is ... Read More »

Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell

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The Sleeper and the Spindle By Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Chris Riddell A wish granted fairytale delight. Originally published as part of the Rags and Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales anthology, this beautiful fairytale by Neil Gaiman has now been sent out into the world on a quest of its own, to fight battles in book shops and seek its very own happily ever after. If you thought you knew the tale of Snow ... Read More »

Book Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr

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Made For You reminded me why I avoid psychological thrillers. Long story short: I'm a wuss and Made for You gave me the chills. Which, is great because Melissa Marr did achieve her goal as writer, but also, yeah, I'll be double-checking my door is locked tonight. Read More »

Book Review: Clariel by Garth Nix

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Clariel is a young girl who truly believes she has found her place in the world. She has an affinity with the forest and longs to be a ranger, away from the hassle of community expectation. She has no interest in boys, or girls for that matter and no desire to follow her parents into the goldsmiths guild. Her distant relatives, the magic wielding Abhorsens, have disowned her mother and show little interest in anything ... Read More »

Comics Review: The New Adventures of the Eleventh Doctor #1-3

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If you're a Whovian, I hope you've been paying attention to all of the awesome Doctor Who comics coming out from Titan Comics, including arcs with the Tenth, Eleventh, and (soon-to-be-released) Twelfth Doctors! Now that Matt Smith and the Doctor have gone their separate ways, I find myself a bit nostalgic for the Eleventh Doctor, so I was happy to dive back into that world with the first three issues of the "New Adventures with the Eleventh Doctor." Read More »

Book Review: Left Behind by Tim LaHaye & Jerry B. Jenkins

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Left Behind is an apocalyptic novel that takes place the day of the Rapture as described in the Bible. We follow Rayford Steel, commercial pilot, and Buck Williams, award-winning journalist as they live through the end times. The story opens on a flight—Rayford is the pilot and Buck is a first-class passenger. As Rayford is about to make his move to start an affair with Hattie Durham, a stewardess, many bodies instantly disappear, leaving piles of clothing and jewelry behind in their place... Read More »

Book Review: Unstoppable Octobia May

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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

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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 »