Latest Book Reviews

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 »

Book Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette Serial Killer

Colette Iselin has had a rough year, but a class trip to France offers an escape from all her troubles. Once she arrives, Colette begins to see the ghost of Marie Antoinette, who appears to be murdering members of old aristocratic families all around Paris. And, of course, Colette soon realizes that she might be next! Read More »

Book Review: “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak

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"The Book Thief" takes place in Nazi Germany and it tells the story of a book thief, a young German girl named Liesel Meminger. For a series of reasons that have everything to do with Nazis, Liesel ends up living with a foster family in Himmelstrasse, a poor street in Mulching, Munich, and she takes up the hobby of stealing books every once in a while. Read More »