Book Review: Harry Potter à l’Ecole des Sorciers by J.K. Rowling

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I’ve had a French copy of the first four Harry Potter books sitting on my shelf for about seven years now and roughly three years ago, I completed the set by adding Books 5 through 7 to the collection. And ever since, slowly collecting dust on the shelf, there they sat. I’ve been studying French since my freshmen year of high school and continued studying it all throughout college and even later when I took ... Read More »

What About George?

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The loss of Fred Weasley was one of the series' most heartbreaking moments. It called for the absence of a dynamic character as well as the breakup of a powerful duo. So what exactly happened to George Weasley in this equation? Read More »

Book Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

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July 1 is the release of Sinner, the highly anticipated companion novel to Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If you haven’t read the trilogy, it’s a particularly fine specimen of supernatural romance (werewolf romance, to be specific)—and I don’t like supernatural romance. Sinner takes place in the same world as the trilogy, following two of the book’s characters, Cole and Isabel, as they try to find their way back to each other while ... Read More »

Outcasts and “Harry Potter”

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I think much of Harry Potter’s success can be attributed to the fact that all of us have felt like Harry at some point – we may have never been locked in a cupboard or neglected and malnourished, but we do know how it feels to be an outsider to the world, to feel misunderstood and silenced, and to hope that a half giant with a pink umbrella will come rescue you from your horrible family. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Caitlyn – June 29, 2014

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CAITLYN Age 13 – USA RAVENCLAW How did you become a Harry Potter Fan? I became a Harry Potter fan from my mother. She had loved Harry Potter since the very beginning, and I just got so interested in it. She made me watch the movies first, because at the time, I wasn’t old enough to read a 400 page novel. I was mesmerized by all the graphics and magic, and I just kept watching ... Read More »

The Art of Legilimency

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When you read a book or watch a movie where people can ‘read minds', you don’t dwell much on it. It’s fiction, why would you question it? But if you are like me, you’ll start thinking, wondering, considering what a person would have to do in order to be able to ‘read minds’ or perform Legilimency. Read More »

Book Review: Hosts by F. Paul Wilson

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In the fifth of sixteen Repairman Jack novels, a strange Russian lady with a large white dog appears at Jack’s sickbed and tells him that he, and he alone, must stop a virus that the Adversary of all mankind has unleashed to create war, hate, death, fear, pain, and destruction. Here is a snippet of their conversation: “Stop virus before it spreads, or all you love will perish.” She turned and headed for the bedroom ... Read More »

Book Review: Resistance by Samit Basu

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Thanks to the publicity department at Titan Books, I had the opportunity to read this book in advance of its publication in July 2014. In fact, they were even kind enough to send me a free copy of Turbulence, to which this is the sequel. In that book, India-born author Samit Basu introduced a new wrinkle on the superhero cape and spandex, with ordinary people on a present-day flight from London to Delhi becoming extraordinary ... Read More »

Book Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

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Though I have never read a book by Jonathan Maberry before, this one came home with me in the middle of a pile of library books. And there it stayed until I had renewed it so many times that I had to take it back to the library and check it out again. I have never really taken much interest in Zombie Apocalypse literature. But something about this book appealed to me to that extent. ... Read More »

Book Review: Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

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The Jeeves novels are one of the few series of books I have chosen to enjoy without any regard to canon order or the order of publication. Wikipedia has a nice list of the books it comprises, if you’re interested. I’m interested, but only so far as making sure that I don’t miss any of them. Nothing brightens my outlook on the world after a nutritious diet of serious books on CD, quite like listening ... Read More »