Reviewing a Unique “Dune”

Thankfully, I saw the movie long ago enough that I wasn't too confused by the vast differences.  "Dune," by Frank Herbert, is one of the classics that helped define sci-fi as a genre.  It's set in a foreign solar system, but with such deep explorations of setting, culture, politics, and religion, it feels as real... Continue Reading →

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“House of Leaves”: Horror at its Best

When first leafing through "House of Leaves," by Mark Danielewski, I immediately decided that it was a book I wanted to study.  I wanted a professor to go through it with me to pull out all the nuances, references, and context.  I love owning this book if anything for the opportunity to show it to other people.... Continue Reading →

“Infected” with Suspense

As confusing and horrific as the first chapter of "Infected," by Gregg Luke, is, it's possibly my favorite part.  It begins with a frightening and awakening statement: "Mother Nature.  A mass murderer.  No one is more creative..."  Considering hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis... yeah, I believe it. "Infected" deals specifically with mother nature's killing mode of... Continue Reading →

Cove on the Second Gear

I recently reviewed the first book to J. Scott Savage's Cove series, "Fires of Invention," knowing I'd soon get the chance to read the second one, "Gears of Revolution."  WARNING: If you don't want the first book SPOILED, come back to this review later.  That said, I highly suggest you read the first book before thumbing... Continue Reading →

The Orphan Keeper’s a Keeper

"The Orphan Keeper," by Camron Wright is based on the true story of Taj Rowland (previously named Chellamuthu Gounder), who was kidnapped from his family at age 7, and adopted in America.  It's a novel (not a biography) because some fictional perspectives are added for characters who couldn't/didn't speak for themselves.  These other perspectives serve... Continue Reading →

The Classic Vampire: Count Dracula

Here's another classic I knew nothing about.  All I knew about vampires was from today's pop culture (Buffy, Twilight, Hotel Transylvania...).  I know, it was pathetic, which was why I took it upon myself to finally read the original. I understand vampires originated from folklore, so Bram Stoker's "Dracula" wasn't the creation of vampires, but... Continue Reading →

32 Years After “1984”

It's been 'mind-numbing' waiting for this book review....  I remember my first introduction to George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" being in 7th grade, we read the Reader's Digest snippet of the first few pages.  I remember that being my introduction to the dystopia genre and having my mind blown. Other than that, I had no idea... Continue Reading →

HARRY POTTER CONTINUES!!!

So, there are fans, and there are fanatics.  I am a Harry Potter fanatic, sorted into the Ravenclaw and Wampus school houses on Pottermore, owner of a full set of robes and a wand I hand-carved. So when "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" was announced, I freaked out and pre-ordered it. Given all that,... Continue Reading →

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