Sometimes all that matters is making a choice and standing your ground. Sometimes all that matters is opening your eyes and being brave enough to accept that reality is different from what you’d been taught to believe.
This is the third outing for Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and it’s quite a bit more gruesome than the last two. Someone is murdering and mutilating young men, leaving their bodies to be found at dawn with strange objects in their mouths. Sir Henry Lovejoy, Chief Magistrate, has asked Devlin to help out with the case since Devlin’s keen intellect and attention to detail served well on two other occasions to solve the crime. At first, Devlin is hesitant to get involved – he would rather spend time searching for his mother, whom he’d previously believed dead; along with […]
I don’t know if you like teenagers, but I do. They’re great; they’re terrible. But I re-read Hamlet for about the 15th time with my AP students and instead of reviewing what I thought about it for the 15th time, here’s what they said about it. The best day of class was when we talked about the “get thee to a nunnery” scene and one of my students called Hamlet a “fuck boy”. I asked them to do a 25-50 word capsule review or an honest review of the play (we watched the David Tennant movie for they reference the […]
This was a very quick and easy book for me to read. I liked how I felt like Lauren was talking to me and how her personality came through in the writing. I enjoyed hearing about how she started out in acting and some of the different auditions that she had for parts early on and the things that she learned from these. One of the things that she learned was that she needs to be comfortable with the part, and it’s ok to turn roles down if it isn’t something that she was comfortable with. She also learned to […]
Evan Marshall is a paleo-ecologist for Northern Massachusetts University. He’s participating in an Alaskan excavation north out the Arctic Circle, where a smilodon has been found preserved in ice on a cave. The science team has corporate sponsors, and they send in a documentary team to shoot the unveiling. Only, as it turns out, that’s not a saber-toothed tiger in the ice…… Much of this novel revolves around the conflict between the science team and the director of the documentary, Emilio Conti, who is a fairly despicable little creature. He’s so unlikable, in fact, that I can’t help but wonder […]
Any comic book nerd needs a hookup – a trusted advisor on new and interesting books. Like a counselor, best friend, or record store employee, the a nerd’s comic book expert has to know their client and know the lay of the land. What will the nerd like, what will the nerd hate, and, perhaps most importantly, what will expand the nerd’s horizons? The people of Titan Moon Comics have never steered me wrong, so when they told me that the new DC/Hanna-Barbera mashups were worth reading, I didn’t blink an eye. While the DC/HB mashup of Future Quest has […]
I keep seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower pop up whenever paging through Netflix and spread throughout my Goodreads newsfeed. People seem to love it so my expectations were high, but while I definitely enjoyed it while reading, looking back come the end left me feeling distinctly underwhelmed. A coming of age novel, our protagonist is 15 year old Charlie, telling his thoughts and feelings on attending high school to an unknown reader through a series of letters. Shy and very naive, even so Charlie comes across as incredibly young – if it hadn’t been pointed out that he […]
Sometimes I am incredibly scared about the world. And often when I get scared, I rationalize my own place in it and maybe even the degree of danger the world is in. Sometimes when I read writers who come at their analysis from a Marxist perspective and this set of actions gets even more pronounced. And often, when that writer is Communist, I am able to at least roll my eyes a little bit and feel a little better. Angela Davis sort of splits the difference for me. bell hooks is another writers who is able to tell how terrible […]