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Friday Fright Fest 2021: The Classics

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are thousands… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2021: The Classics

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“Dead or Alive?”: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

            One of the things I love about the Young Adult genre is how fluid it is—and has to be. While literary fiction and many other genres aimed at adults tend to remain rather rigid in how they deal with contemporary issues, stereotypes, or represent diversity, YA is aglow with change at all times. If… Continue reading “Dead or Alive?”: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

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Friday Fright Fest 2020: The Experiment

Horror movies have been around since the creation of film. They often lurked in the darkness of genre, occasionally becoming mainstream or cult classics, but mostly went unrecognized when compared to action, drama, or comedy. A horror movie can contain all three of those things in addition to the death, screams, and scares. There are… Continue reading Friday Fright Fest 2020: The Experiment

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My Favorite TV Shows of 2019

During the semester, I’ve got my hands full with writing, reading, and grading so my time to go out and watch a movie is a bit limited. Because of this, I watch more TV shows for my little doses of stress release and escapism. Some of these are shows that premiered in 2019, that I… Continue reading My Favorite TV Shows of 2019

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My Favorite Movies of 2019

In the past, I’ve just thrown up lists of every movie I saw for the first time in a year, but I’ve started to be more selective about what I call a ‘favorite’ movie of the year. So I really think about which films have left an impression on me in the long term or… Continue reading My Favorite Movies of 2019

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“You Betcha”: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Believe you me, I was working this one down to the wire in order to get in my last review for August. I wanted something quick, a page-turner, a young adult novel with some bite and I found it, don’tcha know. Okay, enough of my crappy imitation of a Wisconsin accent, but this slightly sleep-deprived,… Continue reading “You Betcha”: No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

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“You’re Not Going to Believe This”: So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

Who was the first person to wear overalls for fashion and not for work? The first person to braid their hair in a fishtail? The first person to decide that chunky black glasses were back in style? These questions are the basis for Scott Westerfeld’s So Yesterday, a novel about cool and where it comes… Continue reading “You’re Not Going to Believe This”: So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld

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“The Edge of Chaos”: The Lost World by Michael Crichton

I read Jurassic Park for the first time a year ago, and I found that I actually enjoyed the novel just as much—if not more—than the film. Its sequel, written by Michael Crichton at the demand of Steven Spielberg and a dinosaur-ravenous public, feels disconnected from the original in some ways, but also develops on… Continue reading “The Edge of Chaos”: The Lost World by Michael Crichton

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“Let Love Open the Door”: Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

If you’re not instantly captivated by that cover design then follow the old saying and don’t judge this book by its cover. If you are pulled in by the face staring out at you with scribbles everywhere then don’t worry—this book answers the cover’s promise. I’ve had Oblivion by Sasha Dawn on my bookshelf since… Continue reading “Let Love Open the Door”: Oblivion by Sasha Dawn

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“My Big Shoulders”: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos

It’s been a good while since I read a mystery and, like protagonist Imogene Scott, it’s mostly been dime store paperbacks and Nancy Drew books. However when I saw this eye-catching title on the shelf of the library, I figured I’d give it a try. (Side Note: What is the deal with either having one… Continue reading “My Big Shoulders”: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos