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All reviews - Books (8)

Great Book!

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 24 December 2007 07:26 (A review of Jason and Marceline (A Jason Herkimer Novel))

(I only rated it 7 out of 10 because I haven't read it again recent)

This was the "coming-of-age" book that I read growing up. I remember the day I stayed behind from a field trip and found this while wondering around my Middle School library. I was never the same.


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Something to re-read over and over

Posted : 9 years, 8 months ago on 24 December 2007 06:01 (A review of Great Expectations (Penguin Classics))

I absolutely adore this book. Dickens just has a way with his writing that draws you close and pulls you into the lives of the characters he writes. Read it out if you haven't already ... then next year, read it again.

One caveat is that it does take a while to get into the mood of the language his characters speak ... but then again, it is one of the most endearing parts of the book. Enjoy.


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Engaging to the end ...

Posted : 10 years, 4 months ago on 18 April 2007 05:44 (A review of Lord of the Flies)

A classic for every young reader, but still a continually valid observation on the propensities of man and his natural inclinations toward power, fear, hope and greed.

Worth the read, every time.


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Really informative!

Posted : 10 years, 4 months ago on 28 March 2007 06:01 (A review of Splatter Flicks: How to Make Low-Budget Horror Films)

Although the title indicates that the book is geared specifically toward making horror movies, I would recommend this to anyone interested in making their way into film creation.


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Excellent weekend read

Posted : 10 years, 6 months ago on 19 February 2007 11:28 (A review of U2 by U2)

... chock full of great U2 history, discussions and photos, this felt much more like an rowdy after party hangout than a band anthology book. This is most likely due to the fact that the whole "stream-of-consciousness" aspect of it has been pieced together so well by McCormick.

Even though this might make an excellent gift for your favorite U2 fan, it is a bit pricey ... so I will recommend it as definitely a book to browse through at your local B&N.


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Perfect Blend

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 20 January 2007 09:01 (A review of Romeo And Juliet (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition))

My many thanks to whomever was the brilliant and intrepid person that first thought these two stories should be paired together into the same volume. My love for Shakespeare's classic tale of woe was only further resonated by the adverse tale of lovers thwarted by prejudice in West Side Story.

If I can offer a small recommendation for reading these together, I would suggest alternating between the two (i.e. read Act 1 of Romeo and Julia and then Act 1 of West Side Story and etc.). It quite effectively conjoins the stories and gives the reader a great sense of how the two time-lapsed worlds relate and intertwine.


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A classic? I don

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 15 January 2007 06:25 (A review of The Catcher in the Rye)

Having never read it until now, but always holding it in a place of respect and iconic status (due to the popularity of it's name-dropping in so many mediums and genres), I feel somewhat disappointed with the actual work.

Intriguing? Yes. Life-changing? Undoubtably. Enjoyable? Eh. I really felt as though I was forcing myself to finish the entire book, just in desperate hope of finding purpose for the story and meaning in its message. It was frustrating in that aspect. Add to that the constant profanity, it really was a chore to finish the entire book, despite its brief length.

What it lost in respect in those areas, it found endearment in others. A relate-able story with as much room for interpretation as to the author's meaning and purpose as you choose to employ ... a chipped-tooth tale with callow emotion and truth.


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Nothing that I didn't like ...

Posted : 10 years, 7 months ago on 6 January 2007 09:11 (A review of The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1))

... I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this book. The writing was loose, friendly and quite endearing. Having already seen the feature film of the same name, I was already familiar with the characters, but if I had begun my Lemony Snicket experience with the books, I still would have found them intriguing.

Perfect read for younger (and probably most older) audiences, especially if they enjoyed the movie.


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