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REVIEW: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

by Katie Fetting-Schlerf on July 26, 2012

Payback is the name of the game in Gillian Flynn’s latest novel Gone Girl.  Flynn, the author of two previous books – the stellar Sharp Objects and the slightly less stellar Dark Places – crafts a compelling portrait of a marriage told from the perspective of each party. Using a sinister split narrative, Gone Girl […]


Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

by Nick Bernard on April 9, 2012

“April is the cruelest month,” begins T.S. Eliot’s magnum opus “The Wasteland.” April is also National Poetry Month, but it’s safe to assume that’s not why Eliot seems so bummed about spring. For many, though, the thought of a whole month of poetry is indeed unbearably cruel. How will you survive April if you hate […]


How to Make an Animal Speak

by Jack Martin on January 24, 2012

Charlotte spins her web, Wilbur shows up the other pigs at the County Fair, and young readers rejoice. They don’t even seem to care that animals can’t talk. Why do kids get to have all the fun? After spending week after week writing online book reviews on stories about normal people that speak to other […]


The Possessed, by Elif Batuman

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on April 8, 2011

You might remember that I received Ms Batuman’s book as a Christmas gift, a gift that I had hoped would spur me to actually read a Russian novels. It was up to her: could she convince me to actually read past the opening 18 pages of Anna Karenina, figure out which Alexi is which, and […]


10 Reasons I Will Always Love Brian Jacques

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on February 8, 2011

I’ve mentioned him before. And I am sure I’ll mention him again. How couldn’t I? He is one of the most influential reasons I started (and kept on) reading as a child. Brian Jacques died on February 5, 2011 of a sudden heart attack. I haven’t read any of the Redwall series since 1998’s Marlfox, […]