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Aru Shah and the End of Time
Themes Found family, teen angst, self-acceptance, self-identity, modern mythology, prophecy fulfillment Confidence, courage, positive feminine themes, friendship, coming of age
Book Review: "Klara and the Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro
From start to finish, Kazuo Ishiguro's books tend to draw you in with this fascination for difference and the capacity for love. In his book "Remains of the Day" Ishiguro gives us a heartwarming story that has since been not only turned into a film, but read widely in many different languages. But, I believe one of his most well-known books of our own times is the dystopian "Never Let Me Go". Turned into a film starring Keira Knightley and Carrie Mulligan, this book is about children who are raised for other purposes. In the world of social class and reputation, there are certain things required of these orphans and they need to give them up. Ishiguro is very good at asking the difficult questions about the requirement for suffering and in this book "Klara and the Sun" - he does just that once again. Is it possible for these machines to feel love and be loved? Is it possible for them to feel pain and suffer? The extended metaphor underlying the book is both disturbing and incredibly crafted.
Henry Fielding (1707-54) is renowned as a pioneer of the English novel, particularly due to his best-known work “Tom Jones”. He was also a reforming London magistrate.
Why You Should Write Flash Fiction
This article is a brief one, and intentionally so, because I want to introduce you to a literary sub-genre that’s most appropriate for an era in which we communicate in 280-character tweets and have the attention span of a cocker spaniel with ADD. That sub-genre is flash fiction.
Book Review: "Small Pleasures" by Clare Chambers
If you know me, you know that I love a good drama. I love reading about these twisted familial problems and the people who are involved with them. When I first saw "Small Pleasures" by Clare Chambers, I admit I was not too keen to read it seeing as it was not just shorter than I would expect but also a bit pricey. But, again, if you know me you would also know that I bought it anyway and read it anyway because due to reading the description, I was captivated. There are not a lot of books out there like this and certainly not ones written in the 21st century.
Book Review: "Luckenbooth" by Jenni Fagan
Normally when I see a dark fantasy book, it does one of two things. The first thing it does is it takes me back to my school days when I would read “The Vampire Chronicles” and other gothic masterpieces until my life became nothing but a walking shadow. The second thing it could do is annoy the living daylights out of me because it is written so incredibly cliché. I was quite surprised to see that this book - “Luckenbooth” by Jenni Fagan, has managed to do both at the same time and honestly, as much as I would like to say that I enjoyed every bit of it, as I moved through the book, there were definitely things that I found either problematic, jarring or rather badly written. The concept itself though, is pretty incredible and some of the language is brilliant, magical and often at times, uncomfortable. I am clearly in two minds about this book but, as I have read other reviews on it - I see that I am not alone in my inability to make up my mind over whether this book is actually any good.
A Fractured Paradise
“Gather children, it’s time I told you the history of our people.” Caeli, Larissa, Darius and young Prince Maximus raced each other to the king and queen. A warm summer breeze whipped around them.
Book Review: "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride
The 60s were one of the most diverse decades in all of literature. With the amount of literature about everything from the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights' Movement, the death of the Kennedy Brothers all the way through to the emergence of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, the 1960s hardly ran out of cultural topics both at the time and in hindsight. Topics such as classic rock, Malcolm X, the 1968 riots and Stonewall never, ever cease to amaze me with just how much some people can recall those powerful times. In "Deacon King Kong" by James McBride, we are taken to 1969 in which we are placed somewhere unfamiliar to ourselves - a church. We are shown a religious man - a deacon. And we are given a strange storyline - a shooting and a man on the run.
"Harry Potter" Fan Theories: Voldemort, Dumbledore or Harry - Who Is The True Master of Death?
Our final Harry Potter fan theory in this three-article series will dissect who is considered the true Master of Death. Voldemort? Dumbledore? Harry? Has anyone in the Harry Potter universe truly earned the title?
B.S.D. Broken Shattered Destroyed
After leaving the nursing club room, Amar had left campus with his headphones plugged in. He began to walk towards the bus stop located on the outer layer of the Major city. By the time Amar was halfway over the bridge leading out to the city, his bus had pulled up to the stop. With haste, Amar ran toward the bus shouting. "Ayye Aye Aye, hold the bus. Hold the bus!" "Five more seconds and I would've left your ass at that bridge." said the bus driver before closing the door behind him. "Aww damn, you would've left my cute ass behind?" "Tch, Boy go take a seat." said the bus driver with a smirk on her face. Walking through the bus Amar could smell the faint push of cigarettes, mixed cologne, and B.O. As he reached the back of the bus to take a seat he placed his hoodie on and drifted to sleep.
Where Are All the Black Paranormal and Sci-Fi Romance Writers?
Google is the undisputed king and queen of information, so when I search for black/African American authors in the sci-fi, paranormal, and fantasy sub-genre of romance, I expected a long list of books to show up. I was disappointed by what did show up—low numbers.
The Book That Called My Name
It was one of the darkest times in my life when I went inside a thrift store to apply for a job right off of McHenry Ave. one afternoon. The darkest cloud to ever hang from my head was that year where I was coming off of rejection from my high school crush while simultaneously adjusting to life out in an area completely new to my senses and the only people I know are my family members. Life just hadn’t gone the way I had hoped, my head was too focused on the bright future I had written myself since before graduating high school.