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Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Book Review: Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker

Title: Cork Dork Author: Bianca Bosker Publisher: Penguin Books Paperback: 352 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Like many of us, tech reporter Bianca Bosker saw wine as a way to unwind at the end of a long day, or a nice thing to have with dinner and that was about it. Until she stumbled on an alternate universe where taste reigned supreme, a world in which people could, after a single sip of wine, identify the grape it was made from, in what…

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Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Book Review: The Floating Island by Elizabeth Haydon

Title: The Floating Island Author: Elizabeth Haydon Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, Book 1 Publisher: Starscape Paperback: 368 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Long ago, in the Second Age of history, a young Nain explorer by the name of Ven Polypheme traveled much of the known and unknown world, recording his adventures. Recently discovered by archaeologists, a few fragments of his original journals are reproduced in this book. Great care has been taken to reconstruct the parts of…

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Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper Author: Kerri Maniscalco Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper, Book 1 Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Hardcover: 326 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice…

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Manga Series Review: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Manga Series Review: Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

Title: Naruto, Volumes 1-72 Author: Masashi Kishimoto Publisher: VIZ Media Source: Chicago Public Library – Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) In another world, ninja are the ultimate power—and in the village of Konohagakure live the stealthiest ninja in the world. But twelve years ago Konohagakure was attacked by a fearsome threat—a nine-tailed fox demon which claimed the life of the Hokage, the village champion. Today, peace has returned, and a troublemaking orphan named Uzumaki Naruto is struggling to graduate from the Ninja Academy. His…

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Podcast Review: Crimetown

Podcast Review: Crimetown

Before I get into this review, I should probably explain how podcasts have taken over my life over the last few years.  My first year teaching, I used to listen to sports talk radio on the way to work.  I would occasionally listen to music, but found that I got more out of people talking.  This wore on me very quickly.  I then started listening to NPR (which I now joke is my obligation as a teacher).  One thing quickly…

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Book Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Book Review: Shrill by Lindy West

Title: Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Author: Lindy West Publisher: Hachette Hardcover: 272 pages Source: BookCon 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but. From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to…

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Review: Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins

Review: Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, and John Higgins

Title: Watchmen Author: Alan Moore Illustrator/Letterer: Dave Gibbons Colorist: John Higgins Publisher: DC Comics Hardcover: 416 pages Source: Owned Summary: (taken from Goodreads) This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on…

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Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Book Review: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Title: The Autobiography of Malcolm X Authors: Malcolm X, Alex Haley Publisher: Ballantine Paperback: 466 pages Source: Owned Summary: (taken from Goodreads) From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America’s black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct audience, the oppressed American blacks, he brought hope and self-respect. This autobiography (written with Alex Haley)…

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Movie Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Movie Review – Kingsman: The Secret Service

Director: Matthew Vaughn Running Time: 2 h 9 min Rating: R Source: Chicago Public Library           Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Ever since the commercials for this came out, I’ve been dying to see this movie — Colin Firth as a secret agent spy guy? Yes. Absolutely yes. I mean, I’ll see him in basically anything, but this looked particularly good. So, when we came across it during our weekly library browsing, Andrew and I…

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Book Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Book Review: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Title: Good Omens Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett Publisher: HarperTorch Paperback: 430 pages Source: Purchased/Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears…

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