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Anagnorisis and Peripeteia in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Anagnorisis and Peripeteia in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time The heart of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is a detective story, but the novel isn’t only about the detective story; … Continue reading

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Star Hero Review

  Genre: Science Fiction Romance Author: Susan Grant Title: Star Hero Series: Star Series   Disclaimer: I received a copy of Star Hero, a Star Series Novella, in exchange for a fair review. When authors send me a book, they … Continue reading

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Review of Stephen Zimmer’s Thunder Horizon

Genre: Fantasy Author: Stephen Zimmer Title: Thunder Horizon Series: Dark Sun Dawn Series Disclaimer: I received a copy of Thunder Horizon in exchange for a fair review. When authors send me a book, they know that I will take my … Continue reading

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Heart of a Lion Book Review

Genre: Fantasy Author: Stephen Zimmer Title: Heart of a Lion Series: Dark Sun Dawn Series Disclaimer: I received a copy of Heart of a Lion in exchange for a fair review. When authors send me a book, they know that … Continue reading

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A Study in Second Person: Italo Calvino’s If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler

  A Study in Second Person: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler  Darlene Reilley You, the reader, think that no one can sustain a second-person point of view novel, however you are proved wrong by Italo Calvino. … Continue reading

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Character and Consequence: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

Character and Consequence: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde writes, “Each of us has Heaven and Hell in him” (164). Writers showcase the darker aspects of humanity because it is both thrilling and educational. The dimensions of … Continue reading

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Juxtaposition of Touchpoints: Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman

Juxtaposition of Touchpoints: Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman Darlene Reilley  Boxes are comfortable. Writers like to put books in boxes: literary, mystery, romance, science fiction, etc. Certain genres recommend books like friends introducing new friends. I went into the book … Continue reading

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Imagery and Theme in “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil”

IMAGERY AND THEME IN “YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN” AND “THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL” Darlene Reilley   According to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character, Young Goodman Brown, “’There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name’” (“YGB” 329). Hawthorne’s dark writing … Continue reading

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Movement in Homer’s The Odyssey

I am not a poet, but Homer’s Odyssey makes me want to write as beautifully and simply as he does. The Odyssey has become one of my favorite novels because of beautiful lines like: “Side by side the two men … Continue reading

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Sympathetic Characters and Violence in Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy

Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy, a compilation of three books: Bro, Ice, and 23,000, is an epic tale of what happens if alien entities fall to Earth in a meteorite and must take over human bodies to get to their next … Continue reading

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