My Gal Pal’s Exorcism

My Best Friend's ExorcismMy Best Friend’s Exorcism
Grady Hendrix

I finished this book in one sitting.
But I wasn’t a huge fan. Why?
Well friends, in this house we deduct major points for a book that spends all of its time queerbaiting its readers.

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Review: Sharpen

SharpenThis is probably the first book I’ve read that falls under the category “experimental literature.” Rich Ives has written what seems to be a series of connected vignettes, each introduced with a diagram by Nils Davey and concluded with an illustration from Jack Callil. Each chapter is named for its diagrams, each of which illustrates a common tool. Even the final chapter, “Ghost Twins” shows a tool, though a more complex one: “the twins may not reveal their purpose easily.”

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The Makings of a Slytherin Witch

For one Christmas, I can’t remember which, I received my first Harry Potter books. It was the first boxset, the one that contained Sorcerer’s Stone through Goblet of Fire. Before then, I hadn’t known or cared what Harry Potter was. I was unimpressed by the intricate Golden Snitch presented to me by a classmate on stark white computer paper. Looking back, I’m not sure how or why I avoided the topic for so long.

But one does not spurn a gift of books, and my mother knew my tastes well enough. Before long I had devoured them, tore through them like Dudley through his birthday presents.

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Review: Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl's Moving CastleOf all the Miyazaki films I have loved before, Howl’s Moving Castle is not one of them. However, upon discovering that the original source material was a young adult fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones, I decided to give it a shot, as it is filled with the things my younger heart would have loved. Witches? Wizards? Magic? A minimal romantic subplot? Yes, please!

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Review: The Namesake

Namesake, TheThis week I finished The Namesake, the first novel of Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. When I first picked it up I had no idea what it was about, and knew only that Lahiri’s second novel The Lowland had been nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award in 2013. In my decision to diversify my reading list, her works made their way to the top of my TBR pile.

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Because Comics: A Compilation Of The Best Grammar And Literature Comics

Because I love comics and I love literature, here’s a little of both. Continue reading →

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Ocean at the End of the Lane, TheAfter falling for Gaiman’s writing in the Sandman comics, I decided it was beyond time to try his fiction. One of his more recent books, The Ocean at the End of the Lane came highly recommended as an introduction to his writings. I cracked the spine, flipped past the copyrights, and was almost immediately hooked. The story is told by an older man (somewhere in his fifties or sixties I assume, though his age is never stated) who has returned to his childhood home for a funeral (presumable for his parents, though this too is only suggested). Gaiman leaves out these details because they are not important. What is important is this man’s journey back through his childhood to the events that transpired at the end of the lane—memories that had been obscured, “like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet.”

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