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Piper Kerman’s “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”

Piper Kerman’s “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison”

Like many people, I have recently been watching Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black in full-on marathon mode in preparation of the new season. Once I learned the show was based on a book I had to pick it up. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison is a memoir by [...]

Robert Conroy’s “1945″

Robert Conroy’s “1945″

This week I’m reviewing a book that was an impulse buy in my latest visit to the book store: Robert Conroy’s 1945. It’s no secret that I love historical fictions (with the added caveat that it is good historical fiction), so when I saw 1945 sitting on the shelf in the “sci-fi” section, I had [...]

Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

Ernest Cline’s “Armada”

This week I’m reviewing a book that has made a pretty big splash over the last year: Ernest Cline’s Armada. The book is an interesting blend of genres following Zack Lightman, a high school senior on the cusp of graduation. Zach’s spent his life engaging in escapism of all sorts, throwing himself into video games, [...]

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Cyprus Mission”

Richard and Barbara Osborn’s “On Her Majesty’s Cyprus Mission”

This week I’m excited to review a prequel of some local authors. You may remember my review of Richard and Barbara Osborn’s The Red Moon Affair (if not, you should really check it out). Their newest book, On Her Majesty’s Cyprus Mission is a prequel of sorts to that novel, following Ian Black in his [...]

Matthew Reilly’s ‘Seven Deadly Wonders’

Matthew Reilly’s ‘Seven Deadly Wonders’

I have been asked multiple times over the past few weeks to recommend a book or series that teens could really sink their teeth into, since so many teen-oriented books are tragically shallow. I have mentioned this series before, but I thought I should do a review specifically for this instance. The book in question [...]

Greg Egan’s “Diaspora”

Greg Egan’s “Diaspora”

This week I want to review a fiction book that makes you sit down and really think about some of life’s grander questions: Greg Egan’s Diaspora. Diaspora is a book that follows three separate civilizations, each of which were directly created by humans. The Fleshers, as the first species is commonly known, is a coalition [...]

Matthew Reilly’s “Area 7″

Matthew Reilly’s “Area 7″

This week I went back and revisited some of my favorite authors’ earlier works. Matthew Reilly’s Area 7, is a high-octane action thriller following Reilly’s Shane Schofield, and is the second novel following Ice Station (which I reviewed several months ago) to feature Schofield. Area 7 is the most secure and secret military instillation in [...]

Miyamoto & Aonuma’s “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia”

Miyamoto & Aonuma’s “The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia”

With the recent E3 information about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild taking the gaming world by storm, I figured this was a good time to pick up a book I’ve wanted for a few years now. Let me start off by saying that this is going to be a niche review: this time I [...]

David Wong’s “John Dies at the End”

David Wong’s “John Dies at the End”

I finally got my hand on another cult-classic this week, and without further ado, it is time to review David Wong’s John Dies at the End. How can I describe this book? Well, the title will speak for itself. The story is influenced by many previous horror novels, and the method of storytelling is no [...]

Belle Blackburn’s “The Doctor’s Daughter: The Choice” (The Doctor’s Daughter Book 2)

Belle Blackburn’s “The Doctor’s Daughter: The Choice” (The Doctor’s Daughter Book 2)

I always love getting to review books by local authors, so I’m glad I’ve finally gotten a chance to review another by Knoxville author Belle Blackburn: The Doctor’s Daughter: The Choice. A sequel to The Doctor’s Daughter: Journey to Justice, the novel again follows our heroine Kate, who is at an interesting crossroad in her [...]

Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story”

Stephen King’s “Lisey’s Story”

This week I’m finally reviewing a book that a friend lent to me: Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story. The story follows two different arcs. The first is that of Lisey Landon, wife of the wildly successful author, Scott Landon. Lisey has grown used to playing second fiddle to her husband’s career. For twenty-five years she has [...]

Lincoln Child’s: Deep Storm

Lincoln Child’s: Deep Storm

I have received multiple requests for another review of an action novel. Your wish is my demand, so this week I am reviewing Lincoln Child’s Deep Storm. Deep Storm follows Peter Crane, a former Naval doctor. Crane is called to examine the mystifying cases that have surfaced on a North Atlantic oil rig. As it [...]

Dan Abnett’s “Horus Rising” (Horus Heresy Book One)

Dan Abnett’s “Horus Rising” (Horus Heresy Book One)

I finally had a book arrive this week that I’ve been wanting to read for years. Warhammer 40K: Horus Rising is Dan Abnett’s first book in the massive Horus Heresy series. Warhammer 40K is an interesting universe of sci-fi based off of the wildly popular game series. The series has so much content, in fact, [...]

Leatherbound Classic: “Classic Horror Stories”

Leatherbound Classic: “Classic Horror Stories”

If you follow my reviews, you know I love collections, particularly of horror stories. Unfortunately, it’s been a long time since I’ve found a good monster story I haven’t read. Luckily, I just received a collection of the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Classic Horror Stories. At first, I wasn’t really sure what to expect [...]

Stephen King’s “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams”

Stephen King’s “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams”

Well, everyone, Christmas has come and gone, and that means there are a slew of new books lining my bookshelves that I have to talk about. First and foremost is a book by Stephen King that I’ve been dying to get my hands on for quite awhile: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. Bazaar is the [...]

What To Buy Kids This Holiday Season

What To Buy Kids This Holiday Season

Following up on last week’s “What to Buy the Harry Potter Generation,” I thought I’d help out the younger readers this week, just in time for some last minute scrambling to the bookstores. Children can be difficult to buy books for, mostly because their interests seem to be so specific. The key, in my experience [...]