Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris

Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO's "True Blood." Photo credit: www.fanpop.com
Alexander Skarsgard and Anna Paquin as Eric Northman and Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s “True Blood.” Photo credit: http://www.fanpop.com

I have some quotes for you. I know so many people, like my mother and I, are getting psyched up for the new season of HBO’s “True Blood.” In honor of next weekend’s premiere, I have quotes and will review the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris. Continue reading “Quotes from “Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris”

A happy birthday to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and an elementary review

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

To those who follow days of literary importance, you’ll already know today is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday. Writing him off as simply an author would be a great understatement. Conan Doyle was a man of many faces, which makes him memorable enough for me to be talking about him almost 83 years after his death.

I could go on an on about his exploits, but I’m here to talk about his lasting contribution: Sherlock Holmes. The original Holmes collection is made up of four novels and 56 short stories, but it has since become so much more than words on paper. These tales of mystery and deduction are regarded as some of the best works of crime fiction of all time.

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Review of “Hidden” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

I always prefer these books without their dust covers — more simplistic than teen models with bad temporary tattoos on their foreheads.
I always prefer these books without their dust covers — more simplistic than teen models with bad temporary tattoos on their foreheads.

I’m back! Sorry for the long absence — life happens. And this time around I read a book that had been on my shelf for a while, part of a series that I’ve also been following for a while.

If you follow trends in YA, you’ll know that the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and her daughter Kristin has had almost unprecedented success. The writing duo have managed to write 10+ books in about five years, most of which made it on The New York Times best seller lists.  Nevertheless, just like any type of media, keeping the popularity going for so long is difficult. If Goodreads reviews are to be trusted, many people have lost interest in the series. Continue reading “Review of “Hidden” by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast”

Review of “The Illicit Happiness of Other People” by Manu Joseph

Illicit featured imageThe Illicit Happiness of Other People” by Manu Joseph

OK, first a little bit of plot summary:

The Chacko family is one with a tragic past. Unni Chacko, a very talented cartoonist, is only 17 years old when he falls from the family’s third floor balcony. Reality has it that he didn’t just fall — he jumped.

Flash forward three years to Ousep Chacko, a washed up, old journalist who staggers home every night and yells drunken slurs for the whole block to hear. Depending on your psychological outlook, he may seem like a father who doesn’t care or a father who cares deeply. Nevertheless, when he receives a long-lost comic that Unni had mailed to an unknown recipient the day “he did what he did,” Ousep starts questioning everyone in Unni’s mysterious life in an attempt to answer the riddle of his son’s death.

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