The Hobbit Review

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an Oxford professor in the early 1930’s. While correcting papers, he came across a page that had been left blank. Feeling a rush of inspiration, he wrote: “In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” What was a hobbit? He didn’t know. He also didn’t know that this …

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Short Story – Five minutes of your time

John increased his pace, he couldn’t afford to be late. The mass of humanity that surrounded him didn’t help, but he told himself that soon he wouldn’t have to deal with it anymore. He was meant for greater things (including a chauffeur), if he managed to arrive in time for the meeting of his life …

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Short Story – Unchosen

“You are not the chosen one.” Master Pienza’s words rang throughout the amphitheatre, bounding off of the concrete pillars and pricking my downturned ears like daggers. It took every ounce of my immense strength to keep from crumpling beneath the weight of the revelation. A stormcloud of startled murmurs erupted from the assembled guests and …

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Heartless Review

Off with her head! Lunar Chronicles author Marissa Meyer is back at it again with her clever and romantic YA fairytale-retelling ways. Her latest novel, Heartless, tells the story of Lady Catherine Pinkerton, dutchess, aspiring baker, and the future Queen of Hearts. Yes. That Queen of Hearts. I’ll admit, fairytales are not typically my thing, …

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Short Story – The Definition of Monster

Serena opened the door to the alley with a kick. The bad smell greeted her like a steaming cloud of vinegar shot up the nose. She had been working there for a year, and still couldn’t figure out what it was. At least the combined aroma of fried meat, chips, and cheap sauces that came …

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Daughter Of Smoke And Bone Review

I don’t often read straight up fantasy stories but when I do this is exactly how I like them. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor is a perfect blend of urban and high fantasy with humour, magic, monsters, and a hip European setting that eventually morphs into a tragic love story that spans …

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