Vicious Review

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had an undeniable soft spot for superhero stories that go beyond the standard good versus evil premise. Granted, we need the Flashes, Spidermen, and Supermen of the world to constantly give us hope for a brighter future and show that our personal tragedies don’t have to define us, …

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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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The Legend Of Korra: Turf Wars Part One Review

Hello dear readers. Today I feel like the luckiest girl in the whole world because I get to talk to you not only about books, but also my other great love, cartoons. More specifically, Nickelodeon’s Legend Of Korra. The Legend of Korra was a spinoff of Avatar: The Last Airbender created by Bryan Konietzko and …

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Trainspotting Review

In the mid-to-late 80’s, Edinburgh was the heroin capital of the world. After all, it was cheap, impossibly addictive, and everywhere. The city was ravaged by drug culture and the violence, crime and debauched self-interest it spawned. Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting grabs hold of us and plunges us into this world of degenerates, this black pit of …

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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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Moby Dick Review

Moby-Dick was an odyssey of revenge and madness the likes of which the world had never seen. Author Herman Melville drew inspiration from his own time at sea and spent over a year and a half crafting what would eventually be honoured as a Great American Novel. I say eventually because its initial reception wasn’t …

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The Inexplicable Logic Of My Life Review

Have you ever read a book that just fills up your heart like a four course feast of words? That is exactly how I feel about Benjamin Alire Saenz’s latest and greatest, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Ever since reading Saenz’s most notable work (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe) earlier …

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Neuromancer Review

The debut novel of acclaimed science fiction author William Gibson, Neuromancer is one of the definitive works of the cyberpunk genre. It feels incredibly ahead of its time, so much so that I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to read this when it was released in 1984. Its ideas are so …

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When Genius Failed Review

Or to quote the full title: When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long Term Capital Management by Roger Lowenstein. Long Term Capital Management was one of the most ambitious hedge funds of it's era. Run by academics rather than financiers, LTCM was the pinnacle of ivory tower intellectualism in the money management business. With …

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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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