Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote Anne of Green Gables at a high point in her life. Afterward, the gods wished to destroy her and did.
An analysis of a lost feminist utopian novel, Charlotte Perkin Gilman's Herland, and a reflection on the progressively blended gender roles borne by each new generation.
A new adaptation of the successful "Da Vinci Code" is out that will intrigue young readers from the age of 12 and up. Young readers will find this adaptation filled with mystery and history.
Odd Apocalypse is book 6 in the Odd Thomas series. It takes the series in a much different direction from where it had gone up until this point. Good, bad, or indifferent, it is not like the others.
Behind the guise of vampirism, Bram Stoker addresses sexuality through the lens of Victorian attitudes and morals.
Why do people read sad books, listen to sad songs, or enjoy a movie where the good guys don't save the day or get the girl in the end? A discussion of tragedy.
Believe it or not, there are many historical fiction works that make you stop and think. It could be the person or event the story is about or it could be the different angle an author takes. It could also be a sensitive topic addressed in a manner...
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the most significant contribution to the literary world made by Robert Luis Stevenson. But, was it also a allegorical of his orientation?
Walsh by Sharon Pollock is a contemporary Canadian play. It focuses on the real-life conflict between General Walsh and Chief Sitting Bull in Alberta.
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
Career of Evil is the third in the acclaimed mystery series featuring detective Cormoran Strike, written by Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling, author of the moderately famous Harry Potter series.
It's hard to avoid at Barnes and Noble right now. Here's what I think about the latest YA bestseller, Red Queen.
Discover the masterful story telling in Jules Verne's classic, The Mysterious Island. This review also covers the parallels and differences between the book and the hit television series, LOST.
A quick look at the famous dystopic novel "Fahrenheit 451," and how it relates to our modern society.
Nina is a former librarian who adores books and is searching for a way to unite readers with their perfect book. So she leaves the big city for a small town in Scotland, with a van of books to sell.
The Night Sister exposes generations of beastly family secrets and the monsters that hide in dark towers.
Mel Carriere reviews Nevil Shute's On the Beach, a model of literary aerodynamic efficiency, as part of his ongoing Lunchtime Lit series.
An in-depth critique detailing the weaker aspects of The Fellowship of the Ring novel, and why I’m not in love with it like most fantasy fans seem to be.
In this essay, I analyze the cause of William S. Burroughs' heroin addiction and how his shadow self is revealed through his novel "Junky".
In this essay, I analyze how WWI influenced F. Scott Fitzgerald's and Ernest Hemingway's novels "The Great Gatsby" and "The Sun Also Rises".
The book "Animal Farm" is a timeless work of literature written by George Orwell. I wish to share some personal thoughts on the book and how it connects with our society.
Sara grew up with an embarrassingly eccentric grandmother named Mags and her hippie friends. But death brings Sara back to a small town to learn about the woman she hardly knew and her lost love.
The esteemed author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is popular for many reasons. Read on for a few of mine...
Did Iris Murdoch expose mediocre authors, using the first act of Richard Strauss's opera Der Rosenkavalier as the pivotal point in her novel, 'The Black Prince? That opera opening still shocks today.
A great thrilled ruined by a weak ending that didn't make much sense and seemed out of character for the characters involved...
My Cousin Rachel blurs the boundaries of reality and deception, and what is morally right. See if you can determine who is innocent or guilty, and of what crimes.
An abandoned orphanage on the coast of Wales, with a suitcase of odd photographs, will disclose what Jacob's grandfather meant about peculiar children, and what happened on September 3rd, 1940.
This Middle-earth profile covers Nienor, daughter of Hurin and Morwen, and sister/wife of her brother Turin. Again if you want a proper context, read the Silmarillion and the Children of Hurin
A brief summary and review of John Hersey's novel "Hiroshima." Ideal for current high school or college students reading the novel.
An examination of Neil Gaiman's third volume of the Sandman series, Dream Country, using various literary criticism techniques.
The Mist was a great horror film. But what about the source material? Let's investigate Stephen King's The Mist to see if its worth the read.
Advice Of Mother Catapulted Dearen To Win Spur Award, Which Is Western Writers' Equivalent Of An Oscar Award
The Scanguards series is written by Tina Folsom, it is a paranormal romance/erotica series about Vampires who run a bodyguard company and the love that they finally find.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an eventful and vibrant story about what happens to the people around us when we love, too much.
This is a book review of Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. This particular review tackles this masterpiece of modern literature from an outside the box perspective.
Robert Hough dramatizes an autobiography of Jungleland's famous tiger trainer, Mabel Stark. Dialogue scenes in the novel are fiction, but 1920's-60's circus performers and life-style is authentic.
Even with staples like The Hunger Games and Twilight becoming a thing of the past, we're still in the golden age of YA fiction. But what's next for the genre?
Treachery, personal finances, and a woman's drive to make it on her own are the elements of this story. This period novel written in 1941 gives a clear picture of what L.A. was like before WWII.
Before I Fall (2010) is a young adult novel recounting the last days of a 17-year old girl who relives the day of her death, over and over again.
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe will make you long for a cute little cafe on the corner with a bench under a pear tree, where you can eat baked yumminess, and maybe even be kissed by a handsome man.
The Cafe by the Sea is a humorous look at the contrast between city and country life, and where our souls long to rest.
History is more than dates and facts. It can be inspiring. Many authors have taken history and written great stories that have been read by millions.
The Write Way to Get a Girlfriend is a teen romance novel that teaches English Composition, U.S. Government, Job Search skills, Resume Writing, and important life lessons.
The first couple adventures of Stephen King's famous gunslinger were absolute masterpieces. But what about the sequels. Here I take a look at the second book in the series to see if it is worth while.
Summer is here and so is the desire to enter a world of romance far from our own. Here are five awesome young adult novels to help control your feelings, as well as possibly add a few more.
The Life She Was Given is enthralling and tragic, evoking pity and sympathy for both children and animals, and the choices others thrust upon the innocent.
This book is the perfect retreat for anyone who’s ever worked their hardest and failed anyway, about a girl who's always loved baking fresh bread, and featuring a handsome honey-maker and a puffling.
We've all read Mills and Boon, haven't we? However, I wonder if you've found some things common in most of them.
With even more odd photos, Hollow City is an urgent necessity for those itching to know what happens next to the Bird and peculiar children in war-devastated London as they seek to defeat the hollows.
World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler is an intriguing story taking place in post-apocalyptic Union Grove, New York. A variety of colorful characters ebb and flow within this rather complex story, which oftentimes dabbles into theological...
The English actress known for "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music" wrote a classic 1971 children's novel in the vein of "The Little Princess," "The Secret Garden," and "Anne of Green Gables"
Joshua Cabucos' essay argues for the transformative and morally enlightening elements of Craig Silvey's award-winning novel. Great term paper example.
William March's final novel, The Bad Seed, is rich in psychological suspense but relies heavily on flipping the roles of male and female archetypal characters that stem from Freudian concepts.
Long, sweeping romances. Light, fluffy reads. Whatever your preference, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. Here are my top 5 books you should add to your summer TBR.
An opinionated review of an American classic. Why is Gatsby idolized? Why is Nick useless? Why was Fitzgerald a hypocrite? Read on.
Miss Read is a well-loved author of books about English village life. Her Fairacre and Thrush Green series are gentle, witty and very enjoyable.
The novel Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts is an epic page turner, but also the subject of much controversy. Is author Roberts a "lying junkie," or is this really his story?
Forever Odd is the second book by Dean Koontz, in the Odd Thomas series. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, and I think his work on The Odd Thomas series is some of his best.
An NY lawyer visits her grandmother’s hometown in Maine to deliver a letter, but is met by mishaps. This book is a hilarious look at the choices that drive our impulses, and a glimpse of lost youth.
Harry will have to use every bit of wit his friends have to survive the tournament in this thrilling, wise tale of triumphing over impossible odds through the aid of friendship and hard work.
Brashares' new book The Whole Thing Together brings the themes of step-families, first love, and new relationships to life for great summertime reading for the YA audience.
Harry must learn about defense against the dark arts on his own and teach his friends in order to stop Voldemort from acquiring a dangerous object hidden at the Ministry of Magic.
After the not so good The Wastelands, can the fourth volume of the Dark Tower series redeem the series to the dark gritty dark fantasy greatness from the previous novels> Read and find out.
Three women share a college dorm room and develop a relationship that lasts for years until it finally implodes.
Horace Walpole introduced the world to Gothic fiction, employing elements of the supernatural as well as the everyday, the first time for the purpose of terrifying its audience.
"Everyday Use" is a short story written by Alice Walker and is a story about heritage and the deep south. This essay is my response to reading the short story and what it meant to me.
For that paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiriation, these are the authors who's books I always have close.
John Ronald Reuel (J.R. R.) Tolkien was an Oxford professor, poet, and author. He is best known for writing “The Hobbit” and the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”
A performer in the karaoke scene gets hit on by a youngster half her age because she encouraged him to perform a song and dance number for the sake of musical expression.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban answers many questions about Harry’s father’s past and reveals the deepest powers true friendship can unlock.
An article on growing up with the "Scary Stories" series and how it continues to have an impact on the individual and society.
An in-depth book review of James Redfield's novel, which is a continuation of The Celestine Prophecy, a bestseller. Literary and metaphysical commentary. An interview with the author on two-part video