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.
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...
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...
"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.
This is a dark and thrilling novel set in the Gothic heart of Barcelona, Spain. The story has many elements: it's part mystery, part tragedy, and part love letter to great literature.
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.
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"
A great thrilled ruined by a weak ending that didn't make much sense and seemed out of character for the characters involved...
Some books have incredible appeal and others don't. After reading a dozen novels by Lee Child with Jack Reacher as the main character, I've discovered some clues to explain the phenomenon.
Sidney Sheldon is the 7th best selling author of all time. He has written over 200 scripts for TV series, but it is his 18 novels for which he is best known. I'd like to introduce you to five of my favourite Sidney Sheldon novels.
Advice Of Mother Catapulted Dearen To Win Spur Award, Which Is Western Writers' Equivalent Of An Oscar Award
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?
Although Jay Gatsby is most commonly associated with nostalgia, all the major male characters in The Great Gatsby demonstrate longing for the past. Each indulges in nostalgia at some level and each is driven at least partly by futile longing for the past. Fitzgerald uses the obsession with the past which these men share to represent the nostalgic culture of America during the 1920s.
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.
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.
An opinionated review of an American classic. Why is Gatsby idolized? Why is Nick useless? Why was Fitzgerald a hypocrite? Read on.
The esteemed author of The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series is popular for many reasons. Read on for a few of mine...
In her work, "A New England Nun," Mary E. Wilkins Freeman illustrates a woman's struggle with the commitment of marriage. This essay examines how Freeman illustrates the feminine struggle to be independent while being dedicated to a man.
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.
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.
In Dorothy Sayer's Gaudy Night, Latin quotations carry important subtexts that are inaccessible to modern readers. Here are my translations and interpretations of these phrases, to help you discover nuances which dictionaries and online translators cannot give you.
An article on growing up with the "Scary Stories" series and how it continues to have an impact on the individual and society.
The Cafe by the Sea is a humorous look at the contrast between city and country life, and where our souls long to rest.
Kate Atkinson, Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Carol Goodman deliver modern literary mysteries guaranteed to add spookiness, dread, and thrills to your reading experience.
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.
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.
Jack London's short story, Love of Life, is the most gripping tale of survival you will ever read. One man's struggle for life against impossible odds including bears, wolves and starvation.
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.
Behind the guise of vampirism, Bram Stoker addresses sexuality through the lens of Victorian attitudes and morals.
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.
Joshua Cabucos' essay argues for the transformative and morally enlightening elements of Craig Silvey's award-winning novel. Great term paper example.
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
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.
"Solomon Bull" is a noir mystery/adventure book centering around a grueling athletic competition and several conspiracies.
An examination of Neil Gaiman's third volume of the Sandman series, Dream Country, using various literary criticism techniques.
Agatha Christie remains one of the most popular and famous of mystery writers. She often used poison to dispatch her victims. This article covers some of the common, and readily available, poisons she used, plus also the not-so common poisons.
A literary review and summary of Jim Morrison's Returning to Earth, an American realist novel with a focus on the question of life and death.
Author Cain is still my favorite writer and I just finished reading a Steven King book for the first time. I've heard Mr. King has dictated his series, Mr. Mercedes, to James M Cain.
A book analysis on the binary meanings and undertones of the classic novel--Perfume: the Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind
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
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.
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.
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".
Three women share a college dorm room and develop a relationship that lasts for years until it finally implodes.
The Apocalypse is this Saturday, right before dinner. Do you think you can survive it? I doubt you can, unless if you have read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Just warning you...
Children’s literature offers a wonderful mixture of magic and reality. This article aims to explore child development theories through the lens of James and the Giant Peach.
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.
"Who Is The Girl in the Picture?" is about a group of five friends who are being haunted by an evil ghost named, Christina. If they don't find out who Christina is, then she may kill them all.
"Forbidden Thoughts" is a cutting edge 2017 scifi anthology full of stories on challenging the unspoken or violently enforced rules of what can say, do or think.
The Night Sister exposes generations of beastly family secrets and the monsters that hide in dark towers.
Zitkala Sa's "The Soft Hearted Sioux" narrates the life of a young Sioux man who becomes a Christian and tries to live his life according to the Bible but has to overcome his family's beliefs.
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.
A thesis paper discussing the character of Mr. Martin in James Thuber's short story, "The Catbird Seat." The hub contains an outline as well as the paper.
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.
A crusading counsellor, a brave barrister, a slick solicitor, a daring detective, a lithe lawyer and a courageous crusader. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, I give you, without further ado, Perry Mason, Attorney at Law.
"Hell Will Rise" is a 2017 horror-thriller that constantly leaves readers wondering what will happen next. The book follows Hunter Garciez as he fights to rescue his sister.
The Little Prince is a beautifully written classic by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and is packed with colorful and satirical life lessons that will help you recover the wonderment of childhood.
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 examination of Angela Carter's "The Company of Wolves," from the perspective of its inversion of the most familiar versions of Little Red Riding Hood.
A quick look at the famous dystopic novel "Fahrenheit 451," and how it relates to our modern society.
Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro is a fiction novel written in 1914, two years after the end of the Meiji era and the death of Emperor Meiji. This historical event assists Soseki in creating a contrast between tradition and modernity.
We've all read Mills and Boon, haven't we? However, I wonder if you've found some things common in most of them.
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.
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.
Do you love the romance novels of Nora Roberts? Check out these books by similar authors--you may find a new author to love!
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.
In this essay, I analyze the cause of William S. Burroughs' heroin addiction and how his shadow self is revealed through his novel "Junky".
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.
Hassan is an important character within the novel "The Kite Runner" and below is the general outline of his character. Being the loyal friend of Amir (the protagonist and narrator of the story), and having powerful history with his family, he is...
A brief summary and review of John Hersey's novel "Hiroshima." Ideal for current high school or college students reading the novel.
This is a close reading of the short story, “Everything in this Country Must” by Colum McCann, from the book of the same title. I must warn the reader that this piece contains many spoilers so read no further if that is a concern. ...
A rich and thoughtful analysis of the characters in the book, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read with an open mind and more so... an open heart.
An overview of the important themes about science and religion that are explored in the novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.
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.
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?
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.
"Jedi Summer with The Magnetic Kid" is a creepy yet bittersweet coming of age tale from horror writer John Boden.
This is a book review of Arthur Koestler's historical fiction work, Darkness At Noon. The novel focuses on main character Rubashov, as he goes from right hand man to Joseph Stalin, to prison within his own communist government.
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.
A look at the famous war book Going After Cacciato by Tim Obrien. It is a book about heroism, confusion of war, and what happens to people in war situations. It is a gripping story of what happens to our heroes.
Article applies Erich Fromm's theory of immature love to the characters and events in Milan Kundera's short story The Hitchhiking Game, in which a young couple play a psychologically dangerous game in which each become strangers.
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.
Mel Carriere reviews Nevil Shute's On the Beach, a model of literary aerodynamic efficiency, as part of his ongoing Lunchtime Lit series.
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?
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.
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.
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.
For that paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiriation, these are the authors who's books I always have close.
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.
This article analyses the text Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. This includes an analysis of the effect of the setting, the issue of female and religious oppression, archetypes, etc.
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.
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.
Dickens places Pip in a world layered with guilt in "Great Expectations" to show the reader the effect that environment has on development.
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.
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.
In all, it’s a magnificent piece, one that, while short, conveys some very important solutions for social problems that even members of modern society have difficulty dealing with. Cahan skillfully communicates the need to act, to “strike while the iron is hot,” and not to wait while it cools for fear that sparks may fly into our faces or that the steel may crack.
"Collateral Crimes" is a modern action-mystery novel written in classic style. What are the pros and cons of this debut novel by Jeffrey Yochim?
It's hard to avoid at Barnes and Noble right now. Here's what I think about the latest YA bestseller, Red Queen.
An analysis of Harrison Bergeron and Welcome to the Monkey House, two of the most famous short stories by Kurt Vonnegut.
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.
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.
The use of Sylvia as the protagonist gave the story a real quality to it. The world as seen through the eyes of a pre-teen, streetsmart kid, and the realization that there was still a lot to learn in an unfair world.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is an eventful and vibrant story about what happens to the people around us when we love, too much.
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.
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.
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.
This article is an analysis of "The Dead" by James Joyce. It explores the themes of repetition and the "living dead."
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.