The Dead Zone

At the centre of the impending storm is a teacher at the local high school, a young man who goes by the unlikely name of John Smith, no middle name. Johnny is a charming, sympathetic character, a teacher beloved by his students, and he is in love with Sarah Bracknell. In his heart of hearts, Johnny believes that teaching is his true talent, and is what he has been intended to do in this life.

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Literature Monday: White Oleander, Janet Fitch

Hello, beautiful people! I know it’s not a Monday today, but I submitted my last paper of the semester last Tuesday and I was so excited to work on non-academic fare that I just had to publish this entry. White Oleander by Janet Fitch is a book that always seemed to be in my periphery, but I […]

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Literature Monday: The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter

My experience with this collection of reimagined fairy tales is rather strange. I love fairy tales, myths, and all of their brethren. I love dark, dangerous, tragic tales. During my first read-through, the language used was almost too flowery for me – and yet, the more I delved in, the more I enjoyed myself.

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Literature Monday: Coraline, Neil Gaiman

A few weeks into the Fall semester of 2014, I had the crazy and not particularly well-thought out idea that I should write a series of reviews featuring four horror stories by authors I had never read before. The reviews would have been up on the blog in time for Halloween month, but as is usual […]

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Literature Monday: Fevre Dream, George RR Martin

As I have mentioned before, I adore vampire literature. I love books about things that go bump in the night, and I love even more when those things are preternatural and you don’t hear them until they’re right at your jugular. One hot summer’s day after work a few years ago, I went to my […]

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Literature Monday: Anis Mojgani, Come Closer

When Mikaius and I started going out, one of the first things we shared with each other was our favourite poets and poems. We would sit in his bed, cuddle under the sheets, and watch video after video of spoken word performances. Ever since that fateful February, this month has been, to me, a period that […]

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Literature Monday: JRR Tolkien, Children of Hurin

Another Tolkien tale? Why yes, this is another Tolkien tale! Don’t worry, though, this is the last time that I do an author twice in a row. I couldn’t resist because CoH really is a great (and shortish!) read. I usually recommend this one to friends who want to read Tolkien but are intimidated by […]

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Literature Monday: Alexander Smith, Barbara

While I was on a quest earlier today to find a warm place to study for my exams (sorry, Robarts, but you’re terribly chilly), I passed by a book sale at Trinity College! I figured that it was the perfect break between four to five hour stretches of intense reading, and at the very least I […]

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Literature Monday: Andrea Gibson, Maybe I Need You

Today, I am feeling a little dark and dreary. I’ll let Andrea Gibson’s magic speak for itself – and here is the link to the performance of it. Listen to the performance, then once again, listen to it as you read the words. It is a moving experience. The winter I told you I think icicles […]

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