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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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The Prisoner of Heaven (P.S.) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Prisoner of Heaven (P.S.)

Amanda L Klehr, April 9, 2014

The third in Ruiz Zafon's Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, and even though it states in the introduction that you could read them out of order, I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as thoroughly. Regardless, it is a good read and a nice but shorter installment in the overall narrative. It leads the reader on an incredible journey of mystery and betrayal, of love and death. It has a major nod to classic books, namely Dumas's "The Count of Monte Cristo." Worth a read, but I personally suggest reading the first, "The Shadow of the Wind" before delving into this one.
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The Graphic Canon, Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons by Russ Kick
The Graphic Canon, Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons

Amanda L Klehr, March 27, 2014

I read about this series through an NPR news story. I was compelled to see how classic and epic literature would be interpreted into a visual or comic form and was not disappointed. From religious texts to the "The Tale of Genji" and even to the political and satirical essay from Benjamin Franklin ("Fart Proudly"), all sorts of different pieces have been chosen for this collection. I would recommend it to anyone who likes comic books as well as those that enjoy classic literature.
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The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles #1)

Amanda L Klehr, March 27, 2014

It has been a long time since I have found a fantasy book I so thoroughly enjoyed that I found myself feeling the same emotions as the characters. Rothfuss' story-telling is compelling and exciting. The development of Kvothe's character is at times sad, deep and joyous. The structure of stories-within-stories of the novel is never dull or confusing. Rothfuss paints a world of dangers and wonders that is definitely worth the read. I look forward to picking up the second and third of this series!
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Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle

Amanda L Klehr, January 14, 2013

One biologist's curiosity and obsession, brings this well researched book about the extraordinary uniqueness and diversity of feathers. I first heard about this book on NPR, and myself being a budding ornithologist, knew it was a must read. Thor Hanson's writing style is humorous and informative without being dull. He uses hard science in theory but presents it simply and passionately. His anecdotes throughout the book, spark a connection with the reader. Who isn't fascinated by a bird's flight and has wondered how it is possible? If that is you, you need to read this book.
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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Amanda L Klehr, April 19, 2012

A fun and interesting read. The pictures are weaved seamlessly into the story in a very unique and engaging way. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a little mystery with a bit of "lost" history.
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