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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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    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

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Triangles by Ellen Hopkins
Triangles

Hubert, October 9, 2011

Very clever writing of Hopkins in this book. Her experiment with the poetry format, the three different perspectives, the different fonts all make for a perspective on the lives of three women that has more dimensions than an ordinary novel. The characters of the three women are well defined, broad and deep, and give an insight in the lives of women who we would call 'ordinary', but turn out to have deep motives for what they do or not do. The story keeps a tension, problems are solved at some point, yet the lives of the three characters will go on when the book is finished, the book is a glimpse in three lives, unfinished and satisfactory at the same time.
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Burned by Thomas Enger
Burned

Hubert, October 9, 2011

Enger carefully builds Henning Juul as the main character in this novel, revealing his background, history and behaviors one part at a time. These characteristics are cunningly woven into the story, making for a detective novel where tweaks and twists in the plot come unexpected and naturally at the same time. The plot has enough twists to keep the book interesting until the very last page, even when the culprit has been unveiled. No artificial moves or jumps in the plot, the story logic is correct and intriguing. I enjoyed reading the book, and would look forward to next publications. ( )
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Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford
Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

Hubert, March 10, 2011

Gripping and gruesome. Quite the book about parents living with the abduction and killing of their son and the long investigation to convict the killer. A book about the feelings of guilt, the "if I only" thoughts, and how these persist for 25 years. And the same parents living with a failing police team, learning how pride of individuals leads to the failing of an investigation, dragging it on for more than 25 years. Be ready for an intense read, for details that you probably won't like, and imagine that you're the parent of Adam.
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3) by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (The Millennium Trilogy #3)

Hubert, March 13, 2010

What an absolute pity that with the death of the author the heroin will not re-appear in future books. The third novel in the Millennium series brings Salandar out hospital, and out of the grip that the secret service holds on her. And she doe it in her own unique way, supported by expected (Blomqvist) and unexpected friends. Explicit or implied violence is part of the story, as is the sexual life of some of the characters. Larsson merges the characters, their stories, and the events into a page-turner that kept me reading in every spare hour until I finished it.
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Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Greg Mortenson and Mike Bryan
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Hubert, December 22, 2009

CHganging the world - one village at a time.

After reading "Three Cups of Tea" I've been looking forward to the description of the next years of Greg and his CAI. The book doesn't disappoint, and Greg is doing a wonderful job of giving honors to the people who do the work in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He's no longer in the role of a do-er, but the weight behind the fund-raising and publicity that is so necessary to build schools where nobody dares to go. So he dedicates the book to the stories of the men and women on the ground, and tells about the challenges, successes and hardships that they experience while building schools for girls.
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