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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft

I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff
The House on Paradise Street

JohnLee, January 3, 2013

This book spoke to me of experiences I have lived, taught me about Greece and what it is to be Greek. I enjoy learning about different European cultures. We all rub shoulders here in Europe. It is important to understand each other. History is the key.

Another extremely moving and informative book about the Greek Civil War, which I highly recommend
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Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque
Spilt Milk

JohnLee, January 3, 2013

Just as bossa nova had borrowed from samba and West Coast jazz, so Buarque borrows from Samuel Beckett, Gabriel García Marquez and others. In a now-famous book of 1928, Manifesto Antropófago, Brazil’s leading modernist poet Oswald de Andrade had defined Brazilian literature as anthropophagic, or cannibalistic, “eating” other forms of European and African writing. Spilt Milk, brocaded with a range of literary influences, conforms to the ideal beautifully.
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After the Rain by Karen White
After the Rain

JohnLee, January 3, 2013

I am such a huge fan of Karen White. Whenever I pick up a Karen White novel, I know I am in for a great few hours of reading, living vicariously through vividly drawn characters and their crazy Southern-fried lives. After the Rain takes us back to the small town from Falling Home, little Walton, Georgia. Not only do we return to Walton, but we are smack dab in the middle of the lives we left in Falling Home. I still remember the moment I finished Falling Home and how I was laughing and crying at the same time! Such a fabulous book!
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Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book) by Hilary Mantel
Bring Up the Bodies (A John MacRae Book)

JohnLee, January 2, 2013

What I particularly enjoyed was how Mantel made her characters interesting by baring to us both their internal struggles as well as their external issues. She seems do this by first second-guessing how her characters would react to a given situation. Then she followed this with the character giving us his/her stream-of-consciousness narration to reveal his/her inner thoughts. Mantel finished this off by allowing her characters in that situation their acute observations and incisive remarks. This cycle seems to have worked wonderfully by making each of her major characters like we are watching them in a 3D or IMAX theater. This style also made this historical fiction come alive by making the reader an active participant in the story. This book is just wonderful. My first book finished this year. What a way to start 2013! What a book!
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Turn Coat (Dresden Files #11) by Jim Butcher
Turn Coat (Dresden Files #11)

JohnLee, December 19, 2012

I often have a difficult time reviewing books in a series, so I'll just say this one thing: I'm continually thrilled by the fact that every event in the Dresden Files series is relevant to the struggle in Turn Coat. So many authors miss the "why?" - why start a series at a certain point in time? Why is the main character the focal point, how are they special? Why does anything happen? Jim Butcher has an answer for each question and I want to hug him for it. Once again, he serves up sacrifices and tough blows along with the victories, and it's become clear to me that Butcher and Joss Whedon have a lot in common.
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