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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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The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
The Woman Who Died a Lot

Stephanie Hammerwold, January 1, 2013

This is probably my favorite of the Thursday Next novels. After a shift in perspective in the previous Thursday Next book, our original Thursday is back. This is full of the humor and literary references that make Fforde's books a fun read for any book addict. If you haven't read any of the Thursday Next books before, start with The Eyre Affair and work toward this one.
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One of Our Thursdays Is Missing by Jasper Fforde
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

Stephanie Hammerwold, January 1, 2012

This novel is a bit of a departure from the previous Thursday Next novels in that it's told by the written counterpart to the Thursday who narrated the first five novels. As a huge fan of the series, I gobbled this book up as soon as it arrived on my doorstep. It took a little while to get used to the voice of the written Thursday, but I really grew to like her. She gives the reader a different perspective on the "real world" Thursday. There are of course the literary references and wit typical of Fforde's book, and we get a reimagined version of the book world. Despite the fact that Fforde draws from well known books, he writes a very clever and original story. If you love fiction and haven't read any of Fforde's books before, start at the beginning with The Eyre Affair.
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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Stephanie Hammerwold, January 22, 2011

This is the third book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Even though this book is marketed to young adults, it really is just as exciting a read for adults. This trilogy shows a futuristic dystopia where the masses are controlled by an extreme version of reality TV broadcast by the government. Katniss is the main character, and it's refreshing to see such a strong, smart female protagonist. Collins shows us that when violence is involved, there are ultimately no winners. I like that she doesn't make this a story where everyone is happy when they kill the bad guys. There are consequences for everyone's actions. In an age where the information broadcast on TV and the Internet has a huge effect on what we think and do, Collins's trilogy raises a lot of questions about what we accept as truth.
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The Flea Palace
The Flea Palace

Stephanie Hammerwold, April 14, 2008

Şafak is one of the best contemporary Turkish writers. Forget trying to force your way through the overblown prose of Orhan Pamuk, try Şafak instead. Out of all the Turkish literature I have read, Şafak's work (especially in this book) best captures the eccentric vibe of Istanbul.
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Bag of Bones: A Novel by Stephen King
Bag of Bones: A Novel

Stephanie Hammerwold, April 14, 2008

I finished this book a few days ago, but the story still lingers in my mind. The way that Stephen King writes about Sara Laughs and the surrounding town makes me want to move there--ghosts and all! The story is very tangible and engaging.
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