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    Book Review: The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

    I walked out of a large retail store with The Casual Vacancy tucked under my arm. A passerby stopped me, chuckled, and said, “I heard that book is a bore.” I was a little annoyed with him, because I wanted to judge the entertainment and literary value of J.K. Rowling’s first novel written for adult readers myself. I hope to provide a fair book review for those of you who may want to read the novel. As just about every book reviewer in the world has stated, The Casual Vacancy is not magical in any sense, meaning there are no wizards, Muggles, mail delivery owls, etc.  Any reader hoping for a fantasy will…

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    Book Review: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

    Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s The Angel’s Game is a mystery within a mystery within a mystery. No, that’s not a typographical error. I have been more careful in my second reading of the novel. Much of what I read the first time was forgotten. I don’t know if my memory failed because there are so many interweaving tales, or if I was overwhelmed the first time by the dark nature of the story. I can offer that the book is due a second reading by everyone who has read it once. I did not find the tale evil this time; however, I would definitely label it gothic noir. The Angel’s Game…

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    Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

    If you have loved deeply, endured a decline in a relationship, and made it through a painful breakup you’ll understand many of the emotions (e.g., disappointment, apathy, disgust, rage, sorrow) experienced by wedded partners Nick and Amy Dunne. You may even, now that hindsight has given you 20-20 vision, be able to admit that a partner wasn’t wholly responsible for the building and dis-assembly of a relationship. After all, it takes two to tango no matter how badly or how perfectly each of you dances! Gillian Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl, exposes readers to the Dunne’s tangled marriage through Nick’s and Amy’s individual point of view. Chapters go back and forth…