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2 01, 2013

Review: The Books They Gave Me by Jen Adams

By | January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Essays & Correspondence, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , , |3 Comments


tumblr_m7bwmwRgBJ1qzkkm2Reviewed by A.D. Cole

My first thought? No one’s ever gifted me a book. But then it suddenly came to me that all of my most memorable gifts have been books. I must have taken it for granted, as books have always been an essential part of my existence. But my best childhood Christmas was when I opened a box containing that hardbound collector’s edition of The Hobbit…the green one with the runes etched around the edges and it’s own box to slide it in when you’re finished reading. And upon my first meeting with the man I would later marry, he gifted me with a history book written by Sir Walter Scott who, he had learned through our previous correspondence, was my favorite author. Later, for my birthday, he gave me a 4th edition American Heritage dictionary which prompted, from me,

28 12, 2012

Review: Stop What You’re Doing and Read This!

By | December 28th, 2012|Categories: Essays & Correspondence, Literature & Fiction|Tags: |2 Comments


9780099565949Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

The world of literature is a living world that records human experience. Through literature, whether it is a poem, a memoir, or a piece of fiction, we can be transported into a powerful, cathartic world of knowledge and imagination. The world of literature grows and changes with society in both positive and negative ways. With the introduction of technology, for example, reading has become more accessible, yet arguably less appreciated. It is the impact of these various changes in the reading and the collective passion for writing that bonds the authors together in Stop What You’re Doing and Read This! The contributors range from fiction writers like Zadie Smith and Mark Haddon to specialists in language and reading and literature instructors. No matter what background these contributors come from, each one holds an intense respect and passion for