It’s time to send the little ones off to dreamland and set your book lights to “spooky” as you once again commute to another grueling night’s labor at The Nightmare Factory! Meet your two fearsome foremen Joe and Steve(n), the tentacular terrors that oversee the torment as we mine your subconscious for the precious mind-metals that are your deepest, most disturbing nightmares. Take pride in the knowledge that your fright incarnate fuels our ferry as we traverse the nether realms of the human spirit, exploring the far reaches of fearfulness like so many cenobites as we document the depths of depravity. This month’s kindling is Clive Barker’s Books of Blood 1-3 (ISBN: 0425165582), so light your senses ablaze tonight, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. as you wriggle out of the woodwork to join us in BookPeople’s teeming tomb of a cafe to discuss this undisputed master of the…
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Night Film by Marisha Pessl
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years. For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself. Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.
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Most of the students are already dreading their “special” assignment. As they walk dawdling into the room and see the prompt “Write about someone who was a good influence on you” the moans begin to crescendo. Many students quickly run out of different ways to say their selected individual is a really great friend or always there for me. Then, they turn in a repetitive fifty word essay. Others blatantly admit, “There is no one I admire.”
It doesn’t matter how this prompt is worded: Describe a person you admire, Write about someone you look up to. Students still struggle to write cohesive and interesting essays about positive role models. So I try to help, “Tell me about the person you hate the least.” Then, I tried trying turning this around. “Tell me about the person you hate the most.” Interesting responses. Evidently this was much easier to write. However…
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As you may or may not know, I’ve been a fan of Marsha Cornelius’ work ever since I read the thrilling H10N1 (find the review here). Sure, it could have been the fact that I work with the flu virus that made that book so exciting, but I soon followed it up with her next work, The Ups and Downs of Being Dead (review here.) So, once I heard that she had a third book coming out, Losing It All, I knew I had to give it a try. The only problem was that it had a romance-type feel to it, of which I am not accustomed to reading. But, since I am working on overcoming my tendency to be a genre snob, I figured I should give it a try!
Losing It All tells the story of Frank Barnes and Chloe Roberts. Frank is a…
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Author: Victoria Scott
Genre: YA paranormal, fantasy
Published: August 27th 2013
Publisher: Entangle Teen
Source: E-ARC from YA Bound
Bad boy, meet bad girl.
Dante has a shiny new cuff wrapped around his ankle, and he doesn’t like that mess one bit. His new accessory comes straight from Big Guy himself and marks the former demon as a liberator. Despite his gritty past and bad boy ways, Dante Walker has been granted a second chance.
When Dante is given his first mission as a liberator to save the soul of seventeen-year-old Aspen, he knows he’s got this. But Aspen reminds him of the rebellious life he used to live and is making it difficult to resist sinful temptations. Though Dante is…
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