Double Cross by Carolyn Crane

“Most people think happiness is about gaining something, but it’s not. It’s all about getting rid of the darkness you accumulate.” And this is what Justine Jones, hypochrandriac and professional dissolusionist, intends to do in Double Cross by Carolyn Crane. The plot is twisting, the characters surprising, and the ending fantastic. Justine Jones has finally … Continue reading

Spring Photos

Newhouse entrance

It’s a Syracuse spring, so that means it’s overcast and rainy. Very encouraging and motivating, right? But that doesn’t mean my gloomy corner of the world doesn’t have it’s spots of beauty. Here’s a bit of what I’ve seen so far.

My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Asher Lev is a member of the Ladover Jewish community in Brooklyn. His family has been devoted to their holy man, the Rebbe, for three generations. But Asher has little interest in following his family’s path. He has a gift that his family considers a curse: art. His skill with a pencil, brush, clay is … Continue reading

The Secret Countess

Anna, once the daughter of a Russian Count, finds her life flipped upside down. Her father’s dead, and her family, along with the rest of the Russian royal family, have had to flee the country. Anna, her mother, her younger brother, and her old governess end up in London, a part of the working class. … Continue reading

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The Media Industry: A Changing Landscape

The Internet. Lap tops.  Smartphones. Tablets. These have changed the face of the media landscape, and really the world, in just a few spins of the globe. They have lowered the barriers of entry, made creating content and distributing it easier, made it possible to target consumers on a one-on-one basis, opened the world’s eyes … Continue reading

Where does it come from?

mohinder suresh

Mohinder: Where does it come from? This quest, this need to solve life’s mysteries when the simplest of questions can never be answered. Why are we here? What is the soul? Why do we dream? Perhaps we’d be better off not looking at all. Not delving, not yearning. That’s not human nature. Not the human … Continue reading

Hunger by Jackie Kessler

War. Pestilence. Death. Famine. These are the four Riders of the Apocalypse. A myth to many, a thing of the future to some. But imagine if they were real, and they were wandering the earth right now. And now imagine being one of these riders. This is the premise for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse: … Continue reading

Love Takes Hostages

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible, isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all those defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can … Continue reading

Writers Taking on 2011: Worries and The End (Part V)

eBook piracy

While social media, digital books, and self-publishing have opened new doors for writers, a few things do leave them concerned about the future of the publishing industry. Stacey O’Neale love Amazon, since they give the reader more power over what they want to read and when. But sometimes readers abuse that power. “I think their … Continue reading

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