Thursday, July 2, 2015
One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure
A review of William S. Burroughs' "junky" and a commentary on the heroin lifestyle. In William S. Burrough's "Junky", a newly graduated English major scraps his middle class life in favor of the opiate addict lifestyle. Published in 1952, this semi-autobiography shows insight into the drug culture and underworld at the time. The main character, William Lee (nicknamed "Bill"), comes into possession of some morphine, and wondering about the allure of the substance to his buyers, decides to try his first "shot". William Lee quickly learns that opium consumes your life, giving junkies their own sense of time and distorted priorities.
"Eight Twisted Shorts" by Nathan Lichtwar:
Eight Twisted Shorts is, obviously, eight short stories and the second offering from the author of Peckerwood Twist, Nathan Lichtwar. Here's a brief review of each story.
A Review Of The Book: The Wizards Return By Michael Walsh:
The Wizards Return has magic, breath-stopping fight scenes, laughter and a message that will have any young adult readers rethinking the world around them. It is a true fantasy adventure that will have young readers asking for more.
Four Life Lessons From Aeschylus's Oresteia:
Greek tragedy contains valuable life advice. Its dispense comes in form of conflicts, searches and connection.
The Masque of the Red Death: A Review:
Edgar Allan Poe, a prolific American writer, journalist, and literary critic was born in Boston on January 19th, 1809. After his parents' death at an early age he was sent to live with a foster family (The Allans) who never officially adopted him and was eventually disowned by them. After winning a short story contest in 1833 he became a literary critic for the magazine (The Southern Literary Messenger) and later married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia in 1836. In 1845 Poe published his poem The Raven that rendered him nationally famous but later his infrequent but intense drinking bouts gave him a bad reputation although he continued to produce excellent short stories (Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Gold Bug) which brought him acclaim in America, England, and especially in France. Many of Poe's stories take place in Paris and the French poet Baudelaire translated many of Poe's works. Unfortunately, after his wife's death Poe (1847), fell apart and died two years later on October 7, 1849.
Book Review: High Five:
"High Five" is another interesting and attention-getting creation of the number one New York Times Bestselling author Janet Evanovich. It combines suspense with humour.
Strump - A World of Shadows by Michael Alexander Beas:
The genre of fantasy fiction has proved quite a popular one over the past few years. J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" and J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series received a very good response from the audience. Readers' engagement with these novels was such that it compelled authors to write sequel after sequel in order to satiate their curiosity and imaginative pleasures. The credit definitely goes to these legendary authors who with their superior skills of writing have made fantastical elements and mythical creatures appear real.
Station Eleven, an Elegant Take on The Dystopian Theme:
A review of "Station Eleven" - a novel by Emily St. John Mandel. A straightforward perception of a delicate book.