50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James – A Scathing Review

50 Shades of Grey opens with the virginal young Anastasia Steele – a reserved college senior majoring in British literature. James does not hesitate to emphasize the obvious comparisons to the loss of purity in Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles – and re-emphasize them, and then emphasize them again for emphasis. Anyway, our inexperienced heroine finds herself interviewing charming CEO Christian Grey for her school paper, and she quickly peaks the interest of the handsome, quirky bizillionaire. Continue reading “50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James – A Scathing Review”

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The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

Andrew Morrison is twenty-three years old and still lives with his mother. Employed by the local Kroger and with no college education, Drew is dedicated to supporting and enabling his alcoholic, agoraphobic mommy. After years of self-neglect, Drew finally throws a temper tantrum and abruptly moves into the degenerate bachelor pad of his childhood friend, Mickey. Mickey’s home is dilapidated, beyond filthy, and chiefly features a mysteriously locked room. Oh, the suspense! Continue reading “The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn”