If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is the latest in Young Adult trilogies to be made into film franchises. At least I’m assuming that’s the plan, as the first installment is slated to hit theaters Friday. Unlike its more supernatural counterparts, Gayle Forman’s novel lacks any mythological creatures, but never fear:she more than overcompensates for it with an obscenely sappy depiction of teenage existence. Continue reading “If I Stay by Gayle Forman”

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The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth

I have a bad habit of selecting books based on their cover art, which consistently results in anger and disappointment. In spite of the proven futility of this method, I again fell into the trap when I purchased E.B Hudspeth’s The Resurrectionist. In my defense, though, look at this cover – this is right up my alley; I really had no choice in the matter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00987MQRQ/ref=s9_cskin_gw_p351_d0_i2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1JK1GBCFGMQZBGG5Y7TT&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1389517282&pf_rd_i=507846
This novel had a lot of things going against it: I liked the cover art, it seemed to be a Gothic novel, and it apparently drew on classics such as Frankenstein and The Island of Doctor Moreau. These should all be good qualities, but have inevitably let me down in the past. Both mentioned books are personal favorites, so when I detect their influence in contemporary novels, my hackles go up and I prepare to defend their honor. Their honor, for once, did not need defended. Continue reading “The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth”