On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

Trigger Warning: This post contains discussion of rape and sexual assault.

Let me start by saying that Reign is a great show. I started watching during the break between seasons one and two and haven’t turned back since. In a lot of ways, Reign is typical CW fare, pretty people’s pretty problems, but in others, it’s a very progressive and feminist look (even if wildly historically inaccurate) at the life of one of history’s most notorious and fascinating women. Continue reading On #Reign, Rape And Sexual Assault As Plot Device

31 Days of Halloween — Day 6, “Lake Mungo”

The Palmers are a family struggling to cope with a devastating loss – the death of their 16-year-old daughter Alice in a drowning accident. The little family – mom, dad, and older brother – can’t quite put the pieces back together in the months after her body was found. Mother June refuses to accept that her daughter is really dead, rolling over the what ifs and maybes until she’s nearly incapacitated by grief. Matthew, her older brother, starts withdrawing into himself, finding small comfort in his photography hobby. And dad Russell – he’s trying to hold it all together.

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Oculus: Or Why I Was Right to be Scared of Mirrors

Official Synopsis: A brother and sister reunite 11 years after a tragedy in order to destroy the evil mirror responsible for the death of their parents.

Snap Synopsis: HAUNTED MIRROR. NOPE.

“OH SHIT!” Moments: Lost track. Just never buy antiques or peer into a mirror ever again. Continue reading Oculus: Or Why I Was Right to be Scared of Mirrors

Ready Player One by Ernest C. Cline

This is not my kind of book. In fact, I only read it because someone else insisted I preview it before they give it a try. I have little interest in cyberlaw (just check out my grade in that class) and know very little about videogame culture, and even less about classic arcade culture. (Except for pinball. Love pinball.) Continue reading Ready Player One by Ernest C. Cline

We Try It: BzzAgent

Do you like to get free stuff? Excellent! You should totally sign up for BzzAgent, a site that matches you with companies that will send you free products or give you access to free services in exchange for reviews. Continue reading We Try It: BzzAgent

Book Review: While You’re Away, Part 1

There’s been a lot of buzz in the past year or so about the “new adult” genre. Seems like it’s still finding its legs. From what I can gather, the characters are a little older than those in young adult. There’s often some sort of college setting. Definitely more sex. Continue reading Book Review: While You’re Away, Part 1

Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

I love YA. Anyone who’s ever said hello to me, seen my bursting bookshelves or gone to a book signing where I’m the oldest one there without a tween in tow, knows that. Continue reading Interview: Susane Colasanti, YA Author, “All I Need”

Books: “Pastors’ Wives” by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

I’ve been thinking a lot about religion. For many years I tried to avoid the topic. I grew up Catholic, have 13 years of parochial education, and a degree from a Jesuit university. I felt done.  Continue reading Books: “Pastors’ Wives” by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen