Sep
22
2011
Photo of the day

 
Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, Ariel, and he is even more tormented when mysterious and unnerving photographs start to appear, some of which feature him.  He begins to fall apart, wondering if Ariel has returned to punish him and to seek vengeance.  Since Ariel has been gone, Evan’s been unable to sleep properly thinking of his role in her absence.  Someone is stalking and threatening him through these photographs and as Evan starts to sort out the mystery, the more he becomes paranoid and insomniac and the more he starts to unravel himself. David Levithan’s “Every You, Every Me” is creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between texts so the reader can see the photographs.
 

Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, Ariel, and he is even more tormented when mysterious and unnerving photographs start to appear, some of which feature him.  He begins to fall apart, wondering if Ariel has returned to punish him and to seek vengeance.  Since Ariel has been gone, Evan’s been unable to sleep properly thinking of his role in her absence.  Someone is stalking and threatening him through these photographs and as Evan starts to sort out the mystery, the more he becomes paranoid and insomniac and the more he starts to unravel himself. David Levithan’s “Every You, Every Me” is creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between texts so the reader can see the photographs.

 

Tags : Every You Every Me David Levithan

Jul
25
2011
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In this book, author Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction with regards to Cleopatra.  Known to the world as a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator, Cleopatra is a rich woman living in a palace shimmering with onyx and gold but richer still when it comes to political and sexual intrigue.  Incest and assassination were her family’s specialties being married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war to the first and poised the second.  She had children with two of the most prominent Romans namely Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.  She deliberately hid her real self behind vulgar display and for all the wrong reasons, she has gone down in history.  Cleopatra died before Jesus was born and her first biographers never met her.  What remains of her home is 20 feet underwater.

In this book, author Stacy Schiff separates fact from fiction with regards to Cleopatra.  Known to the world as a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator, Cleopatra is a rich woman living in a palace shimmering with onyx and gold but richer still when it comes to political and sexual intrigue.  Incest and assassination were her family’s specialties being married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war to the first and poised the second.  She had children with two of the most prominent Romans namely Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.  She deliberately hid her real self behind vulgar display and for all the wrong reasons, she has gone down in history.  Cleopatra died before Jesus was born and her first biographers never met her.  What remains of her home is 20 feet underwater.

Tags : Cleopatra Stacy Schiff

May
28
2011
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One January, American professor Trevor Stratton discovered a box of mementos hidden inside his Paris office drawer.  These mementos were documents and artifacts from World War I owned by a charming and feisty Frenchwoman named Louise Brunet who lived through both World Wars.  Stratton examined the relics and there, he begun to imagine Brunet’s life like her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who was working for her father and her attraction to a neighbor in 13 rue Therese. 
The more Stratton spent his time cataloguing each item of Brunet’s documents, the truer his imaginations of her, and the more he took notice of another Frenchwoman named Josianne, his clerk, with whom Stratton started falling in love with.

One January, American professor Trevor Stratton discovered a box of mementos hidden inside his Paris office drawer.  These mementos were documents and artifacts from World War I owned by a charming and feisty Frenchwoman named Louise Brunet who lived through both World Wars.  Stratton examined the relics and there, he begun to imagine Brunet’s life like her love for a cousin who died in the war, her marriage to a man who was working for her father and her attraction to a neighbor in 13 rue Therese.

The more Stratton spent his time cataloguing each item of Brunet’s documents, the truer his imaginations of her, and the more he took notice of another Frenchwoman named Josianne, his clerk, with whom Stratton started falling in love with.

Tags : 13 rue Therese Elena Mauli Shapiro

Mar
24
2011
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When the planet of Lorien was invaded by the evil Mogadarians, nine special infants, along with their guardians, were sent to Earth for safe refuge.  Human in appearance, these infants were to wait until their superpowers be developed so they could return to Lorien and restore it.  But as these infants grew into teenagers, the Mogadarians have pursued them on Earth.  And since these chosen ones were protected by a charm, they can only be killed in numeric order.  
Three of the chosen ones were already dead and John Smith is Number Four.  And the only way to keep himself and his protector named Henri hidden was to keep moving, never staying in one place for long.  As both kept moving from town to town, living anonymously and staying several steps ahead of the assassins, others seem to sense John Smith’s otherness and it was only a matter of time before his true nature will be revealed.  For John, there was no space for love, friendship or a future.  His only goal was to protect himself and the other five…
 

When the planet of Lorien was invaded by the evil Mogadarians, nine special infants, along with their guardians, were sent to Earth for safe refuge.  Human in appearance, these infants were to wait until their superpowers be developed so they could return to Lorien and restore it.  But as these infants grew into teenagers, the Mogadarians have pursued them on Earth.  And since these chosen ones were protected by a charm, they can only be killed in numeric order. 

Three of the chosen ones were already dead and John Smith is Number Four.  And the only way to keep himself and his protector named Henri hidden was to keep moving, never staying in one place for long.  As both kept moving from town to town, living anonymously and staying several steps ahead of the assassins, others seem to sense John Smith’s otherness and it was only a matter of time before his true nature will be revealed.  For John, there was no space for love, friendship or a future.  His only goal was to protect himself and the other five…

 

Tags : I Am Number Four Pittacus Lore

Feb
15
2011
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A Bavarian town called Schongau tasted the bitterness of having to witness terrifying witch trials and burning of women at the stake.  Seventy years after, those dark memories once again haunted its streets when more children started disappearing and an orphan boy – crudely marked with a tattoo – was found dead.  The hysteria became intolerable when a dying boy was pulled from the river having the same tattoo on his shoulder.
Whether witchcraft was involved in such brutalities, hangman Jakob Kuisl was summoned to investigate the case, forcing him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdalena, along with Simon, the university-educated son of the town’s Physician, Jakob discovered that a devil was indeed loose in Schongau. And along with that horrifying discovery, Jakob must also try to prevent more bloodshed to happen in his town.

A Bavarian town called Schongau tasted the bitterness of having to witness terrifying witch trials and burning of women at the stake.  Seventy years after, those dark memories once again haunted its streets when more children started disappearing and an orphan boy – crudely marked with a tattoo – was found dead.  The hysteria became intolerable when a dying boy was pulled from the river having the same tattoo on his shoulder.

Whether witchcraft was involved in such brutalities, hangman Jakob Kuisl was summoned to investigate the case, forcing him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdalena, along with Simon, the university-educated son of the town’s Physician, Jakob discovered that a devil was indeed loose in Schongau. And along with that horrifying discovery, Jakob must also try to prevent more bloodshed to happen in his town.

Tags : The Hangman's Daughter Oliver Potzsch