Mandy

I am worthy of all I have, even when that is nothing. Just me, my words, these clothes I crawl in. My knees are awkward. They bend. I fall. You notice, maybe laugh. All I do is smile, maybe that’s not enough. I talk. This voice feels unused. Can’t remember the last time I spoke […]

A Grim Tale

The floor creaks under weight. A figure dissolves at second glance. A child’s imagination. Underneath, rotting corpses lurk to feed on discarded socks. Kids sleep alone or in pairs on wooden bunk beds. Parents vanish beyond the exit. A decorated soldier stands guard at the exit. Teddy bear is sworn to protect, such a figure […]

Frankenstein [book review]

Mary Shelley Frankenstein Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones, 1818 Story: The classic story of a man of science (Dr. Frankenstein) and his quest for the origin of life. He stumbles upon the knowledge to make his own creature and conducts his experiment to the point of exhaustion and illness. Dr. Frankenstein discovers that electricity […]

Anthem [book review]

Ayn Rand Anthem 105 pages Signet, 1938 Story: Ayn Rand for beginners, a disturbing look at a dark future society in which the individual has become lost among the crowd. There is no independence or encouraged thought; there is only the greater good, no personal desire. Equality 7-2521 is the only name given to the […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [book review]

J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 759 pages, Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) 2007 Story: The last installment of the Harry Potter series continues with Harry’s quest to avenge his loved ones already claimed by the war. He feels personally responsible for those who stand in between him and the Dark Lord. Voldemort […]

Gossamer [book review]

Lois Lowry Gossamer 144 pages Hougton Mifflin, 2006 Story: Dream makers help people by creating dreams made out of fragments of their lives. One little boy named John and his mother need good dreams because of their difficult lives. The giving of dreams is called the bestowal and the story takes us through this nightly […]

City of Ember [book review]

Jeanne Duprau City of Ember 270 pages Yearling, 2003 Story: Lina and Doon are worried that their underground city will soon run out of supplies and that there are certain things the Mayor isn’t telling the citizens of Ember. All the light in the city comes from lamps and floodlights that have to be turned […]

John’s Secret Dreams [book review]

Doreen Rappaport Bryan Collier (Illustrator) John’s Secret Dreams Picture Book Biography Hyperion, 2004 Story: A picture book depicting the life and death of John Lennon. Beautiful artwork that incorporates lyrics from the music of John Lennon and the Beatles. It tells of a boy from Liverpool who didn’t really have a mother and aspired to […]

Demeter [blurb]

The old Rollerdrome with its iron archway was overgrown with plant life. Large dim bulbs illuminated the sign, teenagers still frequented it on weekends. Streets were filled with rundown brick buildings. No one remembered what they were used for anymore. Some people stood outside the buildings selling scavenged amulets and relics. There was a bridge […]

Reality vs Fantasy

Mandy, just think one day… you will write and travel anywhere you wish and have anything you like and everyone will love you and understand. People will read you and they will feel better. Certain people will die horrific deaths and you will abolish a crap-load-of-shit and create a new holiday to celebrate the all-knowing […]