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Book Review: Dracula, My Love
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Dracula My LoveDracula, My Love
By Syrie James
HarperCollins
Release Date: July 20, 2010
Paperback | Paperback (discount*) | Kindle

If when you read Dracula by Bram Stoker you wished you could get into the head of one of the characters and get an intimate first-person account, then you’re in luck. Dracula, My Love is a revisionist novel that retells Stoker’s novel from the point of view of Mina Harker (neé Murray). The author, Syrie James, is no stranger to this subset of the historical fiction subgenre, having produced such novels as The Lost Memoirs of Charlotte Brontë and The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen. Through beautifully written prose, she tackles the chain of events in Dracula from Mina’s mind and presents what happened in a highly defined manner that gives new context to the original.

Thankfully, it’s not told in the epistolary format, through diary entries, or through newspaper clippings. Instead, the reader gets Mina’s recollections after the fact. Although there are some changes and additions to Mina and to her history, as well as the sequence of events, James hasn’t made too many departures from Stoker’s tale and she has, for the most part, lent a sense of discovery that fans will gobble up. She presents a fresh new look that considers many different angles.

Lucy’s sleepwalking problems are more drawn out in this novel, and a focal point of the plot. But if you’re expecting a lesbian makeout scene a la Francis Ford Coppola’s 1993 interpretation of Dracula, you won’t find it in this book.

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Book Review: How To Archer
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How to ArcherHow to Archer
The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Sterling Archer
HarperCollins/It Books
Release date: January 17, 2012
Price: $15.99

As Mel Brooks once said, “Merchandising!” You can’t be a successful anything these days unless you have a t-shirt, or a CD, or a book, or a million other knick-knacks for fans of the show to buy. Which is why we can now call FX’s Archer a successful show, due the release of How to Archer: The Ultimate Guide to Espionage and Style and Women and Also Cocktails Ever Written. The book is ostensibly written by series star Sterling Archer and explains how you too can become the world’s greatest covert agent. Or at least how to be the second best, because no one can be a better spy than Archer.

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Book Review: Phoenix Rising, A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
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Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novelPhoenix Rising
A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
Paperback | Kindle
By Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
HarperCollins Voyager
Release Date: April 26, 2011

You know how everyone says to never judge a book by its cover? Well, I did… and boy, was it worth it! I was intrigued by the title Phoenix Rising, or rather the subtitle — A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel — but was snared by the art on the front. Going in with an expectation of sexy, steampunk fantasy I was happily rewarded with an excellent introduction to the characters. Agents Braun and Books came to life immediately. Even better, they continued to grow slowly throughout the book keeping me interested in not just the plotline, but in the character development as well. As with any steampunk novel this book is full of mechanized gadgets, well described and alluring. I might perhaps be doing this book an injustice by labeling it so, as it does have all the earmarks of an excellent fantasy-mystery. That said, it was a well-written, highly entertaining romp.

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Book Review: The Child Thief
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Child Thief Book CoverThe Child Thief
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Brom
HarperCollins Voyager
Release date: August 27, 2010

The prologue to artist Brom‘s novel The Child Thief begins with a girl who is afraid of an abusive stepfather, which leads into the appearance of Peter Pan, who has come to “save” this child from the certain doom she faced at the hands of the malevolent step-parent. But in Brom’s world, things are not as clear cut as they seem. When people grow up, they often start to see the odd perversity in the idea that a teenage boy who is perpetually young can bring little boys to an island with no grown-ups (and seemingly no problems), which ties into the whole Michael Jackson and Neverland Ranch issues. But in this version of the tale, Peter Pan is about as similar to his Disney incarnation as Robin Williams is to Justin Bieber.

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Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep
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The Book Slave   |  
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Before I Go To Sleep: A NovelBefore I Go to Sleep
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
By S.J. Watson
Harper Collins
Release date: June 14, 2011

Before I Go to Sleep is the thrilling debut novel by S.J. Watson (watch the book trailer below). Here’s a little back-story on how I found this gem in that vast pile of rubble known as the internet. A couple of months ago while perusing one of the countless advice-for-writers websites I’ve been known to haunt, I stumbled upon an ad in the sidebar for a book. Like most people who spend too much idle time online, I’ve trained myself to ignore most ad content that isn’t flashing, twirling, or talking at me on autoplay. But this was a simple book ad with a picture of a book cover, a title, and an unfamiliar author’s name. I’ve probably seen thousands of them. But something made me click on S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep. An hour later, I’d read the synopsis and then a very generous excerpt of the book and had totally forgotten the website that linked me to this treasure or whatever writing advice I’d hoped to glean from it. I knew I had to buy this book and immediately added it to my ever-growing list of “must-reads.”

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Book Review: Practical Jean
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Practical JeanPractical Jean
By Trevor Cole
Paperback | Kindle
Harper Perennial
Release Date: October 11, 2011

In Practical Jean, Jean Vale Horemarsh lives a nice small town life with her not so wonderful husband and her small town friends. After taking care of her dying mother, Jean has a change of heart on how to live life. She thinks that people should die at the happiest moments of life rather than growing old and dying of an illness. Jean decides to give this gift of dying at your happiest moment to her best friends. She decides that she has to kill her friends.

When I first read the description for this book, it sounded like something very new and creative to read. I started to read the book and it took me a few chapters to really dig into the story. After reading for some time, I found myself enjoying where the story was going.

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Book Review: Aloha From Hell
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Aloha from HellAloha From Hell
Hardcover | Kindle
A Sandman Slim Novel
Written by Richard Kadrey
HarperCollins Voyager
Release date October 18, 2011

Aloha from Hell is the third book in the Sandman Slim series from Richard Kadrey and it is one hell of a ride. Wise cracking antihero and nephilim (that’s half human, half angel to you) Jim Stark, A.K.A. Sandman Slim, has been to Hell before. In fact, he spent eleven years down there as a killing machine. He hasn’t been back in Los Angeles for very long before he’s called upon to help find a missing boy who’s possessed by an unknown demon, which is odd because Stark and his friends thought they knew all the demons already. He really doesn’t want the job, but when all signs in the case start pointing toward a personal vendetta against Stark, he knows who’s behind it and fully intends to put that guy out of business permanently with the help of the Kissi, another particularly fierce species which doesn’t quite belong anywhere and stink like vinegar.

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Original ‘Exorcist’ Novel Gets Revised For Its 40th Anniversary
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The Exorcist (1973)

William Peter Blatty recently brought a revised and expanded version of his blockbuster horror novel The Exorcist back to stores in celebration of the 40th anniversary since his spectacularly chilling story took the world by storm and became the basis of a classic film that to this day remains one of the scariest movies ever made. HarperCollins released The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition in hardcover and eBook on October 4, 2011.

Continue reading for information on the updates in this new edition, as well as a lengthy note released by author.

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Book Review: Domestic Violets
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Domestic VioletsDomestic Violets
By Matthew Norman
Paperback | Kindle
Harper Perennial
Release Date: August 9, 2011

Have you wished that you’d have everything you ever wanted by the time you reached a certain age? Meet Tom Violet, he’s just like you. He wants to be rich and famous with a gorgeous wife and a career as a novelist by the age of 35. Well, Tom is 35 now and has a beautiful wife, but hasn’t become a successful novelist like his Pulitzer Prize-winning father. He’s written a novel which sits in a desk and Tom works a soul crushing job that he doesn’t love. Did I also mention he has a crush on his young female co-worker? Tom Violet’s life is not the one he wanted but he’s going to try to change it.

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Book Review: The Devil’s Diadem
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The Devils DiademThe Devil’s Diadem
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Sara Douglass
HarperCollins Voyager
Release Date: July 26, 2011

Set in 12th century England, The Devil’s Diadem is the story of Maeb Longtofte, whose mother died too soon and whose father ditched her to serve the Knights of Templar only to come home and die, leaving her with nothing but rags and a name of somewhat low ranking nobility. She’s an orphan with no place to live and no dowry to attract a potential husband. It is her noble name that affords her the opportunity to serve Lady Adelie, Countess of Pengraic. Thus begins Maeb’s roller coaster ride to infamy and riches. But there’s a catch. Actually, there are several catches and twists and turns so mind-blowing, you’ll never predict what will happen next.

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