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    Evil Queen: Not Quite So Fair

    “Queen you shall be, until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.” – A Feast for Crows, George R. R. Martin Previously in this column, we discussed the character of Snow White. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar in Madwoman in the Attic describe the Evil Queen as “a…

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    Review: Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia by Jenny Torres Sanchez

    Good day, dearest Germs! Today’s book review is courtesy of the founder of Germ, author and lady extraordinaire, Miss Jennifer Niven, who so kindly let me borrow this book from her personal collection. Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia, written by Jenny Torres Sanchez, was definitely not what I expected it to be when I first picked it…

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    The Evolution of Beauty and the Beast

    “Welcome, Beauty, banish fear, You are queen and mistress here.”  Beauty and the Beast is one of the few fairytales that can be traced back to a single author. In 1740, Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, a poor widow trying to earn money, wrote and published this story. It soon became popular in French salons, places of social gatherings meant to…

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    Review: Lifesphere INC: Acquisition by Talitha Kalago

    Hello, Germs! I have a love of science-fiction and fantasy, so when I pick out books, I tend to gravitate toward them. So today’s review is all about Lifesphere INC: Acquisition by Talitha Kalago.  The slightly anime-esque cover pulled me in while the genre and description (along with the price) convinced me to buy it. Lifesphere INC: Acquisition follows the story…

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    Once Upon a Time: The Joy of a New Book

    I guess it started back in elementary school. We had Scholastic Book Fairs. Anyone remember those? Basically, Scholastic Booksellers would come set up a gigantic book display labyrinth in the library for a week, and our class could go browse the books and buy them (if we begged our parents to send us to school with a $20 bill). Or,…

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    Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Hello, Germs. I’m sure by this point we are all aware and have learned to embrace my undying affinity for strong, kickass female characters. I’ll give you three guesses what today’s book review will possess… Anyone? In Sara J. Maas’ book Throne of Glass, Calaena Sardothien is world-famous assassin (literal dream job) who is imprisoned in the salt mines of…

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    Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

    Good day, Germies! How are you all today? In the mood to chat about some zombies and two brothers on a quest that will re-define them and bring into question their own mortality?! Well then, you’re in luck! Today we’re talking about Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, the first installment of a series of books about our main character,…

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    Snow White: Fairest of Them All

    Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, Who’s the fairest of them all? Snow White was the first Disney animated feature film, and as fairytales have become popular again, she’s become one of the major fairytales being retold, from Mirror, Mirror to Snow White and the Huntsman to Once Upon a Time. There’s something magical about Snow White. A queen sews in…

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    Review: Rewritten by Morgan Bauman

     I love supporting independent authors– so when I spotted Rewritten 1: Fallacy by Morgan Bauman, I decided to give it a shot. What cemented my purchase of it was the description, so I figure I’ll share that. “Born to the vivid heat and unyielding sunlight of Phoenix, Ray dives into her pool and surfaces in a cold lake. There is no sun in…