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Archives - January 2014

Let’s be honest: There are far too many classics for anyone to realistically read them all. Many of them are long and depressing, or about subject matter that isn’t the most appealing (like miserable people making each other miserable. Or Puritans. Or miserable Puritans making each other miserable). However, the status of classic lends a books a certain gravity that makes it awkward to admit you haven’t read it --- much more awkward than it is for other books. If you haven’t read that one book everyone is talking about this year, there may be raised eyebrows in some circles, but generally that can be forgiven. But admitting that you haven’t read a classic may threaten to destroy your credibility.
Why should we care about zombies? They eat brains. They aren’t very socially aware. They don’t contribute much to a conversation --- if you talk to one, you have to do all the work. So why are they worth talking about at all? In the land of pop culture, most films or TV shows with monsters in them are not held up as high art. No zombie movie has ever won any Oscars. If you suggest seeing one as a first date, your date might think your taste is a bit questionable (not that I know from experience…).
Just a little over four years ago, Lucy Christopher published her critically acclaimed, powerful first novel, STOLEN. Now, the wait is over for Christopher’s highly anticipated young adult thriller, THE KILLING WOODS.
Hello, loyal TBT readers! We're well aware --- what with the holidays, and our recovery from the holidays --- that we haven't been throwing back as consistently as we did in 2013 (those were the days, weren't they?). We hope you haven't been holding your breath, but we appreciate it if you have been. Rest assured, of course, that things will be up and running and as nostalgic as ever as soon as we punch out of Holiday Mode™ and get back to business. Until then, there are plenty of new reviews up on the site, so be sure to check them out! Happy New Year!