The Books That Scare the Crap Out of Us

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  There’s nothing quite like a great scare. Whether it’s the anticipation of monsters under your bed or the freaky feeling of shadowy figures hiding just around a darkened corner, being scared is certainly an adrenaline rush we enjoy. What intensifies the thrill of a great scare for us is when it comes from our [….]

Banned Book Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Coraline Neil Gaiman Harper Entertainment ISBN-10: 0061649694 My first encounter with Coraline was with the movie, an unusual occurrence for me — usually the reverse is true. I thought it was atmospheric, quirky, a teensy-bit scary (even for me, a-totally-fully-grown-and-not-at-all-afraid-of-disembodied-hands adult), and creative. Then, of course, I had to read the Neil Gaiman’s book. Which [….]

Wisdom Gained from the Wise Owl Bookstore

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I opened my bookstore on May 15th, 2011.  I will be closing my bookstore on August 30th, 2013.  I guess I thought by now I’d have some pearls of wisdom, some sage advice to pass on to aspiring booksellers, some insight into the changing face of book sales.  I really don’t know that I do. [….]

Blog Tour: THE PLANET THIEVES by Dan Krokos

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The Planet Thieves Dan Krokos Starscape: ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-3428-2 A prank gone awry catapults us into the world of Dan Krokos’ The Planet Thieves.  Sometime-prankster and full-time space cadet Mason Stark chooses just the wrong moment to try to humiliate his sister, as the spaceship they are traveling aboard is suddenly attacked by Tremists, a mysterious [….]

LitStaff Picks: The Books We Are Most Passionate About

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There are books we love. There are, of course, books that resonate with us. There are books that make us laugh, make us outraged, motivate us to effect change. And then, there are books with the transformative power to alter the paths of our lives, that speak to us so sincerely, with such an acute [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘The Giver’ by Lois Lowry

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LITSTACK’S FEATURED AUTHOR REVIEW The Giver Lois Lowry Published in 1993 from Bantam Books “Once, back in the time of the memories…” The Giver is a Newberry Award-winning dystopian novel featuring a child protagonist who is chosen to receive the memories of ages past in order to aid and advise his community in the future.  [….]