LitStack Review: Slow River by Nicola Griffith

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Slow River Nicola Griffith Ballantine Books Reissue date:  July 29, 2003 (released 1995) ISBN 978-0-345-39537-5 In 2014, I read a remarkable book by Nicola Griffith, entitled Hild.  It is the fictionalized account of the early years of Hilda of Whitby, later to become Saint Hilda, and is set in medieval Britain (Hild was born in [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Much Ado About Nothing

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On June 6, 2014, freelance journalist Ruth Graham wrote an article for the online magazine Slate entitled “Against YA” that was published with the tagline, “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.”  Using as her main examples John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow [….]

The Most Common Phrases in ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ and ‘Twilight’

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From Flavorwire: Ben Blatt of Slate decided to see what adjectives, adverbs, and sentences pop up most in the popular young adult series Hunger Games, Twilight, and Harry Potter. Twilight is, to no one’s surprise, superficially glittery and “wrapped in emotion.” J.K. Rowling has a heavy “reliance on suspense.” Blatt noticed an interesting pattern in [….]