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Chris Via
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The Goldfinch (2013)
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt My rating: 5 of 5 stars Allow me to eschew the well tread ground of pointing out that Tartt's latest novel parallels Dickens's bildungsroman Great Expectations , or that the image in the eponymous painting mirrors Theo Decker's ...

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The Gorgeous Nothings
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems by Emily Dickinson My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is a triumph, its worth well beyond the $30 listed on Amazon at the time of this writing. It is a treasure of my library very much akin to The Compl...

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The Selfish Gene
Dawkins, Richard. The Selfish Gene . New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Print. Reviewer’s Preface I have attempted to read this book several times in the past, and of the corresponding abandonments of the text, there are two distinct and overarching r...

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I don't read much contemporary fiction because, for the most part, it pales in comparison to older, mightier literature of the canon; and as I find myself "reading against the clock" (to borrow Bloom's w...

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The Invoking (2013)
Unfortunately, despite its just-at-feature-length 80 minutes, this was a real chore to sit through. Yet it's also one of those cases where--especially after watching the making-of documentary--I feel bad posting a negative review (but not bad enough, obviou...

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Dark House (2014)
I feel cheated. The way I feel cheated when watching any Wes Craven movie besides Nightmare on Elm Street and The Last House on the Left (which still baffles me as a glaring outlier in a rather mediocre yet prolific career) or when watching any John Carpent...

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)
Bear with me. I'm writing this nearly a week after watching the movie, which isn't typical for me; I try to at least braindump my thoughts into a rough outline no later than the day after. And not only has a week passed; in that week's time, I've quit one j...

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In Fear (2014)
I think I'm going to stop reading the text on Netflix envelopes (the only exposure to a film I actually do allow myself before seeing it). In this case, we get the plot hook "they find themselves tormented by a shadowy force that exists inside their car," w...

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The Happy House (2013)
Coming out of the gross and dark (yet not completely devoid of lighthearted touches) Contracted and We Are What We Are , I needed something like a quirky indie horror-comedy, and à propos of this desire came this past Tuesday's Netflix DVD release of The Ha...
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