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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor: The Sarcastiqui Review

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I mentioned in a previous Thursday Roundup that I had started reading We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor but that after encountering the line the butthurt is strong with this one had completely given up. That's still true. Cringe is one of those things that's hard for me to get past, but after talking it over with a few friends, I was encouraged to give it another shot. I'm happy to...

Come Closer by Sara Gran: The Sarcastiqui Review

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I was doom-scrolling Twitter the other day and like a sudden ray of light through a storm, I saw an ad for Sara Gran's Come Closer. Normally, I don't pay attention to book ads on Twitter, but this one came with a quote from Bret Easton Ellis, who I don't understand as a person or an artist but whose opinions on books I'll listen to occasionally. Regarding Come Closer, Easton writes "What begins...

Book Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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With the exception of the opening scene, Doctor Sleep is not quite the scare fest I was expecting. As the author notes in his afterword, a different King wrote The Shining, and a different you is reading Doctor Sleep. Maybe that was why none of it seemed very terrifying. In fact, it read more like a thriller than anything else, a classic will the hero figure it out in time type of book. That...

Book Review: The Institute by Stephen King

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Although not on the same prestige level as The Shining or The Stand, The Institute is a damn good book that is simultaneously deliberate and effortless. The story of a young, brilliant boy who is abducted by a mysterious organization and subjected to tests and abuse is one that should resonate with anyone who has ever been a child, and especially for those who have young children.

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