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The Handmaid's Tale
The Graphic Novel
Art Adaptation by Renee Nault
Review by Kayla Cordero

     The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian fiction novel written by Margaret Atwood in which women are child-bearing machines and are only around to serve men and bear children. This extremist government is set in the Republic of Gilead, a country that has stripped women from their rights. A woman’s fertility is the most valued attribute of a woman in order to save the population of Gilead from extinction. This graphic novel follows the same storyline and plot that the novel laid out in 1985. The novel has won numerous awards and critical praise. Nault does a fantastic job illustrating the story on each page. Each page uses clever use of color to set the scene and emotion. Color is a big characteristic to this story because the handmaids wear all red, the wives wear all blue, and the Martha’s wear green. Handmaid’s are forced to have a ritual with their commander. During this ritual, the wife cradles the handmaid while her husband, the commander, rapes her. The handmaid’s only job is to get pregnant and bear children. There are a lot of scenes from the novel that obviously did not fit into this version, but I believe it does a great job incorporating the big moments. This book is not for young readers as there are graphic scenes which include rape and violence. The book revolves around the main character Offred who reminisces on the past and jumps back into the present. She thinks about her life before Gilead and being a handmaid. The graphic novel does a great job bringing visuals to the story and it is definitely thought-provoking. This novel is a powerful and disturbing world to step into. It makes you think deeply about what our near future could be. It is a little disturbing to know the timelessness of this story and the meaning behind it. Women are still fighting against women’s autonomy and patriarchy that has been set into our society. We must view our privileges and acknowledge them. A lot of women still do not have basic rights and we must continue to fight for that. The Handmaid’s Tale feels like a warning. The graphic novel does a good job telling the story in a shortened version while including beautiful visuals. If you’re looking for a more detailed version, the novel is the best option for you. I personally love seeing the story come to life through the series. Although it is a haunting and scary story, you are constantly hooked to the screen. All adaptations of this story are great and there is something for everyone to enjoy whether you want to binge the show or enjoy the novel. 

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Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory
Review by Chris Taylor

     There were two books that I read back to back, and they both really made me feel things. I was debating between both of them for this review. They both quickly became personal favorites. 

When I went on fall break, my mother wanted to do something with me. So, she booked us a trip down the Virginia Creeper Trail on bikes, beautiful experience, highly recommended it.


The point being: on that gorgeous, gorgeous day, high in the mountains from which my family descends, I had no phone signal, and I desperately needed to pick an audiobook to read. 

I was on the last ten minutes of the other book I mentioned: Our Hideous Progeny which I will take a brief second to recommend: “Ahem.” Slow-burn, sapphic, historical fiction, Frankenstein spiritual sequel about a badass lady paleontologist. 

But, I was on the last ten minutes of Our Hideous Progeny, scrolling through my phone, trying not to get carsick on the bus ride up the mountain, with my service flickering in and out.

When at random, from my Audible wish-list, I clicked on Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory. And I thought: “Boy, with a title as ‘too much’  as that, you better deliver.” 

It’s a short story collection written by a guy you may know for show-running an adult cartoon about a horse. 

I won’t give you every single one, but I’ll run through some of the high-lights. 

The book slaps you in the face, right off the bat, with exactly what it will be with the first story: 

  • “Salted Circus Cashews.” The story follows a girl going back to a guy she kinda likes’ place, and him offering her a can of cashews. The story is mostly what lies on the label of those cashews. And surely, it’s cashews, and not a fake snake. 

  • “A Most Blessed and Auspicious Occasion” is the point where I truly fell in love with this book. It follows an ordinary couple as they try to get married, pressured from all sides by their community, friends and family on what their wedding needs to look like. Just…Trust me on this one, LOL. 

  • “We Men of Science” is another personal favorite. It follows a university professor who feels unsatisfied with his present and unsure of his future. One day, a colleague of his calls him up to tell him that they’ve been approved for funding for a project they came up with together: the door to the alternate. The alternate is a world the opposite of our own. 

And after several others: 

  • It was about at that point that after several hours of coasting, the trail suddenly leveled out, and the rain started. I left my mother sitting in a gazebo on the side of the road, all biked out, and peddled the last seven miles by myself in the cold and pouring rain to fetch the car. 

  • This beautiful scenery, and this book alone made this instead of a miserable experience, a very special, memorable one.

  • “Rufus” may just be my favorite. I'm super biased because my dog’s name is Roofus (like Roof, get it, haha? I was ten, don’t judge me). It follows the day to day life of a dog named Rufus and his man monster, told entirely from Rufus’s perspective. Rufus reminds a great deal of Doug from UP, if that gives you any clue. There’s this one bit where he sees a “Large Brown Creature” (a deer), in the distance that almost made me crash my bike. I was laughing so hard. 

  • “Rules for Taboo” is where we get the name drop of the title. 

  • “Up-and-Comers” follows a band of friends, and a band made up entirely of friends, as one day they get struck by lightning while wearing very special necklaces and hanging out near an old government testing facility. They all get super powers, the only catch is they have to get drunk to use them. It did, in fact, also make me cry on re-read. So I’m lying later in the review. 

  • “You Want to Know What Plays Are Like” gives a rundown of a very typical night at a play. I know it's nearly an hour long in audiobook form, there's a good reason for that. 

  • “More of the You that You Already Are” is another favorite of mine, and I think is the only story that made me actually, properly cry. It follows the guy who performs  at “President Land,” a theme park about presidents, as Chester A. Arthur to support his family. His position is threatened as genetic cloning gets introduced into the mix. 

  • “We will be Close on Friday 18 July” is the story that closes out the book, it opens with a short little message from the author about how the misspelled sign that inspired it. It follows two people who meet and fall in love, briefly, on Friday 18 July.



Face flushed all pink, wet hair clinging to my cheeks, and rain dripping down my nose to further pool in the collar of my shirt, I reached the car and very nearly reached the end of this book. 

I highly recommend it, it’s right up my weird, overly earnest, irreverent comedy alley. 

Maybe you’ll hate it, maybe I just read it at the right time, but nah, I loved this. I loved it enough that I bought a physical copy, which I’m working on re-reading now. 

I would recommend the audiobook, though! The narrators bring it to life! 

May you find someone who will love you in all your damaged glory, or, at the very least, enjoy this book. 

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My Orc-y Breaky Heart
Review by Rachel Blue

     This novel is book eight in the wonderfully wild Monsterville USA series by Ava Ross and while it is really not the most outrageous book in the series I have a soft spot for this book in particular. Between the silly title and the stupid choices that the two characters follow, it makes for a fun read and definitely a lot of hilarious highlights. I found this series after reading Ava Ross’ Fairhaven Falls books, another really good series if you are into the genre of beefy monsters. She has a multitude of books really, and they are definitely not the best (granted she pumps them out crazy fast, so I didn’t expect much) but I quickly fell in love with her writing style and references to popular media, her books are attention-grabbing and giggle-worthy.

     The book takes place in the same small town by the name of Monsterville as the rest of the series and follows Vrok, an orc scarred by love, the woman who he thought was the love of his life, left him to sulk in his feelings barely leaving his house and only finding comfort in his pet dragon thing (to be honest, I have no idea what exactly Merith is. He breathes fire but it’s harmless and apparently he looks like a tiny little dragon but there are big humanoid dragons in this world? Who knows.) His new next door neighbor, a human author named Seyla, has the biggest crush on him, something he cannot figure out. (She also has a cat named Sriracha and if that isn’t the cutest thing.)

     When Merith flies over the fence separating their backyards, he ends up as a helping hand for her newest novel. While he is hesitant at first, the two eventually hit it off and wow, shocker, they are fated mates (a popular trend in Ava’s books, most of her monsters have a mating bond that draws them to a destined person). So after denying her feelings and getting all huffy he begins to avoid her. They both come to the conclusion that they need to break the bond magically and enlist the help of the elf and ogre in town. Generally everyone around them tells them they are being stupid but they still spend the rest of the book trying to break this bond. The plot is a common and overused one in my opinion, but it can still be fun to read different takes on it. They spend some time together to decide if breaking the bond is really what they want, and get frisky on a roller coaster (I literally laughed so hard, I sent the highlight to my mom and surprisingly she hadn’t read this series, we laughed about it for way too long and she promptly started and I am waiting for updates). 

     Even though they had a good time at the monster sized theme park, they still decided to go through with what is called an Orc Divorce, with all of their friends being big mad (which, fair enough, but also mind your business?), they head out of town and complete the ceremony. They go their separate ways after, or well, as separate as next door neighbors can go and both nurse their broken hearts, thinking that they each did what the other wanted. This is why communication is important. I am usually not a huge fan of books where communication is an afterthought or just not included at all, but after I started this book, I was addicted and needed to see their happy ending. After all that, they do have a happy ending but it's unsatisfying. Like after all that I kinda wanted the book to end with them not getting together just because the journey was stupid and pointless. Then they moved in together and turned her house into an AirBnB (capitalism y’all, can’t even escape it in the book world). 

     Overall, this book was cute but that’s about it. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking but it was a fun little journey. I do adore the little town she created for this series though, with the elf who owns a potions shop and his wife who runs the bakery, the demon sheriff and his flying cop car and the gargoyle who owns the bed and breakfast. They each get their own story in the series and it ties together really seamlessly, power to Ava who could keep track of so many names and monster types it makes for a really immersive storyline. If you are a fan of fantasy, monsters or silly little stories about silly little towns, this might be right up your alley. 

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The Midnight Library
Review by Angel Skeen

     Just yesterday, I finished reading The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. The Midnight Library is relatively popular on BookTok. It is also a Good Morning America book club pick. Considering the hype, I had high expectations for this book. I’d say these expectations were met. The Midnight Library is creative, meaningful and entertaining.

The book follows the life of the main character, Nora. However, Nora’s life is almost cut short when she decides to kill herself. After overdosing, Nora is surprised to wake up in a library. In this library our main character is reunited with her childhood librarian who informs her she is in between life and death, specifically she is in the midnight library The midnight library holds books regarding Nora. One of the books is called “The Book of Regrets” . This book is pretty self explanatory, as it is filled with every regret Nora has ever had. The rest of the books, which are infinite, are possible lives Nora could be living in other universes. 

     While in the midnight library time remains midnight and Nora gets the opportunity to try living the lives she has in other universes. The librarian, Mrs. Elm tells Nora if she likes an alternate life enough, she can remain there, but if she is disappointed she will return to the midnight library. Nora lives any kind of life imaginable from olympic swimmer, to glaciologist, to mother, to rockstar, but returns to the library each time.

     Throughout trying other lives, the reader sees the main character growing more and more as Nora grows appreciative for life. Nora finally decides perhaps she does not want to die at all. She recognizes that even her seemingly flawless lives have flaws and her actual life or “root life” although it may seem mundane, has made positive impacts on others. For example in her root life she provides piano lessons to a young boy, in another universe where she does not, the boy is frequently in trouble at school and with the law. Mrs. Elm helps to guide Nora to return to her root life, seeing as it is the best life for her. Nora returns to her root life and receives treatment for her overdose. She has a newfound appreciation of life. The book ends with Nora joyous, knowing that her life is full of potential.

     I loved that the book was so creative, allowing the reader to experience many different worlds. The most interesting life Nora lived was definitely when she was almost eaten by a polar bear. Nora also meets someone else like her in the polar bear life, his name is Hugo and he refers to people like themselves as “sliders”. Hugo discusses the logistics behind sliders with Nora going into the theory of the multiverse and quantum mechanics. I found this part to be really interesting and helped the book seem more realistic. 

     Overall, this is a phenomenal read with an empowering message. It shows the reader that all lives have value and regrets only hold us back. The book says, a couple of times, “You don’t have to understand life. You just have to live.” I love this quote because it's both simple and true, as well as a great take away. We will never understand life, but how great it is that we get to experience it.

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Review by Rachel Blue

Unhinged is a short novella by Vera Valentine about a sentient door and the love of his life. You may be wondering, how did this come about? How is the door alive? Why is the door alive? Or maybe you're asking how does a relationship work between a door and a human? Or why would a human choose a door? Whatever questions you may be harboring, I just want to let you know I cannot promise that you will get a satisfying answer to your queries as a lot of this book just makes no sense. 

With that being said, we follow Tana, a headstrong woman who works a normal nine to five and lives alone in an apartment run by a creep. The door to her apartment just so happens to be sentient and just so happens to fall in love with her. Several times we switch to the door's point of view where he is stationed in place and can only see a certain range from front, outside her apartment and back, inside Tana's apartment. One day the door witnesses the creepy apartment manager lure and kill a girl who looks a lot like Tana. Freaked, he realizes that he needs to warn her. In the night, a elderly man who is strangely muscled appears and tells the door a story of how he cheated on his wife with a sexy tree knot (I am as unsettled by this as you probably are). This knot, which was actually a dryad, then gave birth to a baby tree which was then cut down and made into a door. The door being our sentient door now. 

The man pretty much says “Long story short, you're my son and my wife said I need to make amends so I will allow you to take a form to be able to warn your shawty, just have her stick her magic cooter on your doorknob and you'll be right as rain.” And so he goes into Tana’s dreams and honestly she's better than me, cause if I started having dreams about a man telling me get intimate with my front door, I'd move. Or go to see a psychiatrist at the very least. But instead our girl does exactly what the man in her dreams asked and poof, he turns into a man. But also she doesn't have a door for a while (cause you know, he was her door and all) and then they catch the creeper because homie turns back into a door and falls on him. Pretty much the end. 

Did I explain this book in great detail to my poor unwilling mother? Yes. Was she happy about it? Absolutely not in the slightest. So do I recommend this book? No. But did I enjoy this book? A little more than I'd like to admit. 

There is something so unserious and silly about this and it's hard to talk about without devolving into giggles. I really love when an author can create a seamless story from something so ridiculous and write in a manner so deadpan that it is hard to tell if it is satire or not. Vera Valentine has many other works about odd situations that probably started as jokes and then evolved into whatever this genre even is. So, if you're anything like me (which let's be honest, I just read whatever comes across my Kindle Unlimited recommended) and you enjoy quick reads with silly premises, then you might enjoy this little book. Though, if not, I totally don't blame you, it's a lot. 

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Chuck Tingle
Review by Rachel Blue

     So, by popular demand, I present to you a Chuck Tingle review. Before this class, I had never heard the name Chuck Tingle, but now I fear I will never forget the gift that was bestowed upon me in the form of this author. While scrolling through his extensive library of works, I stumbled upon one that I thought would be fitting considering my interest in all that the library system has to offer and also this technically being an English course;

Pounded In The Butt By My Handsome Sentient Library Card Who Seems Otherworldly But In Reality Is Just A Natural Part Of The Priceless Resources Our Library System Provides. 

To tell y'all the truth, I wasn't sure what to expect from this. I did expect a full length novella but I'll take what I can get and twenty pages is enough for me to get attuned to characters. 

We follow Mark, a man who moved to a new town, to a new job and a new apartment where he lives right next to a balloon animal artist. When his friend comes to see a tour of his new one bedroom apartment, he breaks down and confesses that it is actually a studio apartment and his neighbor pops balloons at all times of the day, essentially driving him crazy. Oh, and he cannot afford the internet. His friend recommends him to get a “Lie Brarikard”, which he misunderstands and believes is a quest to solve his problems. 

When he gets to the library, he is shown around by his personal library card, Yorko. He develops a little crush on Yorko and doesn't want to part so soon, and Yorko literally clocks out just to pound Mark in the ass. Pretty much the end. I will insert some quotes just so you can understand that this was hard to get through, even for me. 


“It’s only now I realize just how handsome this sentient library card is, the plastic rectangle’s playful grin cutting through my heart with unexpected depth. My breath catches in my throat as this surge of arousal pulses through me, not yet sure how to handle these erotic aches.”

““Now it’s time for you to check me out,” I coo. ​I wiggle my rump from side to side, crawling away from Yorko across the temple floor and allowing him a moment to take in my beautiful form.”

“Fortunately, this library card has nothing but patience, a skillful lover who allows me a moment to adjust to his phallic enormity. Not one to rush out the late fees and fines, Yorko takes a similar approach with my asshole.”


Over all, this short actually might have taken a piece of my soul with it as I removed it from my kindle home. While I do not regret discovering this unfortunate masterpiece, it is definitely one of a kind. Tingle actually has a way with words and the descriptions, while comical, are well placed and honestly so well written that I cannot even be mad. In the end, I feel it is my duty as the self-proclaimed reader of anything to tell everyone to give this man three dollars and read one of his books because they're actually too good to not be supported. 

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