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Best Novels of the Year

By: Taylor Roberts ~Staff Writer~ All the Light We Cannot See This book holds readers in the palm of its hand with an enthralling story deserving of the Pulitzer Prize it won. Doerr’s hauntingly beautiful prose also won Goodreads Choice Award Winner for best historical fiction. “All the Light We Cannot See” keeps readers captivated … Continue reading

‘Death of Print’ zine

By: Zenab Saeed ~Staff Writer~ Xavier is now home to a new student-produced literary zine. “The Death of Print is Inevitable” is an independently published zine that features art ranging from poetry, short stories and essays to drawings and photography. The zine, created by sophomore Gabe Costello and junior Michael Thompson, mainly features student work … Continue reading

‘Longest Ride,’ predictable yet enjoyable

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Nicholas Sparks, an American romantic novelist, has had 10 novels adapted to film. While it seems that Sparks certainly has the love story formula down pat, it must be mentioned how repetitive this formula has become. Sparks has become well-known for his romantic-drama films that feature a relationship that’s typically … Continue reading

‘Fifty Shades’ of Controversy

By: Allison Wisyanski ~Staff Writer~ “Fifty Shades of Grey” hit the box office on Valentine’s Day, setting new records for the highest grossing President’s Day weekend opener and ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history. According to the Associated Press, the movie set a record of $81.7 million from more than 3,646 locations over … Continue reading

Harper Lee to release sequel to classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird

By: Aiyana Moore ~Staff Writer~ Tonja Carter, close friend and lawyer of Harper Lee, planned to spend her day working through legal documents for her client but found, instead, what she thought to be the original manuscript of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This old manuscript, though it contained many recognizable names from “Mockingbird,” was something completely different. Immediately, Carter called Lee to ask about the newfound book. “Complete?” Lee said … Continue reading

“California” entertains

By: Taylor Fulkerson ~Managing Editor~ A variety of post-apocalyptic novels have cropped up in recent years, addressing a variety of ways to imagine what a dystopian world might look like. Themes include zombie attacks or a far-off future, but Edan Lepucki wants to address the world we know. Set a mere 50 to 60 years … Continue reading

“Ender’s Game” review

By: Sean McMahon It has been a long 28-year journey from novel to Hollywood blockbuster for Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game.” Calling it “highly anticipated” is an understatement, especially for the book’s fans, who rave it as the movie event of the season. Even those who didn’t read the novel will enjoy this rendition of … Continue reading

“October Mourning” offers touching poetry

By: Kira Covin A beautiful life is cut short in the story depicted in Leslèa Newman’s new book, “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard.” The work is a collection of poems describing the beating and eventual death of Matthew Shepard on October 6, 1998 in Laramie, Wyo. due to his sexual orientation. The work … Continue reading

“Dexter” finale disappoints

By: Grant Vance “Dexter” has had its drastic ups and downs as a television series, with its inevitable (and extremely necessary) ending being one of the aforementioned “downs.” This past Sunday marked the end of Showtime’s “Dexter” after an eight-season run. Season eight of “Dexter” is simply one of the worst seasons of television ever … Continue reading