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Graphic Novel Review: Exquisite Corpse by Pénélope Bagieu

First Second Published May 5, 2011 124 Pages
First Second
Published May 5, 2011
124 Pages

Zoe doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life. With no hobbies other than smoking and staying under her good for nothing boyfriend, she doesn’t recognize “deceased” author Thomas Rocker, who has been faking his death to escape critics and to sell out his books.

Zoe doesn’t know she is sitting on a gold mine story but will that really matter when her heart is at stake. 

This book started off good enough but Zoe doesn’t amount to anything at the end of the book. I really don’t count ripping people off as doing anything.

Zoe is a bum. She doesn’t have much dreams or aspiration she really doesn’t want to do anything but eat, go out and have sex. Granted this is what the world wants but people work for it . . .  not Zoe. The moment she is able to stop working and attach herself to someone who has everything she does. Fast.

However, despite Zoe being a bum, the author was able to create a story in which you think something amazing is going to happen to Zoe. Every time the story gets a bit boring, it picks up a bit.

The author gets credit for trying to throw in a shock factor however, it wasn’t too far off considering how Zoe is. The only thing shocking was the editor/ Rocker’s ex-wife. But even then the story wasn’t amazing. It was simply okay.

The is my same impression of the art work as well. Simple, nothing too spectacular. I picked up the book because Zoe seemed really cool, active and interesting but she isn’t.

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Quick Five© with Sherry D. Ficklin

Courtesy of Sherry D. Ficklin
Courtesy of Sherry D. Ficklin

Name: Sherry D. Ficklin (@authorsherry)

Website: http://www.sherryficklin.com

Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Excitement is going through my veins right now! Introducing

Ms. Sherry D. Ficklin!

Why am I so excited? Because she wrote one of the best books I have read all year (Queen of Someday), which I reviewed (Click Here).


You are a full time writer. Did you do any jobs before then? Teacher? Customer Service? Why did you decide to write full time?

Clean Teen Publishing To Be Published Oct. 7, 2014
Clean Teen Publishing
To Be Published Oct. 7, 2014

I had my fair share of jobs before I started writing. My favorite was telemarketing for a luxury resort time share. #Sarcasm #KillMeNow

I had always been a writer growing up and into my early 20’s. then I quit. Had a family and a real job. But when I left work to raise my kiddos, I found I had time to do it again. It really took off after the birth of my last baby. Once she was in school and I could go back to a 9-5, I was already hooked on writing bad publishing. it’s like a drug.
What inspired your latest book “Queen of Someday”? Most importantly, what inspired Sophie?

I had been doing a lot of research into the Romanov history for my other novel, Extracted. When I found the story of Catherine/Sophie, I was mesmerized by her. It wasn’t until later when I decided to write it. Honestly, I didn’t know how a traditional historical fiction (which you almost only see in adult novels) would play to YA readers. But I went for it anyway. Why not? And so far so good.


Clean Teen Publishing Published April 1, 2014
Clean Teen Publishing
Published April 1, 2014

How important is it to have a strong female lead?

I think having a strong lead, male or female, is vital to a good story. There is nothing I hate more that a boring, wimpy MC. That said, I think that’s what fascinated me about Catherine/Sophie. She was nothing, nobody. But she overcame every single obstacle they threw at her and eventually, she ruled an entire country–and she did it really well. To me, that kind of inner strength should be celebrated.


What is the most important aspect of a YA book? Why?

Again, it all goes back to character. A boring character in a great story will still fall flat, but a great character can carry off even a weak plot most of the time. I think that’s true of any book. But YA, in particular, is refreshing because you get to see a period of time when a person really start to grow and discover themselves and the world around them. It’s in those formative years when we make our best and most brilliant mistakes, and those mistakes shape us.

Finally, what sort of impact do you want to leave in the Young Adult genre?

I don’t write books to make points, or to enlighten, change lives, or create drama. I write so readers can escape with me to somewhere amazing, beautiful or terrible, so they can get a respite from the every day. Experience first loves and first losses all over again. I write to entertain, pure and simple. If I have entertained you, then I’ve done my job.





R.I.P. Vince Flynn

Sad week in the literature world; Yesterday it was reported that mystery and thriller writer Vince Flynn passed away from prostate cancer at age 47.

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Flynn, the fifth child of seven, was able to achieve success by self publishing his first book “Term Limits” after 60 rejection letters. He is well known for his Mitch Rapp series which includes 14 books.


It’s sad lost in the literature world. Although I have never read his books but I know plenty of people that have.

R.I.P. Mr. Flynn

Opinion: Marie Calloway

So there is this writer, Marie Calloway, and she is causing a stir in the literature world. She wrote a book called


What Purpose Did I Serve in Your Life” which by the way I think is an awesome title. This book apparently is about her sexual experiences. However, instead of a “story” it is about her real, raw personal sexual experiences. Not only is there an issue that her book is a very bluntly written but she is also only 23.

People feel that her writing pushes the line of pornography and she is pushing the limit. Here is my opinion what limits is she pushing by simply talking about her experience. Simply don’t read the book. There are book that talk about bondage and male domination about how many ways you can do this and do that and books like those sell.

Is it possible that there is a huge up roar because she is 23? For people to believe that people or 23 year old women are not dipping their fingers in random things including sexually is very naive. I feel there shouldn’t be an issue with her publishing her experiences. No one has to read her book; no one has to buy her book.

I personally don’t care who she has been with and I have no intentions of reading it. I do, however, believe that there shouldn’t be a limit to what it is written and published. The beauty of humans is we can make choices. So how about everyone just choose not to buy her book instead of trying to silence her?

R.I.P. Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian activist, novelist, poet  who had the world in his grasp passed away on


Thursday. He was 82 years old. Achebe debut novel “All Things Fall Apart” effected not only African and European culture but it effected the United States so much that it is a reading requirement for most high schools. The book is about the British colonialism but in the perspective of an African.  In 1958, when the book was released it sold 11 million copies world-wide and have been translated in 50 languages.

What makes him important is not just his written word but what he did with his personal life. He was an artist that lived by his words and he hated what was going on in Africa. From declining awards from presidents because of the condition of the country to writing about his frustrations; Achebe never hid his unhappiness for the way things were/are going for Africa.

He was amazing and he will be deeply miss. So in his honor read this poem and respect the truth that he is making us to see.

A Mother In A Refugee Camp

No Madonna and Child could touch
Her tenderness for a son
She soon would have to forget. . . .
The air was heavy with odors of diarrhea,
Of unwashed children with washed-out ribs
And dried-up bottoms waddling in labored steps
Behind blown-empty bellies. Other mothers there
Had long ceased to care, but not this one:
She held a ghost-smile between her teeth,
And in her eyes the memory
Of a mother’s pride. . . . She had bathed him
And rubbed him down with bare palms.
She took from their bundle of possessions
A broken comb and combed
The rust-colored hair left on his skull
And then—humming in her eyes—began carefully to part it.
In their former life this was perhaps
A little daily act of no consequence
Before his breakfast and school; now she did it
Like putting flowers on a tiny grave.

—Chinua Achebe

Alice Matthews–The Human Experience


In the heart of Shropshire, the medieval town of Shrewsbury lies nestled in a wide loop of the River Severn: a labyrinth of Tudor streets and alleyways littered with beautiful, unique churches and shops. It is the home of Charles Darwin and Wilfred Owen, the setting of Ellis Peters’ novel Brother Cadfael, and site of the school which cultivated the witty minds of Willie Rushton and Michael Palin. It is also my home. Shrewsbury is where I was born, and where I now live with my partner and my 7 week old son.

I am currently studying English Literature and hope to continue this at university. My interest in literature spreads across all media, as journalists, filmmakers, novelists and artists all strive to make their opinions heard. Futuristic films or books often issue a warning, showing results of scientists “playing God” or politicians corrupt with power. Books like Fight Club or Heart of Darkness explore a part of human nature that we wouldn’t like to admit the existence of. Others discuss religion, drugs, even love, and all try to explain their experience. Writing is about giving yourself a voice, and this is mine.

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