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Book Review: Jurassic Park

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Melissa Rojas

January 17, 2019

Most people know the movie "Jurassic Park," which was directed by Steven Spielberg and was released on June 11, 1993. Its box office gross was recorded at $357 million in the U.S. However, not many people know that the first movie of the series is actually based on a book that was written by Michael Cr...

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review

Ryan Mancini

August 24, 2016

While it has not been 19 years after the last book, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is a direct follow-up to the previous book in J.K. Rowling's series about a wizarding world and "The Boy Who Lived." The story focuses on Harry Potter's son, Albus Severus Potter, named after two of Harry's professors...

HBO star Lena Dunham pens first book, but it’s nothing viewers haven’t heard before

Kristine Malicse

October 15, 2014

by Kristine Malicse, contributor The name Lena Dunham has become a household name for the modern “millennial” feminist or women who missed out on the “Sex and the City” franchise. Dunham is not one to shy away from controversial topics on her show, along with her much talked about ...

Young adult novel touches on sensitive issues in high school

Neelofer Lodhy

September 24, 2014

Review by Sarah Reyes Title: Falling Into Place Author: Amy Zhang Original Publication Date: September 6th, 2014 Original Price: $10.99 (Paperback/Ebook), $17.99 (Hardcover) Number of Pages: 304 Synopsis: Liz Emerson is one of the most popular girls in school. Not only is she acti...

“The Reconcilers” displays great art but has a complicated storyline

Angela Melero

December 6, 2010

Graphic novel “The Reconcilers” delivers a story that is unique in delivery but difficult to keep up with due to its complex details and facts. The creators of the novel are a team of comic-book veterans that include writer Erik Jensen, Neal Adams, and artist Shepherd Hendrix. Set in the year 2165, “T...

Ken Follett’s “Fall of Giants” has shallow characters in an ambitious timeline


November 1, 2010

For his latest epic novel, “Fall of Giants,” British author Ken Follett set himself an ambitious goal: write an engrossing, somewhat historical account of the events of the early 20th century.  “Fall of Giants” is the first book of Follett’s Century Trilogy, which covers the events of the...

CSUN professor publishes women’s empowerment guide

Angela Melero

October 11, 2010

Chicana/o studies professor Diana Contreras is teaching college women a lesson in identity in her book titled “Meditations of a Warrior Goddess Diva.” Contreras writes that all women possess within themselves the three traits mentioned in the title, yet they remain dormant. She elaborates on...

Bus trip inspires ‘epic travel’ novel

Kelly Moreno

May 5, 2010

Kelly Moreno, contributing reporter Journalist and aspiring author, Ryan Bartek, aka: Ghost Nomad, Benedict Badoglio, or Jack Cassady, debut novel “The Silent Burning” is pending re-release and is scheduled to be available online beginning in September. In addition to the novel, Bartek has...

“Generation Change”:150 ways to change the world

Geraldine Marquez

April 1, 2010

Star rating: 5 out of 5 stars "Generation Change" outlines the steps we can all take in order to change our society and mold it into a more generous, open-minded culture. The front cover of the book has the words “We are the change we seek” across the top. This statement was made by President Obama; the book often quotes th...

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