Book Review: Umineko When They Cry Episode 1

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In 1986, Battler-san rejoins his extended family after six years of being apart at a reunion on a private island. Rokkenjima Island is not as it appears, however, and their trip begins with the ominous story of a witch named Beatrice that lurks in the forest. While Battler doesn’t believe in witches, he can’t shake the feeling that something is off upon their arrival. While his father and stepmother bicker with his aunts and uncles about his wealthy grandfather’s inheritance, Battler renews his familial bonds with his cousins. But there is an evil overshadowing everything. More and more evidence begins to point to the fact that Beatrice is real and that the portrait of her hanging in the mansion is not a figurative representation. That’s when the witch’s messenger delivers a letter and the real mystery, and horror, begins.

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The Genre Debate and Why it (Does)n’t Matter

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Many have heard of the genre versus literary fiction debate. It’s old news — not even news. So why should we still be interested in it?

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What do Literary Characters Dress Up as for Halloween? You Decide!

There is a burning question in my mind — who would Sherlock Holmes dress up as for Halloween? And not only Sherlock Holmes! What about Katniss Everdeen, Inigo Montoya, Jay Gatsby, Count Dracula, Elphaba Thropp, Huckleberry Finn, and Harry Potter? I’ve decided I can’t decide. So I’m using my investigative skills and asking others.

Leave your answers (and jokes) in the comments below.

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Statue of Sherlock Holmes at Meiringen, Switzerland. Created by British sculptor John Doubleday. Unveiled September 10, 1988
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Artist Interview: John Carenen

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John Carenen
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L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
John Carenen: “My home town is Clinton, Iowa, an old Mississippi River town and the birthplace of Lillian Russell, the first sex symbol in the movies.”

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
John Carenen: “My artistic expression is words, fictional, novel-length.”

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