Author Archives: Dina Al Qassar

Watchmen (1986-7)

By Allan Moore and Dave Gibbons We have labored long to build a heaven, only to find it populated with horrors. Set as an alternative history in graphic novel form: 1985, the US has defeated the Vietnamese rebels and their … Continue reading

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Gilead (2004)

By Marilynne Robinson There is a human beauty in it. And I can’t believe that, when we have all been changed and put on incorruptibility we will forget our fantastic condition of morality and impermanence, the great bright dream of … Continue reading

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Digging Up Milton (2015)

By Jennifer Wallace Reach up to that shelf Lizzie and fetch me down the immortal book of Milton. I wish to have what in me is dark illumined once more. 1790s Cripplegate, England. Mr. and Mrs. Grant live nearby St. … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale (1988)

By Margaret Atwood They also serve who only stand and wait. 1985, USA: a new regime takes over and everything changes, but the change is insidious. Now women can no longer work, own property, or even retain control over their … Continue reading

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The Last Kingdom (2004)

By Bernard Cornwell “The preachers tell us that pride is a great sin, but the preachers are wrong. Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation… Men die, they said, but reputation does … Continue reading

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Luke Cage (2016)

Swiss cheese shirt. Car bounces off you. Punching through steel and concrete. Just another day, right? Luke Cage is an ordinary guy in Harlem. He works random jobs such as wiping floors and washing towels at Pop’s barber shop during the … Continue reading

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Sandman: A Game of You Vol. V

“You know what the really scary thing about bad dreams? It’s that something’s going on in your head, and you can’t control it. I mean, It’s like there’s these bad worlds inside you. But it’s just you… it’s like you’re … Continue reading

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Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn

While you were running around on the talk-show circuit criticizing law-enforcement officers who have done more in one week to stop crime than you will do in your entire academic-theory-laden lifetime, I was crawling around in the gutters of every hellhole … Continue reading

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Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Do you ever feel your life has turned into something you never intended? In Tom Ford’s second venture into the world of the silver screen, Susan Morrow (played by the fabulous Amy Adams) is a art gallery owner in LA. … Continue reading

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Our Kind of Traitor by John LeCarré

Still on our once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Still in Eden, munching on the bloody apple. A Russian money launderer, Dima, meets an English couple: professor Perry and lawyer Gail in Antigua during their vacation. After becoming friends, Dima approaches Perry and Gail … Continue reading

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