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The Importance of Being Earnest – deep, everlasting Wilde love

Oscar Wilde quoteFirst off, I will admit I am completely biased on the topic of this play, due to my deep, everlasting love for Oscar Wilde.

I’m not quite sure what gets me about him, if it’s the elegant writing, or the witty exchanges, or the hilarity that often ensues in his beloved writing, but I’m completely enamored.  To me, Oscar Wilde has always been, is currently, and will forever be my bæ.

But beyond my thoughts on Wilde, here are some concrete reasons why you need to read Earnest: Continue reading

Rae's Manga Blitz: Tiger & Bunny

Tiger & BunnyTitle:  Tiger & Bunny
Author: Sakakibara, Mizuki
Audience: Teen
Genre: Humor, Action, Superheroes

Summary:  “Superpowered humans known as NEXT appeared in the world 45 years ago. Some of them fight crime in the city  while promoting their corporate sponsors on the hit show Hero TV. The people love their superheroes, even if they don’t completely understand them, and not all of the NEXT use their powers for good. Veteran hero Wild Tiger has years of experience fighting crime, but his ratings have been slipping. Under orders from his new employer, Wild Tiger finds himself forced to team up with Barnaby Brooks, Jr., a rookie with an attitude. Overcoming their differences will be at least as difficult for this mismatched duo as taking down superpowered bad guys!”

Rae’s Review: This is a ridiculous, amazing, and completely over-the-top series.  The artwork is incredibly detailed and the characters fleshed out.  There’s a lot happening in the first volume (as always w/manga!) but I get the feeling all the volumes will be bursting at the seams with action, intrigue, and as many insults as these two can fling at each other…all while making a buck for their “sponsors!”

What Wikipedia Says: Tiger & Bunny
Online Streaming o’ Anime: Free at Hulu.com
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Teen Reviews: Beauty Queens

Beauty QueensTitle and Author: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

I started reading this book because . . . I had liked other books by this author.

I continued reading because . . . I was drawn into the intriguing format of the book and liked the subtle critique of beauty pageants while also highlighting the positive aspects of pageants.

Yearbook Awards: Taylor, Miss Texas, would be voted “Most Likely to Be the Next Gun-Toting President.” Adina, Miss New Hampshire, would be voted “Most Likely To Hate Beauty Pageants.”

Six word recap: Beauty queens use skills to survive.

This book reminded me of . . . a cross between Lord of the Flies and Animal Farm.  It is similar to Lord of the Flies because of the plot of a plane crashing and forcing teenagers to have to survive on their own.  At the same time, Beauty Queens also critiques the corporate system of products and reality television, which is like the social commentary through analogy in Animal Farm.

–Rebecca, Teen Center Adviser

Rae's Manga Blitz – Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei

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Title:  Sayonara, Zetsubou Sensei

Author: Kumeta, Koji

Audience: older teens (16+)

Genre: screwball comedy, school drama, psychological

Summary:  “Nozomu Itoshiki is depressed. Very depressed. He’s certifiably suicidal*, but he’s also the beloved schoolteacher of a class of unique students, each charming in her own way: The stalker. The shut-in. The obsessive-compulsive. The girl who comes to class every day with strange bruises. And Kafuka, the most optimistic girl in the world, who knows that every cloud has a silver lining. For all of them, it’s a special time, when the right teacher can have a lasting positive effect on their lives. But is that teacher Itoshiki, a.k.a. Zetsubou-sensei, who just wants to find the perfect place to die?” Continue reading

Rae's Manga Blitz – Hetalia



Welcome to “Rae’s Manga Blitz,” a new weekly feature.  As a lover of most-things-manga, I am super happy to be launching a place to put my favorite titles, random reviews, scathing criticisms (of that which I do not enjoy), and hopefully get some comments from y’all telling me what you’re reading…or what you think about what I’m reading, lol.  😀

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