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Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
Blair's Attic by Joseph C. Lincoln
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
The Case of the Gypsy Good-bye by Nancy Springer
The Complete Guide to Digital Photography (2nd edition) by Michael Freeman
Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Ghostbusters, Volume 6: Trains, Brains, and Ghostly Remains by Erik Burnham
Gracias / Thanks by Pat Mora
The Great EB: the Story of the Encyclopaedia Britannica by Herman Kogan
How to be a Baby ... By Me, the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Ink by Amanda Sun
Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
Japanese Aesthetics and Anime: The Influence of Tradition by Dani Cavallaro
Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear
Let's Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! by Mo Willems The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
The Loud Book! by Deborah Underwood
The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius by Jan Greenberg
Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Sketchtravel by Gerald Guerlais
Socksquatch by Frank W. Dormer
Unfed by Kirsty McKay
University by Bentley Little
Voltron Force Volume 4: Rise of the Beast King by Brian Smith
xxxHolic Volume 16 by CLAMP
xxxHolic Volume 17 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for University

University: 10/08/14

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University by Bentley Little is a horror about an unseen menace turning a Southern California university (and its students / faculty) evil. I read the book because the university as described was a close approximation to UCLA and I tend to like horror stories where it's the actual structure is evil (The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson) or appears to be evil (The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson).

University though ditches the usual ambiance that structurally based horror stories have to instead use the tropes most often used for disaster stories. I suppose the one-word title, should have clued me in.

Within the first ten pages, people who are introduced and let to do mundane things that are related to a new semester starting, are then either killed or raped. As the book progresses, more and more, the option is rape, followed by death. It reads like a sick man's wet dream. There's nothing else here except men becoming more and more sexually charged and women being victimized in the name of "plot."

One star

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