Author: Ardo Omer

Staff Picks for May — Books

Since You’ve Been Gone Morgan Matson Simon & Schuster, May 6th It’s about a girl named Emily who’s best friend, Sloane, has disappeared but not without leaving behind a list of things to do (like skinny dipping and apple picking at night). I’ve had the chance to read this book and it was so much fun. It’s contemporary/realistic fiction and a fantastic book to read under the summer sun. If you’re a teen then this could be relatable to you and if not, you’ll remember what it was like. I think I enjoyed it so much because it was...

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What’s Hot? April 2014

Wendy I’m flailing all over the place over the new Rat Queens trade out this week. Jamie I’m loving the settlement credits I am getting from amazon.com and bn.com — apparently there was something involving the prices of ebooks on the NY Times Bestseller list. So both companies credited me back some of what I’d paid. Which means YAY FREE BOOKS with the credit! Kayleigh I’m loving the 1989 horror movie Death Spa. I saw a special screening at the Alamo Drafthouse, and if you love cult movies, this is a real buried treasure. A vengeful woman’s ghost haunts...

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BookCon: Caucasians, Cats, No People of Colour

Once again, the lack of diversity in BookCon’s line up has many furious on Twitter today. The guest list is up with 30 Caucasians, 1 cat and 0 persons of color which has many scratching their heads wondering how ReedPOP, the organization producing BookCon, could have messed up so severely in the representation department. As I’ve mentioned before, this isn’t the first time this issue and outrage was brought up. According to a Publisher’s Weekly piece published this past April 11th, “The group promises to add one or more additional panelists that “reflect the community and make a great panel even...

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I’ve Never…

Everyone’s got one. A famous book they haven’t read. A must-see movie they skipped over. WWAC staffers share their I’ve Nevers. What are yours? Lela I’ve never sat down with a group of friends and played an honest to goodness pen and paper RPG. The guys wouldn’t let me play when I was in high school and then my twenties happened and now there’s no one around to play with. I’ve played RPG video games. I understand the concepts, but I’ve never sat up into the wee hours of the night solving puzzles and fighting creatures and looting mausoleums...

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One Small Step: Captain America and the Discourse of Fear and Security

A few months back, the first full trailer of Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released and I was extremely excited. Just to offer some context, I’m a fourth year criminology major at York University. Criminology is essentially the study of crime and criminality: I’ve spent the last four years looking at the punishment and regulation of crime, the reasons people commit crimes ranging from theories such as Lombroso’s atavistic criminal to Rational Choice Theory, and even how crime is defined in society, just to name a few. We aren’t the criminal profilers you observe in Criminal Minds but...

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