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down-the-rabbit-hole39 · a minute ago
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Mystery/Suspense
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Reader’s Response: (A) I love mystery books, they have always been one of my favorite genres. From the first chapter I knew I would enjoy One Of Us Is Lying. I immediately felt a superficial connection to Bronwyn but only because I was one of those kids in high school obsessed with good grades and climbing the ranks. It also helped that she was a Latina. (F) The text was very entertaining, I kept finding myself souring for clues and playing Detective. Throughout the story I kept a profile of each character in my head. (G) I loved that each character got a chance to tell the story from their POV as it helped me to understand each character a little better. Each characters personality could be seem in the writing, which I thought was amazing as there were multiple characters to juggle.  
Justification: This book is an enjoyable read, and very entertaining. The author does a great job of making each character come alive through the text. This book has also revied various awards and nominations, including being a nominee for the "Good Choice Awards for Young Adult Fiction" in 2017. The text is a short read, thus making it something reluctant readers may be interested in reading. It also has a "binge worthy" feel to it, I found it difficult to put down as I wanted the mystery to unravel.  
Conclusion: I have always been a fan of locked room mysteries, and this one was definitely fun to read. The text was well written,  and each time POV switched the characters were easily reflected in the writing. The author did a great job at making the character's personalities shine through, making them feel real. Other than the murder the teens face worries that are easy for other teens to relate to. 
Reference: McManus, K.M. (2017). One of us is lying. Delacorte Press.
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danielleurbansblog · an hour ago
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Review: The Devil's Song
Review: The Devil’s Song
Synopsis: Kate Magda, an up-and-coming prosecutor and the privileged daughter of the politically connected President Judge Tommy Magda, has been given the assignment of a lifetime–lead prosecutor on a string of murders rocking Mission County, Pennsylvania. Kate views the assignment as her chance to not only convict a serial killer, but to make a name for herself–one other than “the judge’s…
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esperwatchesfilms · an hour ago
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10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
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ESE: 95/100
50 +5 for Mary Elizabeth Winstead -10 for car accident +10 for John Goodman +10 for extra awesome little bunker +5 for saving someone’s life -5 for lacking in immediate explanation +10 for questioning whether the story is true -10 for “awkward family dinner” +5 for sneaky key-stealing +10 for getaway attempt -5 because -oops- lady exhibits effects of possible fallout +5 for Howard not killing her for the whole way dinner went down +5 for stitching the injury you caused -5 for letting fear stop you from doing something you love +10 for the settling in montage -10 for killing Emmett +10 for tipping the acid over on Howard +5 for making it out +5 for no fallout +5 for interesting new monsters -10 because of the research you need to do to have any clue how this movie relates in any way to the original Cloverfield
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artisticbent · 3 hours ago
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Falling
If you have a fear of flying this would NOT be the book you want to read before or while on a plane! T. J. Newman’s opening is so descriptive I actually felt nauseas as if I was on the plane with everyone else. The author brings you out of your safe, comfortable environment and forces you to face the worst nightmare of everyone who chooses to defy gravity. That descriptive talent continues as…
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esperwatchesfilms · 4 hours ago
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Cloverfield (2008)
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ESE: 115/100
50 +5 for “found footage” +10 for Michael Stahl-David -5 for Hud just not getting that Marlena said, “I don’t want to be filmed” +10 for Lizzy Caplan +5 for “main dudes” -5 for telling your brother he’s not good enough for a girl he likes +10 for Lady Liberty’s head -5 for having to tell your mother that your brother died +5 for T.J. Miller’s debut +5 for smart rats +10 for Marlena saving Hud -5 for Marlena getting bit +10 for saving Beth +10 for making it to the helicopters -5 for poor Clover getting smacked down by bombs +5 for surviving helicopter crash  +5 for hidden message at the very end of credits
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tobewithout · 6 hours ago
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tools for writing suspense
1: write from the characters’ point of view. using an omniscient narrator that knows all and sees all rarely ever fits the basis of suspense. suspense is created when the reader has a question and wants to find an answer. it’s better to write from the points of views of the characters, because it’s easier to keep the audience guessing. as the characters learn more, so do we. for example, try relaying events and building anticipation by telling the story through journal entries, or through flashbacks of a surviving character, telling the story in the present day.
2: create a fitting setting. suspense relies on the reader’s fear of the unknown to snag and keep their interest, and to keep them guessing, you have to withhold information from them. the setting should also fit this. for example, Victorian London is a popular setting because it is often rainy and foggy, which makes the setting more mysterious and can create opportunities for you to trap the characters in your desired location. another way to do this, especially if you wish to keep it in the present day, is find ways to make normally ordinary, mundane objects sinister. this could include describing a doll’s button eyes as “soulless and empty” or roses on the kitchen table as “blood red.”
3: play around with form, style, and structure. the way you build a character’s speech can play a major part in their conveyance to the reader. if you want to make the audience uncomfortable by making them question a character’s sanity, try making them speak in short, fragmented sentences. if you’re writing a screenplay, then make use of long pauses. for example, have a vase suddenly crash while the character is home alone, and create a period following with little speech and movement.
4: use dramatic irony. this is a very useful tool when writing suspense, because it allows the audience to learn what is going to happen, but keeps them on the edge of their seat in order to learn how the other characters will find out. let’s say one of your characters finds out who the murderer is, and who the next victim is, but has to get to the victim in time to save them before the murderer gets to them, then that is a good use of dramatic irony.
i hope this is helpful :)
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vagabondageautourdesoi · 9 hours ago
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Hervé Le Corre - Traverser la nuit
Hervé Le Corre – Traverser la nuit
Quelques lignes, deux pages à peine, et la misère s’étend, blafarde et collante, tout juste sortie des mots d’Hervé Le Corre dans Traverser la nuit. Quelques mots sur l’histoire Un homme est couché sous le banc d’un abri bus avec un tee-shirt ensanglanté. Quelques heures plus tard, il s’écroule mort d’une balle dans la nuque dans une pièce du commissariat d’un quartier de Bordeaux. Une femme se…
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ashjuillet · 11 hours ago
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Prompt #11
The stranger smirked as he leaned closer. "Hold out your hand," he whispered, his voice sultry in the dark alley.
Like an idiot, you did as he said.
He placed a small box in your hand, gave you that damned smirk that made you shiver, and walked away.
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esperwatchesfilms · 11 hours ago
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The Fourth Kind (2009)
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ESE: 93/100
50 +10 for Milla Jovovich +5 for the side-by-side with “original footage” style -10 for Ralph +5 for the hypnosis +10 for intensity +5 for trying to save them -10 for murder-suicide +5 for the “not owl” +10 for creepy dictation +5 for levitation -10 for police incompetence +5 for Abbey’s bravery +10 for the “I am God” scene +3 for UFO sighting calls during end credits
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swpromptsandasks · 12 hours ago
#dangerousgalaxy- what happens now that Palpatine is dead? How many other senators are dead? Do the clones send out a broadcast?
A shiver races down his spine and slowly, Obi-Wan places his cup down on the saucer, turning his head to meet Anakin’s eyes.
He and Ahsoka had been working on a puzzle set that Obi-Wan owned, just something meaningless but time consuming to preoccupy their time and since Ahsoka had sprained her left ankle, this was one of the better options.
Ahsoka too had paused, but kept her head down, lekkus twitching wildly.
Then all three had felt that, the cold tremble in the Force, as if something huge had happened.
Obi-Wan knew that Mace had already secluded himself into a Force muffled room due to the shatterpoints about to break but he had a feeling, with the way the Force had seemed to shake violently, that the poor man likely had a nosebleed by now.
None of them said anything though, Ahsoka placing a piece of the five thousand piece puzzle firmly into its place and then looking up at Anakin. “Your turn.” She stated quietly.
Clearly forcing himself back to the puzzle piece, Anakin eyed the pieces and found one to slot into place too, taking deep breaths.
Anakin had always been susceptible to the changes in the Force, being a son of it, so this had to be effecting him on a primal level Obi-Wan knew.
Least he was older now, the last time it happened had been when they went into that damn Sith temple and got separated. By the time Obi-Wan found his padawan again, the boy had a severe seizure and had bitten the inside of his own mouth, foaming with blood due to it.
Standing slowly, leaving his cup behind, Obi-Wan made his way to the door. “Obi-Wan.”
He paused at Anakin’s voice, turning around to peer at his former padawan as the blond stared at him. “…I’m not leaving the temple.” Obi-Wan murmured, watching both Ahsoka and Anakin purse their lips and exchange looks.
“…Alright. But we’ll both be cross if you leave the temple.” Anakin settled on, the two watching Obi-Wan pull on his boots but not his robe.
He gave them a small wave and then made his way outside to the empty halls.
Most Jedi had isolated themselves, knowing what was going on the moment the barrier had gone up around the temple.
Instantly, all shutters and doors had been closed, the shielding around the creche had become active and the creche masters had started the kids in on activities to keep them occupied, keep them as oblivious as possible to the coup. All masters were also keeping their padawans contained and active too, to keep their minds of what was going outside.
The padawans however were very aware of what was going on.
He knew that the temple guards had caught a few of them trying to leave, to help their troopers.
Making his way into the elevator, Obi-Wan breathed out heavily.
He understood the desire to help, he really did, he wanted to run to Cody’s side and make sure the other was alright, but…
The Jedi couldn’t.
If they involved themselves…
There was no saying what the end result would be and Jedi didn’t want power over the systems, regardless what some thought.
All they wanted was peace and justice and for people to damn well leave them alone.
Obi-Wan had to fight off a shiver of phantom hands on him and he took a sharp breath through his nose that he let out of his breath, forcing himself calm.
‘I’m just going to the stairs. I’m going to go to the stairs and wave in Ponds.’ Obi-Wan reminded himself sternly. He kept repeating it the entire way, waving to the temple guards at the door and feeling them keep an eye on him as he stepped out onto the staircase of the temple.
But there he stopped.
Technically, he hadn’t left the temple, not yet, keeping his promise to both Anakin and Ahsoka and also not alarming the guards.
He knew they would stop him if he really attempted to leave but he could feel their relief that he stopped on the top of the stairs.
Eyeing the area, feeling his the breeze ruffling his hair and smelling the under currant of smoke on the air, Obi-Wan waved as he spotted Ponds, the commander waving back and turning to one of the troopers beside him. Then he made his way to the stairs and started walking up, moving quickly.
It still took him a good five minutes, the stairs of the Jedi temple were big after all on all sides. Finally he reached Obi-Wan and saluted him. “General Kenobi, is there something wrong?” He questioned seriously.
As if neither of them could see the plumes of fire rising from not only the Rotunda but also several places of the Senatorial district.
But Obi-Wan simply shook his head. “No, not precisely. I was just… I wanted to ask how things were going… is… is Cody alright?” He questioned softly. He was very aware that Cody was the leader of this entire operation, was the Vod’alor, the brother’s chancellor.
He hadn’t been sure what to think about it when he found it out but it wasn’t up to him regardless… but it did give him hope, learning that Cody was in charge, after everything he and the others had done to keep the Jedi safe, Obi-Wan knew that Cody would keep them safe from such abuse.
After that shake of the Force though, Obi-Wan was worried.
Which left him standing on the top of the stairs, wrapping his own arms around himself as the slight chill of the breeze penetrated his tunic.
Ponds tilted his head before pulling of his bucket, giving Obi-Wan a sympathetic look. “Commander Cody is fine, they just finished up at the Rotunda and things should be under control soon.” He admitted softly, as if a full takeover of a government was common place.
It left Obi-Wan with true relief though and he smiled warmly at Ponds. “That’s good to know, I know a lot of Jedi are getting restless and I know Mace would like to see you so-” Obi-Wan paused as the Force suddenly gave a shrill cry.
The planet seemed to rock for a moment as the Rotunda east side suddenly blew out, the sound reaching all the way to the Jedi temple with ease as smoke and debris exploded out, much to Ponds and Obi-Wan’s shock.
Behind him, Obi-Wan could feel the guards step out too, equally shocked. “W-Was that suppose to happen?” Obi-Wan rasped out with wide eyes.
Ponds silently shook his head, staring too with equally wide eyes before he started barking commands to his men, the sentinels gently grasping Obi-Wan by the elbows to pull him inside.
All the meantime, black smoke swirled to the sky from the open hole of the Rotunda.
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ashjuillet · 12 hours ago
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Prompt #10
Unlocking a car that looks exactly like yours, you climb in... just to find your brother fiddling with the radio as usual. You sigh and smack his hand away.
The only thing is that your brother died ten years ago and you're the one who killed him.
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aniruddham · a day ago
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Books - Review of A Gambling Man - David Baldacci - 2021 - Scintillating Novel
Books – Review of A Gambling Man – David Baldacci – 2021 – Scintillating Novel
A Gambling Man – Book Cover A Gambling Man – David Baldacci – 2021 – Book Review My Rating – 4 out of 5 Plot Summary – A Gambling Man This is the second book of the Aloysius Archer series, after the 2019 release of ‘One Good Deed‘ which debuted another of David Baldacci‘s intriguing protagonists. This is not modern times – it’s set in 1949, some time Archer has been released by the US Army,…
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shadowpuppetteer · a day ago
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Unfolding Plans
This week on Legend Catcher, this big demon has got plans for everyone but how does the girl fit into all of this? Find out at https://legendcatcher.com/116-2/
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roquester · a day ago
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Que série foda é essa Them da Amazon prime vídeo. Carrega a mesma energia do estilo de Jordan Pele. A série aborda um núcleo familiar de personagens negros passando por um terror psicológico tremendo nos anos 50 após se mudarem para um bairro de pessoas brancas. Racismo, terror, suspense, tudo junto nessa trama de arrepiar e causar incômodo. Super vale a pena assistir. 😳👏
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leisurelynn · a day ago
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The Sun Down Motel Book Review
The Sun Down Motel Book Review
I give it 5 Gold Shining Stars!!! It’s rare that I am able to completely relate to a book. However, I was able to relate to The Sun Down Motel on a whole different level. Having been born in 1979 I lived through the 80’s as a child. Era of the Farrah Fawcett feathered hair, rotary phones, $0.20 candy machines, bicycling to a friends house, and roller skating on the weekends. I myself once worked…
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davidmontoyacw · a day ago
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IN THE TALL GRASS - 2019
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Director - Vincenzo Natali
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