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PROSE IN THE PARK LITERARY EVENT: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra W Where was I on June 6, 2015 you ask?  Well….. I was at Prose in the Park, an initiative of Ottawa’s writing community for the first major open air literary festival/book fair in the Nation’s Capital!  At let me tell you…it was … Continue reading

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DIVERSITY IN YA GENRE (YOUNG ADULT): OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie OBS Speaks Out: Diversity in YA Genre (Young Adult) Discussion of diversity in media, young adult fiction in particular, has exploded in the past few months. An increasing number of authors are trying to include characters of varying ethnicities, classes, and sexual … Continue reading

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A LOOK INTO THE INCRYPTID SHORT STORIES BY SEANAN MCGUIRE: OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar A Look Into the Incryptid Short Stories by Seanan McGuire The fourth book in the Incryptid Series, Pocket Apocalypse, just came out on March 3rd, to which you can read our review here.  As you know, the series is centered around the … Continue reading

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SHOULD YOU READ A BOOK IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE AUTHOR’S BEHAVIOR?: OBS SPEAKS OUT

  Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie   OBS Speaks Out: Should you read a book if you don’t like the author’s behavior? Many public figures, including politicians such as the President,  depend on their actions in order to maintain their status and keep their job. Yet an author’s … Continue reading

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SAY YAY TO YA GENRE (YOUNG ADULT): AN OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie Say Yay To YA Once upon a time, or rather, once upon the 1990s, the young adult genre was being born. Fast forward to 2014, and now the new adult genre is being born. However, instead of embarrassment due to the new adult … Continue reading

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AUTHOR DIANA GABALDON BOOK SIGNING: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra Diana Gabaldon Book Signing The date is June 23, 2014.  The place is Chapters, Rideau Centre, Ottawa, Ontario Canada. The occasion…getting to meet a favorite author of mine…Diana Gabaldon of The Outlander Series fame. Approximately 500 – 600 fans gathered at this bookstore … Continue reading

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YA (YOUNG ADULT) IS THE WAY: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie YA Is The Way Selective Reading Disclaimer: I do not mean in any way to be offensive. This is my attempt at a sarcastic, almost satirical post. I haven’t finished a whole book in quite a while. Yes, you’ve read that right. I … Continue reading

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DYSTOPIA: TO DISS OR NOT TO DISS – OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie    Dystopia: To Diss or Not To Diss As you can all tell, dystopian novels are the popular genre in YA literature today. From The Hunger Games to Divergent to Legend, the dystopian novel really brings in the cash not just to the … Continue reading

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DEAR JOHN: PRE-EMPTIVELY DUMPING THE READER – OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andrea Dear John: Pre-emptively Dumping the Reader “Life is too short to read books you don’t like, so if you’re not having a good time, stop doing it.” Laurell K. Hamilton Writers are sensitive creatures, or so my girlfriend who is a writer tells … Continue reading

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50 SHADES OF SUBMISSION: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andrea 50 SHADES OF SUBMISSION     Upon the recommendation of a co-worker I read E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey, I admit it. In fact, I read the whole series and enjoyed it…sort of. Incidentally, reading it did not make me want to have … Continue reading

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DID YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR MAKE THE LIST: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Jacki  Did your favorite author make the list? What makes a book a bestseller? And what makes a book not only a bestseller, but can create a loyal fan following? Well, Forbes answered that by releasing top earning writers and it seems that sex … Continue reading

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NO TOUR TO PROMOTE FINAL ‘SOOKIE STACKHOUSE’ NOVEL :OBS SPEAKS OUT!

  Charlaine Harris will not tour to promote final ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ novel Brought to you by OBS staff member Heidi *Please be aware this article contains SPOILERS to the Sookie Stackhouse Series* Charlaine Harris, author of the popular “Southern Vampire Mysteries” will not take part in a promotion tour for … Continue reading

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BOOK INSPIRED COSTUMES FOR HALLOWEEN: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Halloween is just around the corner, is everyone ready? Do you have everything to go with your costume? Do you have the candy prepared? Yes. No. Well, even if you’re not going to any Halloween parties on the 31st or before that day, there are some who will get dressed … Continue reading

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AUTUMN’S COMIC-CON ADVENTURE SYLVIA DAY, BREAKING DAWN, E.L. JAMES FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AND MORE: OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Autumn.   Comic Con 2012. We were so excited to attend our first Comic Con this year!  We have to say it was everything good and bad that we had imagined that it would be.  The people, the movies and the cast members were … Continue reading

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U.S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT VS. PUBLISHING INDUSTRY : OBS SPEAKS OUT

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Annabell Cadiz U.S. Justice Department vs. Publishing Industry and Apple Co. E-books are on the rise and traditional publishing may soon become a thing of the past. The writing industry is one of the slowest changing industries in the creative arts world. But due … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THANK YOU, HARRY!

Thank You Harry Written by OBS Staff Member Libby An era has sadly come to an end. Everyone who has followed Harry Potter through his transformation from muggle to wizard that brings an end to You-Know-Who can’t help but feel like a piece of them is gone. We’ve laughed with … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: WHY DISTOPIA?

Why Distopia? By OBS Staff Member Erin Why have dystopian and apocalyptic stories been having such a hayday the past few years? A dystopia is the opposite of utopia; a world where governments have collapsed or been replaced by oppressive states, or apocalyptic scenarios.   There’s always the “it could be … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE “BREAKING DAWN” TRAILER – WHAT WAS AND WASN’T THERE

The first teaser trailer for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” aired last night on MTV’s Movie Awards show and we were treated to scenes from the wedding, the honeymoon, and Bella’s pregnancy.  Let’s break down the trailer and take a closer look at the goodies that Summit … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF BELLA’S WEDDING ATTIRE

Eclipse comes out on DVD today, so OBS takes a look at Bella’s engagement ring and wedding dress from the books, and compares them to the era they’re modeled after. There is a ton of speculation on the internet about what Bella’s wedding dress will look like, and the variety … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE SUBLIME APPEAL OF THE VAMPIRE FEMME FATALE

The Sublime Appeal Of The Vampire Femme Fatale – My Literary Recommendations  By OBS Staff Member MajaM   Gothic literature is now more popular than ever, facing constant re-inventions through literature, film, music and art. All these cultural productions trace their origins in the 18th century Europe, or to be more precise, … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: WHY HARRY POTTER IS A TIMELESS SERIES

Why Harry Potter Is A Timeless Series By Farrha Khan A series that has inspired movies, encyclopedias, board games, video games, and even a theme park, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter is now inevitably a timeless piece. Some may argue that it isn’t a timeless piece and that it can not … Continue reading

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OBS RECAP & REVIEW: LAST WEEK IN NEWS, 3/15-3/21

The Twilight Saga News Wrap-up: Kristen Stewart Reacts To The ‘Eclipse’ Trailer The Twilight Saga: Eclipse official website launched with interactive Twitter feed AUDITION INFORMATION FOR “BREAKING DAWN” MOVIE “NEW MOON” DVD CLIPS INCLUDE NEVER-SEEN-BEFORE FOOTAGE “NEW MOON” BEHIND THE SCENES – LIFE AFTER TWILIGHT “NEW MOON” BEHIND THE SCENES … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING?

OBS Staff Member Katie shares her initial reaction to her viewing of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” I’m normally not one to be to picky when a book gets made into a movie. Yes, some things bother me, but I don’t let them really change my opinion … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: REIMAGINING ANCIENT RELIGIONS: EGYPT

Thanks to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, I’ve started thinking about how many other books and movies use mythology and ancient religions as jumping off points for their stories. Since Greek mythology isn’t my strong suit, I’ve decided just to cover my favorites. I tried to avoid spoilers, but there … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE RIGHTS OF ROBOTS

OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE RIGHTS OF ROBOTS By OBS Staffer Staar84 An article on The World of Weird Things website talked about artificial intelligence, mostly in the Matrix, and how robots in the future should be held accountable for their actions. The author used an example of a robot that … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE REALITY OF TIME TRAVEL

Time Travel is a very common theme in Science Fiction. This may be because everyone has something they’d like to do over, or would like to see instead of read about. Or go forward five years and know that everything will turn out alright. So throughout the centuries, writers have … Continue reading

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OBS SPEAKS OUT: THE DEATH OF THE BOOKSTORE?

  An OBS Speaks Out brought to you by OBS contributor Rose.  “Are brick-and-mortar bookstores doomed? People have been predicting the downfall of physical bookstores for quite some time, but with many stores vanishing and shelf selections getting much worse, the warnings have gotten more dire lately.” Those were the … Continue reading

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