Don’t think you can consume yet another “best of” list? Well ours is a little different. Our list of interesting recommendations aren’t all from this year. Some of them are old, some of them are new, but all of them are awesome things we discovered this year that we think you’ll like too. (Hey, that weirdly rhymes.) Enjoy!
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Thursday, December 31st, 2015||No Comments »|
As an ancient Egypt nerd, I will read pretty much anything and everything about that particular era in history.
I keep turning back to Stacy Schiff’s non-fiction Cleopatra: A Life and recommend it to every history geek I know because it’s a breezy read of the famous Queen’s life that presents dry facts as something interesting. I also adore Stephanie Dray’s Lily of the Nile trilogy because it combines history and magic to create an enthralling series that sums up Cleopatra Selene II’s mission to honor her mother and her goddess.
However, one novel has always stuck with me and that particular piece of historical fiction is Margaret George’s The Memoirs of Cleopatra.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015||No Comments »|
It’s Horror Week on (The) Absolute! We’re reposting some of our spookiest, creepiest recommendations every day leading up to Halloween. Enjoy!
Vampires (and werewolves) are pretty cool. In fact, they’re something of a cliche as of late, with how trendy they have become (though one could argue that it’s less of a recent trend and more of a constant ebb and flow of influence since pop-culture as we know it began to form). Despite everyone loving everything from Let The Right One In to Twilight, I’ve found that a solid amount of people haven’t read Dracula by Bram Stoker, the classic that started it all (a sin I was guilty of myself until recently). Here are five solid reasons why you should pick the book up:
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|Recommended by Meera N.||Thursday, October 29th, 2015||No Comments »|
Behold! There be spoilers ahead. Read ahead at your own risk.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Friday, October 9th, 2015||No Comments »|
Although many comic book nerds enjoy endlessly debating over whether DC or Marvel is the better company, the former is at least taking a step forward by giving Wonder Woman her own solo film. Gal Gadot, who will appear as everyone’s favorite Amazonian princess in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, is also getting her own solo film that is due out in June 2017.
This is an excellent move in the right direction because there has never been a female superhero movie ever. While there have been strong female characters in franchises such as X-Men or Avengers, a movie studio has never released a film that revolves around a butt-kicking super heroine.
Given the fact that there are plenty of women who adore comic books, this is a shame.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, September 24th, 2015||No Comments »|
Lana Del Rey’s latest music video is a bit of a trip, which isn’t to say that I’m not completely obsessed with it. In a world where five second cuts rule the realm of music video editing and we just can’t seem to get enough of big asses in small shorts, “High By The Beach” requires a double, in fact, triple, take to really sink your teeth into. And would we expect anything less of Lana? Of course not.
|Recommended by Chelsey Grasso||Friday, September 18th, 2015||1 Comment »|
There are a lot of reasons to enjoy the popular Outlander series, whether it’s in book form or the STARZ television adaption. The popular series, which follows a 1945 World War II nurse who gets swept back in time to eighteenth-century Scotland and falls in love with a dashing young Scottish Highlander, is the perfect mixture of historical fiction, sci-fi, and romance. However, Gabaldon’s series isn’t just a bodice-ripper, it’s actually quite forward-thinking. And one of the reasons is Jamie and Claire’s healthy and surprisingly modernist relationship.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, September 10th, 2015||2 Comments »|