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  • Glenburne

    Spark: A Divine Comedy?

    November 19, 2013 by Glenburne

    When you hear the word “comedy,” what do you think of? Most likely you think of something funny—a Saturday morning cartoon, or a humorous movie, or a stand-up comedian. But is comedy just about making you laugh?

    In Spark, Evan Angler’s newest novel, Ali knows all about horrible situations. The people she depends on fail her, one after another. Some of them lack the power to help her. Others want to use her for their own advantage. The one person Ali finds who really understands her situation is Logan Langly. He is imprisoned inside the Ultranet; Ali enters of her own free will. But it is her ability to freely enter the Ultranet that causes Ali to be manipulated when she is outside it. Logan, by contrast, is inside it because he was manipulat…

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  • Glenburne

    History can be annoying. You know exactly what I’m talking about—that time when your teacher expected you to remember the year the American Revolution began, and you couldn’t remember. You wrote down “1776” because you vaguely remembered that year, only to find out that you were a year too late. The American Revolution began fifteen months before the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Who knew? And who cares?

    But history annoys people besides students. It annoys dictators. Remember Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the Soviet Union? When he wasn’t killing people, he spent a lot of time figuring out how to write history without including certain really annoying people—the ones he’d ordered shot, for instance. He used his blue edito…

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