Articles by Alison Mader

Alison Mader is a Junior english major from Alpharetta, GA. She is a staff writer for Cistern Yard and a self-proclaimed Harry Potter expert.


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“The Word Is Murder” Book Review

Originally published in 2017, Anthony Horowitz’s murder-mystery novel “The Word Is Murder” is just now catching the attention it deserves, as Barnes and Noble had officially added it to their best-sellers list in Jan. of this year.  As a mystery genre fan and an avid reader, I eagerly picked up Horowitz’s novel as I scanned…

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“The Power” Book Review

Naomi Alderman’s newest dystopian novel, “The Power,” has paved a new path for feminist literature and excited political theorists since its public release. Published in October of 2016, “The Power” explores the concept of a world in which women develop the ability to produce electricity through their palms due to a chemical released in water…

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“Sharp Objects” Review

HBO’s newest and most captivating miniseries, Sharp Objects, came to a shocking conclusion last week. It left viewers wide-mouthed and, if they’re anything like my roommate, screaming. Sharp Objects is based on the book written by Gillian Flynn, author of renowned novel, Gone Girl. Flynn is known for her twisted, yet engrossing characters and dark…

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“A Quiet Place” Review

Horror movie history was made the weekend of April 6th as millions of people flocked to theaters to watch John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the near-future.  It is currently on track to become the biggest domestic grossing film of the month and the second biggest of the year, next to…

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