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The Black Oracle

Michael, a fiction writer, wrote a 20something profile last year. His book The Black Oracle is now available for purchase. Here’s what he had to say about it:

Humans, you are not alone.

The_Black_Oracle_Cover“Joachim is a hunter in the jungle of a post-apocalyptic Earth. Though generations have passed since the Great Death, something has evolved in the trees beyond the giant glowing mushrooms, mutants that want to see human entrails spread along the jungle floor.

And now they’ve taken Joachim’s wife.

To get her back, Joachim will have to give the leader of these demons something in return: immortality. A creature knows when he is going to die, after all. Plunged into a world of magic and darkness, Joachim must find the only woman who knows where the ingredients are. She is a prophetess known as the Black Oracle living in the realm of Zalm, but she’s a little preoccupied at the moment. She leads a rebellion against the ruthless High Council, and when Joachim seeks her out, he too finds himself consumed by her struggle. Read the rest of this entry

Choose your own adventure

Joanne's childhood book collection FTW

Joanne’s childhood book collection FTW (Photo credit: Jeff Van Campen)

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books that we read as children? (If you want to do x, turn to page 38; if you want to do y, turn to page 57.)

Well, Online Colleges has its own Choose Your Own Adventure-style feature for choosing whether to go to graduate school:

The Great Grad School Debate: Should you go or should you stay? (

Even if you’re not considering graduate school, this feature is a fun throwback to your childhood days, albeit with more realism. (Instead of searching for mystical artifacts, you’re dealing with loans and tuition.) Read the rest of this entry