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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  201 reviews
After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published January 4th 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Miranda Reads

People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them.
Amanda Greene just moved into her dorm, she's starting her freshman year and (possibly) broke up with her boyfriend. Aces.

The next morning she wakes up and different. And also, not-different.

She's still in her dorm, surrounded by her things but there's something decidedly wrong about it all.
Something fluttered from the corner of her eye. It changed the quality of the light in the room, playing with
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Clear your schedule, because you have no idea what you're getting into with this novella. Yes, as a novella, it is short. Won't take you more than a day to breeze through this book. And what a great way to spend a day. Seriously, you'll be glad you cleared your schedule. I was. And now I'm exhausted and enthralled and a bunch of other emotions that shouldn't exist at once in my being. That is the magic that is Cash. He's a genius at storytelling. In this installment, I was again reminded that he ...more
mark monday
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror-modern
EH? EH! this confused novella does all the wrong things: it takes a bunch of loaded, complicated issues and mashes them all together, achieving little besides confusion and an irritatingly shallow engagement with each of its topics. synopsis: college-aged woman wakes up to find her campus life awry; she is pressed into attending a curious lecture on history that has personal ramifications; Joan of Arc, the Borgias, and some elderly Greek philosopher make cameos.

it does a couple things right: our
Heidi The Reader
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever awakened after a stressful night of anger and alcohol, not quite in tune with the world around you, almost as if maybe a few too many brain cells had died the night before? College freshman Amanda Greene awakes to a raging hangover and the feeling she has slipped into the Twilight Zone. Yep, this is her dorm room, but her roommate is certainly not anyone she knows. As a matter of fact, her life is not what it was at all! Is she still dreaming? Why does she feel she is being followe ...more
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
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I received this book via an unexpected package in the mail, along with a copy of Monsterland (my review of that) which I had already reviewed. Given that it was less than 150 pages, I started reading it the same day, and was pleasantly surprised (considering my impression of the author from Monsterland) to find that this little novella was really good.

Cash manages to keep the reader in suspense right up until the ver
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After a fight with her boyfriend Amanda Greene has a few too many drinks with her friends and finds herself waking up in her dorm room with a stranger claiming to be her roommate and a class schedule that doesn't fit what she signed up for. And then after a failed attempt to get out of the history class she finds herself forced into the lecture hall but doesn't recognize a single person.

The History Major is a novella length story that is somewhat like reading an episode of the Twilight Zone. Am
Feb 15, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By now, after several reads, Cash became the author to turn to when there is some time to pass and I don't feel like making decisions. Still though, I might have to rethink it, because while I believe is passing time, I don't necessarily enjoy killing it and something slightly more inane would be nice. Cash isn't a terrible writer, but he is neither great nor good and he doesn't even seem to try. It's like he's hit his plateau, got comfortable on it and stayed there. He writes bland, not particu ...more
M.M. Hudson
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I was a History major in college, I thought reading Michael Phillip Cash's newest novella book would be interesting. I was correct and wrong at the same time. Yes, his book was interesting but even more so down right thought provoking.

As usual, the author weaved bits of history into his book which you would expect from such a title but the history was a far cry from Long Island where many of his stories have taken place. The main character development was so craftily handled in such a way tha
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
The night before Amanda Greene had a terrible fight with her almost perfect boyfriend Patrick which led her to a heavy drinking night with her friends.
In the morning when she wakes up in her dorm room she has crucial pain in her ribs and faces a total stranger insisting she is her roommate and she is going to be late for he History session. The room looks all the same as yesterday but neither the strange girl is her roommate nor she signed up for History as she hates this subject.
Forcing her to
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another good book by Mr. Cash. After reading his YA novel Monsterland, I was curious to see if he would be a one hit wonder, or if i would enjoy other books he wrote as well. I am very impressed and will recommend this to my friends who read. I will definitely be reading more of this author's work.

This is dark fantasy. It is no secret that I am partial to books in this genre. It is novella length and I am amazed at the amount of story the author was able to pack into that length. I in no way fee
Chris Meads
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Greene has had a fight with her boyfriend and goes over to her girlfriends drinking. Next thing she know, she wakes up in her dorm room with a new roommate and a history class she never signed up for. She finally goes and finds out her teacher is Aristotle! Amanda thinks it's a waste of time and wants to leave, but there is a dark stranger waiting for her outside the door.

What is this all about? What is really going on with Amanda? What's with the history lesson?

Michael Phillip Cash has d
Wanda Maynard
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A unique title to go along with a wonderful, unique scary story. THE HISTORY MAJOR had me hooked from page one, because of the pleasantly puzzling way Michael Phillip Cash skillfully planned the outcome. It was so intriguing I couldn't wait to continue on to the next page, and then onto the next chapter, to see what might be around the next corner, or peeking through the thick shadowy fog. There was just enough suspense added to this fast-paced, page turner to lead this reader through darkened
Jennifer Lara
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The History Major by Michael Phillip Cash is a mystery thriller in which Amanda Greene is sent on a series of events occur which makes her question everything around her.
Amanda wakes from with a heavy hangover. All she can remember is that she had a horrible fight with her boyfriend, Patrick, the night before. As she wakes up, she realizes that something is different about her dorm room. First, her roommate is someone who doesn’t recognize and things have changed around the room. She goes off t
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can't quite put her finger on it. She's sharing her room with a peculiar stranger. Amanda discovers she's registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her. Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fra
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Several seemingly disjointed plot lines have a common connection

The opening is one that many college students can related to, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up after a night of heavy partying and a fight with her boyfriend with a sense of disorientation. She knows that she put down a lot of alcohol and at first she attributes the disorientation to the newness of her dorm room and the aftereffects of her binge drinking.
However, it does not take long before she realizes that her reality h
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Michael Phillip Cash has hit it out of the ball park again. His newest novella had me sucked in from the very first page . In this novella we meet Amanda Greene , a college freshman who after a night of heavy partying ends up waking up and finding out things aren't quite right . She can't put her finger on it but there is something wrong. She is trying to figure it all out but will she survive it

In this novella Michael wove significant points in history with the elements of the world today. T
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mary by: Michael Phillip Cash
When college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room, she is woozy and slightly disoriented. She assumes that her grogginess is due to her excursion to the local college hangout the previous night. After having a vicious argument with her boyfriend, Amanda remembers going out with her two best friends to have some fun and forget her problems. The night that followed must have included some pretty heavy partying, because Amanda can hardly remember how she got back to the dorm.

As a matter
Quite The Novel Idea ~ Words from the Clouds

3.5 stars

Well, this was a nice quick read! I wasn't sure about this going into it, but in the end I did enjoy it quite a bit.

The History Major is about Amanda, who one day wakes up with a hangover after a fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of partying. But things are not the same as the day before. Her roommate is suddenly a stranger and she's registered for classes she would never choose and people that seem oddly familiar and an ominous sha
Gayle Pace
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense, fiction
Once again Mr. Cash has brought us another great read. This one is about a college freshman, Amanda Greene. Waking up with a hangover, from too much partying, and a big fight with her boyfriend, Amanda realizes things aren't as usual. The room isn't quite right. She has a new dorm mate that is rather peculiar. She discovers she is enrolled in classes that she wouldn't sign up for. She thinks she knows some of the people around her in her history class,but something isn't right and she isn't quit ...more
Pat Byrnes
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Greene is having a bad day in Michael Phillip Cash’s novella The History Major. Being a college freshman can be stressful, but Amanda added a night on the town. Amanda wakes to a roaring headache and mass confusion. Things just don’t seem right, things are out of place, and her roommate isn’t who she remembered. She finally gathers herself to head to class, but upon looking at her schedule, her first class of the day is History. Amanda isn’t a fan of History, in fact, she hates History.

Robert Yokoyama
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The History Major is an unique short novel. It teaches readers that history can help us understand and improve our outlook in life. The main character is a young college student named Amanda Greene. She is still reeling from the death of grand mother. Amanda also has a strained relationship with her mother who remarried a few years ago. Amanda is the victim of sexual abuse by a family member. I really appreciated the way Michael Phillip Cash brings in the historical figures of Joan of Arc and Lu ...more
Bonnie Rediske-
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this in exchange for a review. No financial compensation was made and the thoughts in this review are my own.

This is so different from the past books I have read from Mr. Cash. This book was infuriating to me on a basal level because I could not put it down and at the same time thought I had the ending all figured out when Mr. Cash throws this in a completely different direction. I had points of serious frustration at the "history" lessons in this, not because of poor writi
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a novella, but one that will have you trying to figure out whether Amanda is alive and dreaming or dead--it is not until the VERY end that you will find out. It reminded me somewhat of another novella which to this day I can not get out of my head-"The Hanging Tree". I combined it with one of the Battle for Darracia reviews I wrote. Both The History Major and The Hanging Tree will resonate in my brain for years to come.

I will leave you with these 2 quotes which can be found at the beginn
 Reading Reindeer Cobwebbed
Review: THE HISTORY MAJOR by Michael Philip Cash. Wow. Not what I expected from this author I've always enjoyed. That is to say, this novella is excellent (hence the 5-star rating) but different: inspiring, thoughtful and thought-provoking, metaphysical, heartwrenching. For me, the author's note, both personalized and heartfelt, made the story additionally worthwhile.
Susan Beamon
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This short novella was very interesting. I thought, until I got to the end, that it was a dream sequence, but I was not completely correct. Instead, it is a study of how the brain deals with unbearable trauma, going from complete denial to conditional acceptance. The journey was fascinating.
Patricia Hamill
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-me, 2016
The History Major: A Novella is short, but suspenseful. There’s a sort of nightmarish quality that really put me on edge throughout, a good thing for this sort of story. I didn’t really know what to expect going in, even after reading the description, but I think that made it better because everything was a surprise.

This is a quick read, but I took a couple of evenings to finish, so there’s plenty of meat to it, even for a shorter book. I got the vibe that this was sort of an experiment, the aut
Lynn Demsky
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, novella
This is a serious “Thinker” book, would be good for any type of discussions from English, History, Religion or any book group. To me it was a confusing book --- jumping all over history and thinking she was dead or on her way to dyeing but not there yet but, not here in the living, yet. A very talented, written book – and, his page of notes in the end truly helped! A book I will remember forever!
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any avid reader
Recommended to Barbara by: the author sent me a copy to review
I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. I'm not sure where Michael Phillip Cash gets the ideas for the books which he writes, but they are always fresh, exciting, original and so much fun to read. I have read all his books and enjoyed every one. I recommend any of his books if you want a quick and enjoyable read.
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I have never read a book by Michael Phillips Cash before and a Novella is always a good place to start as long as it's not a part of a series.

This was an interesting read, the concept was very unique. I found that I disliked the main character Amanda immensely right from the beginning, and I believe this was the author's intention. Amanda is a trouble girl, clinging on to a very bad crowd. She is a girl behaving badly, I would even go so far as to say ag
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Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning and best-selling author and screenwriter of horror, paranormal, and science fiction novels.

Michael's resides on the North Shore of Long Island.

Michael Phillip Cash also writes as Michael Okon.

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