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In Defense of Brandon Sanderson and the Fantasy Literary Genre

For those of you who don’t know this about me, you should know for the context of this essay that I’m a former English Language Arts teacher and an Adjunct Professor in Writing Comprehension. Now, I work as a librarian and I continue to use my knowledge of the English language to write my essays,… Continue reading In Defense of Brandon Sanderson and the Fantasy Literary Genre

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Why You Need to Read: “Assassin of Reality”

Metamorphosis, #4: Vita Nostra, Book 2: Assassin of Reality By: Marina and Sergey Dyachenko; Translated (English) by: Julia Meitov Hersey Published: March 14, 2023 Genre: Sequel, Metaphysical Fiction, Dark Academia *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. **NOTE: There are some minor spoilers from Vita Nostra.             Yesterday, January 13, a student of the Institute… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Assassin of Reality”

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Hello from Boskone!

Hello everyone! I apologize for another non-review post; but currently, I'm attending the Boskone 60 Convention in Boston! This is the first in-person Con I've been able to attend since before the pandemic. It's amazing when you recall how much fun these events are and why authors, writers, and fans attend them. So far, I… Continue reading Hello from Boskone!

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Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

This is the second full week I have been without my computer, which means I’m typing this week’s blog post through the mobile app. Yes, I’m able to use the app as easily as the website, but I know trying to write out or to copy-and-paste my review won’t be easy for me to do… Continue reading Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

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Book Stack: Dark Fantasy Academia

Note: I apologize in advance for the formatting and the layout of this post. My computer is getting repaired, so I’m writing this post on my smartphone (for the past week, I’ve been doing just about everything on my smartphone). So, instead of trying to type up an entire review here, here’s the first of… Continue reading Book Stack: Dark Fantasy Academia

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Abyss”

            This episode begins with the explanation of what Dust is and why it has become “dangerous.” It’s a warning about what is to come now that Metatron has “answered” Lord Asriel’s call. An earthquake tears throughout all worlds.             Mrs. Coulter regains consciousness and learns that the bomb detonated. She finds Father Pavel and asks him… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Abyss”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “No Way Out”

            Dr. Mary Malone follows the Zalif (singular of Mulefa), called Atal, towards the rest of its herd. She is enraptured by the trees and the landscape. Dr. Malone goes over her notes, recounts what the Angels told her about her “role as the ‘serpent’,” and teaches herself the Mulefa’s language. However, Dr. Malone cannot grasp… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “No Way Out”

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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Enchanted Sleeper”

Season Three, after a year hiatus due to Covid-19, opens with an explanation of the previous war amongst the angels. For those of you who do not know, His Dark Materials is Philip Pullman’s retelling of the epic, Paradise Lost. So yes, this series is and is not influenced by Christianity. The beings Lord Asriel spoke to at… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Enchanted Sleeper”

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Why You Need to Read: “One Dark Window”

The Shepherd King, #1: One Dark Window By: Rachel Gillig Published: September 27, 2022 Genre: Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Folklore             There once was a girl, clever and good, who tarried in shadow in the depths of the wood. There also was a King—a shepherd by his crook, who reigned over magic and wrote the old book. The two… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “One Dark Window”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Weight of Blood”

The Weight of Blood By: Tiffany D. Jackson Published: September 6, 2022 Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Retelling             …“the Bloody Prom,” when a girl named Madison Abigail Washington nearly burned down her entire town, killing two hundred people, including the majority of her senior class, at their first racially integrated prom, (Two).             Identity is one of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Weight of Blood”