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

This episode opens with Carlo Boreal giving Mrs. Coulter a description of our world, which is extremely accurate—“Their government is more corrupt than ours; their world is built on consumerism, not faith.” Boreal continues to explain how our world operates to Mrs. Coulter, and that includes her getting a makeover so she can blend into… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Scholar”

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Speculative Fiction: A Label for the Growing Spectrum of the Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

*My 100th Blog Post!* For the past year in which I have devoted more time to working on my blog, I have gained a larger audience—followers, readers and other supporters—than I thought possible. Remember, even the most successful bloggers and vloggers start out as “small channels” and are thankful for those who support them. I… Continue reading Speculative Fiction: A Label for the Growing Spectrum of the Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Horror

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Why You Need to Read: “Holy Sister”

Book of the Ancestor: Book Three: Holy Sister By: Mark Lawrence Published: April 9, 2019 Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark, Trilogy             Lessons were over. The closed world of the convent was about to be broken open. The endgame had arrived, (Chapter 9).              Any literary series—whether or not they’re duologies, trilogies, quartets, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 15 books—follow… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Holy Sister”

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Why You Need to Read: “Vita Nostra”

Metamorphosis: #1: Vita Nostra By: Marina & Sergey Dyachenko Translated (English) by: Julia Meitov Hersey Published: 2007 in Russia & Ukrainian; November 13, 2018 in the U.S. Genre: Metaphysical, Speculative Fiction, Psychological, Bildungsroman  Winner of the PocKoH 2008 Vita nostra brevis est,                                                 Our life is brief, Brevi finietur;                                                             Soon it will end; Venit mors velociter,                                                   Death comes quickly, Rarit… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Vita Nostra”

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Why You Need to Read: “Grey Sister”

Book of the Ancestor: Book Two: Grey Sister By: Mark Lawrence Published: April 3, 2018 Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark, Sequel             “You’re powerful Nona, and you’ve come into your power at an early age. The understanding that power corrupts is an idea older than the language we repeat it in. All of us in positions that afford authority… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Grey Sister”

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Why You Need to Read: “Red Sister”

Book of the Ancestor: Book One: Red Sister By: Mark Lawrence Published: April 4, 2017 Genre: Fantasy, Grimdark             A small thing in shapeless linen—not street rags, covered in rusty stains, but a serf’s wear none the less. She might be nine…This girl was a fierce creature, a scowl on her thin dirty face. Eyes black below… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Red Sister”

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Why You Need to Read: “Binti: The Complete Trilogy”

Binti: The Complete Trilogy                                                       By: Nnedi Okorafor Published:  Binti(#1) released September 22, 2015                  Binti: Sacred Fire(#1.5) released February 5, 2019                  Binti: Home(#2) released January 31, 2017                 Binti: The Night Masquerade(#3) released January 16, 2018                 Binti: The Complete Trilogyreleased February 5, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction, Afrofuturism, Anthology   Winner of the Nebula Award for Best Novella 2015 &… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Binti: The Complete Trilogy”