September122014

Book review: Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White

Book review: Mistress Masham’s Repose by T.H. White

"Mistress Masham's Repose" by T.H. White.

“Mistress Masham’s Repose” by T.H. White.

Maria, a plucky ten-year-old orphan, is the sole heir to a sprawling, run-down English estate known as Malplaquet (a satirical version of the real-life Stowe House) in Mistress Masham’s Reposeby T.H. White. Her guardian (the appropriately-named vicar Mr. Hater) and her toadlike governess (Miss Brown) conspire to keep Maria isolated, impoverished, and…

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September92014

Anime TV series review: Galilei Donna

Anime TV series review: Galilei Donna

Poster advertising the "Galilei Donna" anime television series.

Poster advertising the “Galilei Donna” anime television series.

Imagine a future where energy is scarce and in the hands of a mega corporation. Imagine pirates fly elaborate fish-like ships that defy gravity as deftly as the pirates defy authority while they steal energy from the wealthy. Imagine the descendants of Galileo Galilei living in Italy as simple girls who find themselves on the run from…

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September82014

6 SciFi Shows Featuring Joan Rivers

6 SciFi Shows Featuring Joan Rivers

Dot Matrix in "Spaceballs", as voiced by Joan Rivers.

Dot Matrix in “Spaceballs”, as voiced by Joan Rivers.


Joan Rivers was known for giving very frank (and usually unasked-for) fashion advice, and for being extremely loud and obnoxious wherever she went (but always with a twinkle in her eye). During her time in the spotlight, she hosted interviews on the red carpet with many different celebrities.

Rivers wrote several books about her life and for…

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September52014

Film review: Brother Bear

Film review: Brother Bear

Poster for "Brother Bear".

Poster for “Brother Bear”.

Brother Bearhas never been one of my favorite Disney animated features. It follows Kenai, a Native American boy who angers the Spirits when he needlessly kills a bear in revenge for his brother’s death (which was actually Kenai’s fault). The Spirits change Kenai into a bear, and he must find out how to emulate his totem, the “bear of love”, in order to change back into a…

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September32014

Art book review: The Art of the Disney Golden Books by Charles Solomon

Art book review: The Art of the Disney Golden Books by Charles Solomon

"The Art of the Disney Golden Books" by Charles Solomon.

“The Art of the Disney Golden Books” by Charles Solomon.

I really love art books, whether they are about the work of a specific artist or the works of many who worked on a specific project. The Art of the Disney Golden Books by Charles Solomon contains works covering decades of Golden Book releases from Disney, and it really takes me back to when I was a child.

Though I didn’t know their names at…

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August292014

Television series review: Star-Crossed

Television series review: Star-Crossed

"Star-Crossed" promotional poster.

“Star-Crossed” promotional poster.

Star-crossed usually refers to lovers whose love is doomed to failure by events out of their control. It has origins in Shakespeare and astrology. How unfortunately prophetic that the show’s name matched its duration. Star-Crossedwas canceled after only thirteen episodes, but what dramatic and entertaining episodes those were! This is one you’ll want to catch on…

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August262014

Book review: When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson

Book review: When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson

"When Marnie Was There" by Joan G. Robinson.

“When Marnie Was There” by Joan G. Robinson.

I had never heard of When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson until Studio Ghibli announced they were adapting the book into a film. Since I absolutely love Studio Ghibli, I decided to read the book.

Anna has trouble focusing in school and doesn’t want to show any feeling toward her adoptive parents. So, they send her to live out in the country…

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August222014

Anthology review: Shadows Beneath - The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

Anthology review: Shadows Beneath – The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler

"Shadows Beneath - The Writing Excuses Anthology" by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler.

“Shadows Beneath – The Writing Excuses Anthology”

Shadows Beneath – The Writing Excuses Anthology contains stories written by the Writing Excusespodcast hosts: Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells. Each is an established writer, and this anthology is a result of a few of their podcast episodes where they discussed ideas, critiqued their works, and then put…

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August192014

Film review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Film review: The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"The Incredible Hulk" theatrical poster.

“The Incredible Hulk” theatrical poster.

The 2008 The Incredible Hulk film, the second work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was supposed to continue the amazing example set by the first Iron Man film (from only a month or so earlier, I might add). It failed miserably.

The cast was full of potential: Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, Liv Tyler as his love interest who happens to be the daughter of…

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August152014

Anime TV series review: Nagi no Asukara

Anime TV series review: Nagi no Asukara

"Nagi no Asukara" cover.

“Nagi no Asukara” cover.

Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea) hit my TV viewing like a bomb last Fall. I was visually blown away by all 26 of its episodes. The show recently finished up in April, and it was for me one of those shows that changes me for having watched it.

Crunchyroll simultaneously broadcast the series as it aired in Japan, so it was a unique pleasure to wait each week for a new…

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