George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” Review


A Song of Ice and Fire fits into the medieval politics subgenre of fantasy fiction. A Game of Thrones, the first book of the series, is all about the politics with barely an introduction to the fantasy world waiting in the wings. If you are like me and enjoy the connections to real life in […]

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Gregory Maguire’s “Son of a Witch” Review


In this sequel to Wicked, Liir is found broken and unconscious and taken in and tended by the Cloister of Saint Glinda. The Superior Maunt chooses the silent novice Candle to watch over Liir, and her music brings him back to life. The next section of the book explains about the attack on Liir. He […]

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For the Win by Cory Doctorow


For the Win, Cory Doctorow’s newest novel, is a thought-provoking story centered around players of Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games. It blends gaming culture with economics and labor unions, the end result being believable and thought-provoking. The bane of the companies that run online games is gold farming. Denizens of underprivileged countries are often paid […]

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Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson – Review


Warbreaker is one of those fantasy books that is more about a small group’s plans toward a great cause being pulled from its original path and used for a more sinister plan. Magic plays a very small role in this story, loathed by the main characters but surfacing to help them at useful moments. The […]

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Mistborn: The Well of Ascension


The Well of Ascension is the second novel in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. It continues shortly after the point where the first left off, The Lord Ruler vanquished and a fledgling parliament taking shape under the oversight of Elend Venture. The city of Luthadel, now ruled by King Elend, faces a multitude of problems in […]

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Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked” Book Review


Knowing that every story has more than one side, Maguire has recreated Oz to show the Wicked Witch of the West’s point of view, in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Is Elphie, as she is known by her friends (Yes, friends!), evil or just cranky in her misunderstood […]

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Elantris


Elantris was once the capitol of Arelon. It was called the city of the gods, for its shining walls and workers of wonders. A magical force known as the Shaod would, seemingly at random, transform people into nearly-immortal Elantrians overnight, granting them extraordinary powers, while turning their hair white and their skin an almost-metallic silver. They could heal quickly, move with great strength and speed, and perform magic by simply sketching symbols in the air. The Elantrians healed the injured and created food from nothing, distributing it to the people of the surrounding country of Arelon. There were no kings, just the wise inhabitants of Elantris…

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Terry Pratchett’s “Soul Music” Movie Review


Soul Music is one of my favorite Discworld novels. Naturally, as soon as I discovered the 1997 animated TV adaptation, I wanted to watch it. I was surprised by the quality of the production. Especially the music…

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Mistborn: The Final Empire


After enjoying The Gathering Storm, I wanted to try a Brandon Sanderson original. So I picked up a copy of Mistbornand had trouble putting it down for the days that followed. Dystopia, politics, an oppressive immortal tyrant, intrigue, magical battles on the city’s rooftops – Mistborn has it all.

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The Brothers Grimm


I finally got around to watching The Brothers Grimm, and interesting movie that caught my attention when it was released in 2005. I didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out it was directed by Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame). The Brothers Grimm is set in France-occupied Germany during the Napoleonic era. […]

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