In a year in which I made my way through a lot of quote unquote serious literature, the most entertaining, moving, and emotionally rich novel I read was a slimmish YA novel about a young outcast’s dreams of making it big on Broadway, Better Nate Than Ever, by the enormously talented Tim Federle, who juggles razor-sharp [...]

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Matt Forbeck’s Vegas Knights could be described as Harry Potter meets Ocean’s Eleven. In fact, that’s exactly how it is described on the cover. Unfortunately, it lacks a lot of what makes those two stories so engaging. While the premise starts out with a fantastic amount of promise, hinting at a fresh, exciting narrative, it [...]

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In Which Gail Carriger’s The Parasol Protectorate, Book the Fifth: Timeless Is Reviewed

April 8, 2012
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A Word of Caution: While every effort has been made to ensure the minimization of the prevalence of spoilers and their harmful effects, they are impossible to avoid all together, this being a review of the third in a series.  Therefore, if you have not yet had the pleasure of partaking in Soulless or Changeless or Blameless or Heartless, by one Ms [...]

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“A New Day”: Nurse Jackie, Season 4

April 8, 2012
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I have been a fan of Showtime’s brilliant and acerbic Nurse Jackie since the first season and have been enthralled by each season since then, but I’m also aware that many people grew frustrated with the show as the second and third years progressed, because it often seemed to them that not enough change was occurring [...]

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Being Human 4.01: “Eve of the War”

February 6, 2012
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Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Being Human. This is a very hard review for me to write, because I am of two minds about Being Human‘s fourth series premiere. As a piece of supernatural drama tinged with black comedy, it is expertly and quite beautifully written, directed, and acted. If [...]

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Spartacus: Vengeance #2: “A Place in This World”

February 5, 2012
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Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Spartacus. The second episode of Spartacus: Vengeance plays to one of the show’s greatest strengths. Besides fascinating character drama, sex, violence, manipulation, and political maneuvers (which this episode also has in spades), the show is also often at its best when it is subverting [...]

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Spartacus: Vengeance #1: “Fugitivus”

February 3, 2012
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Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Spartacus. The scene: A Roman brothel. The camera pans from a female prostitute taking a man from behind with a large dildo to a male whore going down on a male client to four men violently fucking a female whore. The overweight male head [...]

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Chuck 5.13: “Chuck vs. the Goodbye”

January 28, 2012
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Note: The following review contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Chuck. Given the number of times that Chuck could have been canceled prematurely in today’s harsh, extremely-unwelcoming-to-low-rated-shows TV landscape (it was certainly touch and go there a number of times), the fact that this wonderfully geeky Hero’s Journey, this joyously romantic love story, this [...]

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Underworld: Awakening: An Appreciation

January 27, 2012
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I have never liked the term, “guilty pleasure,” because it implies that people should feel a certain degree of shame over liking something that, for whatever reason, they feel that others would judge them harshly for liking. And then of course there is the subset of that attitude–hipsterism, which attempts to justify liking something one [...]

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Gods, Monsters, and Giants: Fultz’s Seven Princes

January 25, 2012
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I have always been a fan of big, grand, all-out, non-ironic, epic fantasy–magic, kingdoms at war, heroes, destiny, magic, mythic creatures, Big Bads, gods, villains, and, oh, yes, magic–but in recent years, a great deal of the epic fantasy out there primarily seeks to deconstruct the genre, to act as a commentary on its form, [...]

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