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Orphan Black, Season One (DVD)

The BBC America series Orphan Black is about…well, it’s difficult to say what it’s about without giving away spoilers. The first episode opens with a young, streetwise grifter named Sarah arriving at a train station, where she witnesses another woman folding her clothes carefully on … Continue reading

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I love a good fantasy story, full of high adventure, mystery, intrigue, romance, and strange magic. For a long time, a lot of fantasy worlds, influenced by Tolkien’s Middle-earth, have been based on a romanticized version of medieval Western Europe. … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two by Catherynne M. Valente

The third book in Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, may be the best of the lot. (I reviewed the first two books here and here.) September, the young Nebraska girl who is our protagonist, is growing … Continue reading

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Confession: although I generally come across as very outgoing to patrons and coworkers, I’ve struggled with shyness and social anxiety as far back as I can remember. It got particularly bad in college. There were many times when I would … Continue reading

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I just finished reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, so it’s still sinking in and washing through me, making it difficult to talk about. But I’m going to try anyway. This is a story about growing up. … Continue reading

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Collapse Into Now by R.E.M.

R.E.M. came out with their 13th studio album, Around the Sun, in 2004. It wasn’t very well received critically, it didn’t sell as well as previous albums, and the band itself wasn’t all that happy with how the album ended … Continue reading

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

When routine bites hard, And ambitions are low, And resentment rides high, But emotions won’t grow, And we’re changing our ways, Taking different roads. Then love, love will tear us apart again. Love, love will tear us apart again. – … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

This sequel to the dreamy and delightful The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is at least just as good as the first book, possibly better. It’s a little darker, a little stranger, and a … Continue reading

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The Science of Doctor Who by Paul Parsons

I’ve been a massive fan of the TV show Doctor Who since I was 13. Even at its worst, the show excites me and inspires me like nothing else. Although principally seen as a science fiction show, it’s always played … Continue reading

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Catherynne M. Valente’s The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making is a wonderful, magical fairy-tale fantasy that is aimed at children but doesn’t talk down to them—and is written in a way that will appeal … Continue reading

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