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Review: Stranger Things

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Review: Stranger Things

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I just finished the Netflix original series Stranger Things. My insides are still shaking from the range of excitement this show delivers in so many different ways. There is a lot of crap on TV these days, but this is far from it. If you don’t have Netflix this show should be the reason you fork over the dough and get it. The creators of this series are Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, twin brothers in their 30s who were turned down over a dozen times from various studios for this project. I am sure those studios are kicking themselves right now because this show delivers everything you want in a sci-fi thriller.

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Review: Suicide Squad

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Review: Suicide Squad

In a new approach to their cinematic universe, The WB and DC Comics turned away from their mainstream heroes and let the villains come out and play in a movie based on the popular comic of the same name: Suicide Squad. Trying so hard to just not be Marvel, the studio once again went in a totally different direction. This is coming after the universally disliked Batman v Superman, which of course came after the lackluster Man of Steel. Is the third time the charm?

No. No it isn’t.

What could have been an amazing film ends up being exactly what you now expect from a WB/DC movie: a chaotic mess.

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The South Park Experience at SDCC

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The South Park Experience at SDCC

The San Diego Comic-Con is great at bringing things to the public they have never seen before, or giving them the chance to experience something near and dear to them. This year was no exception, particularly thanks to South Park and Comedy Central. Once again South Park was right in the middle of Comic-Con and the heart of San Diego’s Historic Gaslamp district. There attendees could wait in line and have an experience made just for South Park fans.

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Review: The Thief’s Daughter

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Review: The Thief’s Daughter

Jeff Wheeler returns us to the kingdom of Ceredigion with The Thief’s Daughter, the second book in the Kingfountain series.

It’s been ten years since the end of The Queen’s Poisoner, and they’ve been some of the happiest years of Owen Kiskaddon’s life. The terrified little Fountain-Blessed boy has now grown into a capable young man, training every day to become a fighter and tactician. Even better, he’s been able to spend most of that time living with the kindly Duke Horwath and the Duke’s granddaughter, Evie (that’s Elysabeth Victoria Mortimer to you.) Owen’s best friend – and possibly the love of his life – has grown into a beautiful and devastatingly intelligent young woman who’s just as determined to marry Owen as she was when she was nine.

But a nearby kingdom plans to attack Ceredigion, and there are rumors that one of the King’s deposed nephews is still alive and returning to reclaim the throne. Owen and Evie will have to thread their way through plots and assassination attempts while trying to prove their loyalty to a king who will do anything to protect his kingdom and his crown, even at the expense of everyone around him.

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Review: Inside (Xbox ONE, PC)

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Review: Inside (Xbox ONE, PC)

You’re running through a forest. There are men with guns and attacks dogs all around. You sneak as quickly and quietly as you can, but it’s no use. They are coming after you, and if they catch you, well, you don’t want them to catch you. In the opening moments of Inside, you will have no idea what’s going on. You won’t know why you’re sneaking past these armed men and their dogs and you won’t know why you’re a child that’s alone in the woods. The only thing you will know is that you have got to keep moving. You need to keep heading towards your goal. And, when you finally reach your destination, you’ll ask yourself “what the heck just happened?!” Hit the jump to read on! Read On

Review: Ghostbusters

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Review: Ghostbusters

There hasn’t been a movie in a while that caused more controversy over nothing than the new Ghostbusters. The who, what, why and hows of the announcement made headlines around the world. Well the movie has been released and we finally get to see what all the drama was about. And guess what? It was over nothing. This new version of Ghostbusters is fun, hilarious, and a great addition to an already loved franchise.

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Review: Masks

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Review: Masks

“And when the last of the traitors had been executed, the young Autarch made a decree: Henceforth all citizens of Aygrima would be Masked in all public places…”

The Masks are what makes the kingdom of Aygrima safe, everybody knows that. Enchanted to reveal treasonous thoughts, they protect the rule of the blessed Autarch from rebellion. And sure, Mara worries a little about whether the Masks change people, and she hasn’t been completely truthful about how much magic she’s still able to see. But it’s okay, the celebration for her fifteenth birthday is almost here, and as the Gifted daughter of the Master Maskmaker she’ll have the most beautiful Mask her father can make, and she’ll join Aygrima society as an adult and her father’s apprentice and it will all be fine.

Then her Masking goes horribly wrong, and Mara finds herself one of the unMasked. Outcast and doomed to spend the rest of her life as a slave in the Mines, Mara learns that everything’s she’s been told about the blessed Autarch’s reign is a lie. More than that, there are fellow outcasts working to overthrow the powerful Autarchy, and Mara has to decide if she can trust them as she tries to learn the extent of her own impossibly powerful magical talents.

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Review: Summerlong

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Review: Summerlong

It’s been three years since Peter S. Beagle released a short story or essay, and longer than that since his last novel. That’s a long dry spell, especially for someone who’s writing was such a big part of my childhood. Fortunately Beagle’s latest novel, Summerlong, is due out this September, and it’s absolutely worth the wait.

Retired professor Abe and soon-to-be-retired flight attendant Joanna have spent the last twenty-two years building a comfortable life for themselves. They have their own odd quirks, but also a lot of sense; they’re certainly not the type of people to be captivated by a total stranger and invite her to live with them. Except that’s exactly what they do a few hours after meeting the new waitress at their favorite diner.

The beautiful Lioness always has that effect, effortlessly charming the people she meets and causing everyone – customers, neighbors, children, whales, Joanna’s often-heartbroken grown daughter Lilly, even the usually gloomy Puget Sound weather – to fall head-over-heels in love with her. Abe and Joanna are soon exploring new dreams for themselves, and trying to ignore the nagging sense that there’s more to Lioness than she’s letting anyone know.

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