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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed

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REVIEW: Fifty Shades Freed

So, I went to see Fifty Shades Freed Wednesday night. I went with my girlfriends against my will. They even went so far as to tell me that last weekend my homework was to watch Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker. Yes, yes, I had never seen any of the movies. I didn’t die after the first two so I went along with my girlfriends to the new one.

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llyzabeth

Review – Jackalope Wives and Other Stories

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Review – Jackalope Wives and Other Stories

I actually read this book right after Ursula Vernon won the Hugo for her story “The Tomato Thief” but I hadn’t had a chance to review it (“hadn’t had a chance” should be read as “didn’t get organized and stop procrastinating long enough” but I think most people assumed that was the case.) I didn’t want to try and write down the good bits from memory, so I sat down to read the book again.

I probably don’t need this kind of encouragement to procrastinate, but I’m so glad I did. The book’s even better the second time around.

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Kathryn Adams

Binary System Podcast #113 – WTNV episode 121 “A Story of Love and Horror, Part 1: Barks”

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Binary System Podcast #113 – WTNV episode 121 “A Story of Love and Horror, Part 1: Barks”

This week the twins are recapping the pre-Valentine’s Day return of Night Vale, featuring one of Night Vale’s newest romantic couples, a pair that is so cute and well-adjusted we’re wondering exactly how it’s all going to go horribly horribly wrong.

And never being one to stick to a topic, we also talk about hangover cures, Oscar-nominations, cosplay possibilities for the upcoming convention season, and Stephen King books that are not allowed in our homes.

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llyzabeth

Review – Transformers Lost Light #14

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Review – Transformers Lost Light #14

After only a two-week wait we got another issue of Lost Light! I should be grateful! I know! But now we have to wait another month to find out what happens after THIS issue! 

(See, this is what happens when you spoil us. We get greedy.)

See below for a spoiler-free review of Lost Light #14.

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llyzabeth

Marvel Trades Review – Inhumans: Once & Future Kings, Inhumans vs X-Men, and Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide

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Marvel Trades Review – Inhumans: Once & Future Kings, Inhumans vs X-Men, and Avengers & Champions: Worlds Collide

I took most of 2017 off from X-Men and Avengers (not because I wanted to, there was just a lot of stuff going on with travel and family and work and blah blah blah excuses.) The smart thing would’ve been to research the storylines and make an organized reading plan.

Hah. I’m not that smart.

This week I grabbed the review copies of three upcoming Marvel graphic novels in no particular order and jumped in cold. Surprisingly, I wasn’t as lost as I thought. (Pretty lost, mind you, but not that lost.)

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Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

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Review – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

By guest columnist Caleb Luther.

What a powerful and poignant piece of black comedy. I’ve been pretty big on this director’s work for some while now (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), but he may have just topped himself with this one. Three Billboards goes above and beyond in developing its characters, making this already intriguing premise deeply layered and full of heartbreak. 

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llyzabeth

Binary System Podcast – Oscar Nominations Fan Art

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Binary System Podcast – Oscar Nominations Fan Art

As one-half of the podcast is on the road this week we decided to have another fan-art gallery as this week’s “episode.” And since we’re in the middle of playing catch up with Oscar-nominated movies, we’ll showcase some art that’s inspired by the movies we’ve actually seen.

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Kathryn Adams

Review: The Glass Town Game

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Review: The Glass Town Game

“We can go to Cowan Bridge School and learn a lot of rot we already know and freeze and starve and probably die of consumption, or we can get on a fairy train driven by our Christmas presents.”

The four siblings called it The Glass Town Game, but it was more than just a simple game of make-believe. A gift of twelve wooden soldiers gradually turned into an entire imaginary world, the result of years of creativity and storytelling. Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Bramwell took everything they could learn from fiction and history and current events outside their tiny little village of Haworth, and poured it all into Glass Town, a place of intrigues and doomed romance and heroism, where wooden soldiers die bravely in battle against Napoleon, only to spring back to life for more adventures the next day.

You can imagine the children’s surprise when they’re whisked off to a world that’s exactly like Glass Town.

Well almost exactly, except for a few minor details. Like the Napoleon with guns for arms, riding a giant fire-breathing porcelain rooster. That one’s new.

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Leland Pierce

Review: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

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Review: Maze Runner: The Death Cure

The Maze Runner trilogy has come to an end with the third and final installment: Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Following after the 2014 The Maze Runner and the 2015 sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, and based on the YA novels by James Dashner, we once again follow Thomas and his groups of runners as they try to stop the evil corporation WCKD, seek out the cure for the Flare virus, and save their captured friends before it’s too late. What could have been another boring YA novel adaption ended up being a really solid movie with great character moments and some great action.

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