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Dead Set By Richard Kadrey

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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Richard Kadrey, best known for his Sandman Slim urban fantasy series, enters the world of YA fiction with Dead Set. Not a completely unexpected thing, as YA fiction has become an incredibly popular genre, with almost every popular urban fantasy author writing a YA novel. However, Dead Set strangely does not read or feel like a YA adult novel. It doesn’t focus on a lot of the current YA tropes such teenage romance, someone finding their destiny and or trying to save the world. Kadrey avoids these trappings by making Dead Set all about dealing with grief– specifically the grief of the teenage character, Zoe, who is still mourning the loss of her father.

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The Walking Dead: TV Review

IN THE October 26 ISSUE

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The Walking Dead premiered its fourth season this past week to some of the biggest ratings seen on television in recent years. Based on the widely popular comic series of the same name, The Walking Dead is a show about surviving in a world after zombies have taken down civilization. The other side of this show is that it’s not only the zombies you have to worry about– or walkers as they are called on the show–because the survivors are often more dangerous than the dead. This and the theme of what surviving in this world does to people and their humanity are the three long running themes of the series.

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Kill City Blues By Richard Kadrey

IN THE September 21 ISSUE

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Sandman Slim, James Stark, returns in Kill City Blues, the fifth book in the Sandman Slim series. Having survived being the ruler of hell, Stark is back in LA looking for the weapon he lost that has the power to kill gods. Unfortunately for him, so is every other supernatural being in the city looking to use the power of the weapon.

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Fall 2013 in Mystery TV

IN THE September 7 ISSUE

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Beginning its ninth (possibly its final) season, Booth and Brennan are stronger than ever. Finally, getting together and making a baby in the last two seasons was the creative jolt this show needed to keep long time fans happy. Not only that, but also this season is the season where marriage finally happens unless producers are teasing us in a cruel way.

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Iron Man 3: Movie Review

IN THE May 6 ISSUE

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To say that I was excited for this movie is an understatement. Ever since the Avengers, I have been eagerly waiting to see what Marvel has dubbed Phase Two would bring to the table, and kicking off Phase Two was Iron Man 3.

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Movie Review

IN THE March 18 ISSUE

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Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Jim Carrey star in this comedy about magicians and the increasing absurdity of magic tricks in recent years. Steve Carell plays the incredible Burt Wonderstone an aging, disgruntled, and pompous magician who is no longer relevant in today’s world where the new magic tricks are doing crazy stunts with your body. Steve Buscemi is his childhood partner Anton, with Olivia Wilde playing the stereotypical magician’s assistant. Jim Carrey is the antagonist, lampooning people like David Blaine, and Criss Angel, delivers the breakout and most enjoyable aspects of the movie.

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Beautiful Creatures: Movie Review

IN THE February 25 ISSUE

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The only reason I became remotely interested in Beautiful Creatures was seeing Emmy Rossum be a bad ass witch in the original trailer. Once I saw that Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson were involved as well I was completely sold. My only misgivings were the constant comparisons to Twilight because it was based on a popular young adult book series.

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The Following: TV Review

IN THE February 16 ISSUE

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Kevin Williamson, the man behind the Scream film series and The Vampire Diaries, comes to FOX with a new gory, gutsy show starring Kevin Bacon; giving his take on serial killers.

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Silver Linings Playbook: Movie Review

IN THE February 4 ISSUE

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If you saw the trailers for Silver Linings Playbook, you probably thought you would be getting another raunchy romantic comedy starring two of the hottest actors right now: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Well let me tell you these trailers were completely misleading. I am not the biggest fan of rom coms, but I loved the talent involved with this movie. Aside from the leads, the film also includes Robert DeNiro, Jackie Weaver, and Julia Stiles.

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If you are an avid reader of Urban Fantasy, there comes a point when you have read pretty much everything that’s really good, and you have to work to find the next series you can get addicted to. And it gets even harder when every book seems to be derivative of the same sort of stories: fairies, witches, vampires, shape shifters, etc. That’s precisely why Kevin Hearne’s The Iron Druid Chronicles is freaking amazing. Besides being good in the sense of the writing and storytelling, it is completely original (at least to me, because I rarely see anything dealing with druids of the Celts).

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Ever After, book 11 in Kim Harrison’s fantastic urban fantasy series The Hollows, continues the story of a witch–really a demon–Rachel Morgan and her friends, which include elves, pixies, vampires, werewolves, and some really pissed off demons. This being the 11th book in the series I’ll have to give some brief back story to the world of The Hollows.

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Top Ten TV Shows Of 2012

IN THE December 29 ISSUE

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It’s the end of the year, and you know what that means: lists! Here is a list of my personal top ten for the best TV shows of the year. And man it was so hard to choose just ten; this was such a great, no fantastic, year for TV, probably the best in the last couple of years. So let’s get started from 10 to 1.

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