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Terrance V. Mc Arthur

by Terrance McArthur



Red Queen by Christina Henry is the second part of The Alice Chronicles, a twisted, paranormal, violent retelling of the Alice in Wonderland saga. Alice has escaped from a mental asylum with Hatcher, the Mad Hatter, who is an axe murderer. The Jabberwocky is trapped inside a tiny glass ball. The Cheshire Cat is an intrusive voice in Alice’s mind. Alice and Hatcher are looking for his daughter, who is somewhere in the east. They cross into barren, burned wastelands, villages that aren’t what they seem, and up a mountain, to deal with the Black King and the White Queen.

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Parts of the Castillo family have been feeding Fresnans for decades, and one section of the clan is dishing it up at Castillo’s Mexican Restaurant in the Tower District, 568 E. Olive Ave.

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In the first place, the veil between New Orleans and the magical world beyond it ripped, and it took years of battle to close it, leaving the South shattered. The leftover Paranormals are confined to a district called Devil’s Isle by Agents of Containment, a cross between Homeland Security and the CDC, but leftover magic has infected Sensitives, who must control it, vent it, or turn into rampaging Wraiths in Chloe Neill’s second Devil’s Isle book, The Sight.

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If you say, “I’m going to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” some people will reply, “How far is Putnam County?” This month, it’s only as far as the Bonner Auditorium at Fresno Art Museum, where StageWorks Fresno is presenting the musical through September 18.

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Hanford-born Beth Cato became a personal favorite writer of mine with her steampunk-fantasy-romance-flavored Clockwork Dagger duology. She’s back with a new series, one that I hope will have more than two installments.

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It used to be that cupcakes were made by mom’s for class parties or mass-produced by the Hostess Company. Now, the cupcake has become a specialty niche, with shops specializing in the single-serving-size treats. This month, The Great Food Search has risked life and digestion to bring you samples of the Valley’s variety of micro-cakes.

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Take the episodic style of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, add the close quarters of Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, throw in pirates and politicians, and set it out in a not-always-friendly galaxy, and you have Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead at the Woodward Shakespeare Festival is…
It’s like…
If you watch one of those food contests on TV where they give the chefs a strange set of ingredients and tell them to make something delicious, someone might tell the judges they have made a deconstructed dish, where the parts are disconnected and have to be mixed by the diner. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern is Tom Stoppard’s deconstructed Hamlet, pulling apart the Shakespeare masterwork and seeing what the audience will make of it.

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In the first of Barry H. Wiley’s Adventures in Second Sight books, The Revelations of the Impossible Piddingtons, Kyame Piddington was a sixteen-year-old stage psychic who doubled as a lockpicker and a martial arts master while solving crimes and taking revenge in the West and pre-earthquake San Francisco. In the sequel, Shadow of the Tiger, she is the secret weapon of the United States, loaned to British Intelligence by Grover Cleveland, to find out why and how all the English agents are turning up dead….in Monte Carlo.

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John Smith hears minds, from mundane day-to-day thoughts to secrets that hide at the mind’s core. He hears so much that he filters them with alcohol and drugs, but his dream is to have an island of his own, where he can live in blessed silence. His other power is to plant memories, from misleading facts to psyche–debilitating images that can crush a mind like an elephant would crush a strawberry.

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In a not-so-long-ago, less-tolerant time (1962), imagine a place—a secluded resort—where heterosexual men went to wear women’s clothing. That place existed, and so did the photos. Harvey Fierstein (actor-playwright: Torch Song Trilogy, La Cage aux Folles, Hairspray the musical, Kinky Boots) took that as the basis for Casa Valentina, the latest Stageworks Fresno production in Clovis North’s Dan Pessano Theatre through August 7.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur
& Faith Hunter



This week we have a review of Blood of Earth by Faith Hunter, which comes out in August. We are also a part of her blog tour and have an excerpt from a story by Faith below our review. Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of the book and links to purchase it. You can also enter the blog tour giveaway-Faith is giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice), and 5 custom key chains.

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It’s summer. It’s the San Joaquin Valley. It’s hot…and you want something cold. There’s ice cream, shaved ice, frozen yogurt…and now there’s Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard in Clovis, across from the Sierra Vista Mall and in front of Party City. Rita’s has grown from its origins in Philadelphia to a chain that has over 600 locations, but this is their first in the Valley south of Modesto.

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There’s an old joke among librarians, “Public libraries would be so much better if we could just get rid of the public.” What if…the world was ruled by the Library, private ownership of books was a death-penalty crime, and books and authors that went against Library interpretations of what should and should not be known disappeared, frequently?

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The black-framed glasses. The shortish, curly, unruly hair. The thin body. The guitar. No, not Elvis Costello. Buddy Holly, as in Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
“That’ll Be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” Oh Boy,” “Rave On,” “It’s So Easy,” and more.

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The Fairy Godmother waves her wand and Cinderella’s rags magically transform into a beautiful ball gown and glass slippers…that is so retro-Disney.
In Shine! Youth Theatre’s Cindy! A Cinderella Pop Musical, the Fairy Godmother wears glasses, the wand is a soap-bubble shooter, the glass slippers are classic-black-lace-up basketball sneakers, and the skirt of the ball-gown….well, that really is the stuff of fairy-tale magic.

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“Pinball Wizard,” “I’m Free,” “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” “Acid Queen”…..it’s gotta be Tommy.
In 1969, The Who released their rock-opera album Tommy, which became a chaotic Ken Russell film in the Seventies. In the Nineties, The Who’s Tommy hit the stage. StageWorks Fresno has it at the Dan Pessano Theatre at Clovis North HS through July 17, a confident production from Joel C. Abels and Josh Montgomery.

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Fruit stands, veggie stands, produce stands, whatever you call them, the San Joaquin Valley has lots of them. There are so many, there’s a Fresno Fruit Trail, brother to the springtime Blossom Trail. Some of the businesses I’ve visited are on the official Fruit Trail list, others aren’t, but they all have good stuff. Follow me on a sort-of circle (with a detour) for a fresh-picked adventure.

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