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RoboCop: Movie Review

IN THE March 3 ISSUE

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Robocop, a remake of the cult classic 1980s movie of the same name, stars Joel Kinneman as the titular hero who is turned into a cyborg to combat crime. This movie shares only two things with the original, the transformation of Joel Kinnaman’s Alex Murphy into RoboCop, and the corporation that makes him. Other than that it is a pretty good reboot of the franchise with a look at more contemporary views about technology, corporate control, and what those things mean for people and government.

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The Undead Pool By Kim Harrison

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

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Rachel Morgan returns in the addictively soon to be ending Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Yes folks this is the penultimate book in the Hollows series with the grand finale coming in book thirteen, which hopefully comes next year. The Undead Pool definitely feels this impending end, because a lot of stuff happens in this book that moves a lot of pieces in this universe.

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I, Frankenstein Movie Review

IN THE January 28 ISSUE

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I, Frankenstein, an adaptation of a popular comic book of the same name which itself is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, stars Aaron Eckhart as the titular creature. In this adaptation, Frankenstein creates his creature, his creature gets revenge on him for making him and then that’s where things delve into craziness. The creature is drawn into a war for humanity between gargoyles (basically angels) and demons, who want him for some reason.

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Tempt the Stars By Karen Chance

IN THE January 18 ISSUE

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After a long wait, Tempt the Stars is the sixth installment of the Cassandra Palmer series, once again featuring our favorite clairvoyant and time traveler, Cassie. After the events of the last book where she found she was a demigoddess, she has to deal with how this revelation affects her current life, as well as question exactly who her parents really were. On top of all this, Cassie has to deal with her relationship with the vampire Mircea, and half-demon, Pritkin, who is now in the demon realm, and with the increasing threats the old gods pose who want to come back to Earth.

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American Hustle: Movie Review

IN THE January 13 ISSUE

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David O. Russell, director of last year’s hit Silver Linings Playbook, is back with a new drama, American Hustle. Loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 70s, American Hustle stars a fantastic ensemble who give “mind blowingly” amazing performances.

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Almost Human: TV Review

IN THE January 4 ISSUE

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From the creators of Fringe, comes Almost Human a show set in 2048 where science and technology has advanced so far that crime has risen to unmanageable rates, forcing police officers to be paired up with lifelike combat androids. Part police drama and part science fiction, Almost Human stars Karl Urban as a gruff Detective John Kennex, who is forced to pair up with a discontinued model of androids who were created to be as human as possible and known as DRN’s. Michael Ealy has the incredibly hard job of portraying Kennex’s android partner, Dorian.

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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

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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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by Jesus Ibarra


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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