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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Sharks and Jets. Street gangs. Turf war. Romeo & Juliet in the streets of New York City. “Tonight.” “Somewhere.” Mambo. Yep, it’s West Side Story, and it’s a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, playing through September 14.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Pho.
What is pho?
Before I tell you what it is, I have to tell you how to say it. It isn’t pronounced “foe.” You have to say “fuh,” which leads some people into off-color puns, but I try to show respect to people’s languages, so my puns will stay clean.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur




Last year, A. A. Aguirre’s Bronze Gods introduced Janus Mikani and Celeste Ritsuko, Criminal Investigation Division inspectors. In Silver Mirrors, the duo doesn’t have time to rest after saving the lands of Hy Breasil from disintegration and the return of past glories that involved human sacrifice and strange machines.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur




In Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx series, Armageddon happened a long time ago. Heaven lost. Demons, Angels, and Hyrkes (non-magical humans) try to coexist. Maegesters are judges and peacekeepers armed with waning (destructive) magic…and possessing some demon blood.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


We have families. We love them…and they drive us crazy. Isn’t that wonderful? Over the River and Through the Woods, a play by Joe DiPietro, is now onstage at the Good Company Players’ 2nd Space Theatre. It’s about families. Isn’t that wonderful?

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


It comes across a black expanse fissured with jagged cracks of blood red, peopled with refugees from a Halloween Haunt and a martial arts studio. It is a violent, unsettling version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the first play in the Woodward Shakespeare Festival’s tenth season in Fresno’s Woodward Park.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


As part of my work for the library, I visit several of the communities on the east side of the Valley, so I look for places to eat, because eating is one of my hobbies (I do it frequently). One restaurant kept coming up on lists of places to try: OC’s China Garden. A Chinese restaurant in Orange Cove? It seemed ridiculous. Then…I tried it.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Call him Bond–Shaman Bond. Call him Eddie Drood. Call this ultra-secret agent with the uber-tech, golden, magic armor when impossible things need to be done!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Speculative fiction creates strange new worlds for the reader. Richelle (Vampire Academy) Mead’s The Immortal Crown takes the characters from Gameboard of the Gods out of their strange world, and puts them into a stranger one.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Miranda is a rock star. Miranda is a vampire. Miranda and David, her Prime who rules the undead of large parts of North America, have been given mega-powers by a goddess, but her life is not all sunshine and butterflies…or even moonbeams and batwings, in Dianne Sylvan’s newest novel of the Shadow World, Shadowbound.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



You don’t expect a 134-year-old musical to rock a theatre, but the Good Company Players’ production of The Pirates of Penzance rocks Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater…with laughter.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


The first book in Barb Hendee’s Mist-Torn Witches series introduced the Fawe sisters, Céline and Amelie. Céline, an apothecary who was trained in herbal lore by her Gypsy mother, could touch a hand and see the future; Amelie’s touch revealed the past. Together, they helped Prince Anton stop the plans of his brother to succeed their father as Prince of the land.

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Stone Cold By Devon Monk

IN THE May 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
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by Terrance Mc Arthur


At the end of Devon Monk’s final Allie Beckstrom novel, Magic to the Bone, magic was tamed. There wasn’t much you could do with it, unless you were a Soul Complement, a pair of magic-users who could break magic, go beyond the limits of its power.

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