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Review: Game of Thrones, “The Winds of Winter” (Season 6, Episode 10)

With only 13 episodes left for the show, Game of Thrones needed to wrap a lot of subplots in order to have enough time to deal with the impending White Walker invasion. “The Winds of Winter” did that, and then some. The episode killed off most supporting characters in a few dramatic scenes. As I’ve argued elsewhere, this downsizing was ...

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Book Review: Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil

Book Review: Bedeviled: Lewis, Tolkien and the Shadow of Evil Crystal Hurd   Colin Duriez’s latest book is full of evil. Or more specifically, it explores how C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien wove the theme of good and evil into their respective literary works. You may be familiar with Duriez’s work. He is absolutely prolific. My shelf is full of ...

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Book Review: C.S. Lewis Goes to Hell

C.S. Lewis was sitting in church during a particularly long sermon when he suddenly stumbled onto an idea. What if the devil revealed all of his malevolent strategies? What if parishioners were made aware of their faults not through their own eyes or scripture, but through the lens of the enemy? Lewis wrote to his brother Warren (“Warnie”) on July ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “Battle of the Bastards” (Season 6, Episode 9)

Game of Thrones has become infamous for its unpredictability. Beheading Ned Stark in Season 1 shocked viewers because it defied everything we thought we knew about fantasy stories (namely, that the hero always wins). Over the past season, the plot of Game of Thrones has become increasingly predictable; the show is no longer willing or able to subvert audience expectations ...

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Interview: Author Auston Habershaw

Auston Habershaw is the author of fantasy series, The Saga of the Redeemed, available through Harper Voyager Impulse. He is also a winner of the Writers of the Future Contest and has published stories in Analog, Galaxy’s Edge, The Sword and Laser Anthology, and Escape Pod, among other places. His next release continues the Saga of the Redeemed, with No ...

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Narnia Menu: “The Dufflepuds’ Mushroom Soup”

Image source: http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Dufflepud By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace share a meal prepared and served by the Dufflepuds. It was… well, interesting, to put it mildly. It was also particularly messy, since their invisible hosts “progressed up the long dining-hall in a series of bounds or jumps. […] When the dish contained anything like soup or stew the ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “No One” (Season 6, Episode 8)

Season 6 of Game of Thrones has been an improvement over the previous season in all ways but one: Meereen. To be fair, Meereen is far from becoming the new Dorne, but the plot thread isn’t quite working as effectively as I’d hoped. Tyrion’s time in Meereen had the potential to be a fascinating story about political compromise, but the ...

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Review: Game of Thrones, “The Broken Man” (Season 6, Episode 7)

Before Season 6 aired, I talked with friends about my predictions for the story.  As Game of Thrones fans are wont to do, I focused on who would die and which characters might return after a long hiatus. I thought my friend’s prediction that Sandor Clegane (a.k.a., “The Hound”) would return was absolutely inane. As much as I’d enjoyed the ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “The Ivy Bush Eleventy-First Birthday Cake”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar To finish a grand party like this one, you need a show-stopping cake. Bilbo would have this specially made at The Ivy Bush, a small inn frequented by Sam’s father, the Gaffer. Make this impressive cake the night before you want to serve it. “The Ivy Bush Eleventy-First Birthday Cake” 1½ pounds fresh strawberries 8 ounces ...

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Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest

Everyone’s favorite Jedi, Mark Hamill, has launched a project that will be of special interest to devoted fans everywhere–and now that Hamill is filming more Star Wars films, his devoted fan-base will surely skyrocket. Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest, produced by legendary producer and former Lucasfilm VP, Howard Kazanjian (Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark), and co-producer Darren Moorman (Same Kind of Different as Me), will feature ...

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