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Noemi Gamel’s middle grade fiction debut, The Iris of Issoria

Noemi Gamel first came to my attention as a strong proponent of the We Need Diverse Books campaign. The campaign’s goal is to highlight the need for diversity in children’s books, be that the representation of LGBT characters, people of colour, different genders, cultures, religious minorities, and people with disabilities. ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Equilibrium

‘…The disease is human emotion.’ Walking out of The Giver on the weekend, my partner asked me if I had ever seen Equilibrium, ‘it’s just like The Giver – sort of – but has added kung fu with guns.’ Well, I hadn’t ever seen Equilibrium, though it had been in ...

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Flowers for Algernon: There are so many doors to open

Every now and then a book will take you completely by surprise. It will sweep you off your feet; your need to keep reading will border on an unhealthy obsession, and your emotional reactions to fictional occurrences will be questionable to say the least. Finding a book that you love ...

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Gotham, comic book adaptations, and the city’s white knight

The enduring popularity of comic book adaptations at the Box Office is continuing on our televisions. DC has been doing well in the teen market for years. First with Smallville, then Arrow, and this year Arrow is getting a spin-off for a share in that same market with The Flash. ...

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Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: He was used to this anticlimactic feeling

It’s been a long while since I’ve had such a strong – and yet so conflicted – reaction to reading a novel. At times The Magicians is a wonderful novel, exploring areas of fantasy that often get swept under the rug in stories too concerned with ‘wonderment’ and focusing on ...

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The Giver: If people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong

I first read The Giver at exactly the right age – I was 12 years old and just beginning to go through puberty. It was one of the first books I read as a young adult that really sparked my love of reading, showing me the possibilities of escaping into ...

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David Mitchell’s new Twitter-published story, The Right Sort

Following in the footsteps of other authors who have used Twitter as a storytelling medium (such as Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman, and Jennifer Egan), Mitchell has begun publishing a 6,000 word story on Twitter. The story will play out over 280 tweets, published in the next 7 days, with 20 ...

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New Harry Potter story by Rowling

The World Cup in Brazil has spread sport fever all over the world… and in other worlds. JK Rowling has been writing about the Quidditch World Cup to coincide with the Muggle football (or soccer, depending where you’re from) World Cup. The final article in this series will go up ...

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Cult show Community picked up for a 6th Season

The cult sitcom Community was cancelled by NBC after the show’s fifth season and for a while it looked like the show’s cheeky references to “Six Seasons & a Movie!” were not to be. Thankfully, the fans prayers have been answered and Sony Pictures Television have announced that season six of Community will ...

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First teaser for Mockingjay Part 1 drops

The first teaser trailer for Mockingjay Part 1 has dropped. For those of us who have read (and loved) the books, the clip might mean a bit more. There’s very little given away in the clip, a Presidential address to the citizens of Panem, featuring President Snow and Peeta, all ...

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