Outlander S1.5: A WWII-era Englishwoman in 18th century Scotland

A woman stands brandishing a knife against an off-screen hand grabbing for her, a man behind her moves to back her up. The words read
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Genre: Historical/Drama/Romance

Synopsis: Claire, an English WWII nurse, gets mysteriously transported to 18th century Scotland. And thus ends up in the middle of the conflict between the Scots and the English. To protect herself from a particularly sleazy English soldier, she marries Jaime Fraser–a Scotsman, and a criminal with a price on his head.  Continue reading “Outlander S1.5: A WWII-era Englishwoman in 18th century Scotland”

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Passengers: Shouldn’t be Marketed as a Sci-Fi/Romance if It’s Gonna Be This Creepy

Two people's faces, above an image of a ship in space. The words read "Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt, Passengers."
Image: Sony Pictures

Genre: Sci-fi/Romance

Synopsis: Jim and Aurora are passengers on a starship, kept in stasis inside hibernation pods during the journey. When they arrive at their destination, a good century would have passed, and they’d have reached a distant world. Except they wake up too early. 90 years too early. Without the ability to put themselves back to sleep, they’re looking at the rest of their lives spent alone, aboard the ship… Continue reading “Passengers: Shouldn’t be Marketed as a Sci-Fi/Romance if It’s Gonna Be This Creepy”

Sagas of Sundry: Dread, and the Chilling, Psychological Story of Five Friends Haunted by their Experiences

Six people standing in a woody area, with a porch behind them.
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Genre: Mystery/supernatural/horror web series/RPG

Synopsis: A group of friends meet up a year after experiencing supernatural danger, to head back to the same place it happened the first time. None of them have truly managed to move on from it. No matter the consequences of going back, of tempting fate after they survived the last time, they all agree to go. In the hopes of discovering what actually happened to them, and of finding some sort of closure. Continue reading “Sagas of Sundry: Dread, and the Chilling, Psychological Story of Five Friends Haunted by their Experiences”

Sorcerer to the Crown: Navigating High Society in a Fantasy Regency England

An image of a dragon sitting on a box, screeching. Words read, "An enchanting cross between Georgette Heyer and Susanna Clarke, full of delights and surprises. - Naomi Novik, New York Times bestselling author; Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho"
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Genre: Fantasy

Synopsis: Taking place in Regency London, Sorcerer to the Crown follows the leader of the country’s magicians, Zacharias Wythe. Zacharias was bought and freed as a child by Sir Stephen Wythe, the Sorcerer Royal of Unnatural Philosophers. Sir Stephen trained him in magic and groomed him to take over his position. Now, after Sir Stephen’s death, Zacharias is suffering the difficulties of being a black man in a position of power over white gentlemen–no matter how polite and dutiful he remains, the country’s problems are blamed on him. The biggest of these problems is a general decline of magic in the country, which Zacharias is obligated to fix… Continue reading “Sorcerer to the Crown: Navigating High Society in a Fantasy Regency England”