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Character Journeys in Once Upon a Time: the Savior, the Evil Queen, and Rumplestiltskin

The last time I talked about Once Upon a Time, I posted an overview of the show’s pros and cons over its six season run. And there were plenty of both. Now I’d like to get into more detail about … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time: At Its Best When Breaking the Mold, at Its Worst When Following It

Genre: Fantasy/Fairy tale retelling Synopsis: Emma is living on her own and working as a bail bondsman, when the boy she’d given up for adoption at birth appears on her doorstep. There’s nothing for it but for her to bring … Continue reading

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Every Heart a Doorway: The Painful Clarity of Not Fitting Into Your World

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy/ YA Fantasy Synopsis: Sometimes children stumble through a hidden entrance in their world into another one, and often that world is right for them in a way their own never could be. The lucky ones stay, but … Continue reading

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Emerald City Pilot: The Wizard of Oz Remake That Tries to Do Too Much

Genre: Fantasy Synopsis: Dorothy is on her way to meet her biological mother–and instead finds a dead body and a storm that transports her to another world. Her arrival throws the local power plays askew, and makes her a target. Still, there’s only … Continue reading

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Crooked Kingdom: A Gang of Misfits Up Against the World

  Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Criminal mastermind Kaz put together a crew of teenagers and used them to pull off an impossible heist–but instead of reaping the rewards, they were betrayed. Now they have to get back at the people … Continue reading

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Poisoned Blade, and a World Moving Towards a Revolution

Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Jes and her sisters have grown up relatively sheltered, their aristocratic father hiding them away from much of the prejudice against their mother’s race. But after the kingdom’s politics force their father to abandon his family, … Continue reading

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We Don’t Live in a Homogenous World: List of 10 Science Fiction/Fantasy Works

There are plenty of authors from underrepresented groups writing fantastic science fiction and fantasy, and they’re equally deserving of publicity and support. It’s also important to remember that media can be powerful. It influences how we view the world, and … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale: Independent Heroines, Folkloric Settings, and the Struggle for Personal Freedom

Genre: YA fantasy Synopsis: In Lesnaya Zemlya, the old religion coexists with the new, both of them in practice by the people of the land. This is the world Vasilisa grows up in. She attends church, then leaves offerings for … Continue reading

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Unrest: The Violent Turmoil of a City Struck by Famine, Strained by Social Tensions and Rage, in an Indian Inspired Fantasy Setting

Genre: Fantasy RPG (minus the combat focus) Synopsis: In a fantasy inspired by ancient India, five people have to make their way and shape the world around them during a period of social unrest: a princess ingrained in the surrounding politics, … Continue reading

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Once Broken Faith: Kings, Queens, and Murder at a Political Convention

  Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis: Toby Daye is a changeling, half-fae and half-human. She started off the series disconnected and aimless, a result of the years she lost due to a spell cast on her by her enemies. She’s come … Continue reading

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