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REVIEW: Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Prophecy is the first of three novels in The Dragon King Chronicles by Ellen Oh. The story is set in Korea and it features Kira, the only female warrior in the army and the protector of the prince of Hansong. [...]

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Growing Up Fast: The Slayer Edition

Growing Up Fast: The Slayer Edition

Buffy: the Vampire Slayer appeals to teenagers and young adults because the creators and actors found a way to blend the thrilling heroics and fantasy with the things that real people go through.  Buffy goes through a constant conflict of [...]

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Our Favorite Things: Samus Aran

Our Favorite Things: Samus Aran

I’d crash landed among mutated purple flowers, stemmed from vines rushing up the rock faces surrounding me. My spaceship lifted me from the pressurized airlock. I saw the flowers looking at me, opening wide to release some sort of toxic [...]

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Princess Mononoke and Miyazaki’s Women

Princess Mononoke and Miyazaki’s Women

In order to grow your audience, you must betray their expectations. – Hayao Miyazaki Note: This review contains spoilers. The original Japanese poster for Mononoke-hime, or Princess Mononoke. Before viewing Princess Mononoke for the first time, I (and I am sure many people [...]

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Kara’s Malfunction

Kara’s Malfunction

So many video games ask little from the player in terms of emotional engagement, and that’s great if I just want to use plants to defend my house from zombies. But there are games that require added attention and these games [...]

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Martha Jones, Defender of the Earth

Martha Jones, Defender of the Earth

No companion on Doctor Who doesn’t get dissected and analyzed and criticized again and again, but no companion catches more flak from the fandom than the one and only Martha Jones. Even before becoming an avid Whovian, I noticed the hatred [...]

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Mafalda: A Girl’s Literary Role Model

Mafalda: A Girl’s Literary Role Model

Female literary role models for girls at a young age are hard to come by. At least, that was the case for me when I was growing up in Puerto Rico. The books I had contact with were stories in [...]

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