Review: Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

I met Leanna this spring at a party during BEA, and was excited to read her YA debut Darker Still: A Tale of Magic Most Foul.   Here’s the setup (from the book’s page on goodreads.com): New York City, 1882. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart’s latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury. Something…

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Fall 2010 New Show Roundup

Having watched a number of the new shows that debut this fall, here are some thoughts: My Generation: I was interested in this show in no small part due to the fact that the main characters, nine students from the class of 2000 at an Austin high school, are nearly my age-peers.  I graduated in…

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Pilot: The Event

Behold, NBC’s intended successor to LOST.  It’s tightly-paced, unfolds in a mosaic narrative style, with interlocking character arcs, mysteries abounding, and a plane. The plane is important.  It increases the LOST resonance, and is important in the plot. Only one episode has premiered, but sofar, I’m intrigued.  Go below for Spoiler-ed discussion…

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Inception

This post will be in two parts — the first part will be a spoiler-free review, the second an essay of in-depth thoughts and reactions based on a complete, spoiler-laden perspective on the film.  Be warned. Previews and trailers for Christopher Nolan’s Inception have been atmospheric, vague, and beautiful.  Marketing copy and later trailers give…

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