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Navigating the Golden Compass
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Navigating the Golden Compass

A New Eve

by Dave Hodgsonon the His Dark Materials series

Alongside the adventures, the love story, the battles and the fantasy, His Dark Materials holds a crucial prophecy: Lyra is to become the new Eve. This Eve’s purpose is not made fully clear, except that she should restore the Dust and begin to build a “Republic of Heaven.” But how will the members of this new republic behave? Like the previous regent of heaven who kept his predecessor alive in a box and those who endeavoured to destroy Dust, calling it “sin”? Clearly not. In fiction it’s easy to delineate between good and evil. At the end of The Amber Spyglass we’re left with the confidence that if Lyra succeeds she will begin a new direction for Homo sapiens: a new lifestyle that better values biodiversity, that harvests resources more sustainably and that acts unselfishly for the benefit of others.

With these optimistic thoughts we can all retire to our normal … read more»

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Nyx in the House of Night

By Their Marks You Shall Know Them

by Jana Oliveron the House of Night series

What exactly possessed primitive humans to inflict marks on their skin is hard to fathom. Perhaps one of the tribesmen had inadvertently gotten some dirt or ashes in a wound and once it healed, it remained discolored. While sitting around the fire swapping tales, his buddies might have … read more»

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The Girl Who Was on Fire

Panem et Circenses

by Carrie Ryanon the Hunger Games trilogy

In the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins takes our obsession with Reality TV and extends it to the most horrifying ends: a society that views kids killing kids as entertainment. It’s easy to find this an uncomfortable premise–to turn our noses up and say that while we may enjoy  read more»

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The Psychology of Joss Whedon

Terror Management Aboard Serenity

by Wind Goodfriend, Ph.D.on shows created by Joss Whedon

On that day, you will finally meet the man.


-Shan Yu, as quoted by Shepherd Book, “War Stories”


Death is a fundamental aspect of life, something with which every culture and every human must somehow come to terms. In the series Firefly, death is something that cannot be denied. Typically, … read more»

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Inside Joss' Dollhouse

How Cancellation Told the Story of the Dollhouse

by Luciana Hiromi Yamada da Silveiraon Dollhouse

She kills herself. She tries to kill him. She hears the trigger.
She fights against it.

The actions described in those four sentences do not make
a story. In this form, they are a cluster of events with no logical
relationship connecting them.

However, those who identified the scene–November’s final
interaction with … read more»

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