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Eeny Meeny Miney Mo(m)

Picking Your Very Own Godly Parent

by Jenny Hanon Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The lives of half-bloods in Greek mythology usually end in blood and guts and fire–we’re talking vengeful gods, three-headed dogs, monsters, ancient curses. It’s all very dangerous and life threaten-y. If you were the child of a really powerful god like Percy is, you’d have to stay at Camp Half-Blood all year long, for fear of attracting monsters in the real world. You could never really go back home. Your life would be forever changed. If not over. If you’re lucky.

And yet . . . the thought of having that powerful blood surging through you, of having access to a whole other kind of magical world, one that defies reason and gravity, even–it might just be worth it. I know I for one would just love a taste of ambrosia and nectar. I’d jump at the chance to learn Ancient Greek, practice archery, take swordfighting lessons, play Capture the Flag … read more»

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Reimagining "Magic City"

by Amy H. Sturgison the House of Night series

My own journey to the House of Night began with an email from my little sister, Margret. She explained that I should read–no, had to read–the novels by P.C. and Kristin Cast. While I appreciated her recommendation, I wasn’t exactly in the market for new titles to enjoy. My “to read” stack already … read more»

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Percy Jackson and the Lords of Death

by J&P Voelkelon Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Once Percy Jackson has vanquished all the foes that Greek and Roman myths can throw at him, what’s next? Sure, his old adversaries could re-materialize and attack at any moment, but like a video game you’ve already beaten, the second time around would be so much ancient history. Yawn.

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How Buffy Learned to Confront Her Fears

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A typical reaction to fantasy series, especially one with such beautifully crafted horror elements as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is to wonder, “Who thinks up this stuff?” The implication, of course, is that it requires a twisted, perhaps demented, mind to create such deliberately frightening images of demons, vampires, and … read more»

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Hugh Laurie's House

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A regular dictionary has maybe 50,000 entries; a good one has 100,000 entries. The Oxford English Dictionary has half a million entries–every word used in the English language since Chaucer. It does more than define words; it gives definitions across time, tracking changes in the usage of a single word … read more»

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