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Navigating the Golden Compass

Dismembered Starlings and Neutered Minds

by Naomi Woodon the His Dark Materials series

Many people, when asked, say that childhood’s most appealing trait is innocence. Associated with purity, with truth and with goodness, innocence is an essential part of all we say we value, something to be cherished, nurtured, protected. In the book of Genesis, innocence was irrevocably lost when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, however, asks not only that we re-evaluate our understanding of what innocence is but also our assumptions about what it means, whether it is, in fact, a quality to be valued.

In a 1997 review of Blake Morrison’s book As If (an account of the pre-teen killers of the toddler James Bulger), Philip Pullman describes in horrifying detail how a gibbon at the zoo caught and tore apart a screaming starling, unemotionally, clinically: “I can’t forget the crackings and snappings, the tough white sinews, the lolling shrieking … read more»

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James Bond in the 21st Century

Agent 007 Performance Review

by Natasha Giardinaon James Bond

To: Agent 007–Commander Bond
From: MI6 Human Resources Department re: Performance Review and Analysis

Dear Commander Bond,

The recent restructuring of MI6 has resulted in a performance review of all active operatives. The Secret Service is keen to maintain and, where appropriate, increase standards of performance … read more»

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Nyx in the House of Night

Worshipping the Female Deity

by Christine Zikaon the House of Night series

Before I was P.C. Cast’s editor on her Goddess Summoning romances, I once worked with three female mystics on a self-help book for women. During one of our conversations, the authors pointed out that a lot of church rituals–burning incense, the use of flowers, and candle-lighting–had origins in Pagan and polytheistic … read more»

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Through the Wardrobe

Just Another Crazed Narnia Fan

by Deb Calettion The Chronicles of Narnia

When I was in the sixth grade, I loaned my copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to Lisa Miller and never got it back. Not that I hold a grudge. Lisa had a surgery that required breaking both her legs and resetting them, putting her in a … read more»

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Filled with Glee

"You're Having My Baby"

by Claudia Grayon Glee

Was there ever any doubt I was going to be a Glee fan? That fate was sealed for me years and years before the show ever aired–back during my own time in high school, which I spent in taffeta and sequins,
perfecting my jazz hands and learning … read more»

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