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by Marguerite Krauseon Angel
There's no question that Angel is a wonderfully complex fictional character. Since the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, everything about him has been designed to be intriguing: a vampire with a soul, a loving, decent man in search of redemption, tormented by the memory of all the evil deeds he committed in the past and determined to make amends. If conflict is the core of good drama, then Angel is the ideal dramatic character, because he is so conflicted on so many fundamental levels. He constantly strives to do good, yet he is a vampire, evil by his very nature.
Or is he?
Who is Angel, really? The rules of the fantasy universe created by Joss Whedon seem to present one fairly clear answer–but the actions of many of the characters over the years imply something else entirely. It’s possible to shrug off the resulting contradictions and just watch the … read more»
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by JA Konrathon Stephanie Plum
By my count, Stephanie Plum has been involved in the loss or destruction of twelve vehicles at the time of this writing (8:55A.M., Eastern Standard). But, in all fairness, I’m not very good at counting. Plus, I listened to two of the books on abridged audio, which is known for … read more»
by Sarah Beth Durston Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Note to self: Do not become a parent in a fantasy novel.
Seriously, have you ever noticed how disturbingly often parents in fantasy novels are dead, kidnapped, missing, clueless, distant, or unknown? Kind of makes me want to round up all the authors, sit them on those pleather psychiatrist couches, and … read more»
by Steven Schlozmanon The Walking Dead
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love;–then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love … read more»
by Paul Levinsonon Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights was on the verge of extinction, the compelling stories of its vibrant characters about to be cut off, far short of any natural conclusion. Such are the hazards of airing on traditional network television, which provides the biggest audiences and the biggest risks. But a new kind … read more»
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