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Relearning to Fear Vampires with Salem’s Lot

What do you feel when you encounter the word “vampire”? Do you experience an inexplicable primal fear? Or do you feel something different, filled with images of glittery attractive young people involved in political and romantic encounters with humans, werewolves, witches, etc., etc. etc.? Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot is a throwback to the good old days when vampires were simpler and more terrifying. They come out at night and suck the life out of you–killing you or making you a

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Pawikan Patrol the Card Game Preview and Unboxing

Pawikan Patrol The Card Game

Pawikan Patrol is a semi-cooperative card game about saving sea turtles (“pawikan” in Tagalog) and their nests from poachers, while cleaning up the beach at the same time. Made in the Philippines, the game is designed by Mykey Cuento (a.ka. The Tabletop Traveler), illustrated by Patricia Ramos, and published by Ludus Distributors. The game can be played by one to four players, and a single play through will last around 20 minutes. You can buy the game at your nearest

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Shopping at the National Book Store 2019 Book Binge Bazaar

This morning’s downpour couldn’t stop me from going to National Book Store Mango Plaza at 9 a.m. for NBS’s 2019 Book Binge Bazaar. Today’s preview day is exclusive to Laking National cardholders, so I went early in the hopes of finding rare books. There were already over a dozen people shopping when I arrived. Some of them already had baskets filled with books. Many of the books on display were for children’s, teens, and young adults, but there was a

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I am Ready for Much More Star Trek Discovery

I have watched the occasional Star Trek film and television episode, but it wasn’t until Netflix’s Star Trek Discovery that I became a fan. I just finished watching season two, and I love the series now more than ever. I have grown very attached to the characters in Star Trek Discovery, and I find their individual stories and how they interact with each other central to why I like the show so much. The characters I like include Christopher Pike

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LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS: My Favorite Episodes

Created by Tim Miller, LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS is 18-episode animated Netflix series for adults that debuted on March 2019. The first seasons features stand alone episodes all under 20 minutes long. A different team worked on each episode resulting in a variety of stories and animation styles. I absolutely loved the first season as a whole. Anime and science fiction are two things I really enjoy, so watching this was double the fun! I recommend watching the series in

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A Short Journey Back to Elantris

Arcanun Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

The Hope of Elantris is the second story in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection by Brandon Sanderson. The story takes place and contains major spoilers for the novel Elantris. You can also read the story for free on Brandon Sanderson’s official website. Here is the synopsis from Goodreads (which is a note from Sanderson himself): The following is a short story I wrote in the Elantris world back in January of 2006. At that point, Elantris had only been out in stores

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Black Summer Brings New Life to Zombie Apocalypse TV

It’s Holy Week weekend and I’m searching for a TV series to binge watch on Netflix. I’m about ready to start watching the first season of The OA, when I notice Netflix recommending me a new zombie series–probably because I recently watched and absolutely loved the first season of Kingdom. A quick Google search for Black Summer leads me to the article: Stephen King Raves About New Netflix Series “Black Summer.” The master of horror fiction and one of my

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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Arcanun Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

The Emperor’s Soul is the first story in Brandon Sanderson’s Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection.  It won the Hugo Award for best novella in 2011. The novella is set in the world of Elantris, the novel that introduced me to Brandon Sanderson and his writing. I’ve been craving for a new Elantris book for years, so I was really excited to read The Emperor’s Soul. Here is the novella’s synopsis from Goodreads: A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope

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An Ode to Stephen King’s Carrie

I used to hate reading books. This, despite my mom’s best efforts to get me into the habit during my elementary years. She bought me Roald Dahl’s children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia book set, among other books. She even bought me a bookshelf! But it was Stephen King’s Carrie that finally got me into reading. Thus, the clear divide in my history as a reader: before Carrie (B.C.) and after Carrie (A.C.).  I had few close friends in school

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