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I’ve always been massively interested in space travel. I was born within weeks of the first moon landing, grew up through the late years of Apollo, remember late nights and early mornings spent waiting for delayed Space Shuttle launches, and was moved to write one of my favourite early short stories by the Challenger disaster in 1986. I’ve also been a fan of SF since I was young, starting the fantasy route (Burroughs, Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books), and discovering Heinlein, Asimov, Bradbury, and E.E. “Doc” Smith when I was in my tweens. As my reading tastes have evolved, I still love to go back to a good SF or an epic Fantasy now and again, as there is always for me a comforting coziness to be found therein; however, I find myself reading more and more non-fiction, so why not tie the two together?
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<Spoiler Warning: Game of Thrones (S03E10, “Mhysa”) is reviewed and details are discussed at length below. Do not read if you intend to watch the episode and have not yet done so.>

I’m beginning to sense a pattern. With last week’s bloody “Rains of Castamere” episode, Benioff and Weiss have given us three straight seasons wherein the pivotal, game-changing episode has appeared in the penultimate, ninth position. While a lot of series tend to end their season with a cliff-hanger, often with a bold To Be Continued splashed across the screen, the minds behind GoT have eschewed this pattern, giving their loyal audience a chance to decompress and process events while spending some time with characters they love (those that are left, that is) before saying farewell for another hiatus. This may be due to the nature of HBO hiatuses, where audiences must wait upwards of nine months for the next season to begin; if we were given a TBC, we might not remember enough of what came before to tune in again. And really, by its very nature, GoT is a whole bunch of To Be Continueds every single week.
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Memoirs aren’t my usual cup of tea, but Jenny Lawson just may have convinced me to give them a bit more of my time. Memoirs have always seemed too self-indulgent to me, but then again, what form of writing doesn’t ask for a focus on the ego that is behind the pen/keyboard/pencil crayon? Blogging (or writing reviews of things in a blog – mea culpa) is not far removed from memoir, is often in fact memoir, and is where this book originates. As one of the growing list of blog to book crossovers, Lawson and her publishers are banking on a list of already dedicated readers, and on catching the attention of new readers such as myself. The cover of the book, featuring a taxidermied (not a word, but hey, it should be) mouse dressed as Hamlet, grabbed my attention each time I walked into my local bookstore, but it wasn’t until a recent trip that I decided to pick up the book and read the back copy. Which led to me purchasing the book shortly thereafter.
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<<SPOILER ALERT: Do not read this review if you intend to watch this episode of Game of Thrones and have not yet done so.>>

In the penultimate episode of Season Two of Game of Thrones, HBO presented us with easily the best episode of that entire season, and in my opinion of either season to that point. With tonight’s episode, the penultimate one of the current, third season, they come close to doing so again. What with the resolution of two major plot lines (which, as is the nature of this story, actually open up several more possibilities), and the greater focus on fewer stories, tonight’s episode is the best of Season Three. It does not, however, quite live up to the high standards set by “Blackwater” last year.
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I have come to you. Horror Scene.

This rather slight ebook is the most recent release of Brick Crapper, MD (aka Chris Dolley), a prolific author of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Mystery books (primarily released as electronic chapbooks), many of which have a humorous bent. One of his books, French Fried, has even made the NYT Best Seller List, no mean accomplishment.
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