Author: Nadia Bauman

The Hidden Message of Saga, or, Why We Can’t Help But Love It

During the last few years, I have read tons of books, and just a few of them had what I call a “magic wardrobe” effect. You might have experienced it too: you open the book, time collapses, and you’re suddenly on the last page and the clock displays 4am. There is some distinctive type of story that transfers the reader to another world, where “normal” time and mundane worries (like early wake ups) don’t matter. My personal list of “magic wardrobe” readings is short; besides some works by King, Bujold, and Rowling, it includes only one comic book—Saga. And...

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He Wrote Our Soul Music: Remembering Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett was an important author–to a lot of you, to a lot of your faves (Kieron Gillen, for example), to a lot of us. Here’s how. Rachel Stevens: I remember working at a library part time in high school, and tracking down every Pratchett book I could find. I think the first work I read by him was The Last Hero, and I looked for the rest of his works from there. I adored his use of humor, his insight and wit, his ability to lay words down and have them truly mean something. He started the Discworld...

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Justice and justification in A Death by Stephen King

A Death Stephen King The New Yorker March 9, 2015 This short story was published in March 9th issue of The New Yorker. The review contains spoilers—be aware! Stephen King is called “the father of horror” and viewed as an iconic writer of supernatural and science fiction at the first place, but it’s easy to notice that all his diverse works are focused on the same object—the human. People, their backgrounds, life choices and behavior are more important for the writer than any of the mystical phenomenons or monsters you may meet in his books. Stephen King explores people, and...

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