Episode 040: Ready Player One

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Episode 038: Annihilation

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Episode 037: A Wrinkle in Time

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“Ready Player One” Book Review

In 2011, Ernest Cline’s debut novel hit the shelves full-force. After a massive bidding war with publishers, it found a home at Random House and quickly rose to be a bestseller. This Science Fiction dystopia resonates with readers immensely, because it has something for everyone, from environmental repercussions and opulent consumerism, to pop-culture, nostalgia and …

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: A Gateway Fantasy for the Curious Reader

Let’s talk about the Fantasy genre. Elements of Fantasy have been alive and well since the oral tradition, but has blossomed into a multi-layered medium of storytelling, taking huge leaps and bounds since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings saga.  While there are so many stories to choose from, one may find it …