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Scott Snyder’s Original Batman

For just about two-and-a-half years now, Scott Snyder has been the writer of Batman. In the age of the multi-title crossover event, and at a time when DC is publishing more bat-books than anything else (seriously, it’s like 25% of everything they put out), being the person who gets to create the stories of the flagship series is a big and high-profile job. Snyder has already been the architect behind two enormous storylines that spilled out ofBatman and into several other DC books, and he’s currently in the midst of his third, titled “Zero Year.” The scope of his Batman tales is clearly vast, so they need a lot of time and space to be told in full, and this string-of-epics approach has made Snyder immensely popular as the Dark Knight’s head writer. Obviously, he must be doing something right. Yet for my money, Snyder’s strongest Batman work isn’t in the pages of Batman at all but, instead, can be found in his preceding run on Detective. Continue reading Scott Snyder’s Original Batman

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The Fault in Our Stars Book Review

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars Book Review

Veronica Roth: Allegiant Review

Although Veronica Roth’s Divergent series has become phenomenally popular in its own right, it cannot escape the requisite “next Hunger Games” comparisons. A Neil Burger-directed movie adaptation of the first novel is set to release in March 2014—exactly two years after the release date of the first Hunger Games film. Suzanne Collins’ trilogy concluded with a novel that literally blew up the setting of the first two books, taking place in a previously secretive location. And the same holds true with Roth’s final installment, Allegiant, which mostly leaves her small, isolated post-apocalyptic Chicago in favor of traveling a short distance down Interstate 90. Continue reading Veronica Roth: Allegiant Review

It’s Time for the Harry Potter Franchise to End

Six years after its final book and two after its final movie, the Harry Potter series has started showing some not-entirely-unexpected signs of life in 2013. Back in September, we learned that J.K. Rowling will write Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themthe first in a series of films set in Harry‘s canonical universe. And yesterday, news broke that a Potter prequel is set to hit London’s West End in 2015, co-produced by Rowling herself. But as one of the many superfans expected to hit the (magical, weather-replicating) ceiling at the idea of an expanded Potterverse, I’m concerned Harry Potter might be best just the way it is: iconic, massively popular, and definitely, conclusively over. Continue reading It’s Time for the Harry Potter Franchise to End

Happy Birthday Tolkien! 6 Facts about the Legend.

Happy 122nd birthday, J.R.R. Tolkien! In honor of Tolkien Day, we’re toasting one of the most gifted, geekiest authors in history with six facts about the man, the myth, and the legend behind Middle-earth (don’t mind me gushing over him…complete Tolkienite here). Continue reading Happy Birthday Tolkien! 6 Facts about the Legend.

Anything that Moves Book Review

There are three ways to view Dana Goodyear’s Anything That Moves: the first is an amusing romp through Los Angeles’s extreme foodie culture; the second, an anthropological exploration of deliberately marginal eating habits; the third, the culinary equivalent of fiddling while Rome burns.

Goodyear, a staff writer for the New Yorker, set herself the task of exploring foodie culture at the fringes. The resulting work pushes past Bourdanian blood and guts to items challenging commonly held ideas of edibility: bugs, ant larvae, “hornless goat” (i.e., dog), and in one case, a tailless whip scorpion. Throughout Anything That Moves, Goodyear maintains a steadfast, cheerful neutrality, willingly eating nearly everything placed before her. Continue reading Anything that Moves Book Review