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The Good Lie: Substitionary Atonement (DVD Review)

In Huckleberry Finn, Huck lies to keep the ex-slave Jim from being discovered and recaptured. This is a “good lie,” one which doesn’t actually benefit Huck but which is committed selflessly to protect someone else. It’s the ‘hook’ or spin of … Continue reading

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Unbroken: Surviving The Darkness (or, How Angelina Jolie Made A Movie About Faith) (Movie Review)

Louie Zamperini’s troubled childhood was saved by competitive running, a winding road that led to racing in the Olympics (Germany, 1936). But World War II tabled his running career, and after forty-seven days adrift at sea, internment in a Japanese prisoner of war … Continue reading

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Leigh Bardugo’s Ruin & Rising: Sometimes, Our Heroes Don’t Make It To The End (Book Review)

I knew we were in trouble when I read the dedication: “For my father, Harve– Sometimes our heroes don’t make it to the end.” It’s book three of the Grisha trilogy: Alina, the Sun Summoner, is recuperating underground with her … Continue reading

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Catching Fire: What Does A Revolution Cost? (Movie Review)

In the second installment of the Hunger Games series (is that a trilogy or a quadrilogy?), Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in a different predicament than in the first film when she entered the Games in place of her younger sister. Now, … Continue reading

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Red Rising: Bloodydamn Epic Mars (Book Review)

“Ender, Katniss, and now Darrow.” That’s thriller author Scott Sigler’s recommendation on the front cover of newcomer Pierce Brown’s debut novel, Red Rising, that chronicles lowbred Red miner Darrow’s improbable infiltration of the Gold hierarchy on the planet Mars. It’s heady … Continue reading

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