If you're planning on hosting a book club gathering for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," here you can find great discussion questions, a tasty recipe, and recommendations for further reading!
Does "The Tale of the Three Brothers", told within the last of J.K Rowling's "Harry Potter" books, have an ulterior meaning, and is Dumbledore really “Death” In the form of a wizard?
Here's a look at what makes J.R.R Tolkien so popular and why so many love his books. Also included is a closer look at "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings," two books that really made Tolkien the massive name he is today.
Find good sites for reading fanfiction and for publishing your own stories. General, Harry Potter, Twilight, anime, and other categories.
Here's my review on the YA novel, Ruck Nor 3: The Cothap Caves. I also included some related reading recommendations.
Have you ever wondered what the Elvish runes mean on the title page of "The Lord of the Rings"? Let's take a look, and I'll translate them for you!
Readers will find printable wizard-themed book covers and step-by-step instructions on affixing them to old hardback books to make décor for wizard parties and events, such as a “library collection” for Hogwarts Library.
Though many of their names are lost to us, the stories of the most successful actresses—like Isabella Andreini—live on as a testament to the fact that women are, and always have been, integral to gaming culture. Read on to learn more.
Explore the triumphs and failings of 1996 novel "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire", set between Episodes 5 and 6!
Despite how much I like the Harry Potter series, it is undeniable that it contains quite a few inconsistencies throughout, with varying degrees of impact to the overall story. Today, I'll point out one plot hole per book that I found worthy of note. Warning: This article contains spoilers.
Why are so many superheroines just copies of their male counterparts? Here's a look at how they were created and how they have been interpreted in real life.
My translation of the Latin spells in Harry Potter: not what they do, but what the Latin words mean. Includes a trivia quiz for those studying for their OWLs.
When I needed a shed, I knew that no ordinary 4x4 box would do. I had always dreamed of having a TARDIS of my own. This is how I did it.
Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) was re-branded to "Legends" and considered non-canon in April 2014. Fifteen inconsistencies in the EU/Legends are highlighted in this article.
One of the most lingering aspects to me about "The Silmarillion" was the tale of Numenor, an island inhabited by the best of humanity. Its destruction was so severe, so total, that I had to examine the motivation behind it.
Follow that unicorn, because Seth Tomko reviews one of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher novels, The Lady of the Lake.
FFN and AO3 are the two biggest fanfiction archives on the Internet today. Which one do you prefer? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.
Given the backdrop of race issues in the real world, I never noticed until recently how much of that is indirectly reflected in J.R.R. Tolkien's books and movie adaptions, so I wanted to explore that.
Harry/Hermione or "Harmony" is one of the most popular pairings in Harry Potter fanfiction. This is a list of top ten most memorable H/Hr fics that stuck with me over the years.
For those who are into the Harry Potter franchise, there are elaborate fan theories floating around out there. Some are just plain crazy, and others give pause and sound as if they could be possible.
Remove your mask because Seth Tomko reviews The Tengu’s Game of Go, the final novel in Lian Hearn’s Tale of Shikanoko.
This article is all about the highly-rated "Cotton Family" series by Nicole Canfield—the settings, the main characters, and folklore that inspired the acclaimed supernatural thrillers' magical realism are discussed in detail.
The dwarves are some of my favorite characters in "Lord of the Rings." Read on to learn about their vibrant culture.
Are you curious to learn more about the new Harry Potter play? Read on to find out what I thought about it.
The internet is a constant source of entertainment—and parts of it are terrifying. Here is my personal list of the Top 10 scariest creepypastas ever written.
Short sci-fi tales can be filled to the brim with imagination giving the reader a fantastical sense of adventure. Does The Ice Owl do that? Read this review and find out.
Author Amish Tripathy has worked wonders in recreating and reinterpreting the myth of Lord Shiva by giving him a human disposition.
The lore of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is so dense that not even the most die-hard fan can know everything. Here is a list of lesser-known Harry Potter facts that you probably didn't know.
An analysis of the major differences between the Fellowship of the Ring novel and movie, and why I think the movie stands above its source material.
250 fantasy and legendary swords for all your geeking and creative needs. Use them in your video games, RPG campaigns, stories, and artwork, whichever way you see fit!
With clever twists, quick suspense, and engrossing tales interwoven in the storyline, The Hazel Wood will make you yearn for answers from grim stories you’ve truly never heard before.
While Tolkien is infamous for his scarcity of female characters (there are none in "The Hobbit"), there's actually a fair number of strong women in his Middle-earth writings.
The release of the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga divided fans on whether it was a worthy continuation of the series. So what are the strengths and weaknesses of this new adventure?
"Path of Angels" by Dawn Witzke is Christian dystopian science fiction written for a broad audience. What are the pros and cons of this book, and who should consider reading it?
Next to Morgoth, Feanor is the biggest catalyst for the events of the First Age of Middle-earth. Though he dies early on, his legacy outlasts him as one of the most controversial of Middle-earth.
Shirou recovers from his wounds and must decide what he's going to do as a Master in the Fifth Holy Grail War. Meanwhile, Rin's story is revealed as we are shown how she summoned Archer. Is this manga adaptation of "Fate/Stay Night" (2006) worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Do you want to roleplay a cat from the "Warriors" book series with your friends, but aren't familiar with the books? Learn how to create and roleplay your very own Clan cat!
Harry Potter discovers a book owned by a mysterious Half-Blood Prince, and meetings with Dumbledore will reveal more about Tom Riddle than anyone else knows, including the key to undoing immortality.
Get more reviews and favorites on your fanfiction by writing in popular fandoms, shipping fan-favorite characters, exploiting tropes, crafting a catchy summary, and updating regularly to stay at the top of the "Just In" list.
The article lists all spells, charms, jinxes, hexes and curses used in the "Harry Potter" series, along with what they do and when they were first used.
This is a book review for "Lady Midnight," the first book in Cassandra Clare's Dark Artifices series. This article will give a brief synopsis as well as an in-depth review of the book.
Libertarianism means “I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve"—according to science fiction master Isaac Asimov’s rebuff of fellow SF master Robert Heinlein’s libertarianism.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a cool breeze of Night Court air, and while contentions gurgle below the surface, it remains a deeper insight into a city and a world that dreams of peace, hope, and starlight.
In this article, I talk about Barry Lyga's "Thanos: Titan Consumed," a non-canonical Marvel story, that, well... has every right to be canonical with the MCU. Let's talk about it.
It's the Russian apocalypse in "Metro 2033." But is the book any good? Read on to see what author Dmitry Glukhovsky has to offer in his hit novel.
Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" novels are hilarious in audiobook format. The comedy of Pratchett's writing is enhanced by excellent audio performances.
This is a book review for Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the second book in The Dark Artifices series.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban answers many questions about Harry’s father’s past and reveals the deepest powers true friendship can unlock.
An in-depth critique detailing the weaker aspects of The Fellowship of the Ring novel and why I’m not in love with it like most fantasy fans seem to be.
Fairy tale retellings are a dime a dozen right now. Does this one have anything new to offer? Read and find out more.
A list of the best Harry Potter/Daphne Greengrass (Haphne) fanfics that are complete. Because the Golden Boy of Gryffindor needs his Ice Queen of Slytherin.
A Court of Wings and Ruin is the culmination of the great war that has been building up for the last two novels and the satisfying answer to what the mighty, secret abilities are within ancient beings, including Amren, as well as displaying all the powers that Feyre is truly capable of wielding.
This is a comprehensive guide to Stephen King first editions. It includes a full list of indicators for recognizing true first edition Stephen King novels, as well as approximate values.
I recently reread the first Harry Potter book and I noticed a few things some people might have missed.
As Spider-Man, Peter Parker’s original red and blue costume is his most recognizable, but he has switched up his appearance on more than one occasion. The following are the ten best Spidey costumes worn by everybody's favorite webslinger.
Why Katniss does not choose. Why Katniss picks Peeta. Why Katniss chooses Peeta. Why Katniss does not choose Gale.
This article is an explanation of the Christian imagery in The Chronicles of Narnia. It explores how Aslan is not Jesus Christ but an incarnation in a different world.
In the final climax of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the biggest mysteries of magic were explored by Harry and his friends, but one remained ambiguous and obscured.
"The Write Way to Get a Girlfriend" is a teen romance novel that teaches English composition, U.S. Government, job search skills, resume writing, and important life lessons.
Harry will have to use every bit of wit his friends have to survive the tournament in this thrilling, wise tale of triumphing over impossible odds through the aid of friendship and hard work.
This is a day-by-day timeline of the events of the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. While it contains spoilers, it is not intended to be a plot synopsis.
I think modern sci-fi lags behind classic science fiction in quality—speculative fiction from the Golden Age is the best. Here's my list of the 10 best science fiction short stories ever.
Here are ten books in the original Goosebumps series, written by R.L. Stine, that deserve to be called the best of the bunch. Must-read Goosebumps books for a child interested in horror fiction.
Are you looking for a last-minute, easy cosplay that will blow everyone away? This is an easy DIY devil costume.
Learn how to play Quidditch from Harry Potter. There is even a version for us muggles to enjoy that doesn't require flying broomsticks to play the game.
Some of the most memorable novels fall under the dystopian genre. Find out just what a dystopian fiction is, its history, and some examples.
If you want to discover the best Star Wars books but don't know where to start, then this Star Wars book guide is what you need to read first.
Severus Snape—the dark Potions professor of Hogwarts who frightened students and engaged readers—is one of the most iconic Harry Potter characters of all time! His actions and motives were heroic as well as spiteful. From the first book to the last, fans have always been fascinated by Severus Snape.
In this article, you'll find advice on how to get involved in Civil War reenactment for women. Learn from the author's experience and you might just find a hobby for life!
Rin Okumura has never been an ordinary human. He discovers he is the son of Satan, and after his adoptive father Shiro Fujimoto is murdered by a demon, Rin vows to become an Exorcist and defeat Satan. Is this manga worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Sci-Fi authors Orson Scott Card and Bruce Sterling dare American readers to take a fresh look at their ideas about cultural and moral superiority in their futuristic tales.
For those few out there who still don't know who Harry Potter is, a brief overview of the Harry Potter Books and universe created by J.K. Rowling.
The name H.P. Lovecraft is synonymous with all things creepy, weird, and haunting. Discover ten of the writer's not-to-miss stories.
What if an alien invasion is the reason for the political and social unrest we're seeing? Author Stephenie Meyer provides a scenario of possibilities, however remote, that may reveal the current media trend of disinformation.
The legacy of Luthien is the most famous in the universe of Middle-earth. So much so that it is easy to lose track of who the actual person was and what made her tick.
In that far-flung time known as the 1990s, no author was getting kids more into reading than R.L. Stine. Many of the "Goosebumps" books remain entertaining today. Here's a list of ten of the best, along with a few that Stine might have wanted to rewrite, if only he'd had the time to do so.
"Forbidden Thoughts" is a science fiction short story collection challenging the unspoken or violently enforced rules about what we can say, do, or think.
Sir Terry Pratchett has written many great Discworld novels, but there's more to his bibliography. Here are some other novels you should check out.
Taking a minor decision Harry and his friends made prior to the Battle of Hogwarts, let's see how a different choice would have altered the story.
The novel "Discovery" by Karina Fabian contains a fascinating story, strong and positive Christian elements, and a trio of nuns whose jobs are to save those in space. Novel indeed!
I’m going to write more of the creatures that scare us. Why? Well, because the veils of this living world and the next are thin‚ it gets the blood pumping.
J.K. Rowling’s creative character Harry Potter serves as a wonderful example of the classic mythological hero. The hero story has been portrayed for centuries with early works present in the works of Homer and Hesiod. Harry Potter discovers his magical powers and progresses to save the wizarding world while learning more about himself and the horrors of good versus evil.
It's been a while since I started my pet project of doing psych profiles on characters from Middle-Earth I found compelling. So I'm glad to get back to it. These profiles are done from an in-universe point of view and not what Tolkien meant to write. It's long but I hope you enjoy it.
Information about the Renaissance and medieval period, with medieval and Renaissance costume ideas. Photos from Renaissance Faire included!
This article examines the top 10 sexiest women of the Star Wars universe. It provides a detailed analysis of each character's personality, attractiveness, and general history.
The magical world of Harry Potter is as dangerous as it is charming! Here are ten terrifying Harry Potter fantastic beasts that would send even mighty Dumbledore scrambling for his wand.
Why was Denethor a Steward? Why wasn't Aragorn king? What was his actual claim to the throne? Unsurprisingly, it's a lot more complicated in the books than the films, which didn't have the time to explain.
If you loved Twilight, the Southern Vampire Mysteries, or Anne Rice's vampire novels, here are five vampire romances you may not have heard of that you'll definitely want to pick up.
The solo Elf in the Fellowship of the Ring is an unusual chap, but not for the reasons you might think. Learn the fascinating story of Legolas of Mirkwood, hidden in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.
This profile is on the first High King of the Noldor elves and derives from the book, The Silmarillion. He has a long-lasting legacy in the history of the lore and his immediate family.
With so many facets of the science fiction literary experience, readers will begin to ask themselves, “What would have to happen for our reality to become like this?"
H.P. Lovecraft (Howard Philips Lovecraft) was a great author of the Cthulu Mythos who began drawing followers to his works in the 1930s. The phases of his writings took three different perspectives: 1)Undead Horror, 2)The Dream-Cycle...
This Middle-earth profile covers Nienor, daughter of Hurin and Morwen, and sister/wife of her brother Turin. For proper context, read "The Silmarillion" and "The Children of Hurin."
'Glory Boy' is a standalone book set in the Birthright universe by Rick Partlow. What are the pros and cons of this military science fiction novel?
John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien was an Oxford professor, poet, and author. He is best known for writing “The Hobbit” and the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”
In this article, you'll learn about the Christian symbolism found in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, as well as characters that can be interpreted as Christ figures—in particular, how Gandalf, Aragorn, and Sam represent different aspects of Jesus Christ.
Welcome to my examination of the internal relationships between the Elves of Arada and their motivations.
Seven years after "Star Wars: Episode VII – Return of the Jedi," the last loyal Imperial Red Guard Kr Kanos seeks vengeance on the man who sabotaged Emperor Palpatine's clones. Karnor Jax, a would-be Dark Lord, tries to stop him. Is this graphic novel worth your time and money? Let's find out!
Try out the first book in these series for free with Amazon Kindle. Warning - You might get addicted to the stories and have to purchase the rest of the series!
An examination of the relationships Katniss maintains throughout "The Hunger Games" trilogy, this article explores her interactions with people in light of whether or not she is a hero in her own right.
J.R.R. Tolkien was a medieval languages scholar and a nitpicker. Nevertheless, there's a few charming anachronisms in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Curious what Bellatrix means? How about Karkaroff? Let's take a look at the meanings and origins of some of the character names in "Harry Potter!"
Rescue Run by Jon Del Arroz is a science fiction action novel. It is set in the universe of the 'Star Realms' game. What are the pros and cons of this sci-fi game novelization?
Saber is up against Lancer and Berserker, but then Rider chooses to side with her because he wants Saber and Lancer to finish their battle. Meanwhile, a serial killer, Ryuunosuke Uryuu, summons Caster. Is this manga adaptation of "Fate/Zero" worth your time and money? Let's find out!
"The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy" compiles Douglas Adams' five-volume "trilogy." Reviewer Mel ponders if there is any food for thought here to supplement his five-martini three-martini lunches.
This article provides a detailed history of the Imperial Royal Guard and their variants throughout the Star Wars universe. It examines the history, training, duties, and weaponry of each Royal Guard variant, and provides a general discussion of their influence on current films and characters.
Dumbledore always had the best lines. Whenever he spoke, everything made sense! Here are the best, most powerful, and most memorable things Dumbledore said (quotes from all the Harry Potter books).
This article contains a reading list of the best fantasy and sci-fi books appropriate for teenagers. These books are great for anyone who enjoys a mixture of adventure, action, romance, and magic.
These two brothers are rarely mentioned apart from each other. While "The Silmarillion" contains Elves acting badly, Celegorm and Curufin are perhaps the most infamous. They literally gave their entire clan a bad name on their own, and I think their motivations bear examination.
Correlations between "Beowulf" and the works of Tolkien are discussed in this article. Videos from historians and archeologists are included, along with an audio interview with J.R.R. Tolkien. Written by a retired British Literature educator.
An abandoned orphanage on the coast of Wales with a suitcase of odd photographs will disclose what Jacob's grandfather meant about peculiar children, and what happened on September 3rd, 1940.
For a paranormal romance fix or a bit of creative inspiration, these are the authors whose books I always have close.
Caranthir is one of the sons of Feanor who gets less attention than his brothers, Maedhros, Celegorm, and Curufin. However I think there's more than meets the eye to him than is given credit for.
So, I wanted to do psychological profiles of certain Middle-Earth characters from an in-universe perspective. This one is on Hurin.
Oh, the world of cosplay—where fiction, fantasy and sci-fi come to life. Not only is it a fun project for conventions, but it is also a hobby that many take seriously. And some don't take too well to certain comments on their lifestyle. So here is a list of things you should avoid saying!
The article explores the first stage of The Hero's Journey, "Departure," as it is depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit."
Gilraen, Aragorn's mother, is one of those proud, but doomed female characters in Tolkien's Middle-earth who can't seem to get a "happily ever after" ending.
Despite their simple writing style, many gamebook series contain incredibly rich and detailed worlds. Wouldn’t these masterpieces be great for open world video games?
If there was an annual award for "best professor" at Hogwarts, who would get it? Here are my eight top picks.
Quadsuits, fursuits and gijinkas—all three are cosplays people like to do, and they also take lots of planning, crafting and sewing.
Though there are hundreds of quotes from the series, I narrowed it down to the top 34 inspirational quotes relevant to people of all groups and ages.
A character analysis of Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games Trilogy, a tracing of her development as a character, and an analysis of the Girl on Fire.
This article covers the wife of Hurin, Morwen, the Lady of Dorthonion from the books, The Silmarillion and The Children of Hurin.
Count down ten quirks about Harry Potter's Quidditch sport that would make it incredibly troublesome in reality!
“The Gods Defense” by Amie Gibbons is the first book in the Laws of Magic series. What are the pros and cons of this modern urban fantasy book doubling as a legal drama?