Author Archives: Marie Erving

Terrier, Bloodhound, Mastiff: Tamora Pierce’s Tortall

Eventually, I’m going to get around to all of Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books. They’re just so satisfying. Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Beka Cooper comes from a poor family in the Lower City that got lucky–the Lord Provast of the city’s … Continue reading

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Science in Media: Multiple PhDs

In Agents of SHIELD, Coulson informs us that Simmons has two PhDs in fields he can’t even pronounce. In another example, Tess from Eureka has three PhDs (why would anyone do that to themselves?) I’m sure there are more. For some reason, … Continue reading

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Outlander, and Claire’s Surprisingly Good Balance of Competence and Vulnerability

Genre: Historical/Drama/Romance (based on a novel I haven’t read, but is reputedly very good) Synopsis: A WWII nurse gets mysteriously transported to 18th century Scotland. Series: 1 season of 8 episodes; there will be a season 2 I’ve Watched: The … Continue reading

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The Last Stormlord: Struggle for Agency

Genre: Dark Fantasy Synopsis: Everyone relies on Cloudmasters to supply water. Unfortunately, the last Cloudmaster is old and his power is failing. People are already in danger of thirst, and there are no Cloudmasters to help him or take over … Continue reading

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TV Round-up: The Musketeers, Doctor Who, and Outlander

The Musketeers Genre: Historical/Action Synopsis: Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Musketeers, this series follows D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, as they go about the King’s business. Series: 1 season of 10 episodes; there will be a season 2 I’ve … Continue reading

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Death Sworn, Magical Assassins Living in a Cave

Genre: YA Fantasy Synopsis: Ileni, like all Renegai, was tested for magic at an early age–all children have magic, but it fades as they reach adulthood. She passed her Test, and was trained as one of the most promising students. … Continue reading

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Penny Dreadful, Victorian Gothic-Horror

Genre: Victorian fantasy/horror Synopsis: Malcolm Murray’s daughter, Mina Murray, has been abducted by vampires. He and Mina’s childhood friend, Vanessa Ives, will do anything to help her. Vanessa has the power to sense things, from the beyond. She uses this … Continue reading

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