Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ch. 11: Your Honor, I present this piglet as witness for the defense

I forgive you if you thought we were dead. But we’re back, and talking about all sorts of interesting things, including: Harry’s angst puzzle; Hermione really doesn’t know him at all; NO ONE IS GOING TO KILL ANYONE OKAY; Evil Hermione; dead family guilt trips; the need for Pensieves in law enforcement; world-building…

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Keep on Your Radar This Fall

Look, guys. This fall’s offering of books is huge. Huge. We’re not even going to suggest reading all of these, unless you yourself are some kind of alien or wizard capable of stopping time. However, we’ve gathered a stellar assortment for readers of all tastes to choose from, including a wide range of fantasy, science…

Add All of These Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Your August Reading List

August brings the final book in N.K. Jemison’s Hugo-winning Broken Earth trilogy, The Stone Sky—as well as Stephen Baxter’s sequel to H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds (ominously titled The Massacre of Mankind). And those are just two of the titles on this rather long list, so you’d better start turning some…

The 15 Best Food Descriptions in A Song of Ice and Fire

Based on the approximately four hundred hours of Next Food Network Star that I have seen, I gather that it’s hard to properly describe food to someone who can’t actually taste it. This apparently isn’t a problem for George R.R. Martin, who inserts long and varied food descriptions everywhere in A Song of Ice and Fire.…

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Ch. 18: A multitude of redeemed Lazari and a hailstorm of Ottaline Gambols

At long last, we have fought our way out of the Moste Raciste Chamber of Secrets! This week, we finish the book by discussing the symbolic value of Harry’s blood sacrifice as presented to Dumbledore; prefects’ special visitation privileges; a distressing look at Hogwarts security loopholes; what the adults in this…