A would-be anthropologist, writer, food historian, and professional glutton hoping to combine fandom with her love of food. Ever wondered what a nug tasted like? Is butterbeer alcoholic? If you've asked such questions and are already drooling at the thought of a big old plate of lembas bread, then you're in the right place

Nov 162014

Though we’re still reeling from Frozen-fever (Or Frozen-fatigue), Disney has followed up its infamous musical hit with a superhero adaptation of a pretty obscure Marvel title: Big Hero 6. 2014 has been actually pretty good run for all things Marvel, with The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy winning plenty of praise. Still, it seems we’ve been saturated with superhero flicks as of late; many critics have complained about the audacity of Disney to release yet another superhero origin story.


But does Big Hero 6 simply fall into tried-and-true origin story tropes, or does it perhaps succeed in packing just enough punch, just enough heart, to make it a fun animated film?

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Sep 282014

Sometimes, you just need a little bit of fantasy in your life to spice up the banality of the everyday. But sometimes, a little hit of pixie dust can be a tough, and dangerous trip. For this week’s Give It a Shot–you know, that column where we writers wax poetic about things that we just love and highly recommend — we’re going to take a quick look at a fantasy novel that deserves a chance: Tad William’s The War of the Flowers.


Don’t let the name fool you–there’s all sorts of political scandal and struggle, orphans, washed-up rockstars, and fairies hellbent on world-destruction–to keep you hungry to read more.

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Sep 212014

I believe that brevity is the soul of wit. Sure, there is something to be said about webcomics crafted over years of dedication and growth… However, there is also something incredibly impressive about a short and sweet story that packs a powerful punch. Princess Princess is the perfect example of how a strong, short story — combined with charming art, and an upbeat plot that harkens back to nostalgic “girl power” themes–can leave a lasting impression.


And it doesn’t hurt that it also has like everything anyone clamoring for more diversity in fiction can ask for.

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Aug 242014

Returning once again for another week (and hopefully for Forever) is another round of Weekend Webcomics! I’m teaming up with the fabulous Vidasoy to share our love of all things webcomics, from decades-long series to ambitious short projects, we’re here to recommend and analyze what webartists and writers have to offer for the curious reader. To kick off this week, we’re going to take a look Dreamless, a webcomic that is pretty darn romantic. With elements of the supernatural and the sublime, of passion flared from circumstance and high-stakes and high-adventure, all rolled up into a beautifully illustrated package–and best of all, it’s a completed work and completely free to read.


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Aug 102014

Sometimes things look too good to be true, or too easy, and you need to try it. And a healthy nostalgia for all things 90s, including Disney, will lead to some drastic measures–including a recipe test of something that looks dubiously okay enough. I mean, if the Disney resorts are okay with serving the grey stuff as an actual dessert dish, it can’t be that bad, right?


So, be our guest with this weird concoction that looks ugly but tastes pretty good.

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Jul 272014

There are webcomics and then there are webcomics, online comics that don’t just use the net as a distribution medium, but to enhance the reading experience. After all, comics hosted on websites have great potential to not only reach a wider audience, but to even influence the mood of a scene through other, easily-embedded mediums such as animation and music for a unique experience — and tonight I am happy to introduce you to one of the coolest series out there to bring in these other media at pivotal story points.


Plus, if you’re looking for anti-heroes, gorgeous art and a taste for tyranny and universe-conquering-alien-invaders, then you need to give Ava’s Demon by Michelle Czajikowskia shot.

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