Review: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

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Thirteen-year-old Jason is an ordinary, baseball-playing, zoo-volunteering kid from Colorado, until the day he hears music coming out of a hippopotamus. Leaning closer, he falls into the hippo’s mouth, slides down a long chute, and comes out at the bottom of a hollow tree in a completely different world. It’s not how most visitors from our reality find their way to the magical land of Lyrian. Later, Jason meets a girl his age named Rachel, ... Read More »

The Power of Choice: A Review of Divergent

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What you choose, will define you. Divergent by Veronica Roth is a must-read. Read More »

The Curse of Time

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What is it that makes the Potter series so desirable? Read More »

Book Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

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Give a Chicago private eye a magic wand and what do you get? Well, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, mostly. But Harry Dresden is a wizard of our time—a little rusty with high-tech gadgetry, to be sure, but also a VW Beetle-driving, pop-culture-riffing, very human wizard. One reviewer frequently quoted in jacket blurbs of the Dresden novels likens him to a mash-up of Philip Marlowe and Merlin. But actually, he’s a lot more like Richard Castle ... Read More »

‘Potter’, Schools, and Corrupt Administration

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I’ve been seeing a lot in the news lately about investigations at public colleges involving Title IX violations. I’ve been following these stories for my own reasons, but while doing so I’ve found it really interesting to read about the lesser known violation of “retaliation.” Most Title IX cases that make it into the news are about sexual assault, but lumped in with this issue is often the cover up by the university that a complaint has been filed at. Schools are getting caught more now then ever before for the mishandling of Title IX issues. Of course, you are probably wondering what this has to do with Harry Potter. Read More »

Book Review: Dragons Riders of Berk – Volume 1: Dragon Down

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Snoutlout's dragon, Hookfang, is shedding scales--scales that rain down fire on the village of Berk. For this he is cast out until his shedding season ends. When Snoutlout goes to look for Hookfang the next morning, he is nowhere to be found... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Aiswarya – May 18, 2014

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AISWARYA Age 17 – The Shrieking Shack GRYFFINDOR How did you become a Harry Potter fan? The first harry potter book that I read was ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ‘ and it was, is, and will be my favorite book forever! It was just mind blowing, and I couldn’t just stop reading all other books of the series. From the first moment I knew that I was obsessed with this magical life. I have ... Read More »

Collectormania 21- Milton Keynes, UK

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Once again, I was given the honor of representing MuggleNet at a fan convention, this time at Collectormania in Milton Keynes. Situated in the large town's football stadium and being free of charge to enter, it is one of Showmasters' biggest conventions, running over the course of three days - May 16-18. This was my first time attending this particular con but could only attend on the 17th...this was good enough for me however. Read More »

Book Review: The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

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Jake Marlowe gets the news in the first sentence of this book that he is the last of his kind. At age 200, he is only middle-aged for a werewolf. But his days are numbered. Solitary hunters by nature, werewolves have been unable to… er, reproduce… ever since a sort of sterility virus ensured that no one would survive being turned into one of the lycanthropic undead. And though the vampires envy their ability to ... Read More »

Book Review: Brother Odd by Dean Koontz

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In Book 3 of the Odd Thomas series, the young fry-cook who sees dead people has retreated to a monastery in the mountains for a needed break from the stress of his quiet hometown. He only wants a little time to heal from two harrowing encounters with monsters in human form. But his respite is cut short by the appearance of bodachs at the abbey—or more precisely, in the school for mentally and physically disabled ... Read More »