Book Review: Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Summary: When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening... Continue Reading →

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Book Review: The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri

Summary: Four old school friends have a pact: to meet up every year in the small town in Puglia they grew up in. Art, the charismatic leader of the group and creator of the pact, insists that the agreement must remain unshakable and enduring. But this year, he never shows up. A visit to his... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Earlier this year I read Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin and I still find myself asking just what did it all mean? Looking at other reviews, it seems to be very divisive--either people love it or hate it. I'm in the love camp, but I can't even explain why. But I'm going to try. The... Continue Reading →

Cross-Post: Story 1/52

Here's a new story just published by one of us. In honor of our upcoming Short Stories Webcast, I've decided to plunge back into my project of writing a story a week for at least a year. Please check it out, share it, and let me know what you think. Story 1/52

Series Review: The Booth at the End

This weekend I was looking for something to watch and someone suggested I watch The Booth at the End. I was somewhat skeptical at the description he gave me:  'it's about this guy that grants wishes and people have to do tasks but it all takes place in a diner'. Intrigued by the 'granting wishes'... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Fantastic Planet

On 13 August, I posted a list on our Facebook page from blastr.com about non-US Science Fiction movies. While there was instantly a debate about the list on our page and in the off-planet offices of WTF, and while I personally had a few problems with some of the entries (or lack thereof... hello Scanners?)... Continue Reading →

Disconnecting from Magical Reality

Once Zhuangzi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was Zhuangzi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuangzi. But he didn't know if he was Zhuangzi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or... Continue Reading →

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