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Westworld S2 Ep 3: Virtù e Fortuna

Welcome to the belated third of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually much closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. SPOILERS AHOY!

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Westworld S2 Ep 2: Reunion

Welcome to the highly belated second of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! (To stay in a very present mindset of analysis, I wrote this up before viewing Ep. 3.) I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually much closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. SPOILERS AHOY!

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Romance For Newbies: Reader’s Advisory and The Freebie Problem

Getting into any new genre is difficult and often intimidating. You know you’re interested in the idea, but there’s so much out there, of so many different quality levels, and even your best friends’ tastes just don’t line up well with yours. Plus, you’re used to one kind of story and the formula of another kind can be jarring at first.

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Westworld S2 Ep 1: Journey Into Night

Welcome to the first of our weekly Westworld S2 Ep recaps! I’ll be taking a look at each week’s episode (usually closer to broadcast) as they come out, and then turning the conversation over to all of us as a collective project in the comments. This season looks to be quite the ride, and I’m excited to help us all puzzle through it. SPOILERS AHOY!

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Romance For Newbies: Outlander & Models of Consent

Note: here be spoilers for Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

In the introductory post to this series, I mentioned that I was new to romance as a genre in part because I had some internalized-misogyny-type snobbery about it for a long time. Even so, though, in practice I’ve always enjoyed romantic stories, which is why cross-over type novels were on my radar a long time before standard romances made it into my world. Cross-overs from historical fiction, in particular, are things I’ve been reading for a long time and pretending they weren’t romance novels because they had, you know, research behind them.

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Can They Read This?

Working in a store that carries toys of any kind comes with a fair amount of dealing with kiddos. Adding to that, for the most part, comics have been viewed as a medium for kids for a long time. Perhaps when comics were sold for a dime at the rack beside the register, it was easy to count on the fact that you could hand it off to your kids. Captain America would never do anything bad. Superman is the ultimate good guy. You can trust them with your kids. Even then, though, comics had a tendency to get a little… unsuitable for kids.

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Rae’s Recs, June 29

Welcome all, to this week’s Rae’s Recs! This small, weekly comic recommendation posts every Thursday and I’ll be doing my best to bring you some cool titles you may not have noticed on your first go-round on New Comic Book Day! I recommend two of my favorite single issues for the week, one or two graphic novels or trade comics from the past few weeks, and then two all-ages comics. These have no time frame, but are just some really great titles to share with a kiddo, or even an adult, in your life. One ongoing, one completed.

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