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Claim that you were late to Physics class because you had a problem with space and time because Seth Tomko examines how Dark Souls and Chrono Trigger both convince players they’ve embarked on an epic journey.
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Christianity has a long, complicated past in Africa, but readers see where many Africans accept Christianity alongside their traditions, blending them together to form a new, African idea.
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Discover who is truly the man without fear as Seth Tomko explores themes and characters in the Netflix original series Daredevil.
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Sleep with a light on because Seth Tomko reviews Kwaidan: Japanese Ghost Stories, a collection of Japanese folk tales.
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Because of its compact and focused construction, Half a King is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in getting into Abercrombie’s work .
Jerome Weidman’s short story “My Father Sits in the Dark” is ultimately about connection to family.
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Aside from the central protagonists of Kir Kanos and Mirith Sinn, the unifying feature of the Crimson Empire graphic novels are the themes of survivors guilt and the self destructive nature of revenge
Sharpen your trench blade because Seth Tomko reviewed Daniel Polansky's Tomorrow, the Killing.
Light that bonfire because Seth Tomko examines the ethical themes in the characters and settings of Demon's Souls, all three Dark Souls games, and Bloodborne.
While staying at a ruined church one night, a young shepherd named Santiago has a dream of discovering treasure at the Pyramids in Egypt, and prepares to follow his dream from southern Spain.
Originally compiled in the thirteenth century but taking place hundreds of years before, Laxdael Saga is the generational account of several families that were among the first inhabitants of Iceland.
For Bacon and Descartes, the future of learning rest with individuals questioning and examining their own experiences and not relying on the opinions and models of the past to form their judgments.
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As the 1890s draw to an end, New York City, the entry point of many immigrants, becomes home to two unique travelers: a golem and a jinni.
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The Return Man by V. M. Zito is a combination of a post-apocalyptic zombie survival story and an international espionage thriller.
Question colonial powers because Seth Tomko examines how Kafka and Camus treat justice systems in their stories.
Why it may not be a perfect match, essentially Skyrim reinforces an understanding of Aristotelian virtue ethics by hinging game play on a leveling system that rewards habitual action.
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A fantasy novel with grit, Best Served Cold follows Monaz Murcatto, a mercenary general who was betrayed and left for dead by her former employer.
The Seven Kingdoms enter a state of uncertainty following the deaths of Tywin Lannister and his grandson Joffrey Baratheon, the king.
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In Methland Nick Reding examines the decline of small town America and the drug, meth, associated with it.
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In the ancient tale of Gilgamesh women represent not only great wisdom and power but also temptation and ruin.
This book is primarily a text for aiding fiction writers as they explore the various aspects of their craft.
Debora Granik does an admirable job adapting Daniel Woodrell’s novel, but while a fine movie she doesn’t manage to capture the level of grotesqueness and brutality of the source material.
Philip Marlowe, hired to track down one man’s missing wife, discovers a web of murder, extortion and police corruption that extends beyond Bay City, California.
Friedrich Nietzsche’s drive in Twilight of the Idols is to promote authentic living by any means necessary.
Dostoyevsky brings the theme of responsibility to bear on all of his characters. At every turn one character or another seeks to escape the weight of being held accountable for his or her choices.
For all the interesting science-fiction elements and the exploration of the psycho-physical nature of dreaming Inception is ultimately grounded in basic principles of philosophical pragmatism.
Don't ask for what ought to be offered because Seth Tomko reviewed Winter's Bone.
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In their fantasy novels Tolkien and Lewis show the different paths evil may take.
Hired to end a blackmailing scheme, Marlowe is drawn into a world of pornographers, gamblers, and killers-for-hire in Depression Era Los Angeles.
Scavenge for survival in post-apocalyptic America because Seth Tomko reviews The Coming of the Horseclans.
The Palm-Wine Drinkard is an excellent example of the heroic journey informed by traditional African story-telling and folktales.
Chabon has created a first-rate defense of writers and readers who value entertainment and powerful genre writing no less than the masterpieces of the literary canon.
Count the number of albinos in your ancestry because Seth Tomko reviewed The Skrayling Tree.
Chase the Black Blade because Seth Tomko reviews Michael Moorcock’s The Dreamthief's Daughter.
Mark your moral height on the door frame because Seth Tomko reviews The Dwarf.
This anthology of makes an excellent introduction to the genre acceptable for any upper level high school to college-level composition class.
This book is devoted to understanding the themes and changes in American literary interpretations of the frontier from the colonial period until the twentieth century.
The odd murder mystery novel is told as a memoir by Dickens’s friend, fellow novelist, and opium addict Wilkie Collins.
Prepare for the zombie apocalypse because Seth Tomko reviews Robert Kirkman's first volume of The Walking Dead.
When attempting to alter the character's moral standing in Fable 2 is it better to have a consequentialist or deontist perspective?
Readers of Brown’s Wieland, and Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables will see a subtle shift away from a critique of all classes toward a cautious favoritism of an industrious middle-class.
Sharpen some stakes because Seth Tomko reviews Stephen King’s second novel, 'Salem's Lot.
While there are several funny moments there are not enough of them to sustain the comedy of Hamlet 2.
Prepare for a snake hunt because Seth Tomko examine which characters should have the readers' sympathy in Feast of Snakes.
Arturo Perez-Reverte provides a thrilling adventure set amid the grandeur and terror of the Spanish Inquisition.
The remake of Night of the Living Dead succeeds as an homage to the 1968 film, but it does not recapture the revolutionary terror of the original.
In each film the audience is invited to see another aspect of the zombies and what they mean not only to the characters in the movie but also to the viewers and the world around them.
This graphic novel reimagines the story of Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting persona—Batman—as taking place in America’s late 1800’s.
Embrace your shadow because Seth Tomko reviewed Usula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea.
Though uneven in terms of plot and character development this installation in the series features an evolutionary step in character ability customization.
The misadventures of a Chihuahua and blue-nosed cat, Ren and Stimpy, make for hilarious if grotesque comedy.
The already murky waters of mafia morality become more obscure when leaders of such families become conflicted between blood relatives and loyal helpers, as is the case in the film Road to Perdition.
Two con-men mercenaries, Zelikman and Amram, get caught up in the Khazar Empire’s revolution and attempt to come out alive if not more wealthy for their troubles.
Beware the rage of Achilles because Seth Tomko reviewed An Iliad by Alessandro Baricco.
In the background of Final Fantasy Twelve’s main plot is a story of sibling conflict that actually drives some characters to push the story toward its climax.
As the Dune series progresses many protagonists become or fear becoming oppressive forces, and Campbell’s monomythic cycle explains how such a transformation happens.
Ride the mighty Sand Worm because Seth Tomko reviews Heretics of Dune.
Labyrinth and Return to Oz feature young women searching for an object or a person that will help them return home.
One of the most terrifying and powerful elements of H. P. Lovecraft’s horror is the toll taken on characters, even those who emerge as successful.
Given the slow pace and lack of action, Herbert’s fourth Dune novel does not match the effort of the others.
Accept reeducation with the other political prisoners because Seth Tomko reviews Darkness at Noon.
Even for readers unfamiliar with the subject matter, A Grain of Wheat makes a great introduction to African Literature.
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The gods demand that you plot revenge against your relatives because Seth Tomko examines why Cassandra is an important character in Agamemnon by Asechylus.
The spice must flow because Seth Tomko examines Paul Muad’Dib Atreides in the context of Joseph Campbell’s heroic monomyth.
The pinnacle protagonists of heroic fantasy share troubled ethnic backgrounds that develop the characters’ personalities and influence their actions within the stories.
Pilot that airship because Seth Tomko examines the changing character of Cid in the Final Fantasy game series.
The Joker’s alluded worldview is that good behavior and civilization are the joke, and that just below the surface everyone is as brutal and vicious as himself.
Call the FBI because Seth Tomko reviews Michael Mann's Public Enemies.
Quest of the Shadow-Forge should appeal to fans of science-fiction, especially “hard sci-fi” that places a lot of emphasis on the scientific theories and mechanics.
Dickens points out people and their environments mutually shape one another. People can live in buildings, but building can live in people as well.
Of all the characters in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Fortinbras is perhaps the strangest. Oddly enough, though, Fortinbras is a stabilizing force in the action of the play, and he also functions as a framing device for the play itself.
The Maltese Falcon is essentially required reading for anyone interested in the genre of detective fiction or in good writing.
In George A. Romero's horror classic Night of the Living Dead a ramshackle collection of survivors struggle to make it through the night and it becomes clear the social dynamics of the group present as much a danger as the mob of living dead.
The Strain is a good novel for those who like their vampire stories full of terror and gore.
Brush up on your literature because Seth Tomko explains why college freshmen should keep reading the Classics.
I was quite pleased with Isabel Allende’s Of Love and Shadows because it reads well, has multiple interesting characters, and has a plot in which events of some consequence actually take place.