Social Science

Serenity Found

Author: Jane Espenson

Publisher: BenBella Books

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Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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A lot has happened since Finding Serenity. We learned River's secret; Mal took on the Alliance. Our favorite crew became Big Damn Heroes. And the Browncoats proved that hard work, passion and a little fan coordination can do the impossible. Serenity Found takes the contents of Finding Serenity even further, exploring not just the show but the events of the film as well, to create an anthology that's even more thought-provoking, fascinating and far-thinking than its predecessor. * Acclaimed science fiction author Orson Scott Card lauds "Serenity" as film sci-fi finally done right * Writer and comedian Natalie Haynes reveals the real feminist savvy of the "Firefly" universe: the girls get the guns and the gags * Pop culture critic Michael Marano connects damaged, ass-kicking River to the other weaponized women of the Whedonverse * Multiverse executive producer Corey Bridges explains why the world of "Firefly" is the perfect setting for an MMORPG * Mutant Enemy's visual effects wizard Loni Peristere relates what he's learned from Joss about telling stories, and tells a story of his own about Serenity's design * Television Without Pity recapper Jacob Clifton frames "Serenity" as a parable about media: how it controls us, how we can control it and how to separate the signal from the noise * And Nathan Fillion, "Firefly" and "Serenity's" Captain Malcolm Reynolds, shares his affinity for Mal and his love of Mal's ship and crew.
Games

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMix - Strategy Guide

Author: GamerGuides.com

Publisher: Gamer Guides

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Category: Games

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Kingdom Hearts II begins where Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days leave off. Sora and his companions have been asleep for about a year, regaining their memories. When Sora awakens, he eventually arrives in Twilight Town, the place where a mysterious boy, Roxas, lived before he suddenly left. Gaining new clothes and powers, Sora began his journey anew, unaware of the events that have taken place in Chain of Memories. Sora continues his quest by unlocking paths to new worlds, learning of Nobodies and fighting the Heartless, as well as facing the remaining members of the mysterious Organization XIII. As the game progresses, Sora learns about Roxas and how much they have in common. Birth By Sleep is the origins of the series' hero and villain, Sora and Xehanort, and delves deep into the mysteries of Xehanort's bleak past and forgotten memories as well as how Sora and Riku came to wield the Keyblade in the first place. It deals with three Keyblade Wielders: Terra, Aqua and Ventus and each character has their own scenario. Kingdom Hearts II and Birth by Sleep will take you to many places and we have them all covered here. Inside you will find: - Complete walkthrough coverage for both Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth By Sleep. - Side quests covered in detail from Absent Silhouettes to Atlantica. - Gummi ship missions and details. - Mirage Arena covered extensively. - Mini-games discussed and much, much more.
Fiction

Search for Love

Author: Nora Roberts

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 270

From #1 New York Times bestselling “consistently entertaining writer” (USA Today) Nora Roberts, Search for Love takes a woman on a journey to meet a family she never knew she had—and a future she never imagined. When Serenity Smith’s parents passed away, she presumed she lost her only family. Then she receives word from a relative far from Washington D.C.—her grandmother, living on an estate in the beautiful Brittany region of France. But the hard-hearted Comtesse de Kergallen doesn’t welcome Serenity with open arms. Neither does her arrogant yet undeniably charming cousin Christophe. Both harbor resentments against the Smiths, believing they damaged the family’s aristocratic reputation. As Serenity sets out to clear her parents’ names, tension mounts between her and Christophe—escalating from adversarial to passionate...
Performing Arts

The New Western

Author: Scott F. Stoddart

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 268

View: 264

American moviegoers have long turned to the Hollywood Western for reassurance in times of crisis. During the genre’s heyday, the films of John Ford, Howard Hawks and Henry Hathaway reflected a grand patriotism that resonated with audiences at the end of World War II. The tried-and-true Western was questioned by Ford and George Stevens during the Cold War, and in the 1960s directors like Sam Peckinpah and George Roy Hill retooled the genre as a commentary on American ethics during the Vietnam War. Between the mid–1970s and early 1990s, the Western faded from view—until the Gulf War, when Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves (1990) and Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven (1992) brought it back, with moral complexities. Since 9/11, the Western has seen a resurgence, blending its patriotic narrative with criticism of America’s place in the global community. Exploring such films as True Grit (2010) and Brokeback Mountain (2005), along with television series like Deadwood and Firefly, this collection of new essays explores how the Western today captures the dichotomy of our times and remains important to the American psyche.
Literary Collections

Dragonwriter

Author: Todd McCaffrey

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN:

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 288

View: 775

When Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre. In Dragonwriter, Anne's son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern's Lessa (and from Lessa's creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne's steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more. Join Anne's co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it. Contributors include: • Angelina Adams • David Brin • David Gerrold • John Goodwin • Janis Ian • Alec Johnson • Georgeanne Kennedy • Mercedes Lackey • Sharon Lee and Steve Miller • Lois McMaster Bujold • Elizabeth Moon • Charlotte Moore • Robert Neilson • Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett • Robin Roberts • Elizabeth Ann Scarborough • Wen Spencer • Michael Whelan • Richard J. Woods • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Fiction

Farscape Forever!

Author: Glenn Yeffeth

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 218

View: 347

Science fiction and fantasy authors analyze every aspect of the innovative, action-packed, and always surprising science fiction television series Farscape in this innovative and irreverent essay collection. Contributors include Martha Wells on characters Crichton and D'Argo's buddy relationship, P. N. Elrod on the villains she loves to hate, and Justina Robson on sex, pleasure, and feminism. Topics range from a look at how Moya was designed and an examination of vulgarity and bodily functions to a tourist's budget guide to the Farscape universe and an expert's advice to the peacekeepers who, despite their viciousness, never quite seem to pull it off. Fun, accessible, entertaining, and insightful, these musings will appeal to every admirer of this intriguing television series.
Fiction

Love One Another

Author: Valerie Hansen

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

View: 316

NEIGHBORLY LOVE Single dad Zac Frazier arrived in the close-knit town of Serenity expecting little more than a fresh start. But he never counted on having his wounded heart rejuvenated by his son's bubbly preschool teacher, who lived a few houses away and had an extraordinary gift for understanding small children. In record time, pretty and petite Tina Braddock brought laughter back into his lonely little boy's life—and encouraged the disillusioned widower to rejoice again in God's love…. Why, if romance-resistant Zac didn't know better, he'd allow himself to fall head over heels for his green-eyed neighbor! But beneath the sunny surface that Tina presented to the world, he sensed uneasiness, foreboding, even fear. What was she afraid of? And would loving one another be enough to make all their dreams come true?
Social Science

Getting Wrecked

Author: Kimberly Sue

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 481

Getting Wrecked provides a rich ethnographic account of women battling addiction as they cycle through jail, prison, and community treatment programs in Massachusetts. As incarceration has become a predominant American social policy for managing the problem of drug use, including the opioid epidemic, this book examines how prisons and jails have attempted concurrent programs of punishment and treatment to deal with inmates struggling with a diagnosis of substance use disorder. An addiction physician and medical anthropologist, Kimberly Sue powerfully illustrates the impacts of incarceration on women’s lives as they seek well-being and better health while confronting lives marked by structural violence, gender inequity, and ongoing trauma.
Fiction

Journeys Through Anoriza

Author: Steven Johnson

Publisher: Steven Johnson

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 462

Journeys Through Anoriza: Book One, the first installment of the series; is a tale about a half elf and half lycan (werewolf) warrior outlaw named Zero and his close friends Raven and Kamikaze. After Zero’s family is brutally murdered, or so he thought, he and his friends journey through Anoriza fighting to protect and save their world.Unlike the rest of the people of Anoriza, Zero and his friends just want to live in peace and keep to themselves. Unfortunately, the leaders of the The Forsaken, a band of evil creatures trying to take over the world, have placed bounties and false criminal titles upon Zero, thus creating a never ending fight-for-your-life situation for Zero and his friends. Eventually Zero, Raven and Kamikaze come to terms with being dragged into this world war and join others in the cause for independence. Due to horrid circumstances brought upon the group, deeply hidden secrets were forced to be shared. By sharing these secrets Zero comes to find out the family he thought to have been slaughtered may still be alive. Along his journey, he forms some unlikely friendships, and united together with his hidden family, the group is able to form a militarized defense and strategize against The Forsaken.