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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: “THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE
Jake Lushington, Rachael Stirling, Hattie Morahan
By Abbie Bernstein

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Bletchley Park is a real place in England. During World War II, it was where the British government headquartered the Intelligence workers tasked with deciphering the codes used by the enemy. An unusually high percentage (for the era) of those working at Bletchley Park were women.

The first season of THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE, which aired last year in the U.S., takes place after WWII has ended. Former Bletchley Park worker Susan, played by Anna Maxwell Martin, is now married and the mother of two, but when she sees patterns she recognizes from her war days in the handiwork of a serial killer, she is determined to put her dormant skills to use. Although it takes some persuasion, Susan rounds up some of her old Bletchley colleagues – former boss Jean, played by Julie Graham, young memory whiz Lucy, played by Sophie Rundle, and convention-defying Millie, played by Rachael Stirling – to track down the murderer.
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JMW: Hello. This is Jean Marie Ward for Buzzy magazine.

With me today is Jana Oliver, award winning author of the ‘Demon Trapper‘ series, the ‘Time Rover‘ series and now the stand alone novel ‘Briar Rose‘. Welcome, Jana.

Jana Oliver: Hi there.

JMW: Your last series was about demons in present day Atlanta. The new book however is about fairy tale curses and more than a few pistons. How hard was it to, pardon the pun, switch gears?

Briar Rose

Jana Oliver: Briar Rose is a young adult retelling of Sleeping Beauty and I set it in a small town, a very mythical small town, of Southern Georgia, about 600 inhabitants. But when Briar’s curse comes to fruition, she ends up in this alternate sort of nightmare. And that’s where I had fun because I could introduce all sorts of medieval characters, steam punk characters, all sorts of stuff and it was actually amazingly easy to switch gears, pardon the pun, because I had done the same with the demons and heaven and hell and Atlanta. It was really kind of fun to just let my imagination off of its leash for one book because I had to plan for a whole series. I had great fun with the clockwork wolves, and all sorts of fun.

So it really wasn’t that difficult. It was kind of like a palate cleanser, as my editor called it. So it was kind of fun to do that thing between those two series.

JMW: That does sound cool. Briar Rose is a little unusual in that it was contracted by an English publisher. How can your fans get a copy?

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Poetry, Grammer, Trochee, Iambic Pentameter, poetry rules

Dear Sara,

What’s the difference between/Trochee and iambic pentameter?

-Yours poetically,
Christopher M.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Movie Review

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Movie Review

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers:Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker (concept & story), Joe Simon (comic book), Jack Kirby (comic book)
Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Cobie Smulders, Maximiliano Hernández, Emily VanCamp
Superhero Movie

This one changes everything.

With The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios is smack in the middle of “Phase II”–and continues to gain momentum. This new Captain America adventure is a conspiracy/action/thriller while remaining a superhero movie and it excels on all counts as it rockets through to the end. Every time you think you know what’s happening, another twist sneaks up on you so fast that you’ll develop whiplash.

There are broad sweeping themes here about the role of government in our lives–what is freedom and what is simply fear? At the same time, Steve Rogers (Captain America), now fully integrated as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative, continues his character arc from The Avengers, no longer blindly willing to take orders, striving to do what’s right. He’s tired of deception and lies, of being kept in the dark for his own good.

The clock is ticking as S.H.I.E.L.D. is trying to get Project Insight up and running, a modern-day version of the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka Star Wars). A mysterious assassin is drifting in and out of events, known only as the Winter Soldier, creating havoc at the worst possible times. Through it all, there is mystery and confusion. The movie is structured like an onion: as one layer is peeled, the next question comes to light. Captain America moves through the movie like a tall, athletic Hercule Poirot, putting together bits of the clues and conducting interrogations. Until, finally, the answer is revealed.
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Are Aswangs Real????

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Aswang, What is an Aswang, Grimm Monster

Dear Sara –

Is there really such a thing as an Aswang, a creature that turned up in a recent episode of GRIMM?

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