Clariel by Garth Nix: The Ten Year Late Prequel

Can Garth Nix recapture the essence of the Old Kingdom?

I have had a passion for fantasy since I first started to read- anything from Tamora Pierce to J.K. Rowling was on my bookshelf. If there was something magical or a sword on a book cover, I wanted it. Especially if it featured a badass looking female character. I know it’s said never to judge a book by its cover, but I did that plenty growing up (hell, I still do) and it rarely failed me. In fact, judging the book by the cover is how I discovered the author Garth Nix and his Abhorsen trilogy, a series that proved to be one of the literary comfort foods of my middle school years through to present day.

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Creating Ballerina Cupcakes

 Why did I agree/offer to do this? 

Step 1the day of baking something I’ve already committed to and absolutely cannot back out of: I don’t want to bake. I don’t have time. I’m going to make a mess. It’s going to come out horribly. I’m so bad at everything. I’m tired. I’m grumpy. I hate this. Why did I agree/offer to do this? I hate baking.

Step 3, I should quit my job and open a bakery! Everything is awesome!

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Elusive Women: Girl with a Pearl Earring and Flaming June at the Frick

A timeless classic is coming to a museum near you!

My (now) fiancé proposed to me in the Frick Collection in Manhattan during the exhibition: Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis. Specifically, he proposed in front of my favorite Vermeer: Girl with a Pearl Earring

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In the Meantime: Downton Abbey

Downton is gone! What do I do???

We here at Geekade strive to provide our readers with the best in geek services. In our new series, In the Meantime, we recommend media and pop culture to enjoy when the TV/movie/book/game series you love ends or goes on hiatus. This week, when we’d normally be tuning into PBS for the latest episode of Downton Abbey, we see what else there is to read and watch in the long wait between seasons. (Seriously, BBC and PBS? Series 6 premieres in JANUARY?!?!)

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A Cinderella Story

Cinderella has changed over the years

Fairy tale adaptations have seen an insurgence in recent years; from Maleficent to Snow White, and the fairy tale soap opera, Once Upon a Time, our interests in the classic tales have yet to wane. The newest addition to this fairy tale renaissance is from director Kenneth Branagh. His live-action Cinderella is due out in theaters on March 13th. A renewed interest in “Cinderella” is hardly surprising, given its main themes of rags-to-riches glory for the pure of heart, come-uppances for the wicked, and “true love”

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