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Phantom Buffalo’s farthest flight of fantasy

Sometimes all the cutesy artwork and twee vocals (which I quite like) can obscure the fact that Phantom Buffalo are a kick-ass guitar band, like Built to Spill's little brothers.
Raise a Tullamore Dew to Tadaloora
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 08, 2013

Science meets fantasy in Mollie Goldstrom’s prints

If you hang around the art world much, you often hear that there are currently no major movements.
When worlds collide
By GREG COOK  |  August 17, 2012
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And thus the 'Game of Thrones' continues

'Twas the thud heard round the world. In the penultimate episode of the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones , our hero Ned Stark (Sean Bean), after a brief, fraught tenure as the King's Hand, discovered the Lannisters' incestuous affair, was falsely
Calling Dr. Zaius!
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 30, 2012

Deciphering beauty in the Life and Times

You're standing at the edge of a vast canyon.
Into the vast beyond
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  February 24, 2012
Winter Games: Preview

The games of winter

Despite a quiet January, this winter gives gamers much to look forward to: long-awaited sequels, promising original franchises, and even a new handheld system.
Sci-fi, fantasy, and Sony's new handheld
By MITCH KRPATA  |  December 30, 2011

The hipster Harry Potter

The inside flap of Wildwood — the new young-adult fantasy novel by Decemberist Colin Meloy — claims that the book is for ages nine and up.
Colin Meloy’s fake children’s book isn’t for children at all
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  September 23, 2011

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Review: Griff the Invisible

Like Kick-Ass and Super , Leon Ford's Griff the Invisible reaffirms the notion that superheroes exist to provide the meek and marginalized with an empowering fantasy.
Downtrodden superheroes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011
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Fantasy camp

Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 12, 2011

Review: Stake Land

From producer Larry Fessenden ( Wendigo ) and filmmaker Jim Mickle ( Mulberry Street ) comes this minimal, profound tale of a vampire plague in America.
Tale of a vampire plague
By PEG ALOI  |  April 29, 2011

Review: Your Highness

The magnificent Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound and Down ) co-wrote and stars in this clever spoof that reveals the human frailties beneath all those sword 'n' sorcery clichés.
Clever spoof of sword ’n’ sorcery clichés
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 15, 2011
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HBO's Game of Thrones(1)

In spite of the obstacles to making Martin's story succeed as a TV show, someone at HBO must be a fan, because Game of Thrones — named after the first book in his series — makes its live-action television debut this Sunday, April 17.
It's a long story
By MADDY MYERS  |  April 15, 2011

Frodo Lives: Tolkien Con returns to Boston after 30 years

Frodo Lives: Tolkien Con returns to Boston after 30 years

When the first Conference on Middle-Earth convened, in 1969, The Lord of the Rings was a series of fantasy books written by a British professor...
By S.I. Rosenbaum  |  March 07, 2011

Review: I Am Number Four

You might feel you've watched the premieres of half a dozen TV series after seeing D.J. Caruso's flashy adolescent fantasy. Or maybe as many recent films. But despite its lack of originality, I Am Number Four does offer a few rewarding moments.
Teen aliens and big battles make for a flashy, if predictable, adolescent fantasy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 18, 2011

11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

11 Fictional glimpses of the Boston of tomorrow

The history of the future is not long.
Futures past
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  January 21, 2011

Photos: Arisia 2011

Sci-fi and fantasy fans attend Arisia 2011 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel at January 14-17, 2011.
Arisia 2011 | Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel | January 14-17, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 21, 2011

Arisia 2011: Bigger, better, and building up to Boskone

Arisia 2011: Bigger, better, and building up to Boskone

Art: SHAENON GARRITY This past weekend, Arisia returned for its 22nd annual year. It's a sci-fi and fantasy convention that happens in Boston every year,...
By Maddy Myers  |  January 20, 2011

Sword and tailor

The concept of the rock opera strikes fear into the hearts of many — and rightly so. Yet heavy metal since Zeppelin has always been friendly to hobbity tales of mirth and mayhem.
Warp Riders brings a new concept to metal
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2010

HBO's Game of Thrones unveils trailer, teaser, new website

Fans of George R. R. Martin's fantasy novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire, have been itching to see footage of HBO's adaptation, Game...
By Maddy Myers  |  September 13, 2010

Dr. Lovemonkey: Fantasies and fakers

I am a college student in my mid-20s and have been married for two-and-a half years to my husband, who is wonderful and who I adore. Here is my weird problem: for many years I've had a hopeless crush on Al Pacino.
Dr. Lovemonkey answers your questions
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  September 03, 2010

Is it Calvin and Hobbes or an issue of Joe Hill's Locke and Key comic? Even better: It's both.

In Joe Hill's Keys to the Kingdom , a bloodthirsty wolf pack's feeding frenzy filtered through the youthful lens of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes comic strip can only be described as disturbing. But it's these details that make the comic, which w
Fearful symmetry
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  August 20, 2010


Interview: Naomi Novik on her Temeraire series

With her sixth Temeraire fantasy, Tongues of Serpents , out this week, New York Times bestseller Naomi Novik takes on dragons, Peter Jackson, and the beginning of the end of a beloved series.
From Neverwinter Nights to the Napoleonic War — with dragons
By CLEA SIMON  |  July 16, 2010
Fantasy TV: HBO approves Game of Thrones

Fantasy TV: HBO approves Game of Thrones

                                  The doorstop-size fantasy tomes in George R. R....
By Maddy Myers  |  March 04, 2010

Old school

Back in 1928, a Providence Journal headline dubbed painter Hezekiah Anthony Dyer a "militant anti-Modernist." Modern art was just about showing off, he said.
Dyer's thing was watercolors and gouaches of romantic fairy tale country cottages, snowy mountain lakes, and ruins of old stone arches and doorways.
By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2009

Review: Inkheart

How novel: a fantasy adventure for children that's not afraid of the dark while espousing the joys of the printed word, with nary a fart joke to be heard.
A nice diversion
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 20, 2009