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Peter had worried that something might go horrifically wrong as they’d leafed through the faded pages of the old book, rescued from its hiding place under a loose flagstone in the passage that led to Hogsmeade. Sirius had asked him if he was a coward, and the boy had flushed crimson and muttered something about not wanting his friends to get hurt.

But whatever that old and ancient spell had been for, it doesn’t seem to have done much except whisk him away to the Forbidden Forest, where he is now completely and utterly lost. Not that he’d ever admit it.

He catches a flash of red hair as he strides in what he hopes is the right direction to get him back to the castle, and whistles through his teeth, obnoxiously loud.

“Oi! Evans!”

Just did a library review for A Game of Thrones for summer reading program. I might…have gotten carried away, I think… Whoops?

The Tale of a Kingdom cannot be told from one perspective, nor from one storyteller. In this world, summer has lasted for a near ten years. A long summer for a time of peace, and coming together. A vicious and tyrant King has been defeated to make way for a new era where things can maybe be set right. Yet strife is once more stirring in the Seven Kingdoms, and summer cannot last forever. Winter is Coming.

In the critically acclaimed novel, ‘A Game of Thrones’, George R. R. Martin brilliantly conveys a story of a Kingdom, and an entire world, using the narratives and viewpoints from countless characters. Whether they be high born, fallen royalty, or a mere child, these people convey a story that will have you gripped with suspense, wondering just what the truth really is. And how one even defines truth.

In a Kingdom with a long history of war a King has died, and now multiple people claim birthright to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. From sons, to brothers, to royalty who was chased away in the last war, A Game of Thrones works at telling you a story of just how bloody a Kingdom can be. And how childish the notion peace can become. While reading, there will be times you yourself are not sure of the truth, and times you are unsure of who to cheer for.

Villains and Heroes are tales and myths, in this world, and the true battle is finding out what you are fighting for, whether that be peace, or a king. With perspectives from multiple families and characters who are just as confused as us, join the journey into the Seven Kingdoms and beyond. After you’re done, you’ll be asking yourself…who do you call King?

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The Cradle Of Liberty And The Hoagie

I’m hardly ever anywhere near downtown Philadelphia for the 4th of July, but every once in a while, I am. And then I say to myself, “Where did all these people come from?”

Because while it may be no big whoop to me that I live in a place where much of the town resembles a set from the movie version of 1776, apparently a lot of tourists from places like Montana, Ohio and even Japan are absolutely thrilled to be in the place where our beloved surveillance and torture state first pecked its way out of the egg. (A song cue if ever I heard one!)

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Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in the ideals under which this nation was first founded, so long ago, right here in my urban hellhole. It’s just that we seem to fall so far short most of the time. Sigh.

I am such a history geek that I used to tour Independence Hall every year or so, and it was maybe twenty years ago when I happened to be there with my friend Charlie. The tour was a little shorter than usual, because they were doing asbestos removal, and the Congressional meeting room was bare. The tour guide felt bad, you could tell; so as a consolation prize, she asked if any of us would like to instead walk on the platform WHERE THE FREAKIN’ DECLARATION WAS SIGNED. (I said yes! In case you couldn’t tell.)

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Just saw someone post on Facebook that “If vaccines work, then why are these diseases still persisting? It’s the definition of insanity to do the same thing over and over and expect different results.”

*turns into giant ball of rage*

EXCUSE YOU. THE REASON THE DISEASES ARE COMING BACK IS BECAUSE PEOPLE STOPPED VACCINATING. IF YOUR HEAD WASN’T STUCK SO FAR IN THE DIRT THAT EARTHWORMS HAVE TAKEN UP RESIDENCY IN YOUR SKULL, YOU WOULD HAVE NOTICED THAT THE DISEASES YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT COMING BACK ARE THE ONES THAT COME BACK WHERE PEOPLE STOP VACCINATING.

AND UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE NEARLY BLACKING OUT FROM COUGHING AND COLLAPSING INTO THE FLOOR, YOU DON’T GET TO TELL ME ABOUT THE ‘INSANITY’ OF NOT VACCINATING FOR THINGS LIKE WHOOPING COUGH. WHICH I HAVE HAD. SO I THINK I KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP AND PLEASE DONATE ALL YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN TO ME SO THAT I CAN PROTECT THEM FROM GOING THROUGH WHAT I DID. KTHX.

Sirius the White Knight Hoodie

Medieval knight hoodies aren’t new, but when I saw this white version, coined Sirius, The White Knight, I knew it would be the perfect addition to my girlfriend, She-Ra: Princess of Power’s and my bedroom activities. Whoops, did I say bedroom activities? I meant…uh…this White Party we have coming up for a friend’s birthday where you have to, like, wear white and…naw, I meant the bedroom. For I am She-Ra’s White Knight and she is my whatever that chick from Frozen’s name is.

The Sirius White Knight hoodie spares no pimpage with its elaborate leather pauldrons and helmet-hood hinged with metal buttons and rivets. Three separate movable pieces comprise the forehead visor alone. Capping the gallant look are double-layered couters at the elbows and, for the practicality of storing wallets and cellphones, a pair of front pockets.

Christine Kim custom tailors Sirius, and all of her other knight hoodies, to order. She has been sewing theatrical costumes professionally for 15+ years.