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A Graphic Novel about the iTunes Terms and Conditions. Yes. Really.

Every once in a while, creators make something that is a little wonky. I’ve found another one of those oddball items. Comic artist and satirist Robert Sikoryak has illustrated a graphic novel that is filled with the text of the iTunes terms and conditions legal contract that everyone has to agree to before using the service.… Continue reading A Graphic Novel about the iTunes Terms and Conditions. Yes. Really.

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New Tolkien: The Man Who Made Middle Earth

The world is soon going to learn a little more about the man who wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The Bodleian Library of Oxford University is publishing a biography of Tolkien called Tolkien: The Maker of Middle Earth as well as holding a major exhibit on the man in 2018. The book is being written by… Continue reading New Tolkien: The Man Who Made Middle Earth

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Archive Adventure: ‘Tales from Catland’

Periodically I like to share the strange, fascinating, and often rare books that live in library archives. Today I’ve found one that will make you absolutely purr with pleasure. Tales from Catland: Written for Kittens by an Old Tabby was produced by Tabitha Grimalkin and was, as far as I can tell, originally published in 1852. The cover… Continue reading Archive Adventure: ‘Tales from Catland’

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5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

In honor of the recent release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, I want to highlight a few of the children’s books based on that fairy tale. Though dozens of interpretations of the story exist, these are a few of my favorites. They feature amazing artwork and manage to capture the spirit of the… Continue reading 5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Reading in a Time of Twitter

Though the book blogger community is filled with wordy people, a lot of its communication is restricted to 140 characters. That’s because of a lot of it happens on Twitter. There, people share reading ideas, have discussions about books, chat with authors, and dozens of more things besides. And I haven’t been participating in any… Continue reading Reading in a Time of Twitter

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When Book Covers Get Characters Wrong

Book cover design is often grand, but sometimes publishers don’t get it quite right. Take for example the case of Nnedi Okorafor. Nnedi Okorafor is an extraordinary science fiction writer, and she has the Nebula Award to prove it. Before she was quite so lauded, however, she had a strange and terrible interaction with her… Continue reading When Book Covers Get Characters Wrong