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When Other People Don’t Remember Your Favorite Book

It is strange to realize that your favorite book by an author is sometimes overlooked by other readers. Young adult author Francesca Lia Block is probably best known for her Weetzie Bat series (otherwise known as Dangerous Angels). The books follow the adventures of a young woman named Weetzie who lives in a magical version of Los… Continue reading When Other People Don’t Remember Your Favorite Book

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Sabrina the Teenage Witch Comics to Read before the TV Reboot

Sabrina the Teenage Witch brings back memories of the neon 90’s. It was a time when witches were blond, magic went sideways, and cat-familiars-that-were-once-warlocks-bent-on-world-domination looked like terrifying murder puppets. But now Sabrina will no longer live solely in the realm of nostalgia; the CW and Warner Bros. television are rebooting a drama based one Sabrina.… Continue reading Sabrina the Teenage Witch Comics to Read before the TV Reboot

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When International Books Cut Entire Plot Lines and V.E. Schwab

It is no secret that international versions of books differ slightly from their original incarnations. Often publishers alter covers either because of licensing issues or to ensure the images better suit the aesthetic sensibilities of a given market. In other cases, the translation process requires subtle language adjustments. But occasionally foreign rights holders take it… Continue reading When International Books Cut Entire Plot Lines and V.E. Schwab

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Language Generator for Fantasy and Sci-Fi

I’ve talked about my fascination with language before, but sometimes writers need a little help creating words that make sense in their nascent worlds. I recently found something that streamlines that process. Vulgar (pardon the terrible name) is a constructed language generator. The generator creates fully realized languages; if you were truly ambitious you could… Continue reading Language Generator for Fantasy and Sci-Fi

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Free Neil Gaiman Stories, Cannes, and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”

She began to whisper something in my ear. It’s the strangest thing about poetry — you can tell it’s poetry, even if you don’t speak the language. You can hear Homer’s Greek without understanding a word, and you still know it’s poetry. I’ve heard Polish poetry, and Inuit poetry, and I knew what it was… Continue reading Free Neil Gaiman Stories, Cannes, and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”

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Friday Quick Quote: Holly Black’s ‘Black Heart’

“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Holly Black’s ‘Black Heart’

books · Publishing

Book Marketing That is Grand, Extraterrestrial, and Bloody

I hate advertising, but I love gimmicks. Not all of them of course – I’m not a huge fan of book giveaways (though those may not be gimmicks precisely) – but every once in a while a book marketing campaign will resonate with me. One such promotion just hit that sweet spot. In honor of her upcoming… Continue reading Book Marketing That is Grand, Extraterrestrial, and Bloody

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5 Fabulous Harry Potter Festivals across the US

Though Universal Studios has created The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, lovers of the book series have continued to celebrate it closer to home. I’ve found five great Harry Potter themed festivals and events across the US that will allow Potterheads to enjoy the magic of J.K. Rowling’s world by drinking all of the butterbeer they… Continue reading 5 Fabulous Harry Potter Festivals across the US

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Why Everyone Should Read A Book Series Out of Order

“There is a right way and a wrong way to read a book series. The right way involves starting at the beginning and working through the books chronologically. This is best done when the reader still remembers all of the important plot points. But I’ve never done things the right way. I used to have… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Read A Book Series Out of Order

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Hear Tolkien Read from The Lord of the Rings

  Since Oxford Libraries recently announced a new book and exhibit about J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, now is the perfect opportunity to listen to some archival audio from him. The clips here were first shared by Eugene F. Douglass Jr. along with Maria Popova from Brainpickings. According to… Continue reading Hear Tolkien Read from The Lord of the Rings