Books

For years, a great many Star Wars novels and comics went into great detail about the further adventures of Lando Calrissian after he piloted the Millennium Falcon to victory in the Battle of Endor. Of course, all that was swept away following the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, and the building of a complete, canonical Star Wars world centred around the development of a new Wars film series. So now, almost five years later, we don’t know what the official Lando story is in the new (first?) order of the Star Wars universe… Until now! (more…)

It’s hard to say who was a standout character in the ensemble that was the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but two of the nominees have got to be Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe and Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus. The twosome where kind of just chilling on Jedha, minding their own business, when they got swept up in the Death Star caper, which immediately begs the question: What were they up and why were they up to it in the time before Rogue One? Well prepare to have all questions answered as Jedha’s favourite odd couple is getting their own novel. (more…)

Fans of George R. R. Martin’s mega-hit series Game of Thrones are pretty accustomed to waiting a long time for new additions to the story. The next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, was supposed to be released sometime last year and has since been pushed to an unspecified time this year. With so many rabid fans chomping at the bit for anything out of Martin’s sadistic mind, it’s a bit surprising to learn that he is working on a short story set to be released later this year. Don’t freak out and slam the message boards just yet though, he is still working on The Winds of Winter and this appears to be a side-project fans of the series will likely enjoy.

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After almost three decades of waiting, the first collaborative novel between Sir Terry Pratchett (Discworld novels) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, and Coraline) is finally being made for television! Development for an adaptation of Good Omens began in 2002 as a film, but the project remained somewhat mired in development hell for years. By 2008, the project appeared dead in the water. Fortunately, for fans and pretty much everyone else who appreciates amazing fantasy fiction, Amazon greenlit the series, which is set to premiere sometime in 2018.

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It’s not the new Harry Potter movie you might have wanted, but it’s pretty darn close, and now it’s coming pretty darn closer than the famed east end theatre district of London. You may have read – or more likely devoured – the book version of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I and II, but if you’re terribly interested in seeing the events play out as intended, there’s good news for you. Harry Potter is coming to Broadway! The Boy Who Lived, now the Man Who’s Overworked, will be bringing the gang to the Great White Way in fabulous New York City about 18 months from now. (more…)

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Before there was Game of Thrones, before there was even Star Wars, there was Dune. Frank Herbert’s classic novels have been beloved since 1965 and have been very influential and are considered one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time. Many argue that there wouldn’t even be Star Wars or The Matrix without the Dune novels’ influence and themes. Basically, it was Game of Thrones before there was even a Game of Thrones, perfectly blending religion, politics, and fantasy in a compelling series. Dune is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel that many consider the Lord of the Rings for science fiction.

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For all the talk about how digital has changed the game, there is one area that the online revolution hasn’t sucked the air out of yet, we’re still buying books. Sales of e-books have plateaued, and even young people still like the old-fashioned feeling of turning the physical page over. It’s quaint. If there’s a difference now, it’s that your local bookstore has expanded it’s offerings, and now it’s not unusual to see graphic novels among the stacks filled with novels, biographies, cook books and the like. Indeed, the graphic novel is enjoying a rare and long-awaited sense of mainstream appreciation. (more…)

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NPR‘s Too Hot For Radio podcast is worth checking out, it’s full of interesting things that couldn’t make the radio because of adult language, situations, and violence. One such item was actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova) reading Batman and Robin Have an Altercation, a short story found in Stephen King‘s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. This isn’t your typical Batman story, but a tale of a man and his father with Alzheimer’s on their weekly trip to Applebee’s.

*Please note that there is NSFW language in this reading. (more…)

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Last night, a new Harry Potter story came out to the masses in book stores, albeit in a different format than what we had come to know and love; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official eighth story starring The Boy Who Lived is, as you’re probably already aware, a stage-play script released in book format. Despite the unconventional format, people are very excited for more Harry Potter stories to dive into all the same. However, people had been wondering if there was even more stories untold from the lightning scarred English wizard in our future… well, Potter-author J.K. Rowling recently gave us an answer.  (more…)

Neil Gaiman’s Announces Norse-Inspired Novel

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From Sandman to Stardust, Neverwhere to Wayward Manor, Coraline to American Gods, Neil Gaiman‘s writing is rich with legends and mythology from around the world. His work draws on every fantastical thing from fairy tales to religions, putting his own unique spin on each new incarnation he creates. His stories are populated by witches and sprites and ghosts and gods in a way that blends the down to earth and the magical in a convincing and gripping way. Gaiman famously said that his fascination with mythology meant that he had to do only minimal research to confirm the occasionl fuzzy memory while writing American Gods. (more…)