J.K. Rowling Has Confirmed That Jews Can Be Wizards!

17 Dec

Jewish Wizard

According to Eric Cartman, Jews can’t be pirates (totally false) but Harry Potter authoress J.K. Rowling has confirmed that they can be wizards.

That’s right: JEWS CAN BE WIZARDS.

Happy Chanukah to all, and to all a good night!

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Stephen Colbert Interviewed Smaug and Cosplayed Tolkien Characters Like a Boss

12 Dec

Stephen Colbert is the Tolkien fan to end all Tolkien fans, evidenced by his three cosplay covers for Entertainment Weekly where he dressed as Gandalf, Bilbo and Legolas and the fact that he recently interviewed Smaug, the CGI dragon voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.

And it’s all to celebrate/mourn the end of Peter Jackson’s reign over Middle-earth.

His sojourn into the world of Tolkien concludes this month with the third and final Hobbit movie The Hobbit: How Does This Story Have More Endings Than Return of the King? The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies which once had a more bookish name.

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Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl” is Getting a Very Meta Spin-Off

10 Dec

Fangirl Cover Rainbow Rowell

The main character in the adorable Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is a fanfiction writer named Cath who loves a book series about a boy wizard — so much so that she spends her time penning a Simon Snow slash fic (called Carry On, Simon) between the book’s main character and his vampire nemesis.

The fanfiction within the book (which is itself centered around a girl’s obsession with a book series) had fans of the Rowell novel clamoring for an actual Simon Snow series.

And Rainbow Rowell has responded, by revealing there will be a Fangirl spin-off, which is actually the full version of Cath’s fan fiction.

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Fortunate News! “A Series of Unfortunate Events” Will Be Coming to Netflix

5 Nov

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Another live-action version of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is set to hit screens — although this version will be brought to life on a multitude of small screens through streaming service Netflix.

VFD! VFD! VFD! VFD!

So forget about that other take on the book series! And apologies if you had forgotten about it until this moment.

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All Hallow’s Read: Creepy Children Who See Even Creepier Things Edition

31 Oct

All Hallows Read 2014It’s that time of year again: Halloween! Which means it’s also the Neil Gaiman created holiday All Hallow’s Read, in which instead of (or in addition to) giving strange children non-strange candy you can also gift them with the joy of reading. Or more specifically, books.

Children are inevitably creepy – especially children who talk about their dead ghost friends – which is why for this year’s All Hallow’s Read (not to be confused with the only other year we did this) our suggestions are centered around children who have a preternatural ability to see dead people. Or just dead things.

If you have no desire to go out this Halloween and would much rather stay inside cuddled up with a spooky book and some warm cider while avoiding the ghosts, ghouls and Queen Elsas wandering the streets, you may want to check out these terrifying offerings.

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: October 28, 2014

28 Oct

AtlantiaAtlantia by Ally Condie

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Young adult Atlantis (which we are going to pretend is actually about mermaids).

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Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: October 14, 2014

14 Oct

In Real LifeIn Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer – a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author and digerati bigwig Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Gorgeous artwork meets an intriguing premise all tied up in what sounds like a thought provoking exploration of some of our favorite things.

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