The campaign for Rick Yancey- the author of The Monstrumologist trilogy’s- new series The 5th Wave is well underway. Which is a lot farther along than it was during NYCC when all we knew about it was that it was an alien series with an intriguing if confusing poster. Now we know that it’s about an alien invasion dubbed the Arrival, featuring a main character named Cassie (NICE NAME!) who despite trying to elude the alien scourge and locate her brother has time to maintain her own Tumblr. The first 54 pages of the novel have also been released. We’re already sold.
Scientists Create an Invisibility Cloak: Nerds Imagine Best Marauders Cosplay Ever (via The Mary Sue)
While we would love to discuss the scientific and militaristic ramifications of an invisibility cloak, all we can think about is OH MY GOD, ONE THIRD OF THE DEATHLY HALLOWS IS NOW REAL! At least in box form, because it’s more an invisibility box than a cloak. But, it does cloak things in the verb sense of the word so it’s still technically an invisibility cloak. Get it? Get it!?! In scientific terms, it splits light into waves which travel around the cloaked object and blah blah blah blah technology.
A happy early Halloween everybody! We hope all you fellow east-coasters don’t let Hurricane Sandy ruin your tricks and or treats. Or your All Hallow’s Read plans. But if by chance you do get rained in, we highly recommend curling up with a good scary novel and some candy.
Andy Serkis to Direct Animal Farm and Possibly Play Talking Faux-Russian Pig (via The Mary Sue)
Motion-captor actor and everyone’s favorite tortured Hobbit turned crispy meatsicle Andy Serkis has the directing bug after his work as second-unit director on The Hobbit and has signed on to direct an adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. You know, the one with the talking animals that are an allegory for Soviet Russia? Serkis wants to make things as fresh as possible, with a focus on the more emotional end of the story which is still in the planning phase. Will horses being turned into glue trump allegorical satire.
IT’S NYCC COSPLAY GALLERY TIME! Due to our costume choices, the second part of the gallery is “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and “The Legend of Korra” themed and the final section is all about “Supernatural”. You have been pre-warned!
P.S. Not everyone at conventions wearing trench-coats are the 10th Doctor. Some of us are Castiel. Or Colombo. Or once (hypothetically) McGruff the Crime Dog. Take a bite out of crime!
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret (via Goodreads)
We’ve seen, read and occasionally reviewed our fair share of mash ups here on Bibliomantics, but we have yet to come across one as weird as Pride and Platypus. Especially when we thought the mash up literary trend was over. In this novel, every man in Regency-era England turn into wild animals at the full moon because of a curse? Because they’re too repressed? To be honest, we really don’t understand, we just wanted to share the ridiculousness that is Mr. Darcy the Platypus.
A very Happy Hobbit Day to you and yours! Due to the nature of the holiday, we highly recommend you read this post outside, shoeless with a good meal. In other words, do as the Hobbits do and eat, drink, and be Merry (and Pippin).
That being said, welcome to our first but certainly not last volume of Around the Interwebs! Once a week we will share all the book related news, releases and hilarity we find on the internet. Parody videos, memes, product links- as long as it’s literary it’s fair game! To see links we find in real time, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook!
Top Ten Hobbit References in Popular Culture (via Quirk Books)
Slightly shameless self-promotion time! Our very own Cassie-la wrote a top ten list for one of our favorite publishers Quirk Books detailing Hobbit references in pop culture. It even made it onto Book Riot’s List List! From cartoons to television shows and musicals, this list covers all pantheons of popular culture to get you in the Hobbit Day spirit. Our personal favorite is the above video from the cult television show “Flight of the Conchords” starring LotR actor Bret McKenzie, AKA Figwit.
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Genre: Paranormal mystery with a healthy dose of snark
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: Harry Dresden is dead. After fighting innumerable monsters, angry spirits, wicked fairies, and everything else in between, our favorite wizard detective was taken out by a mere bullet. But if ever there was a soul with unfinished business, it’s Harry Dresden. He makes the choice to return to earth in spirit form to find the identity of his killer. What he finds instead is a Chicago in disarray, with the friends he left behind doing their best to protect the city’s innocent from the new evil forces trying to take over. Harry wants to jump right in and save the day (of course) but learns it’s not easy living in a material world when you’re not a material
girl wizard. Even in death, Harry cannot find any peace.
I was wondering how Jim Butcher would follow up Changes - and if you haven’t read that one, it’s aptly titled. It’s a balls to the wall action story, including the obliteration of an entire evil species at Harry’s hands. If you didn’t guess from my summary, the cover, and the title, then look away NOW. Because Harry is freaking shot to death at the end of Changes.
One thought cycled through my mind when I closed the book: THA FUUUCK?
And then: Well played, Jim Butcher, well played.
Because I was ITCHING to get my hands on Ghost Story. It does not disappoint.
After Lit Day, LeakyCon officially began with its opening ceremonies. We originally weren’t planning to go because we wanted to book it to the park, however thank Wizard God we did because it was chock full of some amazing performances. The Potter Puppet Pals performed a short skit (our first time seeing them LIVE. We’ve been quoting that shit since high school. It was surreal!), Hank Green sang “Accio Deathly Hallows,” StarKid performed “Granger Danger,” and Harry and the Potters finished off with “The Weapon.” The entire ballroom was decked out castle style with suits of armor, house banners, torches, and even an “enchanted” ceiling.
When the event ended people walked or hopped on the ferry for an after-hours event at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (BRILLIANTLY named “Open at the Close”). The best part was when they kicked all the muggles out when the park closed, and 1,000 con attendees g0t to enjoy the park until 1:30AM.
In preparation for LeakyCon 2011 (have we mentioned yet how it’s almost LeakyCon and all the Bibliomantics will be in attendance as hipster wizards? Oh wait, we have)… Anyway, in preparation for LeakyCon I have been re-reading one Harry Potter book a month since December. I have also been doing other things in preparation for LeakyCon, such as reading all of Cassandra Clare’s novels, reading the Hunger Games series, watching “Avatar: the Last Airbender”, not watching “Supernatural”, prepping my costume, printing Bibliomantics business cards, and getting a Dark Mark tattoo. Thankfully this post will merely be about re-reading Harry Potter and a little bit of ranting on how much I love Snape and Lily.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t finished Harry Potter yet, it turns out Harry Potter was a ghost the whole time.
I originally started Harry Potter in Middle School on a recommendation from our librarian and finished the series when it came out in 2007 (see ridiculous picture of the Bibliomantics- from left Kelly, myself, Stephanie, and our friend David who we shall pretend is Cassie-wa). We went to the midnight release party for The Deathly Hallows (along with the prior two releases) and were pretty much way too old to be there. I read Deathly Hallows at work the next day with my co-worker Super Tom who was a much faster reader and very vocal the whole time- I was perpetually worried that Kreacher was going to die! It was a very emotional finale. My happiness at Dobby’s death pretty much overshadowed the death of everyone else with the exception of Fred. But I never liked Tonks much anyway.
You Ain’t Cool Unless You Wear Turtlenecks With Suit Coats: Cassie-la Groans Through “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”10 Jun
Book: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Genre: Fiction, magic, wizards, children, not everything should be made into a movie
Rating: 2.1 out of 5 stars (movie)
Summary: In the sixth installment of the confusingly popular Harry Potter series Harry and Ginny experience awkward sexual tension, Dumbledore kind of teaches us about horcruxes, everyone forgets that the invisibility cloak exists, the audience assumes there are only 4 Weasley children, and Jim Broadbent rethinks his acting career.
Until recently the last Harry Potter movie I saw was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and that was in 2006, when Harry and Ron had matching John Edwards hair (being that it was the hair of a pony). This was until last month, when ABC Family was running a Harry Potter marathon in which I caught 2/3 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Having just re-read the novel I couldn’t help but notice that whoever wrote the script had a drunken comedian tell them the plot of the novel before scripting it (a la Drunk History). It was so awful (although the hair was slightly better and less pony-esque) and contained such unnecessary CGI that I knew after re-reading the sixth book I would have to watch the film. It also gave me an excuse to giggle over Alan Rickman, which you really never need an excuse for.
The movie opens in the same confusing way that the fifth one closed, with Death Eaters turning into black mist and flying around London. In the wizarding (quiet auto correct that is too a word!) world there are a lot of ways one can get from place to place: apparating, floo powder, broomsticks, the Knight Bus, portkeys, the Hogwarts Express, various bewitched Muggle objects, etc. None of these however involve turning to black mist and flying around like a disintegrating Superman. It makes no sense. If Chewbacca lives on Endor you must acquit.