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.
Harry Potter Pumpkin Cheesecake Pasties (via Bakingdom)
It’s fall! Which means pumpkin food and beverages, changing leaves and plenty of excuses to dress up in costume. Is it any wonder we love fall? Darla (not the vampire one) over on Bakingdom always gives us gorgeous food to drool over, this time with a literary spin as she shares a recipe for Harry Potter inspired pumpkin cheesecake pasties. Yum yum! Our only question: when are they going to invent technology to allow you to eat things you find on the internet?
The Avengers, The Hunger Games, and “Sherlock” Tim Burton Style (via The Mary Sue)
Best crossover of all time or best crossover of all time? Anything Tim Burton equals immediate love in our book, especially when you take pre-existing fandoms and add a Burtonesque spin to them. Created by artist La-Chapeliere-Folle, all her sketches (including the ones mentioned but not pictured) can be viewed in her DeviantArt gallery. We’re especially in love with Katniss’ Girl on Fire dress and the creepy new take on the Hulk. Wipe that smile off your face Captain America, you’re a Burton character now!
J.K. Rowling: “You don’t have sex near unicorns.” (via Entertainment Weekly)
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (the prime news source for all things ridiculous), J.K. Rowling discussed her new adult novel The Casual Vacancy and the most important rule of fantasy. That rule: No sex near unicorns! “The thing about fantasy — there are certain things you just don’t do in fantasy. You don’t have sex near unicorns. It’s an ironclad rule. It’s tacky,” Rowling told EW. In other news: EW also reports that Rowling might write a HP Director’s Cut. Heavy emphasis on might.
New and Notable Book Releases! (via FictFact)
1. Dearly, Beloved (Gone With the Respiration #2) by Lia Habel, a steampunk neo-Victorian zombie romance young adult novel with a whole lotta heart.
2. Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles #1) by Gena Showalter, follows zombie slaying Alice Bell as she vows to take down every member of the undead.
3. Under Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles Book II by Colin Meloy, a new age folktale with a focus on talking animals from the Decemberists’ front man.
4. Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman, Quirk Books first foray into children’s literature is Cthulhu for kiddies!
First Look at Tauriel: AKA That Female Elf Who Gives Orlando Bloom an Excuse to be in The Hobbit (via Topless Robot)
Tired of photos of Dwarves, even if one of them is incredibly attractive- we’re looking at you Aidan Turner! Well here’s the first look at Elf/Legolas’ love interest Tauriel. With Peter Jackson turning the shortest book in Tolkien’s arsenal into not one but THREE movies means he had to add in 50% more plot, hence the inclusion of a love story featuring Evangeline Lilly, repeated appearances of Galadriel, and Elbereth only knows what else. Should we be concerned IMDB listed her as fourth on the cast list?
Patrick Stewart Returning For ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ and Other X-Men Franchise News (via ScreenRant)
With the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel The Wolverine in full swing, the internet is not short on X-Men related news. So here’s some more! With Bryan Singer (finally) back for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Patrick Stewart confirmed at Montreal Comic-Con that he will return to the role of Professor Xavier, even though his character’s consciousness is in the body of another person. AKA The Last Stand and Origins: Wolverine ruined any semblance of continuity. But don’t worry, that might be fixed through time travel in X-Men: First Class 2. True story.
George R.R. Martin Discusses “Game of Thrones” Season Three (via MTV)
Jaime Lannister wants no part of your shenanigans! With “GoT” returning March 31, 2013 to cover half of A Storm of Swords we are salivating for any news trickling in that might top the inclusion of “Misfits” star Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow. In the interview, GRRM promises to leave the country after a specific episode airs (hint: it goes by the moniker R.W.) and is currently busy writing Winds of Winter and The Worlds of Ice and Fire, an illustrated companion book he says contains “history and legends of Westeros and all the past kings”. Just finish the series before you die please!