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Book Review: The Bones Of The Earth: A Bound Gods Novel By Rachel Dunne
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The Bones Of The Earth
A Bound Gods Novel (Book 2)
Paperback | Kindle
By Rachel Dunne
Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 27, 2017

It’s been almost exactly a year since I wrote a review extolling the virtues of Rachel Dunne‘s debut novel In The Shadow Of The Gods. I heaped praise upon it for the beautiful setting and extensive world building that she had created. It is therefore safe to assume that I was not at all hesitant to dive into the sequel so as to write a review prior to the release. Unfortunately, my expectations were set too high it seems. The Bones Of The Earth was not at all what I expected.

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Book Spotlight: The Prey Of Gods By Nicky Drayden
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The Prey of Gods
Paperback | Kindle
By Nicky Drayden
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 13, 2017

Bringing a passion unlike many in the field of science fiction, Nicky Drayden makes her debut with an explosive start in The Prey of Gods. There is a sense of world building more common to high fantasy than sci-fi in her expert weaving of this tale. And I have to say that I only barely read any of it. As a matter of fact, I read a mere three chapters and decided that I have to own this book.

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Book Review: Storied Bars Of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go To Drink By Delia Cabe
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Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Delia Cabe
The Countryman Press
Release Date: June 6th, 2017

Where did Dylan Thomas drink during the last day of his life?

What bar has seen the likes of Willa Cather, Allen Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas, and Jack Kerouac all within its walls (though not at the same time)?

Where can you get a “Serpent’s Nectar?”

New York City has always been a hub in the artistic world. Writers, artists, dancers, and actors congregate to “the city that never sleeps” as one of the cultural centers of the world. What Storied Bars of New York: Where Literary Luminaries Go to Drink by Delia Cabe has gifted us with is part historical / part tour guide where readers and writers can immerse themselves in the places where words went to grow, both inside the book and inside the bars.

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Book Con 2017 Panel: ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ Author Jeff Kinney
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Book Con 2017 Jeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This past weekend, the Javits Center in New York City hosted Book Con 2017. The event filled the same building and rooms and followed a similar structure to the more sprawling NYC Comic Con, which invades in October. Book Con came on the heels of Book Expo, a 3 day event that featured guest appearances by Hillary Clinton, Stephen King, astronaut Scott Kelly and others. Book Con featured countless authors, exhibitors, and publishers as well as guests such as Kevin Hart, Jeffrey Tambor and Bill Nye the Science Guy. One person I was extremely excited about was Jeff Kinney. See, I have a 13-year old son, and he has been obsessed with the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books for years. We have all 11 titles in the series including the extra “movie journals,” and we own the movies on DVD. So when I saw the Kinney was having a panel discussion about his upcoming 12th DoaWK book, The Getaway, I was there.

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Book Expo 2017: Scholastic Press Spotlight
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Book Expo

Book Expo descended on NYC Thursday and Friday, and it was a reader’s dream. The prelude to Book Con (Saturday and Sunday), Book Expo was like having a Jacob Javitz Center sized library organized by publisher, where free books are literally thrown at you. And not only that, many of the books have not been released yet, and the authors are just hanging out ready to talk.

One of the many many publishers was Scholastic which handed out books like candy in “read-topia.” There are many lovely tomes headed our way from this kid-centric press (young adult too!) this fall.

Check them out below.

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Book Spotlight: He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium HC
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He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium HC
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Val Staples, Josh de Lioncourt, James Eatock, Danielle Gelehrter
Dark Horse Books
Release Date: May 10, 2017

Whatever you think you know about He-man, She-Ra, and the rest is nothing in comparison to the knowledge this book holds. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: A Character Guide and World Compendium is not just another hardcover nostalgic release. No, friends, it is a comprehensive encyclopedia of literally everything from Eternia and even quite a bit more!

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‘Lovecraft Country’: Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams Team For HBO Horror Anthology Series
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Lovecraft Country

It’s been announced that Key & Peele star and Get Out director Jordan Peele and his Monkeypaw Productions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek director J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions, and Warner Bros. Television are joining forces for an HBO horror anthology series titled Lovecraft Country.

The one-hour supernatural drama series is based on the novel of the same name by author Matt Ruff, and HBO has already given the project a straight-to-series order.

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Netflix Developing Series Based On ‘The Witcher’
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Netflix has announced that they are developing The Witcher, a new series based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski‘s fantasy books and stories.

The stories were previously turned into the hit video game series of the same name by developer CD Projekt RED, consisting of 2007’s The Witcher, 2011’s The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings, and 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: Sweet Dreams Cthulhu By Jason Ciaramella
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Sweet Dreams Cthulhu

I was introduced to Cthulhu back in the early to mid 90s when a friend in junior high turned me onto Metallica, and soon I heard their amazing instrumental “Call of Ktulu” on their Ride the Lightning album. I was big into reading lyrics back then, and when I got to Metallica’s next album, Master of Puppets and I heard The Thing That Should Not Be, a section of the lyrics stuck with me. Years later in college I took a Horror Films and Fiction class and read H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, Call of Cthulhu and suddenly it all came together. My borderline obsession with Lovecraftian horror and Cthulhu has spilled over to me young daughter. A few years ago I picked up a copy of C is for Cthulhu at New York Comic Con, and the rest was history.

Now the creators of that book, Jason Ciaramella and Greg Murphy, are back with the follow-up, Sweet Dreams Cthulhu, which they are raising for on Kickstarter.

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Book Review: Guardians Of The Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History
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Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History
Hardcover
Written by Mark Sumerak
Publisher: Insight Editions Insight Editions
Release Date: April 4, 2017

With this week seeing the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters, it seems prudent that I throw a little love towards the franchise by presenting to you Guardians of the Galaxy: Creating Marvel’s Spacefaring Super Heroes: The Complete Comics History.

With almost fifty years of history to draw from this oversized, nay…massive tome explores the various incarnations of the rag-tag universe-saving group of misfits that seem to have finally gotten the love and respect they’ve deserved for decades.

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