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Book Spotlight: Dylan On Dylan: Interviews and Encounters
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Dylan on Dylan
Interviews and Encounters – Bob Dylan
Musicians in Their Own Words Series

Hardcover | Kindle
Edited by Jeff Burger
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release Date: May 1, 2018

The book title gives away the content. Dylan on Dylan: Interviews and Encounters (Musicians in Their Own Words) compiles a primary source view (with some secondary sources of the interviewer’s feelings about the experience) of the mystery folk man who really is a reluctant symbol of a revolution.

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Book Spotlight: The Massacre Of Mankind: Sequel To The War Of The Worlds
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The Massacre of Mankind
Sequel to The War of the Worlds
Authorized by the H.G. Wells Estate
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Broadway Books | Crown Publishing
Release date: August 22, 2017
Paperback release date: August 14, 2018

Last year saw the U.S. release of the novel The Massacre of Mankind, a sequel to the classic War of the Worlds that was authorized by the H.G. Wells estate. This week, the paperback edition of the book was released by Broadway Books, so now’s your chance to check it out if you haven’t already.

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Book Spotlight: The Snail On The Slope By Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
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The Snail on the Slope
Rediscovered Classics
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
Afterword by Boris Strugatsky
Translated by Olena Bormashenko
Chicago Review Press
Release Date: August 1, 2018

Chicago Review Press has just released a new edition of The Snail on the Slope, written in 1968 by Russian authors Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, and first published in the United States in 1980.

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Book Spotlight: The Gift Of Dark Hollow (Longburrow #2)
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The Gift Of Dark Hollow
Longburrow Book #2
Hardcover | Kindle
Sequel to Podkin One-Ear: Longburrow Book 1
By Kieran Larwood
Illustrated by David Wyatt
Publisher: Clarion House | HMH Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Podkin, Pook, and Paz survived the battle against the Gorm, and are now seemingly safe in Dark Hollow, a hidden warren. Curiosity, boredom, and a feeling of uselessness get the better of Podkin, and he stumbles upon another magical gift, one that can help them defeat the Gorm instead of hiding from them. Such is the opening premise of The Gift Of Dark Hollow, the second book in the Longburrow series by Kieran Larwood.

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Book Spotlight: Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather By Cornelia Funke
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The Griffin’s Feather
Dragon Rider Book #2
Hardcover | Kindle
Sequel to Dragon Rider Book 1
Written & illustrated by Cornelia Funke
English translation by Anthea Bell
Publisher: Chicken House | Scholastic
Release Date: July 31, 2018

With the imminent threat of human invasion, the silver dragons must relocate to a safe haven in Cornelia Funke‘s children’s fantasy novel Dragon Rider, originally released in the U.S. in 2004 by Scholastic’s Chicken House. In this first novel in the series, reissued by the publisher this year, one young brave dragon named Firedrake teams up with Ben, a lonely young boy, on a fantastical journey to find a mythical safe haven for the dragons that’s threatened by an evil dragon hunter.

Now, the German author, best known for her best-selling Inkheart series, reunites Firedrake and Ben for a new adventure in The Griffin’s Feather. This time around, the boy and his dragon volunteer for a mission to Norway and beyond to help three orphaned Pegasus foals who need a griffin’s feather to stay alive. Unfortunately, a griffin’s feather is not too easy to come by — and going after one is a dangerous feat.

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Book Spotlight: Hooked On Hollywood By Leonard Maltin
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Hooked on Hollywood
Discoveries from a Lifetime of Film Fandom
Paperback | Kindle
Written by Leonard Maltin
Publisher: Paladin Communications
Release date: July 2, 2018

One of America’s most famous film critics, Leonard Maltin, is an expert on the evolution of film, the grit and the glory, the ugly and the oh-so-beautiful. He has gotten to interview some of the most famous people in the world, and gotten them to open up in compelling ways. Not everyone can live and love their career, but Maltin has done so with his newest effort, and he draws you in along with him.

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Book Spotlight: The Quotable Negan By Robert Kirkman
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The Quotable Negan
Warped Witticisms and Obscene Observations from The Walking Dead’s Most Iconic Villain
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Robert Kirkman
Publisher: Skybound Books
Release date: July 3, 2018

On AMC’s The Walking Dead, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is my favorite character. I know, I know… he killed Glenn and Abraham (also 2 of my faves), but it is not his murder streak that makes me love him. It’s his goddamn witty sayings that accompany his actions. It’s his way of finding the humor in everything, even when surrounded by a horde of hungry zombies, or handing out death like a deck of cards. I just about ate up Skybound’s little book about TWD‘s big man.

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Book Spotlight: Everyday Scenes From A Parallel World
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Beautiful Scenes From a Fantasy World
Background Illustrations and Scenes from Anime and Manga Works
Paperback
Edited by PIE International
Publisher: PIE International; Bilingual edition
Release date: February 1, 2018

Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World: Background Illustrations and Scenes from Anime and Manga Works from PIE International is a collection of art that displays ordinary life in extraordinary beauty. Works from 39 artists capture the eye and heart. It is no wonder that manga and anime are so popular all over the world.

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Book Spotlight: Beautiful Scenes From A Fantasy World
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Beautiful Scenes From a Fantasy World
Background Illustrations and Scenes from Anime and Manga Works
Paperback
Edited by PIE International
Publisher: PIE International; Bilingual edition
Release date: May 1, 2018

I had the pleasure of running into Smith Publicity, representing PIE International, Inc, a Japanese publisher known for their gorgeous art and design books, at Book Con earlier this month. One of the dazzling titles that caught my eye was Beautiful Scenes From a Fantasy World: Background Illustrations and Scenes from Anime and Manga Works. The cover alone is magical, with gorgeous color amidst a magical scene of caring (look closely). This book displays beautiful fantasy world art, each that tells its own story.

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Book Spotlight: Princesses Behaving Badly
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Princesses Behaving Badly
Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
Quirk Books
Hardcover Release Date: November 19, 2013
Trade Paperback Release Date: March 6, 2018

Contrary to the popular Disney belief, all princesses do not determinedly sing their troubles away, either the old-fashioned way of waiting for the prince or the new-fashioned way of saving themselves with a perfectly happy ending. Real princesses are fearless (or feared) leaders, fierce warriors, or women who just don’t give a damn what anyone thinks about them. And many of their stories do not end happily ever after. And thanks to Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History Without The Fairy-Tale Endings, we can learn more about these royal leaders.

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