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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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Book Spotlight: Tor Minis, New Small-Format Hardcover Editions
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Tor Minis From the Two Rivers

Tor Minis
Miniature Hardcover Series
Six Months, Three Days, Five Others by Charlie Jane Anders
Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
From the Two Rivers by Robert Jordan
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Wild Cards I: Volume One edited by George R. R. Martin
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: October 17, 2017

Nothing says Happy Holidays at my house like receiving books as a gift. In this same spirit, Tor Books has seen fit to create smaller format editions of some great science fiction and fantasy stories.

I am going to give you a quick run down of the six books already available in the Tor Minis series. Hang on tight, there is a lot to take in!

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Book Spotlight: The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia
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The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia
Paperback | Kindle
By Steven Jay Rubin
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Release date: November 1, 2017

The definitive compendium on the storied CBS program, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia leaves no stone un-turned. Jam packed with trivia, history, rare photos, actor bios, and rundowns on all the countless people behind the scenes, spearheaded by Rod Serling, this is a must-own book for anyone who loved the show and in a way, a primer for how books of this type should be made.

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Book Spotlight: Monday Starts On Saturday by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
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Monday Starts On Saturday
Paperback | Kindle | Audio CD
Written by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
Afterword by Boris Strugatsky
Translated by Andrew Bromfield
Chicago Review Press
Release Date: October 1st, 2017

Everything is inside out and topsy-turvy when Sasha gets a job offer from some strange hitchhiking strangers he picks up in Russia. Although disbelieving of the magical nature of this offer, he is intrigued enough to follow them into the Institute. What follows is an adventure of silly proportions, where the ridiculous is commonplace and the commonplace is crazy.

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