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Book Review: Cinemaps: An Atlas Of 35 Great Movies
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Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies
Hardcover | Kindle
By Andrew DeGraff (Illustrations), A.D. Jameson (Essays)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: October 24, 2017

In the Introduction to his new book Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies, illustrator Andrew DeGraff (Plotted: A Literary Atlas) accurately describes how the children of the baby boomers grew up repeatedly watching films in the 70s and 80s, dissecting every second, learning dialogue, and analyzing all aspects. That’s a spot-on assessment of that generation, known as Generation X — of which I am one, as is DeGraff. Our generation grew up obsessed with movies at a time when there was no such thing as the Internet and Netflix where films are readily available at the touch of a button, so we really clung on to whatever we could access. That’s why an offering like Cinemaps, which visually delves into the minute details of all our favorite films, is such a treasure.

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Book Spotlight: William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars
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William Shakespeare's The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh

William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Series Book 7
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
Written by Ian Doescher
Illustrations by Nicolas Delort
Inspired by George Lucas, William Shakespeare
Quirk Books
Release Date: October 3, 2017

Oh, Quirk Books, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. A seventh film necessitates a seventh adaptation in the vein of all things theatrical. I present to you, dearest reader, William Shakespeare’s The Force Doth Awaken: Star Wars Part the Seventh! Follow the tale of Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron whilst they struggle against the darkest of dark, the First Order. The tale is old to many, but the cycle begins anew as we begin a new trilogy of storytelling that explores the loss of heroes and the search for knowledge. Comedy and tragedy both play their parts in this play adapted by Ian Doescher, tugging upon both our hearts and emotions alike.

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Book Review: Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
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Paperbacks From Hell
The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction
Paperback | Kindle
By Grady Hendrix
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: September 19, 2017

By the time I was 12, I had exhausted the entire catalogue of Nancy Drew mysteries, Judy Blume’s tales of adolescence, Tolkien’s Middle-earth, C.S. Lewis’s world of Narnia, and much more at my local library and had moved on to Stephen King horror novels and was on the lookout for more of the same. This was back in the 80s, aka pre-Internet, so I had to do a lot of judging books by their covers to figure out what my next selection would be. Thankfully, there were a lot of seriously eye-catching covers in horror fiction back then, and Paperbacks From Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction, a new offering from Quirk Books, is shining a spotlight on those long-forgotten gems.

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Book Review: Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery By Fred Van Lente
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Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
By Fred Van Lente
Quirk Books
Release date: July 11, 2017

Nine comedians of varying levels of talent and success are summoned by the great Dustin Walker, legendary improv master and star of the “Help! I Married a Cat” franchise. None can resist for both personal and professional reasons, and when his comic intern reaches out with the invite, they all come to his island where they discover isolation and death, and a video message from their host, accusing them of crimes against comedy. Soon, they begin to get killed off one by one, and still cannot stop the jokes as they rush to find the killer or their own demise.

More below on Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente.

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Book Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood Of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History
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The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History
Hardcover | Kindle
By Hope Nicholson
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: May 2, 2017

Well, it is about time. I am oh so happy to see a book that chronicles the amazing female comic characters that readers have loved for decades.

You might have noticed that there have been several comic hero chronicles of late; I have reviewed a couple of them already. There was one that detailed the Regrettable Superheroes and another that explored the just as Regrettable Super Villains. In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters From Comic Book History it’s all about the ladies who have influenced comics throughout history.

So join me as we dig into what’s going on in this jewel of a book.

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Book Spotlight: Library Of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Book 3)
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Library of Souls
The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Ransom Riggs
Quirk Books
Original Release Date: September 22, 2015
Paperback Release Date: April 11, 2017

The end of Hollow City, the 2nd book, left our peculiar children (well teenagers), Jacob and Emma, on the brink of death. Jacob, in particular, had a hollow tentacle wrapped around his neck. A calm soon surrounded him and he was able to say a command in hollow-tongue, which was immediately obeyed. The moment Jacob realizes that his gift is not just to sense or see hollows, but to control them, is where Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs begins.

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Book Review: The Legion Of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals From Comic Book History
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The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains
Hardback | Kindle
By Jon Morris
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: March 28, 2017

Every hero must have an adversary, you know this to be true. What would Batman be without the Joker? Or Spider-Man without the Green Goblin? Boring, that is what they would be!

A couple of years ago I was able to review a book that examined some of history’s less notable heroes, the link can be found here. This time, however, I am able to delve into the world of their enemies! I present to you The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals from Comic Book History!

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Book Review: Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
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Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: April 4, 2017

There’s been plenty of takes over the years on the Cinderella fairy tale of an orphaned girl who is made to be the house servant to her cruel stepmother and mean stepsisters who’s life takes a miraculous turn after a trip to the ball. But Geekerella is the first time Cinderella’s story centers on science fiction fandom and a cosplay ball.

In Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale, the debut novel by Ashley Poston, teenager Danielle “Elle” Wittimer is obsessed with Starfield, the classic science fiction television series she grew up watching with her dad. Ever since her father passed away when she was 8, she’s been relegated to a tiny room, excluded from all activities and family fun, and made to do all the housework for her stepfamily — her socialite stepmother Catherine and obnoxious twin stepsisters Chloe and Calliope, all of whom disregard and disrespect her.

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‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ Author Pens A ‘Rogue One’ Sonnet
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This past weekend saw the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the standalone story about the group of rebels who stole the plans to the Death Star, which directly leads to the events of the original film, 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.

For this occasion, Ian Doescher, author of Quirk Books’ line of Shakespearianized Star Wars novels, has written a Shakespearean sonnet titled “Rogue In Vogue” inspired by the new film.

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Book Review: Wonder Women By Sam Maggs
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Wonder Women
25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Sam Maggs
Illustrated by Sophia Foster-Dimino
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016

This is definitely the age of the woman. We are so close to having a woman president for the FIRST time! Of course, it’s long overdue. It’s also Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary. So it is appropriate that Quirk Books have released this “wonder” of a book called Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs.

Although it says 25 women, there are so many more women in here than that, including some Q&As with some incredible females. Without these gender rule-breaking phenomenons, women would not be doctors (thank you Blackwell sisters in the 19th century!), we would not have paper bags (thank you Margaret Knight!), and the feeding tube would be fiction (thank you Bessie Blount Griffin!). And there’s so much more. You think of how hard women have it now, fighting stereotypes in this man’s world to this day, and you just marvel at the success through the struggle during less enlightened times.

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