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Entirely Fascniated By Wonder Woman’s Secret History

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Because I have a very busy weekend ahead of me, I decided to stay in yesterday and get some stuff done around the house and generally relax. I’ll be running 3 races during the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in Anaheim, CA this weekend so I opted for a night in last night. I managed to finish reading a fascinating book about the creation of Wonder Woman and I’m happy to share that it is a book that I would heartily recommend to anyone. I had a very loose understanding of WW‘s origins and an even looser understanding of her creator Charles Moulton (real name William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector) but now that I’ve read The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lapore, I have an excellent understanding of the people who created and inspired the character and a better appreciation for what the character represents. More »

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Here Is Your First Look At The Illustrated ‘Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone’

Coming in October

Back in 2010, we first learned that the entire Harry Potter book series was being republished in a new full-color illustrated series of books. Today we get our first look at some of the artwork that is featured in the first book of the illustrated series of books. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone here in the US) will be released in October and the artwork and sketches included in the gallery presented here will be featured in this new book. The artwork was created by Jim Kay and as you can see, the illustrations are warm, charming and very fitting of the Harry Potter mythos. While I’m certain that many (if not all of you) already own the Harry Potter book series, I have a feeling that many (if not all of you) are planning to procure copies of this new illustrated version of the books as they are released annually. Am I right?

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Mark Z. Danielewski Releases The Cover Of His New Book ‘The Familiar’

The 'House of Leaves' author is back with a planned 27 vol. story

Mark Z. Danielewski, one of my all-time favorite contemporary authors, has released the cover of volume one of his new book The Familiar that will reportedly be released in 27 volumes. Those of you familiar with MZD‘s work (House of Leaves, Only Revolutions and The Fifty Year Sword) know that his writing style is unconventional and always very different from one book project to the next. The multi-volume project The Familiar has been in the works for many years now and we are very close to the official release of volume 1 in May. Click below to see the cover of this book and learn more about MZD‘s new book(s). More »

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On The Road With ‘A Million Miles’

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Plans to hang out with friends last night had to be cancelled because of a splitting headache that drove me crazy so instead of suffering in the presence of others, I decided to suffer at home all by myself. The night wasn’t a complete wash, tho. I managed to finish reading one book and I started another so that actually helped me feel a bit better. Our PITNB intern Iris introduced me to GoodReads so I spent some time playing around with the site yesterday and, well, it looks like my attempt at reading more in 2015 is going to be aided muchly by Iris’s kind suggestion. More »

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Catching Up With An Old Friend

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Last night I made my way out to Book Soup in West Hollywood to catch up with an old friend … who just so happened to be hosting a book reading and booksigning on her birthday. Actress/author Amber Benson and I go back a few years but it has been a long time since we’ve been able to hang out. We keep in touch via social media but I’m embarrassed to say that it’s been years since we’ve seen one another (I might have been blonde the last time I saw her). When I found out that she was doing a booksigning, I knew I had to head out to see and support her … which I did last night. More »

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Hitting The Books

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Because I’ve been putting off my reading list for far too long, I decided to spent part of my night in doing a bit of much-overdue reading last night. I’ve been so preoccupied with pretty much everything else going on that I’ve really neglected the books that have been piling up on my nightstand. And because I tend to only read in spurts, I figured now would be a good time to capitalize on my rekindled interest. Of the books that I’d like to get read in the next few weeks, I decided to start with A Million Miles by Amy Fleisher Madden. More »

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J.K. Rowling Shares A Draco Malfoy Story On Pottermore

"Draco’s feelings for Harry were always based ... on envy."

Last week, Harry Potter author JK Rowling released the first of 12 surprises from the Potter book series that she plans to release over the 12 days leading up to Xmas. Thus far, the surprises have been little more than small informative blurbs about lesser known characters and various places in the world of Harry Potter. Today, finally, JK brought the goods. The surprise available today is all about the Draco Malfoy character. By solving today’s riddle on the Pottermore website, readers are treated to a lot of illuminating information about the Draco character … something fans have been waiting for since this 12 days of Xmas thing was first announced. Read excerpts of today’s surprise below. More »

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Judy Blume Is Releasing A Book For Adults In June 2015

'In The Unlikely Event'

Beloved young adult author, responsible for some of the most important books of our childhood/teenage years, is coming back to us with a book written for adults set to be released next summer. Judy Blume, THE Judy Blume, has written a new novel titled In The Unlikely Event for we adults — her first in 15 years. Today we get to see the cover art for Blume‘s new book and we get to learn a bit about the plot details. Are you there, readers? It’s me Trent … passing along some really great book news!! More »

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J.K. Rowling Has Released The First Of 12 ‘Harry Potter’ Xmas Writings On Pottermore

It's not exactly a story

Earlier this month the world was THRILLED to learn that JK Rowling was planning to release 12 Harry Potter short stories for each of the 12 days leading up to Xmas. Later, it was clarified that Rowling is NOT planning to release stories, per se, but is actually planning to release 12 “surprises” that relate to the world of Harry Potter (which means the surprises can be anything from outtake plot details from the various Harry Potter books, previously unreleased biographical information of the various characters, etc.). Today, Rowling has unveiled the first of her 12 Harry Potter surprises on the Pottermore site which you can read in full … after you figure out the riddle below. More »

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Toni Morrisson Is Releasing A New Novel In 2015

'God Help The Child'

Toni Morrison, one of the greatest living authors of our time, is readying the release of a new novel that is scheduled to hit stores in April of next year. The Nobel Prize-winning author will release her 11th novel, titled God Help the Child, on April 30, 2015. Sadly I cannot say that I have read all of Morrison‘s books but I have read enough of them to know that she is a veritable treasure. Click below to learn more details about God Help the Child and get excited, y’all!! A new Toni Morrison book is cause for great celebration. More »

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