As heads is tails, just call me Wheel of Time Reread!
Today’s entry is a special edition of the Reread, in which we pause in our regularly-scheduled coverage of A Memory of Light to peruse a DVD extra, so to speak. OOOOHHHH. That’s right, we’re covering “River of Souls.”
Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.
Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!
And now, the post!
[Pleased to meet you/ Hope you guessed my name]
Welcome to the YA Roundup, keeping you in the know with the latest YA news, book deals, releases and cover reveals!
This week covers authors who dress up as their favorite children’s book characters (spoiler: it’s awesome), an 8th grader’s poem that blows everyone’s mind, Archie Comics meets Girls, and more Harry Potter stuff in case you’re still into that sorta thing.
Just had to get that off my chest; if I get one more email or DM or FB message chastising me sorrowfully about this my brain will burst.
If you're reading a Kindle version of Hild, the file automatically opens at the beginning of the narrative, so you don't see that there's a map, a family tree, a glossary, a historical note, and a pronunciation guide. If you don't think of looking, or if you simply don't know how (you really should learn) then feel free to download the handy PDFs of the extras I've assembled here. (In order to demonstrate my intimate understanding of human laziness, I haven't bothered to create an internal link; you'll just have to--gasp!--scroll down to More Information.)
Ok, I admit, I’ve been waiting for this ever since the first season, when Once Upon a Time dropped various hints that the Enchanted Forest was someplace near Oz—a green door to another world, hints of flying monkeys. So when ABC announced that Oz would be making an appearance, or at least sorta making an appearance in the final half of the season, I got all excited and started watching the show again.
Which may have been a mistake (SPOILER: I was not fond of the first half of the third season). But I was ready to tune in again. Which may also have been a mistake. We shall see. And since I tuned in specifically for Oz, full warning, I’m mostly only focusing on the Oz stuff. With that out of the way:
[They’ll get you, my spoilers, they will! And your little dog too! Not that the episode actually had a dog.]
Out today from Small Beer Press, Eileen Gunn’s Questionable Practices collects sixteen of the Nebula Award-winning author’s short stories (and one lonely poem). Strange, vivid, and darkly funny, these stories cover everything from steampunk to golems to the weirdness of corporate culture, all with Gunn’s signature touches and inimitable voice.
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Neil Gaiman is a badger now. We hate to say “I told you so” but...
Actually, Badger Gaiman over there is part of a photographic exhibition titled “26 Characters” put together by Cambridge Jones for The Story Museum in Oxford, UK. According to the museum:
Many of Britain’s best loved writers and storytellers have transformed themselves into the characters they most loved as children in our exciting new, interactive photographic exhibition.
Gaiman chose Badger from
Wind in the Willows: After Dark The Wind in the Willows for “his own reasons,” but he’s not the only author pitching in! Terry Pratchett features as Just William, while Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman appears as a fantastic Wicked Witch of the West. You can check out a full list of the authors, as well as ticket info and visiting hours for the museum, at this link. We want to go! But then again, we are giant children.
Deservedly cleaning up at the Academy Awards and elsewhere, Gravity is a correctly praised film. Its compelling heart-pounding narrative drive is as relentless as the tone of the film is comfortingly sweet. If you haven’t seen it, you should, and in IMAX 3D and nowhere else. I loved the movie a lot and get pissed by those who dismiss it and/or snub its real-life inspirations.
And yet. I can’t help but feel that this is not Cuarón’s best film, in an all-around-kind of way. If Gravity is some kind of enraged dementor hovering in to deliver the death kiss, then my patronus here is definitely Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. Or as I like to call it: a more watchable, better written, more complex and multi-layered film than Gravity in (almost!) every single way.
“Nothing to Fear” is an episode inspired by The Rule of Three, the opening novel in Eric Walter’s trilogy of the same name about the terrifying challenges faced by an ordinary suburban kid, his family, and his neighbors, in the first days and weeks and months after a viral catastrophe causes the world to go dark. Sixteen-year-old Adam Daley is taking his girlfriend, Lori, on a picnic in his homemade ultralight aircraft—one of the few computer-free machines that still works. He wants to celebrate a surprise anniversary only he knows about (the first time he saw her at a junior high basketball game). But soon, this attempt at a normal date away from the fortified safety of their neighborhood feels increasingly risky. As their gripping misadventure unfolds, it is a reminder for Adam and Lori that there is nothing in particular for them to be afraid of, because in their world there is everything to fear.
This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by MacKids editor Wes Adams.
[Read “Nothing to Fear” by Eric Walters]
We found this myriad of Bobas on the Facebook page for Nerds do it Better. Look at all the Bobas! There’s a Boba holding boba! And a Boba Vet, with an Ewok wearing a cone of shame! Awww....
Man do we ever have some links today! You want Constantine? We got him. You want Godzilla? We’ve got him, too. You want Constantine battling Godzilla? Well, OK, we don’t have that... but we do have a True Detective/Alan Moore crossover!
[Plus the President of Marvel talks Guardians of the Galaxy!]
It’s easy to get caught up in big ideas and brand new worlds… and forget to laugh.
Douglas Adams—born today, March 11, in 1952—was not convinced of his own worth as a writer, a comedian, and thinker of remarkably thinky thoughts. Whenever there was a dry patch in his working life, he tended to question his abilities, to fall into spates of depression and low self-worth. It’s odd to think that the man responsible for Zaphod “if there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now” Beeblebrox would fail to realize his own relevance in a world that so desperately required his special brand of madness.
After all, without him, who would have told us the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
[Life. Don’t talk to me about life.]