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  1. Check Out These Covers For The New British Illustrated Edition Of Harry Potter!

    Ten points to Bloomsbury!

    The art was created by Jonny Duddle, and io9 reports that the books will include "highlights from the Pottermore website."

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  2. Our Own Becky Chambers Wrote A Sci-Fi Book! Introducing The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet

    Hooray!

    You might know Becky Chambers from her awesome games column here at The Mary Sue, Quest Log, or from her recent role as TMS Weekend Editor. But what you don't know is that her very first science fiction novel just launched today! Well, okay, now you know, because I told you. That's how knowing things works.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Dice Shaming

    Sit there until you can roll like an ADULT.

    I had a D20 behave like this recently. Maybe some public humiliation would've taught it a lesson.

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  4. You Only Have Three Hours Left to Prove You’re Not a Horrible Person By Donating to the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

    Didn't donate? You monster! Do you hate joy?

    The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has seen some good times: Smashing through its $1 million goal in less than a day, which caused LeVar Burton to break down in tears. Getting some cool Star Trek and Veronica Mars-related rewards. Seth MacFarlane doing a thing you actually like: promising to donate $1 million of his own if the campaign makes it to $5 million, which, oh yeah, it already did. And now you have mere hours left to donate, so get to it!

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  5. City Shuts Down Free Library Built By Nine-Year-Old

    Someone call Leslie Knope immediately.

    Just look at this picture. Look at this little boy and his little home-made library and the great big potential for learning and imagination it contains.

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  6. How To Buy Comics: A Beginner’s Guide

    The Low Down on Your LCS

    With comics like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Rat Queens, Lumberjanes, Saga and more dragging new readers into the fold by their collars, one of the things we've often been asked for at The Mary Sue are some pointers on how to get started buying comics. As a veteran weekly comics purchaser, I find this totally reasonable, because buying comics is a retail experience that's absurdly non-intuitive compared to the experience of buying any other kind of mass-market print publication.

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  7. Watch The Trailer For Jeffrey Brown’s New Star Wars Kids Book, Goodnight Darth Vader

    Aren't You A Little Short For A Stormtrooper?

    Jeffrey Brown, writer of the fantastic Darth Vader and Son and Vader's Little Princess, is about to release another Star Wars title from Chronicle Books. This one is called Goodnight Vader and is a riff on the classic Goodnight Moon. I feel like they missed an opportunity to title it Goodnight That's No Moon but that's neither here nor there. I'm sure it will be wonderful. It's set to hit stores this Fall. Previously in Star Wars

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  8. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and the Mainstreaming of Fan Culture

    This is just like magic!

    A few weeks ago, the Syfy network announced their plans to adapt Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, into an hourlong drama series. The small handful of blogs and online news outlets who covered the story labelled the project "Harry Potter for adults," or else slapped it with a somewhat derisive-sounding "Young Adult fantasy" label. On the surface, it's easy to see how people can mistake The Magicians for any number of other "young people discovering they're mystically special" narrative, but it's a description that is, nevertheless, inaccurate. Now I'm not crazy. I know a story about a group of young adults who attend a magic school and then go traipsing around an alternate universe which can be accessed via an interstitial forest sounds a lot like "Harry Potter/Narnia for adults." But what that description betrays is a failure to understand that Grossman's series isn't a rip-off of either story, but is instead something newer and stranger than that. 

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  9. Audible Is Giving Away Samuel L. Jackson’s Reading of Go the Fuck to Sleep for Fathers Day

    Bless their little hearts.

    Fathers Day is just around the corner, but Audible decided to announce their present for dads a little early. Between Monday June 9th and Fathers Day June 15th you can download the audiobook of Go the Fuck to Sleep as read by Samuel L. Jackson. As Geekosystem's father-in-residence, I thank you.

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  10. Harvard Library Confirms That Yes, One of Their Books Is Totally Bound in Human Skin

    I hope it's a Nicholas Sparks novel.

    A few months ago, the Internet was abuzz with rumors that the Harvard Library has a couple of books that may or may not be bound with human flesh. Days later, the library released a report that two of the books in question are not human so we can all just calm down. Except... whoops! The third one is.

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