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  1. The Boy Next Door Fans are Trying Super Hard to Buy First Edition Copies of The Iliad

    Sing, J.Lo muse, of the rage of Achilles

    Life imitates art: according to Richard Davies of the online bookseller AbeBooks, the now-infamous The Boy Next Door scene in which Jennifer Lopez is gifted a "first edition copy of The Iliad" has lead countless Internet users on a quest to find first-edition copies of the ancient, orally-derived work. See, print's not dead yet!

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  2. An Analysis in Grief: 10 Harry Potter Deaths We Did Not Get Over

    It's still a sore subject for many. Even after all this time, the very mention of The Half-Blood Prince or The Deathly Hallows can ignite a twinge of pain for Potterheads around the world. Seven years later (or three years later, depending on how you look at it), we're still not over the tragic deaths of these characters.

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  3. Face-Scanning Book Judges You by Your Cover, Decides Whether You Can Read It

    Oh, so it's OK when books do it?

    An artist has invented a book with built-in face-scanning technology that will only open if your face bears an emotionless expression to make sure you're not judging it by its cover. He has successfully created the world's first willfully hypocritical book.

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  4. Harper Lee’s Second Novel Will Be Published in July, Is a To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel

    More ham for everyone!

    What in the name of Jean Louise Finch: according to The Associated Press, Publisher Harper announced this morning that Go Set a Watchman, a novel completed by To Kill a Mockingbird author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Harper Lee in the 1950s and "rediscovered" recently, will be published July 14th.

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  5. George R.R. Martin’s Publisher Confirms: No New A Song of Ice and Fire Novel in 2015

    A Song of Sigh and Ire

    Ok, most of could have guessed this, but I'm not the only one who was holding out hope George R.R. Martin would get his next A Song of Ice and Fire this year, right?

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  6. James Patterson’s New Book Is a Literal Bomb, Must Be Read in 24 Hours Before it Self-Destructs

    Brace yourselves, Dads of America!

    As someone who grew up stuffing Harry Potter books into my eye-holes overnight to avoid anyone spoiling the ending, I (and many other members of my nerdy generation) am no stranger to pressure-filled speed reading. That being said, I don't know if I could handle the stress of James Patterson's upcoming thriller Private Vegas.

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  7. Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman Is Much More “The Secret History Of William Moulton Marston”

    For better or worse.

    Let’s play a game of "six degrees of separation." I’m going to link Wonder Woman to one of the leaders of the birth control movement from the turn of last century, Margaret Sanger. Yes, that Margaret Sanger; the same woman who coined the words “birth control” and opened the first birth control clinic in 1916. Not only am I going to link the most popular superheroine of all time to Sanger, but I’m going to do it in two legitimate steps.

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  8. No Guilt In My Pleasures: How to Critique and Still Enjoy

    There’s something special about an entertainment guilty pleasure that allows an escape from regular life. Books, movies, TV shows, music, and comics that draw the consumer into a world unlike this one we live in, even if they aren’t the top of their craft in terms of production and intellect. Whether you’re depressed, frustrated with your life, or even just paid to criticize media, a guilty pleasure can offer a chance to turn off your brain and just enjoy something for a while. But does media th

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  9. The Silmarillion Recaps: Of Jerk Elves and Really Shiny Jewels

    Part 1

    I’m going to admit it up front: I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. I’m particularly fond of Middle Earth but my favorite book is not The Lord of The Rings. It’s The Silmarillion. I know, I know, that dry historical tome that reads like a bible? YES. That one. I love it. It is epic and dark and lyrical and poetic. It’s also kind of banana pants.

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  10. First Look at Art From Upcoming Harry Potter Illustrated Editions

    Welp, time to buy the books all over again.

    Just when you thought the breathtakingly beautiful Kazu Kibuishi boxed set was the best excuse to buy another copy of every Harry Potter book, along comes Scholastic with their Illustrated series featuring art by Jim Kay. The good news is, one volume of the set will be released each year, starting this October 6th, so you have some time to come up with the right, perfectly logical, reason to buy the books again.

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