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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags.

The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention).

The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae’s The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or…ah…have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.


It's Aliiiiiiiiiiiive!

A Literary Dissection of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein [Video]

Aside from offering plenty of chewy goodness on the history and themes of one of the most influential novels ever written, this episode of Crash Course reaffirms my desire to make a giant chart of personal relationships between historical figures of note. Prior to this video, I was unaware that Mary Shelley’s stepsister had an affair with Lord Byron (Ada Lovelace’s father, for those keeping score).

And I’m with John Green on this one — Shelley could write a sentence like nobody’s business.


Here’s That New Winds of Winter Chapter George R.R. Martin Promised

While the PR machine is in high-gear for Game of Thrones Season 4, George R.R. Martin wants everyone to know he really is working hard on that next novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series. My theory? He’s way more ahead than anyone thinks and plays up the “writing slow” thing for entertainment value. You may think otherwise but here’s some fresh content from The Winds of Winter



Review: Greg Weisman’s Rain of the Ghosts

Rain of Ghosts features a headstrong and affable female hero, supernatural forces, an ethnically diverse cast, banter, and hidden mysteries. If all of that isn’t enough to entice you, this novel is written by Greg Weisman. The creator of the 1990s Gargoyles cartoon, Weisman has also been show runner for the cartoon series The Spectacular Spider-Man, W.I.T.C.H. and Young Justice, and is now executive producer of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels. Now he’s released his first novel, the first of a young adult series featuring Native American teenager Rain Cacique.


Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Wear Your Love of Literature On Your Sleeve With Classic Book Brooches

“But Rebecca, you wear a brooch on the front of your shirt, not the sle—.” Shhh. Shhhhhh. Shhhhhhhhhh. Just appreciate these classic book brooches by House of Ismay and do not question the blogger behind the curtain.


And That's Terrible

Anne Rice Is Ready To Write About The Vampire Lestat Again, And There Was Much Rejoicing

Have you missed Lestat de Lioncourt? No? Well too bad. Anne Rice is writing another book about him. 


Never Mind

J.K. Rowling’s Publisher Denies Seven-Book Series For The Cuckoo’s Calling

The internet went all aflutter this week after an article in the Sunday Times claimed that J.K. Rowling’s pseudonymous crime novel would be expanding into a seven-part set. Seemed appropriate, given Rowling’s apparent affinity for the number. However, it sounds as if the Times put the carriage ahead of the Thestral. Rowling’s publisher, Little, Brown, replied in no uncertain terms: “There aren’t seven books planned in the series.”


Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

People Match Book Covers Up With Their Body Parts, Create Unstoppable Hybrid Creatures

All the powers of a book and a living person in one package. Easily transportable, infinitely cloneable, way more waterproof, and still capable of drinking a beer with you and chatting about life. Of course both of them have the same weakness: fire.

Corpus Libris is a blog that collects photos like this from all over the internet and its submission box. We’ve collected a few here, but you should check out their site for more.


eye candy

These Book Sculptures Give Pages A Life Of Their Own

I know some of my fellow bibliophiles balk at the idea of cutting pages, but I have a real soft spot for book art. What I love most about these evocative sculptures by Malena Valcárcel is their suggestion that something within each book is alive. They look as if their contents are pouring out into our world, becoming part of the reader’s reality. Exactly what happens when you crack open a good book.



Without Buffy Summers There Is No Tessa Battle

[Editor's Note: Novelist Kelly Thompson has a few things to say about how, like a lot of us, Buffy the Vampire Slayer affected her life in a significant way. Read on to see exactly how and find out just who Tessa Battle is.]