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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Legendary NBA Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Writing A Novel About Mycroft Holmes

    *sounds of delight*

    Something we weren't entirely expecting but are totally onboard for: Famous former basketballer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a subject for his first novel, and that subject is Sherlock Holmes' brother, Mycroft Holmes.

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  7. Things We Saw Today: AMWRRO Doesn’t Need Any More Koala Mittens

    Cute, yes; helpful, no.

    A call went out recently asking for mittens for koalas whose paws were burned in brush fires. Because that's so freaking adorable and tragic the Internet reacted rather effusively. Now the Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organization would like people to please stop sending them mittens and send them money instead.

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  8. Neil Gaiman’s New Book Will Be Released in February; Feature Doctor Who, American Gods Content

    She says, "casually."

    Here's some exciting news to help take the edge off a bleak winter morning: Neil Gaiman's recently announced short story collection Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances will be released in hardcover and ebook on February 3rd! That's a mere twenty-six days and eleven-ish hours from now! I can just hibernate until then!

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Danny Brown Is Writing A Book About Self-Esteem In Black Girls

    Rapper Danny Brown told an Australian radio station that he's writing a Dr. Seuss-style book for his daughter "about self-esteem in black girls." Brown says the book focuses on "how black women do so much—process their hair, change their eye color. It’s really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself and she realizes she’s just better off the way she is." Sell it. Please. Sell it. (via Nerdist, image via DeShaun Craddock)

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  10. The Mary Sue Has A New Fan-Run Book Club On GoodReads!

    Now you can book bond with all your favorite TMS commenters over on GoodReads!

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