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Exclusive: Excerpt From New Sci-Fi Novel Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

There's a killer aboard the interstellar spaceship Dormire on its 400-year journey, and the victims, newly awakened in cloned bodies, are the ones trying to figure out who it is before it's too late. This is the new sci-fi novel Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty.

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Roxane Gay Pulls Her Book from Simon & Schuster’s Lineup Because of Milo Yiannopoulous’ Book Deal

Like most of us, Roxane Gay didn't approve of Simon & Schuster offering a lucrative book deal to internet hatemonger Milo Yiannopoulous. Unlike us, she was in a position to actually do something about it that would catch the attention of the folks at Simon & Schuster, and so, she did.

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Orwell’s 1984 Hits #1 on Amazon, Needs New Printing as We Try to Deal With Reality of “Alternative Facts”


George Orwell's dystopian novel 1984 has long been a reference point in conversations about censorship, politics, or how people choose to moderate their own comment sections. However, with the dawn of a presidential administration in the United States that is unusually disingenuous, up to and including "disagree[ing] with the facts" and "alternative facts," a lot more people are suddenly taking notice.

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Exclusive Cover Reveal and Interview: M.A. Larson’s The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy

Writer M.A. Larson is set to conclude his children's fantasy series Pennyroyal Academy with this latest installment, The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy, and we've got your first look at the cover.

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Get Ready to See A Whole Lot Less of George R.R. Martin… He’ll Be Spending 2017 Holed-Up With The Winds of Winter

If you're a George R.R. Martin fan, and you've yet to meet him and get books signed, I hope you're at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico right now. Otherwise, you might not have a chance to see him in person again for a while. But don't worry, it's for a really good reason!

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Exclusive: The Cover for Beth Cato’s Upcoming Novel Call of Fire Is, Well, Fire

If you love steampunk you're probably familiar with the work of The Clockwork Dagger author, Beth Cato. You may have even read 2016's Breath of Earth, which was the beginning of a new fantasy series from Cato focused on a mixed-race geomancer named Ingrid in an alternate 1906. Now, her second novel in that series, Call of Fire, is set to arrive next year, and Harper Voyager has given us this exclusive first look at its beautiful cover!

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New Illustrated Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Makes Us Wish This Book Were Actually Magic

One of the best things about J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books is the work of Mary GrandPré, the illustrator whose work graces the pages of the original series. Now, another artist has taken the illustrations to the next level in a series of completely illustrated retellings of the Harry Potter stories, making them even more magical.

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Fans Discover Baby-Sitters Club Author Ann M. Martin Is LGBTQIA, Rejoice Appropriately

Yesterday, I read some joyous, joyous news thanks to a lovely writer at Autostraddle. Ann M. Martin, beloved author of children's and YA books who's best known for her classic Babysitter's Club series, likes women. That sound you just heard was the squeeing coming from all the girls and women who've read the BSC books, remember Kristy, and are thinking "I KNEW IT!"

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Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Forgotten Tale by J.M. Frey

The Forgotten Tale, book two in the "Accidental Turn" series from J.M. Frey, is coming on December 6, 2016, and we've got the full reveal of the book's cover inside!

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J.K. Rowling Gets Back to Prose By Delivering 3 New Harry Potter E-Books

Despite breaking sales records, reviews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have ranged from mixed to downright infuriated. A large part of this has to do with the fact that Potterheads expect prose, and they just aren't going to get the same level of enjoyment from a play script. To offer fans more of what they're used to, author J.K. Rowling is releasing new Harry Potter e-books!

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Happy Belated Birthday Harry Potter! Here’s a ‘Hamilton’ Mashup for Your Trouble

It's all about the Hamiltons, baby.

The boy who lived long enough to see himself in a Hamilton mashup.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Is Already Breaking Records

Because everything is Potter and nothing else matters.

Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw students alike gathered on July 31—Potter’s 36th birthday—to snatch up their copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is now the fastest selling book of the decade in the U.K.

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Interview: Kathleen Smith, Author of The Fangirl Life

Kathleen Smith is, by her own admission, an unabashed fangirl. In addition to being a licensed therapist and a mental health journalist, she runs a site called Fangirl Therapy, where she answers fandom-related questions and publishes pieces about her own fandom experiences. TMS caught up with Smith via email to dive into a discussion on her new book, The Fangirl Life.

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Journalist Suki Kim’s Book on North Korea Was Marketed as an Eat, Pray Love Memoir

Journalist Suki Kim writes about how her investigative book about North Korea Without You, There Is No Us was labeled and marketed as an Eat, Pray, Love-esque memoir.

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Exclusive Cover Reveal: Dreadnought, a YA Novel Featuring a Trans Superheroine

Dreadnought is a new YA novel due out January 2017, and it's primed to take the superhero genre to new heights.

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Interview: Kameron Hurley, Author of The Geek Feminist Revolution

Author Kameron Hurley is responsible for some of our favorite characters in the science-fiction/fantasy realm. She spoke with The Mary Sue via email about her latest book The Geek Feminist Revolution, her method of dealing with toxicity on the internet, and writing advice she's taken to heart.

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Ellen Pao’s Upcoming Memoir Will Address the “Toxic Culture That Pervades the Tech Industry”

Ellen Pao has just received a book deal for an upcoming memoir about her experiences in the tech industry, from her discrimination lawsuit against her former employer, the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as her experiences working for Reddit. Spiegel & Grau, a Random House imprint, has acquired the book, which will be titled Reset.

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The Star Wars Show Launches Anti-Leia Political Ad in Honor of Claudia Gray’s Bloodline

Would a champion of small business murder a Hutt in cold blood?

As reported by The Nerdy Bird, The Star Wars Show has released a mock attack ad warning The Galactic Senate not to vote Leia for First Senator of the New Republic. The ad, which was paid for by "Centrists for a Strong Republic," focuses on Leia's dubious parentage, her murder of small-business entrepreneur Jabba the Hutt, and her relationship with known scoundrel Han Solo (what would Solo know about family values?).

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Artist Behind Sweet Valley High Covers Takes Commissions, Makes Our Wildest Dreams Come True

I don't know how I missed this earlier this week, but now that I've seen it, IT'S ALL I WANT. If you're like me, and devoured Sweet Valley High books when you were a kid, you probably will, too.

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The Boxcar Children Books Are Getting their Own Franchise

Thinking inside the box(car).

Earlier today, Shout! Factory and Legacy Classics announced via a press release that they'll be collaborating on at least three animated films based on the beloved Boxcar Children book series. Gertrude Chandler Warner's series of novels follow four orphaned siblings and their beloved dog Watch, who make their home in an abandoned (you guessed it) boxcar.

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