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What Book Would You Recommend for Someone Who’s Never Read Science Fiction Before?

Genre can be a polarizing subject. I've been drawn to fantasy and science fiction literature all my life, but I have friends who would rather read the dictionary than pick up a book with a spaceship on the cover. But sometimes, the right book can create a convert. Do you have a favorite for the uninitiated?

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This Book Will Change Your Life: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables

"I do not know whether it will be read by all, but I wrote it for all."

On June 30, 1862, the final chapter of Victor Hugo's timeless classic Les Misérables was published. "Timeless classic" is an adage often tossed around, but in this case, it could not be more spot-on. Les Misérables remains as relevant as it was upon publication, and if you read it it will change you as a person.

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Things We Saw Today: Canuck the Crow Is the Most Badass Bird Around

Canuck will cut you if you cross him.

TWS: Canuck the Crow Is the Most Badass Bird Around

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The Internet Worked Together to Name a Character in Philip Pullman’s Book After a Young Grenfell Tower Victim

All too often, online communities can be hotbeds of infighting and insults. That's why it's especially heartwarming to watch hundreds of strangers come together and open their wallets for a single cause: ensuring that Nur Huda el-Wahabi's name finds its way into The Golden Compass author Philip Pullman's next book.

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Harry Potter Is 20 Years Old Today. It Changed My Entire Life.

Twenty years ago, a book went off like a bomb and changed everything.

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Ten Fantasy Drinking Establishments We Want to Patronize

♫Sometimes you want to go, where everybody is a mage♫

Planning a birthday party or bachelorette night? These 10 taverns, pubs, bars, inns, and other watering holes from fantasy fiction can't be beat. Sure, the barkeep might not agree to charge your phone, and Uber drivers might be few and far between, but that's all part of the fun. Join us in celebrating these 10 fantasy establishments that have us saying ''they come in pints!''

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Now, There’s an Official Harry Potter Book Club—Because You Weren’t Already Down a Pottermore Rabbit Hole

Have you run out of people in your life with whom you can have long conversations about the intricacies of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Well, Pottermore is hoping to remedy that with an official book club! That's right, now anyone anywhere can get together with fellow Potterheads at an official meeting spot to dissect the ins-and-outs of all the Harry Potter books. Check out the intro video above!

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Things We Saw Today: The Babadook Is an Important LGBTQIA Icon Now

The scary and yet jaunty shadow monster in a top hat has been adopted by the meme-loving Internet, and is now the unofficial mascot of Pride Month. Some days I love being online.

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Things We Saw Today: It’s A Ball Gown Made of Books!

Tor.com shared some amazing photos of a ballgown whose bodice is made from the spines of old books!

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Cover Reveal: Reign of the Fallen Makes the Case for Greater Bi Visibility in Fiction

Reign of the Fallen is an upcoming fantasy series about a skilled necromancer who must come face-to-face with an enemy that turned her magic into a weapon.

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Am I the Only Person on Earth Who Hated Andy Weir’s The Martian?

Andy Weir's new book, Artemis, a crime story set on the Moon, doesn't come out until November. But this week it's the subject of breathless coverage, because the film rights have already been sold. I have yet to see anyone address the 800-pound gorilla in the room: The Martian is a boring plod of a novel.

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June Diane Raphael Is Writing a Book for All the “Badass” Women Wanting to Run for Office

Represent

June Diane Raphael and Kate Black of EMILY's List are writing Represent: The Badass Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World, and we want this book NOW.

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Let’s All Take a Warm Bath In These Terrible Reviews of Ivanka Trump’s Awful New Book

"Like eating scented cotton balls."

"A pink-tinted sea of innocuous blandness."

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1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale Are Getting Hardcover Reissues, so It’s Time to Start Building Your Resistance Library

What's on your oh-my-God-we're-living-in-a-dystopia bookshelf?

The hot but also somewhat terrifying trend in book sales sees people stocking up on everything-old-is-relevant-again works like Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism. Important texts that cover insidious government overreach—real and fictional—have never quite gone out of style, but have seen a massive resurgence of interest in the Age of Trump. Now two classics are receiving a hardcover makeover that will look mighty fine on your bookshelf.

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Exclusive: Love Our Orphan Black Science Recaps? Check Out the Cover of the New Book by Our Sestra Science Experts!

I've had so much fun doing the regular Orphan Black recaps for the past couple of seasons, but the real fun of TMS' show coverage has been getting to read our awesome Orphan Black science recaps, written by the fabulous Casey Griffin and Nina Nesseth. Now, these two brilliant women have teamed up to expand their exploration of Sestra Science in an official companion book from ECW Press, the cover of which you can see above for the first time!

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Exclusive: Excerpt From New Max Wirestone Mystery The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss

Dahlia Moss is back for another mystery in The Astonishing Mistakes of Dahlia Moss. We've got an exclusive excerpt to share with you for the book's release today.

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There’s a Weird New Theory That Jane Austen Was Poisoned

I blame that dastardly Mr. Wickham.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a beloved author who died young and unwed, must be in want of endless speculation about her life and death.

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Everything I Know About Comics I Learned From Taking This Class

Come with me and you'll be in a world of pure imagination.

A college seminar forever changed the way I look at art, literature, and super-powered people. My professor (who now teaches the class at Harvard) was kind enough to send me an updated syllabus. Let's DIY a comics course.

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For Roxane Gay, Simon & Schuster Canceling Milo Yiannopoulos’ Book At This Stage Is Too Little, Too Late

Back in January, feminist writer Roxanne Gay pulled her latest book, How to Be Heard, from her publisher, Simon & Schuster, because they were also giving a platform to known Bigot-of-All-Trades Milo Yiannopoulos. Lately, everyone (except for maybe Bill Maher) is starting to realize that Yiannopoulos is a liability, and are cutting ties with him, including Simon & Schuster. But for Gay, it's too little, too late.

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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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