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Eventually George R.R. Martin will finish The Winds Of Winter, which is when these bookmarks will be just perfect. Each is made from bronze tone metal, paper, paint, and glass and features a different house sigil or a map of Westeros. The bookmarks measure 8cm with an 18mm picture at the top.

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George R.R. Martin has released a 6,700 word excerpt from the forthcoming sixth book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. The excerpt features Sansa Stark posing as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish’s bastard niece Alayne Stone, as well as the young lord Robert Arryn.

The highly, HIGHLY anticipated book isn’t expected to be released until sometime next year. Martin has been buckling down as of late however, forgoing public appearances and passing on Game of Thrones episode writing duties for Seasons 5 and 6.

Read a portion of the excerpt after the break…

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Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have finally confirmed what a lot of fans have feared. The show will spoil the books. Benioff told Vanity Fair:

Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on… and that’s what we’re going to do.

See Also: GRRM Warns About Surprising Deaths On The Show That Will Anger Book Readers

So the show will likely take different paths here and there but arrive at the same outcome. But there are still plenty of reasons to read the books:

I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more—want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show—will be able to turn to the books.

In our opinion, this strategy is for the best. With the delays on Winds Of Winter it was becoming increasingly obvious that the show would need to commit to finishing the story on its own.

So does this mean we can stop bugging GRRM to write faster?

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Lucasfilm and Disney have announcedthe newest book in their Journey To The Force Awakens. Aftermath will be written by acclaimed writer and lifelong Star Wars fan Chuck Wendig.

The first book in a trilogy (how fitting), Aftermath will start to bridge the gap between in the Star Wars timeline between the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi and the events in The Force Awakens. From the synopsis:

The second Death Star is destroyed. The Emperor and his powerful enforcer, Darth Vader, are rumored to be dead. The Galactic Empire is in chaos.

Across the galaxy, some systems celebrate, while in others Imperial factions tighten their grip. Optimism and fear reign side by side.

And while the Rebel Alliance engages the fractured forces of the Empire, a lone Rebel scout uncovers a secret Imperial meeting…

Wendig’s statement via StarWars.com goes a long way to prove that this story is in good hands:

“My earliest — and still one of my best — movie-going experiences as a kid was being a four-year-old watching The Empire Strikes Back at a drive-in theater with my sister…My jaw dropped and I don’t think I’ve found it, yet. Those movies opened up a world for me, and my love of storytelling comes from them and from the galaxy of smaller, connected stories, too — from the toys to the games to the books. In fact, one of the first novels I ever read was the novelization of A New Hope. I have a son who will in a few short months be my age when I saw Empire, so to be involved with the Star Wars universe just as the new film is coming out — it feels like not only something akin to kismet, but a great and powerful privilege.”

Aftermath will be out in September of this year and is currently available for pre-order.

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Lucasfilm and Disney Worldwide Publishing announced their plan to release 20 new books devoted to Star Wars between now and December 18th when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.

Yes…20.

All of these books will be set between Return of The Jedi and the new film. They are being released under the “Journey To Star Wars: The Force Awakens” moniker and will offer everything from novelizations, to YA fiction, to sticker books. And don’t forget that it’s all canon.

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Bookstores have all sorts of labels to help you better understand what type of books are on any given shelf. Redditor obviousplant decided to make them a little more descriptive and the results are hilarious.

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There’s been something of a debate raging ever since John Boyega appeared in stormtrooper armor in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some flat out had an issue with his race, but others questioned it purely from the point of view that it messed with the idea that stormtroopers were all clones of Jango Fett (assuming that Boyega’s character wasn’t undercover).

It appears that first novel published since Disney threw out the Expanded Universe has quietly settled the matter.

Donna Dickens over at HitFix noticed that in Chapter 22 of Star Wars: A New Dawn, there is a scene with two stormtroopers searching a bar looking for a criminal. The line of import reads, “The female stormtrooper surveyed the cheering crowd.” This both firmly establishes that the stormtroopers aren’t clones and that there are definitely some women under those white suits of armor.

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Some books are so special that you’re willing and happy to buy different editions, and the Harry Potter collection falls into that category. Scholastic andd Bloomsbury are releasing a deluxe hardcover version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on October 6, 2015, and guys, it’s illustrated! The book will feature full color art throughout and illustrated endpapers. Accio, fancy book!

Artist Jim Kay is tackling the illustrations, and four new images were just revealed. We saw Kay’s take on Harry and Hogwarts just over a year ago, and these new pieces feature Hermione, Ron, Draco, and Hagrid. Kay says:

“To be given the opportunity to design the characters, the clothing, the architecture and landscapes to possibly the most expansive fantasy world in children’s literature, well let’s just say I’m extremely excited about it. The story is everything, and so I want to bring what I can to really show the depth of Rowling’s stories, to their best.”

I love what he’s doing so far.

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This Bookmark Is Wicked

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Y’know why I love crafty types? Because they think of things like this. I mean, I didn’t know I needed a wicked witch bookmark complete with stripey leggings and ruby slippers, but then I saw these and I can’t imagine living another day without them.

See Also: More clever bookmark ideas

These adorable bookmarks are made by Kira Nichols and she has a variety of witches to choose from. If you buy one, I really hope I’m not the only one who will sing “Ding dong, the witch is dead” whenever I close the book.

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The idea that Abraham Lincoln is a vampire hunter is crazy in its own right, but this book trailer takes things up a notch. It’s for The Last American Vampire which comes out on January 13th. It’s the sequel to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. It looks less like a book trailer than a cheesy heavy-metal video, which might make it a little bit awesome. Mark Twain (the resemblance is uncanny is it not?) even rips off his shirt in some kind of rage, so that right there ought to let you know you’re in for a special kind of crazy.

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