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Printed on sturdy card stock, these clever Pokemon bookmarks look like they are taking a bite out of your literature. Etsy shop owner Momo’s Makery makes wonderful Pokemon fan art and transforms them into useful reading pals. There’s nearly 70 characters in her shop. The price is great so you can definitely catch a few.

Check out more colorful Pokemon bookmarks after the break.

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Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag paints glorious pictures of the Scandinavian countryside then fills them with science fiction creatures. From mech robots and space crafts to dinosaurs and unknown technologies, his artwork portrays realities of a “childhood that never was and a future that could have been”.

Stålenhag’s work has captured the Internet’s attention over the last few years, but a new Kickstarter project with Free League Publishing will fund two new books featuring Stålenhag’s vision. The illustrations within each book will be accompanied by short stories written in English. Grab your early copy while you still can!

Check out more of his intriguing artwork after the break along with the project video.

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This incredibly detailed relief is made from hundred of pieces of laser cut wood which are meticulously layered into beautiful scenes. The piece above depicts the famous bathhouse from Spirited Away by Studio Ghibli. Artist Martin Tomsky has an amazing eye for detail and perspective coupled with an amazing level of patience.

“My childhood was spent surrounded by books – relics from my parents’ past as Czech publishers and book smugglers. Amidst the chaos of a large family, my drawing habit grew unchecked until it developed into a full blown addiction.”

His brilliant art work is also inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, Game of Thrones and Neil Gaiman to name a few. He sells his work on Etsy, but art of this caliber doesn’t come cheap. Check out more examples after the jump.

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These gorgeous journals by Aniko Koleshnikova of Mandarin Duck are created with polymer clay, imagination, and a great deal of talent. They tell a story all by themselves.

See more of her amazing work after the break.

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I love when artists re-imagine characters into other popular styles. These A Song Of Ice And Fire covers were created by Noriko Meguro right after the series was translated to Japanese. Our favorite characters look wicked, and hauntingly beautiful. And some of them look down right sexy as hell (slightly NSFW in fact). The picture above is Jon Snow from A Game of Thrones, Part 1.

Check out all covers after the break.

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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.

See more pictures after the break.

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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?

(via io9)

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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.

Head after the break to see the cover image in full.

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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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