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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.

See Ron, Draco, and Hagrid after the break.

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This Bookmark Is Wicked

witch bookmark

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.

Check out more pictures after the break.

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marktwainvamphunt

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.

See the video after the break.

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Neil Gaiman Trigger Warning

One of the best phrases in the world is “new story from Neil Gaiman.” His writing always engages my brain and makes me think. I’d better rest up the old noodle because Gaiman’s newest collection of short stories will be out on February 3rd. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances will include a never before published tale from the world of American Gods and a story about Doctor Who that was written for the series’ 50th anniversary. Sign me up.

If you simply cannot wait until February 3rd, you’ll be able to download a preview of the collection on January 13th. The sneak peek, titled A Little Trigger, will be available in eBook format.

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You’d think that Batman would be too busy cracking skulls to read, but even the Caped Crusader takes a break to crack open a book now and then. These bookends made by Etsy seller DesignAtelierArticle are laser cut from black metal and feature a library sign on one end and Batman reading a book on the other. Each piece measures 7.3″ tall x 3.7″ wide x 3.9″ deep.

Product Page ($64 via Geeky Merch)

LOTR mythology

When it comes to trying to understand all of the different people, races, and creatures within The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, it’s easy to get a little confused. There is, after all, a lot going on.

Thankfully YouTuber CGP Grey is here to break it down for you in under 5 minutes.

Head after the break to watch the video.

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book lovers giveaway

We kicked off our giveaway week yesterday with a Star Wars Rebels prize pack, and today we have a buttload of nerdy books in a box!

Here’s what’s included:

Audiobooks

  • The Walking Dead: The Road To Woodbury
  • The Walking Dead: The Fall Of The Governor Part I
  • The Walking Dead: The Fall Of The Governor Part II
  • The Walking Dead: Descent
  • Mentats Of Dune
  • Earth Awakens
  • Earth Afire

Books:

  • Doctor Who: Who Ology
  • Doctor Who: How To Be A Time Lord
  • Doctor Who: The Official Quiz Book

Head after the break for all the info on how to enter…

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felicia day book

We love Felicia Day, so we were super excited when she announced her new memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). It appears that we’re not alone as it’s already #3 on the Amazon charts in the biographies category. (Felicia did note that it lists her under scientists as well, but, hey, who’s gonna argue?)

It’s definitely inspiring to see what someone can create with a lot of imagination and a ton of hard work. I’ll admit, I already pre-ordered a copy.

You may be wondering how someone so young is already writing a memoir, or what kinds of stories Felicia has to tell. I figured I’d let her explain in the video after the break.

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prince

The CGI film version of the book The Little Prince looks like it will be a stunningly gorgeous film. It also looks to be a story within a story where the original 1943 book figures into a larger story featuring a studious little girl. The film stars the voice talents of Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Jeff Bridges.

The English version of the trailer hasn’t been released yet, but even if you don’t speak French, you’re still going to love every second of it.

See the video after the break.

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Art design student Kincso Nagy respects the Harry Potter books. They’re a key part of childhood and definitely capable of helping young adults exercise their imaginations. For her BA degree project, Nagy decided to redesign all the covers of the series with the glowing cut out designs pictured above.

For Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she went a step further and included “interactive” illustrations that she hoped would add to the the story.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say she nailed it because the redesigned books look enchanting.

See photos of the interior pages after the break.

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