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A Hobbit hole looks like a wonderful place to live, albeit a bit “cozy”. With that in mind, West Stow Pods has launched a Kickstarter to bring what they’re calling a Poddit Hole to life. The rental home will be as close as possible to a real Hobbit hole. They’ve even asked for help from the Tolkien Society to get it right.

The home will include two double bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and living room with log burner. If the project is fully funded, then backers will be among the first to stay there overnight when it’s estimated to be ready this October.

See more pictures and the video after the break.

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The children’s classic Little Golden Books series is getting a dose of the Force with a special six book collection of Star Wars titles based on the movies. According to Entertainment Weekly:

“The Star Wars franchise has woven itself into the hearts and minds of generations of fans, many of whom read Little Golden Books as children,” said Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide in a release. “We’re very excited to be incorporating Little Golden Books into our overarching strategy so parents can now introduce their own children to the wonders of the galaxy through this classic format.”

These will be perfect for the little ones, but we’re betting more than a few adults without kids will be picking up a set. Fortunately, all six titles are available for pre-order on Amazon with a release date of July 28th. Additional Star Wars Little Golden Books including a Force Awakens version are also listed with release dates in 2016.

See the rest of the titles after the break.

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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)