books

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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hp book redesign header

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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monster

We are getting a live-action Goosebumps movie and it has a weird plot along with some terrifying monsters. The film stars Jack Black as author, R.L. Stine, whose books were actually serving as prisons for the monsters. The original synopsis reads:

In Goosebumps, upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

See more monsters after the break (including a super creepy ventriloquist dummy).

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smiov

Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books are coming to television with a series set for HBO. The Wrap reports that Interstellar writer and Person of Interest showrunner Jonathan Nolan is in charge of the adaptation. Currently, Nolan is also working on adapting Westworld for HBO.

The books were once set to be adapted into a film by Roland Emmerich, so news of a series is a big deal. However, there is no word yet on whether it will be a full-fledged series or a miniseries event. Given the amount of material in the Foundation books, it wouldn’t be a stretch to produce several seasons worth of shows.

(via io9)

snick

Lemony Snicket aka author Daniel Handler is teaming up with Netflix to produce a new adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Hollywood Reporter quotes Cindy Holland, VP of original content for Netflix, as saying:

“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is A Series of Unfortunate Events. We are proud to start work on a series for a global audience that already loves the books […] The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny, and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”

As you may recall, the books first came to life in a 2004 film starring Jim Carrey. The movie took the first three books and turned them into one movie, but there are 13 all together. They follow the story of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire as they try to solve the mystery of their parents’ deaths and keep away from Count Olaf. Snicket said of the partnership with Netflix:

“I can’t believe it. After years of providing top-quality entertainment on demand, Netflix is risking its reputation and its success by associating itself with my dismaying and upsetting books.”

Terribly, horribly dismaying and so very exciting!

(via The Mary Sue)

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LeVar Burton is widely known for encouraging kids to read on the series Reading Rainbow. This time, he’s reading the definitely not kid friendly Go The F*ck to Sleep and it might be one of the most entertaining book readings he’s ever done. It all happened during Rooster Teeth’s Extra Life 2014 live stream and it’s just brilliant as he reads the whole thing just like he’s reading to a group of kids.

See the video after the break (NSFW language obviously)…

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potter

Fan fiction takes your favorite characters and sends them off in directions the original authors never intended. Case in point:  this Christian version of Harry Potter. Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles is the work of “Mommie blogger” Grace Ann who says it has “all the adventure and good morals of the Harry Potter books without all that bad stuff that is bogging it down.” To get an idea of what she means, read an excerpt from Chapter One after the break…

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