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From The Blog
March 24, 2015
Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification
Emily Asher-Perrin
March 23, 2015
Language as Power in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Katharine Duckett
March 16, 2015
What Changes To Expect in Game of Thrones Season Five
Bridget McGovern
March 13, 2015
Five Books with Fantastic Horses
Patricia Briggs
March 13, 2015
Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All?
Leah Schnelbach
Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 23

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux is go!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 42 and 43 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[DREAMSHARD!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

BookCon is Excited to Announce an Evil SFF Panel!

Darth Vader

It’s a question philosophers have been asking since philosophizing became a thing: why does evil exist? And maybe more importantly, why do humans seem to love a good villain so much? Later this spring, BookCon plans to get us one step closer to answering these questions with a panel featuring some of our favorite authors!

[Full panel details below!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

Buffy Meets the Mythos? “The Horror in the Museum”

The Horror in the Museum Lovecraft

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.

Today we’re looking at “The Horror in the Museum,” written in October 1932 with Hazel Heald, and first published in the July 1933 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here. Spoilers ahead.

[“Even in the light of his torch he could not help suspecting a slight, furtive trembling on the part of the canvas partition screening off the terrible “Adults only” alcove.”]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Marie Brennan Answers Six Questions

Sleeps With Monsters Marie Brennan InterviewTo celebrate the release of Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk next week, please enjoy this Sleeps With Monsters encore post, originally published March 26, 2013.

Today we’re joined by Marie Brennan, who’s kindly agreed to answer some of my importunate questions. Some of you, no doubt, are already familiar with her work: her first two novels, Warrior and Witch; her four-book Onyx Court series of historical fantasy out of Tor (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lies, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire), and her Lies and Prophecy from the Book View Café.

Most recently, her A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir of Lady Trent has hit the shelves. If you haven’t read it already, you should all go read it as soon as you can.

[And now, some questions are answered!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:49am

Martin Scorsese to Adapt Kenneth Branagh’s Take on Macbeth for the Big Screen

Macbeth movie Kenneth Branagh Martin Scorsese

What great timing! While we’re reading Shakespeare on Tor.com, yet another adaptation is in the works.

In early February, several outlets reported that Martin Scorsese was considering taking his first leap into Shakespearean lore, intrigued as he was by Kenneth Branagh’s 2013 production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Now, Branagh has confirmed that Scorsese will indeed direct the film adaptation.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:00am

Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification

J.J. Abrams, Star Trek

Criticism is part of how fandom functions. But there is a substantial difference between thoughtful discussion and hyper-fueled teeth-gnashing destructor mode. And when that sort of festering anger gets leveled at people over making a lukewarm piece of continuity? It’s ugly.

And it’s not what fandom is about.

[But! Lens flare!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 9:00am

Here’s Where Everyone in Game of Thrones is Before Season 5

Trogdor Meereen Game of Thrones

What, you don’t remember that time Trogdor helped Daenerys burninate Meereen? With so many characters and plot lines (not to mention major deviations from books) it’s easy to lose track of the finer details from Game of Thrones—like how did Stannis get all the way over there, and who the heck is Hizdhar zo Loraq, anyway? So with the new episodes just over the horizon, here’s a handy refresher guide to where all the key characters are before the start of season 5.

Spoilers ahead, naturally.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 8:30am

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 226: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia Signal to Noise

Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

This week Silvia Moreno-Garcia joins us to talk about her debut fantasy novel, Signal to Noise. Described in an upcoming issue of Locus as “one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year,” Signal to Noise is an engaging and compelling story of a woman returning to her family home in Mexico for her father’s funeral, and of a time in her teens when she discovered that the right music played just the right way could change the world.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Cold Never Bothered Baymax Anyway

Big Hero 6's Baymax Meets Frozen's Elsa

What is it about Baymax that make him so infinitely mashable? Big Hero 6 did well at the box office, earned good reviews, and won an Oscar last month, but the biggest takeaway from the film is that people love taking the sweet, helpful robot and putting him in unlikely situations. Here, for instance, a Scottish artist named Demetria Skye Logan has run him through a whole gamut of Disney cosplay! From Donald Duck to Stitch, Baymax proves that he’s adorable no matter how he’s dressed. But we had to take moment to highlight his meeting with another animated juggernaut: here he is cosplaying as Frozen’s Elsa.

Morning Roundup brings you the greatest scientific study of all time, a challenge to spin the Wheel of Fish, and an update on the exciting development of Leviathan!

[Plus barrel rolls in spaaaace!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:30pm

Game of Thrones Will Spoil the Remaining Song of Ice and Fire Books

Game of Thrones show spoil Song of Ice and Fire books

Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!

Speaking to the Oxford Union this weekend, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed what we’ve already suspected: Game of Thrones will outpace George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, thus spoiling TV audiences for the books’ eventual ending.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:18pm

It is Truly Upsetting That This Hawkeye(s) TV Show Isn’t Real

Hawkeye, nottonyharrison, Netflix

Tumblr, you give us such gifts. When user nottonyharrison created a poster suggesting that Matt Fraction’s run of Hawkeye be turned into a television series, it led to an opening scene by interestinggin that is such utter perfection, we are crushed to know that it’s not being greenlit this instant.

Want Clint Barton’s story—as told by (the best Hawkeye) Kate Bishop? Oh, you do. Trust us, you do.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 3:00pm

Update: The X-Files Is (Definitely!) Reopening Soon!

The X-Files

Update: Chris Carter has confirmed that the show is returning as a six episode miniseries! While there's no premiere date yet, filming will begin this summer.

The shadowy conspiracy to bring us more X-Files is coming out into the light! David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, Chris Carter will be writing and executive producing, and Fox is close to greenlighting the show! However, there’s an interesting twist in the details...

[Details that will finally give us the truth!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:30pm

Hugo & Rose Sweepstakes!

We want to send you one of our five galleys of Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley, out on May 5th from St. Martin's Press!

After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man.

But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Pizza Dog is the Best Hawkeye Action Figure, Bro

Hawkeye action figure Pizza Dog Lucky Matt Fraction David Aja

The new Hawkeye action figure, based on Matt Fraction and David Aja’s take on the Avengers, comes with trick arrows, a patched-up face, and lots of articulation. But none of that is as amazing as PIZZA DOG. Yes, Clint comes with his trusted pup Lucky, the star of one of the best Hawkeye comics—and, really, one of the best single-issue comics of 2013. Lookit how Toyark posed Hawkguy and Pizza Dog!

Afternoon Roundup brings you Margaret Atwood’s favorite thing about Game of Thrones, a Jules Verne musical, and a new perspective on Link.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 1:15pm

Jerusalem in the Spring

Late last year, Alan Moore, author of the 1996 novel Voice of the Fire (amongst a number of other things) finally finished the first draft of his second prose piece: an expansive speculative study of his hometown of Northampton.

You must be wondering why it took him so gosh-darned long. Well, Leah Moore—who kept fans apprised of her father’s progress on Facebook—explained that it ran “to more than a million words in draft form.” A nonsense number without proper context, so let me make sense of the insensible: Jerusalem is bigger than the Bible, and fully twice the length of War and Peace.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 1:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 2

Mistress of the EmpireWelcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This one's going to be emotional. Damn those repressed Tsurani. Pack hankies!

Chapter 2: Confrontation

SUMMARY: Can we please refrain from murdering any more children in this chapter? Kthnxbye.

Jiro plays shah, which is chess. I’m hoping that this is the authors telling us through symbolism that as far as being Mara’s nemesis goes, he is more about calm strategy and less about the bloodsports and human sacrifice. Because seriously, I can’t take another Desio or Tasaio.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 12:30pm

Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton to Star in The Girl with All the Gifts Movie

The Girl with All the Gifts movie She Who Brings GiftsM.R. Carey will adapt his 2014 novel The Girl with All the Gifts for film, The Hollywood Reporter announced today. Retitled as She Who Brings Gifts, the movie will star Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine, and will be directed by Colm McCarthy (Sherlock, Doctor Who).

These stars will likely play the three central adult roles in the film: We’re assuming Arterton is idealistic young teacher Miss Justineau, who must teach special children in the wake of a worldwide fungal infection; Considine will bring the muscle as Sergeant Ed Parks, terrified and disgusted by his charges; and Close must be Doctor Caroline Caldwell, who will sacrifice as many test subjects as she needs to in order to find a cure.

[But what about Melanie, the girl who will bring gifts?]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 12:00pm

Unreliable Histories: Language as Power in The Tempest

Miranda John William Waterhouse

To me, The Tempest has always been Shakespeare’s most intriguing play, the one most open to interpretation and contemporary update. It is also one of the most difficult Shakespearean works to stage, from its stormy, chaotic first scene to its ethereal masque to its ambiguous resolution, with Prospero facing his silent, treacherous brother and renouncing the power that has made every action in the story possible.

Advances in theater technology mean that directors can now stage The Tempest as everything from grandiose spectacle to minimalist dreamscape, but the slippery, potent language remains the central force and mystery of this fathomless play.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 11:00am

Your Truth But Not Mine: Insurgent

Insurgent movie review

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA novels. The massive book was bogged down in Tris Prior’s self-loathing and self-sabotage, serving mostly as a link between the faction system in Divergent and the big, game-changing reveal that leads to Allegiant.

In the wake of Erudite (the intelligent faction, led by Kate Winslet as the faction-upholding Jeanine Matthews) enslaving the Dauntless army and using them to destroy selfless Abnegation, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Four (Theo James), and Peter (Miles Teller, having way too much fun with his role) are fugitives on the run, looking for shelter and allies in the other factions, which just want to protect themselves from more fracturing.

However, like the Hunger Games adaptations, Insurgent the movie manages to stand apart from its source material, with a leaner plot and clearer stakes. While some plot points are dispensed of and some of the nuance lost, Insurgent makes fascinating commentary on generational divides and clinging to the old ways, better depicting the breakdown of a dystopian society.

[Read more]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 10:00am

The Last Herald Mage: Peaches

Magic's PromiseThe cover of Magic’s Promise features Vanyel in Heraldic uniform. A tasteful quantity of chains is highlighting an aesthetically appropriate expanse of his chest. Behind him, a child with a terrible perm clings to a Companion with slash-marks on its flank. Something is burning. The back cover has bat-like creatures with huge teeth.

There are peaches.

Everything about this cover says I’m going to have a lot of fun with this book, right up until the moment it punches me in the heart.

[That moment does not arrive in the first three chapters.]