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January 21, 2015
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Agent Carter, I Think I’m in Love
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The Illogic of Fairy Tales
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Birdman is Actually Just a Muppet Movie
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Fri
Jan 23 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, The Last Argument of Kings: “Feeding Time” and “So Much in Common”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsHappy New Year! It is 2015 and I have not written a reread for several weeks. It was the holidays people! Would you want to read the First Law Trilogy while you’re bouncing your children on your knee and roasting chestnuts and chugging champagne like it’s Yoohoo? Well, you’re weird. I was, instead, reading several books on how to improve my golf swing. Because, what’s weird about that? I’ll tell you. Nothing.

However, I play golf like Logen Ninefingers and Ferro do relationships. My heart is in the right place. I can really swing for the fences. But I usually screw it all up with immense anger to follow. Unfortunately, my love for the game of golf is just beginning. Say one thing for Justin Landon, he’s not a quitter.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 12:00pm

Michael Moorcock Talks “Experimenting” with The Whispering Swarm and the Appeal of the Multiverse

Michael Moorcock Tor Books videos The Whispering Swarm The Eternal Champion Sequence multiverse

Science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s newest novel The Whispering Swarm is autobiography through the lens of the lens of his own work and how it has impacted him. In a series of videos, Moorcock speaks with Tor Books about “try[ing] something new” with The Whispering Swarm, his first independent novel in nine years. He also discusses the impetus of the Multiverse that links his Eternal Champion Sequence, and reads from one of his early novels.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 11:30am

Seveneves of Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson

HarperCollins now owns Neal Stephenson’s soul—or rather the rights his next two novels in most every major territory: in the US and Canada under the auspices of William Morrow, and in Australia, New Zealand and the UK by way of The Borough Press.

The first of the two new books, Seveneves—being “a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years”—has a long history rooted in real world research.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 11:00am

11 Winter’s Tales For Your Chilly Reading Needs!

Gimli in snow

It’s cold outside. There’s snow fluttering through the air, the sun is swallowed by that jerk serpent by like 3:30 in the afternoon, and there are never enough layers, it sucks. But at least we’re not on Gethen!

We defrosted our fingers long enough to type a question of Twitter: what books capture winter for you? And the beautiful snowmisers of the internet responded with an avalanche of suggestions!

[Brrrr.]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 10:30am

Gemini Cell Sweepstakes!

Here's your chance to win a copy of Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell: A Shadow Ops Novel, out on January 27th!

US Navy SEAL Jim Schweitzer is a consummate professional and a hard man to kill. But when he sees something he was never meant to see on a covert mission, he finds himself—and his family—in the crosshairs. Nothing means more to Jim than protecting his loved ones, but when the enemy brings the battle to his front door, he is taken down.

That should be the end of the story. But Jim is raised from the dead by a sorcerer and recruited by a top secret unit dabbling in the occult, known only as the Gemini Cell. With powers he doesn’t understand, Jim is called back to duty—as the ultimate warrior.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 10:21am

X-Men: Apocalypse Casts Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Plus Storm and Cyclops

Sophie Turner cast as Jean Grey X-Men: Apocalypse

We’ve known for a while that 20th Century Fox was testing various actresses to play young psychic Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, but Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones) had only just entered the (casting) game before she officially nabbed the part. And she’s not the only new cast member! Bryan Singer took to Twitter to lay out the teen X-Men we’ll be seeing next summer, including Cyclops and Storm.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 10:00am

Winter 2015 Anime Preview: Season of Sequels

It’s still plenty chilly outside, and what better reason to stay inside with a fluffy blanket than a new season of anime? Actually, calling winter a “new” season is a little misleading: with the amount of sequels airing, it’s difficult to think of a season less new than this one. After five years, fan favorite Durarara!!’s long-awaited second season is finally on the air with a new studio behind it and about twice as many characters as I remember. Shinto romance Kamisama Hajimemashita graces us with an unexpected but very much appreciated second season, and sports powerhouse Kuroko’s Basketball returns for a third. Meanwhile, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Aldnoah.Zero, and Tokyo Ghoul all continue from where they left off at the end of summer.

As far as new shows go, winter is traditionally a lean season, but there are still a few worthwhile titles to help us get through these cold months. Perhaps the macabre theater of Death Parade, or the vibrant energy of The Rolling Girls, or the labyrinth of visual metaphor that is Yurikuma Arashi can help keep the winter chill at bay. With simulcasts a click away, there’s no reason to wait until spring. Here are five of the best new shows available to watch right now.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 9:30am

Pan Macmillan Acquires Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Following an exciting multi-publisher auction, Pan Macmillan Editorial Director Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter.

Imagine The Time Traveller’s Wife as written by Stephen King, and you’ve got the central concept of this pulse-pounding new thriller, publishing in summer 2016.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 9:00am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 13

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell reread Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the reread of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. You can find the full schedule for the reread in the introduction post; catch up on past posts at the reread index; or check out Tor.com’s other posts about this book through its tag.

Please note that these reread posts will contain spoilers for all of JS&MN plus The Ladies of Grace Adieu. There’s accordingly no need to warn for spoilers in the comments—and comments are highly encouraged.

This week, the reread covers the second-to-last section of JS&MN with chapters 60 through 64, in which magic truly returns to England. (Also, if you’re interested in the upcoming BBC One TV adaptation, there are scattered bits of footage throughout this general 2015 preview video. Why is there no release date yet?! *shakes fist toward the UK*)

[“The clocks struck on and on, long past twelve, telling the time of a strange, new era.”]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: There is No Way the Barista’s Getting Gwaihir’s Name Right

Starbucks Middle-earth Map

We’ve always suspected that Starbucks dot Mordor’s barren landscape, so it only makes sense that the cups would have maps of Middle-earth. Laughing Squid shared the cup after it was given to barista and redditor Carpe_Natem, and was eventually traced back to Liverpool artist Liam Kenny. Check out more of his work on Instagram

Morning Roundup brings you Cumberbatch, Pratt, and Evans, and also a lot of other, less interesting... no we’re kidding, there are wonderful books, dapper killers, and a new way to watch Mystery Science Theater 3000!

[Plus Star Trek!]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 5:00pm

Delicate and Sincere: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest review Holly Black In her newest stand-alone young adult novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black returns to familiar and exciting territory: faeries and dark magic at the crossing between human and nonhuman worlds. Most folks are familiar with Black’s series “A Modern Tale of Faerie” (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside) which ran from 2002 to 2007; that series set up Black as a daring and clever writer of young adult stories that tend to feature queer kids and deal honestly with complex emotional and social issues.

The Darkest Part of the Forest follows also on the heels of Black’s last young adult novel, another stand-alone (The Coldest Girl in Coldtown)—and I like the trend that these two books have been setting for her work going forward. Both are solid, well-paced and play interesting games with the tropes of the genre of supernatural YA; both star girls who make fucked-up decisions and are trying to learn to care about themselves and others in the aftermath. The shared narrative of growth here is more complex than just “getting older” and instead deals more with “learning to cope and be whole.”

[That’s the sort of thing I’m interested in seeing…]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 4:00pm

Comfortingly Local: Carousel Seas by Sharon Lee

Carousel Seas Sharon Lee review Carousel Seas is the third novel in Sharon Lee’s Carousel trilogy, after Carousel Tides (2012) and Carousel Sun (2014). Like its predecessors, it’s set in the small Maine seaside town of Archer’s Beach, a town that’s home to rather more strangeness than most of its residents suspect. For Earth is only one of several worlds in a chain of magic in the universe: but Earth is the Changing Land, where things can alter their nature, can change and grow, and that makes it both dangerous and useful to powerful people across the worlds.

Kate Archer is the Guardian of the Land for Archer’s Beach, connected to it by ties she can’t break and charged with its protection and preservation. She’s also the last survivor of a magical lineage from another world, and—potentially, at least—something of a magical heavy hitter. But in all likelihood, that won’t be enough to protect her or Archer’s Beach, should the Wise—the people who control, essentially, the gates between worlds, among other things—discover that Kate was complicit in a magical jailbreak.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 3:25pm

CBS Casts Melissa Benoist as Its Supergirl

CBS Supergirl cast Melissa Benoist Kara Zor-El

Just last week, CBS entertainment chairman Nina Tassler was describing their ideal Supergirl as “a very strong, independent young woman,” saying, “She’s got to be an every woman. She’s got to be specific.” Now, the network has found its independent fledgling superhero Kara Zor-El, in Glee alum and Whiplash star Melissa Benoist.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 3:00pm

A Question of Humanity: Keeper of the Isis Light

Monica Hughes The Keeper of the Isis LightDepending upon what calendar you use, Olwen is either ten (Isis years) or sixteen (Earth years.) She thinks and remembers in Isis years, however, so let’s go with that. Despite this very young age, she actually has a fairly important, responsible job: transmitting various reports from the planet she lives on back to Earth.

She does this not because she is qualified, exactly, but because everyone else on the planet is either dead, unable to speak in words, or a not-completely trusted AI. And because, for various reasons, she can. That ability—well, strangeness, really—is what makes her The Keeper of the Isis Light.

[How much can you be changed, and still stay human? Mildly spoilery.]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 2:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 17 and 18

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coverThe Harry Potter Reread as never been to finishing school, and thus cannot explain the benefit of being able to balance a book on one’s head. But the reread is pretty sure that it will never need to know that.

We’re about to get into some tense teacher fights and meet the wizard in world’s worst reporter. It’s chapters 17 and 18 of The Goblet of Fire—The Four Champions and The Weighing of the Wands.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 1:30pm

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Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with “Mr. Krantz,” a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him. Find out what happens next by winning one of our five copies right now!

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 7

A Dance with DragonsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 7 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 11 (“Daenerys”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[Are you not entertained?]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 12:36pm

J. Michael Straczynski Will Adapt Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars for Spike TV

J. Michael Straczynski adapt Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson Spike TVIt’s been a long road bringing Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars) to the small screen. First it was James Cameron who held the rights, with the intention of creating a five-hour miniseries; later, Gale Ann Hurd had a similar idea, intended for Syfy. The next network to set its sights on the trilogy was AMC, back in 2008 and fresh off the start of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

Finally, Spike TV took over the rights—and according to Deadline, they’ve signed on Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski to adapt Red Mars.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 25

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 25Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Carl spoke of cons and curry; this week, we turn to Kaladin’s Comedy Corral for your entertainment.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[It is customary to start training men by using weapons without edges, soldier.]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 11:00am

Weird Magic: Pacific Fire by Greg van Eekhout

Pacific Fire review Greg van Eekhout

Pacific Fire is Greg van Eekhout’s latest novel, a fast and slick sequel to last year’s California Bones. It situates itself in the same peculiar subgenre as California Bones, a subgenre so unusual that I find it difficult to think of many examples outside van Eekhout’s own work but one that nonetheless feels like a subgenre in its own right: the fantasy heist novel.

The heist story—the caper plot—is a thing unto itself. It often crops up in espionage thrillers or as part of some larger narrative. California Bones is a heist novel whose major focus is the heist itself. Pacific Fire combines elements of the heist with the more straightforward thriller narrative of bad things are going to happen and SOMEONE has to stop them.

[Contains spoilers]