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Thu
Aug 29 2013 11:00am
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Vicious (Excerpt)

V E Schwab

Take a sneaky peek at Vicious by V. E. Schwab, out on September 24:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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Wed
Aug 21 2013 11:00am

On Stardust: Love, Life, and Legacy

Stardust Charles Vess

“For a kiss, and the pledge of your hand,” said Tristran, grandiloquently, “I would bring you that fallen star.”

Welcome back to our exploration of Stardust.

So far, we’ve followed our cast of characters—specifically Tristran Thorne, Primus, Tertius, and Septimus of Stormhold, and the Witch-Queen—as they pursued their quests through the vast expanse of Faerie. We’ve explored the boundaries that divide, encompass, and define the world in Stardust, thresholds these characters crossed in their quests. We’ve considered the tolls they paid, and the tokens they bore with them, and the treasures they sought.

And now it’s time to return to those treasures—not only their material form, but what they mean to and for the characters of Stardust. The ambitions of our characters can be delineated into love, life, and legacy.

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Wed
Aug 14 2013 9:00am

On Stardust: Tolls, Rewards, and Treasures

Stardust Charles Vess Neil Gaiman

“It’s not hard to own something. Or everything. You just have to know that it’s yours, and then be willing to let it go.”

Welcome back to our exploration of Stardust.

In the first installment, we considered the various kinds of boundaries in the book (the physical, the social, the metaphysical). In this second article, we’ll be looking at another fairy tale staple: the use of tokens.

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Thu
Aug 8 2013 10:00am

On Stardust: Physical, Social, and Metaphysical Boundaries

Stardust Charles Vess Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman himself seems to have but one incarnation—dressed in all black with a mop of unruly hair—but his body of work presents a far less cohesive image. Some hear his name and think of the personification of sleep, others of a boy living in a graveyard, or an Other Mother with button eyes, or a world where gods walk among men.

I hear his name, and think of Wall.

I think of Tristran Thorne, and the Lilim, and the brothers of Stormhold, and the star who fell from the sky.

I think of Stardust.

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Tue
May 7 2013 3:00pm
Excerpt

Vicious (Excerpt)

V E Schwab

Take a sneaky peek at Vicious by V. E. Schwab, out on September 24:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

[Read more]