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DC’s Greatest Heroes Come Together in this Trailer for The Justice League!

Batman and Wonder Woman are calling the Justice League together! Aquaman (Jason Momoa) The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) all get a few moments to shine in the trailer, and we also get tantalizing teases of Amy Adam’s Lois Lane and J.K. Simmons’ Commissioner Gordon.

As expected, Aquaman is a delight—look at him up there, standing on top of the Batmobile—and The Flash gets a great comic moment.

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V.E. Schwab Expanding A Darker Shade of Magic With New Stories, Fan Art

On Halloween 2017, Tor Books and V.E. Schwab are releasing a new collector’s edition of A Darker Shade of Magic, the first volume in Schwab’s super popular Shades of Magic trilogy.

The new edition will feature, well, we’ll let the author tell you…

Things it will include:

  • Super Shiny Cover with Metallic Ink
  • Reading Ribbon of Great Fanciness
  • Fan Art End Papers
  • A Glossary of Arnesian and Antari Terms
  • An Interview Between Author and Editor
  • Original (never before seen!) Tales from within the Shades of Magic World

The Collector’s Edition of A Darker Shade of Magic can be pre-ordered now through your preferred retailer. [Amazon | Barnes & Noble]

We’ve Got Movie Sign! Netflix Releases First Trailer for the New MST3K

Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first trailer for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000! It’s just as fun and wacky as one would expect: we get to see how new host Jonah Heston ends up ensnared in MST3K shenanigans, we meet new Mad Scientists Kinga Forrester and TV’s Son of TV’s Frank (Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt, respectively), and maybe most exciting of all, we get a brief glimpse of one of this season’s upcoming movies!

And it looks terrible. Click through for Jonah and the Bots!

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Open Thread: Tell Us Your Favorite Character in the Book You’re Reading Right Now!

They jump out at you. Sometimes they’re the reason you kept going past page five. You want to know what the next comeback is, who they’re meeting with, what they eat for dinner. You want to know know more about their habits, their history, where they’re headed. Certain characters just have a hook, a power—we keep reading to spend more time with them. The best thing about being a reader is that there can be a new one every week or less.

So who is your new favorite? The one who captured you imagination from the start? Is there more than one? Maybe a duo or a crew? Are they from a new book, hot off the shelves? Or did you finally crack into an old standby and find that special someone who was missing all your life? Tell us!

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Is Everyone’s Favorite Cross-Dressing Pirate Lila Bard a Non-Binary Person?

After finishing A Gathering of Shadows, the second book in V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy, Book Riot contributor Nicole Brinkley made the case that Delilah “Lila” Bard is the true hero of Schwab’s epic fantasy series. Not only does cross-dressing thief (with dreams of being a pirate) Lila go through the archetypal hero’s arc, Brinkley writes, but it’s her, and not the male lead Kell, to whom Schwab designates those tropes in the first place.

Lila has become one of the series’ most beloved characters, not just for her scrappiness but also for the tropes she does subvert. Rather than be a non-damsel-in-distress who disguises herself as a man for access or protection, Lila “has no connection whatsoever to her gender,” Schwab explained via Twitter in 2015. “She’s gender fluid to the extent that someone in 1819 would intuitively be.” In a recent Reddit r/fantasy AMA for A Conjuring of Light, the trilogy’s conclusion, Schwab talked more about Lila’s gender identity and whether she could be considered non-binary.

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Victor LaValle, Ellen Datlow, and More Discuss H.P. Lovecraft at The Center for Fiction!

H.P. Lovecraft’s influence lives on long after his death—especially on, through the weekly Lovecraft Reread and Victor LaValle’s Publishing novella The Ballad of Black Tom, winner of the 2016 This Is Horror Awards, and Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards nominee.

On Thursday, March 23, LaValle will join three other authors at New York City’s The Center for Fiction for H.P. Lovecraft: Past, Present, and Future. Paul La Farge (The Night Ocean), Ellen Datlow (Lovecraft’s Monsters), W. Scott Poole (In The Mountains of Madness: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of H.P. Lovecraft), and LaValle will explore the ongoing relevance of his work on fiction and creative writing, in a talk moderated by The Center’s Events Producer Rosie Clarke.

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Agent Carter! Behind You!

Neil Gaiman shared a murderous encounter he shared with Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell at this weekend’s Empire Awards. Honestly, we’re having difficulty accepting the idea that anyone could get the drop on Agent Carter, but it does make for a fabulous set of author photos.

Also, as long as we’re here, can we just mention once again how much we dig the idea of Hayley Atwell piloting the TARDIS?

Also also? How much we want to live in the photobooth at the Empire Awards?

Answering the Questions Posed by That Oathbringer Cover

The recently released cover to Oathbringer, the forthcoming third volume in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, has a surprising amount of information packed into it. At first, it may seem like a straightforward fantasy cover—there’s a warrior, a sword, and a monster—but each of these elements is depicted with unique specificity, raising questions about larger mysteries within the Stormlight Archive series itself.

What’s the giant? What’s happening to the sword? What city is being defended? And is our hero Jasnah actually…not supposed to be fighting?

(Spoilers ahead for The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance.)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is the Winner of the One Book, One New York Program

New Yorkers have spoken! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah is the inaugural pick for the One Book, One New York program, a partnership between the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and BuzzFeed to encourage New Yorkers to read the same book at the same time. New Yorkers had the chance to vote on one of five books, each recommended by a celebrity, and chose National Book Critics Circle award winner Americanah, which Bebe Neuwirth describes as “an absolute knockout of a novel … written by one of the most fantastic female voices in fiction today.”

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