The Magicians’ Season Three Trailer is Going on a Quest

Magic is gone, but the Muntjac is ready for its close-up! The ship that takes Quentin on a tax-collecting adventure in Lev Grossman’s second Magicians novel, The Magician King, is likely to play a major role in season three of The Magicians, which is going to involve one heck of a quest: Just a little trip to get magic back, no big deal…

Check out the new trailer for season three, and let the theorizing begin!

[“I’ll send you on an epic quest.”]

Rereading the Vorkosigan Saga: Memory, Chapters 21 and 22

Last week’s blog post, which purported to end with Chapter 19, actually covered Chapter 20. This week, we start with Chapter 21, in which Miles and Illyan have a meeting, and Miles’s mother comes home. In Chapter 22, Miles decides to turn ImpSec upside down and discovers a false entry in the evidence room logs.

Reminder: This reread has an index, which you can consult if you feel like exploring previous books and chapters. Spoilers are welcome in the comments if they are relevant to the discussion at hand. Non-spoiler comments should also be relevant to the discussion at hand. Like Earth, Barrayar and other places in the galactic nexus live out sets of cultural practices that range from beautiful to genocidal. Regardless of what may be commonplace as a cultural practice in any place at any time, comments that question the value and dignity of individuals, or that deny anyone’s right to exist, are emphatically NOT welcome. Please take note.

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Series: Rereading the Vorkosigan Saga

The One Book That Helped Me Find Myself: The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

That one book that changed my life is The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. A brilliant teacher, Mrs. Church, had introduced my small middle-school class to the great poet and writer, and my extreme interest in “The Raven” meant my academic parents were happy to immediately procure a copy of his collected works. This book, a soon tattered and dog-eared paperback, set my course entirely.

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5 Things I Love About A Wrinkle in Time’s Second Trailer

I love A Wrinkle in Time. It was my first sci-fi—before AWIT I exclusively read realistic dramas about horses and/or dogs (who usually died by the end)—so encountering a world just adjacent to our own, in a story that merrily hopped across planets, discussed religious faith, philosophy, the concept of individualism, was thrilling to me.

To say I’m excited for Ava DuVernay and Jennifer Lee’s take on it is a vast understatement. I’ll attempt to sum up why I’m jumping up and down in anticipation below, with a list of Five Things I Love. Join me, won’t you?

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Smurfette Saves the World: Andre Norton’s Ordeal in Otherwhere

Ordeal in Otherwhere takes us back somewhat circuitously to Warlock, this time with a female protagonist. The story opens in a very similar way to Storm Over Warlock: our viewpoint character is running away from a disaster and struggling frantically to survive. This time, it’s a young woman, Charis Nordholm. The antagonists are human, the planet is a new colony called Demeter, and the disaster is a plague that attacks only adult men. The closer those men are to the government service, the more likely they are to contract the disease.

Charis is a service kid, following her father around from post to post. Her father, Anders Nordholm, has died, without any great emotional outpouring on Charis’ part; mostly she’s preoccupied with staying alive and out of the clutches of the extreme religious conservatives who have taken over the colony. She succeeds for a while, but naively lets herself be captured when a spacer lands and turns out not to be the rescue she expected.

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The Art of Harry Potter Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a copy of Marc Sumerak’s The Art of Harry Potter, available November 21st from Harper Design!

Since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the Harry Potter film series has become one of the most popular and successful in the world. Beautifully crafted and presented in a deluxe, large format with lavish production values, these pages present a visual chronicle of the work by artists and filmmakers to bring the wizarding world to life onscreen.

Bursting with hundreds of rare and unpublished works of art, including production paintings, concept sketches, storyboards, blueprints, and more, this collectible book is the definitive tome on the visual legacy of the Harry Potter films. Fans will recognize beloved characters, creatures, locations, and more as they embark on a journey through the wizarding world, from the depths of Gringotts to the heights of Hogwarts Castle.

The Art of Harry Potter is available exclusively at Barnes and Noble through January 2018.

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Things We’re Pretty Sure Theseus Scamander Would Say to Us

All you have to do is take one glimpse at that Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald cast photo, and you know—Theseus Scamander is nastier than a barrel of hippogriff droppings. He’s the odious, be-cheekboned cousin that everyone “forgets” to invite to holiday dinners. We want Mad-Eye Moody to show up and turn this guy into a ferret, pronto. It’s hard not to feel bad for Newt already, and that’s without mentioning that older bro is affianced to his former BFF and school crush, Leta Lestrange.

Theseus Scamander: Winner of the Severus Snape “You’re the Worst” Trophy 2017

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All the Known Portal Worlds in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children Series

In Every Heart a Doorway, the first novella in the stellar Wayward Children series, author Seanan McGuire explores what happens when children who disappeared into magical worlds returned to the real world. Her portal worlds are connected to our own through magic doors. Not just any child can cross the threshold; something innate in their being or in the other world draws them in.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones is a prequel showing how Jacqueline and Jillian became Jack and Jill during their time in one of those other worlds. The consequences of leaving your home world for the real one come to roost in the forthcoming third novella, Beneath the Sugar Sky. Although the Wayward Children series is only three novellas (so far), McGuire has built a vast multiverse, one I tried to organize here.

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Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3)

Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in McGuire’s Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

When Rini lands with a literal splash in the pond behind Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, the last thing she expects to find is that her mother, Sumi, died years before Rini was even conceived. But Rini can’t let Reality get in the way of her quest—not when she has an entire world to save! (Much more common than one would suppose.)

If she can’t find a way to restore her mother, Rini will have more than a world to save: she will never have been born in the first place. And in a world without magic, she doesn’t have long before Reality notices her existence and washes her away. Good thing the student body is well-acquainted with quests…

A tale of friendship, baking, and derring-do.

Warning: May contain nuts.

Available January 9th from Publishing.

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8 Things That Didn’t Need to Happen in Justice League

Jut like Batman v Superman before it, Justice League is unfortunately packed full of material that it doesn’t need. And it’s all this odd bloat that prevent the story from becoming a cohesive, fully enjoyable film. (As it stands, it’s a confusing film with some very enjoyable bits in it.) Here are several items that could have been cut or reworked to that end.

Spoilers for Justice League.

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The Full Spoiler Review of Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer (Stormlight Archive #3)


Okay, forgive the shouting, but this day has been long awaited! Actually, that should probably say “this month,” since we hope you all got your copy last week and have had plenty of time to read it by now. Because we have Things To Discuss! Settle in with your spren and your libation of choice, and let’s get to it.

[United, new beginnings sing: “Defying truth, Love. Truth, defy!” Sing beginnings, new unity.]

Marvel’s The Punisher First Impressions of Episodes 1-3

“I actually care what happens to you, which makes precisely one of us.”

There were three separate attempts to adapt the Punisher for live-action, including one from Marvel Studios itself, Punisher: War Zone. Marvel found movie success in their big-time heroes, and their more street-level types wound up thriving in television, specifically Netflix.

To that end, instead of a fourth attempt at the Punisher in film as part of the MCU, the character was folded into the Defenders set of shows by being half the plot of season 2 of Daredevil. Jon Bernthal inhabited the role so magnificently that Netflix green-lit a wholly unplanned Punisher series to go along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.

Based on the first three episodes, we get a story that, at least so far, is the most connected to the real world of soldiers and violence and governments and politics, and the least related to superpowers and alien invasions.

[SPOILERS for the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe]

Everything and Nothing: Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier by Mark Frost

You don’t take a trip to David Lynch and Mark Frost’s fictional town of Twin Peaks to look for answers.

Or you shouldn’t. But after watching Showtime’s Twin Peaks: The Return earlier this year, you can’t be blamed for wanting more clarity.  Eighteen hours of inter-dimensional weirdness, wildly varied acting performances, musical guest stars (“The Nine Inch Nails!”), and some of television’s best sound design and most daring cinematography is a lot of pure Lynch. But Twin Peaks is also Mark Frost’s creation and his newest book, Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier, attempts to give fans a bit of everything, too.

Everything and nothing.

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’38 Special—The Rocketeer and The Phantom

The Rocketeer was created in 1982 by the late Dave Stevens as a tribute to Depression-era movie serials and comic strips and such. Stevens had an affinity for the pop culture of the first half of the 20th century, having made a career of creating art in the style of that bygone era. Besides The Rocketeer, his best-known works were his illustrations of pinup model Bettie Page (who was also a supporting character in The Rocketeer).

The Phantom was created in 1936 by the late Lee Falk (who continued to write The Phantom comic strip until his death in 1999 at the age of 87), and was the very type of adventure story that Stevens was nostalgic for and trying to re-create with his Rocketeer character.

Both characters were adapted into live-action movies in the 1990s that took place in 1938 and would prove to be disappointments at the box office.

[When you borrow something, you don’t tell nobody, they call that stealing.]

Series: 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch