Understanding and Writing Horses: Creatures of Habit

Horses are creatures of habit. This is received wisdom, and true wisdom. Teach a horse something once, he’ll remember it. Teach it to him twice, it’s set in stone. And if it’s something inadvertent, backwards, or outright counterproductive, he’ll really never forget. It takes many times longer to undo it than it did to do it in the first place.

Horse memory is a remarkable phenomenon. Their long-term memory is at least as good as, and may be more accurate, than a human’s. This study blew a few scientific minds, though the anecdotal evidence has been demonstrating for years that once a horse gets an idea in his head, it stays there. He’ll also extrapolate from that idea to similar situations, and respond accordingly.

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The Haunted House on the Hill Gets a Twist in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic

The timeless story of the gothic haunted house looms in the literary imagination across generations of storytellers, creating a physical and psychic space where the literal and metaphysical ghosts of a home, and a family roam. It is a story that I am drawn to time and time again. I recently found myself gathering my own canon of haunted house stories from book, films and TV shows for my own creative obsession, revisiting the Woman in Black by Susan Hill, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House (and obsessing over the beautifully haunting adaptation from Mike Flanagan). The modern interpretations of the gothic haunted house are endless, from the story of the Winchester Mystery House (and the 2018 film starring Helen Mirren), American Horror Story: Roanoke, and many others. The haunted house is a space where secrets and trauma lie, where reality and time becomes blurred, and where who one can trust is constantly under question, including whether the people who inhabit the house can trust themselves and their own senses.

And of course, there is the gothic heroine trying to escape the haunted house or be consumed by it. This is where Mexican Gothic, the latest novel from Silvia Moreno-Garcia, shines.

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Read an Excerpt From Wayward Witch, Conclusion to the Brooklyn Brujas Trilogy

We’re excited to share an excerpt from Wayward Witch, the third novel in Zoraida Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas young adult trilogy. Infused with Latin American tradition—the Brooklyn Brujas series follows three sisters—and witches—as they develop their powers and battle magic in their hometown and worlds beyond. Available September 1st from Sourcebooks Fire.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Coda”

“Coda”
Written by Jeri Taylor
Directed by Nancy Malone
Season 3, Episode 15
Production episode 158
Original air date: January 29, 1997
Stardate: 50518.6

Captain’s log. Neelix intercepts Janeway en route to a shuttle mission, geebling about Talent Night—and also asking that, when they do it again, Tuvok be given some important duty assignment. Janeway agrees.

[Go back to hell, coward!]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Robert Pattinson Tried to Hide His Batman Audition From Christopher Nolan With World’s Most Transparent Excuse

What do you do if you’re trying to hide your audition for the world’s most high-profile superhero role from a director who just so happens to have directed three whole movies about said superhero? Well, if you’re Robert Pattinson, apparently you go with the flimsiest work excuse in the playbook.

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Read To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini: Chapter 9: “Choices”

Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she’s awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

Read To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, a brand new epic novel from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Paolini, out September 15, 2020 from Tor Books.

New chapters on Tor.com every Monday.

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Series: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Christopher Eccleston Is Coming Back to Doctor Who

The Ninth Doctor is back! Big Finish has announced the surprise return of Christopher Eccleston, who will be reprising his role in a 12-part audio series entitled The Ninth Doctor Adventures. 

“After 15 years it will be exciting to revisit the Ninth Doctor’s world, bringing back to life a character I love playing,” the actor said in the press release.

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5 Fantasy Novels Driven by Traumatic Family Bonds

In a genre brimming with eternal fates and thwarted prophecies, it’s no surprise that romantic bonds often steal the show in fantasy. I naively expected my debut novel, Raybearer, to fall into this mold: the groundwork was certainly there, being a story in which teens swear to serve each other for life. But no matter how much I highlighted these relationships, the protagonist’s driving motivations continually flew back to her charismatic mother: The nameless, ever-present Lady.

Many of my favorite fantasies revolve not around romantic soulmates, but the companions they’ve had from birth. These protagonists are shaped by bonds they did not have the luxury of choosing, and which pursue them, for good or for ill, all their lives. Here are five fantasy titles that expertly explore traumatic family bonds.

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The Striga and Her Mother: Revealing The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston

In a world which believes her to be a monster, a young striga fights to harness the power of her second heart, while her mother sacrifices everything to stop her…

We are so excited to share the cover for The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston, a Slavic folklore-inspired fantasy full of suspense and dark twists! Check it out below, along with a short interview with the author.

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Paramount Has Reportedly Put Noah Hawley’s Star Trek Film on Hold

CBS’s Star Trek TV franchise is humming right along at Warp Speed: its animated series Lower Decks premiered yesterday, and after that season wraps up, the third season of Discovery will take over on CBS All Access.

But while the TV franchise is bustling, the film franchise remains in limbo. According to Deadline, Paramount has put Noah Hawley’s Star Trek 4 on “pause” while it works to figure out what to do with the franchise next.

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